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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This is my January block for the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2013. My first crazy quilt block ever. It's kind of an art quilt version. I'm going to try for a more traditional attempt for February.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


I got a packet of Lutradur and a packet of TAP for Christmas from my sister Laurie. Now I just need to learn how to use them. Today I ordered a book on Lutradur for my Kindle. Hoping this will give my mermaids some more interest, texture, depth...

I do seem to have a thing for mermaids. I think it has to do with being a "water baby" (supposedly people born in July like the water) and partly because I live in the desert southwest where water is a scarcity. I will have to do one or two... mermaids with my Crazy Quilt blocks. Fun!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Crazy Quilts and Bunnies

I just signed up for the Crazy Quilt Project Challenge for 2013 (http://www.cqjp2013.blogspot.com). I've been wanting to do a crazy quilt, so I figure this will be a good way to get me into it.

Hopefully I will get a block done a month and post them here.

And in the mean time, I'm making bunnies.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

First Day of Fall

Today I went to the TAWN Fall Fest. It is held at the UU Church on 22nd, just east of Swan. Kind of odd to have a pagan festival at a "church" but it works really good. This year the festival seemed to be more active and better attended. More vendors, more people coming through.

My friends John and KC banded together, and shared a booth. John is "Left Hand Asylum" and KC is part of "D Eclectic Gifts." They seemed to do very well together, and easily sold enough to cover the cost of the booth. I helped out some but mostly I had fun.

One of these years, I'll get my act together, have my own products, and my own business. One of these years. (laughter is appropriate here)

School is going well! I have a 3.8 grade average. At least no math for now! Yay!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

New adventures...

I turned 50 in July. Kind of scary. 50 and still not published, unemployed again, and still living with my sister and her husband.

So I decided on some goals. I started the "medical administrative assistant" program at Pima Medical Institute on July 17. Passed the first two sections with good grades, and now I'm stuck in math hell. Oh well! I will survive.

Okay, one goal is to finish a novel and get published before I turn 55. I have one story in mind that I've played with off and on for the last few years. It's a sci/fi story of a young man from a medieval society stuck on a spaceship, and trying to get his friend Maria back to her family and the relative safety of Republic territory. That's more "mainstream."

Then there is one story that I had been writing for my own amusement few years back. It is not mainstream, and harkens to a genre I love called "slash fanfic." It's pretty much gay male erotica. The working title is, "Almost but Not." I'm thinking of working on this one first, giving it an ending, cleaning it up editing-wise, and try my hand at publishing as an e-book on Amazon. Could be amusing.

Today I went to a writer's group meeting, and met some very interesting people. I've tried a few writerly groups in the past, but they weren't for me. This one definitely seems more promising.

Other goals include getting a solid job, saving money, and moving out. I was hoping for my own house before, but I don't think that is realistic. Apartment first, house of my own later. I need to clean up my credit score, and be more responsible.

I will try and be better about making entries here. It will be good to follow my progress along with everything. Class, writing, life. Thanks for listening.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Cindy the Art Quilt"

I am still alive. Recently I have discovered doing a kind of Crazy Quilting. Kind of "Maggie Crazy Quilting." I'm still learning how to do it, and call them art quilts. "Cindy" started when I was talking (listening) to a friend on the phone. An older male friend of hers had recently passed away, and she was supposed to inherit his dog Cindy. Well, this guy's b*tch of a daughter had the dog put down instead. She didn't wait for her brothers or the reading of the will. So this "art quilt" is in Cindy's memory.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

August/September

August was an interesting month for me. 1) I was laid off from my job of 19 years. Actually it came down to 19 years and 1 week. It was very bittersweet because I was kind of looking forward to being released, and sad because I would miss a lot of people, and I do. I'm going to get some training, and hopefully it will help me get a better job in the future.

2) My sister and her husband went up to Idaho to bring their daughter and family back down to Tucson - help her move back here. Her husband has been in Korea, and he got home about a week ago.

3) My long time fur friend and companion, Jiri, had not been feeling well, but I kept hoping it was the heat. That one week the swamp coolers stopped working, I had ants in the bedroom, and realized that Jiri needed to go to the vet. I took her, and unfortunately she was doing so badly that it was just better to "let her go" so to speak. Sometimes life just really sucks.

So now we start heading into September, and Jiri's sister (littermate) seems to have a growth on the left side of her chest. I take her into the vet. He wants to do surgery, and I might have been able to scrape the money together, but the big thing for me is that Bridget (as was Jiri) is 14 years old. That's getting up there in years for a cat. Would surgery really be the best option? I decided no. So I have her here at home, and I keep I close eye on her, and as soon as she seems uncomfortable, I will take her back to the vets.

Life really sucks sometimes, you know? But she seems to be doing okay, and we muddle forward.