Category Archives: Life!

Cloth-folding Magic of Furoshiki

wine bottle carrier FuroshikiFuroshiki, a Japanese method of folding cloth into useful things

Using a 105  centimeter (just over 41 inches) cloth, look what you can do! I am fascinated by this method of folding. How green! How clever! I first saw this at my last quilt retreat as one of the gals showed us how to do a bag and the wine bottle carrier.

The Japanese way is to use a beautiful silk piece, but I don’t see why this couldn’t work with some 100% cotton quilting fabric too. Grab some fabric and give it a try!

Halloween Bash

It was hopping last night at the First Annual (yep, there might be others) All Hallows Eve party. It was a night for the adults; although it occurs to me now that most of us were not acting like adults. Oh well.

Things were going well until my camera battery died, so I’m hoping for more photos eventually. In the meantime, enjoy this ghoulish group of crazies. And the food was amazing. I said potluck, and these folks really did it up. Gotta love a party where you don’t have to cook.

We watched Young Frankenstein and it was a hoot. It’s a classic. 1974. Black and white movie… it!

Happy Halloween!

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Hiking on the Rogue River

Recently I hiked the Rogue River Trail with my hubby and some friends. It was amazing! Four days, forty + miles. It was pretty much “glam hiking” as we stayed in lodges each night and they cooked for us. So all we had to do was carry our clothes, some food and snacks, and anything else we wanted. No tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment, etc….you know, all the heavy stuff. My pack was about 15 pounds (possibly more on the first day as I packed in a platypus of red wine!).

We did the “unsupported” hike and fortunately for us no support was needed. The trail was mostly about half way up the side of the hills looking down at the river most of the time. There were a few dicey parts of the trail that had slid down the hill (!) but it was all doable. And I’m afraid of heights, but it was no huge deal. Just took some extra concentration in parts! The weather was pretty toasty to start (about 85 degrees) but by the fourth day we got a sprinkle or two, and it clouded over, so we got a fabulous cool day for most of the last day of hiking.

And so now my hubby and I are joking that we are walking distance to Eugene…..!

And now it’s back to work……(not so bad really)!