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Thursday, February 18, 2010

"The Silent Hour"

The Silent Hour (Lincoln Perry) The Silent Hour by Michael Koryta

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The audio book version was not kind to this complex mystery.  Its many plot turns and twists are rendered laborious by a plodding, melodramatic narration.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Pressing/cutting small table

At my quilting group last Saturday, Maureen had converted a wooden snack table into a nicely portable, keep-next-to-your-machine pressing cutting table.  Perfect for my sewing room, it allows me to press as you go and trim without moving from the sewing machine to the ironing board and the cutting table (maybe this is not good exercise-wise, but it sure is convenient).  I am making one for myself.  It just requires a snack table, a layer of regular low-loft batting, a layer of thermal batting, the silver ironing board cover material and a staple gun. 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Stopped reading "Magician's Elephant"

A Reliable Wife A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

More promising than "Magician's Elephant."  I need a break from Elephant. May go back to it.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's Official!!!

My quilt, "The Pond," has been accepted for entry into the Tri-State Quilt Competition. It will be displayed March 4-7, 2010, at The Quilt Fest of New Jersey VI to be held at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873.

This is my first venture into quilt competition. I hope the judges' critique will help me to improve my skills.

Here is an album of my quilts to date.

Maria, August 1, 1990 - February 9, 2010

The most loving kitty and a member of our family. She will be missed.

Update 11/15/2010. Maria's Story.
Tony mentioned that the guys in the metal shop were feeding a stray black kitten.  He wondered if he should bring it home to make friends with Jackie, who was giving her stepfather a rough road to travel. I think I said no.  Anyway, I arrived home from shopping with Bobby to find Jackie and Tony using one of my best towels to dry off a kitten.  The bathroom was a mess.  The two of them were thrilled because they gave the kitten a bath revealing that she was a tabby when they thought she was black.  Bobby was leaving for his first year at USC, so we decided the kitten would be his - a playful link to home.  He named her Maria.  She was affectionate, unflappable, even-tempered, and  mature beyond her years.  She scoffed at the antics of "lesser" cats and remained haughty until she wanted attention. She was a great companion.  She is missed.