An Excellent Day!

But first! I have other things to share with you. My blog life is somewhat divided. I have this blog, and then I have my quilting blog. But sometimes things overlap. I have been working for the past month on a big event. I was invited to teach my quilted embroidery and be the “guest artist” at Quilting in the Garden, which is held at one of my favorite nurseries, Alden Lane. I wrote about the event over on my quilting blog, in case any of you want to see more. It was a wonderful experience. Getting to share 40 of my quilts with the hundreds of people who came through was really special.

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Here is part of my quilt display in their greenhouse:

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My sister came over to the quilt show and brought me two huge boxes of velvets and silks. When I got home, I went through them and divided them into 4 piles: for me, for my BF Robin, for the thrift store, and for the garbage. The garbage pile got thrown on the floor, and Sophie claimed it. “My treasure,” she says. This is what she does when anything new and even semi-soft lands on the floor. She sat on that pile for hours, until I finally picked it up and put it in the garbage. Don’t feel sorry for her, there are only about six dog beds that she can choose from to sleep in.

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Chloe was Robin’s favorite when she visited. And so I started sending her a morning snapshot of Chloe, especially because I won’t let her get in my lap in the morning, and she does her best to get as close as possible–she must be touching me.

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Okay, so today…. The day started out bright and early at 7am when Kevin arrived (MLG) to help with some chores. My neighbor (who’s been my neighbor for 29 years) is moving, and so she offered me some furniture. I don’t really have that much room, but I like this pine chest. It will be nice to have a place to display a few things without them needing to be dusted all the time.

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And this green leather chair with wood carving–her parents brought it from Italy! Its so beautiful, I couldn’t resist. I’m not a huge fan of green, but its not a bad green. I had to move some furniture around yesterday to get these things to fit in my house.

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Then it was on to other chores. My neighbor also gave me a LOT of oak wood for my wood stove. Kevin measured it at one and three-quarters cords! I am all set for winter this year! While Kevin was working on that, I decided that this was the day to clean out the chicken house. It didn’t actually smell bad (when it gets wet is when it smells bad) but I wanted to clean it out before the rains come. It was a big job, and I was exhausted when I was done. But it looked so nice with fresh shavings on the floor. Later in the afternoon I ran out to see if the chickens were enjoying their clean house. This is what I saw–they kept coming in and out the door and staring at the floor. I texted Shelley a picture and she came up with the perfect caption: “THE FLOOR IS LAVA!!” Silly chickens.

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And then I turned around and looked at my nest boxes again. I WAS SO EXCITED when I realized that one of my chickens laid her first egg. I had just been telling Kevin that two of them were early egg layers and might start at four months (which is exactly how old they are now.)

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Its such a nice little egg.

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And then I came back inside and pretty much did nothing for the rest of the afternoon 🙂

 

12 thoughts on “An Excellent Day!

  1. Lots of stuff in this post. That chair!!!! I want it. I’m not a big fan of the green leather, either, but it’s beautiful!

    You are such an artist, Debby. Your quilts are stunning.

    • Everyone seems to like the chair. She actually had two of them, and I only took one. I kind of hope she keeps the other as a memento of her parents travels.

      Awww, thanks so much Lori.

  2. That chair is so pretty! And I love that pine hutch – I’ve wanted a hutch to put in my kitchen for years now but I never can make myself pull the trigger and buy one.

    What a sweet little egg!! How exciting!

    And you know I love your quilts – that’s awesome that you got to do that!

    • I was SOOO excited about the egg!

      I used to want a pine hutch so badly about 30 years ago. But kind of forgot about it. So its fun to have this one.

  3. That is indeed a very good day! I love the green chair! I love green inside and out. We share the same taste in slippers, I have the very same pair. When I first put them on I have an awwwwww moment. LOL. Free lovely furniture, fabric and a first egg makes a very good day!

  4. So much fun in this post! I suspect Sophie looks at the fabric you gave her (and yes that’s exactly what you did when you threw it onto the floor, her territory) much like how Dobby was in the Harry Potter series, when he was given a sock. Basically you’ve freed her now. 😉

    Your chickens are still making me laugh – I hope they eventually decided the floor was safe to walk on. And I still think you had an early visit from the Easter bunny with that egg…

    I’m on team green chair along with everyone else here today – it’s such a gorgeous shade of green, and the wood carving is really nice. Of course that pine hutch is perfect and I can’t wait to see how you style it! So fun to get new furniture.

    Finally, the Chloe pictures are killing me, especially the one where she’s not only got her chinny-chin-chin on your leg, but also her paw…edging closer and closer to sitting on you. So cute!

    • Yes, I think the chickens finally decided the new floor was okay. I checked on them when I closed their door at night, and most were on their roosts, and it looked like they had scratched around in the shavings a bit…

      Now I’ll have to review the Harry Potter movies to see about Dobby.

      Chloe is a very sweet, if somewhat excitable little girl. She does get to sit next to me every evening, so she is not deprived totally 🙂

  5. The pictures of Chloe with her chin on you – I’m just melting – and laughing. She is so cute.

    How nice of your neighbor to offer you furniture and that you were able to find some things you like. I agree about the chair – and green is not my color either – but it’s such a nice chair.

    I’ll echo others about your quilts. They are simply gorgeous and you are an artist (say that like ar- teest when you read this.)

  6. The pictures of Chloe with her chin on you – I’m just melting – and laughing. She is so cute.

    How nice of your neighbor to offer you furniture and that you were able to find some things you like. I agree about the chair – and green is not my color either – but it’s such a nice chair.

    I’ll echo others about your quilts. They are simply gorgeous and you are an artist (say that like ar- teest when you read this.)

  7. I wanted to come to your show so badly….just a bit too far for me most days. How did the class go? I wanted to come to that too…you filled up so fast!
    I agree with everybody about Chloe, the egg, the new furniture, and your quilts.
    I remember cleaning the chicken house too, about 20 years ago. I had two “outdoor dogs” at the time and they slept in their half of the chicken house in the hay when it stormed. Warmer than their dog house. They smelled so sweet after sleeping in the hay!

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