And so the New Year BEGINS!

We’re back.  What a terrific holiday we had, and what a lovely beginning to 2012 from the beach.  I finished a few 2011 projects like the ugly fabric challenge quilt # 2

and the utopia quilt

we hung up the Christmas present lantern from “Santa”

took in the bright moonlight (sorry…cellphone photo) reflected in the Bay,

which, during the day, is still beautiful…

We went to Mo’s for chowder (a mighty quiet place on January 3rd)

where we had a GREAT view of Cutler City…

and attacked our newest neighborhood problem:

…our neighbor’s Dad insists on driving across our lawn when we aren’t there, so…instead of asking again we just instituted a “traffic control device”,  a volunteer pine from out of the flower bed… growing in a pot of lavender.  In this case R put the whole pot in the ground.  The Dad got the message…he apologized.  And really, it looks kind of cute:

the question is, can we avoid backing over it ourselves??

Upon our return today it was sunny and bright so we raced out to Minto Island Park (what a treasure) for a bike ride/walk

followed by a quick Starbuck’s visit.

Okay January, roll on.


  1. I love your fabric artwork! We went to Mo’s one time..I think it was in or near Lincoln City..I like your tree.It would be so sad if you ran over! Happy New Year!

  2. Bonnie- When you come to visit pay particular attention to our pine tree. See how much it has grown from the size of the one in your pot. Diane and I have consulted with Uncle Hank, who was head of The Rose Garden in Portland for 30 years, and he suggests repotting the tree inland a few feet to give it space to grow so the limbs won’t scratch your new (old by then) Subaru. You can put a reflective cone where the pot is now. That should keep your neighbor’s dad from gauging tire-graffito in your lawn. Uncle Hank of Wave Crest Inn decorates our shore pine tree every Winter Solstice, so we might party on at your place when your tree gets old enough. Think about it and let us know when you are here to steal my art. Art? Cutting with scissors is art? Since when? -Rex

  3. Lovely photos of your quilts and vacation memories! A nice place to recharge. Ah, the petite pine tree is gorgeous! Neighbors…I had a small pine tree I was caring for near the property line on OUR side. With one fell sweep, one day the neighbor cut the sapling leaving it behind for me to see–he also dumped his pine cones in our yard at every chance… Your approach worked well–I would be vocal–and yet we still have a big bare spot in our back yard from the neighbor who cut all of her trees. Hmmmm.

  4. Traffic Control is brilliant. Happy New Year! Good looking quilts. Glad you added the full view.
    I want some chowder.
    Love you!

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