Apart from a Cork Poppers gathering (post on that coming soon -- we tasted some great Spanish reds) life has been mostly odds and ends -- appointments, daily tasks and a few fun surprises.
At the top of the surprise list was the arrival of this wonderful quilt from Carole of From My Carolina Home. She had a sale last summer and I couldn't resist this cheerful (and beautifully made) piece -- and she thankfully held it for me till my return from the lake in September.
I decided to put it where I could see it all the time, taking a page out of Debra's book on Common Ground and using it on the sofa. (That makes it handy for when I want to wrap up in it, too!) Thank you, Carole!
My friend Laura has several King Charles Cavalier spaniels -- she used to breed them. She asked if I could take some photos and it was a delightful photo shoot!
She has four and they were pretty good posers that lovely afternoon.
But this is the guy that won my heart!
Breaking away from my walk-the-ditch routine, I took a long walk on MSU's campus and encountered a tree for the first time that must have been there when I was at school 50 years before!
Look how it grows both up and flat! Someone on Facebook said it was a myrtle tree. Who knew? I just was fascinated by it.
And, on the subject of nature, there was the super moon... at night...
... and in the morning.
I've been getting things together for my November sale. 10 new notecard designs arrived and I was going through paintings. I'm not sure if I shared these on the blog before. Here's my girl....
.... and a different-for-me Bird in Paradise, inspired by a Lucia Layfield of Wild Ink.
I finally finished this violin and mandolin, which took an awfully long time. I may turn this one into notecards too.
Rick left for the lake, doing a three-day ride. His buddy Bill rode part of the first day with him. I always like it when he rides with someone!
I returned to the lake too -- and we'll have another postcard soon. I'm waiting for some good color which is a bit late this year!
See you soon!