Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Just 80 Minutes: Part Six

I've finished the 36 paper-pieced segments and added centers and shoulders, and sewn them together into nine wheels. Three of them are pictured here.

I feel very confident with this particular paper-pieced pattern at this point. Someone pointed out that it isn't a very challenging pattern. That's true. The next pattern is more challenging. I'm not sure where I'm going to find 80 minutes this week, but I'll certainly try!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Summer Projects

 Eight of us, more or less, meet on the first (or second) Tuesday of each month to do hand sewing. This has been going on for a long time; I can't remember how many years. Each year in April or May we choose some sort of a charity project to do independently over the summer. This year we came up with two options: One was to make lap quilts for veterans in wheelchairs; the second was to make quilts for The Baby Bureau. We have until the October meeting to complete our projects and that is when we have the ingathering.

Emily made this beauty for a veteran.

I forgot to take my quilts to the meeting at Marsha's, so today, before they were headed off to The Baby Bureau, I photographed the ones that I made on the back deck.

I love being part of this little group and love it that we take the time to share our talent with others.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Remember Me?

I am convinced that this election cycle is providing a negative and frightening undergirding to all of American life. People seem to me to be edgy, depressed, defensive and aggressive, all at the same time. This morning at breakfast, Himself and I talked about it; we both will be so glad -- we think -- when it is all over. The ugliness -- and not just on one side -- is beyond anything I've ever seen before on a national stage.

There are, of course, other things going on in my life. And everything seems to be colored by my despair over this election. Some weeks ago, for no apparent reason, all of the links on my blog disappeared. So I'm not reading the things that usually pick me up when I'm down. And I seem to lack the energy to go look them all up and re-establish my blog roll. Update: A wonderful person (see comments below) showed me how to re-establish my links! Wasn't that a kind thing for her to do? And speaking of blog, that which used to be so important to me, I can barely find the energy to do the Just 80 Minutes updates, much less write about our Italy trip and other things that usually fill my posts. The refugee resettlement project is undergoing some snags; there is confusion and there are some communication problems; things that normally people would take in stride, but some are now irrationally attacking the project's leader. Today, a stop sign issue (where I swear I was in the right) colored my entire morning, and it wasn't a pretty, rosy color.

My neighbor, a rational woman and former Bernie supporter, said to me, "But Nancy, Hillary is a flawed candidate." I agree. But the alternative is unthinkable.

I'll be back to blogging at some point. I hope it's sooner rather than later. But I don't know; I can't seem to shake this awful feeling of dread.

So, in the meantime, all I can do is to urge everyone to support The Flamingo Party. That's what my family is doing. As someone once said, "What do you have to lose?"