Star Santa

These day, every year when Jane helps Harry decorate his Chez for Christmas, the first thing that goes up on the bough as decoration is Star Santa. This is a construction paper ornament that Jane made in kindergarten and has survived ever since. Such is Jane’s pride in this creation that Anne was inspired to create a pillow cover dedicated to Star Santa. The front of the pillowcase shows Star Santa hanging his first ornament on the tree. It is an ornament done in the style of Doris, the mother-in-law of Anne’s other sister, Jay. Doris was a prolific Christmas ornament maker. In Doris fashion, it is a puffy ornament, with lots of sequins and a photo of Jane in the center. Fittingly, Star Santa is seen placing on the tree as his first ornament, a Doris ornament picturing Jane. The back of the pillowcase shows a quad folio of wintertime activities that Star Santa likes to participate in after his Christmas duties are complete. He is seen sledding, skiing, skating and making snow-angels. As you can see, it was a big hit.

Moab

Anne at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

While visiting Arches and Canyonlands, we base camped out of Moab, right out of Moab. What it lacked in the way of arboreal charm, our campground in no small part made up with hot showers. Moab was once a mining town that boomed with uranium, but went bust in the 1980s when the market for nuclear power crashed. Fortunately for Moab, the invention of the mountain bike came along not too long after that and now the town is doing better than ever. I’m ashamed to admit that we visited mountain biking Mecca and didn’t go for a ride, but that’s life. You can’t do it all. Maybe next time.

Jane gave us a great breakfast steer with the Jailhouse Cafe. It really was once a jail. Even our boat outfitter complemented their bennys, which I had. Anne had an omelet, with ginger pancakes. She plans on trying to duplicate those pancakes sometime in the future. We also shared a pizza for dinner at Pasta Jays, which was also great.

Anne’s Latest Creations

Anne is showing off her two latest quilts. She made them for two new mothers at school. Elliot’s quilt spells out his name in Morse code, because his mother was Anne’s mentor, when she was the math interventionist and the other quilt, with all of the names on it is for a teacher who’s kids Anne taught math to during that gig. There are so many pregnancies these days at the elementary school that Anne is afraid to drink the water there. 

Figureheads

Figureheads

At the Cutty Sark exhibit, just off the ship’s bow is this pictured array of colorful and sometimes playful ship’s figureheads. That is actually the front of the ship’s keel at the center-top of the photo. I crouched below it to take this shot.

Anne has been busy quilting up a storm this last week. She is trying to finish two baby quilts before the end of school, which is only two-weeks away. She hasn’t seem to mind all the rain that we’ve been getting, because that just gives her more time to sew. The weather has been lovely this weekend and I was able to coax her out of the house today. We walked a few blocks to a local art fair, where Anne found a present for someone and also entered a raffle to win up to three more artworks. Good luck!

Hold On I’m Coming

Forest Park in Spring

Forest Park in Spring

Springtime that is. The above pictured scene is only a little more than a month away. Warm weather, flowers and birds are a coming, so hold on! Last week was rather frenetic, what with a show, a lecture and a party pretty much filling out our dance card. On Friday, Bill and Mary hosted a dinner party for ten. I made Jane’s enchilada recipe and it was a big hit. After that night, my weekend has been a little more slothful. While, Anne continued her frenetic pace, with quilting all weekend long. She has one more full week as a Math Interventionist. I think that afterwards, she has earned herself a little down time.

Bailey’s Quilt

It is the first day of winter and it was in the fifties here today. It didn’t feel very wintery, not that I’m complaining, because I’m sure that more frozen Oobleck will be on its way here soon enough. Live for today, I say!

Bailey's Quilt - Front

Bailey’s Quilt – Front

Today is also Anne’s last day of classes with her kids, before winter break. She still has one more day of school after this, for report cards, but 2016 is winding down fast now. Today, Anne presented the pictured baby quilt to Bailey, the new baby girl from her previous long term substitute position. It is even more colorful in real life, if you can believe that. She finished it just this week, just in time.

Bailey's Quilt - Back

Bailey’s Quilt – Back

Afterwards, Dan and I went over to her school, which was in full Christmas party mode by then. Dan met with his third grade teacher, Hammer, Hammer, Hammer… He also met one of his high school classmates, who is also a teacher now. Finally, Anne showed us her classroom, which is in the Learning Cottage and is also-known-as the Math Mansion. In other news, Dave arrived home today. Our little nuclear family is now complete.