Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012

my cat 
turning seventeen
medical miracle

quilting a baby quilt
lunch with a friend
more fabric found
playing mahjong
with three friends

Monday, July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012

rescuing a fly
from the hot tub
a full moon shines

household chores
novel revision suggestions
major work ahead
annual eye exam
new quilts planned

Sunday, July 29, 2012

July 29, 2012

within shapes
pieced quilt top

deck addition
ready for action
quilt top pieced
played lots of games
enjoyable day

Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 27, 2012

cloudy day
a snail crawls
along the deck

piecing a quilt top
nearly half done
errands run
Sasha’s vet calls
surgery scheduled

July 28, 2012

snails and slugs
friends sharing
my outdoor shower

a quilt top
now all laid out
Saturday chores
clouds turn to sun

Friday, July 27, 2012

July 26, 2012

a cat hangs
batting a toy

cutting fabric
laying out
another quilt
dentist appointment
word games

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012

faeries hiding
under mushroom caps
baby birds sing

cutting fabric diamonds
scholarship meeting
teaching my bridge class
therapy appointment
weekly vet visit

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July 24, 2012

cutting diamonds
out of fabric
a robin bathes

three quilts
bound and finished
lots of word games
nice nap
new quilt started

Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012

text messages
from son and daughter
a wonderful surprise

deck addition
mapped out and begun
two quilts quilted
three quilts squared
exhaustion continues

Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 22, 2012

a fly
on the rubber duck’s head
hot tub soak

day after
Strawberry Festival
barely moving
reading and
playing games

Saturday, July 21, 2012

July 21, 2012

Strawberry Festival
watching the parade
with my granddaughter

Strawberry Festival
parade followed by
carnival rides
curly fries
good music

Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012

early morning
major thunderstorm
staying in bed

therapy appointment
running errands
eleven cases of cat food
playing online games
nice nap

Thursday, July 19, 2012

July 19, 2012

six cases each
green beans and pumpkin
three wagging tails

quilting a quilt
running errands
stocking up on
green beans and pumpkin
for three dogs

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012

a robin hops
along the fence top
dogs bark

sauna service
sewing three quilt backs
and pinning three quilts
weekly vet visit
time to unwind

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012

meow, woof
tweet, ack, ack
start of day

writing my
back book cover
piecing three 
quilt tops
online games

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012

morning fog
fills the ravine
breakfast on the deck

piecing quilts
writing and laundry
reading penultimate
novel in a series
with a cat in my lap

Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 15, 2012

a student
turns pirate
The Pirates of Penzance

household chores
afternoon nap
matinee performance
The Pirates of Penzance

Wordle 65: The Dragon and the Unicorn

Here is my response to The Sunday Whirl’s Wordle 65 using these words:  flicks, swells, spray, grittle, gravity, plant, trigger, relishes, chain, crack, humility, refrain, and claim

The Dragon and the Unicorn

The unicorn flicks
her tail with a crack as she stands
trapped and chained
at the cliff's edge.
How could she have been caught?
An iridescent purple dragon
soaring overhead swoops down
onto the cliff as the force of
gravity sprays grittle into 
the surrounding plants.
With the greatest humility
the unicorn asks for help.
The dragon's anger now triggered
rises like swells in the ocean as
she ponders the cruelty of
capturing a magnificent unicorn.
Humans claim all sorts of reasons
for their abuse of other creatures
chanting the old refrain of
dominion over all, but the dragon
relishes the chance to foil their plans.
She quickly breaks the chains
binding the unicorn, and together
they forsake that barren cliff.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 14, 2012

new bedside table
from old shelf
cats sleep 

quilt top pieced
pillow case sewn
flannel cover for
bedside shelf
a lovely nap

July 13, 2012

double arch
holding the birdbath
a robin splashs

and tutoring
errands completed
mahjong tiles
with friends

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012

baby robins
around the pond
too many to count

cleaning algae
from the pond filter
and the fountains
dogs enjoy
rolling in the grass

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

skimming algae
from the pond surface
a sparrow drinks

my bridge class
therapy appointment
pond cleaning
day turns warm

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July 10, 2012

eating breakfast
on the deck
a crow drops by

the bedroom
picking strawberries
sewing a few seams
a cool sunny day

Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9, 2012

rainbow maker
colored sparkles everywhere
the cat naps

hot tub scrubbed
yard weeded
ponds cleaned
son double-booked
visit postponed

Sunday, July 8, 2012

July 8, 2012

the bird bath
another sunny day

sitting outside
eating breakfast
and reading
a quilt top

Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 7, 2012

picking strawberries
the dragonfly
takes flight

pond filters
and fountains
cleaned in earnest
barley ordered
for algae blooms

Friday, July 6, 2012

July 6, 2012

the nymph 
becomes a laurel tree
thwarting Apollo

and a hair cut
and pond cleaning
a full day

July 5, 2012

white flowers
in the green grass
a robin hunts worms

picking strawberries
hot tub repair
household choirs
napping and reading
before the vet visit

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4, 2012

piecing quilts
for twin girls
two crows bathe

twenty-five minutes
massive fireworks
why not instead two teachers
for a school year

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012

eye to eye
the cat and me

household chores
phone conference
with my publisher
reading, napping
playing word games

Monday, July 2, 2012

July 2, 2012

twigs dangle
from the crow’s beak
nest building

summer tutoring
mapped out
eighteen turns played 
end of a novel
start of another

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 1, 2012

a half inch
taller than me
my younger self

eight strips
cut into 
thirty-two squares
writing poetry
a nice nap

Wordle 63: The Crow and the Cat

Here is my response to The Sunday Whirl’s Wordle 63 using these words: gesture, other, stand, act, hanging, touch, lips, thin, sent, snapshots, skin, and utter.

The Crow and the Cat

A crow stands
on the birdbath’s thin rim 
wings glistening in the sun
a piece of bread
hanging from its beak
as a sleek cat watches
from the window
uttering his thin ack acks,
with face pressed
against the glass leaving
prints where his lips touch.
Feathers and fur covering skins
taut with suspense as
each watches the other,
with gestures of utter disdain
sent back and forth,
snapshots of an age old conflict
acted out of instinct