This Day in May

Behind the Din

Ememem-9-1536x1024There is a French mosaic artist called Ememem doing amazing work near Lyons - using his skills to repair/refresh the city's potholes and erosions. If you click on the photo above, you can go read about his work - I personally think it is exquisite! :) Here are two more examples:


Life is flowing along quietly here chez Schiffer. I sew a couple of hours every day - I always thought I'd sew all day long when I retired but I have found that my body just cannot perform for more than about three hours before I have to sit quietly in a corner and rest. Looking down at the machine (which is supposed to be the best angle) aggravates my neck and my hands go numb. :P My attention span appears to be about 1.5 hours before my mind wanders off what I'm doing. (That _is_ an improvement from the 45 minutes I could manage when running my store:) 

One good thing that I started during the pandemic is cooking real food for our suppers ... I manage maybe three or four evenings a week, which I count as a success. Especially considering how much I do not enjoy meal planning/meal production/grocery shopping, etc. LOL.

Today I finished making and attaching the Dresden frame to my second embroidered block for the Halloween mystery bom:


I love his ruff! This is another design by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio. I was just thinking today (as I gathered the fabrics to make this frame) that I want to incorporate some of my other archived Halloween patterns in this quilt when I finish the embroideries. :)

As I'm sure you know, the big environmental news in my local region right now is the eruption of Brood X of 17 year cicadas. I took some photos in my front yard and made a video to remember the sound level of their cries, fairly early on in the whole process.

Cicadason azaleas

Cicadason azaleas

If you look carefully, you can see some of the cast off shells of emerging cicadas along with the more mature bodies of older ones getting ready to fly upward into the trees. They chew on the growing tips of leaves and the males make a high-decibel cacophony while calling to the females to mate. If you sit and watch anywhere under trees right now, you will see regular flights of females dropping out of the trees onto the grass to lay their eggs and start the cycle again. Apparently the females lay their eggs in the leaf tips (where the larvae hatch, eat and then drop to the ground to burrow down to the root level); those females flying down must be exhausted and going off to die? Cycle of life stuff. :P

We will have a quiet holiday weekend - we never travel during holidays if we can help it (got enough of that when our kids were little, going to see family:). Hope to do some meaningful sewing.

:) Linda


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