Friday, April 03, 2020

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {4/3/20}


Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.


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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Today is Thursday

I'm working on a project. Now that I've picked up the stitches along the long edge and started the decreases, I'm actually enjoying it. For a couple of weeks, I couldn't picture the angles in my head and even though I'd checked and rechecked and was sure I was doing it right, I didn't think it would come together. Now that I can see how my shawl matches the diagrams and the rows are so much longer, I'm finding it soothing to knit on this one. 


I had to look at the calendar to be sure what day it is because things are starting to blur. Even though we've been following the rules for sheltering in place for almost a month now, I can't claim that I've been home for a long string of days because I've been driving my oldest son to his new (essential) job and picking him up at the end of his shift. There and back without leaving the car myself. Following the rules and trying to be patient.

We've finally solved the mystery of  the laundromat, after hearing rumors that it was only open when an attendant was there. It's open the regular hours, you just have to sit in your car while the load runs. We learned during the Walmart fire last spring that once the load is running there's no getting your clothes out until it's done. I can set the timer on my phone and sit in my car, which is honestly a lot more comfortable than the benches inside even if it is kind of cold. I wonder what the people without cars are expected to do...

Remember those reusable cloth shopping bags I finally got around to making? Some local stores aren't letting you bring your own bags at all, or are making you bag your own stuff if you do (I'm totally fine with that) or even using the old thin bags that we just banned because they were so horrible. Now the shopping carts and parking lots are full of abandoned latex gloves. 

If I sound tired and cranky, it's because I am. We're hanging in there at my house. Everyone seems to be healthy. Everyone in my immediate family who has a job is either essential or able to work from home or was already telecommuting in the first place.  One of my kids is starting a brand new job. One is buying a house. If that was all that was going on, I'd be stressed. But that's not all that's gong on. 

I'm trying to focus on creative projects  because there's not a whole lot else I can do right now. How are you all holding up? 



Wednesday, April 01, 2020

{I've Been Reading} The Murals



The Murals by William Bayer

Jason Poe breaks into the house on Locust Street to take pictures for a project about abandoned houses. He's not expecting the murals that confront him in a tiny upstairs room. Completely covering all four walls, sinister figures have a powerful impact on the viewer. He made his career photographing the horrors of war, but these figures have an intensity to him that he can't look away from.   Locust street has an awful reputation and he knew about the crimes that took place in two other houses that were demolished long ago, but he didn't know about the "cult house." Now that Jason has seen the paintings, he's determined to find out who created them and why.

This book wasn't what I was expecting, but the story pulled me in and kept me turning pages. It's told "in the voices of the participants" and has almost a documentary feel to it. (My reaction might also have been influenced by the fact that I'd watched Candyman late the night before I started reading and couldn't stop picturing the murals from that movie.)

Disclosure -- The publisher provided me with an advance review copy. This post contains affiliate links. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {3/27/20}


Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.


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