Ta-Da! My Disappearing Nine Patch. I think I will put a narrow cream inner border and a wide brown outer border (will have to buy the fabric first). I wasn't sure I would like it - but I really do! It makes me think of warm tropical beaches - somewhere with lots of flowers, sandy beaches and beautiful water. Yup, it makes my February a little less gray! It was a good choice of a pattern - something fairly quick and easy. I still have trouble breathing and get very tired even ironing or sewing for any period of time. It is that cold winter air - does me in everytime I go outside.
It has been a busy week! My son is on school vacation and I have been busy trying to keep him occupied. At first I felt badly that I didn't make any plans to go to the mountains, but with my breathing - it all worked out for the best. And - we have kept busy and he has been very happy!
Saturday we went out to a shopping center - a new favorite of mine because there is a big grocery store and the tram drops you right off at the door! The mall was full of people in costume for Fashings so I thought that would be a bit of a fun grocery shopping trip! There was also a professional troop there with very elaborate costumes for Fall, Water, Winter, Fire, etc. but it was very hard to get close to them as they were doing a dance to music... but I got my son a spot on the 2nd floor where he could look down and see everything.
The only thing - the grocery store was jammed pack and I couldn't deal with it -so we ended up not getting any groceries! I had a few items I wanted for our Chinese New Year's Menu, but decided it would be better to improvise instead of battle the crowd. And, in keeping with Chinese New Year's Eve tradition - I throughly cleaned my house for good luck. Why not - it is a good February tradition to have, I think!
Sunday we went to the park for a bit of sledding fun - there is a hill a bit further on.
Monday we ran errands. Tuesday was Fashings and we went downtown to see the parade - which was fun and festive even if a bit cold! This float was from a bakery and they were handing out free krapfins to everyone! A krapfin is like a jelly donut, but not as sweet. Soooo good! In the photo you can see my son's little hand getting his treat - we had a perfect spot to watch the parade! His gym had a children's Fashings party last week and his costume was a knight, but it was too cold to wear to the parade, but there were many spectators in costume, so that was fun.
Wednesday we ran errands and were up in the old part of the city. Here is the view looking down the hill (I swear, all old cities are built on huge hills!). OK - can't get that photo to load HERE - so just scroll down!