Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
bored? then hop on over to http://www.wildlifecenter.org/ and check on the critter cam. there is a hawk being rehabilitated for eventual release back into the wild. he came in with a broken wing that has been surgically repaired. last i read, he was ready for "mouse school," meaning they are going to teach him how to catch live mice! also recent stories about 2 eagles that were found, both of which had to eventually be euthanized. fully grown these birds are HUGE, stand about 2 or so feet tall with wingspan of about 30 feet. it seems, though, they are somewhat fragile in contrast to their size. one had been hit by a car or something, they think, and the other showed signs of some kind of poisoning. it is sad to see such a majestic creature put down. we were driving the interstate last week and did see an eagle, probably just under 5 years as his tailfeathers were recognizable as white but no full white head as of yet. thought i'd post something a bit different from quilting and weather.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
here. on a return trip from baltimore last year, my seatmate was a very pregnant young woman with her toddler. she was going to visit her mother who just happened to be the very same carol perkins at threads galore, like how eerie is that? anyway, i'm sure bonnie will find plenty to like about maine...she's northwest of here about 2 hours' drive, in the hinterlands which is probably quite beautiful right about now!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
this weekend was quite un-fall like weather. portland broke its heat record yesterday, 81 set in 1909 actual was 84. we went to the beach and it was actually hot there. later in the afternoon it was just perfect except the sun set way too quick for my liking. plenty of cars in the parking lot and people in the water. don't imagine we'll get any more swimming weather this year; this weekend was a gift. ***** i got quite a bit of sewing done, not the least of which was to finish these red/cream northwind blocks. now i can get the rows assembled and finish the top. someday soon i'm going to have to have a basting day with 3 quilts to baste. **** our foliage is at about 30% right now; it's tough to say for certain due to the glut of pine trees in the area, but there are plenty of trees left that
Sunday, October 9, 2011
two things i saw again this week that simply fed my wrath. one is a food bank, a small, generic building that has now tripled in size not far from here. the second is a shelter that was formerly a motel and is now bigger than a mcmansion with new buildings and wings. working class people are down and on life support and the only thing that shows signs of expanding in this horrible economy are organizations that service homeless and poor. not far from here they built 4 new banks along a small stretch of route 1 in the past year...huh? when i came to maine i had hoped to continue in my career and buy a condo of my own but in 10 years that has not yet happened. i worked very hard for many years and don't claim to be a genius by any means, but i did work hard and kept my family off welfare when they wanted a lien on my home. at this point i am wondering why i bothered, except i raised a child with pride in herself and a strong work ethic. if the middle class gives up or goes under, no doubt we'll see more homeless palaces.
in addition to finishing the center of the amish diamond quilt, i've been working on my halloween piece and the red/cream northwind. as you can see, i've gotten as far as the shoes, working my way down from the hat. after the shoes and buckles (green pieces) are done, it's the bats and letters and lastly the spider. it could very well be done by the witching hour, at least i'm hoping it will be. the sock print will be the binding. **** i've also finished a stack of red/cream blocks, leading me to think about the border(s). piano keys? sawtooth? remains to be seen at this point, totally dependent on how much red fabric i have left. **** if anyone had told me a month ago that october 9th would be a beach day, i don't think i would have believed them, but so it is. in fact, portland is set to possibly break a heat record today. great beaches and cheap lobster, only 2 of very few reasons i know of to be in maine at all.