Saturday, October 12, 2019

Puzzle is FInished; Christy Adopts a Puppy

My granddaughter Christy Ginn came to visit and in the first 15 minutes she sat down and finished the puzzle. She has a double major in wildlife/fisheries and entomology from Texas A&M and has loved wild things all her life. While here she continued her search for just the right dog and adopted Stella from Southern Pines Animal Shelter. Stella will go back to Texas with Christy, much to the delight of my three cats. It was neat having my own personal techie who could answer all my questions about my TV and my computer.
Stella and Christy sharing a nap

Christy had no trouble finishing the puzzle after I had given up

Here is the finished product
Christy made friends with Tarbaby and insisted that he accept a little loving.
"Help!  Somebody come and rescue me!"

He wasn't very happy, but Christy can charm anyone
My quilt guild invited Katie Pasquini Masopust to present a lecture and stay to teach a two-day class on Artful Log Cabins. She shows how to use log cabin blocks in a creative way using an inspiration photo for color placement. I call Katie a "rock star quilter" and enjoyed renewing my friendship with her after taking a class with her in the early 1990s in Houston. (Pictures of my quilt coming later.)
An example of Katie's work
by Katie

I took her to see The Fabric of Mississippi Living exhibit at William Carey University
I am so proud of my daughter, Linda. She quilted this top she had made several months ago. It will be hung in her home or office.
Linda Ginn and her quilt

The back

Linda and Christy

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Fall is Just a Word

Fall is just a word--not necessarily a weather. Maybe soon, though. After a month without any rain, we had a heavy rain with wind and some broken limbs last night. Lots of pine straw to sweep, rake, or blow.
I have enjoyed rehearsing with The Meistersingers this season. Our first concert is Spirituals in Blue: Music Down In My Soul. It is such a joy to sing beautiful arrangements of some of these familiar tunes.

Quilting has involved working on some Ghost Quilting and Improv pieces as well as having fun with fabric postcards. These can start out as color studies or just the joy of sewing strips of fabric. Elizabeth seemed to love posing on this blue and pink one while I was trying to hand sew the facing on the back.

Elizabeth says, "Does this color look good on me?"

A little postcard fun
The puzzle--okay, I give up. I have never been this close to finishing one and have to admit defeat. It will stay on the table another week until my granddaughter Christy comes to visit. She may see what I am missing.
Elizabeth knows I have given up
Several months ago lightning struck a large pine tree just at the edge of my neighbor's yard. He had it cut down and it seemed even larger once it was in pieces on the ground. I was amazed at the thickness (and the beauty) of the bark.
This tree had been growing quite a few years

The bark was 3" thick with interesting patterns of growth
I'm still fascinated with this little plant in my flowerbed--Fittonia Argyroneura. It is green with white veins, though some of it has pink veins instead of white. It continues to send up green stems with tiny white flowers. Click to enlarge.
Picture a month ago

Picture today showing tiny white flowers