I received a number of helpful comments from nice people, both on the blog and elsewhere. I particularly appreciate no one writing that it really sucked, not even that nasty spammer who keeps leaving links to some p*rn site that allegedly has pictures of the girlfriend who just broke up with him via e-mail so he is allegedly getting even by posting all her nekid pictures.
I’d break up with him, too. And there would be pictures plastered all over although chances are, they would be of the crime scene when I was done with him.
Of course, it is all made up and pitched to energetic young men and sneaky middle aged ones. Or Tiger Woods - not that he needs commercial p*rn sites since he apparently has the actresses on retainer. The spammer's arrival has made what used to be an easy back and forth between me and comments into sort of a pain. So if I have not answered you, please don’t think it has been on purpose. Chances are, I am having to approve or reject incoming messages and even though yours is approved, it then is a little more complicated to go back and comment on it, particularly if I am “approving” it from my iphone while out running errands. Sometimes I forget. I need to up my Ginko.
Anyway, I got an e-mail from Internet Mary about my barn quilt. Internet Mary is a member of my Samoyed Owners Group and we correspond via e-mail and a yahoo group. She is a member of the same group where I met Julia, Blind Willie and Tarka. I call her Internet Mary so husband knows who I am talking about. We don’t know any other Marys but when I used to just say, “Mary said…” He would interrupt and say “WHO!!??????” (even though he knows good and well who I am talking about). We used to go through a dance of:
Me: “Taff’s mom.”
Him: “You don’t know if her name is really Mary. She could be a fat old man on one of those little scooters paid for by Medicare with too much interest in the neighborhood children.”
Me: “She’s a she. I can tell by the way she writes. Besides, I’ve seen pictures of Taff.”
Him: “Whoever it is may well have an unhealthy interest in pictures!”
Eventually, we met her, her sweet husband, Taff and their new furbaby, Tootsie, in person. Internet Mary really is who she says she is. She is one of the best writers I’ve ever read, has a killer sense of humor and has unexpectedly and significantly enriched my life. She tells a story better than anyone I’ve ever met and a lot of of her yarns are on her website. She fell down the rabbit hole that is the Samoyed world when Taff showed up as a baby foundling in the midst of some terrible storms and flooding. Go look at his website and see how awful he looked. They thought he was a coyote. They had no idea what he was. They actually thought he was a she. I think even the vet missed it.
Now, I have learned that if I just say, “Mary said…” Husband will interrupt and demand to know, “Mary who???” (We still don’t know any other Marys). I have learned that if I call her Internet Mary, he will generally let it go or ask, “You mean Taff’s mom?”
Sign. He messes with my mind on purpose.
Anyway, Internet Mary is a whiz at photoshop or some such program (she can also track down ANYTHING on the internet and could repair the space shuttle, neuter an unanesthetized cat or cook a standing rib roast with just duct tape). She sent me the following doctored photo and suggested I go with a blue sky, leave the “barnyard” alone ("It looks just like a barnyard!”" and added if it were her, she'd appliqué in a chicken or two.
Sigh. She’s right about the sky.
Not about the chicken, though. That is not going to happen.
And even though she thought the “barnyard” looked just like a barnyard, in real life that is actually a driveway. And when I think “barnyard,” I think pigs in the mud. So maybe I just THINK no one told me the barn quilt sucked!
So I yanked off the sky.
Then I replaced it with that blue Stonehenge fabric by Northcott.
Notwithstanding Internet Mary’s advice, I decided to change the
Definitely more boring. I feel like I've sold out...
My quilting buddy stayed with me all the time I was working on it so at least she isn't holding it against me.
Penny, Evelyn and Pearl