A porch swing for summer

For mother's day my request for Mark was to make me a porch swing. And he delivered in fine style. The porch swing was made of oak and black locust, which is very durable and rot resistant wood. The final design included one special feature I requested, a cup holder on the arm rest.  ... Continue Reading →

A geeky baby quilt

I made a Hogwarts house baby quilt for my cousin and his wife and their baby boy. The quilt was made from fabric remaining from the last Hogwarts blanket that I made last year, with a golden minky backing so it was extra cozy. {"cameraType":"Wide","macroEnabled":false,"qualityMode":3,"deviceTilt":-0.035436242818832397,"customExposureMode":0,"extendedExposure":false,"whiteBalanceProgram":0,"cameraPosition":1,"focusMode":0}

We are losing the war on the coronavirus

Since this column covers all the statistics I wanted to share, I’ll just include the bulk of the authors text, shortened a bit. Written by Steve Chapman for the Chicago Tribune, published June 27, 2020. “On Thursday, the United States had 39,327 new cases of the virus, a record, reported the Washington Post. The Wall... Continue Reading →

Goddess of Rage

Lyssa is the Greek goddess of rage and crazed fury. She also controlled rabies in animals.  And with unprecedented demonstrations of public outrage, looting and violence in the streets, it seems like an excellent time learn more about this Goddess of the Moment. Lyssa was the daughter of the primordial deity Nyx (the night) and... Continue Reading →

Chaos in the streets

I was attempting to write another news round up about current events and recent occurrences as US deaths from COVID19 tops 100,000 and world wide cases tops 5 million. But every time I attempted to wrap it up another development made it hard to write a conclusion. Three recent deaths of black people caused by... Continue Reading →

Tropical batik hexagon quilt

The quilt for my best friends wedding gift is complete. It’s the biggest quilt I’ve made yet, and made much more quickly than usual, thanks in part to staying at home these last weeks. It’s in blue batiks with tropical colors, hexagon pattern with blue triangles between. 112” x 98”, a little bigger than king... Continue Reading →

Dandelion jam

Spring has arrived and our yard has exploded in dandelions and violets. And in these uncertain times, you need to maintain the skills of foraging food and enjoy the bounty that nature provides. In his recession punk style, Mark cooked up some dandelion jam. It has a light floral flavor, and it’s the golden color... Continue Reading →

Pick Your Poison

As we reached 3 million global confirmed cases today, we are also fast approaching 1 million confirmed cases just in the United States. Of course, confirmed cases is a crude measure since we don’t have the ability to test enough people for the coronavirus to get a true picture of the scale of the pandemic[i].... Continue Reading →

Two million and counting

We have reached 2 million confirmed cases today. By way of comparison, it took 73 days (since Jan 22) for us to reach 1 million cases, but it took only 11 days (since April 2) for us to reach 2 million cases.  I’ve been working at home, rarely leaving the house, for 30 days. Our... Continue Reading →

Masked menace

The number of confirmed cases topped 1 million over the weekend.  “Confirmed” cases is a bit of a joke though, because there are not enough tests to determine who has the virus and who doesn’t, and there are plenty of stories of people who have all the symptoms, but they don’t meet the criteria for... Continue Reading →

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