Thursday, August 18, 2011

Summer Report No. 5

(My newest quilt, Shoo Fly Pie. Photo credit: The Man)

School starts up in less than a week. Following our grand and very slack household tradition, I'm granting pert near all requests that come my way right now. A little extra computer time? Sure. A fifth bowl of Shredded Mini-Wheats? Go for it! Just one more episode of "Scooby Doo"? Why not?

Yep, that's right, it's Slacker Week in Slackerville.

It's quite delicious, this habit of letting loose the reins the week before school starts. Nice to forgo negotiations, ignore the time, say "yes" for once.

Even nicer knowing that next week, the whip comes down. (Please imagine right now, if you will, a middle-aged woman dressed as a dastardly villain of yore--yes, I'm wearing a top hat and spats--rubbing her hands together and muttering, "Heh, heh, heh!"). Up and at 'em, boys! Do your homework, boys! Of course you can't have extra computer time! It's 7:30; go to bed!



(The rough draft of a Dresden Plate block I'm working on for a Sampler quilt.
Photo Credit: The Man)

We had a nice trip to Kentucky last week to visit my parents. It was my father's 75th birthday, and the whole family gathered to celebrate. Right as dinner was about to be served on Saturday night, a huge storm whipped through, knocking out the power all over town. The Man and my brother had to go back to our hotel in the dark (with a flashlight, natch) and gather everyone's things to bring back to Grammy and Pop's.

The cousins were ecstatic. Family sleepover! I myself slept on a loveseat, perhaps somewhat less ecstatically. Fortunately, it was a cool night with a nice breeze. In the morning, the Man and Pop rode over to a McDonald's that had power and brought home coffee and Egg McMuffins, which are, if you were wondering, sort of gross. My dad kept apologizing for the power going out, and everyone kept assuring him we didn't actually blame him.

On the ride home, we got chased by a tornado and then landed in a traffic jam caused by a seven-car pile-up. The Man was valiant, the children were troopers, and I was resolute: I will never leave home again.


(Still Life with Sock and Melons. Photo Credit: Yours truly)

I've been knitting a lot, which is what I do when I'm ready for fall. I am ready for fall. Are you ready for fall?


GretchenJoanna said...

NO WAY am I ready for fall. Thank God I don't have to get any curriculum or kids ready for school. Our summer has not even begun, as evidenced by the lack of tomatoes!! Maybe next month we'll have summer.

Your recently finished quilt is gorgeous.

Tracy said...

I love your quilt. I was just thinking the other day that I wish I had time to sit and stitch. But even when I do have time I just don't have the inclincation. You kind of need both.

Sounds like quite an adventure you had last week. I'm with you ~ staying home looks good after all that!

Pom Pom said...

Yes, sort of. I do like September very much. Your quilt is so lovely, Frances! I love the sock and melon photo! GOOD JOB!

wayside wanderer said...

Socks and melons...who knew how well they went together? Lovely photo. You have been very busy, and it appears, very crafty. I'm impressed. You have something to show for your summer. I always feel so productive when that happens. Beautiful quilt and it looks like another one is in the making.

Melissa E said...

Ha...I was wondering why you took a picture of a sock on fruit..until I read the caption I thought maybe your kids had taken to slackerville way to seriously..throwing their laundry every which way! I love the idea of slackerville by the way...does that work if you don't have kids returning to school? Anyway I love love love the Dresden Plate block! Beautiful!

Gumbo Lily said...

Wonderful quilty-goodness going on there! I am not, not, not ready for fall yet. I still have not one ripe tomato from my garden. Summer must roll on! I did get a handful of sweet 100's from my daughter's veggie patch.

Wow, what a lot of weather stuff. It really is unsafe to leave home.


victoria said...

I'm ready for spring!
LOVE the latest quilt, especially the color combinations.
Glad to hear your earthquake wasn't earth shattering for you.

The dB family said...

You always manage to make me laugh out loud. We had a very similar experience for my FIL's 75th birthday. Happily we didn't have to sleep over anywhere.

Love that still life photo. Oh, and your quilts? Bee-yoo-ti-ful! I too am ready for fall. Happily here it has already arrived :o)!