Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Sunshine

Yay!  It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I'm not sure where I'll find the time to browse through the hundreds of entries.  I always add more from each festival of things I need to try and I'm already working on a backlog of patterns.  This isn't helping.  Nonetheless, I'm thrilled to participate.  (I just need to finish my second entry by Monday.  Eek!)

My first entry was completed in January (thus the snowy photo).  My mother requested a twin-sized quilt with rounded corners and picked Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice as a pattern.  Once I calculated the yardage, we met at a fabric store and she picked the colors she wanted.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Fall Boston Pignic 2018

We always fret about the weather for a pignic.  Too hot?  Too cold?  Too wet?  We decided to hold it on a possibly too-warm day instead of wait for the rain date, which currently looks too cold and rainy!  We did the right thing.  Under the trees at the Wellesley Bowl, it turned out to be a terrific day for a pignic.


Wedgwood's Fifth Birthday

Wedgwood is officially five years old.  I still suspect she's a little younger than that, but we'll roll with this.

And what a year for rolling with stuff.  Since her last birthday Wedg has lost Boadicea, then lost weight, then eventually gained Mabel, and lost some more weight.  Through it all she's kept her attitude, her pointed nose, and her fan club down at the vet's office.  I suspect she's kept all her badness, too, but she's less inclined to dish it out with Mabel.  That tells you how well they're getting along together.  They're a great pair.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Nauset Light to Campground

One last leftover from Chick Weekend - then I swear I'm done.  Well, maybe a couple of more photos in the next I Like Thursday post.

We stay in Eastham, a short walk from Campground Beach.  Nauset Light (from yesterday's post) is on the ocean side of Eastham, three miles straight east from Campground.  When we got back from Nauset Light I recorded what high tide looks like at Campground for comparison.  These two clips were taken only an hour apart. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ocean Fun

On the last day of Chick Weekend we headed to Nauset Light in Eastham, MA.  It was windy, cloudy and cool.  We decided to see what the water was like and check out the seal/shark activity.  Turned out to be an exciting way to spend the morning.

Shark warnings, kite surfer, lots of sea foam, and a much shorter sand dune with a missing staircase

The wind was whipping and the waves were impressive as high tide rolled in.  We were immediately sandblasted as we got out of the car.  The stairs and the bathhouse were gone from last year.  They've given up on building stairs (which have been rebuilt year after year) and have opted for a sloped path through the dunes to get to the shoreline.  I know there were plans to rebuild the bathhouse; currently there's a sad little trailer at the other end of the parking lot.  I'm amazed how much has eroded in my lifetime.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Kayaking in the Bay

Setup complete (in less than 15 minutes)
My sister was kind enough to bring down a pair of Oru kayaks to Chick Weekend.  I've written about these before - they're these neat origami kayaks that fold into the size of a large suitcase and weigh under 30 lbs.  She had the two of these stuffed in her hatchback with the back seats pulled down.

We have paddled around the Quaboag River and Pond, but I had not been in any kayak out in Cape Cod Bay before.  So this was new.  There was a good breeze on our first day and the water wasn't too choppy.  We headed north towards Wellfleet.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

I Like Thursday: Seen Around Eastham

I have so much to like, it may spill over into next week.  I jammed myself and six friends into a cottage on Cape Cod this weekend.  It was wonderful.  Even with all the terrific goings on with them, I had a chance to notice some fun little stuff.  So I'll start with that.


I was amused by these mailboxes.  Five of them lined up and not a single one the same height as another.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cape Chick Weekend XII

You'd think that after a dozen chick weekends on the Cape I'd have nothing more to say.  Yet every year new stuff happens among the tried-and-true weekend routines.  While waiting to pick up pizza on Friday night, we ran into at least two other groups of chick-weekend gals.  Must be the weekend to do that!

I had a packed house this year, with seven of us down on Saturday.  Added bonus:  my sister made it for the first time!  We squeezed most of us in a single car to make our Atlantic Spice pilgrimage.  We all came back with goodies (I can't believe how much I purchased considering I had been there in July!).  However, once the last gal arrived, we had to pile in two cars to check out the sand sculptures.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bittersweet

I have arrived to what feels like home.  It's odd, because I am here no more than five minutes and I start to yearn.  For what?  There's a crush of feelings.  This particular weekend in September reminds me of people I've loved (I still love) that are no longer living.  At the same time, there's the anticipation of my friends arriving for a chick weekend.  There's the peace and comfort of an old familiar place.  I miss what I've lost and love what I have.  It's a wonderful feeling, even with the tint of sadness.

I finished a book of Rumi poems Thursday night.  He speaks of longing; love's confusing joy.  I suspect that has colored my feelings, has made me pensive.  So I am grateful to have a little time to be still, appreciate the quiet, even for a little while - before the frenzied happy activity of the weekend begins.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

I Like Thursday: Nice Surprises

I spent Sunday with my mother, sister and nephew.  It was kind of a belated birthday celebration for me (because I had the audacity to let it quietly slip by).

We were walking around Puffer's Pond when this frog leapt out of the brush and landed right in front of me.  Startled the heck out of me - he was really moving until he came to a stop.  Then he waited for me to take photos.  Aren't the colors great?  He really was that green.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ultimate Laziness

All guinea pig owners will mention guinea pig poo at some point in a conversation.  Firstly, because there is just so much of it (and it's worrisome when there isn't).  Secondly, you see it in unexpected places.  It's often laughable. 

Mabel is an expert at pooing in her sleep.  This isn't the first time I've caught her with a hanging chad.  It's so ridiculous.  What a care-free life.

On the Wedgwood front:  she's recovering really well.  The gate to the floor remains closed all day because Wedg will jump to the landing if given a chance.  No jumping anywhere for at least a few more days.  Mabel can't come to the kitchen as often to mooch  for lettuce.  Because they are restricted to the bottom level of the cage, there's more sleeping than usual.  I think Mabel and Wedgwood will be so happy when I can open the gate and the upper levels to the cage.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Slouching Zig-Zags

I'm quilting the zig-zag quilt.  It has proven to be more challenging than I anticipated.  Normally I worry about puckering the back of the quilt, not the front.  Basted, pinned and quilted with a walking foot, this thing is determined to crawl all over. 

How frustrating.  Straight line quilting is pretty simple.  Yet this thing refuses to stay still.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Not What We Expected

Look at that Frankenstein belly!
Wedgwood went for stomach surgery on Tuesday.  Morning traffic was slow and aggravating - it gave me additional time stress about past surgeries that didn't go well.  I was a tad emotional when I got to the vet.  But the vet techs were wonderful, told me Wedgwood was everyone's favorite and assured me she was in good hands.  I left feeling better than I arrived.

Surgery started out well, but they soon discovered the culprit of the stomach issues - a large tumor growing out of her pancreas.  Not partial torsion after all; Wedgwood's stomach was being squeezed by the tumor.  Because of the size, position and amount of blood vessels entwined with the tumor, the vet was disinclined to mess with it.  It was a nasty surprise from how she described it.  We made the joint decision to leave it, but it was disappointing to put Wedgwood through the surgery and be unable to fix anything. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

I Like Thursday: No Snow Ball and Fungi

Kicked off this weekend with No Snow Ball benefit dance on Friday.  Unlike normal contra dances, there was no band (more money for the benefit, since there's no band to pay).  Instead, music is supplied by the caller's iPod, carefully paired to specific dances.  It's amazing what you can contra dance to:  lots of greats from the '60s  and '80s, recent songs I don't recognize, and some truly ridiculous stuff).  It works.  And you laugh.  Like dancing wasn't fun enough by itself.



I like the cooler weather and walking.  Of course it warmed right up again.  But I did get a little hike on on Sunday and found these fungi.  The first had an iridescent quality - it looked like a miniature polished wood stump.  It was rather striking in person.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Change of Plans

I was all set to practice lots of free motion quilting on the zig-zag quilt.  I had picked a bunch of fun designs.  But when I tried quilting the first diamond, I struggled to move the quilt.  The area was too large for the pattern I chose and the presser foot caught on the bulky sandwich.  Looking over my drawing I could see I was going to run into the same problem with most of these designs.

Well, that was unexpected.

My last quilt I did a lot of planning for straight line quilting until I switched to free motion.  This quilt is going to be the opposite.  Back to the drawing board, quite literally. 

Straight line may be better in the long run:  the quilt is already so busy, most of these free motion designs would only be visible on the back.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Wanderings

I've written before how exhausting cage cleaning day can be.  It's really strenuous work since Mabel has been here.  First you need to explore as much of the floor as you possibly can, including the nooks and crannies that Mama yells at you for getting into.  Then, if you run out of places to go, you start chewing the grids to get up the ramp.  Mabel learned quickly from Wedgwood how to do this and has become the worst offender.  Bang!  Bang!  I had to put put a brick next to the grids to keep them in place because Mabel is so strong and persistent.

This video is a little long, but you can see how they travel all over the place.  I love Wedgwood's bouncy trot. 


I never know where they'll show up.  To top it off, Mabel is completely unafraid of a human towering over her.  I have to be careful to look where I step, or I could easily trip over her.

They're entertaining to watch as they tool around.  I need to allow extra time as I get distracted by them (and occasionally pull them out of trouble) while cleaning the cage.  I enjoy the diversion and we all get a clean, dry cage at the end of it.  Win-win. 


Thursday, August 23, 2018

I Like Thursday: Family Weekend

I like the change in the weather.  Whew!  And it changed just in time to make ice cream at Family weekend.

My little ice cream churn doesn't get as much love as it used to, but I was very happy to give it a turn on Sunday.

The rules are easy - everyone must crank to have ice cream.  Everyone who cranks gets one spoonful when the dashers come out (and possibly gets to clean off the dashers - yum).

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I Like Thursday: Rain, Humidity and Green

Good grief, we've had nothing but rain and humidity for days.  The rain has actually been quite nice.  I enjoy listening to it while working.  Plus I am amused at the amount of curl my hair with all this humidity.  But I'm done - I want cooler drier weather!

The rainy weekend kept me in, so I sewed like crazy.  Love this!  I have the zig-zag quilt all sandwiched up; baby Homebase is together with backing and binding ready to go.  I'll probably sandwich it tonight.

I like my clean headlights.  I knew they needed it, but wow!  What a difference.  I also like my mechanics.  They've done some great stuff to keep this old car going.  At this point, the car doesn't owe me anything - but please, just a bit longer?  She's a great little car and I will be very sad when she gives out.

I like that I finally, finally got to go dancing after a six week hiatus.  Note to self:  don't wait so long!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Baby Homebase and Backing Progress



I sewed all weekend.  Every time I took a break to do something else, I'd find myself tinkering with a quilt within an hour or two.  How nice to have the time to work on them.

I love the baby Homebase quilt.  I'm already dreaming of ways to quilt it.  Binding fabric is cut and ready.  I'm currently designing a scrappy backing.  The plan had been to use the brights that I previously cut, but there wasn't enough variety.  I ended up using only about a third of those triangles, then dug through my stash for other fabrics to go with them.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Wedgwood Roller Coaster

Well, heck.

Wedgwood has been doing okay since her trip to the vet last month.  No veggies has been harder on me than on her.  We've had two short episodes of bloat, but otherwise have been doing well.  Mabel has been winning us over with her sly demands of lettuce on the side.

We returned to the vet for a recheck last week.  It was a disappointing trip.  I had been hoping we could surgically correct her stomach torsion.  However, the vet said she unwilling to do so:  research showed the odds were not great for recovery.  Wedgwood had x-rays taken, and to add insult to injury, had some scabs on her nose scraped off.  Not a fun time, but she was a very good pig.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

I Like Thursday: Birthday

I had a nice long weekend.  Visited friends, did some sewing, did some cooking (did lots of eating).  It was hard to go back to work!

I like the two fawns that wandered into the yard on Friday.  Aren't they cute?  Mama wasn't far away, carefully watching her twins from the edge of the woods.



I like birthday treats.  Was it wrong to have ice cream for dinner one night?  I don't think so (it was perfect for a hot day).  We managed to enjoy this trio of pastries over a few days (though we were tempted to eat them all at once!).  We found ourselves near the pastry shop again on Monday morning, and wondered if we should stop in again.  There had been mini chocolate tart we didn't see until after our purchase....

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Backing Zig-Zag

The front is assembled!  It's turned out a bit skinnier and taller than I thought:  it's 46" wide, and 72" tall.  But I'm not sure how to make it wider without making it taller.  Another whole strip would make it wider than I want (plus I'd have to make more triangles).  I was thinking of making some kind of border.  Would it look funny on just two sides?  I guess I could pull some off the top and bottom if I wanted to add it all the way around.  Bah.  But I love how it looks.  So maybe someone would be happy with a skinny, tall quilt?


Pressing open all those seams may  have been the right thing to do, but it was a painful process.  I'm pleased with the results:  my points are fairly flat and pointer than I had hoped!  I guess it was worth the occasional steamed fingers.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Zig-Zag Wins

I posted a few layouts for my triangle strings and asked for feedback.  My Facebook friends largely voted for the zig-zag layout.  I tried one more layout with these hexagrams.  Nice, but I kept coming back to my original design.  That's what I'm going with.

What I had originally called braided rows (or zig-zags) looked more like fish scales when lined up next to each other without shashing.  So I decided to pair triangles by the color of their long edge.  Many matched color as well as the width of that particular fabric.  I like how it looks.

Once I paired up triangles, the layout came together fairly quickly.  I've started sewing it together and may have a completed top early in the week.  These are thick blocks.  I figured the seams were going to need pressing in different directions based on the placement, so I thought it would be faster and easier to press them all open.  Ugh.  I forgot how much I dislike pressing open quarter inch seams.

Looking pretty good so far!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

I Like Thursday: Ins and Outs

It's Thursday again?  The summer is just flying by.  Time for some likes.

I mentioned Art in the Park a few weeks ago.  It's a series of art installations at Bird Park, all done by kids.  I went back last weekend and got a few photos of my favorites.  Among them were George and Martha.  They did such a great job with it!

I liked the trippiness of Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter's tea party, but the photos didn't capture all the little details.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Strung Out

I started these string triangles over three years ago.  Each time I finished a project that left more than a handful or two of strings and selvedges, I'd make a few more.  Some of my early pieces have no selvedges, until I hit upon the thought this would be a great way to use them.  I have enough triangles now for a large throw quilt, or possibly a twin if I augment it a bit.  I had to laugh - I went from not having enough pieces to suddenly the possibility of having too many.

I planned to do the braided look after seeing this quilt on Kit & Cat Quilts.  Close up it seems to messy and I wasn't sure I liked it.  So I tried something different for the last column:  string diamonds (which will need some kind of sash).  I love how the camera gives a different perspective.  Now that I look at the photo, the braids aren't looking quite so overwhelming.  Maybe put them all together?  Maybe add the strips like in that Kit & Cat quilt?

With all these triangles ready to go, I thought all I needed to do was assemble the mess.  But I suspect I may need to leave this on the floor for a while while I ponder possibilities (queue the complains of needing to walk ALL the way around it).  Sorry.  Maybe.

Which layout do you like?  

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sneaking Snacks on the Side

Wedgwood continues on a hay/pellet/water only diet.  I think I hate it worse than she does.  Wedgwood knows the routine and still whines for treats at all the usual times.  It's difficult to ignore.  But she eventually gets bored and moves on.  Mabel has been lucky enough to get goodies on the side.

So far Mabel doesn't beg, doesn't come to the second level for pepper, but she's not stupid.  After a few times of being placed on the kitchen floor with a piece of lettuce, she figured out that's the place to be.  I was puzzled when she chewed the gate several mornings in a row.  She'd been taste-testing several things she shouldn't lately.  But this appeared to be on purpose and always soon after I medicated Wedgwood.  I'd open gate and she'd be on the floor soon after, nose poking about.  Aha!  She's looking for a handout.
 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

I Like Thursday: Leftovers

I had more likes last week than I had time to write about.  This week, I've got leftovers.

Microwaved peaches



I like peaches - so I love this time of year.  But not much sadder than cutting into a wonderful looking peach to discover it's all woody.  Terribly disappointing.  In the past, I'd just throw them out.  Last week, though, I had sliced it into a bowl and thought:  what if I microwaved it for a minute?  I like cooked peaches, too.  Would that get rid of the woodiness?  Why yes, yes it does.  Even better with a scoop of ice cream or yogurt (and a few chocolate chips if I'm feeling particularly indulgent).  Yum!  I've tried this on a handful of woody peaches and they've all been quite nice.  Yay!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Stepping Stones

This quilt took so long to tell me what it wanted, but look how it turned out!  I'm so very happy.  I had planned to have it done before my cousin's first wedding anniversary... but I missed that by nearly a month.  Sorry.  It's done now!

Quilting went quickly and I had already prepped the binding.  Took about five hours to quilt the whole thing.  When I finished, the ripples and bubbles made me think of water over rocks, like river stones - some grey, some colorful.  Their wedding vows included seven steps, so I decided to name the quilt Stepping Stones.  It felt right.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Art of Slouching

Mabel has been with us for two months.  She's made herself at home.  She does not like to be patted in the cage (traditional morning scritches is a problem because Mama perseveres), but is perfectly relaxed if picked up and snuggled.  And if there's anyone who knows how to hang out, it's Mabel.  I think she even has Boadicea beat.  I mean, just look at her.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I Like Thursday: Work Vacation

I went to the Cape for a few days.  So much fun.  I came down on Friday afternoon before the rush and stayed until Wednesday.  Even though I worked most of the weekdays, it gave me the mornings and evenings to spend with family.  I even briefly plopped myself and the laptop in the backyard. So relaxing!  I will need to try this again!

I like that my guinea pigs are good travelers.  Wedgwood and Mabel came with me (since I wanted to keep an eye on Wedgwood).  I have to pack more for them than I do myself, but once they were set up, they made themselves instantly at home.

I was amazed to see town water (and a fire hydrant) down to the very end of Campground Road.  It's an odd shot to have the fire hydrant so close to the beach.

I love walking the beach.  I didn't get to do enough of it, but even just being close enough to smell the air and hear the people and the waves was wonderful.

I like misty mornings, which are typical for humid summer days on the Cape.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

An Unfortunate Twist

Wedgwood's weight has been low for a while with no apparent reason.  It had coincided with losing Boadicea and adopting Mabel, which I figured were both stressful events.  But it hasn't bounced back like I expected once Mabel settled in.  I dragged my feet in calling the vet - until Wedg blew up like a balloon on the 4th of July.  This had to be bloat.

The word "bloat" can strike terror into any guinea pig owner.  It's painful and can be fatal - no one ever wants to deal with it.  The weird thing was that Wedgwood moved around like nothing was wrong, eating and drinking.  Even when I picked her up, she protested in being manhandled, not wheeking or grunting in pain.  She didn't act sick.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I Like Thursday: Lounging

This week's likes has links, but I finished writing it and there were no photos.  Sorry.  So I'll start with this, just to give you something cute:  Wedgwood and Mabel hanging out.  Gotta like that foot sticking out.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

So Close!

I need to bury threads and attach binding.  Ooh, and a label.  But I am so close to being done with the Homebase quilt.  I finished the quilting last night.

I found the design on Cluck Cluck Sew.  This certainly would have been easier to quilt on a long arm machine, but I really liked how it looked.  I tried doing it all freehand, but ended up needing a template to see what I was doing.

I broke up the quilting to two parts.  The first step was to quilt wavy lines on the diagonal with a walking foot.  Once the waves were in place, I echoed them and added in circles with free motion quilting.

Isn't it neat?  I'm only showing off the back of the quilt because it's to be gifted.  (Besides, quilting shows up better on the back.)  No more photos of the whole thing until after the recipients get it.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Maintenance Costs

I'm nerdy.  I track lots of stuff in spreadsheets, including the maintenance cost of my car and vet expenses of guinea pigs.  I was surprised the other day when I discovered the numbers weren't too far apart.

I bought my car in December 2003, then adopted Athena and Victoria four days later.  (I was more excited about the guinea pigs than the new car... surprised?)  Anyway, nearly 15 years and 10 guinea pigs later, I was curious how the pigs and the car stacked up.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

I Like Thursday: It's Cooking

Whew, it's been hot!

I like that our air conditioner works!  And I like that we had an extra one to loan to my sister so she wouldn't cook this week. 

When I had made the banana cream pie last week, I made three mini pie shells with the extra dough.  So what did I do for my first hot day?  I slaved over a hot stove making a small batch of banana cream pie custard.  Well, maybe not slaved.  But this time it set!  I had almost enough to fill two of the mini pies.  The second was a little skimpy, so I added a layer of chocolate.  I liked that a lot (and the other is in the freezer, to enjoy another day).

That evening I was back at the stove to make this one pot macaroni and cheese.  No boiling water.  Takes less than 20 minutes to make.  It may be cheater (without a real roux), but it's delicious.  So easy.  Gotta like that!  And not hot work, which was good when the outside thermometer was reading 90℉.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Wibbly Wobbly

Now that I've started quilting the Homebase quilt, I'm glad I didn't pick the straight line design.  I started to freehand quilting the curves.  I had practiced on a small piece, no problem.  But when I tried the wavy lines on the whole quilt it was a mess.  Ripped it out, created a template, pinned and sewed against that.  So. much. better. 

I first attempted to sew against the template, which was awkward and jerky.  I switched to pinning the hills and valleys of the curve as a guide, then stitch from pin to pin.  I've done this before, and it works great (other than the occasional bad words when I jab my fingers with unseen pins).

It's slow work, because I pin only two lines at a time, then stitch, then back down to pin two more lines.  Lots of back and forth.  But the longest lines are first!  So it should speed up as I make my way to the corners.   Once I finish this, there's a second pass with a freemotion design.  Progress!

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

I Like Thursday: Sharing Stuff

June slipped away far faster than I anticipated.  I don't like that.  But there were things I did like.

Doesn't look like much, but it was delicious!
I like that I'm continuing to try new recipes (the only New Year's resolution I've stuck with).  Plus the Game Day crew seem to be happy to taste-test them.  Two new recipes last week.

It has been ages since I've made a Banana Cream Pie.  I've lost my aunt's recipe, but saw this one.  This pie was an adventure.  I used duck eggs, since the local chickens haven't been forthcoming.  They're huge and did not want to separate.  At all.  Then I didn't cook the custard long enough so it didn't set (because of the eggs?  the whole wheat flour?  who knows).  So I was cooking it again at 10pm when I should have been sleeping.  Assembled the pie the next morning with a somewhat-firm custard and lovely whipped cream, then froze it, hoping it would travel to Game Day in one piece.  Well... it almost made it.  An ill-advised sharp turn schlopped the contents to one side of the pie crust.  A little more freezing once I arrived, and it stayed solid enough for everyone to enjoy.  It was quite tasty - several people went for seconds.  I will definitely have to try it again... and cook that custard!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

This Is How It's Done

Mabel rarely begs.  She occasionally gets up on the second floor and waves her nose around.  Most often she expects green pepper to be handed to her as she lounges in the hammock.  Like royalty!  And because she's so cute, she often gets away with it.  I've been trying to get her to beg properly on the second level.  The other day Wedgwood decided to show her the art of The Silent Beg:






Okay, Mabel.  Are you watching carefully?  First you chew the bars to get Mama's attention.  Hey, Mama!  She doesn't like bar chewing, so that usually gets her to come right over to tell me to stop.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Who Knew?

Who knew that getting the cage cleaned was such exhausting work?

Mabel and Wedgwood spent the entire time wandering around the living room, exploring every nook and cranny.  Mabel discovered my desk (ooh, paper to nibble) and behind the pig table (maybe there's a stray pellet or two?).  Wedgwood followed her everywhere - loops around the couches, exploring around the edge of the living room.  They ranged far and wide.  Wedgie never went that far on her own.  In fact, she was so distracted she barely noticed the grids blocking the ramp to the cage (which she usually impatiently rattles to return home).

They were fun to watch.  Mabel was so outgoing.  Obviously she's feeling better - the two of them were on the move non-stop for a half hour.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

I Like Thursday: Kinda Sparse

Only a few likes this week.  Not sure where the time went.  I know I'll have more fun stuff to share next week.

I like watching Wedgwood and Mabel interacting.  They are so funny!  I need to get more videos of them on the floor.  I am so glad I adopted Mabel.

I very, very much like that I have the Homebase quilt sandwiched!  I am so excited.  Now the darned quilt is telling me it wants to be quilted in straight lines.  I'm brainstorming on what looks good.  I'd really like to get it under the sewing machine this weekend.

I like the Dresden Files.  I just pulled Working for Bigfoot from the library.  Can't wait to read it.  I've been waiting years for his next books to come out.  I've also borrowed In Farleigh Field.  I've been enjoying Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness and Molly mysteries, so this book should be fun, too.

One thing I don't like is the whole Blogger commenting-not-emailing thing.  I've actually started researching moving over to WordPress.  Ugh.  But I'm aggravated at Google's lack of response about fixing the whole thing.  So we'll see!  In the meantime, I like your comments!  Thanks for reading!

ETA:  OMG, it works!  I read Kim's comment.  I had to delete my email from getting emails, then re-enter the email address, but I am now getting emails as comments are posted.  Oh, happy day!  Instructions here.  Thanks, Kim!

That's it.  Short and sweet.  Sharing with Not Afraid of Color's I Like Thursday.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I'm Sandwiching!

I sewed together the Homebase blocks this weekend.  After so many weeks of pieces across my floor, it was wonderfully satisfying as each finished block appeared.  I loved ironing them to see straight lines and sharp points, the splash of color between the grey and white.

Now they're all together.  Really!  I've stitched the backing and have the binding ready to go.  I'm in the process of sandwiching it.  Now, how to quilt it?  Something wavy?  Swirls?  I hope I figure that out faster than the colors!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

I Like Thursday: Homebase, Howlite and Pigs


See?  See?  This is progress.  And I like it!  I have the triangles sewn to the first corners.  The Homebase block looks good, so I'm ready to start trimming and sewing the rest.


Oh, this makes me so happy.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Boston Spring Pignic 2018

The Boston Spring Pignic had a lot of firsts.  It was Mabel's first pignic.  It was the first time (that I can remember) that both of my girls went in (and stayed in) the common sow's pen.  Eventually Wedgwood had enough, but she played nicely for quite a while.  Lastly, an interesting first - it's the first time we've had more boars than sows.  It was close:  20 boars, 17 sows.  A lot of those males came in pairs, which is so cool.  Word has gotten out over the 15 years we've been holding pigics that boars can be kept together.  Years ago most boars came in as singletons and were so excited to meet other guinea pigs!


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Some Quiet Time


There's lots of whining, some rumblestrutting and the occasional snapping.  But beyond that there are long periods of quiet.

Wedgwood does not share well.  But she's not aggressive as Pinniped had been to Willow:  there's no hostile guarding and herding; she's not eating everything in sight so Mabel has nothing.  If anything, Wedg appears to be afraid Mabel will make off with the silverware when she's not looking.  It's kind of funny, since Mabel is so unassertive.

This photo is a perfect example.  I found Wedg sleeping half on the pile of hay with her butt blocking the cozy opening.  Like that was really going to stop Mabel.  I think the idea was Wedg would wake up if Mabel started eating the hay or moved elsewhere.  Not that Wedg would stop her - she just needs to know.  Because you can't trust little old ladies like Mabel.

Friday, June 8, 2018

It Has Started to Speak!

I purchased three more fat quarters on Sunday and finally, finally! the quilt is starting to speak to me.  This was the initial haphazard throw down I did last night.  I was looking simply for color combination and basic placement.  It's talking, and I like what it's saying.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I Like Thursday: Orange and Green

I'm not on stride this week - I'll blame that on a long weekend at Kripalu (a yoga and retreat center).  I went hiking nearly every day.  So much to see and do (and not do).


I liked this little critter we found right in the middle of the path.  We thought he was plastic at first, he was so bright.  He was so small my camera didn't want to focus on him.  Neat!


I like the sunlight on the leaves in the trees.  So much of where we hiked was heavily shaded.  Then we suddenly came across this opening in the canopy and the leaves just glowed!  Beautiful.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Chick Yoga Weekend XVI

Ah!  A weekend at Kripalu.  I look forward to this every year and this year did not disappoint.  The weather started out hot and humid, but it was sunny most of the time.  I hiked with my sister on multiple days, including a trail I've been meaning to try for years.  Pretty views, lots of greens and blues; some surprising oranges (the little newt? salamander? was so tiny my camera refused to focus on it). 

I have been remiss with my yoga in the last year, but did pretty well in classes.  I must be in shape because I wasn't stiff and sore each morning (although a couple of dips in the whirlpool may have helped).

I spent as much time as I could outdoors, reading or writing.  Some swinging chairs have been added to the grounds in the last year or so.  Love them!  I sat in one spot for nearly an hour and didn't see another soul.  The tranquility and solitude were wonderful.