Monday, December 8, 2014

time tumbling toward the terminus of 2014

remembering to use the camera on our late afternoon walks

watching to catch the rhythms of the universe

loving assistance with the seasonal decorating

Graces abundant at every turn. Nature's restoratives always on offer.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

on the eve of our day of gratitude

The light is fading. The air is still but with the sounds of rifle shot echoing from our near neighbors' properties. Intermittent reminders that life is fragile. It is the middle of deer season here.
Last night just as we were tucked under our covers reading before sleep beneath our bedroom windows the coyotes passed through the garden, calling to one another in quick conversation. The baby moon had already slipped below the horizon and there was no light to see them by. Walking this afternoon along the meadow paths, stepping into our recent snow we read of their passing, and that of deer, mice, and more in the night.

I feel deep gratitude that our children live near. I am almost embarrassed by the riches we have planned for our meal tomorrow.
On the eve of Thanksgiving I pause to think of each of you as I count my blessings.
May sweet healing energy envelop us all as we pause to give thanks.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

a break in the weather

Ahh, a sunny November day. Perfect for a long walk in the drifted snow of our meadow path.

And a good day to finally harvest the fragrant lemons all ripe at once on my last year's Christmas present from Jerome.

Hope you were blessed by sun today as well.

Monday, November 24, 2014

thoughts on a snowy day

When I've been away from my blog for a while my first inclination when I return is to explain, where I've been, what I've been up to, fill in the gaps in a rush to justify ignoring this space for so long.
Well, not this time. LIFE has been happening in the interim, some good, some not as good.
And now at the precipice of the last week of November I am stunned to see the tail end of 2014 in the near distance. It is so very hard not to give in to the old habits of self imposed pressures and demands for the holidays. Yet that is exactly my goal. I want to be calm, peaceful, grateful. I will tell those I love that I love them. I will reach inside myself and forgive me for often losing my way.
For today that is enough.
Thank you for continuing to check for signs of life over here at sallymomsprouts. I feel the dormancy shifting.
Be gentle with yourselves. I care a great deal about each of you.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

a mini quilt and a commission

On Saturday Oct. 11 our quilt guild presented a show in a local senior residence called Maplewood. It was the 10th anniversary of this show and my 2nd year exhibiting work of my own. This year we also held a silent auction of mini quilts, each donated by members of the guild, to raise funds for our treasury. 35 quilts were donated in all.
I donated a mini quilt made of 4 log cabin blocks and three outside borders embellished with raw edge appliqu├ęd leaves on front and back.

Jerome fell in love with the colors and decided he wanted it for our own. When we arrived at the auction table an hour before the close of the auction Jerome was surprised to see that there were several bids on "his" quilt. What we discovered, much to my dismay, was that the director of Maplewood was determined to have the last bid on my quilt and was willing to stand at the table until the close of the sale to do so. Each time he added his name, she added hers below it! Before the close of bidding Jerome had left the building to attend the harvest parade in town with Anne and Matthias, instructing me to be sure to get the quilt for him. What was I to do??
Two of my quilting buddies came to my rescue. Mary quietly took the director aside and explained the situation, suggesting she inquire if I would make another one just for her. Verda took me aside and suggested I offer to make the director one of her own. And that's what we planned.
Jerome bought the original quilt, that shown above, and we took it home. I immediately went through my stash and realized I had almost all of the original fabrics, but not quite. Well, I went right to work on the second quilt and as I sewed and quilted it discovered I liked the new one better than the first. Since we planned to keep this one we felt I could make some changes, and so left the front unembellished.

In the end, Jerome got the new quilt and I sold the original to the director. I brought it to her at Maplewood yesterday and she was like a little girl on Christmas morning. And then she handed me a check. Amazing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

a new year

Been on the farm for 50 months now.
Been blogging 4 years today.
Sallymomsprouts has not essentially changed in format from its beginning. But my reason for doing it has.
No longer alone… Jerome here full time 16 months now, Anne and Matthias in town a year this weekend, Phil at the farm mostly since June, I'm writing it primarily for me now.
It helps me a great deal to look back through prior posts and see that I actually do accomplish things. That life is beautiful. My new blogging year's goal is to post more often and by doing so be more frequently uplifted by sharing the graces that surround me.

This amaryllis has bloomed 3 times in 2014.

 First full bloom on plant grown from cuttings from Anne's plant.

Two orchids in my collection that have been in continuous bloom since April.

Thank you for wandering over in the past and please continue to do so.