I have always loved September. For 41 years, September was the start of my year. Back to school! I loved school so much. Loved being a student, loved being a teacher, loved being a parent with students going back to school. My first September as an administrator, I was sad that I didn’t have bulletin boards to decorate or back to school packets to make. But I found so many things I loved about being an administrator too. And now, it is time to find things to love about being retired.
I started this first not-going back to school season by pulling out a box with a in progress quilt. I bought the pattern for this quilt when I went to the Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon – maybe 10 years ago? The pattern was $1. It took me a few years to gather the fabric. Then a few more to get started. When most of your sewing needs to fit into that small summer break window, it takes some time to make progress. When I opened the box, I found 56 finished blocks and enough fabric cut for another 18. I stitched those up quickly and decided I wanted a slightly larger quilt. Today I cut enough fabric for another 18 blocks and tomorrow I can get those stitched.
I had fun watching the MMD Fall Preview. Oh my – so many good books coming out. I finished Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and started The Color of Compromise. And I am thinking I want to re-read the Marilynne Robinson books (Gilead, Home, and Lila) before her new book is published.
I am on the hem of my Yokey Dokey and was thinking I might finish the body of another sweater this week. That means I would have four sleeves to knit over the next few weeks. Is that a crazy idea? It would be nice to have two finished sweaters before we enter sweater weather.