January 26 Quilt works in Progress

Being so snowy and cold this weekend I have made progress on a number of projects.  I have almost finished the top for my Scottish Solstice.  I have only one more border to sew on.I have also finished the backing for my Going Coastal large quilt.

Finally I started a queen sized quilt for my DD1 that is very modern and clean-lined using fabrics from Kate Spain’s Sunnyside line along with some coordinating solids.  I am hoping to finish the top by the end of the week, buy and sew the backing and get it to my quilter by the end of next week.  This may well be a record for me!  I tend to start many and then finish a few at leisure.

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January 24 Flu Shot Irony

After all the media attention about how ill people have been with the flu, I decided that I should get the shot.  I probably haven’t had one for at least twenty years.  And after this week I can see that there is a good reason for it.  I dutifully went to my doctor’s office and fortunately was out quickly with a sheet describing the shot and most importantly the side effects I could expect; things like a sore arm or a slight fever.  Late that night, I woke from a sound sleep and started sneezing and sneezing and sneezing.  I was awake every hour or so having to blow my nose.  All the next day I felt like I had a terrible sinus infection.  And then it just went away!  A one day cold.  So that is where the irony comes in.  Was this just a reaction to the shot?  Or did I really have a cold for one day?  I’m just happy to feel better again.

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Along with the rest of the country we are in the midst of a “Polar Vortex”, and finding it very difficult to enjoy the freezing temperatures and snow.  I have to admit that this is the first time I have even heard of this phenomena.

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January 19 Modern Mystery Quilt

I had a wonderful time today sewing with friends and making a mystery quilt designed by Debbie Grifka.

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January 18 North American Auto Show

Spent the morning at the Auto Show along with thousands of other car enthusiasts.

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What excitement.  It’s an opportunity to see the best of the vehicles from all the car companies.  Not only can you check out the newest versions but sometimes you can also see some awesome cars from the past.  That was the case this year with a 1932 Lincoln, the prototype of the first Mustang along with the first one off the assembly line.  

We spent lots of time checking out the Camaro as we are seriously thinking about buying one.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

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Also had to see what was happening at the BMW area.  Lots of interesting colors And several new models.  I just love the excitement of seeing all the newest ideas.

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January 17 Giraffe

imageI admit that my favorite animal is the giraffe, giraffa camelopardalis.  One of the reasons is that it is so tall and graceful and reminds me to consider my own grace as well.  I also like it because of the lovely coat patterns.  And finally I love the fact that it has a blue tongue.  A couple of years ago I went to the zoo in New Orleans and was able to feed one.  It was a beautiful warm day and they were so gentle taking the leaves.  I have some giraffe mementos as others know about my preference for the animal.

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January 16 Snow, Snow, and More Snow

Surprisingly we have had about three inches of new snow today without it being forecasted.  The difference is that it was quite slippery so walking was difficult.  

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January 15 Washtenaw Dairy Doughnuts

imageThose of us who live in Ann Arbor, Michigan are very lucky because we have Washtenaw Dairy.  During the summer months it is a locus for extra large ice cream cones but all year round you can get freshly fried doughnuts.  It’s always a treat to go early on summer Saturday mornings and pick up a couple with some small milk cartons and sit outside in the warm sun and enjoy a “not good for you” breakfast before heading off to the farmer’s market.  My favorite, and the only one I ever eat is maple frosted with peanuts.  Yum!

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