Low Levels



This is the view out my bedroom window this afternoon. It is still snowing here in Columbia ... and my neighbor's house (downhill from the back of our house) shows the accumulation. At the very bottom of the photo you might be able to see someone's (or -thing's) footprints in the snow. It always surprises me when it snows how many tracks show up in our yard. There is a good sledding slope just to the right of this photo so maybe these are kid's tracks to go out? Or maybe those deer that like to bed down under our deck (a story off the ground) leave traces? I wonder who's been around. :)

I am feeling just as fluffy as the snow right now. Sigh. My emergence is going on still, but with ups and downs. I got out last Sunday to spend the afternoon with my friend Barbara - it was the monthly meeting of the Sew & Tell group. I always enjoy seeing my friends although the weather kept some of them home (snow was predicted but did not show up  that day:).

At the recent Baltimore Modern guild meeting I picked up a packet of fabrics from the Comfort Cases rep who attended from the DC Modern guild. The one I chose features bugs and dinosaurs:


At the meeting Sunday I cut up most of these prints into strips and rectangles. There were already made eight or nine blocks for a quilt and I decided to just continue the project. Comfort Cases makes duffels to give kids who enter foster care with a book, a small quilt, etc. in them. They ask for 30" - 40" quilts and so I figured nine 10 to 12 inch blocks would make a good size. I managed to cut enough to make three tops that size during the afternoon of the group meeting. I had not brought Blue with me (too spindly to carry much, still) so I bundled the cuttings up to work on at home.

Friday afternoon I had visited with my friend Barbara for our weekly sewing date ... during which I managed to trace off another pattern for my next punch needle project: My memory truly sucks! :P NOT Friday but Saturday afternoon - I went to the monthly meeting of the Columbia Friends group (Baltimore Modern guild) and worked with those sewing buddies. LOL - Barbara will be surprised to read about our Friday get together since we DIDN'T this week. I spent Saturday Friends meeting tracing my new punch-needle project, cutting framing squares for my finished punch-needle Coneflower piece, and cutting bits for the Comfort Cases project. Sheesh!


This heart pattern came from Mary Corbett of Needle and Thread (I _think_:). I don't know how long I've held onto it and finally found a use for it. :) I have not decided how to do the punch needle - what colors to use, etc. Pondering that in my backbrain, still.

If this sounds like I've been busy sewing, it's a mirage. Sigh. I manage a only few stitches daily (yes, that _is_ better than NO stitches:). I seem to be spending a lot of time just sitting ... or sleeping ... or reading ... or playing solitaire. Sigh. I got annoyed with myself yesterday and spent most of the afternoon cleaning one quarter of the area around my computer desk - mostly sorting through papers rescued from my Mom's house and assorted knitting projects abandoned in the mess. :P Stirring up dust that my allergies are complaining to me about today. :P

I think it might take me the rest of this week to finish cleaning my desk at this rate. :P Gotta focus on the end result, right? At least there is progress, no matter how sloooooow. I bought a new light bank (for my S.A.D.) in December ... time to get it set up on my desk so I can use it!

There are all kinds of things waiting for me to work on, of course. I am almost a month behind on my temperature blocks ... the Comfort Cases tops to assemble and quilt (they did give me backing fabric:) ... Little O's quilt to finish ... a New York Beauty mini to make for the Instagram swap I joined ... never any end to projects (new and old) that need working on. :) Gotta get well a little faster.

:) Linda


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