If you haven't checked in on the owlets lately, better do so. They're growing up fast and won't be staying in the nest box much longer, having changed from small fluff balls to small alien-and-yet-owlish beings.
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Donít search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do whatís actually next to you.
OK, so the book that was actually closest was my Peterson's bird guide, and page 123 has no sentences on it at all but ahs a group of plovers and turnstone in flight. Fifth bird on the page is the Killdeer.
I walked over the the bookcase in the living room and stuck my hand into the middle of it and pulled out a book:
This, too, there was, that, young as the sons were -- Nikulaus was now seventeen winters old, Bjorgulf would be sixteen, and Gaute fifteen at harvest-time -- these three already had a way with women that made their mother uneasy.
Name that book? Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset. Gotta love that uber-punctuated opening.
Today Mom and I went to a local guild show. Some of the quilts were quite nice. It's a very long-standing guild with quite a few members. OK, a lot of members. One of the members, Linda Miller, was featured; she makes really wonderful quilts inspired by quilts from the late 19th century. They are truly wonderful. I thought how nice it must have been for her to see all her big quilts all hanging together. They were quite impressive as a group and she should be very proud of them!
After Mom and I got done looking at quilts, we wandered over to the vendors and don't you know, she let me spend a chunk of money. I met the guys from Woodstock Quilt Supply and well, I knew I liked them a lot when I saw all the luscious Robert Kaufman fabrics. Mom had told me about the great shelving units they have in their store which hold both bolts and fat quarters and sure enough, their travelling shop has the same sort of set up. Someday I'll have to wander down and meet the rest of their inventory.
Then it was off to do some grocery shopping and to make some bread. The builds were doing nicely when I got home so after Saturday Pizza I got busy weighing out flour and whomping up some good stuff. Now it's all in there doing it's bulk fermentation thing.
And me? Well I'm off now to do some work on the new quilt. The quilting is coming along slow but sure. I think it's looking good. It's not that it's hard or demanding really, just that I'm still not quite in the mental groove again. It's getting better though. I can work for longer periods of time which is a lot less frustrating. So back to the thread stuff for awhile until the yeastie stuff needs me again.
Bread baking news! Apparently the US team has won the 2005 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie -- this gleaned from a single line on the Bread Bakers Guild of America -- with a small quick time video. Further news as it develops I guess. If you want info about the team you can go here for a nice story and radio interview.
UPDATE: Here's a reasonable article about the results. Still not much on the event's or sponsor's sites. What's up with that? Sour dough?
I'm amazed that it's been 10 years since the Oklahoma City bombing. Seems far away and still very new. I'll always remember watching the AP wire roll past full of breaking stories that morning - across the primitive computer screen our office had - and yelling to the guys "turn on the TV, something's happening!" Little could we imagine then what was happening.
I just heard from the Art in Embassies program folks that my quilt, Warp Weft Rift will be returning soon from Islamabad. Wow - long time no see! How nice of them to contact me to explain how they'd be shipping it and when. I feel very honored to have been included in the display at the Embassy.
This is the longest any of my quilts has been away from home and certainly the most distance one has traveled. I remember when my 911 quilt came home after a few years how interesting it was to look at. I'd not had it very long before it travelled to Houston and then on to other places. I was lucky to be able to go to the Roots of Racism exhibit premiere in Memphis TN in September 2000. That seems like a long time ago... I'll look forward to meeting my quilt again.
If you do see interesting birds, you can report it at the web site of Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They do interesting things like bird feeder bird counts in the winter. I was glad to find you can write in your sighting so that others can view that info. It's one of the ways scientists and others track the movement of birds and the changes in their range.
What a gorgeous, glorious day to be off work and home. Even though most of my day was spent cleaning and tidying (more on this soon) the windows were open and it was great to have fresh air. As I write this, there's a gorgeous deep orange sunset going on in a bank of deep steel blue, lavender clouds. There's no entertainment like what you see out your window!
In quilting news, I'm really making progress on the stuff that's going onto the green background you saw recently. I'm not quite ready to show that one, for a number of reasons. Aren't I mysterious?
I asked about having the roto-tiller serviced. No problem AND they'll pick it up. What's not to like about that? I guess that means I have to decide if I want to do battle with the local wildlife over who gets to eat the veggies.
Finally, I hit a motherlode of quotes and basically doubled the number of quotes in the rotating text box at right. So keep your eyes open for a lot of new art-related quotes.
The thing has already taken form in my mind before I start it. The first attempts are absolutely unbearable. I say this because I want you to know that if you see something worthwhile in what I am doing, it is not by accident but because of real direction and purpose. -- Vincent van Gogh
Holy mackeral! Thanks to the other Mary Beth for this great quote from one of my heroes.
You heard it here first. My IRL friend Naomi suggested a question to ask in a blog, inspired by the recent "10 things I've done in my life" question. I was still thinking about it when I got home, so here it is - you can answer it here or ask it on your own blog and let your own readers answer.
What do you have in your car (or what have you had recently) that you can be pretty confident that nobody else has in their car?
I'll let Naomi provide her own answer because it was pretty... uh.... yeah it was .... like stunning.
My answer? Your choice: Two loaves of sourdough bread -OR- an empty toner cartridge from my laser printer.