Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love child

Happy Birthday to the girl who stole our hearts 31 years ago today ...

3 year old Meg with new baby sister Melissa (1986)


Melissa Reid (14 months old)




Monday, February 13, 2017

Ashes of roses

Here's the result of yesterday's dye trial where I was hoping to achieve a pale blush color ...


Madder dye extract at 3% WOF (weight of fiber) with an overdye of Himalayan rhubarb extract dye bath that had already been used to dye another batch of cloth (called an exhaust bath maybe?)

Just for grins, I laid the spiraled petals on top of yesterday's handkerchief blossom ...


Hmmm. Well, I'll see what my daughter thinks before I start stitching anything down.

Meantime, my phone calls to Members of Congress were actually answered by staff today (unlike last week when the calls about Betsy DeVos brought voice mails systems to their figurative knees). I particularly liked this piece from the Houston Chronicle, which gave me a chuckle or two ...

The more I read, the more I'm convinced that phone calls are the most effective means of lobbying, short of a face-to-face meeting or town hall setting. So I'm determined to keep calling as often as possible. 

Ending on a positive note, today is the last day of this old shed ...


It looks okay in this picture, but the wood was rotting and everything in it was moldy, rusty, or both due to humidity. So we paid Junk Dogs to break it down and haul it away to recycling ...


leaving us with a much better view ...


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Showing up

Cloth first. I'm in the process of auditioning cloth blossoms for a baby quilt. The most recent effort (which does not yet have a center to conceal the gathering), was made from vintage handkerchiefs ...


Close up ...


and back ...


Now I'm auditioning some possible dye colors to pull everything together, so stay tuned for more.

Meanwhile, we continue to ramp up our political activity. The College Democrats at Texas State University planned a coffeehouse meeting with Joaquin Castro, the U.S. Representative to Texas District 20, which is not our district, unfortunately ...


Fortunately for us, word got out and a few extra folks showed up (ourselves included). This was my Facebook post afterwards ...


I also took Marti's advice and found the local chapter of Indivisible for our congressional district, added them to my KINDRED SPIRITS list (TX21 Indivisible), then printed a copy of this guide (https://www.indivisibleguide.com/) ...


which has very common sense suggestions written by former congressional staffers who witnessed the impact of the Tea Party firsthand ... and took notes.

Last, but not least. I previously mentioned signing up for Facebook posts by my members of Congress, the GOP, and my local state representatives. It's been an eye-opening experience to say the least.

Today the Republican National Committee posted this on Facebook ...


Unfortunately for them, one person commented ...


So I looked it up and found ...


Here's the Quote Investigator link if you're interested in learning more: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/07/14/life-years-count/

I also posted an alternate quote  suggestion to the RNC ...


Last I checked, they hadn't taken me up on it.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Madness?

There has been much gnashing of teeth as I have plunged into the darkness that is Facebook. I am now following a ridiculous number of echo chambers, liking and commenting and spending far too much time.

But there is some gold to be mined. Take this image from altNPS.org ...


A commenter (is that a word?) questioned its veracity, but I replied "Yes, I remember this." I will use this image when I send a letter to my Congressman, Lamar Smith, who is the chair of the House committee on Science, Space and Technology.

And I'm creating my own text rather than simply sharing other people's links. Here's one ...


It was sent directly to Ted Cruz's constituent comment site, but also copied onto his Facebook wall. I'm "following" my members of Congress in order to leave civil comments when I disagree with them. As a result, I've been called snowflake and cupcake and libtard by some of those responding to my comments. I refuse to rise to the bait and stick to civil replies, or none at all (why dignify their comments?)

Sadly, I see similar incivility in comments from those I agree with. I'm trying my best to stay out of the mud myself, but I have to admit I do have some guilty moments of uncontrolled laughter.

I've also found an artistic outlet for my angst thanks to this post from Grace at Windthread. Called Threads of Resistance, I'm not at all sure how I'm going to fit this in, but I commend it to your attention if you have the inclination ...


The logo/link is also displayed in the column to the right and the blog has been added to KINDRED SPIRITS.

Not all my time has been spent on politics, however. There's a holiday coming up, so I once again did handmade cards with Griffin for his preschool class. This year I asked him to write his name, then impressed the reverse image onto a bit of foam tray saved from the grocery store ...


and stamped it onto the back of each of his cards ...


Sweet.