We have not seen our lion since Thanksgiving, but on 4 December, two lions together were spotted at Patagonia Lake State Park 6 miles south of us. The creek on the preserve dumps into that lake with ranches in between. It is unknown if these 2 cats were siblings, mother and offspring, or mates. Hmm, maybe ours went for a visit.
|Apparently in other areas of the nation a few cats are also near humanity.|
The hills are dry, so the deer, javelina, lions, and other critters are staying near the water source and food supply. I have a feeling there will be more sightings before we leave here.
|Motion sensor activated wildlife camera shot across the creek, |
about 100 - 150 yards from the motor home.
When I finished this book, I felt sad and depressed. I did not get my usual warm-fuzzy feeling from listening to each newcomer's life story sprinkled with moments of quilting. I feel like Jennifer has lost her quilting muse. Instead of quilting, I got Jennifer's views on our bad economy, uninformed government/taxpayers, and misguided social values. I agree with some of her opinions, but that is not why I bought this book.
According to part of the description from Amazon: featuring not only well-loved characters but also intriguing newcomers, The Giving Quilt will remind us all: Giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile.
I thought there would be at least one quilter sharing a Project Linus experience as a donor or as a founder for their region or even as a receiver. Instead, each quilter mulled over their own problems - a little too lengthy at times. What about the problems of the "giving quilt" receivers? Where were their stories? Am I wrong to think a child battling a life-threatening illness has bigger problems than a woman in a guild battling a member's bad attitude and short funding the guild?
I bought this book to enjoy some special moments with quilters and making quilts for children in need. I was very disappointed. My suggestion is that you read some of the reviews - good and bad before you decide to buy " The Giving Quilt".
On the Cutting Board
While listening to "The Giving Quilt", I have been keeping myself busy with different quilt projects. My latest quilt project has been layered and pinned. I will sew this one on the machine. I am hoping to have a couple of quilts ready for Project Linus by the time I leave here.
Project Linus website has a list of drop-off locations as well as contact and chapter information. I found several drop-off locations in Tucson.
This is a mini quilt or wall hanging by Nancy Halvorsen. I just love her designs! This is one of those projects that I hate to finish because I am enjoying the process as well as the outcome. I think I am going to add some fringe to the scarfs....and maybe a little puff ball to the end of the pink hat. Oh! and hand-stitch quilting! That'll take a little more time.
I wonder what it is about making snowmen that I find so enchanting. I know I don't like being in the snow to make a real snowman. Brrr!