This has been such a crazy busy month for me with traveling and goings-on at work. I went to Florida the week before last for a few days to help my dad, who had surgery. He's doing well, and the surgery wasn't serious. He just needed some help for a few days. I came back to Michigan, and we had graduate student interviews for two days, which was crazy. Then, I had one day free. During that day, I took a breather and sewed up my February blocks for the Two's Company Quilt Bee.
Jackie sent us the paper piecing pattern and the pre-cut background fabrics. We were to add our own reds. You might recall I said she had told us "the wilder the better" for the reds. I took that as an excuse to go buy some nice wild reds, because I really didn't have many in my stash. I blogged those purchases here. I also picked up a couple more while I was in Florida, when I visited the Quilt Lover's Hangout again. (See my blog post about that shop here.) I think I got the wild fabric on the top triangle in the upper left-hand corner there, as well as the middle triangle in the upper right-hand block. I especially like that fabric. It's reds, oranges, pinks, etc. Cool. It was fun to add these to my stash. Makes my stash a lot more playful.
The only one I felt was not so effective was that cool oriental fabric I had gotten in that last major splurge. When I cut it, it came out as sort of a solid red. (It's the bottom triangle in that block on the lower left-hand corner.) Oh well, a place for the eye to rest.
After my one opportunity to sew, I had to get on a plane to CA, which as I mentioned is where I am now.
If I haven't depressed you all enough, I thought I'd just let you know that another hard thing we've dealt with is that one of our cats died a couple of weeks ago. When I was down in Florida, Papa Pea and Sweet Pea called me. Sweet Pea was crying, because she and Papa Pea found her dead next to our shed. It appeared she had gotten hit by a car, dragged herself home, and died next to our shed. We are all really sad by this, because PJ was a really good cat. Sweet Pea just loved her, and so did we. PJ is the cat in the left-hand corner of this photo.
This photo was taken when we got home from Florida after Christmas. We were having unseasonably warm weather, and Sweet Pea missed her animals so much while we were gone. I was inside, unpacking, doing wash, etc. I looked outside, and there was Sweet Pea, laying on the patio, snuggling with all of her animals. She did this for about a half hour.
She and Papa Pea buried PJ out back, right next to poor old Piper. We will miss PJ a lot. Now, I wish we had one of her kittens that we gave away last year!
Maybe this gives you further insights into my melancholy mood lately. I'm hanging in there and really appreciate all your kind comments. Trying to keep in mind that life is really good, overall. I really had a wonderful time spending some quality time with my dad in Florida. How often to my dad and I get time together, just the two of us? That was really nice. Papa Pea and Sweet Pea are the lights of my life, and I do miss them when I travel so much. I know that's contributing to my mood as well.
And I need more sewing time!!!!
Have a wonderful day.
Until next time,