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Fall 2017

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Welcome to 2014...

We have left 2013 behind... Life at Taylorsoutback has been filled with magical moments - the June wedding of our son, David, to the dearest young woman, Jena. We could not ask for a more wonderful daughter-in-law!

The stress and challenges of adjusting to the advancing frailties of both my parents are making for a rough journey. Mom is out of the nursing facility and she along with Dad are back in their home. They let the caregivers go yesterday. We had arranged for someone to be there each day and we cannot make them understand how worrisome this is. I am upset and worn out mentally and don't know where to turn next. Throw in a new puppy who is extremely active and boisterous and the days are far from quiet.

For me - I seem to be experiencing some sort of quilting slump - nothing attempted looks right; my Bernina and I are usually good companions but lately she has been very neglected. And projects await - I love each of them but can't find the motivation to start....and as crazy as it is, keep adding to the pile.

There have been some small completions - very small...this Clamshell Sewing Keep (a Sue Daley pattern) - surprised at how much it actually holds.

Adding long overdue fringe to a winter scarf which I knitted years ago and in the space of a week decided to knit a matching cap - both so cozy and warm during these very cold winter days...enough yarn for some mittens??

Some more hand quilting on my Cherry Tree quilt....

More EPP diamonds for Drayton Hall...

And there might be the reason for my slump...the center square of this quilt calls for Broderie Perse - so frustrating when you think you have the floral fabric that might work - turns out awkward looking and limited as to number of design elements, ripped out twice, 2 attempts at traditional applique, all ripped out and now a 5th version using a different background and a floral...

the clock is ticking because in a few weeks the first installment of Di Ford's 2014 Mystery Quilt arrives in the mail...what am I thinking???!!! Only that quilting brings my soul comfort and joy...

That is where things stand at Taylorsoutback as we head to 35 below zero tonight with wind chill factors set at 55 below. There is food, firewood and fabric enough and the Packers play at frozen Lambeau this afternoon. Tonight we can return to Downton Abbey's new season...life does have its moments...

Thank you dear readers for wading through this long neglected and rambling blog posting...

Wishing each of you a New Year filled with wondrous moments.

Pat