Letters from Mamabear :o)

March 20, 2017



Happy First Day of Spring!!


It Must Be Spring

by May Fenn

Hush, Can you hear it?

The Rustling in the grass,

Bringing you the welcome news

Winter's Day is past.

Soft, Can you feel it?

The warm caressing breeze,

Telling you the sticky buds

Are bursting on the trees.

Look, Can you see them?

The primrose in the lane,

Now you must believe it -

Spring is here again.


   It will be a while yet before we are frolicking in the flowers here in central Maine, but you KNOW it is just around the corner! There are pussywillows in bloom, and bits of flower tips are poking up through the ground. (or were, before they got the most recent "14" of blown in insulation"-LOL) There are tiny buds on the two big maple trees out front. :o)  Now we'll watch the snow melt, and love the anticipation of things to come!

   What a totally uneventful week. My friend Jeri asked how the week went, and I honestly couldn't remember if I had accomplished ANYTHING. We finally remembered that there was a "little" snow event that did take up some time; Joe was home for a couple days, which for some reason changes my whole schedule around. Not sure why. I did do a bit more sewing, but only a bit! 5 more blocks maybe? ...and I prepared foundations for the next 10 or 15. Peck. Peck. Pecking away at it...


   I'm at the point now that I need a design wall to start putting up the God's Eye blocks. So...'gotta do SOMETHING with these blocks that have been up there for a (n embarrassingly) long time! I "had" been planning to separate the rows and columns of blocks with additional black strips and colorful pieced strips- to make the quilt larger. Scrap that plan! I need the wall! I think I will just sew them block to block and call it good.  It'll be just right for a kiddo!

   St.Patty's day came and went, with nary a Corned Beef dinner to be seen! When I was very young, of course I proudly wore The Green, the same as all the kids did. Then I went through a phase of stubbornly wearing Orange. Not sure what that was about really. LOL! I did make a big batch of the fried cabbage I talked about last week, and I thought about green beer, just briefly. I know...wild celebration, eh? Pahty Animal, right here!

   Daughter Kate posted a link on FB to a short article on manners today. I found it a breath of fresh air, but comments from the peanut gallery suggested it "must be a joke", which struck me as sad. Is that it? It's a joke now that people might hold doors for each other, or nod pleasantly in passing? Keep personal things personal? Lord I hope that ISN'T a joke. We so need the civility, thinks I. Especially as so many of our dealings now are online, where face-to-face isn't available, and so we can't see the effect our words may have. Ach...I think too much. That's been pointed out with amazing regularity...  

Now it's time to hit the grocery store!  I need some ham and a bit of swiss for tonight's Scalloped potatoes with Ham! I use this Taste of Home recipe, with these slight changes...I cut back the amt of parsley and thyme( by about half), and ADD some fresh grated swiss and cheddar in approx equal amounts...and, I use cream for part of the milk! We love it!( note...it does NOT come out looking like that pallid photo they have on their page now!)

Serve that up with a Homemade Blue Cheese & Lettuce Wedge Salad, and I am about in heaven!

Y'all have a good week and Happy Quilting !

Marcia :o)

"Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as "empty" "meaningless," or "dishonest," and scorn to use them. No matter how "pure" their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best."  ...and another by the same man... "A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.  - Robert A Heinlein





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