My two kittens, Emmett and Ghost, provide a seemingly endless amount of entertainment. Earlier today, they wrestled, as they frequently do, but with a twist. Emmett managed to get under the fabric covering one of my couches (notice all the wrinkles and bumps) and Ghost pounced on top of him. There really are two kittens in the photo, even if you can only see one. Life certainly is never dull with the two of them stirring things up.
I woke up this morning as sunrise and opened my eyes to find one of my sweet kittens, Ghost, staring at me. It was a very lovely way to begin the last day of my spring break. Today I finished piecing the quilt top for the graduation quilt I’m making and now I’ll spend my afternoon quietly working on a shaped dolphin puzzle before making I hope an early night, so I will be ready for the start of the last nine weeks of the school year.
Today is my 8th anniversary as a quilter. Eight years ago today I walked into Island Quilter and said, “I want to learn to quilt.” I needed an artistic outlet and I’d been inspired by a quilt exhibit I’d seen at the library. The lady who ran the store, someone who has become one of my dearest friends, named Anja, told me that she was planning to offer a beginning class soon. But I said, in my usual way, that I wanted to learn right then and there.
Anja smiled and soon I’d been set up with a simple pattern along with some great fun fabric. Over the next few days, I completed the steps along the way, went back to the store for more advice from Anja and her partner, Paul, and finally had my first completed quilt.
Currently, I have now completed 338 quilts, most of which have been donated to islanders in need or Children’s Hospital in Seattle. I also give quilts to my students when they graduate. Quilting has brought me great joy, and it also introduced me to Anja and Paul. I can’t imagine what my life would have been without them. So I’m very happy to have discovered the love of quilting.
My photo shows the quilt I made for my bed, along with two of my cats, Emmett on the left and Calliope on the far right. And today I will spend time piecing the top to the graduation quilt I’m making this spring, thankful that this year only one of my students is graduating. Last year most of my students graduated, which is always bittersweet–happy for their achievement, but sad to see them go. This year, most of my students will be returning.
Today’s bright spot is a new planter with five neon pink petunias in it. Last winter one of my fountains started leaking badly. I replace it with the smaller fountain shown in yesterday’s post, taking the pump from the leaking one to use with the smaller fountain since its pump wasn’t doing the job.
Then I got bags of potting soil and filled the leaky fountain so that it could serve a new function. It’s a bit early for planting, but I also found five neon pink petunias, and I planted them in the newly created planter. I’m very pleased with the results and it felt good to plant flowers again.
I am so grateful for Spring Break, which now is a bit more than half done. I’m a volunteer tutor for our alternative high school, tutoring 34 hours each week, if everyone comes (thank heavens for cancellations!). I was really ready for Spring Break and I’ve spent the week mostly puttering on small projects, moving slowly and at my own pace, playing with my cats, and working puzzles. I even got to have lunch with a friend yesterday. Today there was a break in the rain (didn’t last–it’s now raining again) and it was not bitter cold, so I worked on getting my small outdoor fountain working again. I had to unplug it last winter when the pump became clogged with pine needles. The pump was really too small anyway. I’ve now replaced the pump with a bigger one, which I’ve put inside a screened basket to keep it free of debris, and plugged it back in. I can see it from my kitchen window (as well as from the yard) and it’s brightened my day to have it running again.
I haven’t written in awhile and I’ve been trying to think what to write. I think I will do shorter posts, finding something which I’m grateful for. Today I’m very grateful for the new cats I’ve adopted, an 8 yr old black female named Foxy, and two 8 month old male kittens, Emmett, a buff colored tabby, and his brother, Ghost, a siamese. This morning Emmett figured out how to catch drops of water from the bathroom faucet. It brightened my day, getting it off to a good start. Here’s a photo of him.
the sound of dog toenails
on the hard floor
new hearing aids
I know my hearing has been getting worse over the years, and I finally decided to get it tested. Sure enough, while my hearing isn’t truly horrible, it has now gotten to the point where I can be helped by hearing aids. I got them this past Tuesday, and the last few days have been really amazing. I’m hearing things I’d forgotten about and noticing a lot more. It’s more than just not having to say, “What,” so many times. It’s all sorts of little things, such as the noise the dogs make as they walk across my marmoleum floors. Now I didn’t say that all the sounds were necessarily helpful, but then I can’t really pick and choose what I want to hear versus what I don’t.
I’m still getting used to my new hearing aids, but overall, I have to say that my world is richer for having them. While all of our senses are important, I think hearing might be the most important. Helen Keller said, I believe, that she found her lack of hearing to be a worse handicap than her lack of sight because the lack of hearing isolates us from the rest of the world. And I notice this isolation with my fellow senior citizens. It is hard to engage in a world that you can’t hear, to have friends and family talking but be unable to keep up or understand.
So I am very grateful for the technology which allows me to hear what’s going on around me, to know that I’ll be able to keep up with my granddaughter’s conversations, that I’ll be able to continue tutoring, and that, yes, I can hear my dogs walking across the hard floor.