The past ten days or so feel like suspended time to me. Waiting for things to get finished or to happen...I found the two leaves above on the front sidewalk one day. Don't know where they came from as there are no trees turning color anywhere nearby (on someone's feet?).
We've been having heavy rain but warm weather the past two days - low 70's and high humidity feel strange to me. Much more common for it to be in the 50's or even 40's by this time of year.
We've been doing the 'car fixing' roulette for a while. First my husband's car needed to be in the shop ... which means he drives mine to work. After a couple of days of that, I asked the repair place for a rental 'cause I had things to do and places to go. :)
Luckily, they agreed. Dodge Caliber - was great to drive once I got inside, but hard to get into. I am _not_ a tall woman (5'4" or so) and I kept hitting my head as I got in to drive. (grrr) Now, we're leaving the Cruiser for servicing while we drive the Dart to TN. :)
I went to both quilt guild meetings this week (yeah me!:) and last Sunday (the 12th) was my Baltimore Modern guild's monthly meeeting. There were (as always) some great show and tell quilts - several with fall coloring. I got all energized and decided to make a quick Halloween wall hanging for myself. Usually, when I do Halloween anything, it's for my daughter (H. is her favorite holiday:). Rare for me to do something to keep. I found this appealing (to me, anyway) patchwork bat pattern on the Oh Franson blog. It is actually a traditional block pattern (shown in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia). I dug out some Halloween prints (mostly small scale) and got cutting.
The design has three columns of bats and I have two finished (but only one with a - poor - photo; project is packed up to travel, more in a moment about that):
I guess you'll just have to take my word for it that the bats are cute. :) I hope to finish it this coming week.
Skip and I are going on a vacation to Gatlinburg, TN (Hugh is staying home:). My Mom and Dad bought a time share there years ago and that is the only thing I chose from the estate (in lieu of a financial share) to keep. Skip actually enjoys the area and I love the Great Smokey Mountains National Forest which is nearby. Beautiful this time of year, usually. I've written about it here before ... I will miss having my Mom along this time. (sniff)
I managed to finish knitting the first little baby sweater I am making for Baby Coming - just have to finish sewing the sleeve seams. I also made a bonnet yesterday - sure is fast to knit something in newborn size! :)
Again, not a great photo. The yarn is a silk cotton blend and feels lovely. There is enough yarn left to make another hat (think I'm going to try a simple pull on cap style). :)
One thing besides my knitting and hand piecing that I have already packed is two sketchbooks. I've really gotten fond of taking a sketchbook along wherever I go - I find sketching meditative and soothing. :) My friend Barbara observed earlier this week that she and I both 'live in the future' and I agree. Drawing makes me look which makes me 'be present in the moment.' :)
I bought a new sketchbook with cover on Sunday afternoon from fellow Modern guild member, Monica T.
I like the rough and tumble hardy nature of her piecing and the inside is way cool:
The small size means it fits into my purse. It ties shut and I can carry several pens with it ... I think it will wear really well. Worth buying (yes, I _could_ make my own ... but where's the fun?:).
Will probably try to post at least once while I'm away.