Wednesday, May 23, 2012

.....and the Beat Goes on....

and on...and on.

I am still around, but there has not been much computer time lately.  I can't believe that it has been nearly a month since my last post.  Lots has happened in the last month so I will only catch up on small bits of it. 

My mom had surgery several weeks ago and her recovery involves two months of bedrest so there have been many hours sitting in hospital rooms.  She had a rough start, but things are looking up and she is doing pretty well.

May is always a crazy month for our family with six birthdays, two anniversaries, Mother's Day, final school year events and the such.  This year we also added several bridal showers and a couple of business trips.

First Communion party

Glass flowers hanging from the ceiling at the hotel we stayed in for business in San Antonio

A side trip visit to Hoover Dam on business in Nevada

The new bridge that was built to avoid any terrorist attacks at the dam itself.

Chocolate wafer cake in a giant "R" shape

Work in the sewing department has been next to nil.  To tell you how bad it got, when I walked into my studio over the weekend I walked into a cobweb!!!

I did manage to finish my May mug rug for the swap and my mini quilt swap.  Both were mailed off and I received word that the mini has arrived at its new home.

Birthday mug rug for a friend

May mug rug swap

Mother's Day postcard for my mom

Mini Swap quilt went to Wendy in Montana

Awhile back I was asked by Jeanne Gwin (at The Learning Curve~Quilts and Such) to participate in a fun quiltalong with eleven other talented quilters.  We are all working out of the same book, but working on different quilts from the book.  This is my completed top.  I will write up a review on the book and show you the completed quilt shortly.

Of course the garden also beckons at this time of the year.  There is lots that needs to be done out there, but there are some wonderful blooms going on as well.

Blooming cactus

Blooming orchid

This final flower is a Streptocarpus from my father.  The freeze got to the plant this year, but I managed to salvage one leaf and got it to root.  I now have the first bloom on it and hope to have many more.

After watching four grandchildren for a weekend a few weeks back I found that my blocks had been rearranged.  I loved this and guess it says it all!

I apologize to all for not being around to visit much.  I will do it more as time allows.  I thank all of you who have e-mailed me to see if I was "okay" while I wasn't posting.  Blogging friends are wonderful!!