Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At The Fair

After my birthday lunch last week, my friend Karena and I went to the Warren County Fair.  I love to look at ALL the animal exhibits and luckily Karena was patient enough to indulge me.
 
We strolled through every barn.  The weather was unseasonably cool, in the low 70sF, so it was pleasant for the animals as well as the tourists.


What an interesting color cow







My gymnast Aubrey and her llama, Eli.

I think I need to make this guy my Facebook profile picture

 






My needlework/crafts did pretty well.  I entered 20 categories and won 16 First Places and 3 Second Places.  The only item that didn't win anything was my Stars and Moons quilt.  I really don't know why.  There were some other nice quilts there but they were common patchwork patterns in bright colors.  What I would call "country" style.  I didn't see any other applique quilts.  Maybe my choice of colors and design was just too contemporary for the judge's taste.
 
I won Blue Ribbons in 4 Doll Clothes categories and all 7 cross-stitch categories.
 
I'm already tossing around ideas for next year's entries.  I will definitely go the more traditional route with my quilt entry.  Overall a very good day and a big pay-off of $50.50 in prize money.

 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Today I AM 50

 
Another unseasonably cool day in the mid 70sF.  A peaceful walk around the yard to look at my flowers.......




 
...and meet up with a few cat friends.

Sweet Mel




The ever elusive Mocha

Then a wonderful lunch at the local Mexican restaurant with some dear friends.
 
We went off to tour the County Fair after lunch, but more on that in a later post.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Again

After a seven year gap I have again put some sewing/crafty items into our county fair. Today was entry day and I made it just before the storms rolled in. 



 My main entry was the Stars and Moons quilt.  I have 20 items entered; mostly doll clothes and cross-stitch items. I hope to go see the results of the judging on Friday.

Again another birthday approaches.  This one is the half-century mark!  I don't really know what to make of that.  Some days I feel like I have not changed at all from 12 years old.  Other days I feel like I'm 80.  There seems to be no in-between.  My favorite exhibits at the Fair are still the animals.  Luckily, after these storms pass through the temperatures are supposed to drop to "unseasonable lows" for the remainder of the week.  I always feel badly for all the farm animals cooped up in those hot barns at the height of Summer. 
I didn't visit any of the barns today, but there was a small animal display set up outside of the Arts Building.  I think, when fully populated, this is going to be the petting zoo area.  I tend to be the oldest person at the petting zoo (except for grandmas and grandpas),  What an interesting selection.....especially these huge turtles.
 
 
 
 

Again, another cat has found me.  A little black guy we have named Deuce.  Over a year ago our former neighbor had a sweet and super-friendly little black cat show up on his property.  He already had a black cat named Blacky, so he called the new arrival Deuce (as in black cat number 2).  The last time I saw that cat was October 2013.  This little guy showed up in mid May.  He was so similar in looks and temperament that I thought he might be Deuce returning.  Our new guy is about 8-10 months old (any cat experts out there, please give me your opinion on his age), so he couldn't possibly be the original Deuce.  But the name has stuck. Not long after our Twinsy passed away I took Deuce to be neutered and have all his shots in my attempt at the TNR (trap/neuter/release) concept.  Well, the T and the N went very smoothly, but I don't think the R is happening!  I did release him from the cat carrier, but he decided to stay.

Coal observes Deuce from a safe distance
 There has been a lot of hissing, howling and that odd sideways glance posturing going on around here lately.


 
He is a sweet boy.  An ankle biter and scratcher, but with some attention those habits will go away.  He is great with people, but is still a bit aggressive with our other cats.

 
Just today I got this shot of everyone in the kitchen.  Deuce comes in the cat door and the howl-fest begins.  In a matter of moments though everyone just lays down and tolerates eachother.


 

 
 Of course kitty Coal is the most personable with Deuce.  My shy guy Roy prefers to stay up on the kitchen counter to check out the new guy.
 

 
 
 
Again I manage a blog post and again it is filled with photos of the cats!  The older I get the more I become my true self.  Happy in my solitude and peaceful privacy.  A house full of animals, threads and fabrics.  A yard full of veggies and flowers....and a grateful heart for all of it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stars and Moons

My sweet cat Twinsy just loved this quilt-in-progress.  How ironic that just a few days after he passed away that I would finish this large work.
 
 
 
It almost didn't get finished.  Although all the appliqué of the motifs and the quilting work was done by hand, I needed the help of the sewing machine to apply the binding strips.  It seems I had a little more "help" then I bargained for.  Since Mr. Twin is no longer with us, Carmella decided that the quilt was hers now.  It was cloudy and rainy most of the day, so I don't blame her.  Usually she's my outdoor girl, but the past few days she's been sticking close to me.  Kitty Coal is also affected by Twinsy's death.  Although they weren't the best of friends, Coal was very attentive to Twinny in his old age.
 
The skies cleared briefly yesterday and I got a few good photos of the finished quilt.



I dread giving it away this weekend.  I just love the colors and the theme and because it was Twinsy's favorite it has special meaning to me now.  But it was promised as a wedding gift nearly a year ago.  I shudder to think what will become of it.  The couple who is receiving it are friends of my husband and not exactly my closest friends.  Let's just say they are not too gentle with handmade things....neither are their kids or their three Jack Russell terriers!
Maybe this is all telling me that it's time to start another quilt...........................

Friday, June 6, 2014

TWINSY

 
1996(?)-6 June 2014
 
Our mysterious neighbor who became our friend and a member of our family.




 
We will miss you.