Saturday, August 23, 2014


Sewing helps. I have always liked the Agatha Christie fictional detective Hercule Poirot.  One of his frequent sayings was "method and order". I think of that often as I am piecing quilts. There does have to be method and order, and as my friend Sandy says, sewing is one of the few things we have any control over.

It makes me happy that I can methodically add elements to my design wall and start to see a pattern.

One of the last things Miss Ru asked was that I make a quilt for one of the nurses who had taken care of her. He had surgery while she was still in the hospital and would be off work for a while afterward.  This one will be for David. It is taking longer than usual, but there are extenuating circumstances. I think he will still be touched that her last quilt request was for him. That was Ruthie. She loved people, especially nurses!

I made a couple of these blueberry banana pies for Mr. Muddling's coworkers. They have been so kind to him and to our family. I hear they were happy to see these.  I do know I got nicely cleaned pie plates returned.

Seeing our little flock of chickens roaming the back yard always makes me happy. It is so hot here now that I like to let them find shade and cool wherever they can. 

And of course the flowers and fruits growing out there make me happy, too. I'm glad to see that we have a banana stalk in production, and there are cherry tomatoes, too. Most things have given up and retreated from the heat.

We are doing a lot cleaning and cleaning out. There is still plenty left to do, but we're working on it. You'll be happy to know that a young friend of ours was beyond happy to take all of Miss Ru's high heels. So many of them had never even been worn, but Ruthie did love her shoes. 

And like Miss Lady, we are catching up on our rest. That helps, too.

Thank you for all the sweet messages and comments. I am so thankful for my blog friends. I do hope you are finding plenty to make you happy, too.

Hugs and kisses,


Exuberant Color said...

That is an exciting quilt you have on the design wall. The hum of the machine and pieces and parts being made are the best therapy ever.

I knew Houston was hot and steamy but I had no idea you could grow bananas there.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Bananas? Wow, who knew that you could grow bananas in Houston.

Sewing is such wonderful therapy ... as is the finished quilt. That's going to be a fabulous quilt for Miss Ru's nurse. I pray that making it will be especially therapeutic for you, dear one.

Karen said...

I am so pleased that you can sew and take some solice in that. I think it is lovely that Miss Ru requested a special quilt for one of her nurses. I think she planned to keep you busy. A lovely idea.

ipatchandquilt said...

I adore the nurse's quilt! What a wonderful thing to give him!!!
I am happy to read about all of your beautiful flowers, animals, pies and dangerously high heels! :-)
Sending you lots of love and fierce hugs!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Extenuating circumstances indeed. I'm glad you have your quilting at a time like this. And baking too. I love the new quilt for the nurse -- the secondary pinwheel in the sashing is so darn cute! XO

Susie Swanson said...

What a beautiful quilt. i know he'll be so proud to have it. My thoughts and prayers are still with you and your family my dear friend. Hugs and much Love, xo

Sidia Jimenez said...

Love the production of your new quilt and the message of nursing and healing during rough times ... I know David will love it! Had wonder about mrs ru shoe collect and im glad they will continue to be worn and enjoyed!