Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Back at it!

Yes, it's been a long time. No, I did not manage to quilt my throw quilt in time for the charity event. I did manage to squeeze out a few coasters as Mothers' Day gifts:

Meanwhile, the rest of my life has taken over:

- Community Radio: I've been the only anchor in town for a couple of weeks. That means planning news shows, reporting news, and editing news for our M, W, F show, Local Talk.
- Dance: I've been pretending to be a modern dancer, with my friend Valerie's company Co'Motion Dance Theater. Every year from Feb. through April we amateur women dancers meet once a week. As April yields to May, we start meeting 3 or 4 times a week, then perform around Mother's Day, as "Women in Motion". Fabulous women, fabulous fun, total time suck.
Social Justice Committee: Church politics, whew! We've had more than our share this year, and the upshot is that I volunteered, in a weak moment, to chair our Social Justice ministry (maybe I can use my position to organize a Days for Girls event!)
- Spring: We have four acres. It would be a crying shame if at least 1 of those acres wasn't wall to wall with vegetables, right? I've actually backed off on my ambition from previous years. Only 100 tomato plants this year!

I have been so preoccupied with a thousand details that I've let a $500 pair of glasses that I probably needed to return the first week I got them, because they don't work for me, sit around for almost a month (I missed that first week's appointment to return or somehow recoup my loss). So, no, it's not a good time for anyone I love to be graduating from high school or getting married. But dad gum it, that's what they're going and doing. Well, you know what they say about necessity being a mother!

(Has anyone read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt? I have been reading it -- all gobzillion pages -- when my dancing body is too tired to do anything else. I finally finished it late last night, and I highly recommend it. It is very much a paean to beauty, and it has inspired me in my latest pursuit.)

Below is a graduation quilt (due June 3) that I have been working on. The fabrics are so delicious! The triangles are large, 6" a side, so that I get to ponder and play with the placement of each one. And what an exquisite pleasure it is. I guess I'll call the eyeglass doctor tomorrow.


  1. Sounds busy! Pretty coasters and quilt!

  2. It's so good to hear from you again! ;) You've been very busy! The graduation quilt is exquisite! Amazing what you can do w/HST! I decided to wait on the graduation quilt for my niece and give it as an off to college quilt instead...buying myself a few more months. =) I'm putting The Goldfinch on my reading list.

  3. I may have to use your strategy, Zenia. I hope not, but... yikes! two more days have passed without another "stitchin' time".