Sunday, July 29, 2018


Although I threatened to stay away until August I thought I'd post another update on my hiatus in case I get wrapped up in work and forget.

Summer is my favorite time of year, and it's not disappointing this time around at Casa PBW. We have lots of rain, but we also have lots of green (everywhere), bask-worthy sunshine (mornings) and nice, breezy evenings when we walk to soak up all the splendor down by the lake (3-4 times a week.) I took this shot of a park fountain on one of those occasions and I think it's the prettiest pic I've taken all year.

Still busy with work and family stuff, but who isn't? I've also shed eight more pounds over the last couple of months. I might just reach my ultimate weight-loss goal to take off fifty pounds total before 2019. We'll see.

I've figured out some things, too. I finally discovered something about the work and me that I never realized, and it's shed new light on so many things that have puzzled me over the last twenty years. Sadly, not why Times New Roman is suddenly easier for me to read. Was it the laser surgery? Am I more focused? Did someone change the font to easier-reading and not send me the memo? Alas, I have no answers. Anyway, what that revelation has done is put to rest my concerns over things I never understood anyway, but assumed I should. Makes my writing life much simpler, always a desirable thing.

If you follow my Tumblr blog you've likely seen these pics of my finished Zen garden quilt:

Eight weeks of hand-quilting in circles every night, and yes, it still looks like Minecraft. But I'm quite happy that I conquered my doubts and fears and made it. Now I know, and knowing is so much better than wondering.

I'll be back to posting in mid-to-late August. Until then, enjoy your summer.


  1. Pretty picture! Thanks for sharing it. And that's a great quilt. it kind of makes me happy just looking at it. =o)

  2. Beautiful quilt! Well done!

  3. Happy summer, Lynn! I love that fountain and your quilt. And I'm fond of Times New Roman myself. :-)

  4. I love your quilt! I've never tried hand-quilting. I'm afraid mine are all done with a sewing machine. After seeing yours though, maybe I'll have to give hand-quilting a try!

  5. Anonymous8:18 PM

    Writing life simpler? Good stuff.
    Beautiful quilt.
    Ron Bruce

  6. It is the hottest summer ever here in Germany and I am glad my work of place is a very old building (17 th century). Getting up very early, get things done and spend the rest of the day in the shade, more work when the sun is down- yeah for trust based working hours. I admire your hand-quilting. It looks super neat and hand-quilted always looks different, more dynamic, more depth...not sure how to describe it. Have a great summer und viele Grüße aus Deutschland - Susanne

  7. It's nice to see the post - love the photographs. I'd be interested to know what you learned about losing the weight that has worked for you. I'll be sending a child down to your state soon - glad to hear the weather has been nice. :)

  8. Since I don't know Minecraft, I am free to enjoy your quilt on its own merits. And I do!

  9. That is an awesome quilt! I love the green. Its unique and different.


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