I was sure I still had them, but apparently I had lost them. They were certainly missing when I got a phone call from a dear friend in a bind. The person in charge of publicity for our guild’s Garden of Quilts show called my friend and quit a few minutes before my friend called me. That day was also the day before the committee meeting. She was desperate. As the show chair she needed someone to fill that job immediately. As she pleaded for help, how could I say no? I do have a bit of free time since the Safelight project has wound down. I came home from the meeting with two large notebooks full of publicity notes from the previous 5 shows, and began making lists. Please follow our Facebook page WNCQG Garden Of Quilts Show for updates and information. If you are in NC, TN, SC or GA, I hope you’ll make plans to attend just for the day, or stay all weekend and see the Street Art, eat at my favorite restaurants in downtown, and visit our lovely Hendersonville area. The show will be in Flat Rock, NC (about 20 miles south of Asheville NC, and about a 45 minute drive north from Greenville SC) at the Bonclarken Conference Center on May 20-21, 2022. More information will be on our facebook page as it develops, like vendors coming, when to register to show a quilt, and more.
Sometimes you just need a country breakfast to fortify you to dive into a big task. I found the perfect way to cook my eggs in my Milk Street Tuesday Nights cookbook. Bring a pot with a few inches of water in the bottom and a steamer basket to a boil. Add the egg in its shell, cover and steam for 7-1/2 minutes. Immediately rinse in cold water, crack the shell all around and carefully remove the shell. The egg whites are fully cooked, and the yolk is just to the not-runny anymore point. Perfect. Add half a waffle and some sausage, and I had a meal to last me all day.
The weather turned cooler and drier, and I opened the windows in the basement while I was playing and working this week. No, I didn’t find my marbles yet, but I do have some prisms in the one window that gets a beam of sunlight in the later afternoon. For about half an hour as the sun clears the deck above and before it goes behind the trees, sunlight streams in this window and the prisms catch the light throwing little rainbows all over. As the gentle breeze twirls the prisms, the rainbows dance on the floor, walls and ceiling. You can see one in the center near the bottom of the photo. There are dozens rotating around the room at once.
On the longarm, I am in the process of quilting a Quilt of Valor. I’ll have more on it later.
I painted a bunch more rocks and hid these all over Hendersonville this week.
I did a few with a sewing theme, and placed these at Beginnings Quilt Shop. I used a stamp for the sewing machine.
Dinner one night last week was inspired by the salmon dish I had at the Tavern in Abingdon, VA on our road trip. I cut a deep pocket in the chicken, and stuffed it with ricotta, spinach and roasted tomatoes. Baked for 55 minutes, it was delicious!! No recipe, just an improv meal.
We got together with our MINI club friends for a meal last weekend. We met for an early dinner at a wonderful sushi and Japanese restaurant. Of course, we had to chat in the parking lot for a bit, have a few hugs and laughs, and admire the lineup of cars.
Dinner was fabulous! I’ve even gotten My Sweet Babboo to have some sushi if he can get it with cooked seafood and soy paper wrap. The shrimp tempura roll with avocado on the top was his. Mine was the rainbow roll on the bottom.
Ah, back home to the veranda, I may have found those marbles. When another dear friend sent an email asking if I was willing to supervise a division for the state fair, I did say no to that. I cannot do two big projects in one year, one is plenty.
So I took some time to sit in the rockers, and photograph the wildlife. A house finch shares the bounty with a downy woodpecker.
Another house finch stopped by. On the left, that is a juvenile male cardinal. He is huge for his age, although his feathers may be fluffed a bit. The red is developing on his chest and tail, and the tips of the wings. It will be several weeks before he has his full red coat.
A red bellied woodpecker has been here regularly.
A lone female turkey stops by from time to time. She enjoys some small bits of whole grain bread.
Charlie enjoys a peanut butter sandwich.
Then, a surprise. I put these small bulbs in a pot last year. I had no idea what they were. The greenery died back without blooms and I almost threw them out. But, I forgot that was the plan, so when they came up again this year, I let them stay. I had just about given up on ever finding out what they were, until they flowered this week. Oh, my, how pretty! They are pink fairy lilies.
So, have I really found my marbles? My Sweet Babboo thinks not. Perhaps I left them on the pickleball court. We are playing a couple of times a week now, and enjoying the exercise and fun with new people we’ve met.
Did you have some fun last week? What are you up to this week?
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