Friday, January 01, 2010

It has been a while since I blogged last

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Mine was as I had imagined it would be dispite it really not being my usual. It did not feel like Christmas to me. Gone was the traditional Christmas day brunch, gone were small children, peppermints and a Christmas tree. The only thing that stayed the same was Mid-night Mass. I did not weep for what used to be. Rather I enjoyed the change this move to Florida has brought.
Palm trees wrapped in lights and snapdragons amid the poinsetta planted outside still takes me aback.Not to forgo all of my traditions I brought a potted poinsetta for the season, but I do not miss the cold and the snow.
Part of Christmas day was spent at the movies. My daughter Rene' and I saw, Sherlock Holmes and It's Complicated. The first was so-so and the second one was very good, funny. Love Meryl Streep.
My middle grandson, Justin arrived on Christmas morning and stayed until Tuesday morning. I drove him to air port to catch the 9:25 back to Louisville.
Rene' and I had Christmas dinner at TGIFriday because it was the only place open. Next year I will know to plan better. Mind you I did not say I would cook, just plan better.
On December 26th at 6:15 a.m. I drove Rene to the airport for an 8: am flight to Louisville and I drove back to the airport to get her on her return at 10:05 AM on Sunday morning. (fast trip.
I am working on another quilt for the exhibit and think this is the last one I can finish before I have to get all the paper work done; inventory list and artist statement, blah, blah, blah...Right now it is measuring about 45 inches wide by 60 or so long and will finish roughly that size..
My son Myke, his daughter Joslyn and my daughter in law Maryellen arrived on Monday evening from Rhode Island. It was wonderful having them here for three days and some odd hours. They left for the airport 2 hours ago.Their three hour flight will put them home at about nine this evening.
We saw 2010 in standing on the top level of the parking garage, 7 stories up where I could look down on the pool and the people who where using the hot tub. It was 67 degrees, ahhhhh. It was a great place to view all of the fireworks displays that were taking place at mid-night;in every direction you looked however, south toward Orlando was where the best one were shot off but there were other displays closer; Apopka, Casselberry, Maitland, and Winter Park for example.
Knowing Universal Studio theme park has a nightly fireworks display at 9PM we went up a little before nine to see how well we could see it from our vantage point and it was great, so we knew going up at mid-might would work out.
A close look at one of the flowers in my latest piece
Looking down from the top floor of the parking garage on New Years eve
A larger view of the latest piece
My daughter in law Mel
Grandaughter Joslyn, she's a Junior in HS and 18th in her class of over 300. (grandmotherly bragging)
To all who stop by to read my blog, Happy New Year and may it bring you all that you wish for.


Carol said...

I kept coming here looking for your new piece, and I'm speechless. These are stunningly beauatiful. Just like some good hard candy they look like.

Anonymous said...

A very Happy New Year to you too and best wishes for all your undertakings. Your new quilt is incredible, I am looking forward to the finished product. Wonderful!

Gerry said...

Juanita, I read this post yesterday and have been thinking about it ever since.
In my opinion, This is BY FAR your best work.
Please tell me - are the flowers thread art/free motion ?
Gerry in Jeff City

Anonymous said...

Wow, those flowers are beautiful! I look forward to reading your blog each day. When you take a break from blogging I look forward to your return because you always come back with something wonderful as you did this time. We are in below zero tempature here in Chicago but it feels like springtime viewing your latest work.

Karoda said...

Happy New Year Juanita! You are a great example of presenting "change" as a positive occurence in our lives and I love that about you! Hangeth in and keep on stitching!

Rayna said...

Juanita - your fleurs are spectacular, as usual. And of course you should be proud of your brilliant granddaugher!!
Enjoy the warm; I'll be in Fla next week and can't wait to get away from the bitter cold.
Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Susan Turney said...

Happy New Year, Juanita! I can't wait to see more of the newest quilt!!!