The gardeners were here this week. After years of doing it ourselves, we finally pay to have the pruning done. Worth.every.single.penny.
Done for another year. Don't let those other leaves in the background fool you--they are from another tree. This fruitless multiple is down to the bare nubs. But the cycle will repeat itself next spring.
Our church holds a Halloween carnival every year.
Yoda my name is...
Can't leave out our church staff--it was the year of the gnome.
My father celebrated his 85th birthday with a special birthday lunch with some nieces and nephews, organized by his sister--his only remaining sibling out of 14 altogether. Mark and Aaron were working, but Christa, the kids and I were able to attend.I think Papa was especially happy to have these three help him celebrate! We'll be celebrating again on Sunday, with just our family. Happy birthday!
After the marathon, we had brunch at one of our favorite places, Batter Up. It's a really busy place so there is a whiteboard where the kids can draw while waiting to be seated and served. Charlotte was so busy writing, and when we finally paid attention, it was kind of shocking--in a good way, I mean. She labeled it "math wall" at the top. Then she started doing subtraction. In a pattern. 1020-1020 = 0, 2030-2030= 0, 3040-3040=0, all the way to 1819-1819=0. But not only that, she had a pattern going with the colored markers she was using!! She is 6. We were amazed.
I have been a painting and decorating and DIY-ing maniac the last couple of weeks. I'll save more of the before and after photos for a separate post. Monday I painted our bedroom. When we moved an armoire, we found this on the floor. Never seen it before. Have no clue where it came from. Looks like a class ring from 1925. Such a mystery...
And in quilting news, I was contacted by an Australian quilting magazine back in March. They were doing an article on selvages so I answered some questions and submitted some pictures. And forgot about it. Until the magazine arrived in the mail this week!
I'll end by soliciting a vote for my quilt Blogger's Quilt Festival, where my "One in Every (Kona) Color" is one of five finalists in the Favorite Rainbow Quilt category. I'd love to have your vote, although the hard part is that my good friend, Rene', is competing in the very same category! There were some outstanding quilts this time (as always!), so if you haven't checked it out, it will be well worth your time!
What random things have been going on in your world?