Poetry

Mesa, Poetry,

 ~ Mesa ~

From the valley floor,

they entered the virgin motherland.

Climbing steadily up the sides of red rock

till they reached the narrow mesa

closest to the bright lights of night,

the land closest to the Sun.

With knowing they came to be

 in their own Sacred Place.

                                                                                                                   ~ terre (c)

Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons. (c)2021

Quilting – My First T-Shirt Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt Back.

Yea… it is done! Here is my first T-shirt quilt. I started this while in our Covid-19 lockdown after I got tired of doing a puzzle. I like puzzles. But quilts are puzzles… just with fabric, right? Also, hopefully you won’t be taking them apart. I am not going to call this my Covid quilt, though. But quilting has helped so much to calm and soothe me during these times of uncertainty, especially when the bad news kept droning on. It has given me a certain peace and something to plan when not being able to go as much as I want. Not to mention, I have good music in my sewing room.

I have been on a mission over the years to make each of my closest family members a quilt. It has taken me much longer than originally planned as I am a slow quilter. But it is always fun when another one is completed. Because each project takes me so long, I call this my ‘Cheap’ hobby. (Buying fabric for the stash is a separate hobby, of course.)

Tips for making a t-shirt quilt. Don’t forget to use at least a mid-weight stabilizer. Some people like to put their shirts together in strips. I can now see where this can be helpful as I had to keep ‘growing’ the sashes to get it to fit together right. I decided to put it together in sections … like a puzzle. Not everyone pre-washes fabric, but I did. I don’t trust red not to do its own thing, sometimes ugly. I had to be patient in receiving the Grand Canyon fabric panel, but it was worth the wait. The only thing is the panel is so beautiful, the quilt is now reversible. An unexpected surprise for me. So when it is reversible, where do you put the label? Another quilting friend suggested to just leave it off. What!!! But I decided to just do a very small one that does not stand out too much. Overall, I am happy with how it turned out. More important and the best of all, the person it was made for loved it. So, Happy Quilting. ~ 

Thank you for visiting today ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons  (c)2021

Haiku

Photography, Frozen Fog on Trees

~ Haiku ~

Frozen fog on trees,

crept softly into the night.

Caught in morning light. ~

Thank you for visiting. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons (c)2021

Poetry ~ First Snow

Snow Today

First Snow

Gentle rain turning

to soft downy flakes,

each intricate and unique.

 

Sounds of the world

muted in the deep.

Solitude calling us

to slow down,

memories we keep.

 

Soft downy flakes

turning all to white,

except the dark bark of the trees,

standing sentries

along the steep banks

of the creek. ~

 

~ Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons  (c) 2020

 

Photography ~ Finding Inspiration

Macro Photography

If you are a creative type, where do you find your inspiration? Who lights or inspires you to study in a certain direction, technique, or subject? One of my inspirations are the large flowers painted by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986), artist and ‘Mother of American Modernism’.

“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” ~ (Georgia O’Keeffe).

No… I cannot draw or paint and I am not anywhere in comparison to O’Keeffe’s art, but I do have a camera and the desire. She inspires me to keep working on my images, including this one of my many flowers. There are always such surprises and beauty found in their structures and essence. Like many other artists, progressive improvement is the end goal throughout it all and to keep working at it, no matter your medium.

Thank you for visiting today ~ terre   

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons (c)2020

Poetry ~

Poem ~ The Right Words

 ~ Finding the Right Words ~

 

Uplifting and bright, today starts early

a new slate waits for the story.

Mine today, these hours to come no more.

                                                             Time to start but not to hurry.

 

Some eyes stare at the glass half empty,

though it is half full sparkling and bright

a new day simply to bleed, sweat, and write,

a long day creeping into the deep of night.

 

Pages written or not is the writer’s plight.

Either way fret not, or have a glass of wine,

 tomorrow is a new day bringing yet another night.

  ~ terre

Thank you for visiting today. ~ Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons

(c) 2020

 

Photography

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With all of this staying home stuff, I’ve had some extra time to start looking through some of my older images. This was taken more than a few years ago (2007) when I was contemplating whether I wanted to venture into digital photography. Yes, I can hardly believe that something that I love now was met with having to be dragged… kicking and screaming into the new age. I so loved my Minolta SRT101 at the time, which by the way I still have keeping company on the shelf. You know just in case I may need again someday. So being cautious about my investment, I bought an inexpensive FinePix A340 just to give it a go. By now, I had almost forgotten about this camera until I pulled up the file information on my computer linked to this image.

This jellyfish was shot on a quick road trip stop at the Atlanta Aquarium. I was greatly surprised by this image that was captured. Just proof that some fun things can happen even when you are first learning and really don’t know what you are doing. That is not to say that I have stopped learning as that will never happen. So keep on shooting and happy exploring, but with camera in hand.

Jellyfish, FinePix A340, Shot 1/25sec., f/3.1, 7.3mm, ISO100

Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons        c2020

Haiku

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                                 Brilliant colors paint
                                                       the sky of sunset and dawn.
                                                                             Artists capture not. ~

 

 

Sourdough

Sourdough walnut cinnamon muffins.tch.SAV

Getting low on bread? I’m finding myself during these times of shortages at grocery stores doing more things for myself that I haven’t done in many years. This is one of them…making a sourdough starter. If you are reading this, you can find many good starter recipes online, but you only need one to get going. Once you get it going, it’s almost like having free food as long as you have flour and water. You can use your sourdough culture to make many different recipes. The first one, I made was an improvisation from a recipe I found on Pinterest. However, it called for blueberries that I didn’t have. Instead I used finely chopped walnuts and cinnamon. They turned out very tasty and definitely have already been requested to make again from the hubs. Have some fun and be creative adding your own favorite ingredients.

Some important things to know about sourdough:

  • you will need to feed it (half amount of flour to an equal amount of water) at least once a week (two times is even better). You probably want to slow down it’s feeding by putting it in the fridge when not using. You will still need to feed though as already mentioned. When preparing to use your sourdough, remove from fridge and feed equal amounts flour and water at least 3-4 hours before you start baking. You will know your sourdough is doing good when you see some small bubbles on top.
  •  Do not store in or use metal utensils when working with sourdough, as sourdough can pit them (Baking in metal pans is okay). Store your starter in a crock or glass jar with lid that just sits on top. It does not need to be airtight as sourdough uses cultures picked up from the air in your home, which helps with the flavor of your sourdough culture. Wooden, plastic, or silicone mixing spoons work well.
  • Be sure to keep at least a 1/2 cup – 1 cup of sourdough with each bake so you do not deplete your supply.  If you find you have too much: you can discard, share, or find other uses with many sourdough recipes online. If your sourdough smells foul or turns black, discard and start over. You can learn more online if you have questions about sourdough baking.

Since we still need to care for our families, ourselves, and each other;  I will try to post more helpful articles to come in caring for yourself or others, so please check back or follow my blog. In the meantime — take a breathe, maybe do some meditation, pray, get out in nature if you can safely (even just for a short walk), exercise, and find some activities that help bring you some peace and calm. If you found this post helpful, consider posting a comment or photo about what you made. Thinking of you and yours wherever you may be. Thank you for visiting today~  terre

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c2020

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