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Quarantine…..

Wow! Who could have ever predicted that we would be asked to stay home for at least 2 week? Who could have imagined that schools, restaurants, hair salons and beaches would all be closed? It is a strange thing to not know when you are going to hug the people you love again. It is strange to be told to stay 6 feet away from people that you usually hug when you see them. It is strange to have meetings cancelled and to wave to your neighbors from a far. It is really strange to not be able to buy Toilet Paper.

I am very blessed to live in a beautiful area where I can go for a walk away from a lot of people.

Biddeford Pool, ME

I have a freezer full of food and a pantry that my daughter calls the “bomb shelter”. By that she means that I have just about everything that I need to be well fed for quiet awhile. I do not take for granted that there are a lot of people who don’t have this advantage. I also like to cook and typically make everything from scratch. When we couldn’t find bread that we liked I baked my own.

Before the governor told us ask us to stay home we gathered in a backyard and practiced social distancing so that we could see a face other than the ones we live with. It was a chilly, breezy day on the coast of Maine but it was fun to talk to good friends and commiserate about the stress and uncertainty that we were all feeling. We talked about the programs we were binge watching and we had a cocktail to reduce the stress.

Social distancing

Now we are all staying home…. only going out to the store for necessities. I haven’t shopped in over a week and don’t plan to until it is absolutely necessary.

I have been making masks for family members – I have a lot of fabric and I love to sew. If I can’t feed the people I love I will make them masks.

Face masks for family

So while we wait for the curve to flatten and the numbers to go down and the weather to warm up we will just have to do what we can to stay calm. My quarantini’s help.

Stay home, stay safe, stay sane and most of all stay well. This to shall pass and soon we will all be visiting and hugging and seeing the people that we love the most!

Be Kind….

Faith in ME

Once in a lifetime…

If you are a lover of dogs you understand that everyone has a once in a lifetime dog, Gracie was that to us.  Gracie was our second chocolate labrador retriever and she wasn’t at all what we expected.  Gracie was calm, quiet and gentle.  That is not to say that she didn’t have her wild moments, or that she didn’t take us on a merry chase from time to time but overall she was the easiest puppy we ever had.

Gracie grew up near the ocean and one of her favorite things to do was to run into the waves.  It could be the middle of the summer or Christmas morning if we took her off of her leash she was in the water jumping over the waves.

Gracie also had a pool in the backyard. One of her favorite summer time treats was taking her lap in the pool.

Last week we had to say goodbye to our sweet girl. To say that our hearts are broken doesn’t seem to express the level of sadness that we feel. We shared every day with her for over 11 years and if we could have had a few more it would have been wonderful. Dogs come into our lives and brighten our days, greet us with love and affection whether it has been 10 minutes or 10 days since they have seen us. They love unconditionally and we love them back just as much. I can say that we gave Gracie a good life but whatever we gave her can not measure up to the love and companionship that she gave us. I will miss her snuggling on my feet under my desk, I will miss her putting her head on my lap an telling me it is time to stop sewing and to go to bed. I will miss her knocking my i-pad closed when she wanted my attention. I will miss her!

Her little companion Stella is missing her and doesn’t seem to understand why she is gone. The rides in the car are a bit lonely right now.

Thank you Gracie for being our sweet girl.

Be Kind….

Faith

Where have I been?

Well obviously not writing my blog.  I have been making quilts and doing a lot of cooking.  I have had both of my knees replaced and I have been enjoying life in Maine.

I have been making quilts – because that is what I do, I make quilts.  Here are some pictures of quilts that I have made.

I have also done a bit of traveling. My sister-in-law Gail had a big birthday this year so we went to Florida for a visit.

We went to Boston for a couple of games. First the Bruins…

Then the Red Sox…

And finally we had some visitors for the Fourth of July – like we do most years. It was wonderful, the weather was amazing, the food (in my humble opinion was awesome) and the company was stellar. Such a wonderful family tradition.

So that is where I have been. I hope you are enjoying your summer – I am still making quilts and will have some more to show you soon. Some new and different things that I am working on. Lots of hand applique in these new quilts which takes me a lot longer, but I love the results.

Enjoy the warm weather and remember….

Be Kind

Faith

Oh the weather is lovely….

Last weekend we had our annual neighborhood picnic. It is a potluck picnic and the food is always delicious and plentiful. One of my contributions was a large Charcuterie board. I love making them because you can really make a meal out of it if you want.

It was a wonderful party and such a nice way to visit with neighbors that you don’t see every day.

Later in the week Chuck and I grabbed sandwiches, a bottle of wine and our beach chairs and went to the beach for dinner. It was a lovely evening and the beach as usual was beautiful.

Heartstones from the beach

On the way home we drove along the coast for a bit and the sun was just starting to set. The colors of the sky were amazing. I couldn’t resist taking some pictures.

The next wonderful surprise was my hibiscus blooming. These flowers are about 10″ wide. They are so beautiful and such a nice bloom for late in the summer.

I never take for granted the beauty around me. The days are getting a bit shorter and the nights are getting a bit cooler. I love the change of seasons but I am enjoying the second half of August. It is lovely in Maine.

Remember to stop a admire the flowers…

Be kind….

Faith

Summer and family….

Almost every year for the past 15 or so years all of our children and their children have joined us for the Fourth of July. We spend time at the beach, we swim in the pool, we cook, we eat, we dance and we share. We make memories of summertime spent in Maine. It is a very important reunion for all of us and we always make the supreme effort to make it happen.

Some of us spent the afternoon reading and some braved the cold water to boogy board. The waves were not great but it is always fun.

This is an example of an after beach snack. None of us had any lunch and we still had to make dinner so we snacked. This is a tray that I purchased from Pier 1… it is huge and can be used for all sorts of gatherings. There was enough food to feed our very hungry crowd.

We always enjoy the company of family and the beautiful location that we live in.

I truly hope that this is a tradition that we continue and hold dear for many years to come.

Enjoy your summer and

Be Kind…

Faith

How can it already be the end of February?…..

Fortunes Rock Beach

Fortunes Rock Beach

I can’t believe that February is almost over!  I had a hard enough time wrapping my brain around the fact that it was 2016 and now February is almost over.  I have been very busy since the beginning of the year.  Mostly sewing – some of the pieces I can show you and some I can’t.

I made quilts for my niece and nephew who live in Georgia.  They were fun quilts to make and I love giving quilts to people that I love.

Victoria with her Quilt

Victoria with her Quilt

Hunter all wrapped up in his bandana quilt

Hunter all wrapped up in his bandana quilt

 

 

There have actually been days this year when it was warmer in Maine than it was in Georgia.  Crazy weather for sure, but at least when it does get cooler they will have a quilt made with love to snuggle up in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few years back I participated in a block swap – these blocks came from all over the country.  I finally decided to figure out how to get them put together into a quilt top.  Here is a picture of the top all assembled.  Now I need to quilt it.  This has been a fun quilt to work on because I would never choose these colors to work with but I am happy with the final product and I know that quilting it will make it look even better.img_4369

I also finished a baby quilt for a young couple who are very good friends with my son.  I love the Hunters Star pattern and this went together very easily.  What fun I had making this in red, White and Blue.img_4283

mohair and silk scarf

mohair and silk scarf

This is a scarf that I knitted up – it was fun and fast but sort of different.  The yarn is so fine that it was more like knitting with thread than yarn.  The needles are large so it goes very quickly and I have one more scarf to make.  The next one will be mine.

Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the most important happening in the month of February.  It is our darling daughters birthday month – and I do mean month – we are required to celebrate for the entire month.  We went out to dinner and had a wonderful time.

Elizabeth and Garrett

Elizabeth and Garrett

Chuck and me

Chuck and me

 

So that is just a little bit of what I have been doing during the month of February.  March will be here in just a few days and then the prospect of Spring, which may or may not arrive on time in Maine this year.  I love all of the seasons but the colors of Spring are so soft and subtle.  One of my favorite colors is spring green – all of the budding leaves and the peek of flowers.  Oh it will be so beautiful  – but first we need to conquer March.

 

Enjoy the mild weather and keep your fingers crossed that it stays this way.

 

Be Kind…

Faith

Out and about…

 

view from Monhegan Island

view from Monhegan Island

At the end of September Chuck and I went for a short stay along the mid-coast of Maine.  We love it so much here that we hate to leave.  We started our visit at the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor.  It is a very special place with beautiful plants, trees and views.  We love to go to the gardens, Spring, Summer and Fall – it is always beautiful.

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love pumpkins!

love pumpkins!

We walked the trails and took notes on what we might want to add to our gardens — it is nice to go at all different times of the growing season to see what is blooming.  I like to have gardens that have blooms from late May until the first frost.  I also like to see different types of plants that I may not have seen in bloom – it makes it easier to decide what to plant and where.

The next day we took the ferry out to Mohegan Island.  The name of the Ferry was the Elizabeth Ann which was perfect because that is our daughters name.

Ferry to Monhegan Island

Ferry to Monhegan Island

It was an absolutely beautiful day. It was a wonderful trip out to the island – the sun was shining, the seas were calm and the air was just the right temperature.

Chuck on the ferry

Chuck on the ferry

 

view from the ferry

view from the ferry

view from the lighthouse on Monhegan Island

view from the lighthouse on Monhegan Island

We wandered around the island – took a short hike and ended up at the Mohegan Brewing Company.  We had a very cold beer and sat outside in the sun visiting with some of the other patrons.  As is turns out 2 of the people we were talking to were from the same area in NY as we were.  We discussed how small a world it is and the coincidence of meeting people who lived and worked right around the corner from us in NY, while having a beer 12 miles off the mainland on a small island in Maine.

Mohegan Island has 75 year round residents – they seem to be an independent brunch who like to live life with out the frills of the mainland.  I am not sure that I could live so removed from the rest of civilization but I would sort of like to try.  If not for an extended period of time, at least for a short stay.  I could sort of imagine spending my days making quilts, spinning yarn, reading great books and cooking wonderful hearty meals.  I might add this adventure to my bucket list.  Hmmm thinking….

Island where the Wyeth family lived

Island where the Wyeth family lived

afternoon view from dock in Monhegan

afternoon view from dock in Monhegan

On the way home from the island Chuck and I sat right beneath the pilot house.  The view was so peaceful and beautiful – we saw a whale cut in front of the boat and move off to the port side.  I had never seen a whale before and have always wanted to go on a whale watch.  Imagine my joy when I saw that amazing animal right in front of me.  It was a great day and a wonderful mini adventure.

Since I have gotten home I have been working on quilts.  I sent two quilts off to a wonderful organization that provides quilts to kids in hospitals and abusive situations.  The groups name is Quilts for Kids.  www.quiltsforkids.org   – if you are interested in the group check out the website and if you can’t make a quilt you can always send a donation.  Several other quilts that are gifts have been made and there are several more in the works.

Enjoy the wonderful weather that we are having.

Be Kind…

Faith