Sunday I was _supposed_ to go to an exhibit of quilts at the Maryland Historical Society ... with my Baltimore modern quilting buddies. In my own unique out-to-lunch manner I neglected to read my calendar for the weekend (other than to note that I did not have anywhere I needed to go on Saturday) and so completely missed my tour date. Major Sighs! No big problems, just completely scatterbrained. I was really annoyed with myself in the late afternoon when I finally realized it!
Looking at links to the word 'scatterbrain' just now, I find opinions ranging from LOSER to get-it-together-idiot to a woman who specializes in what she calls scatterbrain quilt making to an interesting essay on why people who are scatterbrained are actually more intelligent than others. Society sure can't think what to make of us disorganized dreamers. :) Well, I was annoyed with myself, anyway ... nothing to do with it but grumble to myself, of course.
Monday was the monthly meeting of Mimi Dietrich's Grad Class at Bear's Paw quilt shop in Towson. Mimi did say to me that she missed me (and was worried that I might have been sick) ... and that the modern quilters were an awesome group - friendly, studious, interested, and eager. I was surprised that several of the ladies present (the average age of members of our group is certainly over 60), in idle chatter during lunch, expressed the opinion that modern quilt makers were the saviors of the quilting industry in today's world. I guess we are all conscious of being the group most subject to the attrition of time's passage.
There were a lot of pretty show and tell items at the meeting ... and I worked on my first block for the Granny's Garden project that we are doing together (a year long sew-along) in the group. The quilt was designed by Lori Holt whose quilts I enjoy ... and I like the design well enough but I have no desire to re-make Lori's quilt. :) I decided to use Kaffe Fassett fabrics for my flowers and a dark, dark purple flannel for the background. At a break in the meeting, my friend Sue and I found some wildly colored rickrack I bought to use as an appliqued circle around my blossoms ... but I'm still debating whether to make alternating blocks with purple/light background/circles or what .
I am meeting with Sue and some other friends (including Barbara and Polly) on Friday at Springwater to work on the project ... and on my Vintage Housewife quilt (also designed by Lori Holt). I have made even fewer decisions about the housewife design ... but I want to make it because it reminds me so very much of my grandmother Hampton and of my own mother (who was a working woman all her life, a nurse, but really aspired to be a good housewife in addition). I've always told people I am a good homemaker but a terrible housewife ... so some of my attraction could be due to that love-hate relationship, too. :) I have thought about doing the VH quilt in 30s repro prints (which I do have a fondness for) - mostly because my grandmother was a young motber during those years. She was born in 1904 ... and my father (her fourth child) was born in 1931.
Tuesday I took my Jeep for its first ever servicing - tire rotation, oil change, and I had them check on software updates for the CarPlay stuff. I neglected to keep up with that on my Dart and it sometimes mattered so I'm trying to be a more thoughtful owner with the Jeep. :)
After the service (which took a little over an hour), I drove to Catonsville and had my favorite lunch at Peace a Pizza. - a whacking good salad. :) That afternoon I ate a Santa Fe salad (vaguely southwestern with grilled chicken). Luscious! I had an appointment in the early afternoon at the Beauty Bar for a haircut and spa - pedicure, manicure, waxing, the works. :) I have not been in since late October (and I usually go every six weeks or so) and really enjoyed it. I don't do a lot of overt self-indulgence but it certainly has its place in life. :)
Today, Wednesday, has been quiet and pleasant. It is our 'cooking' day and Hugh and I chose beer-boiled bratwurst with sides of sauerkraut and baked beans for our menu. Worked out well and we all enjoyed eating dinner. :) Next time I'll make the brats on a grill, though - I like them that way best. Hugh did not like the beer flavoring so we'll likely skip it next time, too, as neither Skip nor I care one way or the other.
In the evenings I am watching movies (re-watching James Bond oldies and nature documentaries right now) while knitting. My daughter requested a shrug and so I am knitting this one with some luscious deep red (Cereza) Malabrigo Rios yarn. Very tactile. :) I get bored with just doing stockinet knitting after a while, but I manage an inch or so each evening so the project moves along. :)
Sooo looking forward to sewing some more, even by hand. My long sojourn into grief is starting to lift at last. Life is like that - and what little I have learned in my sixty-plus years here on Earth leads me to just roll with the punches, so to speak. This, too, shall pass (sadly).