Autumn song

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Meineke Car Care Bowl

Go Deacons!

The score board tells it all.
Today we went to the Carolina Panthers Stadium for the
Meinke Car Care Bowl.
Wake Forest University vs University of Connecticut
Fun was had by all those present, except maybe all the UConn fans who traveled to Charlotte, NC to cheer their team on. At half time the Deacons had not scored! (UConn 10 - WFU 0). It was looking bad for the Deacons.
However the team came out gang busters in the second half and scored 24 points!
Pre-game activites

Here the Deacon is riding in on his motorcycle.

Touchdown & the Deacons get on the scoreboard!

And the crowd went wild!

Yes it was a great day for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I am my fathers' daughter!

My father was not really a superstitious person, except in three areas.
1. If a cat, and it did not matter the color of the cat, crossed in front of him, he would always cross out the cat with his finger in mid air.
2. He would never, ever sign his name with red ink. This goes back to accounting class, when accounts were hand written in black(+) or red(-) ink. As a business man who owned a trucking company, he wanted the books to show at the end of the year it was in the black!
3. All Christmas decorations HAD to be down and packed away before the stroke of midnight on New Year Eve. He felt all business of the previous year had to be complete and finished and that included the Christmas decorations.
So as you can see from the naked tree above, I am well on my way to having all my decorations down and put away by midnight on the 31st. The tree is officially down & out the door. The other stuff will remain in place until next Monday. Tomorrow, with good weather, the lights outside, will be down and put away. It is hard giving up old habits that one has followed for ??? years! The year 2007 is slowly coming to an end. So I too must clear out 2007 and get ready for 2008!

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Strawberry Patch in Winter

Yes, there is a Strawberry Patch in the Winter!

Yesterday I had the honor to be a guest at the annual Augsburg Quilt Ministries
Christmas luncheon.

There were 12 members of this group and the Assistant Pastor present (plus me). Each of us contributed to the luncheon menu. There were ham biscuits, pizza cups, corn, broccoli salad, sweets and the list goes on and on.
And I'm happy to report Quilt Diva, Quiltkeemosabe & Ms. Goodneedle
Heard no evil, Spoke no evil & Saw no evil yesterday.
Love, comfort and joy was
had by all present.
Merry Christmas to all you special ladies whose loving hands make those beautiful quilts.

Monday, December 17, 2007

One Block Down

The LQS in town has a $5 Quilt Club. For those who don't know , it's where you can make 12 quilt blocks for the cost of $5.00!
Of course there is a catch. You must come to the next appointed meeting with the previous months block completed. If not, it will cost you another $5.00 to get the next
months block.
If you look closely, you will see the actual block with a border of different fabric added. I am planning on adding the same border to all the blocks. At the end of the year, I will then use the same red outer print to strip the blocks together.
I won't decide until the final block is finished as to what other fabric I might use as borders.
Now the real task begins, staying up with each block as it is given to me!
Wish me luck.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

From this..........................

to this. In a week..................

Last Saturday my daughter came to the house and asked her Dad to go get her Christmas tree, as this was the only time in her busy schedule she could go. (She started a new job on Monday) At that time I had to decide if I was going faux or real this season. Each year for the past few years, I have been toying with the idea of buying an artificial tree. The mess that a real tree creates can get overwhelming. But again I gave in and went for the REAL tree.
Here are the results.
Not bad, is it?

Ah....but the real pleasure of getting things decorated was when I opened the tub I keep my Mothers nativity scene in. It brings back such memories of Christmases past.

My Mother toiled for many hours for months painting and glazing each piece of this set. (I like she, was a craftier. This was during her ceramic period.) Each Saturday or Sunday afternoon that I would take the kids to visit, she would ask me to help pick out the color combinations for each character. Slowly over that summer and fall this beautiful set was born. That first Christmas she set up all the pieces into her Christmas scene was very fulling for both she and I.

By the first Christmas after my father died, Mother was not living at home, but at Brighten Gardens in Greensboro. I had her at the house a few weeks before Christmas, when she had me go to the storage building behind my childhood home and get the box she stored it in. Upon bringing it into the house she told me to take it home and set it up at my house, as it was now mine. Since that cold winters day it has found a special spot in my home at Christmas.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Where has the time gone?

It is hard to believe it has been a week since I last posted! (I started this on the 3rd----today is the 5th!)

Today was the last meeting of the Beginner's Quilt class I have been teaching over the past month. We have a NEW quilter who has fallen for quilting! Ellie Schmidt has completed her first EVER quilt! It has been a pleasure watching her develop a new interest in quilting. She has even joined the $5 Quilt Block of the Month Club at Sew Original on robinhood Road.
Being a teacher, whether it's for children, tweens, teens or adults , is so rewarding when I see the light going off in my students! For all of you teacher out there you should know what I mean.