I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. I think the last time I posted, I had just finished quilting for the holiday season. How embarrassing. I feel like this is the blogger version of coming out of the bathroom with toilet paper trailing behind your shoe.
Even though it hasn’t been reflected in the blog, I’ve been quite busy. I just haven’t been writing about it. I made two birthday quilts. The top picture is a batik square throw quilt that I made for my sister-in-law. The bottom one is a tractor quilt for my brother. In that picture, my niece is testing it out for quality assurance purposes.
Also brewing on the home front… I finally went out sailing again. I think about sailing more than I like to admit. I was on the offshore sail team in college, but after I finished college, I slowed down (long story). On April 1st, there was a women’s regatta in my area called the Mermaid Sail. I don’t have a boat yet, but when I looked on the registration list, I noticed that one of the women from a class I took had entered her boat. I emailed her to see if she had a crew spot open. Her boat was full, but she asked around and found me a spot on a different boat. So I went sailing. The winds were on the upper edge of safe. It was a very bouncy sail, but it was so much fun! At the banquet following the race, they had temporary mermaid tattoos for all of the competitors. I really missed sailing. I’m looking forward to doing more of it. I would eventually like to own my own boat that’s big enough to take my three dogs sailing with me.
The weekend after that, I caught the gardening bug again and decided that I wanted to have a garden despite my minuscule backyard. High on my plant priority list of course was tomatoes because they are the basis for so many things. Unfortunately, my dogs also like tomatoes. When I’ve tried growing tomatoes in the past, the dogs have always eaten them off of the plants before I could pick them. So I decided to try my hand at building a raised box. This past weekend, I used 2 x 4’s and cedar fence pickets to fashion a double-decker garden box. I put it in place and then added dirt and plants. I put oregano and basil in the bottom box- the dogs don’t mess with herbs. Then I put tomatoes in the top box. I was quite pleased with the results and am very proud of myself. I’m pretty sure I put too many tomato plants in the top, but if I need to, I can always take some out later.
Between sailing, gardening and making quilts, I also managed to publish my first book a couple of months ago. I am still trying to work out the kinks in my marketing strategy. I don’t really know anything at all about self-publishing or marketing. Consequently, I haven’t sold very many books yet. I am working on learning more about the whole process. In the meantime, I’m over halfway through with my second book. My plan right now is to just keep writing. Maybe at some point, people will actually buy my books. I think it would be the coolest thing ever to walk into a Barnes and Noble and see my books for sale on a display rack. My ultimate dream would be to be able to write books while sailing around on my sailboat. How cool would that be?!
I will try to start posting a little more regularly. If you get a chance, please check out my book. I would greatly appreciate it!