Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Let Birthday Month Begin

Halloween 2012
Tomorrow, November 1st, is the beginning of BIRTHDAY MONTH.  And this is a really important birthday: I will be turning 70.  For that reason I made sure to dress holiday appropriately for Halloween even though I spent most of the day at home.  It’s funny how many holiday pieces of clothing I have accumulated over the years.  Confused smile  And they never wear out when I only wear them once or twice a year.

Funky Chicken
The only real sewing I have gotten done this week is to get this chicken appliqued.  I still have two to applique and then tomorrow a new one comes out at Fat Cat Patterns.  Oh, joy, it is fun with batiks, again.

I know that most people have been glued to the TV watching Sandy working her way to the East Coast.  As one who has experienced several hurricanes while living in FL, my thoughts and prayers were/are for the people who probably didn’t have any idea what they were in for.

We lived through Erin, Opal, Dennis, Ivan, and Arlene before deciding to leave Florida and return to Alabama.  To work through the trauma of the storms and the difficult decision to move I made this:
Flight to Alabama
This is “Flight to Alabama.”  At the bottom you can see the sandy beach, water and seagulls under a blue sky.  Then, going up, the skies darken and we see the whirling storms.  In the quilting are the names of the significant storms that I didn’t want to experience again.

Then the sky lightens again and we see the clay colored soil, the trees, and the path through the trees to my swing, all on our 5 acres in AL.

Hurricane Snady 10-2012
All of the above  is leading to my idea for a quilt: Tracking Sandy.  Both because I relived my own hurricane experiences while watching this and because our youngest son and his wife live in MD (and are all right) it was the first thing I thought of when I saw this on our TV.  I am still thinking  on this idea but don’t be surprised if it shows up in fabric sometime.

And now Halloween night is coming to a close and, yippee, tomorrow we wake up to BIRTHDAY MONTH. 


Quilter Kathy said...

Happy happy birthday! Hope you have special plans for celebrations!

Mary said...

Happy birthday month, Gari!

Deb said...

I love your idea for a birthday MONTH! I'll join you this month with the idea since mine is in a few days. Happy Birthday and I hope you have a wonderful month!

Wilma NC said...

Have a great birthday month!!!

Vicki W said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday month!

andsewon said...

Happy Birthday Month!!! It is mine too on the 5th. Not a banner one as you but closer to 60 now then 55...;-) We were so lucky here in Hampton Roads as well. My heart goes out to those suffering so much lose. This was one big storm and so many weather factors at play. Glad your Son and wife made it okay.

Enjoy your month! Mine begins Sunday with a family meal!
Birthday Hugs!

Gretchen said...

Happy Belated Birthday (although it's not really late since you are celebrating all month!!!) Hope you have a grand time all month!!

Kate said...

Happy Birthday!

I grew up in the midwest, tornados were something you expected. I lived south of Houston for 8 years, never did get used to the hurricanes. We were there for Rita. I'm glad to be back in OK.

thethimbleroom said...

Wishing you a very happy (belated) birthday!

Thanks for the Fat Cat link - I was wondering where those cool chickens came from. :)