Friday, February 27, 2015

Signs of Spring - Saturday Snapshots

We've had a mild winter here in the Pacific Northwest, and signs of spring have already appeared. Here's what I discovered in a walk around my home over the past few days.
Blossom on a Star Magnolia tree after a rainy day

We cut back our camellias after they were damaged by
an ice storm a couple of years ago, so we were
delighted that one of them bloomed beautifully this year.

I caught a slug munching on my daffodils!
Luckily, this bloom was spared.

Purple crocus - One of the first flowers to emerge.
For those of you who are still waiting for spring, it will come ... eventually!


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Quilt for Christmas - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

A Quilt for Christmas is the story of a woman whose husband enlists in the Union army to fight in the Civil War, leaving her to cope with running the family farm. It's also about friendship, courage, hardship, forgiveness, and family (and quilting, too). This is an engrossing 5-star book that paints a vivid picture of rural Kansas in the 1860s and shows the effects of war on the wives and children back home.
     Seems like I've been reading books lately that have Christmas in their titles. This one was a birthday gift from Sandra Allen, my friend (and I.O.U. Sex co-author). She knows I enjoy quilting and reading a good story, and she sent along some beautiful fabric (for quilting) too. 
Thank you, Sandra!

Book Beginning:
Prologue - November 20, 1864
     It was a fine fall evening. The wind carried the smell of rotting apples and wood smoke and a hint of frost that would likely come after midnight. The setting sun made the stubble in the fields shimmer like flakes of mica and sent rays of light through the clouds as if the Almighty Himself were casting down the fiery shafts. Far off were the night sounds of cattle lowing, and nearer, of chickens clucking. The wind swirled papery dead leaves across the porch.

Friday 56 (from Page 56):
Eliza put her hands over her eyes, then shook her head. Will wasn't dead, she thought. He couldn't be.

Genre: Women's Fiction / Historical Fiction
Length: 242 Pages (hardback)
Amazon Link: A Quilt for Christmas
Author Info: Sandra Dallas Website

Synopsis from the author's website:
The Civil War, 1864: Eliza Spooner’s husband, Will, has joined the Kansas Volunteers to fight for the Union. Confident that he will return home, Eliza helps pass the time by making a special quilt to keep Will warm during his winter months. When the unthinkable happens, she takes in a woman and child who have been left alone and made vulnerable by the war, and she finds solace and camaraderie among the women of her quilting group. And when she is asked to help hide an escaped slave, she must decide for herself what is right and whom she can count on to help her.

                         

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rushing Around Auburn - Saturday Snapshots

On a recent walk through the "downtown" area of the small town where I live (population approximately 70,000) I came across this series of public art. Seems like everybody's in a hurry!
On the corner of Main and A Street ...

By the Sunbreak Cafe

Next to City Hall ...
On roller skates and unicycles ...
At the train station ...
Where are they all going and what's the rush?
Update -- I found this info online: Paul Sorey's "Catch the Train Running Figures" are eleven stainless steel figures along A St and within the Auburn Transit Station plaza that represent the multitude and diversity of people who make their way (running, so they won't miss the train or bus!) to Auburn Transit Station. 


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