I know I’ve asked that question many time before – but really! Here it is the middle of March – how does this happen?
So what have you been up to? Things have been pretty busy here. I’ve decided not to put in a garden this year. I spent so much time and money on last year’s garden, and I only got to harvest a few watermelon, 3 very tiny tomatoes and some beans. The deer ate the rest. I’m sure my neighbors will be sorry I’m not putting in the garden – the deer ate my veggies and left theirs alone last year! I was going to put in a bunch of herbs, but since I’ll be traveling over the next few months I decided that wasn’t a very wise choice either.
I’ve been quilting up a storm – and yet now accomplishing much. I’m working on 2 baby quilts now, Baby Boy is due in April and Baby Girl in May. These little ones aren’t part of my family, but their Mums are special. The first weekend in March my Mum and I met my Texas Sister in Dallas for the Dallas Quilt Show. We all had a good time, and discovered a new restaurant. If you’d like to see some of the quilts featured at the show, stop by my quilting blog, Quilt Gecko. We also found a wonderful place to have breakfast, Cafe Brazil. YUM! While there I “test drove” all of the long arm quilting machines that were there. I fell in love with Crown Jewel by Babylock. When I got home I found a dealer in Shreveport and yesterday Friday I paid them a visit.
The shop, Shreveport Sewing Center (link is to their FB page) has the CJ set up so I got to see it again. I spoke at length to the lady in charge of it. I want it so much, but the price tag is WAY more than I want to spend. I went back yesterday and spoke to them again. A young man (14 or so) was there and he put a quilt on the machine and quilted it. They rent the machine out at only $30/hour. So, I’m going to rent time on the machine to do my quilting and we’ll see where that goes.
In April I’ll be going to San Antonio to visit Chelsea and then to San Diego/El Centro to visit Steph and family. In May it’s back to San Antonio for Chelsea’s graduation (Master’s degree in computer science) and then to Georgia to celebrate grandson Gabe’s and Heather’s birthdays. In June I’ll be heading out to Nashville for a yoga retreat. I just LOVE being retired.
And I’ve decided to close my soap business. There is too many things going on in my life and you can’t run a business when you do a lot of traveling. I’ve got all my soaps on sale for $3/bar so if you are interested head over to the FB page or Etsy and stock up. The business will code at the end of March.
Yesterday I stopped by one of the home improvement stores and boy was it CROWDED! Apparently the shops have in the spring plants. So I headed over to my favorite nursery, Ellis Pottery, and had a blast. They have a huge space that is enclosed where they have their palms and other tropical plants. It is my favorite place to be (if they put a comfy chair in there I’m not sure I’d ever leave). I love these type of plants and while looking at them I thought it would be a great idea to get my back (east facing) porch in shape and have my own “palm house”. So I did. Here’s the result: