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June 29, 2017

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June 28, 2017

Home, for the most part, and in my sewing room for much of that time.  I am finally putting the facing on the quilt I have been working on for Usha. I gave myself a deadline and put off most other things till I was done.  It's late, so I will finish the last of the hand-stitching tomorrow.  Then, a fresh start on something else I want to try.

Monday was a city day: Phil and I went to the Museum of Modern Art to see the Rauschenberg and Friends exhibit and the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit....

June 22, 2017

Or rather, on the deck. Finally, the weather is beautiful - hot, not humid, and sunny.  The climate change gods are taking a break (at least in northern NJ). And like them, I am also taking a break from my least favorite part of making a quilt. The actual quilting.(but let's not go there now).

Ou plutôt, sur le patio.  Enfin, il fait beau: chaud, pas humide, et du soleil. Les dieux des changements climatiques prennent une pause (au moins, dans le nord de NJ). Comme les dieux du changement climatiqu...

June 19, 2017

It promised to be an annoying day and in fact, it was. I was so exhausted last night that I went to bed around 9:00 and unbelievably, slept till almost 9 this morning. 

Il a promis d'être un jour ennuyeux et en fait, c'était. J'étais si épuisé hier soir que je suis allé me coucher vers 9 heures et, incroyablement, j'ai dormi jusqu'à 9 ce matin

On the upside, my daylilies have started to bloom.(at least where the deer have not eaten the buds)

Annoyance #1 - I got a late start and missed the deadline f...

June 18, 2017

My quilt for Usha is at the sewing machine but it's late and I'm too tired to dare sewing.  I am into the wee hours, no doubt because I made espresso black bean chili for dinner tonight and the caffeine is only now beginning to wear off.

Mon quilt pour Usha est près de la machine à coudre mais il est 2h le matin et je suis trop fatiguée; je n'ose pas coudre, malgré le caffeine dans l'espresso black bean chili que j'ai mangé comme diner ce soir.

This morning, my mouse (the one for my computer) died a...

June 16, 2017

If there is such a thing as working feverishly off-and-on, I've been doing that for the past few days.  I'm making a quilt for Usha (with her fabrics, of course) because she is my good friend and is too busy to make one for her booth. 

Si on peut imaginer -- je suis en train de faire un website et un blog et en plus, je fais un quilt pour le kiosk de mon amie Usha (avec ses tissus, bien sûr). Je le fais parce qu'elle est trop occupée avec autre choses et parce que je lui ai promis de le faire....

June 15, 2017

Last weekend we went to the farmer's market. I stocked up on the last of the NJ strawberries (which, I admit, looked better than they tasted).

Vegetables, too, from the abundance there.  Here they are, destined to become soup: combined with past their eat-by scraps from the fridge and the pantry;leftover steak from a restaurant dinner, dried beans, herbs, tomato paste and a hunk of romano cheese.  No recipe. Stone Soup. Remember that story?  Something out of nothing.

My moth...

June 12, 2017

I was an early adopter of blogging; been writing since January 2005. I used to blog pretty much every day -- last thing before I went to bed. It started as a "thinking out loud" thing but in no time, took on a life of its own.

Lately, I've blogged less often: partly because I've been super-busy and partly because I have had no time to do my own work - and nothing to share.  Now I'm back to playing in the studio a bit - hooray!

I've also decided it's time for a change. My website was getting tired an...

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