Vegetables for breakfast; lentils and labne

Vegetables for breakfast; lentils and labne

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Happy in Chester, Vermont

Happy in Chester, VermontMy daughter Lyza now lives in the country near Chester, Vt. Moon Dog not only has good food and smoothies but also a small grocery that includes some fine organic produce.

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Vegetables for breakfast

Vegetables for breakfast

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Dutch baby for breakfast

Dutch baby for breakfast

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Me and my walker just powered up this big old hill in Multnomah Village.

Me and my walker just powered up this big old hill in Multnomah Village.

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#frannyeats Not much potato, lots of other vegetables

#frannyeats Not much potato, lots of other vegetables

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From my new espresso machine

From my new espresso machine

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Fran snacks

Fran snacks

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Projects

Now that everyone has gotten whatever surprises there were, here are some of the things I’ve been working on in past months. Mostly, though, I forget to take photos before I give things away.

I enjoyed making these cute little felt “sugar cookies” with beaded “sprinkles” wrapped up in a little bag.

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20160202_115422I made at least 10 of these from October 2015 to January 2016. Three were part of an auction at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Portland. I made four others for gifts, and someone who saw the items at the auction commissioned another three. Payment for those was a donation to the church.

The sugar cookie sacks are one of many cute designs in the book Zakka Style, compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Stash Books).

Here’s a redwork quilt I made for my grandson, Augie. That’s Robert behind the quilt. The cartoons are from a booklet called Animal Behavior by Marytime Design of Portland. The cover advertises 10 designs, but there were actually 12.

20160112_195647It’s hand quilted with quilting thread in the center squares, white Perle cotton in the freehand red border, and red Perle in the outer border.

I don’t have a picture of the socks I knitted Robert, but, quickly, here are some other things I’ve worked on recently.

Small quilt made for Anne Bermingham and Catherine Sanborn in 2015.

Small quilt made for Anne Bermingham and Catherine Sanborn in 2015.

 

 

The photo doesn’t do this small red quilt justice–the reds are all blown out, and the one block that’s a coffee cup rather than a star is hard to see. But Catherine and Anne like it, and because Robert and I did too, I’m hand-piecing another one like it.

 

 

 

20150806_104643Miles of scrappy border using cash register tape as a foundation.

A couple of aprons made from large men’s shirts.

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An apron with simple embroidery.

20150806_105558And a bunch of potholders I can’t find the photos for …

 

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Cleaning lady lives matter

 

In an interview in the Sunday Business section of Sunday’s (Feb. 7)  New York Times,  Adam Bryant asked Walt Bettinger, C.E.O. of the Charles Schwab Corporation, about lessons he had learned in college. Here’s Bettinger’s response:

A business strategy course in my senior year stands out. I had maintained a 4.0 average all the way through, and I wanted to graduate with a perfect average. It came down to the final exam, and I had spent many hours studying and memorizing formulas to do calculations for the case studies.

The teacher handed out the final exam, and it was on one piece of paper, which really surprised me because I figured it would be longer than that. Once everyone had their paper, he said, “Go ahead and turn it over.” Both sides were blank.

And the professor said, “I’ve taught you everything I can teach you about business in the last 10 weeks, but the most important message, the most important question, is this: What’s the name of the lady who cleans this building?”

And that had a powerful impact. It was the only test I ever failed, and I got the B I deserved. Her name was Dottie, and I didn’t know Dottie. I’d seen her, but I’d never taken the time to ask her name. I’ve tried to know every Dottie I’ve worked with ever since.

 

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