Thursday, May 26, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
When we were growing up on the farm, we never thought of Mother's Day and flowers. (My birthday at the end of May was another story - the lilacs were blooming by then, and we'd fill the house with bouquets in two-quart mason jars.) However, the custom has become part of my life in these later years. I never know what my Mother's Day flower will be, nor from which children or from my husband they will come, so it's always a surprise. We are thankful for them, because they brighten our days!
Thursday, May 5, 2016
I've been gone from this blog for a long time. On December 22, my life got turned upside down, because a little tumor growing on my S-1 decided to interfere with the myelin sheath of the sciatic nerve. Pain interfered with my life, and finally, on the 29th, I was sent to University of Utah Medical Center. Fortunately, treatments (twice) on my sciatic nerves have finally resulted in being pain free. My left foot and lower leg are without feeling, and I've learned to walk all over again. When I leave the gorgeous pink roses cane behind, I waddle like a duck, but it's walking. These four months have been interesting to say the least, but I'm improving and able to do more things than I could. Climbing the stairs to go upstairs to go to bed was one of the greatest achievements. Isn't life interesting?
In the meantime, I am enjoying doing some needlework, and finished the April block in the Piecemaker's calendar quilt. The crazy quilt corners are just fun to do - all I have left to do is to embroider significant dates on this block. Be sure to click on each of these pictures to enlarge them.
How embarrassing - I just looked back at November, and I did put this March block on the blog. However, I didn't enlarge the corners, and they're worth looking at.
Below are the four corners for this block. I hope my sister, Ann, can see the lace and blue she gave to me to help make this quilt more full of family memories.
I've finished the April block - the cherry blossoms. Now I get the fun of doing the corner crazy quilt "blocks" , and then add them on. One thing about it, when you sit around a lot, you manage to get some hand sewing done. It's easy to get carried away.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
One of the nice things about Christmas is getting out old Christmas memorabilia, because the memories associated with them are very precious.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
One of the fun things about the internet is that ideas keep flowing. Pinterest had some wonderful ideas for making pincushions out of lovely teacups and saucers and other items. I just happened to have the old yellow sugar bowl, which was just sitting on a shelf, and thought it was time to share it, so this is the result.
Ann now owns the sugar bowl.
I also had a couple of other little antique dishes that I turned into pincushions: Couldn't decide what this dish is called, but it made a pretty pincushion for Judy with a handle to carry it around.
And last, but certainly not least, this little creation was sent to Louise.
I had so much fun making these presents for my sewing sisters!
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
These blocks are big (17" x 17"), so I'm trying to decide whether to finish each block to hang individually for the appropriate month, or to go all out and make a huge quilt. Still working on that idea, but at this rate, I'll have a long time to make that decision.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
When you entered the building at the front entrance, there was a big staircase leading up to the second floor. The wooden floors were polished. Each first grade room had a "cloak" room, where our coats, overshoes, and lunch boxes or sacks were stored. Sometimes by noon, the smell of bologna or some other lunch box contents would become pretty pungent. We didn't care - it all tasted good. Some years, there was cafeteria service in the basement of the high school, and, no matter what the weather, we all donned our coats, etc, and were herded there.
I especially remember the playground equipment with fondness. This was my first contact with anything but our rope and board swing at home in Penrose. All you can see here is the slide (metal bottom, but I loved it), and the merry-go-round. First and second grades had recess early, so the little kids would hurry to get on it before the older children got recess. (They pushed too fast, and it made me dizzy.) Sometimes the kids would get inside and make it go faster and faster. The swings and monkey bars are not visible in this picture. I loved the swings - we would swing high and then jump out, with the feeling like we were flying. The monkey bars, I avoided - because girls were required to wear dresses (with long brown stockings), when you hung by your knees, your underwear showed, and I knew that wasn't the proper thing (Mother's teachings.)
The middle building was called The Middle School, with fifth and sixth grades on the first floor and seventh and eighth grades (Junior High) on the second floor. (Another four years in this building.) This building seemed more modern than the old Eastside building. And the far building is a partial picture of the east side of the high school, creatively named Powell High School. I went through four years of high school - some painful memories and some good memories, and then returned to teach for another three years in what was now the Junior High School. My first year was spent teaching English (Language Arts) in what was Edith Harkins' English room when I was in high school. The floors (still wood) creaked - the book storage room for the entire school was next door to my room, and I sometimes wondered if the floor could support all of that weight. I taught three years in all in the old high school building, with the other two years being on the second floor, team teaching English, before I returned to Elementary School at Parkside. Before I left Powell Schools, I had taught in Parkside, Westside and Southside. There have been lots of changes since then! But the above picture certainly brings back memories! Thanks, Dave
Thursday, August 6, 2015
People could watch a narrated slide show about the building, and there was an amazing amount of scrap books, pamphlets, and books about the area and the Academy.
There is still a need for contributions to finish this wonderful old building. The things that have been done to it since it was moved to this place are wonderful, but there is much that needs to be done to finish the inside.