If I wait to take pictures so that I only capture the exciting, the memorable, the worth-looking-at, then I will never take any at all. Life is, after all, more mundane than exciting; more ordinary than extraordinary; more to be savoured moment-by-moment than endured for the next great excitement. And so I post here both mundane and memorable, as they come my way.

27 February 2007


Here we have it, quilts #3 & 4. I admit that they are getting (a bit) easier; turns out I am learning how to do this as I go along. These are checkerboard quilts, as was the last one (my first quilt was a nine-patch, which I made for my sister's 21st birthday). Admittedly, the checkerboard is about the easiest quilt on the planet to make, and the nine-patch is probably second easiest, but at this point I don't care. I can get to complicated later on.

Anyway, this one is for a wee girl at church. The top is from the same materials I used for my last one, so it's nothing exciting, but the backing I bought just for this quilt-- and I quite like it. This quilt is fun on both sides.

And this slightly more manly quilt is for the wee girl's brother (didn't want to leave him out). This is the first time I've sewn with denim, apart from occasionally mending some jeans, so it was a new experience. I was quite pleased with this one.

24 February 2007

Beware of dirt

I'm busy watching the South Plains go flying by my window... yes, that's right, we are having a dust storm. Here are some photos:

Chad had to go running this morning as part of his training for the half-marathon. He came home coated in dirt. This is the park they ran in.

Driving home

We could film the tornado scene from The Wizard of Oz out there today.

The sky is still looking orange-y, and the wind is about 45 mph with gusts up to 61 mph. Visibility is 1/4 mile. Not sure how long this is planning to go on, but we aren't going for a walk today, that's for sure.

21 February 2007

Lots of pink

I just realised that, in what was a serious oversight on my part, I never posted these pics on here! And I was so proud of myself, too...

This was my most recent baby blanket; I decided to try quilting one instead of crocheting, just to see how I liked it. And also how good I am at it. This is not, however, the quilt involved in the sewn finger incident.

Another shot, this time showing the backing. The bear pictured belongs to me; Chad gave it to me after he proposed, so I didn't give it to anyone. He was just happy to be getting his picture taken.

16 February 2007

New arrival on Aisle 3...

Well, I don't fall into either category, and I have to say I am thankful for that. After we adopt, of course, I will be a "new mom", but in a slightly different way. Anyway, it is nice of the shops to offer these reserved parking spaces.

04 February 2007

Chad in training

So here we have my husband, proudly sporting his new "Team in Training" t-shirt. He is running a half-marathon in May as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society team, to raise money for treatment and cure for these diseases. His fundraising goal is $5000; a link to his site where you can donate is in the sidebar. If you have a spare $5 you can give to this cause, we would be so grateful! And so would the thousands of patients who depend upon the efforts of organisations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

03 February 2007

Icicles on the roof

We woke up this morning to icicles in a more conventional location-- hanging off the roof! I haven't investigated yet to see if any have landed on the stairs today. (If this statement makes no sense to you, then see one of my other blogs and look at yesterday's post.)

Not certain as to why this one came out so dark. We've noticed several times that we will get one or two really long icicles, like the previous picture, and then a bunch of smaller ones clumped together like this.

A few more, just for fun. And the sun, ably abetted by the lack of wind, has melted them all off already. However, I do not know what the actual temperature is.

02 February 2007

Snow-- again

The apartment parking lot, Kenosha Avenue, the church parking lot across the street. Taken from our patio.

So we were driving down Quaker, and I took a moment to reflect on the curious ways of this city: two weeks ago, when there had not yet been any winter weather and all we had was a negative forecast, the Lubbock school district cancelled school. Today, when there was real, live snow both on the ground and falling from the sky, school was in session. School districts in the surrounding areas, however, delayed for a couple of hours.

Maxey Park. I don't know what the geese do when it snows, but there weren't any to be seen this morning.