I'm happy to tell you I've had a complete recovery from Quiltus Interruptus and I'm sewing every day to meet my goal. I'm currently working on Emeline's Garden Baskets which has been a challenge. The baskets have an applique' handle and I'm not fond of doing applique' (very similar to my aversion to binding a quilt.) I love the look of applique' and love to see others' applique' projects and even love to own applique' quilts. I just don't enjoy doing applique'. So, I find myself clenching my teeth while working on those handles and thankful that I didn't design the pattern with the baskets full of garden produce! Now, if you buy the book and make your own quilt and want to fill your baskets with veggies appliqued in place, more power to you! My special talent has always been in the hand-quilting. I love it, but I do envy those of you who have the knack for applique'.
I was a biking widow over the weekend. Randy participates in the RAIN Ride every year. RAIN stands for ride across INdiana...as in on a bicycle, riding across the entire state, in ONE day. Yes, he's crazy like that. This year's route was 175 miles from east to west. The heat index was well over 100 degrees and it took him just over 9 hours. I couldn't ride my bike from here to Burlington in 9 hours! Actually, I wouldn't even try. I know my strengths and they don't include biking. I planned a glorious single gal weekend of sewing and nothing else. Except for Breakfast Club at Inspirations Saturday morning and church Sunday morning, I didn't come out of my sewing room. Aaaah. My idea of Heaven.
I don't have a picture of him on the RAIN Ride, but this is Randy on last year's RAGBRAI. Don't let the scowl fool you, he's having a blast.
When he's not riding his bike, he enjoys working on them for others. Too bad he can't repair sewing machines.
Do you live in a state that is suffering this heat wave? After enjoying my sewathon weekend, I thought I'd get up early and mow the yard before the extreme heat set in yesterday. I was mowing by 7:30 AM. Because almost my entire yard is an English-style flower garden with my house in the middle, I don't have much grass. I was done by 8 AM. I fed my koi and decided I should pull the pump and filter from the pond and clean them. It is a messy job which includes using the garden hose in pressure cleaning mode and I get splattered with pond gunk. By the time I was finished and had the pump and filter back in the pond, talked a little baby talk to my fish (yes, I do) and put the garden hose and mower away, it was 9:30 AM. I was dirty and my clothes were sticking to me with sweat. I came inside, peeled out of those sticky clothes, stepped into the shower, and turned on the water....NO WATER!!! I hadn't heard that the city was going to shut off the water to our neighborhood from 9 AM to 5PM on Monday! OMG, what was I going to do? Have you ever sponge bathed with wetwipes? Well, it's not fun or very efficient. And my sweat-soaked hair, there was nothing I could do. After my hair evaporated in my AC (Thank God for air conditioning) I went to McDonald's for coffee, since I couldn't even draw water for a cup of tea. I was itchy all day and praying that nobody made a surprise visit. My sister called and I told her the story. Of course, I got the expected and well-deserved sympathy I needed to placate me. Then, later I got a phone call from my dear sweet Mother. After the usual "Hello." she said, "Well, Becky, is it stinky at your house? " She had talked to my sister. Mom may be 88 years old, but she still has a wicked sense of humor, lucky me!
Today, I'm having a much better day. I'm happily entrenched in my sewing room away from the scorching heat and expecting the only stress I'll have today is those darn applique handles. Arrrgh.
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