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Saturday, May 31, 2003  
BCCY points out that a new Willie Wonka movie may be in the making.... Can anything ever compare the the first?

Pure Imagination
Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
Music and lyrics: Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Come with me and you'll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you'll see
Into your imagination

We'll begin with a spin
Trav'ling in the world of my creation
What we'll see will defy

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there's nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you'll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there's nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you'll be free
If you truly wish to be.

Need to hear the music? OK it's a bad midi version....but on the other hand this one just made me smile! AND it's your tax dollars at work, which should make you smile too.

Written at: 5/31/2003 09:15:00 PM

Friday, May 30, 2003  
Wow - quite a few days slipped by without a blip from yours truly. How come, you're asking? Well, simple answer - too many hours doing too much stuff for NYQuilts! -- the quilt show of which I am the head honcho. Actually my title is somewhere between President and Queen, but let's not quibble about that, LOL.

Anyway, many many many spreadsheets and way too few hours of sleep later, here I am on a pleasant sunny afternoon of a day OFF (with two and a half more of same looming ahead!) having made a bunch of big pink signs, wrangle a bunch of spreadsheet into text, wrangled some info into HTML and all this after some real SLEEP and some real FOOD.

Life is sometimes too too sweet.

Time to go and pick up the signs now before night falls.

Ah, but you're wondering - how come the hurry? Well that's because show set up starts June 9th. eeeks!

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may folks. Or at least catch some zzz's while the sleeping is possible!

Written at: 5/30/2003 06:42:00 PM

Sunday, May 25, 2003  

Sweet numbers.

If only they were in real life! Go here for current status. And thank you to all my benefactors, advisors and fellow bloggers, who made all this possible!

Written at: 5/25/2003 12:50:00 PM

Thursday, May 22, 2003  
Vindication for shopping cart police (like me).

Written at: 5/22/2003 12:01:00 PM

Wednesday, May 21, 2003  
Wow! went to see Fleetwood Mac tonight with my friend Sue. OK, yes, at one point I slipped in mild ear protection so I guess I'm officially old, but wow what a great performance. It had everything you could want in a rock concert including three drummers and a lot of light effects. Cool! Thanks to Steve for making it all possible.

PS -- the mac in Fleetwood Mac stands for Apple - there were at least three G4 towers in the rear control booths!

update: Review in the Times Union newspaper.

Written at: 5/21/2003 11:52:00 PM

Monday, May 19, 2003  
Last night, instead of doing a couple other things, I did my May Journal Quilt. See that one and the rest, here.

Written at: 5/19/2003 09:21:00 PM

Sunday, May 18, 2003  
Why you should be careful about what you blog. Or, dear readers, why this blog doesn't gush with the deepest inner workings of my life and mind! (requires free registration with the NYTimes)

Written at: 5/18/2003 12:36:00 AM

Saturday, May 17, 2003  
Mea Culpa continues
The mea culpa quilt is now in two halves, each sewn together in one direction. This is a mockup of how it looks and the sudden changes of color shouldn't be taken too seriously (at least the horizontal one in the middle).

Written at: 5/17/2003 02:54:00 AM

Thursday, May 15, 2003  
Started sewing those squares together tonight. Have about 7 columns done and will have a few more done before I go to bed. I think it looks pretty good. The batiks are better blending than I expected. And I like the way that the "background" fabric transitions even though each color gets repeated. Have to keep my wits about me while sewing since the background colors are somewhat directional. Strange but true. Since the colors blend across the fabric, one side of a 3" square is slightly different from the other side. No change top to bottom.

Written at: 5/15/2003 12:40:00 AM

Tuesday, May 13, 2003  
Got Color?

Gotta love gradated fabric. This is what happens when you lay out a lot of squares of fabric on a cutting board to try out placement. You're seeing about one inch of each square which will be 2.5 inches when finished. So literally a rough look.

Written at: 5/13/2003 11:00:00 PM

Not sure what an earthquake feels like? Jeremy writes about his experience with the latest one in his neck of Japan. Great read!

Written at: 5/13/2003 09:49:00 PM

Sunday, May 11, 2003  

Update on all that slicing and dicing of fabric. Click the image above to see the bits. That rainbow of colors? All one fabric. Oh yeah.

Written at: 5/11/2003 11:24:00 PM

OK "Mea Culpa Quilters" -- I CUT FABRIC this weekend. I am now firmly committed to a particular pattern and design. So far I've only had to recalculate twice, but I'm doing OK.

What's with the Mea Culpa thing? Let's just say that our group was given some fabric as a "we're sorry" sort of thing and since we couldn't decide what to do with this mound of fabric, we're each making a twin-size quilt which will benefit the group. Hence the 20 plus batiks and the deadline. Standby for future photos

A productive weekend all around. I did a lot of NYQuilts! stuff and that makes my workers happy (they have what they need to do their job) and makes me happy (less hanging over my head AND it gives me a much clearer idea of what's going on aka big picture). Procrastination and clutter -- the evils of my life.

Finally, a note about the weather. So I'm sitting here in the quiet house, minding my own business, typing away, surrounded by snoozing cats. BANG Out of nowhere -- HUGE lightning. Thank goodness for laptops. Unplug them from everything and keep right on working. Yeah, I shut down Ron's tower too, just on general principle.

Written at: 5/11/2003 10:24:00 PM

Saturday, May 10, 2003  
Another To-Do List

Then there's the quilt that I'm supposed to be making and have partially done by June 13th. Four of us have the same 20 plus batiks and we're supposed to each make a twin size quilt.

This is turning out to be harder than it would seem. That's just SO not how I work, to start with a pile of fabric and say - what will I make of these? Normally I start with a concept or pretty much the whole quilt in my head and I pull fabrics to get something like what I want. And it goes from there. Starting with the fabric and trying to pick a pattern or idea is hard.

I'm not alone in this from what I've been hearing from my three cohorts.

Thankfully, a trip to the quilt shop today may have resolved my problem. I bought a most wonderful fabric which I thought would work and when I got it home and pre-washed it - YES - it does work. Phew. Now to cut out a lot of squares and start sewing together the most simple of quilts where it's all about the fabric.

Written at: 5/10/2003 07:36:00 PM

The weekend already. So much to do, so little time. Beautiful day though. It's cooler inside than outside.

Written at: 5/10/2003 11:58:00 AM

Friday, May 09, 2003  
To-Do List
Quiet rainy night.
Stopped and visited with my parents tonight on the way home.
Came home and did things that weren't on my to-do list.
Didn't do anything ON the to-do list. That's not helpful.
Admired all that pink for awhile.
Watched ER and was confused.
Had a brief spotting of the sewing room floor.
Came down and thought about things I should have done and why I didn't do them.
Considered going to bed.
Thought about how peaceful it is to fall asleep when the only sound is your own breathing and the rain on the roof.

Written at: 5/09/2003 12:38:00 AM

Thursday, May 08, 2003  
green to the power of pink

Quick shot of the pink and green quilt tonight. Click for a larger view. I took it to my guild and had help pinning it. Thanks, everyone!

Speaking of pins, mine did not surface. This morning I stopped at a dry cleaner and asked if they'd sell me a box of one inch pins. Before I got to ask my question I had the feeling they thought I was there to rob them or I was an axe murderer or something. We got past that and they sold me the box of pins for a wonderful price and that was that. Lunchtime, I opened a whole lot of pins.

Written at: 5/08/2003 12:31:00 AM

Tuesday, May 06, 2003  
I hope visitors will check out some of the fine blogshare listings at left. It's an interesting group of blogs. One, Alec Saunders .LOG is entrepreneurial enough to offer perqs for linking to his site. Way to go marketing department. Another, BornFamous, is a site I've been reading for quite awhile and we're both enjoying the phenom that is blogshares. And I'm sending out especially big hugs to her tonight because she gifted me a mighty gift of shares today. What a sweety!

In other news - yes, the pink and green quilt was still hanging on my wall when I came home tonight. Looking mighty fine. I pressed the backing fabric and hauled out a piece of batting for it. Now if whoever of you out there who has my box of pins would just cough it up please. Geesh. How can you lose a tin box of pins with thousands of pins in it? I am in serious need of shovelling out.

Finally, while finishing up that last seam last night, I found my mind was wandering off thinking about some future quilts. Isn't that a comfort to know that there are more things to do? Yes it is. Now go find my pins please!

Written at: 5/06/2003 11:36:00 PM

Please stand for tonight's announcements

The pieced center of the pink and green quilt top is done done done. All rows and columns are now assembled. It's pink. It's green. It's done.

Now - if you know where that cool beigy, pinky, greeny striped fabric is that I was planning to use for the binding..... I think now it's too brownish, but I'd like to see for myself rather than working from memory. I did find the backing fabric I thought about.

I was thinking about this while sewing that last long seam and I started this quilt in January 2002. Long term baby, long term.

and now for something completely different.

I have over $31,000 in blogshares, despite some early losses in my first market fund/bond. Longterm.think.longterm. I will confess here that I had a windfall because a sell order I made to sell all of a stock crossed paths with an order to split that same stock. I ended up with the same number of shares as I just sold, only for zero cost. And the stock bounced back quickly, making a quite tidy sum of money for moi.

Written at: 5/06/2003 12:47:00 AM

Monday, May 05, 2003  
As promised earlier, I did **some** cleaning, some throwing open of windows, and even some dishes. I also did a modicum of work for the quilt show. Let's just say the tshirt will be a surprise and delight for everyone!

Tonight I went upstairs and sat down at the sewing machine and have YEAH!!! only one more seam to do on the pink and green quilt. That would be the one seam that joins the two halves of the top together. I started pressing the one half tonight but it's a good place to stop for the night. Looks good. OK, I think it looks very good.

From "Superman" by Five for Fighting (just one of my iTunes Music Store purchases....)

....I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
I'm just out to find the better part of me
I'm more than a bird
I'm more than a plane
I'm more than a pretty face beside a train.
And it's not easy to be me.
I'm only a man in funny red sheet
checking for kryptonite on this one way street
I'm only a man in funny red sheet
looking for special things inside of me

Written at: 5/05/2003 01:59:00 AM

Saturday, May 03, 2003  
Very interesting article about the whole blogshare thing. Do I hear federal investigations coming down the line? How about some federal grant money at the least? Oh wait - it's just a game. I know that.

Written at: 5/03/2003 03:55:00 PM

A beautiful spring day. What is spring cleaning all about really, but the throwing open of windows to welcome the new season. OK, that and getting the urge to shovel out all the accumulation of winter's junk? That and the need to feel the clean air everywhere. OK, not exactly clean air, but air filled with the many tossings of all the trees and flowers everywhere. Good thing we've had some heavy rains the last couple days to spring clean the air too!

Meanwhile, in my search for new things to look at (and blogs to invest in), I found a great photoblog -- -- which deserves a looking at. And be sure to click the "about" link when you've drunk your fill of the photos!

Written at: 5/03/2003 11:44:00 AM

Friday, May 02, 2003  
Long week getting ready for the big event at the Apple Store -- iPods galore! iTunes Music Store! Live DJ! It was worth all the work all week I think. Makes you feel good when everything looks great and goes as planned and people are really excited by the whole thing.

My plans for the weekend? Serious cleaning downstairs and some serious sewing upstairs. Yup. a few more rows of pink and green to do and then it's a top.

Changed my links to my blogshares because I finally realized that the bot doesn't read blogrolls, doh. No links in the code silly! I'm doing pretty well there still in the low priced shares -- I've added about $5000 to my portfolio since May 1st. Not bad at all!

Time for some snoozing now.

Written at: 5/02/2003 11:45:00 PM

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