Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Quilting practice

I've been practicing free motion quilting on my sewing machine, doing lots of doodling on a piece that I'm hoping to turn into an art doll. Some of my favorite motifs:

Heart quilting

Peace sign quilting

Cub Scout Camp 2008

We spent Memorial Day weekend at Cub Scout family camp, on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. We've had a bit of flooding around here (due to lots of winter mountain snow that hadn't done a lot of melting until now), and the lake was quite high, but it didn't much interfere with a fun weekend.

Ross could hardly wait to get to the BB gun range. Last year, he missed earning his shooter's patch by one point. He got a chance to practice last summer, so now he was ready to try again.

Getting ready to shoot

Listening to safety instructions from the rangemaster....

Chris and Ross at gun range

Getting some sighting help from Dad....

Scoring the BB gun target

Getting his target scored.... At last, he scored enough points to earn his patch! We were all pretty excited.

We were more relaxed than last year. We knew what to expect and coped with the schedule better, and Ross didn't have homework hanging over his head this year. Also, we were fortunate to be with a group of super nice folks!

Other photographic moments from the weekend:

Flag ceremony

Coming down the bouncy slide

Ross with metal puzzle

And, I did manage to work on some artsy stuff, as well.

Droplets on leaves (off center)

(There are lots of new photos in my Flickr account, if you're interested.)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Thank you!

I am honored that inkberryblue has presented me this award:

She awards it "for her quietly beautiful photographs. I love the way she captures the wonder of the world around her". One of my aims is to point to the beauty of life, so I am thrilled that I am succeeding, at least a little. And I must say, her blog is a delight -- fun photos, crochet and other projects.

I'd like to give this award to: GreenishLady, for inspired and inspiring writing; The Lone Beader, who is an awesome, intense, yet playful bead artist; Nonizamboni at Peacock Blue, who writes about (and sketches and photographs) a lovely hodgepodge of things; and Liz Elayne at be present, be here, who writes with heart-breaking tenderness and honesty, and shows us her lovely, lovely fabric creations. My week is not complete without reading these blogs. Thank you for your work!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

All City Track and Field Meet

Ross has been participating in track and field this season, and today was the last meet -- the all-city meet. Each kid got to do 3 events, plus a relay. Ross wanted to do the field events, long jump and javelin, so he only ran in the 100 meter dash, plus he was the 3rd leg on his 4 x 100 relay team.

We've had a cold spring, but in the last couple of days, the temperature has soared, and today was pushing 90 degrees. Too hot for a track meet! But the kids stayed hydrated and found shade where they could. I was really glad that Ross wasn't running any distance races today. Here, he's running the 100 meter dash.

Ross running the 100 meter dash

Chris got a couple of good shots of him at the javelin event. Notice that they use a plastic, "turbo" javelin, instead of the real thing.

Ross holding javelin

Ross with javelin

The long jump was in a separate area, away from the stands, so we didn't get to watch him. We were delighted that he placed 6th! Way to go, Ross! His dad was a track guy (mostly high jump and hurdles), so maybe he needs to start coaching Ross on technique....

6th place!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The wordless part of this Wednesday

Tulip close-up


Inspired by this post by GreenishLady ...

A few years ago, I was trying to come up with a business name. I didn't want it to be specific about what the company would be; I was looking for something generic, that would be fine for whatever I'd do. An umbrella for anything I could come up with.

I'd noticed that I liked those odd combination names, such as "blue rabbit," or "smoking onion." I thought vegetables would be fun, and I quickly decided upon tomato. Not only do I love to grow and eat tomatoes, I also like the play on words, since a "tomato" is slang for an attractive, "ripe" woman.

While doing the dishes one night, I started thinking about adjectives to go with tomato. My son loves cherry tomatoes, but "cherry tomato" just didn't have the zing I was looking for. But what if I changed it to "cheery"? That fit my upbeat personality, and it's playful, a twist on the expected. Perfect! Then I added "productions" -- very generic, but kind of official-sounding, too. Hence, Cheery Tomato Productions.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Another crazy week, but I can at least stop and photograph the flowers

There's a vacant house lot a couple of blocks from our house. Once upon a time, it must have had a house, because there is a very small rhubarb patch, and a lovely clump of grape hyacinths growing in the grass. Walking Ross home from school, I tried to capture the light coming through the plants. He humored me while I snapped away.

(Click on the photos for a larger view in Flickr.)

Grape hyacinths through a fence

Grape hyacinths and a rusty wire fence

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Spring cleaning

Spring is in full swing now. The tree leaves are popping out, an explosion of green everywhere. The flowers just keep getting prettier.

I have been a busy beaver, catching up on mounds of housework. On Thursday, we're hosting a party for the seniors in Chris' department. Company is good incentive to clean. It may not look like much to you, but this is the cleanest my "nook" has looked in months. Before, you couldn't see the tabletops at all.

Ross had some playful inspiration the other day. He decided to create a sculpture with items in our bathroom:

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Ross' birthday party

(I would have posted this sooner, but we've been dealing with a computer virus this week. More annoying than malicious, but it's kept me from working on my blog and photos.)

Birthday cake

We celebrated Ross' birthday with a bowling party last Saturday. Bowlers in action -- Ross:

Ross bowling

His best friend Christopher (his mom, Angela, is behind him):

Christopher bowling

Kaitlyn, then her little sister, Courtney:

Kaitlyn bowling
Courtney bowling


JD bowling

A concentrating Chris (my husband):

Chris bowling

Jason and Leo (JD's dad and brother) were watching the fun.

Jason and Leo

Here's the crew, eating cake.

The birthday crew eating cake

Behind the kids are Patricia (Leo's mom) and Holly, the girls' mom.

There are some other pictures on my Flickr site, if you're interested.

The kids are good bowlers -- better than me, anyway! I won't bowl without the bumpers in the gutters anymore. It saves much frustration. A good time was had by all.