Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them. (oops)
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
Here are the 7 random facts about me:
1. I will have lived 70 years in 3 months and 2 days. [It just doesn't seem that long.]
2 I have 1 brother and no sisters. [Watching how close my 3 daughters are, I wish I had had a sister, too.]
3. Joe and I are one of those funny old couples that go around taking photos of headstones in graveyards. [Be careful, genealogy leads to all kinds of weird behaviors.]
4. If I had my druthers, I'd spend my time gardening, quilting, birdwatching, etc. instead of ever doing housework. [If the dust gets much deeper in here, I'll be able to dig and plant inside as well as outside.]
5. I have a mad crush on Sean Connery. [Those cute movie stars today, look like my grandsons, not anyone to have a crush on.]
6. I am a Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) groupy; I get their press releases, newsletters, and keep track of what's happening with their various space projects. [This couldn't have anything to do with the fact that my son was an aerospace engineer there in Pasadena for many years and worked on some of the most successful programs, like Galileo, the Mars Pathfinder, Hubble Space Telescope, and Deep Impact.]
7. I've had a life long phone phobia, which must be why I love e-mail so much.
I've just added #8 to my list: I find it almost impossible to tag other people for this kind of thing, so if you like doing these, consider yourself tagged.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Gary with his cousin Fran and brother Dennis at Uncle Fritz and Aunt Evy's 65th Wedding Anniversary Celebration. Fowler, Colorado, January 2003.
Gary Francis Hernandez
February 18, 1947 - April 18, 2008
"And I'm glad I didn't know,
the way it all would end,
the way it all would go.
Our lives are better left to chance.
I could have missed the pain,
but I'd of had to miss the dance."
Friday, April 18, 2008
In spite of all that has been going on I managed to finish 3 more of my Quilting the Names of God blocks.
Week 12 The Lord Is Peace_Yahweh Shalom. "Shalom is a Hebrew word, so much richer in its range of meanings than the Enlish word 'peace', which usually refers to the absence of outward conflict or to a state of inner calm. The concept of shalom includes these ideas but goes beyond them, meaning 'wholeness,' 'completeness,' 'finished work,' 'perfection,' 'safety,' or 'wellness.' Shalom comes from living in harmony with God...When you pray to Yahweh Shalom, you are praying to the source of all peace." I plan to use the greeting "Shalom" more often in the future, it is a good word.
I chose the blue fabric to represent peace and the gold for plenty.
"So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The LORD is Peace. (Judges 6:24)
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petitions, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7.
Week 13. The Lord Is My Rock_Yahweh tsuri. I could not figure out how to paper piece this Cornerstone block [and I am terrible at doing set-in seams) so made it with fused machine quilting. I chose colors to represent stone. (Colorado means red and we do have lots of red rocks here, not to mention some gold rocks). I am pleased with the results of my color scheme; while being a bit hesitent to use the bright red with the more maroon reds, the effect is what I wanted to create.
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronhold, my refuge and my savior--from violent men you save me. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies." (2 Samuel 22:2-4
Week 15. The Lord Is My Shepherd_Yahweh Roi. My Sheep Fold block is paper pieced with green fabric for the green pastures. I also like the little swirls that remind me of curley sheep's wool.
"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." (Psalm 23:1-3)
These names and scriptures are more meaningful to me this evening than they even were when I did my daily studies. As I was finishing photographing the blocks, I received a phone call that one of my very dear cousins, who has been bravely fighting pancreatic cancer for the last 14 months, went to his room this evening and shot himself to death, with absolutely no warning to anyone (wife, son or 2 close brothers) that he simply couldn't take any more pain and suffering.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday was a gorgeous, warm, sunny day here as Joe and I drove to Colorado Springs to buy a truck for the business. In the late afternoon driving home we saw smoke from a small wildfire just east of Hiway 115 in the Pinyon/Juniper forest land on Fort Carson. I was concerned because it seemed to be just behind a hill by the Juniper Valley Restaurant.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
We had to take Mandy back home this past weekend and came home with some new photos.
The first one is grandchild number 15, Evan, who is 5 and in preschool. A few months ago he was fitted with bifocals (?) to help him with his reading. [I didn't have to have bifocals until I was nearly 50 and they still bug me.] Daughter Kat had chosen a different pose but he like this pose better. He usually has a very artificial "photo moment" smile when camera is pointed at him so this one is natural and adorable. [After all, he is my grandson.]
The second photo is of our fourth great grandchild, a boy, and this is his first photo. When I look at this I wonder how they can tell he is a boy. Look at that precious bead backbone. Maybe I could do another of my photo transfer journal quilts with this one. We think it is cute that Brian and Tabi are so proud that they had copies made for all the grandparents.
Today I took Mom to her Opthmologist in Pueblo and going and coming I got to see a Red-tailed Hawk sitting on her big, twiggy nest in a rare prairie tree on the north side of US 50. She nested there last year and I often see 1 or 2 hawks sitting in that tree when I drive by.
I drove home, from Mom's place in Canon City, on a county road at the base of the foothills (of Pikes Peak) north of Highway 50, where I was pleased to see many brilliant Mountain Bluebirds flocking in this area as they wait to head into the lower mountains to make nests and raise new broods. There were also quite a few Western Meadow Larks perching on the fences along the road, singing their hearts out. For the last 3 years, since the bad West Nile Virus summer, I haven't seen or heard as many of these favorites of mine. I know that several types of birds were hit badly by the virus and would like to see a study about the effect on the Meadow Larks. I always love to hear their beautiful song and have missed them. I also saw a Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk) hunting low over the prairie and then had the thrill of seeing a Scaled Quail run across the road in front of me. Even though it was a cool, gray, sprinkly day with clouds leaving snow on the front of the Wet Mountains (south of us), these birds were proof that Spring is here.