Beautiful Sunday

We are having a beautiful day today! Hardly any wind - for the last week, until yesterday, we've had sustained winds around 25-30 and gusts between 45 and 60. Yesterday was very calm but quite cloudy. Today there is a slight breeze - very slight - and it's mostly sunny with the temperature right at 75 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm sitting outside enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of spring. There are birds of all sorts making their individual songs to the day, insects of many kinds buzzing by, and the locus tree is in bloom giving off it's lovely scent. It's very nice just to sit and relax here on the patio.

Before I got too lazy I finally downloaded my camera of it's visual treasures. I found the cable I had misplaced under some material and a tatting book so am now able to put all the pictures on my laptop. And there are a lot of pictures! When my daughter was staying with us a few weeks ago she and a friend took their children to the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita and took my camera. There are a lot of very cute pictures that she took that day. Now I have them and she doesn't so I'll have to send them to her :-) And then we visited with some cousins and Aunts and Uncles, so more pictures. And then we visited my daughter in Wichita and of course took pictures. Then there are the pictures I've taken of my recent tatting.

This is the pendant I received from my Intatters exchange partner Deb (dbrn) in the pendant exchange that was held recently. I like it, and it looks great when I wear it. The crystal in the center picked up the color of the vase it's on so looks a little strange in the picture. It's actually clear topaz (?) in person. The beads are gold. She didn't tell me if this is her design or what thread she made it out of, but it looks like Lizbeth size 20 to me ; ). I wore it to church today and it looked good on my neck. It's just the right size! Unfortunately I was very late in getting mine to her done and in the mail, but I finally got it in the mail this week. If she doesn't have it now she should in just a few days. I hope she likes it! I'll post pictures of my work when I know that she's received it.

A few weeks ago I treated myself to a new tatting book. I was in the vicinity of a store in Wichita that actually carries a lot of tatting supplies, including a lot of books and thread, mostly DMC in many colors in sizes 10, 20 and 30. Before Lizbeth I used to buy a lot of my thread from her.

I haven't tried any of these patterns yet but I have several I really want to do. I may have to toss a coin to decide which one will be first. I chose this book because I have grandsons instead of granddaughters. There are a lot of things you can tat for girls but some just don't seem right for boys. I guess I think of them like the poem about "snails and puppy dog tails". I think these tatted animal bookmarks could be put on wall hangings in their rooms, and maybe on the edge of a pillow case, that type of thing, possibly leaving of the bookmark tail. If we could keep a hat on their heads right now I think a few of these would look good on them, but the hats come off pretty quick yet. Maybe later.

I've been catching up on a few blogs - finally- and see that some of you out there are already thinking of what to do for the fair this year. The fairs around here aren't for several months yet but I guess if I want to enter anything I should get started. I haven't put anything in the fair for years, but maybe I'll try this year. There are a lot of things I'd like to make that might work for that, but we'll see how energetic I am.

Right now energetic I'm not. In fact, an afternoon nap is sounding pretty good. There are a lot of things I should be doing but it would be very easy to just put my head back and close my eyes. Let the birds sing me a lullaby. Zzzzz...

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