Saturday, October 29, 2011

Catching up

The least few days were spent on a whirlwind road trip to northern New England.  Along with seeing some friends and family, I had a few errands to complete.  I brought my lap quilt to a shop where I once did hand quilting on consignment.  I'm thrilled to reconnect with the creative folks there and look forward to working with them again.

I also sold some sports equipment that sat in my storage room but the money from the sale didn't sit in my pocket for very long.  It was spent at my next stop, a secondhand shop where I found the car-mount bike rack that I had bookmarked on my laptop some time ago.  This very slightly used model was priced at one-fifth the online price :-D  (And, of course, I wouldn't have to pay  for shipping.)  his rack doesn't interfere with the rear wiper and has side straps to prevent sway and tipping.  But my favorite perk is the great clamps.  It installs in seconds instead of a half hour of adjusting and tightening the straps of my previous rack.

Thursday evening was beautiful, cool, and crisp.  We went for a walk around the shopping area in town before a light dinner.  It was so enjoyable to see the shop windows changed for autumn and all the lights on the streets.  I haven't taken many photos lately and had forgotten about the delay before the picture actually snaps on my camera.  I apologize for the fuzziness on this photo.  I guess I'll have to go back to get a better shot ;)

I did discover that 5:00pm on a Friday is NOT the time to drive through Northampton, MA.  On my ride home I wanted to find Webs, enticed by the billboard on I-91 for this huge yarn store.  Unfortunately, it took 20 minutes to drive about 2 miles off exit 18 and I never found the store.  (I has passed the street where I should have turned.)  Fortunately, because traffic was moving so slowly I was able to see a lot of interesting shops.  I'll be taking a trip back there some Saturday morning with comfortable walking shoes.

I stayed inside today.  The October snowstorm started here before noon and I really don't need to go out for anything.  The tree branches (still in full leaf) are covered with snow and heavily bent.  The predictions of possible power outages from toppled branches are coming true, many folks are without electricity.  I'm all set with plenty of easily accessible food.  I've just taken this Apple Almond Ginger Cake from the oven.  It smells won.der.ful!

(Note: This post was delayed. The power went out 4 hours ago, as I was typing. This end of the city was part of the 500,000 homes out of power in southern CT.)

Stay well!

Fast and Furious

In just a short half hour....

......and the flakes have gotten larger since this photo was taken.

Photo courtesy of The Nor'easter.  Stay inside and stay warm!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

There's plenty of cute stuff over at Bent Objects that will make you smile!  Have fun   :)

I'm heading north for a few days.  I'll be back on Saturday with photos and stories.....

Friday, October 21, 2011

The beginning

My camera is now fully charged, after missing many terrific pictures these past few weeks including a flock of geese flying overhead yesterday.  I stop in my tracks whenever I hear a goose signalling the others and I wait until I can watch them pass by.  Yesterday's flock was a moderate size, about 20 birds.  The drop in the weather will soon bring larger groups.  My camera and I are ready.

After an incredibly hot, humid summer the nights are now in the 40's and the days reach into the low 60's.  My lunch break finds me taking advantage of those last few warm rays of sun, sitting outside the office.  This past weekend I finally closed my bedroom window, and during Tuesday's rain no windows were left open at all.  I have not even looked at the thermostat, yet.

Ah, Fall....are you ready?  Have you found your sweaters and started layering clothing?  Are the flower beds neatly cleaned for winter?

It's Friday, friends.  The weekend is upon us.  I hope yours is wonderful!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's been a while, hasn't it?

I just cleaned a two inch thick layer of dust on this keyboard.  Really.  Well, not quite ;)

I did miss each and evey one of you, whether you are a regular commenter, or just stop by now and then ;)    And I did miss reading all your adventures when I couldn't log on.  That was part of my excuse problem.  My "new" laptop computer went into the shop twice...for a total of five weeks.  The screen did some wonky things and went black.  (~~~Withdrawal shudders.~~~) 

And I've been busy.....

I am almost finished with my small lap quilt (or large wall hanging) which will be going to a quilt shop next week to be put up for sale.  This one was created around some antique patches that were found in a secondhand store.  It is now extensively hand-quilted, which I believed would be a fitting tribute to the patches and the woman who sewed them.  As soon as I finish the binding I will post the completed photo.

Next on my UFO list is the kaleidoscope quilt made from vintage housedresses and aprons.  This will be my first attempt at machine quilting, but I think it is a fitting project.  It's simplicity deems a simple solution.  I've got some time in November devoted to this.

Psssst, Cherie!  I went to Brooklyn last month to visit my son and had a great time.  It was a Saturday so we stopped at Smorgasburg and went to a few of the vintage mall/markets.  Meeker Street is slated as a definite return visit.  It's a good thing I can't tote a sewing machine home on the train ;)  Mast Brothers Chocolate is yummy (especially the Stumptown Coffee bar), and Momofuku cookies are THE BEST!  I'm planning a trip back there in early spring as a revival after the holidays but I'll schedule it so I can go to Brooklyn Flea this time....and I'm saving my pennies so I can splurge ;)

More to come!  There's so much catching up to do...

I hope you've all had a great summer!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crop yields and safety

I heard an interesting tidbit on the news the other day.  It appears that here in southern CT, the hot summer created a bad year for the acorn crop.  I really should have noticed that because of the oak trees right near my deck.  There are almost no acorns on the ground now, just the opposite of last year when I posted this.

But the next bit of information caught my attention.  Due to the lack of acorns in the woods the deer population must find other food, mostly fresh grass.  Here, the most convenient fresh grass for them is at the edge of the woods.  Which is also on the edge of the highway.

Drivers, please be cautious.