What Does a Dog Think About?

What does a dog think about?

Henry and Josie, the Airedales, were in the driveway when I was getting out of my car the other morning. They looked like they were thinking deeply about something.

Here’s Henry contemplating his shadow.

A dog across the street? The weather? Breakfast?

Let the day begin.


A Blanket, A Pillow, A Chair

You can drape a blanket over the back of a chair or two, add a pillow in the floor. Enter the tent you’ve created.

Magical half light.

Accompanied by a soft, huggable toy bear. Liftoff to space. A cabin in the woods. A racecar or castle. Whatever, wherever you wish it to be.

Throwback Thursday September 1916

Marian Van Sickle Robert E. Van Sickle John R. Van Sickle. My mother with the parasol and her brothers. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the twins are.

Durand, Illinois September 1, 1916

1984 Quilt Started With a National Geographic Map

We lived in Clarion PA in 1981 and I created this State Capitals Quilt for my 5 year old son Mark ( he’ll turn 43 next month). Bicentennial baby. My grandmother actually knit a red white and blue Afghan to match.  Anyway, Mark  learned all the capitals of the states at an early age thanks to my dad. It’s fun to hear a two year old say “Sacramento.”

I’ve seen the quilt in grandson Michael’s and also in Jack’s room but today it was hanging over the banister  here in Ohio so thought I’d post it.

I used a National Geographic map as the template for the states, machine  appliquéing them onto the squares in the order they entered the union. Delaware and Maryland  State the First square. I embroidered the capital on each. Texas and Alaska are on a different Scale so they’d fit onto the their square. I wish I knew how many miles to the inch  The last square I embroidered a bit of the Nation’s Capital.

Then my Aunt Rhea and my cousin Beth (both whom have passed)  took it to their church quilting group in Illinois and the group hand quilted it, completing in 1984. We were living in Germany that year. I can’t remember having it there but must have been reunited with it in 1986 when we moved stateside to Kentucky.

Headed to the Car Last Saturday

A Six Word Saturday. From Columbus Ohio

Leaving the Franklin Park Conservancy last Saturday afternoon after a nice lunch at the Cafe of macaroni and cheese or the grilled cheese sandwich. See the next photo


We saw Mark the Bugman http://www.bugs.org/ who offered some worms sautéed in olive oil. I couldn’t hear the species as there was a lot of excitement and noise from all the children attending the presentation. I spoke with a mom who said she tasted the olive oil primarily. I thought I should sample one but just couldn’t. Help yourself.

Showing off the giant egg sac of the Praying Mantis.

 

Universal Remedy

Universal remedy. Hot soup.

(or a different soup recipe if Veg or GF)

My DIL made Chicken Soup in her Insta-Pot.

Under the weather? Feeling a chill? A little blue? Just hungry? Maybe you’re not even sure what ails you. Or you’re in the pink.

I heartily recommend a good bowl of hot soup.