Oh my -- it would appear that I'm back in the swing of things, and it only took one day! I have guild presentations this month -- some on Zoom and some in person. I have to travel to a quilt show (Courtepoint Quebec Salon 2022) for work. Oui - in French, no less, and there are new store openings, classes, demos, and lectures to prepare! Yikes --- I knew this was all coming, so I'm not surprised. It just seems that I went from ZERO to 100 in 60 seconds.
Actually, it's not all that bad -- it's just a question of keeping on top of it all, which shouldn't be a problem. I spent part of yesterday doing that. I have a class this weekend and need to finish the prep work, and I completed a good part of it yesterday.
This is the only part I can share with you, as I had not completed this block assigned earlier. I finished my hexagon block! Well, almost as I now have to applique the outer edges to the background.
|My hexagon block for Green Tea|
This is the hexagon block from Green Tea. The ENTIRE block was made of hexagons, but I didn't like the blockiness of that large space covered entirely with the colored fabric, so I made fewer hexagons and will applique it to a background, so it better matches the rest of the blocks in the quilt. That took a long time to finish that block, but it's DONE! Well, except for the applique.
I have a couple more hours of work on the remaining homework blocks and preparing the presentation. I have a wide-open week with NO scheduled events, except for one today, which you will have a good laugh about. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.
So I have loads of time to work on the prep work, including the embroidery club!
OH --- here is the stack of eleven quilts for Quilts of Valour that need to be delivered. I piled them up so I could see them all together, and there's a LOT more where those came from!
|My eleven quilts for Quilts of Valour|
I love having a deadline because it makes me focus on what's important. Without my aborted Camino walk, I would NEVER have gotten around to quilting any of those community project quilts. So there was a reason for coming home early, but did it have to be because of those blisters? I learned that I can tackle that mountain of quilts and that I can do things for others, and I can focus. So it was a good learning experience, and I think I almost enjoyed that challenge more than if I had completed the walk. OK -- I won't go that far, but at least I found an excellent substitute to fill that void!
In keeping up with the long arm, another customer's quilt was finished and waiting to be picked up. It wasn't too large, but that's OK. The idea is to not let them sit as they were scheduled to be done this month, and I will be away for a couple of days here and there this month.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
So while Monday sewing was happening, I received a notification (via email) that a new geocache was released and was less than 1 mile from my house. People want to get there FIRST whenever that happens to claim the first-to-find. The email came in at 1:34. Should I drop everything and run? Or should I be patient? I decided to wait as we were having a grand time at Monday sewing. What I LOVE about sewing on Zoom is that everyone stays until the end, whereas in person, people start to leave after lunch!
When we finally ended the call at 2:17 or thereabouts, I glanced at my phone only to discover that it was very low in battery and I wouldn't have enough juice to use it to find the geocache. DRAT!!! So thankfully, for quick charges, and within a few minutes, I was on my way.
I arrived at 2:51 to claim the FIRST TO FIND. I know -- small things keep me amused! It was a glorious day, and I needed a destination for my walk.
|First to find!|
This is my second first-to-find, and I was thrilled and loved the container.
|The geocaching container|
What was hilarious was watching (online) to see who gets there next. The next person to sign the log book saw the notification at 2:45 and arrived at 3:12. See? One must move FAST when you see those notifications! So that made my day!
Even better is the bi-monthly counter reset for our 500 points in the morning. I have until the end of November to collect 500 points. I got 15 points for finding the cache, and a BONUS of 50, so that was well worth the little hike to get there.
This park is a beautiful park, which is one of the few wetlands in the city. I stopped to read this alarming sign. So much of the natural beauty of our surroundings has been gobbled up by construction. Thankfully, there is a fair amount of green space near my house, with the forest being the icing on the cake!
|Poor planning results in lost wetlands|
The other day, when I went to the grocery store to get my almond milk, they didn't have any unsweetened, which is the only kind I buy. Well, it's time to get experimental, and let's go for cashew milk. It's pretty much the same, but I think I prefer almond milk. OK -- in a blind taste test, I probably couldn't tell which is which!! We get so stuck in our ways, and I'm trying to be more flexible in life!
|Trying cashew milk|
|My watermelon stockpile!|