Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius.
Hot, hot, hot! That's what it's been here in the central valley of California. Our highs are hovering right around 108 degrees and our low was a measly 82 degrees Saturday morning. Even though I am a native of good ol' Bakersfield doesn't mean I have to like the heat. As far as I can tell, nothing good comes from this heat. Thank goodness for the air conditioning, and right now it's working overtime just to keep the house somewhat comfortable. Hopefully this heatwave will end soon but they aren't predicting that to happen until at least next week. Thinking cool thoughts and keeping busy with quilting and stitching helps a little. Oh well....on with the day.
LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY
For some reason my mind went to the sea this morning. Maybe it's because I was thinking of cool, fresh air instead of the oppressive heat and smog we've been experiencing the last few days. Sponges. What are they? Well, let's see what I found out:
* Sea sponges are classified as animals, however, lack the brain, the central nervous system, digestive system and a cardiovascular system.
* Because sponges move only a couple millimeters each day, they have a unique method for eating. Using their unique design, they eat by filtering water through their pore cells and digesting water and food with their collar cells. Water escapes out of the sponge from a top hole termed the osculum.
* Sponges can contain 16,000 other animals inside of it.
* To prevent other sponges from attacking them, Sponges can produce chemicals to keep other sponges from growing
* The chemicals that a sponge produces are being used to find a cure for cancer and many other diseases
* One of the largest sponges ever was almost 10 feet wide.
* When a part of a sponge breaks off, the broken part will form a new sponge.
* If you strain a sponge through a cloth it will form a new shape on the other side
* What we think is sea sponge lying on the beach is actually just its skeleton. The skeleton is composed of needle-like splinters called spicules and a mesh of protein called spongin. A microscopic examination of this skeleton can tell us which kind of sea sponge it is.
DOLL QUILTS SWAPPED
Last week I received a darling doll quilt from my swap partner, Anita.
The theme for August was "Warm and Sunny". Isn't this just perfect? I won't tell you which of the fun ladies best depicts me - lol! Anita's work is amazing. I love the play on words that she stitched in the sky. Thank you so very much, Anita.
Anita and I mailed off our doll quilts on the same day. She lives in Florida and I live in California. The route from east to west won. Here is the little quilt that I made for Anita.
The center block is a foundation paper pieced pattern from Carol Doak's Scenic Scrap BOM. What I thought was a beach ball is supposed to be a beach umbrella. Oh well, it's still a beach scene. I bordered with yellows and oranges and then did straight line quilting with a variegated thread (oranges and yellows) to depict the rays of the sun.
Next month is Harvest Time. I have no idea what I will be creating for that!