TSK TSK TSK

I just had to stick a summer-like picture up there, I really did. You would think summer is right around the corner here. While the midwest is having a blizzard (excuse me while I laugh hysterically) we’re getting RAIN. Yes, rain. It got up to 59 degrees here today and it could stay there forever…

February

February lasts forever. This is a fact of life. I wish there was a way to get it out of the calendar each year so we in the frozen north wouldn’t have to live through it. But yet I persist in making things to make the time fly ………… There are always thousands of patterns…

Luminosity

In the suchness of natural purity, there is no difference between earlier and later states. There is no difference between the time when one is an ordinary being and the point at which one is a buddha. In essence, the natural luminosity of emptiness never changes. Mipham’s commentary on Maitreya’s Ornament of the Great Vehicle Sūtras…

If Ever I Could Go ……..

Years ago, at a library book sale, I found The Tassajara Bread Book for 50 cents. I have used no other book for baking bread since. I love my Tassajara Bread and am going to have to whip some up this week. I set out to collect all the Tassajara recipe books I could find….

Kid You Not

My car is out of its all-encompassing snow bank. No more does it sit, surrounded by 5 feet of snow, incapable of movement, frozen. It has been set free. Not only is my lovely 4-wheel drive (Thank God for 4-wheel drive) Subaru free, it is now sitting at the end of my driveway, ready to…

Sunshine

The sun decided she should come up this morning and show her face. We haven’t seen her for a while here. Along with the sun, there’s the promise of temperatures in the 40s. It feels like spring. I accomplished something yesterday. Yay! I quilted my diamond quilt by machine. I went to attach the walking…

Working

These two pieces of fabric make up my Diamond quilt top. Today I’m going to machine quilt it. I’m nervous. At one point I had a Bernina with the BSR and I quilted 4 king-size quilts and one twin size on it. It wasn’t easy and I don’t think the stitch regulator helped me all…

Starting Early

Spring will come. I will no longer be cranky. I won’t be stuck in the house for days at a time. I will be able to go outside and work in my newly created container garden. With that in mind and since I’ve had absolutely no luck getting any help with the work that needs…

What I Can Do and What I Cannot

I think I can wait until Maine looks like this photo again. I think I can I think I can I think I can. Since our big snowstorm that dumped this in my driveway I have spent time on the phone and computer looking for someone to clear it out. No. There is no one…

Still Cranky

This is what happens during a major snowstorm when every idiot and their brother is out on the roads. After all, speed limits are just a suggestion, right? I’ve been on I-95, well trying to get on I-95, and had a van that could not have passed inspection go around me on the on-ramp! I…

Complaining Won’t Shift Snow

Weather is so boring. I’m sick to death of weather. And today? More weather is on its way. We’re supposed to get another foot of snow. I’m like, uh, what? After only small snowfalls of less than 3″ for the entire winter, we get 5 feet in a few days? Hello? I’m going to do…

Sigh

If you were here, you’d move. As soon as possible. It isn’t snowing a lot – it’s snowing a HELL of a lot. It’s hard to say how much snow there is on the ground right now. I’d say around 14″ but it’s all drifted from winds last night so it’s hard to say. There…

Blowin’ A Gale

According to the National Weather Service, we’re going to get one. A gale, snowstorm, weather bomb, blizzard – all those things that keep Mainers inside for the duration – hopefully. As I mention in my most recent post, employers need to give their employees a break and let them stay home tomorrow. There are some…

Penguono Feathers Removed, Quilting To Do and Books Read

Guess I don’t have to write anything now because my title says it all. Too bad, I’m going to write anyway. It’s colder than a witch’s tit here today. I mean I’m super tired of wanting to turn the boiler on and then telling myself to save the oil for later on. It’s been super…

Choose Light

Why would anyone choose to poison themselves? Think back to the last time you were angry. How did you feel? Were your muscles tense, your breathing shallow, your thinking violent? Probably. But those things are nothing compared to what your adrenal system is going through when you’re angry. From Livestrong.com When you perceive something as…

Fresh Apple Cake – Walter Heacock

5 small apples, cut in cubes 2 cups sugar 1 cup butter, melted, or 1 cup liquid shortening 3 cups flour 2 tablespoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 2 whole eggs 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped nuts Directions Mix apple cubes with sugar and set…

Bombogenesis and Stupid Knitting

They have these big words. They just mean that we’re going to get what Islanders on PEI called “dirt.” It is dirt. It’s a damn shame that we have had little or no snow this winter, and now, all hell is going to break loose. I’m going to have to go out and move my…

Too Busy

I wish this were the way it looks outside today. Unless you’re living under a cabbage, you know we’re having a snowstorm in the northeast. For some reason the weather people act like this is something that doesn’t happen in the winter. I refer you to this: This is Maine and It’s Gonna Snow Enjoy…

Save the World

Don’t Set Out to Save the World When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at…

The Home of the Brave – And The Patriots!

Okay maybe not everyone is thrilled with the outcome of the Super Bowl yesterday, but heck, I live in New England and I thought it was fantastic. I almost wish I’d watched it! Since my husband passed away, watching sporting events by myself hasn’t been high on my list of priorities. He enjoyed football in…

Sunday Sewing and a Headache

I have a headache. I’m letting you know this right up front so if I make a lot of errors in spelling, you’ll know why. I get barometric pressure headaches. This is stupid. I have no idea why my head decides to hurt like Hades when there’s a low pressure system within 150 miles of…

Baby Comes Home Today

Eek! I’m so excited. Today I get to bring home my new toy, the Bernette Chicago 7. I had wanted the Chicago 5, primarily because I don’t do machine embroidery and the Chicago 7 does. Unfortunately I waited too long and the Chicago 5 is no longer available. Fortunately I waited until the Chicago 7…

Next Up – Spinning Wheel

In my quest to conquer every possible fiber-related hobby known to woman, the next purchase is a decent spinning wheel. I say decent, because I’ve already owned one that wasn’t. I didn’t like it. Not at all. I’m trying to decide which one I want. There are many choices. Some of them, like the Majacraft…

Georges Bizet

I met my husband in 1978, not surprisingly, the year we were married. He was different from anyone I’d ever known. From Latvia, culturally educated, a man who appreciated art and music – especially opera. I listened to my first classical music that wasn’t at the Assembly Hall in Champaign, high in the bleachers while…

Penguono and Outline 2 and Life

I have been busy. What with the conquering of perfect seams by MACHINE and my knitting, I can happily stay off the computer and out of trouble. I refuse to allow other people’s ire to annoy me. Now I only get frustrated when something breaks. Something always breaks. Although it is not the only reason,…

Diamonds in the Rough

When I began my quilting adventures 30 years ago, I was precise. I marked out every little piece by hand usually from templates I’d made myself. I marked the 1/4 seam with my pencil and quarter inch seam marker thingie. What is that thing? It’s a piece of polycarbonate about 12″ long and – wait…

Dreaming of Spring

I’m on the lookout for containers. This is going to be the year I actually do what I have intended to do for the last 3 years. I’m going to have a garden, not just any garden, an artsy container garden. So now I need artsy containers. I’m pretty sure I can find some containers…

Blocks

Making a quilt starts with the fabric, then the vision of what I want it to look like. I like movement in my quilts, colors that go from light to medium to dark. I want to see the shape, but more than that I need to see the movement. I made this quilt in the…

If It Ain’t One Thing, It’s Another

Sitting inside yesterday, watching this apply itself to my windows and noticing how few cars were on Broadway, I had no idea what was to come. Seems it was not enough of a problem that we were stuck inside. No one was going to chance walking in this stuff to get mail or anything. I’m…

Uh Oh

I woke up early this morning, hearing the freezing rain hit my windows. Hmm. No matter where I’ve lived across the US, freezing rain is ugly. There were two bad ice storms in Illinois when I was growing up. One when I was 6 and one when I was 13. I remember these storms because…

Work to Be Done

Once again, it’s winter in Maine. No surprise then that there’s a Hazardous Weather Warning on my forecast for tonight and tomorrow. It doesn’t sound lovely. It’s called Wintry Mix and that means it will either be ice or snow or turn to rain. I’m hoping for the rain part. I am done with ice…

Life Hums Along

Seriously folks, this has been a rough 11 weeks here in The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave. Especially if you support our new president. Definitely if you support our new president. Absolutely if you support our new president. Naturally, I write about what is important to me, things I think…

Control

“You may control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; Ride the lion and play with the cobra; By alchemy you may learn your livelihood; You may wander through the universe incognito; Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful; You may walk in water and live in…

Results!

Finally the ironing is done. I could have been faster if I hadn’t taken three days out to sew a shirt. And one day of that, just to thread my serger. I love most of these. With the exception of the brownish stuff and the overtly purple, I’m happy. The brown was a weird one….

Handmade Room

Originally posted on Fiber Compulsion:
I spend a lot of my day making things. All sorts of things. Sweaters, socks and shawls, art quilts, clothing, and collages. Since 1992 when we moved to our home in St. Clair Shores, I have had a room all to myself for my supplies and for work. I have…

World-Confusion

In the jungle of civilization, in the stress of modern living, lies the test. Whatever you give out will come back to you. Hate, and you will receive hate in return. When you fill yourself with inharmonious thoughts and emotions, you are destroying yourself. Why hate or be angry with anyone? Love your enemies. Why…

Not Buying Your Crap

For the last few weeks I’ve been subjected to left-wing rants about President Donald J. Trump. Well, he’s president now. It’s time to put down your Vulva Biscuits and go do whatever it is you do. If you do anything, that is. I’m a knitter. Big deal, right? Well every knitting pattern “designer” I used…

Back to Work

Today, after enjoying the Inauguration yesterday, I get back to work. I did manage to thread my serger, thanks to a youtube video, my shirt is finished and now I am on a mission to iron 6 huge pieces of hand-dyed cloth. Dyeing, although it is my favorite occupation, is messy. Or maybe I’m messy,…

They Didn’t Like His Inauguration Address

I listened to President Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration Address yesterday and I was heartened. Funny how I didn’t see it as “dark” but saw it as real. I listened to the pundits critique the address and I was surprised by their remarks, although I shouldn’t have been. If he’d floated across the podium after taking…

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave

I wonder if the Spirit of Francis Scott Key is here with us in this world-confusion or watching us from the spirit plane. Does he know how incredibly powerful his words have been and are? Does he know that we all stand, cross our hearts and sing to this beautiful anthem for America? Well most…

Money, Politics, Religion

These are the three things we were never to discuss in a social setting when I was young. It was a good rule, it kept everyone from getting overheated and saying things they couldn’t take back, it kept everyone civil. The only thing I don’t remember is why we had that rule when everyone we…

Good Counsel

I don’t often write about charitable organizations. It’s not that I don’t appreciate their work, it’s just that none have inspired me to put down in words what they make me feel. Around Christmastime, I received an email concerning Good Counsel. It is an organization started to help homeless mothers give birth to their children…

What Goes Down, Must Go Up

BEING WILLING TO TAKE A CHANCE If we accept a challenge and take steps to accomplish something, the process will yield results—either success or failure. When you sow a seed or plant a tree, either the seed will germinate, the tree will grow, or it will die. Similarly, trust means that we know that our…

Submersed

This is a piece of cloth I wouldn’t mind repeating. I can’t repeat it. The most wonderful thing about dyeing fabric is that they are unique, each one with its own color placement and group of colors, none alike. I used Lime Squeeze, Thistle Blossom, Robin’s Egg Blue and Goldfinch on this piece. Hard to…

Cookie Time

It’s cookie time. I’m hungry. Whenever I’m hungry, it’s time for cookies. Sometimes I have really cool ingredients to put in them, sometimes I don’t. Tonight I don’t so it’s the Easiest Sugar Cookie recipe from the  Breakfast at Nine, Tea at Four cookbook (available on Amazon, naturally.) This book came home to me way…

Only the Strong Survive

I’m not sure we’re going to get through this. This being Inauguration Day, a day which should be joyous as we celebrate the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the other. The problem is that it hasn’t been peaceful. In any election there are losers and winners. You can’t have two winners in…

Hidden Meanings

Unseen As most of you know, I am a psychic. I also believe you’re psychic and whether or not it is in the forefront of your life, it is still there. After finishing my degree, I searched around for a job in which I could use my degree and NOT TYPE. Well, I found one…

Handmade Room

I spend a lot of my day making things. All sorts of things. Sweaters, socks and shawls, art quilts, clothing, and collages. Since 1992 when we moved to our home in St. Clair Shores, I have had a room all to myself for my supplies and for work. I have an old home now. It’s…