Archive for November, 2006

Thankful Being

Posted in General on November 23rd, 2006

Today is the celebration of Thanksgiving day in the U.S., and there will be an awful lot of turkey and pumpkin pie consumed around countless tables across the country. As families and friends gather from near and far for this ritual, many thoughts will be given over to contemplation of our myriad blessings.  It is good that we do this, and it would be even better to do this as a regular part of our path on this earth.

Apart from the blessings of family and friends, there are many things for which I am grateful today – the chipmunks and little brown birds outside my studio window, scurrying about their business – the ability to walk into my studio in my PJs and work on a piece that will be considered controversial by some – the talents of so many other artists, whose work graces my walls – the generosity of strangers to someone in need.

It has been many weeks since I had the opportunity to spend concentrated time in my studio.  I am grateful for the next four days when I can immerse myself in the art making that I love.  So many projects have been waiting for me to get back to them.  The gift of time is precious.  And so, I am also grateful to the one who makes it possible for me to hide out in my studio this long weekend.  Van will cook the meals and clean the kitchen, and generally protect me from the outside world for a few days.  This is a gift of great value, and I will endeavor to be appropriately grateful.

A Mighty Wind

Posted in General on November 16th, 2006

If you have been watching the weather channel, you probably think that northwest Washington is about to slide into the sea, or has blown north into Canada!  It’s been a rather amazing time of rain and wind and power outages.  Van and I were without power for about 24 hours, and some folks are still without.  It’s a terrible itchy feeling to know that there’s nothing you can do.  We both rely heavily on electricity, not just for keeping the refrigerator cold and the rooms warm, but also the computers and sewing machines and lights functioning!  We are prepared enough to have a couple of Coleman lanterns and a camp stove, so we could warm up soup and heat water for tea, but we both had a case of the fidgets!  So we played a lot of Scrabble and gin rummy, and tried to catch up on our reading, but the light from the lanterns just wasn’t good enough for beading!  Nerts!

In the grand scheme of things, of course, this was not life threatening or a true crisis.  And things are back to semi-normal today.  If anything, these occurences remind me just how little I am really in control of, and that gratitude for the things I take for granted – like electricity – should be closer to the surface as I go through my days.

What are you grateful for today?

With Fear and Trepidation

Posted in General on November 14th, 2006

I dip my toe into the world of blogging.  Not being at all sure what, exactly, I am doing, I am nonetheless forging ahead!  I have read with interest and amusement the blogs of others, and am willing to give it a try.  For a start, I think once a week will do.  We’ll see how I get on with that as my goal.

For now, a quick review of my fall travel.  Off to Chico Hot Springs in Montana to teach with Laura Cater-Woods at her innaugural retreat.  What a pleasure!  Laura is amazing, the students were wonderful and willing, and the surroundings so different from those I see every day.  And then to Houston for International Quilt Market and Festival.  As always, an amazing experience, and once again inspiration was everywhere.  The IQA juried show and special exhibits just get better every year.  I admit that the Journal Quilts capture my attention every year, and the Husqvarna Viking Masterpieces as well.  It was great fun to see some of my own work on the floor in such exalted company.

Before heading home, I spent a few days in San Antonio, visiting my brother and his family, who settled there about 3 months ago after he retired from the Navy.  It was quite a pleasant shock to hear my 14 year old nephew saying things like “Yes, Ma’am” and “No, Ma’am” to me!  Such manners!  And from the mouth of a teenager!  There’s hope for the world!

Now that I’m home, it’s back to work on several projects that are in process.  There are two exhibits to prepare submissions for, and I will be designing for the Bernina Fashion Show 2007-8. And of course, the holiday season is upon us.  Add in a little teaching, and it’s a very busy time of year, as I’m sure it is for you.

If you’ve gotten this far, I thank you for participating in my first lesson in blogging.  My next lesson will be in uploading pictures.  Fortunately for me, my tutor is just upstairs in his office, so if I get stuck, all I have to do is yell.

I wish you well.