What is that yellow thing in the sky?

Big doin’s in Oregon this weekend.  The SUN is out!  After lots and lots of rain, we’re in for a super sunny weekend with temperatures that may reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday.  This is cause for palpable excitement amongst folks who are said to have webs growing between their toes to help them plod through the rain.  Every office on campus I called today, and every business I needed to contact in town, had such a cheery person on the other end of the phone.  Each call ended with “Have a nice weekend!  It’s supposed to be so nice!”  Ah, the simple pleasures we get when we are used to living with cloud cover.  Now we all need to be careful not to burn to a crisp.  We Oregonians tend to be fair-skinned from lack of sunshine.  No pigment there to protect us from the sun’s rays.  Lather up with that sun block everyone, or there are sure to be blisters by Monday.  😉   I for one tend to stay out of the sun.  Burns us it does, my Prrreccciousssssssss!

Another cause for excitement is that I get to go visit my niece and nephew on Sunday.  Yes, I’ll be going to stay with Max and Sophie and my dear friend Ronda.  Ah, the things we have planned.  It should be a good time if we don’t get thrown in the clink first.  tee hee

Have a great weekend all!  It’s supposed to be so nice!

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Moving right along

It’s really great to see a little bit of sunshine today.  There has been far too much rain here in Oregon lately.  My brother (bless him) mowed my lawn while I was away at MQX and the grass is already growing out of control again.  I’m getting that “kill the grass and turn it all to bark mulch” desire again!  Actually, I’d love to make a nice English Country Garden out of the front yard.  Lots of tall beautiful perennials waving in the breeze.  I’m a fan of snapdragons, sunflowers, monkshood, foxglove, delphinium, cardinal lobelia, cone flowers, and lots and lots of roses.  As long as you can keep them watered and keep the weeds down, they are so much easier to care for than a lawn.  If I had the time to get out there and plot out the beds and lay the irrigation tubing, I’d do it, but I think it may have to wait a year or two.

I’m off to a start on my Creativity Challenge for MQX 2010.    I’ve got the pieces all traced out and stapled to layers of applique’ paper (from Purple Daisiesllc.com).  I’ll get all the little pieces cut out tonight and then I’ll begin making the flowers and other motifs from a selection of lovely silk/cotton blends that I’ve had in my stash for a while.  I do promise to use some of my least favorite colors.  These would be the intensely warm colors of yellow, orange, etc.  I’m basically a cool color gal – greens, purples, magentas, maybe a little red (on the warmer side I guess), with a little bit of blue thrown in.  We’ll see if I can warm up with a bit of yellow, gold and orange!

Hope you’re all off to a good day.  Spring is coming!

Did you miss me?

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I was so busy being on vacation and having fun, then trying to re-adjust to being at work with a bit of jet-lag, that I just haven’t had time to post.  I figured no one would really mind until someone was so desperate to find out what I’ve been up to that they signed into Twitter yesterday to keep tabs on me.  Of course, once they figured out that I could see them watching me, they totally deleted their account!  ;-D  Ah, the things we do on the internet for amusement.

At any rate, I’ve been working on cleaning the house up a bit, as I will be having an appraiser come so I can lower my mortgage interest (hopefully) from 6.78% to 5.125%.  At least I’m pre-approved for the 5.125% — we’ll have to see what they say the house is worth in the meanwhile. You never know.  Values have gone up in some locations, down in others.  I’d love to take a bit of cash out to repair (or renew) the wiring in the house, but I’d settle for just paying less interest on what I now owe.

I’m working on a Rangeley Stars quilt (pattern by Deb Tucker) using some Moda Nantucket, Moda Flag Day Farm, and some other random fabrics, and I posted a picture of the first block down in my blog about MQX.  I may be teaching a class on this in the fall.  Permissions already obtained from Deb, who was a great teacher!

I’ll post again when I have more progress to report and some pictures to go along with it.  In the meanwhile, I’m changing internet providers and my websites may go down for a bit.  Hopefully, I’ll have things up and running properly by tomorrow.