|Evelyn (Sis), Marilyn, Brenda, Nancy|
Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland
Friday, November 30, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018
First Street parking area
Look at all that detail: isn't it beautiful?
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
|ceramic Nativity set|
I set up a few ceramic pieces (small lighted tree and two Nativity sets) around the apartment. The Advent wreath is on the kitchen table ready for morning devotions. I've hung holiday cross-stitch pictures around the apartment, filled the Christmas countdown tree with treats, and hung the greeting card holder. The front door has a new festive wreath, and a snowman flag is flying.
Christmas carols have been playing all day, and the virtual fireplace was flickering and popping on the television screen. I'm ready to enjoy the holiday season.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
|adding binding to Blackbird Village|
|pressing the corner on a Quilt of Valor binding|
Besides binding Blackbird Village, binding and labels were added to three Quilts of Valor (QOV) before Thanksgiving. The quilts were originally intended to be sent to Montana, but because of some miscommunication, these QOV will be awarded in Laramie.
Monday, November 26, 2018
|Ritzy Cracker blocks in progress|
I finally sat down at the sewing machine Saturday because it was snowing - prime sewing weather. While these blue blocks are still not finished, they are closer than they were last week.
Friday, November 23, 2018
|a street near Waikiki|
Taken on my first trip to Hawaii in 1976; I returned in 1985, and again in 2010.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
|view from George Washington's pew|
Christ Church, Alexandria, VA
Did you know that George Washington was the first President to write a proclamation for Thanksgiving? President Lincoln took steps to make Thanksgiving a permanent federal holiday.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
|adding a collar to the Baby Surprise Jacket|
Last week, I seamed the shoulders of the Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) and picked up stitches to add a collar. The directions for adding a collar can be found in this earlier post.
|finished Baby Surprise Jacket|
buttons will be added later
|3 grams remaining|
After the collar was added, I had 3 grams of yarn remaining - not quite a case of "yarn chicken" but pretty darn close.
I'll search for some appropriate buttons in the button jar. Hopefully, I can get to that soon, so I can find a recipient for this little jacket.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
November 18, 2018
He blushed and sheepishly led me to the appropriate aisle. I wonder if he shared the story with his coworkers?
Monday, November 19, 2018
|the altar and part of the pipes for the organ|
St. Matthew's Cathedral
This was my first visit to the Cathedral and I enjoyed viewing the beautiful stained glass and architecture. The building was constructed in the late 1800's, and the curator told me the main building hasn't changed much since then, but the spires and the stained glass were added in the early 1900s. The main tower has a working clock that chimes the hour and half hour.
During the hour long concert, the organ (installed in 1925) was played by four local musicians and was a treat to hear.
|note the ornate decorations on the pipes|
|the setting sun makes the local sandstone exterior glow|
Friday, November 16, 2018
|Marilyn & Evelyn|
approximately 1948 or 1949
I love my sisters' silhouettes on the car in this old photo. If the photo was taken in 1948, Marilyn would have been three years old, and Evelyn (Sis) would have been seven years old.
Don't you love the matching posing stances and their outfits - right down to the shoes and anklets.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
I like the red "dress" better than the purple one. Which one appeals to you?
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
I was recently given some yardage with the same panel with six eagle squares. These squares will be used to make more Quilts of Valor.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
|play program and knitting|
It was not an entertaining play, and at times, it was very uncomfortable to watch; however, that was the playwright's intent. According to Wikipedia, The play is often read as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, fascism, responsibility, logic, mass movements, mob mentality, philosophy and morality.
The director's note in the program stated. ". . . it is not the unapologetically evil that must be feared, but rather the indifference that allows them to grow, the refusal of the average person to make a stand and say, 'this is not us.'"
The message of the play has lingered in my mind . . .
I refuse to become a Rhinoceros!
Monday, November 12, 2018
|Mexican Train group teaches Tiger Cub Scouts how to play|
(Faces of the children have been obscured in the photos because of their age)
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
|mural on the corner of Third and Custer Streets|
This large mural invites closer observation. Note the single tree on the far right of the second photo. I can only speculate about the artist's message behind this impressive mural.
Monday, November 5, 2018
|Community Band performance|
Monday evening, I attended a performance of the Laramie Civic Chorus and the Community Band. It was very enjoyable. The young man in the percussion section who is shown far left in the photo was like a whirling dervish, dashing from one instrument to the next with his sheet music fluttering along with him.
Tuesday morning found me in a Women's Bible study group. I had several errands that kept me busy in the afternoon.
Wednesday afternoon, I knit with the Needlework group at the senior center. The group has grown from three to twelve in the short time I've been attending. I cast off the Baby Surprise Jacket, and asked some of the ladies to figure out how it would be folded into a sweater. It was fun to watch as they flipped it this way and that.
|Mexican Train dominos|
The Mexican Train domino group meets on Thursday afternoon at the senior center. Interest in this group has grown as well. I'm hoping we will eventually have two full tables. I settled in Thursday evening, to watch a movie on Netflix, but a friend called to see if I wanted to go to a UW Boys Basketball game. She said she would be by to pick me up in fifteen minutes - just enough time to change out of my lounging togs and put on my shoes and a coat. The team didn't play well, but they won.
Friday afternoon, I met with the Book Club at the senior center to discuss The Store by James Patterson. The group is small, but they bring up some good points for discussion.
|UW Girls Basketball|
Saturday, I crashed and spent the day being a homebody: I made a pot of white chili with chicken, did some laundry, and read a book.
My life has settled into a new routine, and I'm gradually adjusting to all the opportunities available in the community. I enjoyed all the activity last week, but I also craved more downtime because the time I had to knit or to sew or to read was minimal. I hope to find a balance between socializing and working on my hobbies.