Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Reading

Lately I've been reading a lot. I feel like a carefree kid, spending her endless summer days getting lost in book after book after book. Some of them text, a few of them audio. (Audio books are handy when mowing or taking long walks or driving to and from town.) I have been loving it. I hate ending books, I usually want the story to continue. And so instead of being disappointed, I grab another and let the enthrallment begin again.

I should say that I wouldn't go as far as actually recommending any of these books to anyone. In fact, for the most part, I don't remember most of the titles or authors. But I would completely recommend picking up a book that is just for fun. A chocolate book, as my one friend would call it. You don't have to learn anything, you don't have to impress anyone with the prestige of the author...you just have to get lost in the story and enjoy the indulgent space of forgetting everything else.

It is a perfect way for me to enjoy this summer. And its an incredible way to pass the time waiting to bring our baby home. I may even remember this summer-of-waiting as one of my best adult summers ever. If only, the pull to clean, cook and care about all of that were as strong as my pull to read these days...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

"It'll Never Work!"

I discovered this online article today that shared quotes from nay-sayers about different inventions. I found it not only humorous, but also slightly inspiring. We should never get caught up in someone else's perception of impossibility. (Click on the title to read the entire article.)

Here are a few of my favorites:

"Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."

- Darryl F. Zanuck, Head of 20th Century-Fox, 1946.

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home."
-Ken Olson, President of Digital Corporation, 1977.
(**I would like to point out that this was said one year before I was born. Not so long ago. )

Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emissions standards for man-made sources.
- Ronald Reagan, 1980

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Etsy

I have seriously been neglecting the etsy site in just about every way I can. However, I don't want to do that forever, so I have just marked down the earrings and books that are currently listed. Everything is $10.00.

In the coming weeks, I hope to add some new items and rework the site a bit. I'm not sure what all it will include but some possibilities are small hand bags, bibs and blankets for babies, maybe even some stained glass. My head has started thinking about it again...but my hands have yet to produce. Check back soon!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hair Allium

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Jacob

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My daily playdate


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Reverberations

The last six months have been fairly still, if you consider the previous twelve. But each of the major events that we experienced last year had its own set of reverberations.  At this point we're mostly faced with those that relate to my health or hysterectomy. And while each reverberation is slightly weaker than the last...they continue. To a lesser degree, the same can be said for each of the things we've experienced.


The one that is really annoying me today is the ipod. When I turned 27 Nick bought me an ipod. Because that specific one was so finicky, we learned to keep everything on the computer so that it was just a matter of hooking up and syncing it again when it would freeze and delete the music. Eventually it was replaced. (Thank god for Applecare!)

After the puff-back, we had to replace our computer. Meaning we lost all of the music that was stored on it. For the most part, we also have the albums on CD, but there were a few that had been compilations from others or purchased on iTunes. And those are gone, except on the ipod. And if you have an ipod (and aren't technically saavy or sneaky-and if you are, maybe you want to tell me about it...) you know that you can't really pull stuff off of your ipod and put it on the computer.

Recently, I've started listening to books on the ipod. I'm usually reading one and listening to another. I've found it is a great distraction while mowing or taking country walks on my own. But, wow, they take up some serious space on the ipod. Today, I am trying to delete those I have finished to make room for something new and because it won't let me sync manually (WHY can't I sync it manually?) I risk losing all of the stuff that is only on the ipod at this point if I sync with my itunes. So...do I have to accept that I'll either never add another song, book or podcast or lose it all? Is there something I am missing?

This is just one example of how a difficult life experience can just continue to pick and prod over time. This is true on so many levels... not all quite so tangible. Loss never disappears completely. It becomes fainter and fainter over time, but every now and then, it jumps up and says "Remember? Yea, this is one more way that sucks."

Monday, June 09, 2008

A few more pics from last week...


Last week (or a bit more now) we spent a little bit of time in Philly. Here is my cutie nephew. I love those big eyes.


Our friend, Matt, was also in Philly last week. It was great to catch up a bit, even though we didn't overlap very long. He was a college roommate of Nick's and likes to take credit for introducing us...although, I'm not sure it was his intention that it would lead to marriage.


May 26th was my parent's 35th wedding anniversary. This picture is slightly reminiscent of their engagement picture.


In addition to the Chesapeake Bay and Philadelphia, we spent about four days in north-central PA at Nick's family cabin. It was a work week that us kids gifted his parents for Christmas. This picture was taken moments before we jumped in the car and sped towards Philly (for the second time).

Overall, we had a great time visiting with family for our vacation. We definitely did a lot of driving though. It's hard to do it any other way when you live so far away. If you're going to drive nearly 9 hours to visit with family, you might as well drive another hour or so and see the others as well. It always makes for a full week, but would be much harder to be so close and not visit family and close friends.

Since we've been back we've revamped our summer house-project plans and have been working in the yard. It has been HOT, but I'm thrilled that summer is finally here.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Bags bags bags

Yesterday I headed into my studio thinking that I'd start a new quilt. When I opened a drawer looking for something I needed, I found two sets of round handles and suddenly started a new project. I have been wanting to make small handbags of some sort for about three years. For whatever reason, I just never did. I suppose that mostly it was because I never found the "right" pattern. But, I also kept getting distracted by other projects.

I finally made my first Thursday, my second Friday, and even sold one of them already. All within 48 hours! I plan to keep playing with different styles and will likely put a few on Etsy in the coming weeks. In fact, I plan to put some work into the etsy site soon. All sales go towards the travel costs for our adoption. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far!



Friday, June 06, 2008

Too many snakes

I have seen more snakes in the last two weeks that I have seen in the last three years combined. Thank god. When we were at Red Point last week, we saw four snakes on the beach, near the swamp. At Nick's cabin, I found one sunning in the yard. This week, while mowing the grass, I came across at 5' black snake! I am so glad that (a) I was on a riding lawn mower and (b) it was black and headed away from me. Now I can't walk through the yard without constantly checking the ground to make sure I am not surprised.

So, back to the snakes we saw at Red Point. We think most of them were just water snakes. But, if you by chance know your snakes, please identify the one below. It was on the beach eating a small fish.





Great, now that I've revisited these pictures, I'll likely wake up and have to turn the light on again multiple times tonight to make sure they're not in my bed. You think I'm joking but I've done this probably 3 or 4 separate nights in the last two weeks. :(

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Thursday TTV



Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Latest Quilts

Several weeks ago, I posted a picture of this quilt top. Well, I finished it a few days later and just kept forgetting to take any pictures of the completed quilt. Overall, I've been very happy with it. One thing I love about quilting is that the details that you're not-quite-happy-with along the way just disappear when you're finished. I'm sure there are details that would not be as easy to ignore, but for the most part, when there is something I'm not sure about...by the end and while I'm using it...it's hard to find without some serious study.




This second quilt was made as a 35th anniversary present for my parents. I was still sewing the binding on it when I saw them last and even got it completed....but then forgot to actually leave it with them. The up-side of that is that I hadn't remembered to take any pictures up until that point either and so I now I have had time to snap a few photos.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

June Blooms











I had a lovely birthday. It was warm and sunny and just a gorgeous day. I was able to relax in bed with coffee in the morning, take a walk with friends, catch a quick nap, drink some tasty wine, eat some take out and watch the season finale of Lost. To top of a wonderful day...I slept better than I have in a long long time. When I finally woke up this morning it was only 9am and the sleepiness I've been carrying for weeks felt lifted. Today has pretty good as well. I have more gardening to do yet this afternoon, but I thought I'd share a few of the blooms that were waiting when we arrived home this weekend. Ah, I love summer.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Home again



We arrived home last night after being with family for the last ten days. We had a wonderful time on the Chesapeake Bay and in Philly with my family and a great time in the mountains with Nick. We're returning to beautiful weather and HUGE plant growth. Many plants gained actually feet in height while we were gone and everything looks lush and is blooming. It is exciting to see. Today is my 30th birthday. Crazy. I've been looking forward to my thirties...I figure it probably can't be as difficult as my 20s were. This morning I awoke to several fresh flower arrangements and coffee. It was a perfect start to a gorgeous day and I hope to enjoy the full of it!

I took plenty pictures during our time away and I will work at getting some of them posted in the next few days.