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May 18, 2020
May Is Flying By from Bayou Quilts

 Sunday morning, a nice spring rain, not too hard.  

Books/Reading.  Finished the latest Michael Robotham book last night, and I like his new protagonist, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven.  When I realized it was the second book in the series, I ordered the first book.  (I'd rather read books in order--but it doesn't always work that way.) 

Still reading Sanjay Gupta's Stay Sharp. I only read it in small increments, giving it time and attention. An excellent book for my brain book collection--informative, readable and positive.

 Birds. Flocks of doves have been chasing away the smaller birds ...

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May 11, 2020
Happy Mother’s Day from Romany Quilting

Happy Mother’s Day, (I know I’m a day late)  to all the Mum’s out there – hope you all had a great Sunday.  Ours was a very quiet, stay at home kind of day.  But I did have the excitement of opening a parcel, couriered down from my daughter Nicky.  Wonder what’s inside?

For Mother’s Day

Inside was a little hand woven basket, or kete, made from flax.  Wonder how she managed to do that, it looks a bit tricky to me.  And a little cellophane bag of no, not potpourri as I first thought, but ...

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April 17, 2020
How Long Has It been? Quarantine Day?? from Bayou Quilts

I'm back to writing letters, after about a month of missing the process.  Part of the reason is that the USPS needs us to buy stamps and to send letters and postcards, but there is also the fact that I've missed writing letters and decorating envelopes.  I have some unanswered letters from before the lockdown, but I've received several more in the last week. Leaving the letters in isolation for three days or so only heightens my anticipation to open and read them.

Postcards to the grands went out today, and maybe tomorrow I will have something ...

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April 10, 2020
Worth it’s Weight in Gold from Romany Quilting

What a surprise to get an unexpected parcel delivered by the courier.  He quite correctly placed the parcel by the door after ringing the bell, then stood back a safe distance to while confirming he was at the correct address.

The mystery parcel

This rather heavy parcel was from my daughter Nicky.  Was it an early delivery for Mother’s Day next month, I wondered?  Should I save it, or open in now, I enquired.  Open it, was the firm response, so I did.  And what's this I found inside?  A bag of flour, about 3kg or so, I ...

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March 17, 2020
As We All Adjust to the New Normal from Bayou Quilts

 Positive Notes:

Incoming Mail

Amelia had a postcard made from B.E.'s latest art work. :) 
Made me and my mailbox very happy.  


I've made several collage postcards lately
and three went out today.

to Mila

 to Max

to B.E.
(oops, misspelled Colette)

letter to Erin

National Women's History Month 

Some great links for parents girls and and for educators: 
Interesting resources for Women's History Month,  
WASPs of WWII,  
The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park
 American Women and the Invention of Computer Programming,
Alice Ball, the young woman who revolutionized the treatment of leprosy

Italians ...

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March 6, 2020
» Bayou Quilts

Yesterday, I sat on the back porch reading and watching the birds feeding in the rain. All of a sudden there was a whoosh and mourning doves, finches, and sparrows  all took off at once.  I looked around to see what had startled them and saw this Cooper's (?) hawk settle on the fence.

I waited for him to fly away, but after about five minutes, I realized the rain didn't bother him and he was in no hurry to leave.  I looked at the time and decided to wait and see what happened next.  I kept reading and ...

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January 30, 2020
Last Week in January from Bayou Quilts

Today is dreary and overcast.  No rain in the forecast, but a gloomy sky.  A little breezy and the chimes are sounding, leaving that long, deep resonance in the air.  

Stitching.  Finished the third panel for 25 Million Stitches!  It will go in the mail this week, leaving me having to begin a new stitchery project to keep myself calm.  :)

 About 7,000 + stitches in this one.  I quit counting when I got close to 7,000, but kept adding more elements.  The stitches are fairly large and the pearl cotton is a craft variety, the kind that comes in ...

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January 26, 2020
Big Stitch Quilting and Mail from Romany Quilting

This is “slow stitching” alright with the emphasis on slow………  Probably because this project only gets picked up and worked on every now and again.  But I’m OK with that, it will be done when it’s done.  And now I’ve completed big stitch quilting block number eight (of nine),  the New Zealand Clematis.

NZ Clematis block

All the lovely designs in my  New Zealand Botanical blocks were designed by Jenny Hunter as applique blocks, but I traced them out to do as stitcheries.   As the white flowers in this block tended to merge into my pale green ...

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January 15, 2020
January Week Two, Done and Dusted from Bayou Quilts

Recently, I've been reciting this mantra:  Time to adjust my crown and get to work.  (I don't remember where I saw the original version, but I've been using it several times a day.)  

This morning while I was making an organizing effort, I spotted my real crown, which sits on the head of a papier mache cat, and decided to actually wear my crown for a bit.  

Outgoing Mail

Week 2 Goals:  daily yoga (shortest practice 7 min.; longest 50 min.), walking (as long as I make two miles, I'm pleased), and out of the house ...

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January 3, 2020
Endings and Beginnings from Bayou Quilts

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas season and that the New Year will be full of good things!  

I'm behind again with correspondence, but loved all the Christmas cards that arrived in the mailbox this year.  Beautiful cards and funny cards and photo cards (it is always fun to see the yearly changes in kids!)  

Outgoing Mail in late Dec. and early Jan.

some happy New Year thank you postcards

 letters to grands

 the back of Max's letter with his pun.
Darn, I failed to scan Bryce Eleanor's before mailing.


 It is easy to overwhelmed ...

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December 22, 2019
Merry Christmas! from Bayou Quilts

I'm still dividing myself between panic, distraction activities,  
and actually trying to get everything done.  

End of the outgoing mail last week.

to B.E.
 to Mila
 to Max (with pun on back, as
he always gets a pun)

 Ricky and Teresa
 to Iliana

I made good use of the Christmas Seals Connie sent me! 

Every Christmas season, I start crafting late and fail to finish (or even start) some items.  My anxiety mounts, making things even more difficult.

Preparation.  Annie at Annie's Musings had a personal challenge this past year to  work on something each week ...

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November 12, 2019
Baby, It's Cold Outside from Bayou Quilts

 The frigid air has made its way down south.  We don't usually get low temperatures in the 20's until around January and very few of those.  And those are our lows--some areas will have twenties and teens as the high.   That's bitterly cold! 

Incoming Mail  

from Hannah (forgot to post this last Halloween card)

Two Klimt postcards from Carla


The State Fair stamps are so much fun!

I ordered some first day covers for the grands, 
even though they weren't cancelled on first day of issue.
I sent one each to Max, Mila, and ...

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