Archive for July, 2008

Summer Inspiration

July 25, 2008

This morning I went looking for color and texture inspiration around my house and gardens, and this is what I came up with.

What’s inspiring you today?


Breaking Away

July 24, 2008

With less than two weeks to go in my current job as a library director, I find myself day dreaming about what quilt projects I will work on first.  I have a back-log of promised quilts–a wedding, a baby, a milestone birthday–all of them embarassingly-but-understandably overdue.

And then yesterday, the October issue of McCalls Quilting arrived and this leaped out at me:

I fear that Sara Moe is going to make me push all those other projects aside until I complete this one.  It’s just too perfect–gorgeous lines, curves (which I no longer fear), a name that is simply too meaningful right now as I break away from my career and break away on my bikes.  

Remember the 1979 movie called Breaking Away?  (Put your hand down, Mrs. Schmenkman, I know YOU do!)  Oh, Bloomington!  I have cycled your streets and pathways many a day . . . .  Oh, Dennis Quaid, why weren’t you a real Cutter when I was at IU?

But I digress.


Breaking Away Sara Moe

Must.  Make.  This.  Quilt!  But first, I am going to buy Sara’s DVD and templates.  Maybe I’ll donate the DVD to the library when I’m done.  Or maybe I won’t.

Then Again . . . . UTE!

July 20, 2008

Okay. I know I just said I was leaning toward the Yuba Mundo as my new two-wheeled SUV. But that was before I actually took a spin on the Kona Ute.

We happened to be in Indy today for the Indiana Robotics Invitational competition, so I wanted to stop by the Nebo Ridge to see if I got the correct pedals for my new Jake. I was so focused on picking it up the other day that I didn’t notice the Ute sitting there in the show room. When he asked me why I hadn’t taken it for a test ride already, I thought my husband was kidding me. How did I miss it?

I know she’s not the most beautiful thing on two wheels, but she’s built for power–and a comfy ride. It was love at first sit!

So I bought her. Two bikes in one week?! Yep. And both are going to have some serious miles on them before long.

My Ride’s a Dude!

July 18, 2008

In two weeks, I will officially turn back into a quilter. I have resigned my position as director of a small town library and look forward to reclaiming some time to do things for myself again.

The last time I “retired” from a career (as an automotive engineer), I pretended for several months that I no longer had a car. I walked, cycled and rollerbladed everywhere. I look forward to doing the same when I am no longer driving 12 miles each way to a job. Only this time it will likely be a more permanent thing due to the rising price of gas.

Kona Jake Cyclocross

Kona Jake Cyclocross

And this is my new vehicle, which runs on butt fat. I just picked it up from Nebo Ridge in Carmel yesterday. The Purdue color scheme is purely incidental. The model only comes in one design each year.

The only problem I’m having is that when I listen carefully to try to hear what her name is, all I hear is a deep, booming voice saying, “Knock it off! I’m a DUDE!” I don’t think his name is actually Jake, though. I think he’s holding out on me!

Now I’m going to start saving for a Yuba Mundo so I can do some real hauling around town. I see quilted panniers in my near future! And my cargo bike had better be a girl, because I won’t be able to tolerate the constant arguing and complaining if it turns out to be a guy who doesn’t appreciate cross-dressing on trips to the grocery store!

Getting Hammered

July 4, 2008

Good-bye, Grotesque Grass-Green Carpet!

Hellooooooo, Handsome Honey-Hued Hickory Hardwood!

This is my absolute favorite home improvement.  That weird-looking hammer you see there weighs in at 14 pounds and has a very satisfying swing and sound.

WHAM!  Take that, Guy-Who-Cut-in-Front-of-Me-On-the-Highway!

WHAM!  Take that, Woman-Who-Always-Parks-in-the-Fire-Lane-at-Kroger!

WHAM!  Take that, Library-Patron-Who-Argues-About-Her-Overdue-Fines-All-of-the-Time!

I get free anger management therapy, a great workout–AND a gorgeous new floor!

What? No Consolation Prizes?

July 1, 2008

This summer, West Lafayette and Lafayette are participating in the America in Bloom contest–as Two Great Cities in Bloom.  Over the weekend, large pink ribbons were placed on the best displays of flowers–both private and public.

Okay, I didn’t expect to win, but I’m not even certain that the committee members made it down my street!  I’m sure that someone would have noticed my flowers!  So I wrote myself a consolation letter on behalf of the committee and posted it on my own front door:

Dear Neighbor,

Love what you’re doing here.  Those two Dodge Caravan-sized bushes that graced the front of your house last year definitely had to go.  Congratulate your husband on the hard work he did hauling those awesome fieldstones out of the farm fields where you used to live.

Your flower choices are a little chaotic at this point, but we like where you’re going with this.  The vision is there.  (You might want to put that hose away.)

We did notice that your many perennials are still babies.  We look forward to seeing them when they are all grown up.

Kudos to the previous owner, who had some beautiful flora in the back yard which you were able to bring out front.


Love what you did with the baskets!  You were right there in the “Hot Pink” theme we were going for.  Next year, hang some from that street light you’re lucky enough to have out front–did you see the ginormous pink ribbon we put on the one in front of that house on Wilshire?  Yeah.  That’s your competition.

We’ll see you next summer!

Regards,  The Flower Judging People