Yesterday afternoon we loaded up the pickup and the trailer with things we need up at the cabin. Eventually I suppose will have two of the most needed things – so we don’t have to bring them back and forth, but one of the things that needed to come this week for the impending winter is a generator.
We've got two – so now one lives at home and one will live up here at the cabin. Power does go out occasionally and as we are still considering a pellet stove for basement heat, we’ll need a generator if there are power failures due to winter storms. The big long ladder that is too long for the pickup bed also came along. More adjusting of where to put the outdoor antenna to make good use of the "free" TV channels that are still out there. Resisting cable TV or Satellite out here. Enough is enough.
If it were just me, I wouldn't bother with anything at all, I'm not a TV watcher unless I'm doing something like binding a quilt --but the men folk, that's a different story.
The leaves around my house are so pretty right now – I’m afraid by the time I get back after the weekend ALL the leaves will be on the ground!
We followed the color up the mountain ---YES. Finally, the color is showing up here.
Many trees are bare, but ones holding on to their leaves are making a valiant effort of color!
It was nearly dusk as we made our turn off….and we almost missed this herd of deer grazing in a field.
If it weren’t for the white of the swishing tails, I wouldn’t have seen them at all!
We didn’t seem to bother them ---though we had a hard time keeping Sadie quiet.
Did you ever hear a dog “whisper bark?” She knew she shouldn’t be barking so she would barely just puff out a whooof….trying to be quiet….so funny!
The view of bright orange from the drive last night. Beautiful!
I spent some time trying to get this thing threaded and running.
It’s a different threading system than I’d ever witnessed before. I have it threaded correctly – but we are still not sewing well – this one may be a bit of a problem machine. I should have stuck with what I knew…old singers are no problem…this is just…WEIRD! I can get it to stitch but not well. The feed dogs aren’t feeding well, and I can’t get the stitch length to change so there must be gummed up parts in there that need some loosening.
The old red china has found its new home.
It looks like it was always meant to be here.
I’ve got odd sets of everything --- 11 dinner plates, 10 salad places, 11 bread plates, 11 saucers, 10 coffee cups, 10 fruit bowls, but only 5 soup bowls. If it started out as a set of 12 ---I wonder who were the family members over the past 100 years who dropped things, broke things, and said “whoops!” They would be in good company with me as last Thanksgiving I broke the stem off of a crystal goblet. “Whoops!” was about all I could say! I guess I’ve joined the long line of Whoopsers in my family.
The sun is shining on golden tree tops this morning.
It looks to be a lovely day. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes for my family. Family crisis can be a very private thing, And we all deal with illness and heartbreak in our own way. We are still very much in shock. Of course my first thought is to hop a plane and get myself to Arizona, but it isn’t the right time for it yet. Mark is surrounded by his family, my dad is there, my SIster-in-Law has her sister and hubby there –it’s a full house right now. I’d be one more person in the way.
But perhaps in a few weeks when the chemo and radiation are underway, he might not mind a visit from his big sister.
In the mean time, what do quilters do to cope?
I brought a big tub of shirt plaids with me!
I’ve never made my brother a quilt just for himself, and I need to throw myself into something. The Hubster also knows to leave me be when I am coping ---so while he is running the Rug Doctor and cleaning carpets – I’ll be sewing up all the love and prayers and memories and well wishes into a quilt for the brother I love so dearly.
Love from the Blue Ridge --