On Wednesday, a three day coastal storm left us with a light dusting of snow on the mountains ... what a wonderful way to end the month of September. I don't know where the month of September went ... am grateful I take a lot of photos ... I enjoy looking back at them ... and occasionally finding that I did actually accomplish a few things! ;-)
Such as progress on my Farm Girl Vintage quilt! Today is a party day ...
... here in DillyDallydom!
We are celebrating ...
... the completion of the 6 inch blocks ...
from Farm Girl Vintage! Woo-Hoo!
I have successfully participated ...
... in my first online "sew-a-long"!
It was so inspiring to see the progress of others ...
... from all corners of the world! Having this shared experience motivated me as well! When life got in the way, and I would fall behind, I couldn't wait to catch up! The last block was this cute little sheep ... one of the cheerleaders got so excited ... she is doing the happy dance on her sewing table!
With Nissa around ... it is impossible to lay the blocks out on the floor! ;-) The assistance of 4 paws and one very wet nose can complicate things! So I squeezed them all onto the dining table ... but you get the idea! This project was sew dang fun! I am grinning from ear to ear today!
My Farm Girl finish was a wonderful way to begin October! Love my silly, quilty dillydally life!
Do what you love. Do the Happy Dance! Do dillydally!
Sometimes ... the stars are just in alignment ... and things happen that have nothing much to do with anything we've done ... they are just meant to be.
Nissa's arrival day!
For example ... when this little girl adopted us ... it wasn't expected ... there were no plans! I've learned in my life to accept things outside my control ... the hardships and the blessings! This furball ... Nissa ... definitely falls in the "blessing" category! Something else ... another blessing ... also new to DillyDallydom arrived a few days after ... and recently I discovered I have neglected to introduce it here on the blog! Yikes! I guess having a puppy in the house has absorbed what braincells energy I have available! ;-)
Here's how the stars fell into alignment ... it was the last evening of the DillyDally Trail ... as we were traveling to the Columbia River Gorge for our dinner cruise, a Southeast MN QBee shared details with us about her family cabin on the Mississippi River. Like our cabin here in Alaska, her's doesn't have electricity either. She shared how she uses an antique hand crank sewing machine to piece while there! Brilliant! That is exactly what I need here on the Eyak River! I shared my thoughts and the Metro QBee said, "I have a friend who has one for sale!" She immediately called to make sure it was still available ... and I bought myself an antique hand crank while driving down the freeway! Yep ... it was meant to be ... another blessing!
The machine arrived a few days after Nissa ... we were crazy busy ... but I was so excited when it was delivered!
My biggest concern was damage during transit, but they had packed it well ...
... and it arrived safe and sound! I immediately named her Flora. As a child and young adult, one of my closest friends was a woman on a neighboring farm. Flora and her husband were empty nesters ... she was 20 years older than my mother and 10 years younger than my grandmother. Like them, she was a farm wife ... made of steel and generous with time and affection.
I would often ride my horse through the fields and visit Flora. She was always busy ... making things with her hands ... and would willingly welcome and involve me in what she was doing.
She was the only person in our rural area that still pieced quilts. We would trace around cardboard templates on fabric ... and when I was able to prove my accuracy, I was allowed to help cut them out with fabric shears.
Eventually I got to sew some of the pieces together. I spent many hours at Flora's kitchen table ... learning life's lessons ... she was a patient teacher ... and helped me pursue my love of handcrafts and textiles.
Flora was just the friend I needed at that time in my life ... while sewing and crafting together, I could talk to her about things I would have never discussed with my mother or grandmother! We could talk about everything ... family issues ... boys ... even sex! Flora was a great listener ... open minded ... intelligent ... and patient. She quietly helped me successfully navigate the trials of adolescence.
This is a casual snapshot taken right before our wedding reception in 1981... Flora is the woman on the right, my great aunt Marty is on the left. They served coffee during the reception ... these two were the only women in my childhood who were active quilters. I have such fond memories of my time with Flora ... and I am so grateful for the many ways she influenced my life ... she was such a blessing!
It is in her honor that I refer to the "new to me" machine as Flora. I have never used a hand crank ... so I immediately set the machine up and explored how it functioned ... it performs beautifully! I brought out my current "leaders and enders" to work on while Nissa napped ... it was such fun!
Short seams like this patchwork unit requires is perfect for this machine! Today, I finally got around to checking on where and when this machine was made. My heart skipped a beat when I found out that this machine was built the same year my dear friend Flora was born ... 1910.
Yep ... the stars are in alignment ... this machine was meant to be in my life ... I am grateful ... I feel blessed. I look forward to the many adventures this Flora and I will have!
Yesterday ... was ... one of ... those ... days! As my followers on facebook know ... we had a another huge coastal storm! No problem ...
... I am a champ at creating my own sunshine! Yep ... I had a list of things to be accomplished ... and ... seriously ... not one of them happened! I just could not get my self-made sun to shine. You see ... my laptop crashed! I spent hours ... using every trick I knew ... no success!
Yep ... I will lose a lot of content and work that was in progress ... oh the pain! I finally accepted the facts (at 2:00 pm) and found my resolve to improve the day.
I had a great idea ... baking would make the house smell wonderful and improve the mood here in DillyDallydom! I made a pumpkin pie ... the house smelled wonderful ... all seemed to be improving! Last night I cut a piece for the Mr. and I ... one bite and YUCK! I had forgotten to add the sugar! Apparently ... I lost the ability to bake yesterday too! ;-)
So today ... these photos are brought to you by Google images ... and I think I will do as this photo suggests ... and drown myself in hot cocoa (hopefully I am still able to boil water) with colorful marshmallows! So I am in a forced time out ... until my laptop is running again ... you'll only find me on instagram and facebook. Of course ... in the big picture ... my silly problems are completely insignificant. So today my plan is to be grateful ... and find that silver lining! ;-)
Here in our remote corner of the plant, this past week was overshadowed by a huge coastal storm system that resulted in nearly five days (all 24 hours) of high winds and very heavy rain. On top of that I substituted at the high school all four work days! Both resulted in big challenges for Nissa! She had to spend the majority of the day alone ... and this was her first coastal storm! We discovered that she prefers a "stay-at-home" mom and doesn't like to do her "potty business" in the rain! Facing reality it tough for everyone ... puppies too! Of course she did just fine ... but puppies are by nature overly dramatic! Lots of puppy hugs and kisses when I got home!
All week long we were watching the weather forecast very carefully ... we had plans to go to the cabin on Saturday and hoped Mother Nature would cooperate!
It was raining lightly when we left the boat landing and began the 20 minute ride.
Nissa makes us giggle ... a water dog that doesn't like the water ... at least when it is coming from the sky ... silly girl!
At the cabin she can be off leash ... she goes crazy at full speed! Before long she was soaked to the skin, hungry and tired! After a big serving of puppy food, we dried her off and wrapped her in her very own cabin blanket!
We all went to bed at 11:00 pm ... Miss Nissa slept until 8:30! Her first overnight was very successful! It was wonderful to be welcomed to the day with this view! Mother Nature came through on her promise!
This is the view behind our cabin. Scott Glacier is on the left and Sherman is on the right.
There are a number of cabins along the river where ours is located. We went for a walk to visit some neighbors!
"Mom! Stop taking pictures and hurry up!"
Gosh ... we love this place ... things are so simple here. Nissa loves it too!
It was a beautiful autumn day ... the boat ride home was gorgeous!
Back at the landing ... reality hits again ... puppy is unhappy to be back on leash.
This humble, modest, and rustic one room cabin is filled with wonderful memories! And this weekend we added the memory of Nissa's first overnight! Time spent at the cabin is the best possible way to dillydally!