Thursday, July 24, 2008

Chapter 97, The Perils of Pauline...

Long time with no post...again... and I need to start off with the sad news first. Our lovely little Alfonse le Soot disappeared last Saturday afternoon. He was a prince among cats, and we miss him so much. The likely culprits in his disappearance are Mr. Fox or Mr. Eagle, both of which abound in these parts. Alfonse was not a wanderer, and indeed, on this day he spent his time climbing around on the trellises and roofs of the house, climbing trees, and snoozing under shrubs in the sun. We saw him on the trellis around 3:30 PM, but by 5:20, at the dinner call and time to be locked in his kitty condo for the night, he didn't appear. We are so very sad...thank you for being part of our lives for 11 years, Alfonse. So, after a long hiatus during which we made a trip to California to recharge our batteries after the stresses of the construction, we are now in residence in the remodeled house, and I've begun to make the space that is the quilting studio a real, happening place. Some of you may recognize the pieces of the blue and white Lady of the Lake, my life's work, on the cutting table and ironing board. Not much progress has been made, and since each block requires 20 2" HSTs, and it's for a king size quilt, you can imagine that, while I think it is beautiful, it sometimes feels like an albatross around my neck.
Here is half of the cupboards at the other end of the studio. Things are still pretty much piled in there haphazard, until I get up the energy to sort things out a bit and decide on final homes for the books and other junk. The matching cupboard on the left has more books, and a lot of yarn for knitting projects.
And this is the "business" corner, with the Bernina. I'm a bit worried, because I haven't used this machine very much, although I've had it for a year and a half. A friend who has the same model (the Aurora 440QE) tells me the motherboard fried on her machine and on that of her friend's 440QE...great! I feel like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop.
There will be quilting going on here soon. I have two children's quilts to make next up, so that will be a good break from the endless LOTL, and the fun of deciding on a design and choosing colors.

I have also been knitting a lot, and finished my first Elizabeth Zimmerman ribwarmer. Here's a pic, which also shows you my new hairdo. Yes, I finally decided to let my natural graying brown color take over, so cut off all the old, dyed hair, and we'll see what I end up with. Anyway, that's the news of the day from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. So, how's by you?


Cascade Lily said...

Sad news about Alfonse.

And wow to the new 'do! Very brave of you letting mother nature take over with the colour!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Sorry to hear about Alfonse. your sewing space looks great - lots of room. your hair looks great.

Sweet P said...

I'm sorry to hear about Alfonse.

Your sewing room looks wonderful!

But your sweater and new hair do take the cake. You look awesome!!!

Libby said...

Oh dear - poor Alfonse, that is such sad news.
Enjoy your new sewing space. Just dive right in on the those hst's. Doing just a handful each day, you'll have all you need before you know it *s*

Christine Thresh said...

I've missed you so much.
Your new hair style is so perky. I love the rib warmer.
Your studio is large!
I am sorry to learn about Al.

Katharina said...

I am so sorry about Alfonse.

Thank you for sharing your sewing studio with us. I always enjoy seeing where others work.

It's good to have you back, Dianne.

Clare said...

Sorry about Alfonse. I love your studio - lots of space.

Whose gone posh! Very smart!

McIrish Annie said...

Love your new do~it makes you look younger and soo sorry about your kitty! glad you are well and hope that you post again soon! we miss you.

Carol said...

Oh I'm so sorry to read about your beautiful kitty Alphonse. Lets just hope he's gone for a little wander, a bit of an adventure, but will be back again, or is that just completely not part of the picture? I'm so sorry.

But your sewing room and that cupboard, well the cupboard was the thing that my eyes bulged out at, it's all so neat and orderly (I type this as I peek sideways at my stuff spilling out of doors). Fabulous. The sweater is absolutely beautiful too.

Rian said...

Sorry to hear about Alfonse. I hope he comes home soon.

Aren't you cute with your short hair! Love the sewing space, and I can sure understand what you mean when you say "albatross around my neck." Well said.

Barbie Jo said...

Oh gosh, reading about Alphones made my eyes smart, so sorry. On the other hand your studio looks fabulous!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

The house looks fantastic, as does the hair.
I can't believe and eagle or fox, but you never know. Is akitten in the wind? Tracey