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    Roll Call, 6/4 - Tell us something strange or weird!!
    I acknowledge right now that the US is in the middle of a [email protected] show, but I want to keep things a bit lighter on this thread.

    I am struggling a little bit with the sameness of time lately. Anyone else's calendar look like this?
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    In the meantime, if you have trouble coming up with new things you've been up to lately, share the strangest or weirdest or funniest thing you've seen or done lately. For me, during a walk at a local large park, I saw a group of runners. I observed one poor fellow waaaay in the back, thinking he was struggling and going slow. Nope. Turns out he was running backwards. Heck, I fall when running forwards!!

    Share, share!!
    Carol

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    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Roll Call, 6/4 - Tell us something strange or weird!!
    Oooh, running backwards! That is unexpected! Ive been having lots of sameness too, and Im finding it to be great for my productivity.

    Ive been stuck for a few days trying to decide on a border color for the quilt I’m working on. Heres the quilt with various colors being mulled over.
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    It is my interpretation (and based on what fabrics I have in my stash) of this guy, who had an exhibit in San Diego a year of so ago. His paintings screamed out to me to be rendered into quilt, so I just went for it. It was a big challenge for me, because I dont think of the “sky” as being those warm colors (although looking at japanese photos, a yellow or pink sky isnt uncommon). And the rainbow isnt colors / tones that we see here in USA often. There must be a word for the peachy/pinkish/orange that the original artist uses!
    https://www.niwa.org/exhibits-list/murakami

    (The first painting shown is the one Im working off of to quiltify. I love his other ones more, but not so easy to render! My interpretation is that its a mountain of healing, it radiates warmth, and the colors on the volcano represent the spectrum of elements that go into the cosmic sort of energy. Im sure if I understood shinto beliefs and the japanese culture better, Id have a clearer understanding of what I am doing!)


    Sorry, I dont have any unusual sightings recently. Everyone seems willing to wear masks, and Im grateful for that. There was a protest “scheduled” on tuesday, but it was just a few ^white^ housewives carefully distanced apart from each other near the starbucks, boba, and frozen yogurt shops. Im not quite sure what to make of them, to be honest. The cynic in me mockingly asks them if this is their token social activism, that they can now post on their social media pages about their wokeness. But then another part of me says at least theyre doing something intentional to make the world a better place. Even if theyre disrupting the local businesses and franchises struggling to come back after a 2 and half month hiatus.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Roll Call, 6/4 - Tell us something strange or weird!!
    Quilt is amazing! I like the teal-ish colours for the border. So left or top left, but that is my general preference in colours anyway.

    I forgot that you don't often get vivid sunrises and sunsets in San Diego. We get amazing ones here. Here are just a few of the sunrises from our house, I have literally hundreds of different photos. We get them most mornings in autumn/fall and then other times as well. I am no expert on it but think its got something to do with a combination of the air temperature, type of cloud cover, sun angle, and a lack of air pollution (I think air pollution can make the colours less vivid).

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    Alexsmom, your quilts are beautiful, every single one you've shown us. Have you ever considered selling these?

    NZ_Mama, I love your photos--makes me move a trip to NZ up in ranking on our bucket list. So many places to see and explore.

    Pollution & sunsets: To some extent, a bit of pollution actually make the sunsets redder, as there are more particles in the atmosphere to scatter the suns rays. More particles=more red. At sunset, in a normal sky, we don't get the red tints until the sunlight is on the horizon and thus the white light of the sun travels through more atmosphere--more scattering. On the other hand, dense smog will block all of that out.

    Ok, I'll remove my physics teacher hat now.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Lovely AM. I like the teal on the left for subtle and the navy on the right for bold.

    During fire season, even the light will be red if the smoke is blowing into the city, it's creepy.

    Yes my calendar is pretty empty. I've taken to not looking at it everyday and almost missed DS's allergy shot the other day - ha! I feel like I have to intentionally give myself stuff to do, or yes the days run together and it easily feels like the movie Groundhog Day.

    Weird things. . .
    My mom has been telling me about all the birds that come to her feeder, she's at the base of the mountain and her neighborhood is more traditional. We are by the river and in a more rural area of the city (still has fields for farming and hobby farming). Well the other day our neighbor's peacock came to visit - so I won the bird sighting game that day.

    Speaking of birds - I saw 'mobbing' in birds. I heard a bunch of screeching outside the window and saw a fluff of feather come down from a tree. A cooper's hawk had a robin in it's claws and the other robins were dive bombing the hawk and creating quite a commotion. The hawk never let the other robin go and eventually flew off with the robins still chasing it.

    I jumped on the sourdough bandwagon and have been making bagels (because they don't have to cook as long, therefore don't heat the house as much) - delicious and not all that hard to do. I've been making a lot of pancaked with the discard and this is the best pancake recipe known to man, I also oil the griddle with butter (I'm sure it does not hurt the taste lol) https://www.theperfectloaf.com/my-to...arter-recipes/

    (Dumb) Covid things. . .
    Right now, the littlest things can make me so happy, and I kinda like the simplicity of that. Today I found hand sanitizer, clorox wipes, AND liquid hand soap at Target! Happy dance!!! I took DD with me (first time out since March) and she was thrilled to get some nail polish and a lip gloss. I was able to pick up some supplies for a neighbor, it is nice to feel helpful.
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    Roll Call, 6/4 - Tell us something strange or weird!!
    Thanks for all the positive thoughts on my quilts. Im also a teal girl, but something is telling me not to border it. Its a complicated quilt, Im going to go ahead and quilt it without the borders (a really weird thing to do!) then reconsider later.
    I dont know that quilts can be sold in an economically viable way. How much would a person pay for a couch-sized quilt? If I estimated the cost of of the last quilt I made (that blue plaid one), it was probably over a hundred bucks worth of materials. And it took me from late march to the end of May. If I had worked on it like a day job, I might have been able to finish it in a week or two. AND it was inspired by everything I know about the recipient (and her living room).
    Maybe they just feel too personal to sell, must be given away instead?
    When I made the quilt for MuddyLilly when she was battling breast cancer, there was sooo much thought that went into the design and symbolism in it. Mariners Compass pattern because of her ties with the sea (remember she worked on cruise ships, and her hubby is a ferry captain), Japanese inspired palette and favrics because I knew she likes that culture, crane in the center decal as symbolism of good health, then circling cranes around..... Theres a lot of ME that goes into them.
    Heres the ML quilt:
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    Ive made baby quilts for people that I dont know, but its still a very deliberate effort of me creating something specifically for them. I dont know that I could make a quilt without a purpose or person behind it. (The Volcano quilt is “Experimental”, but Im still thinking of a person whose relative is recovering from a stroke.)

    Anyways, thats my quilt chattering for the day!

    Split pea soup is brewing for lunch, yay!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    AM - In our little bitty town nearby, we have an artisan cafe and gift shop that sells handmade items made by local residents. You aren't going to get the cost of materials plus hourly minimum wage for your labor but cost of materials plus a little more for your time, people will absolutely pay that. I've seen quilts for $150 to $300 in there and they do sell. People have told dh and I that we need to put some of the things we crochet in there but we haven't done it yet. I've sold baby booties and hats and headbands for $15 - $30 just by word of mouth. I think it's crazy but making a little money for something I'd do in my spare time anyways is pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    Weird things. . .
    My mom has been telling me about all the birds that come to her feeder, she's at the base of the mountain and her neighborhood is more traditional. We are by the river and in a more rural area of the city (still has fields for farming and hobby farming). Well the other day our neighbor's peacock came to visit - so I won the bird sighting game that day.

    Speaking of birds - I saw 'mobbing' in birds. I heard a bunch of screeching outside the window and saw a fluff of feather come down from a tree. A cooper's hawk had a robin in it's claws and the other robins were dive bombing the hawk and creating quite a commotion. The hawk never let the other robin go and eventually flew off with the robins still chasing it.

    I jumped on the sourdough bandwagon and have been making bagels (because they don't have to cook as long, therefore don't heat the house as much) - delicious and not all that hard to do. I've been making a lot of pancaked with the discard and this is the best pancake recipe known to man, I also oil the griddle with butter (I'm sure it does not hurt the taste lol) https://www.theperfectloaf.com/my-to...arter-recipes/

    (Dumb) Covid things. . .
    Right now, the littlest things can make me so happy, and I kinda like the simplicity of that. Today I found hand sanitizer, clorox wipes, AND liquid hand soap at Target! Happy dance!!! I took DD with me (first time out since March) and she was thrilled to get some nail polish and a lip gloss. I was able to pick up some supplies for a neighbor, it is nice to feel helpful.
    Is it just me, or are there more and different birds this year? Or are we just more aware?

    Please share your bagel recipe! I'd love to try it. Also, did you already have sourdough starter, or did you start from scratch during stay-at-home-order time?

    I hear you on the little things. I get so excited when I go grocery shopping, since we go once every 3 weeks now. And I used to HATE grocery shopping. And I was tickled that I found some cotton chicken patterned fabric to make a few more face masks for DS and DH.

    We FINALLY got the garden tilled today and will plant it tomorrow. Had we planted any sooner, it would have been flooded a couple of weeks ago by a deluge of rain. It took this long to finally dry out. Also, we picked and ate the first two strawberries from the strawberry patch!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    AM, I actually like your interpretation of the volcano better than the original. The soft, tactile dimension adds something to it. Even though you're not going with a border, I did like the navy as a bold contrast.

    NZ, your skies are gorgeous. I'm a little jealous. I get all excited when I see a little pink at the horizon around sunset at my house.

    As for birds, I've been noticing them too. We started to exercise at a few abandoned schools in our area because then we don't have to wear masks as we ride our bikes or run. I was walking on a trail along the fence when I heard all this squawking. I looked down and saw a bird. At first I thought it was injured but it turned out she was yelling at me. She puffed up her chest and flared her wings and rushed forward like she was going to attack me. It turned out that she had gathered materials to make a nest in the middle of the trail and there were four speckled eggs inside it. I was thinking who does that?? We've checked on her these past couple of days and she's still there.

    All that's on my calendar are the days that I go to the market....

    Am thinking of baking some Toll House cookies today, before DH eats my entire bag of chips--and I buy the 3+ lb bag.
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    Is it just me, or are there more and different birds this year? Or are we just more aware?
    I think it's a little of both. We have a male cardinal this year that likes to perch on the edge of the car boor and preen himself in the mirror, Doesn't matter what car it is either, and if neither are parked near the house, it will find where it is parked in the yard Then sometimes he forgets that it is his reflection and tries to fight it. It is hilarious to watch.

    I've been battling the worst tooth ache of my life all weekend. Half my face is swollen, exhausted, pain, can't eat, nausea... the works. Dh says he's taking me to the dentist today. Sigh

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