A place for family and friends to see what I'm up to. Visitors welcome here.

Hail Guest, we ask not what thou art.
If Friend, we greet thee, hand and heart.
If Stranger, such no longer be.
If Foe, our love will conquer thee.
-Old Welsh Door Verse

Sunday, January 15, 2006


I really hate this weekend. I do it every time! I assign a project on the Bill of Rights that I collect just before winter break. I refuse to take them home to work on over Christmas, and vow that I will do them a few at a time until grades are due. This time, using every spare minute at school, I managed to grade less than one class' out of five. Now, progress reports are coming up and I am spending my MLK holiday grading. And grading. And grading. Looks like about 2500 pages by the time I'm done. Cripes!

It wouldn't be so bad if they were all great. But most of them are garbage so they take forever. Gotta put comments (that they won't look at, anyway.)

I'd so much rather be in Eden, even if it is white out.


Friday, January 13, 2006

Bart's Home

Bart and Yuka are married. We are ecstatic.

Now they have much to do so that Yuka can come live in the States with Bart for a while. Bart fell more in love with Japan this trip and I have no doubt they will live there at some point. Guess I'd better get set to travel. But, since I've always loved things Japanese and have always wanted to visit there, this will not be a hardship.

And although I would not call it a "thing Japanese," I also want to visit Disney Sea. Better start saving.

It's the MLK holiday weekend. As usual, I will be spending it grading Bill of Rights Scrapbooks. This will definitely be the last year we do this project. In fact, I'm putting a note in my lesson plans NOT to repeat this next year.

Over the winter break I finished the Bent Creek mini sampler with the bird and the square button berries. I thought the decorative stiches the pattern called for detracted from the rest of the design so I simplified them. I'm happy with the result. When I went to Aaron Brothers to pick up a couple of frames for photos, I also found a great frame for the sampler. The frame doesn't fit on the scanner, but I will post the sampler.

Sunday, January 08, 2006



Just a 54-year old middle school teacher who stumbled onto your blog. You're terrific. Hope you have a great life.

This is another block. I left the text off and used the bat button instead. Posted by Picasa

Each block is about four inches by six inches. This is my favorite. I was thrilled to find the teeny little blue flower buttons. Posted by Picasa

This is a small quilt top I finished in 2005. Each block is embroidered in stem stitch with letters in backstitch. Each block also includes a tiny applique and is embellished with buttons. This may have been the most enjoyable project I've ever worked on. Now I'm in the process of hand quilting the sashing and borders. Posted by Picasa

Stitch or Blog?

One day last week I commented to Larry that those bloggers have to be the most self-absorbed people in the world. They go to all this trouble to set up a blog site and fill it with ideas and images, and who in the world is going to read it? You might as well just have a journal in a Word document.

The very next day, scrapbook.com sent an email inviting its subscribers to start their own scrapbooking blog. How fun was that!?!

So, here I am, wiping the egg off my face and starting a blog space for my stitchery stuff. Maybe it IS only for me.

Ain't I worth it?