Saturday, February 11, 2017

Catching up

It has been a busy week....I guess because I have not posted since Tuesday. Let's see, first I should tell you about February 8th which is Hari Kuyo, the Festival of Broken Needles in Japan. It is a time to pay tribute to your old and broken needles that have served you well through the year. Time to show respect for these tools and to pray for better skills in the upcoming year.
The tradition is to stick the needles into tofu which is believed to sooth the used needles and the points will do no harm. They are taken to the temple and the priest  offers a blessing and it is passed on to the users of the needles. It teaches us to think before being wasteful. As you can see I use a cotton ball and then I will wrap them gently abut well before disposing them. I do not take my needles for granted for with them I can create. There is no sewing on this day.
Have you been paying attention to the amazing moon?

I took this last evening at 7:08 PM surrounded by clouds but still so beautiful. I am always fascinated by a full moon, well, the entire sky and planets; Jupiter and Venus shine so brightly. Once the distraction was over I settled in for a DVD and tea. Earlier in the afternoon I began to prepare for my Felt Fir Tree. The pattern is available from Donna Bayliss' etsy shop.
The wire is cut, felt strips are cut and now being "fringed". This is going to take me some time...cutting the felt with a bad hand....but it will get done today so I can assemble this weekend. Mr H asked "why are you making this tree?" When I said because, he just looked at me. He was sweet enough to assist me as I cut the dowel. Really, I think he was afraid I would injure myself (knife accident recently) then he gave me his good wire cutter as mine is getting dull. So, that is that. It was great to see my friends at Jo Anns yesterday when I picked up the felt. Hugs are always good and LaTonya and Linda feel so good! Today will be on/off  cutting fringe and maybe a bit more tatting.
I just finished this Sun Catcher and soon it will be mailed to a dear cousin. I wanted to make a couple more but Jo Anns is out of the brass 3 inch rings. I may just order them on line. I woke with  slight headache so I think it is time for my coffee and to relax. I have been up since 3 and puttered around the sewing room. I always enjoy our visits. Thank you for your kind words and most of all for your friendship. Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Football all day

Yes, we are football fans specifically The New England Patriots. Even though we are here in Arizona almost 13 years, we are still New England fans. I started watching them around 1963 or so while in high school. They were not a very good team and had a reputation of being party boys. Finally after several owners and new coaches, they began to really become a team. The best years (from 2000) are with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. So when I say I am a fan, I am a real long-time fan....through off times and not just on the bandwagon. So of course Sunday was the big day, but Monday, well I began the day with sports stations and then Mr H and I watched all day. Yes, the game on Sunday , then the taped version we made, then the re-play later and sports all day Monday. What can I say.

There was some, but not much tatting. Later in the afternoon I spent time with my dear friend JeanneG. She is sadly moving out of our community but nearby. I will no longer just be able to run out of my gate and around the corner to her place. It will be a car ride to see her. In my birthday card she wrote "I will miss you" which brought tears to my eyes. We have become good friends these last years. Twenty years difference in our age does not matter at all.
The Brother Alan is coming, The Brother Alan is coming.....I received his itinerary (that is how I know when) May 9th so the count down is officially here! I so look forward to his visits. Not sure what he has planned for himself and Lisa, but as long as there are some quiet talks and cups of coffee wine too all will be happy.  Today I hope to relax and I think I am footballed out...maybe not. I need to get to Jo Ann's for a few items. Maybe some Alice and tatting outside...sounds good to me. The weather has been lovely, just what we wait for here. They say we may have an 80 temp on Thursday! That about covers it for today. Thank you for visiting and for the kind words and most of all your friendship. Have a wonderful day.