be with you) has come and gone.
Marcelle Goes to the Circus
I have been sewing this week. And it feels so good! Here is a teaser, with the full reveal on Monday.
One of the highlights of the week is to pick up breakfast on Friday morning from our favorite, Benaddiction. We noticed these two guys figured out a way to social distance and enjoy breakfast together.
There is a fencing studio about a half mile away from us, and Aaron has always been interested in taking classes. Now might be a good time.
At the end of each year, I have all my blog posts published in a hardback book (the main reason for these Really Random posts--it's my journal). Anyway, I was looking for something specific from 2016 and came across this gem. I had no idea this would take on an entirely different meaning!
Mark found an old trumpet the other day. He loves to make water fountains from found objects and went right to work, incorporating a little bugle as well. The weather has been so nice all week (although it will be changing this weekend--going up to 100, ugh), so I have spent many hours sitting outside and reading.
Are you still sheltering in place? We have been extended until May 31.
Some businesses will be opening up on Monday. It is kind of weird to think about that. I don't like going on grocery runs--it makes me a little bit anxious.
Christmas in the City
Hardly anyone is aware of this, but I have another blog account: Live a Colorful Life Quilt Diary (laclquiltdiary.blogspot.com), where I am attempting to log all the quilts I have made. Prior to about 2004, all pictures of my quilts were actual photos, real photos that did not just live in my hard drive. So I have been going through the photos to put them in chronological order. I found these pictures from my first retreat with friends Ruth and Dotty back in March 2000. We were at Dotty's cabin at Yosemite, anticipating a weekend of nonstop sewing. And then it began snowing. Dotty knocked on our bedroom doors early Sunday morning and said, "We have to leave NOW!" None of our things were packed up, but in the space of half an hour, we packed up, cleaned out the refrigerator, closed the cabin, and packed the car. (Notice the quilt ruler snow scraper.)
The snowplow was on its way to clear the road and Dotty said "GET IN THE CAR!" because she knew if we didn't get out ahead of the snowplow, it would be nearly impossible because snow would be piled up against the car. The car was already moving before we even closed our doors. What a memory. The following few years, we still went in May or April. And still contended with snow, but never like this. Now we go about the end of May. Until this year, of course. :(
While going through papers, I also found this gem, written by Dotty when I started my job at our LQS, Quilter's Paradise. I was SO nervous as I had never worked retail before.
I'm still working on these cute blocks.
Gabe is on Messenger Kids and sends me occasional pictures.
Here is a funny little conversation the two of us had yesterday, and I just want to remember it, so here goes: Gabe told me that he needed a watch. He's reading a book, wonders what time it is, puts his book down, comes back and has lost his place. I told him what he really needed was a bookmark, but that's not what he had in mind. Anyway, I asked him whether he wanted analog or digital. He said analog, because he could tell time on either analog or digital. I told him that his father never learned to tell time on an analog, or tie his shoes, until he was in second grade.
Me: Do you know why?
Gabe (looking quizzical): Because he was home schooled??
Haha. No. And all you homeschoolers (which pretty much includes any parents with kids at home), please do not be offended by that. I told him it was because nearly all watches and clocks were digital at that time (because it was cool), and all shoes had those velcro straps (again, because it was new and cool).
Are you watching a lot of TV? Scrolling incessantly through Facebook or Instagram? I go in spells. I'm trying to do more reading but I'm not always successful.
After seven weeks at home, Aaron went back to work part time this week (full time next week). He's an optometrist and I thought this was funny.
I'll end with this. Just because it's adorable.