As snow falls and deep dark winter descends all around us, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! I cannot thank all of you enough for your love and support as well as your continued enthusiasm for the art of home machine quilting, the excitement you bring to this blog, the depth of your commitment and knowledge. For all of you I wish the very best this holiday season and many blessings and much happiness for the future.
Oliver is well and happy. I took a wild chance and moved things around in the house, and put up the small faux Charlie Brown tree decorated only with birds and small nests and eggs. Many of the nests were found in our yard, exquisitely and intricately constructed, a delight to examine and save on my little tree. How they can construct these so perfectly whereas I have a hard time threading a needle I will never know.
I carefully added several strings of clear lights to glow in the window and light up our long evenings and even the dark days.
Oliver noticed it of course, and mostly wondered where his table by the window had gone and what was this big thing sitting in the way instead. So far he has not noticed the birds, the nests, any of it. He did nibble the end of a faux branch but that was not worth doing again, blech, so we have been safe for a week.
Any time now I fear he will tilt his head as he tends to do when thinking about trouble, and notice that there are BIRDS on this tree with real FEATHERS on them and he might have a wild and wonderful time stalking and attacking them. Until then, if that day comes, we enjoy it together. He gazes at the lights reflected in the window and is content.
Below, he joined us on the side table when his Godparents visited from far away AZ and enjoyed some Wisconsin frozen custard and coffee, and good conversation. He settled in and was happy we were all together.
Merry Christmas from Oliver!
I hope in 2013 to bring you more information and tales of quilting, life in the home of a quilter with a cat. Until then, keep quilting, take some time to enjoy your passion, but relax and enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas!