I hear it's your birthday

Singing happy birthday to the HuMAn this morning while making him a birthday card.  He was asleep when I started looking for just the right picture for the background.  Who?  came to visit a couple of years ago and this picture from my portfolio seemed to fit the occasion just perfectly...just right for the birthday boy. 

Owl in the oak tree.
By the time the card was finished and still hot off the printing press, he waltzed in......thinking I had -
 not knowing I hadn't -
made a card for his very important day ages ago. 

Happy Birthday Card with Who? For Who?

Who? I ask.   Who is having a birthday today? and what is on the agenda for his very special day?

I made loaves of banana nut bread last week so he'll get a slice of bread - not cake - for breakfast.  I like mine covered with Greek yogurt.....he likes his au natural.

Then we'll head up to the attic while the air is somewhat cool.  For the past several years, we've done less and less holiday decorating.  There are no more pumpkins and witches nor turkeys in the straw and this is the year that there will be a lot less decor come Christmas time. 

We continue to put fresh greenery with pine cones and red ribbon on the front door and on the den door for a bit of holiday festivity.   We continue to put the round artificial wreaths with big red holiday bows on each window across the front of the house just to  keep up appearances.   The size of the Christmas tree was downsized a couple of years ago to one that we placed on a table in the living room window.  We really aren't being humbug it's just that - well, it's a lot of work each year to do all this just for the two of us.....so the tree will not be installed this year.   Family doesn't come for the holidays.....we go to them.  We took mental stock this year and asked ourselves:  Why?

Together, the decision was made that we could just pile our meager gifts to each other in the center of the room on Christmas morning and enjoy our gift-giving then champagne brunch without all the hustle and fuss of years past. 

Anyway, we are heading up to the attic to sort out Christmas decor.   Some of my handmade ones will nostalgically go back into storage.   Some ornaments will be given to family.  Some not so treasured treasures will go our house-cleaning service and some will go to thrift store and will hopefully be a great bargain to make someones' family home a festive one.  

After the attic sorting and after his birthday lunch, he'll probably be ready for a nice sit down on the sofa, remote in hand while I'll be heading to my newest toy, the Martelli long arm sit down.

Martelli Bella Sedere - at home with Marty Mason

 Except I've not been sitting down....what fun to stand and free motion quilt.  I've made progress but I can assure you this machine has a learning curve - especially dealing with the thread tension when changing to different weights of thread.  There's a reason they tell you to use the same thread all the time.  HOWEVER, I challenged myself to learn and learn I will!  

I'm cooking tonight and there will be meatloaf and mashed potatoes and green beans for his birthday supper.  So all in all, he will probably have a great birthday.  I know I will be having a great day with him. 



  1. Happy Birthday to the HuMAN. I hope you both had a wonderful day. Fun card!

    I think I see a foot pedal. How do you stand up and still control the pedal? I am sure you will learn and I'm even more certain that you'll love it once you get there. A few day ago I folded a queen-size quilt that I quilted before the long arm. My goodness! I am amazed that I did that. It wasn't even bad. But the work was back-breaking. I can't see myself doing it now, but I'm sure I would be trying!

  2. Mary, you do see a foot petal, but it is somewhat different from the domestic machine petal. Very heavy and is much more inviting to visit while I am standing. Standing doesn't put pressure on my shoulders and neck as much as the stitting positon did....and I am amazed at the control I have over the quilt. Visibility of the project is wonderful. I'm still in heaven, wondering how I ever quilted without my new toy. Life continues to be good and I continue to enjoy it.

    I love looking back at quilting done even last year....looking back with approval of ones' work is a good thing. So glad you do that too.

  3. I use whatever thread I want also. I've learned to adjust the lower tension and can tell when the upper tension will make the difference. Enjoy your play!

    1. Thanks for good advice. I also need to try a smaller needle size when using the very fine bobbin thread.


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