Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Making progress

1st of all I can't believe it's early October.  Honestly this year has just been a complete blur, and continues to be that way.   I am trying to make the most of it!

Best news on the Covid 19 front is that my mom's facility finally allowed in-person visits this week so I was able to see my mom from 6' away outside.  She's healthy, which is a miracle.  She's a bit more confused than before but still, for almost 93, she survived Covid 19 and is moving around.  I'd say it's a win-win!

We went kayaking yesterday probably for the last time this year.  Weather is going to change this weekend.  We went to the second largest lake in Oregon called Waldo Lake.  These lakes were all formed by volcanic eruptions so the depth of the lakes is amazing and the water is aqua blue!  The air was perfectly still so the water was like glass.  I have to show you the reflection of this rock formation!

My friend took this of me in my boat.  It's a bit far away but you can get the idea.  It's been a great year of kakaking and I'm sorry to have gone on and on about it.  All I can say is if you ever have the chance to go out on a kayak, do it!  There is something incredibly serene about sitting in a boat in the middle of a body of water with mountains around.  It makes all of the rest of the world disappear for a short time!

I've been plugging away at my Stars and Sprigs quilt, still not convinced what my alternative block is going to look like.  I've been doing the appliqué blocks and enjoying that!

I've made two more and have tried to be a little less chaotic in the fabric choices.

You'll see I haven't washed out the purple marker yet for the placement lines.

To top off my week, a very special friend sent me a package of purple scraps (!), some great selvages, special glue for my appliqué AND a beautiful large mug rug which can hold my cheese and cracker plate at happy hour!  Thanks for thinking of me and being so generous, Barb!!

Have I told you about the visitors we've been having almost daily?  They seem to like our yard for resting!  They are quite large, except for the little fawns.  I think deer are really pretty creatures but I wish they'd stop eating my plants!! vbg.  I also keep my distance away from them. This area we live in is their country and we are the interlopers!

This is the view towards the back of our house from my sewing room window!  We head back to California tomorrow for the weekend so we'll get a chance to have our grandkids visit!!  WOOHOO!  Stay safe!


  1. What a serene looking boat outing--nice....

    Your applique is looking lovely...
    we just got home from getting our flu shots...
    glad that's done...
    Stay safe yourself...hugs, julierose

  2. That lake must be amazing!! Such spectacular views. Your blocks are gorgeous. I cannot wait to see what you choose for fabric in the alternate star blocks. Just gorgeous!! Love the deer. I am always afraid of hitting one on my way into work. They are everywhere.

  3. I'm so happy to hear your mother is doing well. At 93y young, it's awesome! Personally, I really don't mind you talking about your kayak outing. You take such great pictures every time. As I nature lover, I fully understand the feeling. :)
    Great job on the applique. Did you gave your four-legged neighbours some names? They are a beautiful animal. Enjoy the grandkiddos. ;^)

  4. Yes! Floating on the calm clear waters of a lake in the mountains is one of the BEST therapies and soul can enjoy! Thanks for sharing the pics! My dream was to one day own a lakehouse... considering I'm 50 years old already... I had best get moving on that dream a bit quicker! lol!
    Beautiful applique! Loving the brighter colors!

  5. I agree with you about kayaking and I continue to very much like your sprigs blocks with the red background. I'm sure you'll eventually get to a good choice for the star blocks.

  6. Your mom's story is a a remarkable and positive story. Throw in that beautiful Lake and your kayaking experience and I'd say you had a wonderful week.

  7. Love those photos oh my. Is there anything more pretty than a calm lake with a gorgeous reflection. beautiful shot.
    I'm so happy you got to see your mother. She is amazing.
    What an amazing group of resting deer. I love your sentiment that this is their land. so true.
    hope you have a fabulous time in CA with the grand kids!

  8. I know what you mean about serene! we don't have a kayak but I feel the same way about our row boat. It can be so quiet and peaceful when you sitting out on the water. I love your applique and the fabrics you choose make it really fun and all your own!!! Safe travels!