Happy Mother's Day to all! We all had mothers, after all, and some of us are mothers. I feel very lucky that my mom is still vital at age 94. Still driving, attending classes, going swimming, and buzzing around. I rarely call her because she's never home! She uses a walker when she's out, just for stability, but it's hard to keep up with her nonetheless. At right are Mom and Paul at a park near Denver last fall.
It's raining here today (what else is new?), so we won't be grilling or gardening. Yesterday I did do a little gardening and hope to do some planting during the week. There are a few places in the yard that could use some new perennials. I would like to plant dahlias and iris, too, near the house where the soil is less than optimal. Last year I had tomatoes there, but I'm going to use pots for those this year. I like to go to the garden stores during the week, so if I get a chance, I'll do that. We don't plant vegetables until around Memorial Day here anyway, so even though I'd like to plant, it's good to wait.
Yesterday I finished appliqueing the wool piece and squared it off. I'm setting it aside while I work on a small Rail Fence Diamond quilt using what's left of a jelly roll. Everyone in one of my guilds received one from a rep of Quilting Treasures, and it's been fun to see what folks do with them. I'm using a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co. (https://quiltingtutorials.com/tutorial/make-an-easy-fence-rail-diamond-quilt-quilting-quickly-with-jenny), with black diamonds. My goal is to have a piece small enough to practice quilting in a spiral with my walking foot.
Chris helped me gather and load miscellaneous junk around the house to take to the town-wide bulk trash day yesterday, and he'll come over at noon to join Paul and me for lunch at the Chinese. Eating Chinese food is a long-time family tradition. Dad used to boast that he could feed our whole family of six for $10, so we used to go for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and any other special day. For dessert we'll go home for a blueberry pastry I made yesterday with refrigerated puff pastry dough. That was so easy that I'll be working with it again soon.