Thursday, November 8, 2012

Really Random Thursday, 11/8/12: The Picture Overload Edition

Let's start this week with a recap of our fruitless mulberry--the final pictures of the year for this tree:




The gardeners were here this week. After years of doing it ourselves, we finally pay to have the pruning done. Worth.every.single.penny.

Done for another year. Don't let those other leaves in the background fool you--they are from another tree. This fruitless multiple is down to the bare nubs. But the cycle will repeat itself next spring.
Our church holds a Halloween carnival every year.

Yoda my name is...
 Can't leave out our church staff--it was the year of the gnome.

My father celebrated his 85th birthday with a special birthday lunch with some nieces and nephews, organized by his sister--his only remaining sibling out of 14 altogether. Mark and Aaron were working, but Christa, the kids and I were able to attend.I think Papa was especially happy to have these three help him celebrate! We'll be celebrating again on Sunday, with just our family. Happy birthday!
 Aaron and Christa did a half-marathon relay on Sunday. So the kids spent the night Saturday night. We had a great time. Gabriel was a total Grandpa's boy all weekend.
And there was that time change, which threw everyone's sleep-wake cycle off, so that when the kids thought is was 7 a.m., it was really only 6 a.m. with the new time. Zzzzzz...

After the marathon, we had brunch at one of our favorite places, Batter Up. It's a really busy place so there is a whiteboard where the kids can draw while waiting to be seated and served. Charlotte was so busy writing, and when we finally paid attention, it was kind of shocking--in a good way, I mean. She labeled it "math wall" at the top. Then she started doing subtraction. In a pattern. 1020-1020 = 0, 2030-2030= 0, 3040-3040=0, all the way to 1819-1819=0. But not only that, she had a pattern going with the colored markers she was using!! She is 6. We were amazed.
I have been a painting and decorating and DIY-ing maniac the last couple of weeks. I'll save more of the before and after photos for a separate post. Monday I painted our bedroom. When we moved an armoire, we found this on the floor. Never seen it before. Have no clue where it came from. Looks like a class ring from 1925. Such a mystery...
  And in quilting news, I was contacted by an Australian quilting magazine back in March. They were doing an article on selvages so I answered some questions and submitted some pictures. And forgot about it. Until the magazine arrived in the mail this week!
I'll end by soliciting a vote for my quilt Blogger's Quilt Festival, where my "One in Every (Kona) Color" is one of five finalists in the Favorite Rainbow Quilt category. I'd love to have your vote, although the hard part is that my good friend, Rene', is competing in the very same category! There were some outstanding quilts this time (as always!), so if you haven't checked it out, it will be well worth your time!
What random things have been going on in your world?


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Clara {Clover and Violet} said... #

Nice pictures! I voted, for your quilt!! Wow, that is a really trimmed tree! I am so happy for your article, Congratulations!!

Mama Pea said... #

I love your tree. It's really different. I have never seen anything like it and love when you do the time lapse photos. That is so cool about your selvedge projects and article. Way to go! Have a great Thursday.

M-R Charbonneau said... #

Wonderful randomness, Cindy. Congrats on the magazine and being nominated. I voted for yours!

Cindy Sharp said... #

I like your random world very much.

What happens with that tree if you don't prune it?

The Luedtke Family said... #

Our wake up time shifted to 5:00 a.m.! Yesterday, everyone was sleeping in at the late hour of 6:30 - that was delicious!!!

Debbie said... #

wow - lots of great randomness. Congrats on the feature - yay.

Needled Mom said... #

Love the randoms!! The math wall is just amazing! I think she has a science degree in her future.

Congratulations on the magazine work! I voted too.

Carla said... #

I'm thinking the ring fell out of the cupboard when you moved it? Perhaps the previous owners? Have a great week and yes I voted ; )

Terriaw said... #

That voting widget was a little confusing but I voted (for you)! It's amazing to see the different stages your tree goes through over the course of the year. The branches look so different each time you show it to us. What a fun birthday to celebrate! especially surrounded by so much family. Happy day!

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

That tree is amazing! Maybe it would take over the world if you didn't trim it?!
Love the halloween costumes, you are always having so much fun with your grandkids - it's fabulous!
Congratulations on the magazine feature :)

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Love the randoms and congratulations on the feature! Good luck in the BQF vote!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Wow - a random ring is rather special, as are all the small folk xxx

Linda in Arkansas said... #

I'm wondering where you live - as the only place I know where they "prune" mulberry trees like that is in Kern County, CA. Oh I just noticed it says in the magazine article. HOWDY NEIGHBOR! I'm just south of you in Bakersfield. We had a mulberry tree and never pruned it - it was so pretty and such a great shade tree. Too strange about the ring isn't it? And so cool you are in the magazine!

Katy Cameron said... #

Loving your collection of random, as ever! Also great ornament block, and good luck in the voting :o)

OPQuilt said... #

I"d keep an eye on that granddaughter of yours. She may be the next Math Star at Stanford University, where they work out pattern theory. Loved the post!

Elizabeth E.