Monday, May 22, 2017

monday design wall

it's a warm and rainy day in my neck of the woods today...great for sewing of course! sunday was a puttering type of day but did get started on my civil war project....


the next round is of hourglass blocks, which are in process...then another red border, then a wider border of more patchwork blocks....and was remiss in giving credit for the new england sampler quilt pattern....it is a brandywine design...


did get the pieces all basted down and rolled it up for traveling, so it's ready to go.  it'll be a convenient beach project but not this week--won't be up to 80 until next weekend.   it seems our moderate winter is continuing into moderate early summer.  so it's monday..let the sewing begin!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

it's about time...

recall that old TV show?  it's about time, it's about space, it's about *** and the human race, or so went the opening theme...well, last week somebody on quilting classifieds, a selling site, posted a pattern that tweaked my conscience...so nothing else to do but dig it out and take stock....and look what happened!


the bottom and final panel is ready to baste so it can be appliqued....this is new england sampler, a pattern i bought back in the 1980s--yes, 1980s--but perfection fear kept me from working on it long before this...i took some applique classes and tackled the flower blocks and the house panel, but oh those vines...severe vine phobia!  a month or so ago hung this on my design wall to "remind" me and today got out my bias bars and found the vines weren't so scary after all.  am now determined to finish this in 2017.   there's a narrow inner border then a sorta wide muslin border with more flowers and vines and then about a 3" final border.  it isn't bed size but rather a largish wall piece. once basted it'll be rolled up for portability.  after this, there are just a few really old UFOs on my list....recall the civil war diary?? 

3 for 3...

lap robes for the guild, that is...i belong to two guilds and already made 3 for one guild and now 3 for the second...except for the QOV, taking summer hiatus from charity sewing...


the top fabric was a jelly roll from the guild, but the backing, batting and binding came from my stash...haven't quite finished sewing down that binding, but today should do it...no pattern and no rhyme or reason to blocks, just made a bunch of blocks and put 'em together....the gold fabric has some metallic in it and i would choose this one if it was up to me... ***  as you can see, i've put up the folding table again and have to say, love having an extra, spacious work surface.  also got some basting done of both UFO flimsies and some applique.  ***  our mini heat wave has abated for now with comfortable temps into next week, but now that may's end is here, it's only a matter of time until the summer muggies arrive to stay.   time just flies by like crazy, doesn't it?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

what's in the box?

well, this is what WAS in the box yesterday morning....with an entire day ahead, thought perhaps could wipe out this box of batik scraps...


and by late wednesday night, this is what was left....


the trash was full of colorful itty bitty trimmings and this was on the design wall....finally...


once complete, it'll fit perfectly on the inside of my apartment door...i think i should call it 'lifesavers'....and the vacuuming?  it did get finished but you can hardly tell now....threads and snips all over the place.  having and taking an entire day is a terrific way to stay on task and make real headway into finishing these UFOs....i've another one already lined up for another such day which could be saturday or sunday.  try it, you'll like it!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

this and that

monday awoke with every good intention to tackle some housework....only takes a couple of hours and wanted to get it done for the week....but my quilty mojo had other ideas.  while tidying up to vacuum, spied this stack of leftovers of cheddar and indigo and wondered what i could use them for....recently saw a doll quilt done in a braid and decided to try it...


yep, these will do nicely and should almost bust this little pile, but back to vacuum....before could pull out the machine, checked email and once again saw my stickie note about "wild turkeys"....plus ads for christmas fabrics...yikes, christmas already?  better get my turkeys done first....so located the templates i had prepared and went to the stash for fabrics....found these nice plaids and some fallish cottons and next thing i know, here they are ready to applique....but back to the vacuum....finally! 


by evening after supper AND vacuuming was done, sat for some TV with this project...the senior center's QOV.   this quilt was in the frame when i arrived last year with the intent of everyone doing the quilting, which didn't happen.  before you could say "red white and blue" i volunteered to finish the quilting, so it's my early summer project.  have a good head start, and we are hoping for maybe a july 4th presentation or veterans' day if not....


today's plan is to finish up the housework--honestly it is--and then more sewing of some sort...so nice to have plenty of choices!

Monday, May 15, 2017

monday finish

it's the rambling rose wallhanging now ready to hang up in my apartment!  the institutional everything beige walls will set this off nicely....when i used the dark brown for the geese, i thought they were too dark in comparison to other shades in this layer cake.  but once the green border was on, they toned down nicely and i'm glad i chose to use that color sparingly.  i'm a fan of fabric designer sandy gervais and her color combos and this is no exception....


looks like summer is headed our way this week with temps at 90 on the horizon.  and hope your mother's day was as awesome as mine....just being able to be with my daughter and SIL was priceless!  no real plans for monday except household stuff and probably sew...how good is that?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

worthy....

of all my love and honor today and every day....


since i was the first, aka the 'trainee' child, she'll tell you she was more strict with me than the sibs, and even now at age 90, she'll point out her mothering faults....but i've got no complaints whatsoever.  in fact, as we grow older together, i see more and more of her unconditional and unfailing love and devotion, wisdom and compassion.  as we honor our moms today, can't forget there are those for whom today is a heartbreak for absent mothers, for mothering dreams unfulfilled....makes me feel just a tad guilty for still being able to talk, chat, laugh and send blessings to mine....

Saturday, May 13, 2017

easy peasy?

not by a long shot....the book describes this as a long-term project, not to be rushed, and after getting just one row done, i can see why.  it's probably made more so by how fabrics are placed.  and while i was ho-hum about this after a couple of blocks, am now starting to get more interested and can't wait to see row 2 finished when the first 2 gray/white accent designs will be complete. 


even tho pattern came from the book "modern neutrals," this in no way describes my version.  am already thinking about how it will look after quilting is done...again many thanks go to stashbuster pals who so generously shared their orange scraps with me; just wondering now if i have enough!!  will know better after another couple of rows are done.  now you know how i'll be spending part of my summer vacation....

Friday, May 12, 2017

sew along progress?

not sure progress is the right word...here we are nearly halfway into the year and only these measly arcs done...i keep them next to the machine for leaders/enders but also use whatever project i'm working on, so not many arcs get done. 


nice and scrappy as i'd hoped...have white for the background; maybe this weekend can get some centers and melons cut and start assembling blocks.  ***  the rambling rose piece is nearly ready to bind.  the orange mod is on deck.   that's enough for this weekend anyway.   can't believe friday has rolled around again...when i worked, the weeks flew by and i thought it was the job....nope!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

bargain basement

pattern by bonnie hunter, fabric selection and construction by me!  have never seen this pattern made by anyone else on the net, but it drew me in, partly because of the name...who doesn't love a bargain!  many years ago in quincy, massachusetts, was a delightful shopping place called the bargain center...and it was chock full of bargains galore. my mother got my baby sister's entire layette there and it was always the first stop for back to school.   then there was filene's bargain basement, also a haven for the thrifty....prices there got marked down every 7 days and every item had a tag showing the date of the last markdown and the ever-decreasing price.  those were the days...both places now just memories.  as for THIS bargain, finally got to dive into my plaid stash and am really happy with the outcome.  the use of very lights and mediums give it a lighter look than bonnie's in her book, but it sure does brighten up a room.


this project was on my summer wish list and it now gets crossed off--and it isn't even officially summer yet!  the next 2 projects (in addition to more potholders) are the orange mod seen earlier this week and finish the amish style ocean waves flimsy.  or, maybe i'll tackle some little quilts from jo morton's club?  oh, and finish the rambling rose wallhanging too....the list keeps going, and going, going, and going.... ***  recently discovered the old viking's inability to zig-zag and am pondering how to proceed with this nearly 40-year-old machine.  aside from that function, works like new but do require the zig-zag and its partner, the buttonholer, from time to time.  parts are scarce and funds to repair even more so.  will do some research and maybe find the solution.  hopefully a fix can be found, keeping her from a new life as a boat anchor....

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

whoooo's birthday is today?



that would be brother #1....one of the smartest, funniest, sensitive, talented and occasionally rigid and annoying people about whom i care very deeply....we were built-in childhood playmates. like most of us, he's made some whopper mistakes in his life and also suffered terribly at times, but through it all we've kept him close and made sure he knows he's loved beyond words no matter what--that's our definition of family.  he's been there for me during some of my own incredible boo-boos and for that i'm always thankful.  wishing him a fantastic day, birthday or not.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

this and that

how wonderful it is to have no sewing that HAS to be done and to just be able to pick up whatever feel like sewing....first up was these potholders....


my shoebox full of selvedges was overflowing so naturally potholders came to mind....will make great little gifties at some point....and then i spied this that has been waiting so long for some attention....


just one more block, but it whetted my mojo to make lots more.....


leaving me with these tiny waste triangles for some future fun..... today, though, it's finish the 'bargain basement' flimsy first and there is that vacuuming too.  quilting continues on the rambling rose project....plus have a stack of books waiting....and for those of you who enjoy the British mystery series "Vera," would like to recommend "Shetland" based on books by the same author.   The series has that same sort of eerie marsh atmosphere found in the "Vera" episodes and excellent quality mystery stories as well...now off to fire up the old viking!

Monday, May 8, 2017

in the hoop



a few years ago lucky enough to win a layer cake of sandy gervais' "rambling rose" fabrics. made up this little wallhanging with some of that and it is now in the hoop and should be finished by week's end.  goodbye another UFO!  i love the delicate colors in this fabric line....


this was the doll quilt i sent along to mary ellen in lori aka humble quilts' annual swap.  it was well received, which is always nice.  with a significant repro stash, it's easy to find ideas for small projects like this...

and a couple of more shots of the ocean venue visited recently....




the beach really is quite narrow and long and the one "in your face" view is the infamous bay bridge.  there are plenty of shady places to sit and grill and just chill out though....and today i do mean chill....it's only 48 degrees here now.  another lovely monday and a whole week ahead.   later on will pick up the senior center's quilt of valor and bring that home to finish the quilting.  other than a few household things, plenty of sewing time available....keep calm and quilt on!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

offered......


this is a quilt top given to me by a friend who was collecting items for a church yard sale back in the early 1980s.  it is a TOP ONLY, hand pieced, broken dishes pattern.  a prominent new england quilt historian inquired about purchasing this back then, but had visions of repairing and completing it myself.  fast forward 30 years and i realize that will probably never happen. the colors are like new as it has never been laundered.  i have a ballpark idea of its value, but willing to consider any reasonable offer.  some repairs are needed, primarily seams.  an entire row was removed by me and separated into blocks for any fixes to maintain the integrity of the original and would be included of course.   it was made by a massachusetts lady who attended the episcopal church in brockton, massachusetts; no other information is known by me.  please e-mail if require further information, close-up photos, etc. 







ho-hum day...

well at the moment, anyway....weather is still cloudy and cool, no big plans for the weekend aside from household stuff.  i have gotten the "bargain basement" ready for borders, though, and here it is...


next comes a narrow cheddar border and then a pieced triangle border of red and neutrals...this would be ideal for somebody's log cabin, eh bonnie?   ***  a few years ago, my sister--the soon-to-be college grad--gifted me a roll of 90" wide batting that is still supplying me with batts big and small.  i estimate there are still 4-5 large quilt batts on that roll plus the ones already basted and waiting for quilting.  hoping that this summer will be able to finish up enough UFO flimsies to use up the roll...once the hot weather arrives, will be easy to crank up the A/C and sew, sew, sew!

Friday, May 5, 2017

something new

since recently busted a fair amount of yardage, pulled out this pattern and started sewing up something colorful for my door.  the blue narrow piece is from the "row by row" fabric collection and with the little boats was just perfect.  first i auditioned yellow for the letters, but they didn't stand out enough so orange did the trick.  the boats are a batik and my lobster print was perfect for the background.  the vertical design of the center square makes it look a bit wonky, so the jury is still out but i love the colors....anyway, it's a work in progress


normally red/white/blue is my go-to combo for summer, but i've a couple of things planned for those colors and thought the warm tones would evoke summer better....got more of my solid bow ties done and have another wallhanging UFO half quilted, so stash busting continues here during this short spell of rainy weather.   also putting together my "bargain basement" from bonnie hunter's book "scraps and shirttails", a pattern i've not seen widely used.  she used a lot of dark plaids in hers whereas i've chosen a greater amount of lighter plaids--anxious to get the top finished and have a good look.   ***  been in kind of a blue funk past week or so for a lot of reasons, but ventured out to guild last night and it helped chase away the poor me syndrome.  the budget--or lack thereof--is a huge wearing concern with few options for solving.  but since i'm blessed in many ways, not the least of which is sewing materials, hope to keep mind occupied and gray matter humming....

Thursday, May 4, 2017

recent finishes...

2017 means i've been quilting now for 38 years and it appears have finally learned how to make log cabins....not without my trusty cheat sheet tho...here's a photo of the scrappy flimsy recently donated to disaster relief to finish and get outta my UFO pile...


the blocks finished at 7.5" and made hardly a dent in my strip tote--guess i'll have to make a couple more.   streak of lightning is one of my fave settings, that and courthouse steps.

and another UFO that got finished and donated is the westering women sew-along.  both of these busted 7.25 yards.  two other items--lap robe and doll quilt swap--busted another 3.5 yards, so definitely on the downward slope


these 2 photos were taken with my phone, so colors and lighting not optimal but you get the idea.  *** another summer day has dawned and the laundry pile awaits....

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

the un-swap day

new header photo of the blooming roses in the front yard here....the yellow ones are starting to bloom as well....summer is here even though it's going to be a coolish week, like high 60s every day....enjoying the sun and breezes before rain comes for the rest of the week....

missed today's quilt meeting and also the mug rug swap....here's mine that i made....so summery i think....will put aside for another use i guess....



and here's a photo of the milky way masquerade all done....busted 7 yards on this twin size quilt...the colors really zing....batiks, you know...


Sunday, April 30, 2017

still here....

but without photos today I'm afraid....not that I haven't been busy....milky way is almost done, finished up the scrappy log cabin flimsy and that has been donated, 2 lap robes done and ready to go, plus finished DD's top....will post photos when able....summer has arrived in Maryland so the a/c is on and my beach pass is at the ready--a great time to quilt!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

a foul deed....


This beautiful Lakota star quilt was stolen off the altar of a church in Pine Ridge, South Dakota yesterday.   The evil that men--and sometimes women--do takes no holiday...ever.   I saw this on facebook first thing this morning and was sickened.   Our native citizens have already suffered way more than is humanly tolerable and this just adds to the insult.   Hoping that by getting the word out, this will lose its value for the perp and be returned unscathed.  If I were flush, I'd rent a billboard.  ***  the weekend is here and my to-do list is in good shape.  have to add re-washing kitchen floor after dropping entire jar of applesauce that shattered and splattered.  doll quilt is done and ready to mail.  log cabin flimsy done and outta here.  just 3 lap robes to finish and a summer top for the DD and I can get back to UFOs in earnest.  taking a summer break from charity sewing and already have more than enough projects lined up....job?  who has time for a job???

Monday, April 17, 2017

design wall monday

even though it's a cloudy and rainy monday here, my heart is joyful....something about Easter monday always makes me feel good....the tragedy and horror of the crucifixion is over and resurrection has breathed new life into the world....

so, been playing in the plaids today....no doubt bonnie hunter will recognize these blocks.  since my charity and swap sewing is on track and nearly done, took a break for some stash fun. 


this is bonnie's 'bargain basement' pattern that have been itching to do....total of 42 blocks are needed plus a couple of nice borders.  just happened to have some little 3.5" solid squares in the elfa drawer waiting for this project.  will be great for hand quilting too....stay tuned!

and the other day got re-acquainted with this UFO of some hand-pieced bow tie blocks, also in solid...

the little 4-patches were made up of some tiny sample squares flung to me a couple of years ago, and the plum strips are repurposed from another project, leading to this...


this flimsy will need a total of 20 blocks of 16 little bow tie blocks...i've got 7 blocks done so nearly halfway there....but still need about 200 bow ties.   so you see, i AM trying very hard to use up my stash but still don't seem to be sewing fast enough.....does anyone really?  ***  as far as adding to the stash, i caved this year for jo morton's little women club from busy thimble in maine, which should arrive soon.  that plus the current UFOs are on my summer sewing list, while a much-needed break from charity work is planned.  but you know what they say about plans....LOL!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

happy easter!

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my second Easter here in the south and it's gonna be a warm one, like 85 degrees!  sending Easter and Passover greetings to all my blog readers....

Monday, April 10, 2017

one more thing....

this is my 2nd year participating in humble quilts' doll quilt swap....as mentioned previously, mine is in process, but i did receive a very pretty spools doll quilt from danice in AL....danice also got my name last year and sent me a little chinese coins quilt along with a handkerchief doll that sits on my treadle...thank you danice!


what a great way to use up some of those fabrics with larger prints....

yes, another post!

being without my laptop has really cramped my blogging but do have some things to show, so making the supreme effort to bring it up to date.  need to change header photo but that is for another day....since my last post have gotten some sewing done...for instance, the doll clothes are done and gone!  they were well received and that makes me happy....the money too i have to admit.  also, did some traveling and found the beach!  yes, real sand and sea....a bit of a drive, but also obtained my lifetime state park pass for a pittance so now i am good to go to any state park for free.  here are a few photos i took....the beach itself isn't huge, rather long and narrow compared to maine beaches, but salt water it is and i don't even have to think about crossing that horrific bridge!

 
 
it looks a little nondescript, but trust me, it is a very spacious and large park with several areas for boat launch, private group parties, a first aid building, a concession stand and bath house, plus areas of shade with plenty of picnic tables and grills.  *** and last week was a sort of perfect storm of mini-disasters....first, my wrist watch died, then one of my fabric shelves deconstructed and lastly, my portable radio/CD player fell off the bed and bit the dust.  the watch was replaced first....but the other two are on hold for the moment for that always-in-need stash of cash. 


so for the time being, will be diving into this fabric pile for anything i might need stash-wise. 
also finished all the borders on this "sunshiny day" wall piece.   goes into the finish pile for some basting marathon day.  


working on a doll quilt for upcoming swap that i can't yet show, plus something for my mom for mother's day and also a mug rug for another swap.  the milky way masquerade is just about ready to bind, and so prepped the binding for that plus sunshiny day at the same time.  *** aside from these things, doing the usual and a couple of fun freebie things as well.  spring/early summer has arrived here with temps in the 80s today and tomorrow.  everything is blooming and green; can't believe non-winter has come and gone so quickly.  and how about that crazy giraffe???? 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

catching up!

spring in full swing here in the mid-atlantic....blooms are everywhere and leaves are starting to sprout.  today it's nearly 70, although it does fluctuate some, but most days around 60 for right now.  the one positive about no 24/7 laptop is that more sewing gets done.  these past few weeks have been making doll clothes and got them all done!





these 2 dresses, 2 flannel nitegowns, a few blouses and a top/pants set have kept me busy...aren't theyy cute?  then a friend gave me 1/3 yard of a delish african print fabric, which i promptly used for a pillowcase.  i don't normally make pillowcases but wanted to use this up as it is so stunning!


next, DD the expert cross-stitcher, had made me this piece a while back and because professional framing is out of my budget, turned it into a small wall piece to hang up....just needs a bit of quilting to keep it from flopping and it'll be done....nice work, eh?


last to show is a small quilt put together with some of the dargate basket blocks....still have lots of these to applique, but an upcoming doll quilt swap prompted me to see if this would work...it's actually too large for the guidelines, but really nice otherwise.  it goes in the F to finish pile to be hand quilted.


in addition to these projects, have worked on a garment for DD, done a lot of quilting on the milky way which is just about ready to bind.  had hoped for a march finish but not quite unfortunately.  also the stack of log cabin squares that i was working on for a disaster relief top are now done, total 80 altogether.  next week they will get laid out and sewn together, getting this UFO outta my home and off my list!   still 3 lap robes to make for charity, the previously mentioned doll quilt for swapping to baste/quilt/bind, a mug rug and one more side of piano keys on the sunshiny day wall piece to do.   i'm also quilting a QOV made by the senior center gals, hoping to get it completed to present for memorial day or maybe D-day anniversary or flag day even.  that should clear the decks for me to have the summer to work on my own things.  have several that are almost to the flimsy stage that need some time.  so you see, manage to keep occupied despite being otherwise financially bereft.  thank goodness the stash is healthy and waiting for lots of quilty fun!


Monday, March 20, 2017

spring break....

all is fine here at casa frederick, just taking a bit of a hiatus from the blog for (ahem) technical reasons.....spring has sprung!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

snow day sewing...


the old viking and i are playing today with some doll clothes sewing.   a set of pjs, top/pants, another top and a flannel nitegown and cap are done so far and ready for play.   also on today's list is a top for my dear daughter and some hand quilting as well.  despite being in the "bullseye" per the weatherman, stella hasn't been as bad as predicted.  seems like new england is getting the full force, but the sun is out now and no appreciable snow is falling.  it might be a lull but could just be it for us.  no important plans all week, so matters little to me.  if boredom sets in, variety of other things to sew and planning for an upcoming doll quilt swap.  linking up with "oh scrap" so hop on over to see who else is sewing today!

Friday, March 10, 2017

super stars!


the wednesday guild had a workshop the other day and it was fun to go and sew with some quilty peeps.  the big blocks were perfect for some large prints, so ran to my kaffe pile to pull some lights and darks and had just enough of this celery green solid for the background.   working with these bright colors certainly revs up my sewing mojo.  wanted to get it to the flimsy stage and avoid another bag/box UFO.  when finished, it'll hang on one of my neutral walls for a wow splash of color.   the large pieces in the blocks are ideal for hand quilting.   fun to use up some fabric that had been hoarding for that "someday", and the title?  describes kaffe perfectly i think!   ***  was spring here but today a taste of winter with a few flurries and now a week ahead of very cold temps and perhaps even a more substantial storm.  nice to know that most of my activities are of the "want to" kind, so can opt to stay home and sew if desired. and now that the old viking has had some play time, no doubt she'll want more as she's been sorely neglected for far too long.  oh, i think i hear her calling me now.....

Saturday, March 4, 2017

not quilt related....for the fat police

An elderly man was walking through a park and saw a little boy with eight candy bars sitting on a bench. As the boy finished the last one, the man said, "You shouldn't eat all those candy bars, son, it'll make you sick." The boy said, "Sir, my grandfather lived to be one-hundred-and-nine years old..." The man asked, "And did he eat eight candy bars a day?" "No," replied the boy, "But he minded his own business!"

this was sent to me as a joke but if you are on the "fluffy" side--aka fat---then it is a battle cry.  self-appointed do-gooders to the fat population are always lurking, nutritional advice and tsk tsk always rolling off their tongues.   we all know who the fat people are; so many times i feel quite thankful for being quite healthy considering my shape and silently mourn for those who are not.  most of my health issues stem from the botched surgery in 2010....i could brag about my lab numbers but i won't. my diet is pretty healthy but does include some junk food, for which i harbor no guilt.  i'll never be a twiggy, have a ballerina's or gymnast's physique.  i seldom require medical attention--a lot less than some thin people for sure.  so consider this a word to all you who think you are doing society a favor....

and today celebrating my non-anniversary....a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, i stupidly married the absolute wrong man on this auspicious day.  after 11 terrible years, a saint intervened and was soon shed of this mistake.  so now i celebrate this day with glee....

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

great guild day

here i belong to 2 quilt guilds that have their meetings a day apart once monthly.   that means two days in a row every month are packed with quilty pals and fun.  this month they are both hosting fabric sales....always a challenge for the budget conscious!  nevertheless, at $1 per FQ and one lonely george washington left in my wallet, today caved for this pretty gold christmas print....see the cute reindeer?


it was a teensy, weensy slip with absolutely no guilt...showed it to another quilter who had purchased some snowmen fabric with a bit of gold, so she found another for her project.  it was perfect!   of course there is a free table, and in lieu of dragging home more magazines, opted to take a photo of a couple of things that caught my eye.   these were full size quilts, but thinking smaller versions for quick finishes to add to the "someday sell" pile, or just give away or even keep.  also scooped up some nice wooden spools for my jar.



isn't technology great sometimes?  much easier than more magazine clutter that would only have to be sent along someplace.   the top one uses that chrome-ish yellow for the alternating squares that really gives it a WOW.....and march arrived like a lamb altho a bit cooler than anticipated.  even so, certainly looking more and more like spring with blooming trees and flowers dotting the landscape everywhere.  i just can't believe we had a snow-less winter....bless you Mother Nature!