January 6, 2021

Tuesday, Out and About!

Tuesday, Out and About!
Tuesday, Out and About!
I am starting today’s post with a photo of Jack.

Donkeys are in fact highly intelligent animals despite popular misconception.

(If you’ve ever referred to someone as a Jack Ass, you might have just been paying him/her a compliment!)

Donkeys can live for over 50 years, and are very intelligent.

A donkey is stronger than a horse of the same size.

Donkeys have an incredible memory – they can recognize areas and other donkeys they were with up to 25 years ago.

I wish I had the memory of a donkey like Jack!

Donkeys are not easily startled (unlike horses) and have a keen sense of curiosity.

Donkeys have a reputation for stubbornness but this is due to their highly developed sense of self preservation. A donkey has a mind of its own.

It is difficult to force or frighten a donkey into doing something it sees as contrary to its own best interest or safety.

Donkeys are very independent in their thinking and will reason, then make decisions based on their safety. 

When in doubt, be like a donkey!

I took this photo of Jack yesterday when driving the back roads from my hair cut adventure.  Sometimes when you “talk” to him, he will “talk” back with the cutest of brays.  You can’t help but smile at his vocalizations!

It had been a while since I was really on a drive of any length – the last time was my chiropractor appointment a couple of days before Christmas Eve.

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I’ve shown this house before –  but not in winter.

I would love to get a beautiful photo the next time we have snow –

The only problem would be driving these narrow and sometimes steep dirt roads when they are covered with snow!  I just think it would make a beautiful postcard type photo.

I just love that upper verandah!

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There was a smattering of rain – but no snow.

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Driving slow behind an Appalachian Traffic Jam!

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Waving goodbye as they turn off –
Can you see the green sign?
Eastern Continental Divide!
I would have to say that the highlight of the day, (besides the haircut – because human interaction is so dreadfully needed – having someone touch my hair, my head, give me a bit of pampering is soul restorative!) was opting to pick up a take out lunch at a favorite Mexican place and eat it in the car before running additional errands.
Other than a drive through Taco Bell – I just haven’t been going “IN” to places for a Mexican food craving.
I don’t think I will ever take simple pleasures like a delicious lunch out ever again.

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One of my out and about stops found….
A fabulous frame for 3 of the photos that dad sent me for Christmas.  His gift to me this year was some of his favorite photos he had taken this year.  I love these three in a series, and was looking for just the right frame that would fit the cabin.
This is perfect!
One of the things that dad has dove further into during the Covid pandemic is his photography.  I’m so proud of him.  My dad who turns 81 next month is busy with webinars and online courses and doing things to keep his mind busy and his interests piqued.
Photography (like quilting) is something on can do solo and socially distant.
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It was also a TWO BIRDS DOWN day yesterday –
And this time I had the camera.
Little red headed wood pecker flew into the sliding glass door UNDER THE PORCH that opens to the dining area.  Doofus!  
He sat there, with his beak propped up on the chair rocker until he too, gathered his wits and flew off across the yard and into the woods.
We are not sure what may have attracted these birds, but Ivy loves to watch at ALL of the sliding glass doors (We call it Ivy TV) to watch the birds.
Maybe they were showing aggressiveness towards her?
And after all was said and done and back home where I belong – some more of this happened:
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I love sewing with fabrics given in love by friends!
This purple Jackknife block is for my Iowa Girls!

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This morning’s sunrise.
And so far no more birds have dive bombed my windows!
Today will be a desk day – it’s time to get the graphics drawn for Grassy Creek Mystery part SEVEN! 
There may be snow here on Friday, I want to be sure everything is ready to go so I can just push PUBLISH on Friday morning.
If there is some times – that pile of scraps covering the table may find themselves sewn into more Snails Trail blocks by late afternoon.
Oh, and before I go – we need to draw the winner of the Winter Blues and Facets of Blue fabric roll Gift-Away!
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Entry 5178 is:
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Alvera Dothage!
Alvera, please reply to the email I have sent to the email address you provided with your entry!  The PDF pattern for Winter Blues and the Facets of Blue fabric roll will soon be on their way to you!

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Quiltville Quote of the Day –

It really is how we look at things!
And if I am feeling a bit stressed, I pick it apart one thing at a time into smaller doable bits.  I am excited when I can knock those things off my list and look at things in a different perspective.
How do you handle looking at a working through your own stressful things?  What helps you?
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Tuesday, Out and About!