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Orts of the Court

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Orts :  bits and scraps of thoughts and events that land here semi-regularly.  This week they're related to my court appearance fighting a traffic ticket.   Background: The citation I received was back in March, on my first day at my new job, coming home and getting off the freeway, one mile from my house.  It was for failure to stop at a red light/stop sign and the fine was $490.    My last ticket was over 28 years ago and I have never set foot in a courtroom except as a prospective juror, so it was all new to me! This picture has nothing to do with this post but isn't it a pretty view of my beach town?  I arrived at the traffic court, which oddly was being held at the juvenile court facility the next town over, half an hour before the before the scheduled appearance time.  There were several women in the waiting area and another woman showed up later.  We all had questions about why the list of cases on the wall next to the courtroom didn't have our names on it.  O

Design Wall Monday--May 27th, 2013

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This is the first DWM I've joined for weeks!  Since starting my new job any progress in the sewing room has slowed to a snail's pace. But I did sew yesterday and plan to sew today, yay! On the design surface this sunny morning are the pieced border segments for the Greenpiece quilt.    And here is the latest wool applique block, also for the Greenpiece quilt.  I still have many more wool applique blocks to complete but have been taking them on my bus commute and feel good if I get even a few stitches done.  This apple needs some wee seeds added.  That is going to be a challenge!  Maybe I should just embroider them and skip the teensy wool pieces, you think? Off the design wall and out of the hoop is this embroidered pillow I've been making for DD Elaine and hubby Chris. On the slow bus ride south on Friday afternoon through all the holiday traffic, I got the last stitches done.  Saturday night I washed the backing fabric and then when I opened my ironing board

Some Mentionables

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Last month when DD Erica was in town she surprised me with an early Mother's Day gift.  I was flabbergasted to open it and find a red Nikon 1 camera , in brand new condition, that Erica had scored (dear me, I hope she paid a small fraction of the list price on this link!).  She claimed my little GE point and shoot "makes people look fat"--plus, she knew how important good photos for the blog and my archives are to me.  I was thoroughly  chastised, therefore, when I showed up in Arizona at her graduation without the new camera.  My claims of lack of time, traveling light and not having a camera bag were not accepted.   Oops.  But I am very pleased to have such a wonderful gift to explore and get to know. Not to be outdone, son Nick and The Marrieds, Elaine and Chris, surprised me at our belated Mother's Day brunch last weekend.  I was flabbergasted once more to open a box--and find a Kindle Fire.  Just the thing to keep me elevating my legs as I am supposed to, yet

Thursday Quote

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Marked Absent

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I've missed far too many days of blogging roll call.  I don't know how other crafters/bloggers who work full-time manage their time but I've obviously missed that lesson plan!  Part of the issue is my feet and ankles. Since I started my new job doing both more walking and more static sitting, my feet and ankles have been very swollen and painful.  I'm supposed to elevate them (which isn't possible at work) and have begun wearing compression socks, but the recovery is dragging.  That means I avoid my computer and my sewing machine in the evenings, for the most part, and I miss both!  Some stitching time on the bus is still happening, though. I found this piece of chartreuse yellow linen in the remnant bin at JoAnn's and snapped it up to make a small pillow for DD Elaine's house.  She and Chris have used this color in their living room to good effect, but their side chair needed something.  I have one more row of "ribbon" to backstitch with dark

Doubly Proud

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Wednesday was the first proud moment, when my husband conquered his nerves and actually got on a plane for the first time in over a decade.  It turned out to be no big deal after all, thankfully!  Accompanied by two of our offspring, off we flew for the short trip to Arizona to see our third offspring graduate from college on Thursday, at Arizona State University's West Campus. After being slightly roasted in the morning's hot sun for the pomp and speeches, finally the graduates made their way across the stage.  I blindly managed to catch this blurry pic of Erica shaking the Dean's hand.   We made plenty of noise for her, along with her aunt, uncle, and grandparents. . Here she is with her Arizona parents, my brother Ted and his lovely wife Laura.  We were so grateful to have Erica close to family during her school years.  They were very generous with their love and care.  Happy graduate!  Summa cum laude, no less, with a bachelors degree in Sociology. He

Tuesday's Orts

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Tuesday's Orts--bits and scraps of thoughts and events that land here semi-regularly. Biggest story of the past week in our county was the Springs Fire, which started just after dawn on Thursday and quickly, with the aid of low humidity, very dry brush due to serious lack of winter rains, and hot East winds we call Santa Anas, caused many people to be evacuated when the fire raced up the mountains to housing tracts abutting the Santa Monica mountain wilderness.  The plume of smoke visible on Friday morning was incredible--10,000 feet high.  We're about 20 miles away from where the fire burned but were nervous for friends and relatives who live up the hill. Due to some amazing firefighting crews, pilots dropping water and retardant, plus a little help from Mother Nature with a return of humidity and even a bit of rain, the fire is now 85-90% contained.  No lives were lost but some property and vehicles were destroyed, and I think one house. The cause of the fire is unknown

Mod Circles Baby Quilt

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My DD Elaine was worried the Mod Circles Baby Quilt we collaborated on was not going to get finished by her deadline--Friday--but Mom came through and got it finished!  Here it is all quilted, using my favorite simple design, the wavy line.  I think it is a good contrast with the circles and modern enough to suit the overall feel. Elaine co-hosted a shower today for her friend and mom-to-be, the lovely Allison, and obliged me by getting a photo of the quilt with its new owner during the shower.  Thanks, sweetie!   The yellow polka dot binding we picked out really looks great, if I may say so myself :)  Since I finished the quilt at 10 p.m.--with a label even!--and Elaine whisked it away soon after, I'll have to ask to borrow it back for a photo shoot.  Allison and her husband chose not to learn the sex of their baby so we will all be surprised in a couple of months.  Welcome Baby!

One Word Wednesday

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Landscape Architect