Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Last Saturday was a day of shots - no, not the alcoholic kind. First thing in the morning we took both pups in for their yearly booster for bordetella so they can be boarded at the "local pet spa" when we travel out of town. Then we headed to the east part of town where both DH and I received our yearly flu shots. Every year I react, but luckily mildly. Sunday I was achy and had a scratchy throat and my upper arm and shoulder hurt like it had been punched (and no, I didn't tense up when the shot was given). Did DH have any reaction? Only for about 3 hours mid afternoon on Sunday! Monday morning I woke up with a two inch welt on my arm about an inch below the injection site. Each year it seems to be something new. But I guess it's better than getting the full blown flu. Have you had your flu shot yet?
LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY
Over the weekend I would have liked to turn the moon off. It in full splendor, it was putting out tons of light and making my bedroom much to bright. Here are a few facts about that white, smiling thing in the night sky:
* The surface area of the moon is 14,658,000 square miles or 9.4 billion acres
* Only 59% of the moon's surface is visible from earth
* The moon rotates at 10 miles per hour compared to the earth's rotation of 1000 miles per hour.
* When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon. Another definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in any season (quarter of year) containing 4 total full moons.
* The moon has no global magnetic field.
* The moon is about 1/4 the size of the Earth.
* The Moon is about 250,000 miles (384,400 kilometres) from Earth.
* The surface of the Moon has about the same area as the continent of Africa.
* There is no wind or weather on the moon.
* Footprints left on the Moon by Apollo astronauts will remain visible for at least 10 million years because there is no erosion on the Moon.
I'm still working on my Dancing With The Stars (pattern by Carol Doak) quilt blocks.
This block is called Samba. The Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin.
This block is called Salsa. Another hot dance with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban rumba).
I'm still loving foundation paper piecing and have been gathering books using this method. Have you given paper piecing a try yet?
ANOTHER NEW PROJECT
Recently I purchased the computer program BlockBase. It is a CD -ROM version of Barbara Brackman's . I hadn't done much with it until yesterday. The Electric Quilt Company has started a Sew Along using the software and I've decided to join in. What better way to learn how to use the program and make something at the same time.
This is the first block they selected to use. It is block #1336 and I've decided to make it up in the 8 inch size. EQ gives excellent instructions on how to find the block and all the steps needed to get you started. I selected to make it with foundation paper piecing (no surprise there - lol). I am using fabric from a line I collected several years ago that has been waiting around in a plastic bag for me to use. EQ will be doing a new block every two weeks. At the end of the two week period they are providing a link up where we can see the blocks everyone has created. I think this will be fun!