Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Child Care 101

Like many other people I know (and a whole lot that I don't know), the situation involving the [lack of] care of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents has been very much on my mind.

I have been outspoken in my dislike of our current President because of many things. And now this.

One of the few supporters of Mr. Trump that I know pointed out to me that the practice of separating children from their parents and keeping them in cages began during President Obama's administration. I was incredulous. Research has revealed this to be true. Had I known about it then, I would have been as outspoken as I am now: This was wrong. This still is wrong.

Since day one of his term in office, Mr. Trump has systematically moved to undo everything that President Obama accomplished. I wonder why there is this disconnect now? He has the power to undo this, too, but instead has expanded it. 

An attorney recently argued in court that provision of soap and toothpaste/toothbrushes along with sleeping provisions other than concrete floors with aluminum blankets were "not required" as part of "safe and sanitary conditions." "Not required" is different from "forbidden," but here we have a situation where the letter of the law trumps the moral imperative. 

I read that those outraged and compassionate individuals who showed up at the camp bearing basic hygiene supplies for these children were turned away because no donations were to be accepted. 

I don't know anyone who would like their own children or their grandchildren [mis]treated this way. And I don't want to know anyone who -- if asked to care for another person's child temporarily -- would go about it like this.

Mr. Trump's wife has chosen as her project, "Be Best,"*  "a three-part effort to help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional, and physical habits..." * The first of the three pillars of Mrs. Trump's program is "well-being,"* defined as  "promoting values such as healthy living, encouragement, kindness, and respect..."*

Bravo, Mrs. Trump. I cannot think of a better initiative. 

I wonder if her husband and members of his administration know about it.

*All quotes from

Monday, June 24, 2019

Trinkets 3

Progress on Trinkets has slowed but not stopped.

The layout that the pattern designer suggests is, for me, too much of a good thing. And I already mentioned my problem with the garish multiple bright colors.

I have a layout in mind that will require 49 trinkets. There are a total of 40 in the pattern, some of which I have decided not to make. So there will be doubles of some trinkets. I'm fine with that; different colors and orientations will make that less obvious.

I don't anticipate having a Trinket flimsy any time soon. But I'm having a good time and it is a really good preparation for camp.

Sunday, June 23, 2019


Back in May, one evening on our way to the orchestra Himself said to me, "You know this month it is thirty years since I opened my office?" I hadn't realized.

Most small businesses are closed within five years of opening.

Thirty years. 

This was a milestone worthy of an event. So we held a party to honor Joe and his achievements.

We invited seventy people, including current clients, past clients, friends from church and elsewhere, family, Joe's original partner in the business, and a wonderful woman who had worked for him for twenty years. Apparently yesterday was the worst possible date for an event; so many people responded that they had commencements, graduation parties, travel plans, weddings, all kinds of things. But we had a fine turnout nonetheless and I believe that a good time was had by all.

It was wonderful to see everyone, including the couple who had hired Joe and Natalia to design their house -- the first project the office did. 

I love to cook and I really do enjoy entertaining. But my dear neighbor is a caterer and a young friend from church has a dumpling shop, and so I relied on them to do most of the work. I fixed a few things. We ate well. We consumed moscato (it is summer, after all) and lemonade. Two-thirds of our children were present along with their children whose behavior was impeccable. 

It was a wonderful evening. And we slept very well last night.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Trinkets 2

Judy and I are going to quilt camp in a little less than a month. Two of the classes we are taking involve paper piecing. So I knew I needed to warm up before the classes. These Trinkets have turned out to be very good for warming up. There are 40 little patterns, each one more adorable than the previous. As you can see, I am 22/40 of the way, although any decent-size project will need far more than 40 four-inch blocks.

Do you see that star? Oh, the cuteness! And the little boat?

I posted yesterday's picture on Facebook and it wasn't particularly well received. One commenter didn't like them at all and didn't mind saying so, going on to observe that the colors don't go together, yadda yadda. As you can see, I was undeterred. 

When we get to camp, by gum, Judy and I are going to be ready. And I'll have a nice project to boot!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Trinkets 1

I may have posted earlier that I was smitten by the Trinkets pattern but not by the color scheme it features. I had a collection of Kona half-yards I'd bought a while back without a plan, and I decided they would do nicely for this project.

My love affair (on-again/off-again) with cat bathing paper piecing is well-known locally. Recent p-p projects have gone effortlessly and I've become complacently confident. Yesterday I began the Trinkets. 


I certainly didn't expect the struggles I had with some of them. Thinking it over carefully this morning provided the answer: The last several p-p projects have been pieces that were all the same. It was easy to determine a standard shape or strip. With these guys, it's more challenging.

So, I'm not quite a dozen in (there are 40 blocks total) and unsure how I'm feeling about it all. The blue X (block 1-C) is not as precise as I'd like. Part of the reason is that the p-p construction method eliminates seam nesting. Nonetheless, I'll press on.

(See what I did there?)