This is one of the few online comic strips I follow regularly. If you click on the image, you'll go to the most current strip on the site. :) I had to save this one because it is sooooo very true!
Sadly, we are no longer a family with cats. Our last pet, Cocoa, died last night. She was about 12 years old. My son Hugh and I went out this morning and found her a last resting place in our back yard. Many sad sighes - she was my 'baby' and I will miss her.
The weather is trending very much spring-like - there's no going back now, I'm pretty sure. :) Our forsythia is running wild in the back side yard but it is blooming bright yellow at the moment. I had not been outside in our back yard for months before our morning burial detail so it was shocking to see how much neglect is out there - I have to get some landscapers to come in and rectify things, I think. sigh.
There are definite signs of spring in my front yard - the grape hyacinths are blooming and so are the very short dandelions (can you tell we have big trees?:)
In other news, I've had a busy week since I last wrote. First up, our trip to the Lancaster quilt show. Barbara drove and Patty and I happily rode along. :) The weather was warm-ish but gray and it actually rained on us a bit. Takes about two hours to get to the downtown convention center from here, with in our case a bit of extra delay for morning rush hour traffic going around Baltimore. I was only semi-conscious since we left around 8:15 a.m. :)
I have not been to this show in two or three years so I was surprised to find how much smaller it was than I remembered. I think the era of really big regional quilt shows is waning - with the probable exceptions of QuiltCon, Paducah and Houton International. The economic instabilty of the last decade has had its effect on the vendor community, too, as there were definitely fewer booths for shopping. What was there was pretty exciting, though, so there is an up-side. :) I spent way more money than I usually do at a show because I decided to buy two complete block of the month kits:
I'm actually pretty exciting about both of these. They are a bit more toward the 'primitive' side of the spectrum than I usually pursue, but I quite like them. I was mostly inspired by the Halloween one which I expect to make for my daughter. :) At least she expressed interest when I shared the photos. :)
I also visited the Sew Many Creations booth where I bought the pattern and kit to make a Mini Diva wallet and some cork fabric to go with. There were probably other minor purchases, too (besides food and drink:) but I can't remember them at this moment. I saw a lot of inspirational quilts and took many photos. I'm unsure about the etiquette of post these pics since I take them for my own edification and don't do much to record whose they are. I don't feel right about sharing unattributed works so I will refrain.
I spent most of Friday resting and did some sewing on my Spargo tree project. I had intended to be going to Ky/KS/WI this week and so had my mind on my trip planning and packing most of Saturday. Only my mind, really, as I did no packing. Sigh.
Sunday was the monthly meeting of my Sew&Tell group - which I deeply enjoyed as always. As I get older, the meetings gain more importance to me as our friendships deepen and we weather hardships together ... of which there is a more than ample supply right now. Sigh!
Monday was the monthly meeting of Mimi Dietrich's Grad Class which I haven't attended for a while. It was really good to see everyone and to get inspired by all the projects under way. This year is the Bucket List project so everyone is doing something different and it is all pretty wonderful. :)
Monday afternoon I met Janet from the Baltimore Modern quilt guild and exchanged materials, thinking that I would not be at the meeting this month. Monday evening I talked to my husband and he expressed some considerable reservations about me traveling alone long distance by car so soon after my surgery. When I talked to my doctor (via email) on Tuesday, he agreed ... so I decided to put my trip on hold until May.
At the same time as all this, my kitty Cocoa was getting ill (well, mopey and not eating - she didn't seem to be in pain). I thought the kidney infection she had might have recurred ... but the not-eating part was worrisome. Clearly that had a definite outcome. :(
Now I feel like I did when there was a snow day and my kids were out of school - normal life is suspended and you have sudden, surprising, 'free' time. Not sure how to focus. My cricket brain is not calming down too well today.