These last few weeks have been about family and learning to enjoy the time we have. I spent a week in rural Nebraska with my in-laws helping out. I was lucky enough to help my father-in-law recuperate from surgery and spend the week with my mother-in-law, Helen. I had great plans for the week, like working with Helen on some quilting and sewing. She is suffering from memory issues and I was reminded that sometimes it is not the journey we plan, but the journey we let happen. Instead of working together to make a quilt, we spent the week outside raking leaves and enjoying the autumn days. It became about the good moments, not the good days. Having been down this road with my father years ago, I was reminded that any memory is a good memory. As the week progressed and as I have been thinking about my time with my in-laws my creative side is beginning to develop regarding a textile memory. Here is Helen taking the leaves to the neighbors. What a great afternoon of memories
When I arrived back in the Twin Cities it was just in time to see my brother and support him and his buddy Dave Lund run in the 31st Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Sunday morning. My brother Gordon Cumming, manager of http://epictrishop.com/, in Portland, Oregon ran his first full marathon and completed in 3;23 minutes.
Dave finished his first ever marathon in just under 5 1/2 hours.
Way to go guys. These two ran cross-country together at Wayzata High School many years ago. A good time was had by all. Madison Tri watch out for these two next year.
I did manage to complete a needlepoint pillow and start the sleeves for a winter white sweater. However, I have come back with some great ideas and some wonderful pictures with fall colors for future projects. Until later this week. I am off to lay out S’s black and white quilt. I have to sew the red strips and then lay it out. More on this by Friday. Then I need to begin my Twin Cities Quilting, quilt challenge. Have a great week.