This makes the 697th post I've made to this blog since I started keeping it in February of 2002. Coming up on my 700th post - guess I should be thinking of something nice to give to my readers? :)
This past week has been one of cocooning at home for me - we had our FIFTH snow storm of this winter on Monday. My poor husband came down with a roaring sinus infection and then, just as he was recovering from that, with a truly nasty bladder infection. Poor man, he's been truly wiped out - problem is, he has such a high tolerance for pain, he gets much sicker than most people before he even notices that he's unwell. Sigh. He's certainly had enough sick days this winter - makes me feel positively healthy at times. :)
I wish I could say that I have been sewing while caving at home - but mostly I've been knitting and reading ... oh, and trying to concentrate on journaling what I eat. My nutritionist is trying to get me to keep a daily journal so I can track my intake. :P I know I am really bored when I cannot be bothered to eat. Apparently one of the reasons I have not been losing weight is that I frequently am not eating even the required 1350 calories a day that this diet includes. That undereating puts my body into 'starvation' mode and it starts conserving calories. :P
I did manage to get down to Circleville, VA to pick up a new CPAP machine last week ... and have been to the store a couple of times to teach a couple of private students and to sew (and twice to load up my car with recycling - mostly empty bolt boards - that I took to the county landfill/recycling center). Bitter cold it has been, even when the snow has gone. This is the longest, coldest winter I can remember since I moved to Maryland in 1978. Brrr!
One thing I managed to sew is a tote bag to exchange when I go to the Modern Quilting Retreat in Lancaster County, PA the first weekend in April. I signed up to go sometime early last fall and am looking forward to it. Each attendee who signed up for the tote swap got a yard of linen to use - mine was a dark denim blue with white cross threads...which I did not think was very pretty (odd, too, as denim/indigo blue is one of my favorite colors:).
Today I finished the tote I'm going to swap (though I'd be happy to keep it myself:).
I used the linen given to us as the lining - it's nice and strong and should stand up to use well. The bag is quilted in sections - I don't remember who the designer of this flowery print is, but I think it looks spring-y and happy. :) Hope the person who gets it likes the thing. That band of pink above the gray pocket is a zipper. This photo makes the top edges look uneven, but that is an artifact of the way the bag is hanging on the photography wall - it is about 4" deep, so the front top floped over a bit toward the back. I'll be interested in seeing what kind of bag I get in exchange. :)
Skip has missed a bit of bowling with the snow and being sick ... but I did go one evening with him. I noticed the formica pattern that was topping the table and had to take a photo - you can see it at the top of this post - I think this would make a fun fabric print. If I ever get around to making him a memory quilt, I'll have to get this printed up at Spoonflower. :)
I am always finding potential patterns wherever I go ... this one is the carpet in the lounge (bar) of the alley, which I think looks a bit like an ikat print:
I'm pretty sure there is some kind of quilt pattern hiding in that design.
Tomorrow I am going to try to attend the day meeting of my quilt guild (the evening meeting this week got snowed out) ... and I have my weekly weigh-in. Then I guess I'll go haul some more recycling to the landfill center. Maybe I'll even manage to sort out some stuff for Goodwill. It truly is amazing how much STUFF can get accumulated in back corners over the years!