Friday, July 17, 2009

Truly Canadian Holiday

I'm off for a week in a red canoe with a Golden Retriever and a forest fire guy.

Oh, and a mickey of 15 year old Macallan's.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Making Mistakes

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
I love this quote, which comforts me as I screw up yet another applique piece.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Blooming Today

A pair that I planted together:

'Comtesse de Bouchaud' Clematis
She'll eventually cover this shrub with blooms:

'Buckley's Quill' Mockorange
Blooms at the same time as the Comtesse, with fragrant, frilly white blossoms. I planted both late last summer so they're still small, however they'll reach about 6' high eventually.

'Rozanne' Geranium
This hardy perennial is a blooming fool;
covered in pale purple flowers until October.

We've been eating strawberries from my new garden
for over 2 weeks now.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

An Afternoon with Matt and David

My 11 year old neighbor David and his 12 year old cousin Matthew hung out with me this afternoon.

I was sitting on my garden patio, putting the bindings on my latest quilts. The boys saw my dog Lily peeking at them from the gazebo and came over for a visit. They wanted to know if my grass needed cutting, as we are their clients (The Lawn Guys - We are a cut above the rest!). Apparently they're going to get hats.

We talked about baseball, football, fishing, their camp on Manitoulin Island. They wore shorts, and showed me all the scars on their legs from various accidents. They talked about the times they broke bones, cut themselves accidently, got knocked out, etc. These are active kids who play many kinds of sports and have very busy lives. Matt will be playing football for the first time this August. He explained to me matter-of-factly that he expected to "get squashed" by the big boys, so it's a good thing he can run fast.

Then they excused themselves, went next door to David's house and brought back cold bottles of iced tea for all three of us.

Then they wanted to know what I was working on. They are well acquainted with my pattern design business, and love to see the quilts. David has shown up at our door in the past with other friends in tow, and asked if he could give them a tour of my studio and quilts. I have a project that will be published in the next issue of American Quilter magazine (Sep/Oct 2009 issue), and I've thanked David in that article for his advice. Well Matt loved the new quilts and had several suggestions for more in the series. He kept petting the quilts, so I asked him if his hands were clean. He looked at them carefully, and said "... yeah..."

Then they asked if I wanted some M&M's at the corner store. David knows my weakness. He buys me M&M's for Christmas. I sent them inside to get some money I'd left on the kitchen counter. They went to the store and came back with the goods.

Then they went inside to feed Lily her supper, and camped out in the spare room to watch cartoons until their adults came to take them golfing.

The author Tad Williams dedicates his book Shadowmarch to his children: "charming, funny little buggers that they are". I feel that way about these kids and am lucky to have spent an afternoon with Matt and David.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer Weather

Many storms, and a double rainbow.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009