A Note From the Soggy Northwest

A Note From the Soggy Northwest

Just so you know, it’s not currently raining here.  Also, the guy who hit the news floating atop his keg is not related to me.  I  consider it completely possible that my back yard could be declared a National Swampland.  If there were such a thing.  Which I’m pretty sure there’s not.  Basically the back yard is a soggy mess.  On the bright side, there is likely ski-able snow in the mountains.

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Last Thursday I came home from a visit with my mom on this.

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It was a bit like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.  Luckily, it was a pretty short flight.  Later, we had thunder hail.  There was a lightning strike a few blocks from here that blew out windows of the house next to the tree that was struck.  It shook our house like an earthquake.  Then it hailed and hailed.  Never a dull moment.

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What kind of gift are you hoping for this season?  I have quite enough “stuff”  to last me.  What I would really treasure is extra time at the cutting table or sewing machine.  Like a really big hunk of time when I don’t have to go to the store, run a load of laundry, fix dinner or let the dogs in or out or in or out.  (Toby and Ella excel at wanting to be somewhere they’re not.)  But here’s the big question:  how well would I use it?  And secondarily, would I really want to find out?  Now that I think about it, maybe it’s better that I don’t know.  Still, a girl can dream.

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“It doesn’t matter where I am.  I just want to be someplace else.”

I’m making a new “Santa Says Hi” runner for after the holidays.  January here is pretty bleak and some bright colors and hot tea are just what a person needs.  It’ll be perfect for when the holiday decorations come down and the house looks kind of dull.

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 Since there’s not really a hard deadline on this, I can do it in spurts when I need some quiet time.  It’s actually a sanity maintenance kind of project.  I can only make so many cookies, clean up so many spaces for guests and organize so many presents before my brain needs a break.  It’s easy to get to the point where you never take a deep breath and relax throughout the whole month of December.  I have to put those time-out moments on the schedule and stick to it and I heartily recommend doing it.  Just like quilting, the holidays are supposed to be fun.

So enjoy this holiday season and get a little extra sleep.

Quilt for Fun!

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