Saturday, August 15, 2015

January and February Blocks for my Calendar Quilt

 I've already posted the above block, but after reading about crazy quilts, I realized that I had left something out.  It is sometimes a custom to include important dates in the blocks, so I put in Ron's birthday and our anniversary.  Maybe there should be more - we'll see.
And, February is finished!  Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them.  There is at least one animal in each of the blocks.  This is taking me so long, as I sandwich these fun blocks in between other projects and "things to do", but I'll eventually get it all done - I think.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

School Days - The Good Old Days

Dave Bonner, a Powell High School alumnus from sister Judy's class, published this picture, along with a nostalgic writing about the Powell schools that no longer exist.  My siblings and I all have memories of these school buildings.  The old Eastside school was quite a building.  As you can see, the bell tower was prominent, and the ringing of the bell at the beginning of the school day and at the end of every recess was a signal that the children would line up at either the front doors, under the arch, or the east doors, which are not shown in this picture.  My first grade class was on the first floor,  with windows visible behind the merry-go-round.  My second grade was in the northwest corner at the back of the building, in a room where our mother also taught; third grade was upstairs at the top of the east stairs, and my fourth grade room was above my first grade room.  Louise also taught in this school, but I don't remember her room.  I spent my first four years of school in this building.

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

I Get to Quilt at Heritage Days at the Academy in Preston

Saturday was Heritage Day at the Academy.  Crafters worked in the main room on the first floor.   The temperature was around 94 degrees outside, but we were perfectly comfortable in this old stone building with very thick walls.  In the room where I worked, there was a butter churner, a rope maker, a bobbin lace maker, a weaver, and an opportunity for little girls to make pioneer dolls, and for children to braid strips of fabric into bracelets, belts, etc.
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.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer Posies are Blooming

 This rose is my "King's Special" - a barefoot rose that was in a bin by the checkout counter at our local variety store.  I bought it around 18 years ago, and every year, it faithfully bears beautiful roses that even stand up to the pressure of the water sprinklers.
The first tree lily that grows in front of the porch is in bloom.  It stands around seven feet tall, and the fragrance is wonderful!

 And this hanging basket with vining geraniums is one that I wintered over in the garage by a south window.  It is just beginning to hit its stride in blooming - nice dividends to the small amount of watering it took through the winter.
And, be sure to enlarge this picture of the lilies in bloom - the reflections in the bay window behind it are rather interesting.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Metamorphosis of Gardening

 Last spring when Ann posted the information about growing plants in bales of straw, I was pretty interested - so just to see if it would work, Ron got me two bales of straw.  I roughed up the middle area, and put lots of composted soil in and when things got warmer, planted seeds of zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.  Germination was extremely slow - When only one zucchini plant (probably enough) came up, I put in more seeds.  Now, plants are growing, but they are behind.  We'll see what kind of production I get.  The zucchini are a bush variety, but if the yellow crookneck really grow, I'll add a trellis on one side of the bales.
 I bought this tomato plant solely on its name - "Box Car Willy".  When I lived in Powell, there was a town character who roamed around town with that name.  I had to see if this plant would be more productive.  It is very lush, but is not producing many blossoms, and until I took this picture, I thought there were no tomatoes.  However, if you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see that there is one tiny tomato hiding in the bush.  Another Find Waldo.  Success????
And last, but not least, the sunflower is busy following the sun.  Eight years ago, I planted two wonderful rows of exotic sunflowers of all kinds.  There were chocolate ones, gold ones, orange ones, short ones, and 7-foot tall ones, and I loved them.  However, when fall came and Ron had to clean them out, he swore that never again could I grow crops of sunflowers.  He had to take the ax to some of the thick stems.  However, in the intervening years, there are always one or two volunteers in what has shrunk to a tiny garden, and just to prove that he is a little sentimental, he allowed this one to prosper.  It smiles on our day.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Making Fabric From Fabric

 The fabric above is made from the pieces cut out from the fabric below. Now, I'm in the process of embellishing this one.
 This piece was made by drawing a design, then layering four layers of different fabrics.  Then, using a seam ripper, taking out each succeeding layer, leaving around 1/4" border of each of the fabrics that are in the stack.  This technique was taught in a Craftsy class, and I made this just to see if I liked the technique.  Actually quite liberating to make something without measuring or worrying about mistakes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

First Block of My Piecemaker's Calendar Quilt

This block is for January - The tree is a Hawthorne tree - doesn't grow in Idaho, but isn't it pretty?  Don't know which was my favorite part - embroidering the scene or doing the crazy quilt corners.  More to come - February is on it's way.  Don't think I'll finish this in one year in between all of my other projects.  This is something to sit and play with when we watch TV in the evenings, or whatever. Please click on this block to enlarge it.

Cover for Tablet

I had fun accepting the challenge of making a cover for my friend's Samsung Galaxy - just a little different size from my i-Pad.  Everything fits, so goody-goody.  The only negative is that she will have to remove the tablet from the holder to take a picture.  She was pleased, anyway.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Neighbors to the Rescue

 Two weeks ago on a Monday evening, we had a microburst wind that went through Preston, and particularly our neighborhood with a vengeance.  The worst thing that happened to us is that a 22-year old evergreen tree that was sheltered in a corner between the avenue of evergreens and our garden shed was blown over the shed.  Examination of the roots showed that the roots against the larger trees were shallow, while the roots to this side got more water.  Over these two weeks, friends came and looked, talked about chain saws, and how to proceed, etc.  One friend came and took away the top of the tree that had broken off when the tree toppled.  However, this evening, our next door neighbor came with three friends and the "bucket", and these men proceeded to cut the tree up into much smaller pieces, and so the tree really came down.  We are so thankful for good neighbors, and people willing to help.  You can see the procedure below.
 The bucket goes up.
 High in the bucket, start the chain saw.
 Progress being made.

 The tree is gone, sawing up the trunk and pulling out the stump with the roots.
Video - Sorry the noise of the chain saw doesn't come through.  However, you get an idea of the action.
Now, we have a huge pile of evergreen boughs, but help has been offered in getting rid of those, too.  We are so very grateful!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Joke is on Me?

And a good time was had by all.  Ken took these pictures before Ron and I headed out to church.  I can't remember what the joke was, but it must have been good.

Daughter's Turn

My daughters are certainly "aging" gracefully.  Except that she has become blonde, Dorothy looks the very same as she did when she was 18.  How can that be?  Loved having her here - also love this sequence of pictures taken with my birthday present - a new iPad.

Kitchen Talk

Hanging out in the kitchen is a favorite place for talking.  Notice the remnants of the carrot cake (birthday) behind Ken and Ron.

Birthday Present Presenters

On my birthday, we were sitting in the living room talking with Dorothy and Ken, and this parade came up the sidewalk, carrying a peace lily for my birthday.  Sorry to say, I wasn't quick enough on the trigger to get a picture of these three, so they came back and posed for pictures.  Our neighbor's children have been a joy to us - they are so unaffected, unspoiled, and fun to have around.  The light was so poor where the pictures were taken, that I converted them to black and white.  Be sure to enlarge the bottom picture.  It was poorly posed, so our friend with the Halloween smile is trying to peer between the leaves of the plant.  What a nice memory!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Interruption of Birthday Pictures to Show Some Storm Damage

 We had the wildest storm last night - The wind was blowing so hard that it seemed like a hurricane.  The lawn was filled with leaves, and the clump of leaves I photographed above was interesting, because we have no trees anywhere around us with this kind of leaf.
 An evergreen tree that was growing north of the garden shed at the back of our lot had roots that were too shallow, and the tree was uprooted and settled over the shed.  No damage done - just a lot of work to remove the tree.
 This big branch blew off of one of the evergreens at the back of our lot.
You can see the roots - no way to lower this tree back into its hole.  We didn't get as much damage as a lot of people.  The wind was actually like a huge microburst - very quiet, and then everything came.  Dust was thick in the air over against the Bear River range - we just had a lot of debris blowing around.  One of the plastic chairs on the front porch found itself quite a ways away in a flower bed.  What a strange wind.  Wouldn't like to have to be out in it.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Going Back in May to Post Pictures of First May Visitors

 We wore Benjamin out completely!  Time for a nap with his many little vehicles.
 Ryle kept very busy.  She decided to decorate some of the Dixie cups from the bathroom.  She informed me that she left some.  She is such a charmer, she should succeed in life.  One funny story that Sonja told is that her mother (Brittany) has taught her not to ask for things.  Sonja had some cookies in the car, and finally, Rylee asked her if she didn't think they would get too old and spoil.  Smart kids figure out things, anyway.
 Sonja still has her smile - Very happy about son Seth graduating from the U. of Wyoming with such honors.  We love her great patience.
 And then, there's artistic Bethany.  Ron took the girls to Big J's for ice cream, and they were relieved to find that Bubble Gum ice cream was still on the menu.
And getting Brittany to smile without clowning is a trick.  Love this family.  Glad to see the girls doing so well.  Just missed Arrilla in the group.  Too bad she had to work, but that is the practical side of life.  So glad we're in the path of traveling family.