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Hello everyone:  I had to take a little break from some social media. And I'm back, with a few good things as of late:

Denise and I went to see Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the Cleveland Museum of Art two Sundays ago.  It was absolutely fantastic. I never got to see his work in person back in the '80s.  Gosh he was (we were) so young then!


I stopped by the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse on the way - what a serene and sweet place:


A few years ago, I promised myself that I would either use up a bunch of fabric I have sitting around, or donate it. So I started my first scrap quilt.  I am going to make a few minor changes to the layout, and I am a bit nervous about sewing it - I am not at all precise so we'll see how it turns out. I also promised myself that I wouldn't buy any new fabric, and I did keep that promise.  All I bought was spray basting and batting.  Once it's done, I'll post the finished quilt.  It's quite small - only 9 - 5" blocks by 10 - 5" blocks - it (will hopefully) fit on a piece of fabric I have had for years that I'm using as backing:




Another thing I have wanted to learn for a long time was fair isle/color work/stranded knitting. So I am knitting this hat - the pattern is here and yarn by Candice at The Farmers Daughter Fibers who I happen to follow on Instagram. It's quite fun and I'm happy how it's turning out!  Since it's my first time, I am really twisting my yarn a lot so I'm knitting very slow. Between the quilt and the knitting, I am checking the news less often, which is good for my mental health. (I'm still making phone calls, writing letter, etc, though)


And last but not least!! Happy Valentine's Day (early) to us!! A darling new flock of chicks!!!  It's so good to have chicks again - been too long (I think it's been over two years since we have had chickens   Robert reminded me that it has been three and a half years since we have had chickens! Wow).  We named them (and this is not in the order of the photo) Bettie, Hettie, Lettie, Nettie -  and Myrtle!  (I cannot stop laughing when I say "...and Myrtle!").  Beware that I'll be boring the pants off of you all by posting lots of photos of them in upcoming blog entries :)


EDIT:  If you have never seen a baby chick fall over falling asleep - well, you have to!! When we first had chickens, and saw that happening, I thought the chick had died.  Now I am laughing all the time when I see them do it.  Ahhh good things :)
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20 Comments on the cow jumped over the moon: good things

  • Rosa
    on February 13, 2017 | 23:10 Rosasaid :
    "AWWWW!!! CHICKS!! I raised chickens as a kid and I always loved getting the little chicks from the feed store. They're so sweet.

    I'm tempted by quilting (especially "crumb quilts") but I don't need a reason to collect more fabric. Can't wait to see your finished quilt!"
  • peppylady (Dora)
    on February 14, 2017 | 00:26 peppylady (Dora)said :
    "That one think I haven't done is a quilt yet. I bought some fabric for one.
    Coffee is on"
  • Joanne Noragon
    on February 14, 2017 | 09:04 Joanne Noragonsaid :
    "I never miss Facebook, so that's the social media I quit from time to time.
    Just be careful that all your seams are the same width and your little quilt will be perfect."
  • Carol S.
    on February 14, 2017 | 09:15 Carol S.said :
    "Hey Rosa: They sure are a joy!
    I'll let you know how the quilt comes along - am very happy that I used up a bunch of scraps (but there is a bunch more to go, but I cannot think about that as I have to concentrate on sewing straight lines - egad!!!) xo"
  • Carol S.
    on February 14, 2017 | 09:17 Carol S.said :
    "Good morning, Dora! so far so good - the piecing, cutting out was actually a lot of fun. :)"
  • Carol S.
    on February 14, 2017 | 09:19 Carol S.said :
    "Hello Joanne: Yeah, I deleted FB and at this time, I have no interest in returning.
    Oh dear, it is the sewing that scares me - straight seams? Same size? Ack!! But I will give it the old college try! xox"
  • Vix
    on February 14, 2017 | 09:56 Vixsaid :
    "I loved that 1990s Basquiat film - didn't he have a fling with Madonna?
    Your chickens are gorgeous. I think Cochins do hail from India. The cockerels drive us mad in Goa, they start cock-a-doodle-do'ing at 5am and continue all day. What's that all about? xxx"
  • Vanessa
    on February 14, 2017 | 12:11 Vanessasaid :
    "I am glad you are back! Though I quite understand the urge to get off social media and the news merrygoround - or not so merry at the moment.

    I used to knit with different coloured strands and have completely forgotten. I can't even knit in the round anymore. I also once made a quilt from hexagonal squares too, when I was at school. Where is this me that used to be so crafty?

    The chicks are a delight! Can't wait to watch them grow. "
  • Carol S.
    on February 14, 2017 | 12:34 Carol S.said :
    "Hey Vix! I haven't seen that film - they did show a small 1986? documentary at the exhibit. Heee, not sure either about the fling, but that wouldn't surprise me - they were both in NYC at that time.
    Thanks!! They are doing so well. We are not as worried as we were when we had our first flock! Yeah, roosters crow ALL DAY LONG, which is why I will never have a rooster in town.
    Good to see you back and blogging! Love reading about your travels.
    xoxox"
  • Carol S.
    on February 14, 2017 | 12:35 Carol S.said :
    "Hello dear Vanessa: Thanks! And re: the news - there are a few small victories :)
    Yes, where did that you go!? I'm amazed that you don't knit in the round - sewing up side seams drives me bonkers (tee hee)
    xoxo"
  • Laurie Brown
    on February 14, 2017 | 20:22 Laurie Brownsaid :
    "The way chicks fall over when they fall asleep makes me feel a *little* better about the way I fall asleep sitting up.. and fall over. "
  • Darla
    on February 15, 2017 | 09:29 Darlasaid :
    "Happy to find a post from you. What a great list of the good in your life at the moment. Coincidence: I just started to learn stranded knitting (or whatever it is called) too. I'm finding it challenging. I will be anxious to see your finished hat."
  • Carol S.
    on February 15, 2017 | 10:33 Carol S.said :
    "LOL!!"
  • Carol S.
    on February 15, 2017 | 10:35 Carol S.said :
    "Hello Darla!
    I just ordered yarn guide - goes on your finger to help with the strands. It should arrive soon. Two strands are manageable to me but adding a third is giving me trouble :)"
  • A Heron's View
    on February 17, 2017 | 19:51 A Heron's Viewsaid :
    "Very pleased to see you back in the blogging world Carol xx"
  • Carol S.
    on February 17, 2017 | 21:57 Carol S.said :
    "Thanks so much, Heron!
    xo "
  • Jj Starwalker
    on February 20, 2017 | 20:20 Jj Starwalkersaid :
    "I thought I had commented but I guess it didn' take. I miss seeing you on FB. Glad you are posting here and hope we both can do it more often!"
  • Jacqueline @ HOME
    on February 21, 2017 | 08:43 Jacqueline @ HOMEsaid :
    "Oh, thank goodness you're back Carol ..... I thought you'd left the blogging world there for a while !!!! You amaze me with all of your skills and put me to shame !!! XXXX"
  • Carol S.
    on February 21, 2017 | 14:37 Carol S.said :
    "Hello JJ!
    Good to see you here - and thanks for missing me! I'm posting nearly daily on Instagram if you have it. Love your blog posts and look forward to them. xo"
  • Carol S.
    on February 21, 2017 | 14:39 Carol S.said :
    "Hello Jackie!!!
    Thank you so much - I will post again here, just needed a bit of a break. I think I'm calmer in general now (ha, we'll see! :)
    I am a bit of a jack of all trades and master of none, but thank you too for your kind words. It's nearly spring in your neck of the woods, isn't it!? xoxox"
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