Where has that man been?

I know. You've been worried. When was the last time "that man" went two weekdays without a post. Is he sick? Has the world suddenly come to an end?

No. There's no catastrophe. He's been working his rear-end off. Literally. Work, homework, yardwork, puppy training. And, all I want to do is quilt.

If you've been keeping up with my New Year's resolution to lose 15 pounds, then you know that I've struggled and stumbled and it's finally paying off. I'm down 10 pounds since the first of the year. Whoohoo! Suddenly it's just started falling off. After that cleanse I did a few weeks back, I changed what I'm eating. I found out I have a problem with white sugar and white flour. When I eat more than just a little bit of either one, I just get hungrier and hungrier and can't get full no matter how much I eat. I switched to whole grain bread and turbinado sugar and now I don't stand in the kitchen trying to find enough food to feel full.

We also finished the science project "MAMMALS...ON...MARS" You have to say it in that 50's announcer booming voice. Anyway, it's 200 years in the future and we've developed enough atmosphere on Mars to create a water cycle and support limited life. She had to pick 3 mammals to take to Mars and build a zoo for them to live in prior to releasing them into the wild. She did a really good job and all we had to do was keep her moving and correct her grammar and spelling and I helped with some formatting. And, there was a lot of encouraging her to think outside the box. She has to give an oral presentation to the interplanetary space commission (her science class) on the mammals she picked and why. She's delivered that to us about a dozen times and we've refined and retyped it. I'm expecting an A. But, there's always the danger that some kids got more parental help than ours did and they'll bump the curve.

And, I can't help but walk through the back yard with my camera. This is a flowerbed the kid and I worked on this year. It dies completely back in the winter and we wanted to add some things that would stay green year round.

Some of you will remember this iris from last year. We picked it up off a compost heap in Boston 7 years ago and it bloomed for the first time last year. This year it is just as lovely.

Well, this is another iris we got off the same compost pile and it is blooming for the first time this year. 7 years of waiting was definitely worth it. Of course, this is just one. There are purple iris just like this here and there all around the back yard about to pop open. I could get them to reproduce, but I couldn't get them to bloom until now.

Okay, that's it for me. I've got that little "wholecloth" quilt pieced and will start drawing on the feathers tonight. I'm really hoping I can start quilting it tomorrow. I'm going to need thread and plan to stop at the LQS tonight to see what they have. They don't stock much thread that is finer than 50 weight and I want an 80-100 weight cotton. But, they usually have a bin of thread no one else wanted and that's where I've had the best luck finding what I want. Weird, huh?

Back to work for me. If I can get enough done, I'm going to try to disappear early. We'll see how that goes. The last time I tried, I ended up being here late. Lane


lw said...

Glad you're back, and I was worried. I love the irises!

So did you choose the beige or the green?

Also, good luck finding the 80-100 wt. thread-- I'm still searching. There's a Japanese quilting store in South Torrance that just opened that has 100 silk called Momen that I need to get to this weekend.

quiltfool said...

I did go with the green on the whole cloth. I'll try to take a pic before I start drawing all over it. Lane

lw said...

I forgot to say that I am very jealous of your weight loss-- and very proud of you because I know how hard it is to do. I gained 20 pound over the last five years and nothing I am doing is budging any of it off.

Becky said...

Goody, goody, you went with green. Excited to see it. The iris are beautiful....one of my faves.

Quiltluver said...

Congrats on the weight loss. Your flowers are lovely. I love iris.

Shirleymac said...

Congratulations on your weight loss Lane! It feels good doesn't it? Especially when your pants start falling down - then you know you've made real progress. I used to fill up on plain popcorn, no salt or sugar. I've kept my 15lbs off but need to lose more.

Mammals on Mars sounds like a neat project.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Welcome back (I was wondering where you were )

It's fabulous when unexpected things pop up in your garden (With me it's just about as I've given up hope of something EVER flowering)

And 10 pounds is terrific. Looks like you'll be celebrating 15 pounds as per your goal in no time.

Love Sydney's Mammal picks too!

Elizabeth said...

I love it when the spring gardens come into bloom! I'm in zone 5, so quite a ways behind you. We're enjoying the hyacinths now, but your Irises make me excited for more of the spring show to come.