Long post...be brave.
Yes, I know it has been awhile. No reason other than living life and a nice quiet spell.
But, now let me get you caught up with some of my living...
The little husband and I always take an anniversary honeymoon. This year we went to Cincinnati, OH for an international quilt show. Yes, I know. He's a keeper! Here are a few of the quilts that spoke to me...but, I am not a quilter (yet?) so I was drawn to color and visual impact mostly. It was fun to watch the real quilters getting their eyes as close as possible without touching to check out, oh, whatever it is real quilters check out on each other's work. Me? I was just enjoying walking around with my sweetie.
Then, we moved to the other side of the convention center...vendors! It was interesting to me that I didn't see one wool appliqué quilt in the bunch, but there were plenty of wool vendors. You may have noticed that most of the quilts I loved could pretty easily be done in wool/felt...at least I think they could.
Behold the oh so colorful and delicious fruits of my shopping venture.
(sorry for the blurries)
Can you tell what colors I like best right now? Well, except for the blue - I don't like blue. But, sometimes I have a commission that needs some blue, so I bought some. Anyway, the rest of the colors are yummy, right? And the little felt balls?
We also went to the Krohn Conservatory for my little husband's part of the trip.
Ah, this trip fed my creative spirit.
Oh, and it fed my "be nice even though you are not happy and a bit frustrated" spirit. I booked a Marriott and it did not have micro wave or fridge (good thing we took the cooler), no free breakfast, no free internet, no free parking, no free newspaper! And it wasn't cheap...but it was beautiful and conveniently located! :-)
On Friday (last), my little husband had a little medical procedure or two. Good news: nothing showed up on either end. Other news: still don't know what is up with the liver. Just keep ruling things out. Waiting to know if/when we need a biopsy.
Ah, feeding my prayer life and trust in our God.
The following weekend (just past) I zoomed to Columbus for a Christian concert featuring Mandissa, Laura Story and Anita Renfroe who is so stinking funny you cry and maybe pee your pants just a little.
Ah, this trip fed me spiritually. Good friends, good time.
This week it has been all about bees. We have two top bar hives with two separate herds of bees with their own queens. Set them up and the weather turned cold...insulated the hives with newspapers as best we could. Most survived the first night. The second cold night a bear came to tip over the hives....both of them! Many bees died in the cold. There was no brood or no honey for the bear to get so he didn't destroy much after he realized that.
So the next 2 days my little husband and I did rehabilitation of the hives and tackled another new skill...electric fencing! That's kind of scary, huh?
Day one we set the hives back up, scooped up as many living bees as we could, covered some with newspaper for the night and started the fencing, but ran out of daytime, so we duct taped the bees in the hives and carried them into our new house...very sore arms, because you don't put the heavy and awkwardly big bee hives right next to the house, of course...they over nighted inside.
Day two we finished the fence after 6+ hours of working diligently pounding stakes, pulling wire (Have you noticed how wire has a mind of its own?), adding insulators, hanging the solar powered battery - the bees now have electric and we don't! -and carrying the heavy and awkwardly big hives back to their space. I spent a lot of time rescuing the random bees and putting them back in the hive...more resuscitated in the sunshine yesterday afternoon.
I'm not sure that I am cut out to be a bee rancher....very high mortality rate...like handfuls! I don't like it.
Day three...today...no bear got in last night, bees are flying in and out and even though the fence looks pretty ugly, I have decided that it isn't too bad for a couple of amateurs and it worked!
Tonight we have a freeze warning so the hives are covered in blankets. These poor bees have had a really rough start!
And what's one more picture in a blog this long? Here's our sweet Mercy girl....staying clear of the bees and worrying about us.
This feeds my 'mother' heart! Look at that face.
So much of our living is about feeding us, isn't it? So many of life's events nurture and sustain us.
Thanks for sticking with me this long. Maybe I should blog shorter more often, huh? I will try.