We awoke to snow covering our home in the hills, but the sun comes out sporadically and tries in earnest to melt it. There are bare spots showing now, but the air is still quite cold. The songbirds still flock to the bird feeder, with lots of bright cardinals and sassy blue jays. The smaller birds
The third Saturday of March is International Quilting Day and this year a new quilter will be counted amongst us. A couple of months ago I got an E-mail from 20-year-old Chris Winters asking me if I could teach him how to quilt. I invited him to come down to my studio so I could learn more about what
Most folks generally know that St. Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and that his feast day is observed on March 17 (the day he died). And many may have heard about what made him a saint in the eyes of the Church: he converted the pagans of Ireland to Christianity, drove the snakes out of
The sun is trying valiantly to peek out this morning, after several days of rain. This month has behaved in true February fashion, with soggy ground and plenty of rain. The yard looks bare and forlorn; with all the snow gone, winter’s debris can be seen clearly. The occasional sunbeam reveals windows
You may remember my August 3, 2018 article about Quilters Hall of Fame inductee Xenia Cord and her Beanie Baby bashing quilt she made for a friend. Xenia is a woman of many talents including quilter, educator, researcher and writer. During a walk-through of her quilt exhibit at the Quilters Hall of
Most of us know our Nation observes the birthdays of Presidents George Washington (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) this month on President’s Day (Feb. 20).
Some folks commemorate Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) and Flag Day (Feb. 24). We’re also familiar with Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) with many
Winter hit our hills with a vicious blow this past weekend, after we were used to the mild, although rainy, days of the past few months. It began with the snow and ice that covered our hills and highways, and then the temperature dropped lower and lower. An arctic chill spread over our land, crept
Happy New Year dear Waynedale Readers! By the time you read this, Meteorological Winter is half over. Winter weather hasn’t been too bad and the time keeps flying by.
I guess it is part and parcel of a new year that we think of time, the one thing we can never make up: Time squandered is time loss.
One of my favorite songs is “Toyland.” Even well past the Christmas season, I find myself humming its melody from time to time. Actually, “Toyland” is not really a Christmas carol at all, but it obviously is played throughout the holiday season because of its subject matter.
A heavy frost covered the ground this morning, sparkling in the approaching sunlight that is beginning to bathe our hills. I am reminded of Mom’s remarking on a frost such as this, “It looks like a young snow!” Our days have been unusually mild for the month of December, and it makes a person
It was the first weekend of December 2010 that I met Therese “Terry” Mihlbauer at the Unitarian Universalist Church Craft Show. Terry walked up to my booth and upon learning I restore quilts told me about a special family quilt she would like to have restored. Since it was a two-day show Terry
The Lincoln Financial Group is again the corporate sponsor for the season, which lasts through Sunday March 3, 2019. “Thanks to Lincoln, and t
As you may know, if you read the article I wrote last month, we moved – again! And in the midst of the myriad of stuff we came across a decorative board we thought would make an excellent fireplace mant
The day is celebrated in various ways: some schools invite a vetera
There is more than a whisper of rain in the air this morning, just as there has been for quite a few days now.
This is how I met Marianne Darr Norman, a quilter, a lover of quilt history, and most importantly the keeper of many of her family’s quilts. Marianne expressed to me a dilemma she has regard
Turnips remind me of the late Roy
“That’s just about the most amazing thing ever!” he said.
This buffet lunch was the last part of our scouting high adventure. As we had planned the week, the boys made one request tha
“That you, Doc?”
“Sure is. How you doing, Windy?”
“Finer’n frog hair, Doc. Say, did you hear about ol’ Bob over at the junction?”
“Sure was a shame, Windy. I had no idea he was sick. Went pretty fast is what I heard.”
“Me, too. Say Doc, you remember Minnie up at the capitol? I heard she passed just last week.” “You don’t say. That’s a shame. Used to
A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large, empty mayonnaise jar and filled it with golf balls. He asked the stude