The weather turned warm this week, with sunny days in the upper 60s (20ºC) and more crocuses showed their pretty faces. As I stood on the veranda enjoying the fresh air it seemed like the load was lifting. The warmth outside led to a couple of walks in the local parks this week. Long months of isolation are coming to an end soon. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is sunlight.
I took the opportunity to have a grand day out. Emailing friends in the longarm group, four of us met for lunch outside, still safely social. I put the top down on the MINI, and cruised up the Blue Ridge Parkway with my favorite tunes on the radio. The parkway isn’t that pretty now, with still no leaves on the trees, but it still felt like I could breathe again, like the world was opening up for us again. We did keep our chairs at a distance from each other, as I haven’t had my second dose, and one friend hasn’t had any yet as she is too young.
Two hours went by in a flash. We laughed, chatted and told stories, talking non-stop. We all brought take out, and had a lovely lunch in the sunlight and fresh air. I mentioned that it seemed like I could breathe again, and they all agreed. We’ve all been cooped up so long, it was wonderful to have some time to socialize, face to face. We brought some show and tell to share too. Linda made these stunningly beautiful styrofoam Christmas balls, lovely with fabric and beading. It is hard to tell in the photo, but the beading sparkled in the sunlight.
She sewed this quilt top, and will be quilting it soon. The quilt pattern is Cut Glass Echoes by Barbara Eikmeier.
And she had this completed quilt, such bright and cheery colors! The pattern is Over and Under Rainbow by Gyleen Fitzgerald.
Chryste was inspired to dust off her embroidery machine for some small projects. And she has been doing a bit of knitting too.
I showed my little Low Volume Quick Quilt. I also gave them a sneak preview of a new project I’m doing for Hands2Help (starts today!), and a recent find which will save me hours of time and lots of money for a Halloween costume. It seems like maybe we can begin to plan for fun times to come.
Another delightful cruise back home on the parkway, I was enjoying the feeling of freedom. I took care of some errands that day too, with the top down all day. I can’t wait to be able to do some things with our car clubs again. Next month, we have two drives planned, something to look forward to after months of not being able to do anything. No wonder I feel lighter. Happy daffodils greeted me as I came back home.
Oliver wanted to make sure his presence was known one morning this past week, sitting on the kitchen window sill. Little beggar. Yes, he got his peanut butter sandwich. Then I didn’t see him again for a couple of days.
On the feeder, My Sweet Babboo got some peanut suet cakes for the birds, and is keeping the feeder well filled. A male bluebird stopped by for a meal at the suet cake.
Another day his mate came by, sharing the feeder with a downy woodpecker. You can see they have worked over that cake pretty well in just a day or two.
On the frame, I have this top to quilt for a customer. It is all hearts, each one a separate theme representing an aspect of her daughter’s life, work, family, and interests. What a fun concept! I’m going to encourage her to enter it in the fair. Yes, the State Fair will be held this year! Something more to look forward to!!
The cardinals are coming by regularly now, they really like the sunflower seeds. I stood on the veranda with a hot cup of coffee listening to the birdsong on a warm morning. They sang cheeeer!-cheeeer!-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie!
I needed to deadhead the hydrangea now that it is beginning to sprout leaves, and get more dead leaves out of the flowerbeds. So I worked on those things while it was warm this week too.
More daffodils are on the way.
One more photo of the bloomers right now. The flowers are a happy sign that spring is soon here. I breathe, taking delight in the airy lightness, and look forward to better days, now within reach.
What is going on in your corner of the world today?