I’m not feeling a rush of creativity yet, but I am feeling a bit of a draw to my sewing room the last few days. It feels more utilitarian than creative. But I can live with that. I’ve seen this pattern in my creative life before. When I’m not inspired to create, it’s a good time to tackle some UFOs… chunk away at the repetitive and almost meditative tasks needed to wrap up a project.
So I hit my sewing room after work this evening and sewed two more rows on my Jewel Frames quilt. Then I took a break and took my boys for a walk. When we got home I sewed those two rows to the two rows I finished the other night.
That photo just shows half of what I have done so far. This quilt is big and It won’t fit on my design wall. This piece is folded in half. I pinned it up on this small design wall because it’s all pressed and I don’t want to have to deal with creases and wrinkles.
It’s all going together quickly. I just love looking at the design and colors as I work with them.
That must be one of the reasons I sort of enjoy pressing a quilt at this stage… when it’s coming together but is still of a size that it’s manageable. And I love putting my hands all over it as I press. I enjoy it less as the quilt top gets bigger.
More eye candy just because it makes me happy to look at it!
Ane one more just because I can…
Four of nine rows are sewn. That means five more rows. I might have this top done on Friday night. Then I will add a couple of borders. I’m on track to finish this before I wrap up my New Years holiday on Tuesday.
We said farewell to Ernie and Bogart this afternoon. Their mom was feeling well enough after her surgery to have them back at home. They’re such good boys while they’re here. It’s really easy to have them around and they get along so well with Bender and Rico. And Ernie is such a good cuddler. I’ll really miss him now that he’s gone.
I will also miss having all four dogs accompany me to the bathroom five times a day!
We had another wind storm over the last couple of days, with lots of rain. I got about three inches of rain from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning. I emptied this dog water dish on the patio on Sunday afternoon. It was full Monday morning!
And then it continued to rain and the wind howled. So many trees and power lines came down. So many people have been without power. I was lucky that I didn’t suffer another power outage. I think I heard that six people have died in Oregon with that most recent wind storm. Most were killed when their cars were hit by falling trees. And this storm was a different storm from the ice storm last week. We’ve had some really crazy weather.
It was calm and dry today and I took some photos of the damage around the neighborhood.
Mostly what I saw was lots of smaller boughs on the roads and driveways.
Most of these are from Douglas fir trees. In the areas where there are no Doug firs, there are few boughs on the ground.
Our regular trail was pretty much covered in some sections.
We did come across a spot where a tree had fallen across the trail and smashed a fence.
Looking at the other side of the trail in this spot, I noticed that this tree was just completely uprooted and tipped over. You can see the root ball at the upper center of this photo.
With all the rain we had the ground becomes saturated. Combine that with the high winds and it’s not unusual to see trees just topple over.
That was a big tree! I’m hoping it came down when no one was near.
I ran across another tree that fell right along the curb along our walk. This photo was taken today, but this tree was already down during our walk last night.
You can see on this one that the tree just split and fell.
These wind storms can be really scary when combined with huge trees and lots of water.
I also ran across the downed three that caused my power outage last week. Another huge tree. This one was all due to wind.
And more of this tree across the street.
That pile of logs is in the EXACT spot where I scored that green rain coat a few weeks ago.
We’re supposed to see a lot of rain later this week but we’re not supposed to see the return of the winds we’ve had so much of. I was so glad to see the winds finally stop yesterday!
I noticed today that the daffodils in my front yard are finally up. They’re usually up a week or so before Christmas. So they’re late this year. We’ve had a relatively cool winter so far.
I was happy to see they’re up.