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and wait, there was more!

Aside from all the things keeping me busy in the last post… there was MORE!

In September I Have A Notion had a booth at a quilt show. The local Elizabethtown Kentucky Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show. They have a show every year. This year there were 500 quilts on display and 22 vendors. It was a very busy 2 days.

Quilt Show Booth at Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show 2019
The Booth Space before setting up and after

The move added a bit more stress to the show hours for me. I used to live just a few minutes away, but now with the time change, it takes about an hour and a half to go 40 miles! There is a time change between here and there… so in the morning you lose an hour, but you get it back on the way home!

there was More summer than we could take!

I’m not sure if where you live was unusually hot the tail end of the summer, but it sure was here. The month of September felt more like August. It was so unseasonably warm and dry in Kentucky. The pond water level dropped more than 2 feet, the grass dried up and a few of the trees have already lost their leaves.

Mr Meanie
and there is more with a cat, the low water at the pond

and then a taste of winter!

And then it got cold! Frost and freeze warnings overnight. So all the tender plants have been moved. May need to move them again. The pond was shrouded in fog this morning (but that has been so even in the heat), and when I went out to feed the “feline tenants” I found a Wolly Bear Caterpillar.

and there is more weather coming
The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able to forecast the coming winter weather. … The wider the rusty brown sections (or the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. The more black there is, the more severe the winter.

You tell me, what you see… Brown? anywhere? Me neither!!!

on the creative front

nope, not more. I was hoping by now to be doing something quilt related. But not yet. I did wash and hang a quilt out to dry on the clothesline. A quilt I had hoped to have quilted for the booth table this year. Funny how things never go as planned. It is a salvage, holes, and tears in it, so it will need some creative patches, (you can see where I made an attempt at the creative… patching), I am going to redo it with more pizzazz and then quilt it rather densely, edge to edge.

Vintage Quilt Top
and there is more, a vintage quilt top to be quilted for the booth…. someday!

What are you working on creatively? Are you looking toward Christmas yet?

More later -Beth

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Coping with Winter Weather!

Winter weather has come early to Kentucky. For once the weather person pretty nailed the winter weather. 

Its not like Kentucky doesn’t have winter, but this stuff doesn’t usually plague us in November. First a wave of cold air and then a very cold rain for a very short time, which then turned into sleet and freezing rain into the late evening. It stopped raining in the middle of the night.

When we got up in the morning… our predicted winter weather was here! Ice covered everything and we still had power! We had Internet for about 15 minutes but of course it went down. So we switched to our wireless devices to Hotspot. That lasted for about 20 minutes and then the whole Cellular system went down. Cell phones came back up around lunchtime and we had about 2 hours of Cable around dinner time  for the news and a little entertainment TV, and then boom out again.

Many of the BIG trees in the neighborhood suffered some damage… Our little birch tree in the backyard was resting on the fence from the weight of the ice, but I can happily report that it is upright today, but it has a new curve to the trunk!

While a coating of ice makes life a little more problematic, it does make the ordinary look extraordinary… warning… a few pictures below!!! 

iced over oak leaves
Oak Leaves.
ice on silver maple leaves
ice on maple leaves
Iced Ford truck
ice on a Ford truck
iced pine needles
pine needles covered in ice, does this look like a quilting design to anyone else?
iced over oak leaves
Iced crab apples (ornamental)
ice on a silver maple bud
ice on silver maple buds
Iced Rose bloom
iced rose

Today, we have sunshine with high clouds moving in. The ice has melted. Clear weather through Thanksgiving! Hopefully you haven’t been too bored with the pictures… above. Tell me what you think of them. I’d love to hear! 

More Later! Beth