Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31, 2012

sun in my eyes
a cat chases
dust motes

beginning with
pouring rain 
ending with
glorious sunshine
last day of March

Six Word Saturday

writing, quilting, napping
rainy day fun

Friday, March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

pencil smears
across the page
a left-hander’s mark

new blue 
hot tub cover
lots of errands
finished sewing
my first reversible vest

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

a dog grins
with a lop-sided smile
the squirrel runs

debating with students
proctoring exams
remembering the frog
croaking during
my hot tub soak

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

green tips
on the blue cypress
a robin hunts worms

fielding questions
from high schoolers
and seniors
sun shines through
pouring rain

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

end of term finals
spring musical

tutoring math
cataloguing books
running errands
cozy inside
pouring rain out

Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

rain falling on
pink cyclamen
a crow caws

my friend drives me
off island from one doctor
to another and then for
take out and a fabric shop
long sunny day

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March 25, 2012

bumblebee returns
watching the repeating
cycle of nature

sharing my shower
with a baby slug
a bumblebee returns
to sun on the 
purple walkway

Wordle 49: The Quilter

And the words for this week's Wordle are (drum roll please): craft, joy, supple, alchemist, gauge, juices, tender, acid, acumen, sprinkled, and sweep.  I found the words difficult, but then I got the idea of writing about what I do and using the alchemist as a metaphor and I hope it works.

The Quilter 

She sat at her sewing machine
piecing fabric and as an alchemist
would measure and sprinkle
acids over various metals
so she mixed colors and patterns
her acumen helping her gauge
just the right combinations
that would bring a tender smile
from those who saw her craft.
She moved the fabric easily
under the needle of her machine
with a suppleness which belied her age,
her creative juices flowing easily 
as the joy of her art swept through her.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 24, 2012

a dragonfly
flits above a baby slug
birds chirp

60 degrees
lovely spring day
writing, reading,
and napping

Friday, March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

aerated lawn
full of plugs
sunny all day

novel revisions
household chores
sewing lessons
a reversible vest
glorious spring day

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

under the stars
hot tub soak

weeks end
helping students
cutting fabric
hanging paintings
a friend visits

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012

yellow daffodils
purple striped crocuses
a slug meanders

tutoring and teaching
therapy and vet visit
daughter’s text photo
after much rain
a sunny day

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012

thundering hail 
on the skylight
Vernal Equinox

tutoring and conferencing
cutting 32 strips
into 192 squares
three quilts laid out
one more to go

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

rectangles into squares
triangles into pinwheels
piecing quilt tops

dogs to the groomer
running errands
cutting and pressing
strips of fabric
last day of winter

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 18, 2012

maple donuts
video games with my son
sunday mornings

quiet rainy day
last Sunday of winter
sewing strips into
wider strips
reading and napping

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 17, 2012

falling off the walkway
a four-leaf clover

138 strips from 23 fabrics
to be sewn into
46 wider strips
to be cut into
276 squares

Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012

family secrets
long held
winter abates

pinning and cutting
pinning and sewing
everything hinges 
on proper pinning
new shirt completed

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012

first born
arrives two weeks late
Ides of March

hard downpours
washouts on the road
tutoring in between
rain drops
work week ends

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012

romantic gifts
a crow caws

weather turns
wintery as
spring approaches
teaching and tutoring
great vet visit

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

stars above
soaking in the
hot tub

sewing seven pairs
of sleep shorts
pandas and dinosaurs
giraffe and sea otters
sweet dreams for me

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

left-handed clock
student does a

three quilts
bound and headed
out the door
the rain continues
and continues

Sunday, March 11, 2012

March 11, 2012

squaring a quilt
with a rotary cutter
the sun breaks through

three quilts
quilted and squared
binding prepared
a new garage light
and even a nap

Saturday, March 10, 2012

March 10, 2012

grey skies 
watering hellebores 
and daffodils

three tops pieced
backs sewn
all pinned together
binding cut
ready to quilt

Friday, March 9, 2012

March 9, 2012

paying bills
my headache never

and errands
household chores
finishing one quilt top
and half of another

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012

blaming the full moon
students and teacher

work week ends
with tutoring
and errands
one quilt top 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012

a diet of
quilting and reading
daffodils bloom

tutoring, errands
more tutoring
vet appointment
very busy day

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012

waking to
surprise snow fall
fresh orange juice

snow falls
during the night
trees covered but
not sufficient
for a snow day

Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

finding the
real person despite
student’s bravado

haircut, errands then
lunch and afternoon
with a good friend before
turning triangle into squares
piecing quilt tops

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March 4, 2012

mother’s hangover
smoking in bed
childhood ends

writing in the morning
napping and quilting
in the afternoon
a friend stops by
a beautiful day

Wordle 46

Daughter's Return

After years of absence
my beloved daughter returned
in text messages which she
prefers as a new beginning.
It is a shadow of the former relationship,
without fullness or depth,
but after years of being unaware of 
even where she lives
it feels warm and soft
like a woolly white lamb
to have her in my life
even a little, once again.
She hasn't admonished me
or told me to go away,
bringing me joy like a spring day
when I go coatless 
after a long bitter winter.
Remembering how we
used to bake cookies,
counting them out onto 
metal cookie sheets,
I imagine her in her kitchen
making new recipes which
she shares with me
even though I still 
can't cook!

The words for wordle 46 are: white, returned, prefers, coatless, woolly, shadow, daughter, fullness, unaware, metal, admonish, and kitchen.  Out of these twelve words the word daughter took over.  Had to stretch to get some of the others to fit, but there it is.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March 3, 2012

gazing globe
in the backyard pond
confusing the dog

writing blog posts
journal entries and
haiku submissions 
Sasha helps me
piece new quilts

Friday, March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012

resale shop
my old becomes
another’s new

week’s end
with appointments
and errands
new pet diets
online journalling class

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012

for plum blossoms
cyclamen blooms

dog’s surgery
tutoring and
quilt delivery
calendars flip
a new month begins