a foto-less friday

Even after all the encouragement from everyone on my neutral state of mind, I just kept spinning my wheels today.  I made a couple more blocks, then began another peacock block,  then couldn't even muster up the courage to quilt some more on my log cabin posy quilt.  So I decided it was time to clean up my studio.  That always helps clear the cobwebs.  Then I also decided it was time to rearrange my studio.  Sorry, no studio pictures of the before.  I started dragging things around before I thought to take a quick snapshot.  I am still not completely happy with the new arrangement, but as my Mother was quick to point out, I have too much stuff in this room.  I bit my tongue and did not mention to her that I had been planning to move my studio to our spacious basement apartment where she now resides.  Ah, well, it is all for the best.. Anyone want to buy a gently used sewing machine?  Or actually three?  Or a nice little featherweight, which has only been out of it's travel case  a very few times in the last, er, perhaps, uh, 30 years?  Indeed, I do have too much stuff.  

And I am so happy to have Mother close by.  She will be celebrating her 91st birthday next Tuesday.  Can you just imagine?  She is 91 years young, still driving her own car, doing her own thing, but yet complaining that she just can't understand why she isn't able to do as much as she used to be able to do.   We should all be so lucky.  We will celebrate her birthday with her favorite meal.  Meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, green beans, sweet corn, fried okra, mashed potatoes, cornbread, ~ all done southern style of course.   Many of  the items which were frozen and canned from the summer garden.   Oh, and apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream and cheddar cheese for dessert.  This is a sample of the meals that I ate almost every day of my life for 18 + years.  All from our dairy  farm and vegetable gardens. 

On to other  things.  Baby Evie arrived today, a bit early, but healthy and beautiful.  So I really should get back to work on her peacock quilt. Her momma will be much to busy to collaborate on any quilts for a few months.  At any rate, she was happy to see what I had started and gave me the go ahead on having my way with it. 

Tomorrow I will be meeting a small group of ladies who want to organize a Modern Quilt Guild in the Chattanooga, TN area.  This is so exciting, let me repeat, so exciting, for me to be able to meet others in my area who have similar interests.  

And last but not the least.  I received delivery of a wonderful gift.  Snow falling on Cedars.  From Sujata.  It is on my design wall.  Awaiting my  inspirations.  But radiating such emotion.  I feel from our communications that we have so much in common.  Receiving this piece from her connects us in even more ways.  It is a gift from her heart and I will treasure it.  Isn't it a wonderful world?  Just like Louis Armstrong sang:

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Songwriters: Thiele, Robert;Weiss, George David