Ahem…clearing throat. By now it’s apparent I am not very good at group blog entries and, for that reason, I’m giving up the Friday Fiber Arts Carnival. I’m the weak link, have been from the start, and every Friday, to do a group blog entry is not something my brain is hard wired to do. Okay, perhaps you’re thinking of Sabbath Keeping on Sunday. That’s different for two reasons – it’s my baby and I’ve made a deliberate choice in my life to keep the Sabbath. To have a “mini-vacation” at the end, and the beginning, of every week; to keep the Sabbath holy by allowing myself to renew, refresh, restore and focus on God, church, family and, sometimes, friends. That’s God’s gift to all of us and my gift to myself and my life would crash and burn should I neglect to “Sabbath Keep”.
So, on Friday’s I’m starting a “Friday Feature” where I say thanks to someone or introduce a blogger friend or talk about fiber folks. Perhaps, some Friday’s, I’ll include, or combine, all three.
Today, please meet KC Willis of Lipstick Ranch. Maybe you remember KC’s name from another post or perhaps you’ve run across her on the i-net. She’s a gifted textile artist who has, recently, discovered how much she loves teaching and has flung herself into teaching with the wild, but controlled, abandon, also evident in her art. KC sold me her first teaching DVD and I’ve used it extensively as both entertainment and for learning. Like all great teachers, KC is free and easy with her methods and holds nothing back; if I’m not learning, it’s because I’m not paying attention.
She also gives stuff away! I missed out on her 53rd birthday package; mainly because I wasn’t paying attention…note to self…MAKE NOTES RE. IMPORTANT STUFF!…and let her deadline get away from me. Stupid, stupid, stupid. She’s given me, and you, another opportunity to win; this time a $300 shopping spree at her Colorado Lipstick Ranch but hurry, the drawing is September 5th.
On my way to exercise class, I took the above photo of another section of the Cove. The morning light is beautiful as it pours across the hills and vales.
Tuesday, we baled dry hay…Thank You, God!…and I love this photo. The hay wagon is stacked almost as high as possible while the hay rows stretch out before and after. What a blessing, to have so many dry, square bales of excellent quality hay! On top of the 363 bales, we also baled 6 round bales.
Most mornings begin with dogs and cats and me, seated on the sofa in the sun room, listening to Alistair Begg and others on XM radio. Usually, it’s Abigail, Sadie, Sam and me but, sometimes the kittens want in on the action. Especially if they think the dogs are getting too much attention.
Being simple folks, Dave and I enjoy sitting on the porch watching the dogs romp and play. With frost just about two weeks hence, there aren’t too many more porch sitting days so we enjoy them whilst we can.
By choice, our lives are full yet, relatively, peaceful. We spend enormous amounts of time on the farm, in the company of each other and our animals. My time is spent in the studio where I quilt, spin, make mini-quilts, or in the kitchen where I bake and cook. I also tend to all the animals and almost every morning is spent in the sun room, watching the sun awaken the valley while I listen to XM radio preachers. Thursdays nights are my quilting bee nights and, generally, the only day of the week spent in the company of other women. Sundays are church then back home to enjoy peace, quiet and calm. Then, there are times of havoc…such as now, getting the house renovations accomplished before cold weather. We still have a ways to go but are getting it done, one step at a time.
Until next time,