Anyone remember that old Emmy Lou Harris song, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town? Great song and singer; she’s got the gift of harmony and I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. It’s just not fair. As to the above photo, it’s what I see, for a couple of weeks, when I look out my bedroom window. Beautiful, eh?
We’re closer to a full moon than a quarter but I really like this photo, below. Besides, it’s cold and rainy outside; I daresay I can even see the moon tonight so this will do.
It’s the last evening of October and November is creeping near. The weather is cold, rainy and windy and the front gate is locked along with all the barns, outbuildings and gates. The cats are inside and, at 8:12 p.m., I’m already looking, with great fondness, to my bed. Tonight we lose daylight saving time and I begin the long crawl back to normal, meaning Real Time. Sun Time. God’s Time, the way He intended. I know some folks who love DST, would love to have it year ’round. I’m not one of ’em. I’m fairly flexible on some things but not this. I find it incredulous man would consider he knows better than God. Ole Ben Franklin had some good ideas but DST isn’t one of ’em. Not imo.
We wanted to run away from home today but my energy level just wasn’t up to it so we stayed home. Dave napped and I tried but couldn’t get my mind to slow down with my body. My old stand-by, reading, didn’t help either so I went to the studio and worked. An Agatha Christie audio book kept me company as the dogs came and went and I was able to finish three fleece throws -Christmas gifts-, prepare a double size fleece quilt for hand quilting -not sure who gets this one- start another Very Colorful quilt -for me, I think- and almost finish a shopping bag. At Joann Fabric I found half dozen shopping bags “patterns” on sale and that’s how some folks are getting their Christmas gifts…in a hand sewn bag. It’s one that would work well for a few groceries, the library or just to keep in the car to have handy. I think I’ll make and give one away in the One World One Heart event starting Jan 2010. If you’re not aware of the OWOH event, it’s a ton of fun although there are some mean-spirited folks who sign up and then don’t follow through. Tsk. Tsk. I understand life gets in the way of living but, come on…just tell your winner you’ve hit a rough patch and explain the situation. Most of us are understanding of hard times; we’ve all been through them and the game isn’t over yet.
Anyhoo. Sew Mama Sew is hosting their third annual Handmade Holidays. I missed out on the first two and am glad to have found it now even though I’ll have to go to town to download tutorials because we haven’t the bandwidth.A lot of my Christmas gifts are hand made and I love finding new things to make and give away; with November 1 coming at us like a freight train, it’s almost past time to get in gear. What is it? Fewer than sixty days until Christmas? YIKES! Earlier tonight I committed to making my sibling’s step-grandchildren a quilt for Christmas. Thank God there are only two boys each and they both like Spiderman; now to find some Spidey material.
I’m so far behind…I need to send yarn samples to a couple of women and am also going to send them a small goodie just to say “I’m sorry. Life got in the way of living and I’m terribly late.” Like a lot of folks, I get behind and then beat up on myself because I get further and further behind, all the while, not keeping in touch until I’ve beat myself black and blue with remorse. I hate disappointing people and find, again, like so many folks I pile it on until I’m snowed under. Don’t get me wrong. I say “no” frequently but I also am bad to volunteer myself and then bow and stumble under the weight I’ve made myself carry.
I’ve nattered away another while so time to say good-bye and head to bed. I’m taking aspirin, my drug of choice, so I’ll sleep well, soundly and deeply…or is that all the same thing? I dearly love aspirin and, no, I don’t use it a lot but when I do use it, it’s because I NEED it. God bless the man, or woman, who gave us aspirin!