Thursday, June 10, 2010
Close to Nowhere
Snake dance No. 2
• I don’t know why, but my house is always in a state of chaos. It’s a rare day that I spend quietly — sewing, napping, reading, etc.
Thursday was one of those rare days. Our daughter Dana and our granddaughters Mere and Remy were in Lexington to watch the Belmont Stakes with a bunch of “horse racing” friends.
I’d spent the day quietly — sewing, etc. Kris, our son, is a hermit and computer geek, so he rarely comes out of his room and Pop is recuperating again from more heart stents.
Sometime in the afternoon, I took our two dogs, Bean and Foxy, out the front door so they could “visit” the grass.
On the way back inside, I noticed an old black rope laying under some of the remodeling junk that’s still on the front porch. I was thinking it was something the girls had left out and realized the girls had been gone since Wednesday.
Thinking I’d reach down and get it out of the way, my body was headed in that direction — until the end of the rope moved slightly.
When I unfroze, as the old black rope turned into a long black snake and started slithering slowly across the porch, I immediately began screeching for Pop.
He came out, laughed at me and got a hoe — not to kill the king or rat snake, as they eat mice — but to move it around to the side of the house hoping he’d eat a few mice while there.
The rest of the day was technically quiet, but my body was chaotic again!
• Jane, my boon traveling companion, and I spent Friday and Saturday in Jackson at a Mississippi Quilt Association (MQA) gathering. Held at Christ United Methodist Church, which is huge and perfect, it was a great way to recover from the “snake episode!”
If you are remotely interested in quilting, you need to check out the MQA and their website. We are a nifty bunch of quilters. Several of the MQA members have done extensive research into Mississippi quilts and published a couple of books about Mississippi quilts. Fascinating history, and fascinating quilts and stories!
The MQA has begun honoring older Mississippi quilters. Currently, there are 20 quilts by 10 quilters hanging in the Mississippi Ag Museum in Jackson.
Several of these quilters (some in their 90s) were part of the program Friday night and it was wonderful!
And because Pop reads my column, I won’t even discuss the vendors and fabric!
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