This is the time of year that our area is deep into our June Gloom - overcast, cool and foggy mornings that linger into mid afternoon. By the time the gloom disappears and the sun is shining, it is time for the fog to settle back in for the evening. It is not my favorite time of the year! I'd gladly take the summer heat, but it is what it is!
I have managed to catch up on a few projects in this down time that I keep putting off until "tomorrow." Tomorrow seems to have arrived. I have done so many Quilts of Valor to donate and always had the intention of doing one for my husband who served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot during the Vietnam War. One quilt that I always liked and have done before is a QOV designed by Diane Tomlinson. I'm sure it is still online for free somewhere.
This has been my month of being queen bee in our Gridster Bee. I chose the Moda Village block for my beemates to make for me and I love the little houses that I have received from them throughout the month. I will be sad when the month is over, but we get to make flag blocks for our queen next month. These are some of the blocks that I have received this month.
With the extended use of masks, the sewing of them has not ceased. I have been making more and more for family and friends. They are really an enjoyable and quick project. Unfortunately, masks have become such a polarizing subject. I regret seeing so much judgement over the issue. I, for one, have a tracheal stricture which makes breathing everyday without a mask more difficult. With one, my airflow is even more restrictive. I do have a medical dispensation from wearing one, but do I? No, I still wear my mask when out on short trips for the simple reason of "offending" others. I can't wear a sign around my neck that asks that you do not condemn me for not wearing one. So.....before we criticize, consider that those people may, in fact, have a legitimate excuse. We all need to be more compassionate and tolerant in these difficult days. Okay....I'll jump off of my pedestal now. My current "mask du jour" is a combination of different masks. It gives good coverage, is comfortable, has a nose wire and a curvature for those of us who wear glasses and is not so restrictive as far as breathing. They also work up quickly. I don't know about you, but I love checking out the different masks when I am out and about.
The fragrant plumerias have started blooming in the yard. They make the months of looking at leafless sticks worth every moment. Floating a few in a small bowl can fill the house with a scent of the islands and dreams of traveling again.
I wish everyone a safe and happy birthday of our nation this week.