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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!

Kennewick WA

1 January 2010

Book Status:

Received two books at Christmas which I am currently reading

  • Aphrodite, A Memoir of the Senses —by Isabelle Allende and
  • Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors —by Ann Paludin

Because I am taking a break (about to end) in my writing, I actually read some fiction

  • At Mrs Lippincote’s — by Elizabeth Taylor (British author, not American Actress)
  • The Devastating Boys and other stories —by Elizabeth Taylor (see above)

On my nightstand waiting to be read:

  • The Tipping Point and
  • Blink — both by Malcolm Gladwell

Currently Reading:

  • My Life in Frace — by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme

Projects on which I am currently working:

  • Quilting. I finished the tops of all but two quilts in my pile (see photos below), including completing one baby quilt. The baby quilt is lap quilt size, so can be used by an adult. In fact, it was actually made for the Grandma, not the baby.
  • Starting on Monday, will have all the quilting mess put away, and be back to writing.

And so, you know what I’ve been feverishly doing the last few days. And you? What did you do over the Holiday season? Did you travel? Did you read (what?)? Did you relax and recoup getting ready to face the New Year?

Speaking of the new year, I hope your 2010 is filled to overflowing with all sorts of wonderful adventures, blessings, good things and whole health to you all!

Weather outside:

Cold (33 degrees) but warming. The snow should start melting, and the freezing rain, hopefully, is now but a memory.

Weather inside:

Warm (72 degrees), snowing thread and fabric scraps.

Photos of some of what I’ve been doing the last few days:

Grandma Kathy’s Quilt. Little Sydney Renee was due in 3 weeks, and Grandma just called to tell me she came last night! Every Grandma needs a snuggle quilt for when baby comes to visit, and this is Kathy’s!

Cat Naps and Bear Hugs

I won several completed squares at a quilting retreat. I finished some of the flowers, and the center of one is a line drawing of a cat, and the center of another is a bear, hence the name.

Uncle Carl’s Quilt

I made this in memory of my Uncle Carl. He loved sailing (the triangles) and his tour of duty in Honolulu, the flowers.

Skipper’s Quilt

Everyone called my maternal grandfather “Skipper”. When I was 9 years old, he saw a skirt with broad red and white stripes that he bought for me. I loved my Skipper, and I loved that skirt. I recently cut it into squares, bought some white fabric, and made a large bed quilt. I’ll have memories of Skipper, and the skirt, to keep me warm next winter!

Closeup of the quilt: