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Life is good here at the Drake's Nest. The wind is blowing ripples across the pond which in turn makes the sunbeams dance like so many diamonds whose reflections are thrown upon the walls and ceiling of my bedroom. Listening to the purring of my cat, SamWise, in the crook of my arm and the deep rythmic breathing of my wonderful husband beside me, all I can say is my heart is full.

My son came in from Maryland for an unexpected, but much welcomed, visit. He's here until Sunday, May 23rd when he leaves to go back to Maryland. He thinks by leaving before his birthday (May 24th) that he'll avoid a celebration of his 30th birthday! He's been working hard here plowing the garden to get it ready for planting, weeding the berry patch, pushing the raft around the pond to remove debree from the trees and bushes that surround it and painting and mudding my studio. He's a joy to have around and will be missed when he travels back to Maryland to attend University there. If there were jobs here in Michigan, he'd be going to school and living here! We keep praying that he'll change his mind and move back here where he belongs.

Yesterday went to Gaylord (2 hour drive) to have mammogram done and then went to Grayling (another 22 miles in the opposite direction from home) to go to the Icehouse Quilt Shop and get some "comfort" material to make up for the pain of the mammogram! ~2~ worked for me <LOL>. On the return trip home, I went uncomfortably close to a forest fire just outside of Grayling. Quite a scary experience as they were closing roads going in the direction I would have taken. Thank heavens for TomTom and finding me a safer route home. So far, the fire destroyed approximately 2000 acres.

Finished the mallard in flight water color quilt that is made up of 1" squares. Finishing up a bird fancy tree of bird houses which was started back in 1998 or so. I started it and completed the top while manning a raffle table at our quilt show at the Nevada Library and Archives. There were 10 ladies in my group and we put on a display of over 100 quilts and tops and antique quilts, plus made up a raffle table to earn money for our little group. We were part of 10 satellite shows of the NQA Quilt show that was held in Reno, Nevada. Trying to get lots of projects completed before I start new ones and they will be used to decorate my studio when it's completed.

Also managed to complete 3 baskets and 1 pine needle basket; a 5/8th inch teddy bear sitting on an over turned flower pot, a 1" teddy bear sitting on a stand, a fully jointed 2 1/2 inch bear and a 2 inch needle felted teddy bear. Other than that, haven't been busy at all.

Well, back to my fiber arts! My heart is full and my spirit soars on Eagle's wings.

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Comment by Terri D. on May 20, 2010 at 3:11pm
Oh Sandy, I'll keep DH in my prayers that he's kept safe while fighting the fire. I heard that the one by the Military Base was a controlled fire that got out of hand; they don't know what started the larger fire yet, from what I hear. Take care dear lady and let me know what's happening with the fire. Three miles from you is a little too close for comfort!
Comment by Terry F on May 20, 2010 at 7:20am
Oh, I want to see those little bears! Pleeeeeze?
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on May 19, 2010 at 7:23pm
Yes, Terri would love to see some pictures. How awful a forest fire is and we are afraid that we may have the same situation here this year. Hope not but just praying the rain comes and soaks the earth. Sandy sounds like it is pretty frightening for you. A little too close for comfort.
Comment by Sandy F. on May 19, 2010 at 12:52pm
Glad you are having a nice visit with your son. The fire has burned 7,520 acres. Dennis is out there fighting it. Very close to my house. People about 3 miles away were evcauated yesterday and still can't go back. they think about 20 homes have been burned down. Pray the wind doesn't pick up or turn. I had smoke and ashes here at my house yesterday.
Comment by Pam/NY on May 19, 2010 at 12:20pm
I would love to see your work in person...too far! Enjoy your son...
Comment by Connecting Threads on May 19, 2010 at 11:47am
Hi Terri, of COURSE you bought comfort fabric after your mammogram - isn't that what we do?

I would love to see your baskets and teddy bear! I'm a reformed basket weaver, once upon a time did them from pine needles too. I've always wanted to try the mini teddy bears, but my first attempt was a failure and I gave up.

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