Going to Guatemala
a2z is for ‘G’
|Home Style Skillet|
In a large skillet, sauté kielbasa and onion in oil until onion is tender.
Add potatoes; sauté 3-5 minutes more or until kielbasa and potatoes are lightly browned.
Combine brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, time and pepper, stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; summer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes or until heated through add spinach; cook and stir until wilted.
In this case someone needed more storage than the shed could hold. Creative solution? Cut an opening in the wall and add the back of a buss.
In 1929 Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family suffered financially from the stock market crash. She began writing biographical stories which became the Little House on the Prairie books. Would she have written them if the need hadn’t been great? Was it creativity or need for Laura?
My son, Andy is an artist. He’s painted some amazing stuff and paints what he enjoys, but that line becomes blurred when bills are higher than expected. Then he paints smaller canvases which sell faster. Those are the ones I can afford!
|Forest Park by Andrew Brandmeyer|
I create but not out of need–right now.
I write what I love, and if all goes well I get published. There may come a time when I must use that creativity in a way I don’t love–the worst thing I can think of is writing an article for a math magazine.
Do those exist? Shudder. I can’t imagine what kind of chaos I could create between the covers.
How have you blurred the line of creativity and need?
There were probably close to 50 books filling the basket by the time the last piece of paper had been smoothed an saved.
What made this a special shower was the comments made as books were unwrapped. Stories of babies (who are now married and having their own!) favorite books. Some books were new to some of us and of courses we needed to look at them.
It brought up discussions of what our favorite books were as kids. I’d forgotten about Mr. Pudgins by Ruth Christopher Carlsen. I read it often and saved it to read to my children.
What’s it about?
Here’s the back cover copy:
Wild and wacky things happen when Mr. Pudgins comes to sit for John, Pete, and Jane. Strangely enough, they happen only when Mr. Pudgins smokes his pipe.
Faucets run soda pop instead of water. The old Model T suddenly rides on the lake like a speedboad. And playmates step right out of the mirror!
Life with Mr. Pudgins–well, it’s almost like magic. Maybe it is!
As I was leaving the shower there were a few college/highschool girls curled up on the couch reading picture books. One of them was reading Caps for Sale. That was another favorite of mine. She said it was hers too. Her grandmother read it to her.
What was your favorite childhood book?
|It’s all in how you look at life|
My other plan? Listen to this video by Jason Gray. Remind me who I am.
I often wonder why everyone isn’t excited about piecing a lot of small pieces of fabric into a quilt. It’s much like life-something happens and you pick up the scattered hurts and patch them into something a bit different and useful.
And then I spend a few hours on a Saturday ripping out what I put together the night before and realize this is why everyone isn’t piecing! It’s often painful and no fun at all.
|Spiral Tree Skirt someday|
This tree skirt may not get finished in time for Christmas. I’ve had to take it apart at least 20 times.
|Lutheran World Relief Quilt|
This one will get finished. I belong to a small but might group of quilters at my church. We piece together quilts that are collected and used during disaster relief and for the homeless. The idea is to use the fabric donated and just sew the blocks together. I can’t. I must try and make them someone pretty. This is the one I’m working on now. It will get finished soon, but I did make it a diagonal pattern so I might be ripping it out too.
I have a great ripper. Surgical sharp. I know. I’ve caught my finger with it a few times.
I like piecing and I got my love of it from my grandmother Pauline! Yep, she’s a “P” and her photo is on my shelf. When I get discouraged about ripping and starting over I see her smiling face and know I’m not the first to rip, but I have a feeling she was more patient than I.
And because I enjoy torturing myself with small pieces of fabric my next project is going to be a Dear Jane quilt. The finished blocks are 5″ and the entire quilt has over 5000 pieces.
|Dear Jane Block|
I may need another seam ripper.
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posted by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer