|a flower... and a cat sitting on a fence under a tree|
|smaller disks - a tree with roots and a dove|
(I can see that the dove's beak is not very easy to see.. but it is there)
Besides these, I have finished quilting 3 small quilts... except for the binding. I don't know how to do this, so have to wait until my friend shows up next week to show me. But the machine quilting itself wasn't bad at all.
Bummer: Our car has been in the shop for the last 2 days. The "check engine" light came on over the weekend and unlike Penny (on the Big Bang) we couldn't ignore it. This is actually my car (DH has a truck) and this car used to belong to my mom... so it's 20 years old this year. But it's a Grand Marquis and drives really well for the most part (Mom never traveled very far in it). Anyway, it did have a few problems that needed to be attended to ($$$), but we're hoping it will last another year or so... so we did fix her up.
This on top of the new lawn means we won't be doing much of anything else for a while.
Do any of you watch "America's Test Kitchen"? Well, on it they have a segment where they test various kitchen equipment and let you know which came out on top. A while back they tested French Press coffee makers - about 6 different ones. My daughter and her family really prefer French Press over other methods and apparently the host on ATK does also (DH does not - he doesn't like the foamy residue). Anyway, the one that topped all the others was a Bodum Stainless Steel French Press because it had silicone around the strainer which kept the grinds from coming through better than the others and also because the Stainless Steel kept the coffee hotter longer than the glass ones. Anyway, I thought this was interesting. Since we use both a Keurig and a Nespresso, we don't need a French Press (although I do have a small one for when daughter comes to visit).
Reasons to be happy:
1. Feral mama cat had kittens in our yard. We think 3 or 4 - didn't get a good look - but one was not black but actually looks a bit like ol' Sam???
2. Spotted Sam in the neighborhood... so he's OK (despite the trauma).
3. Have a new lawn (despite the $)... and it looks nice.
4. Have a working car (despite the $)... so I can return to studio.
5. The weather is wonderful... and our backyard is green again!