Thursday, January 25, 2018

I Like #52

Another week of I Likes!

1.  My sister was up this weekend and she and I had a lovely time.  We went to a shooting competition (steel challenge), and played lots of board games.  She cam without the kids this time, and while I missed them, it was really great to spend time with her.  Her kids got nerf guns for Christmas but she doesn't want them shooting at each other, so on Saturday afternoon we made targets for them.  It was a super easy and fun project, and we got to indulge in a bit of "adult" coloring. Luckily I had all the paint out from my new quilt project so we didn't even make a bigger mess that what was already there.

I think her kids got a kick out of them!

2.  Of course there's always a plant or flower related I like from me.  You guys!!  I turned my cool weird plant around this week and discovered that it had sprouted a bunch of arms on the side that faced the window!  I didn't even know sprouting arms was something this plant would do!  It's so awesome!  I'm a bit worried because I'm not sure whether I should repot it.  It's in a smallish pot, but i'm afraid it's so top heavy that I'd break it trying to repot.  Anyone with insight on that please feel free to share.

3.  I like chamber music!  Our church co-sponsors a local concert series, and one of the concerts was this week.  They had the Serafin String Quartet a nationally known touring string quartet, joined by pianist Stephanie Shames and violinist Hal Grossman.  The concert was in our church and we got to sit in the very front pew which gave a great view (although made for crummy pictures).  It was fabulous from beginning to end.  The first half was just the string quartet playing Haydn String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3 “Horseman;” and Mendelssohn e minor Op. 44, No. 2, both of which were great (although I generally like chamber music).  The second half was even better, the string quartet was joined by guest musicians from the University of Oklahoma and played the Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet which I'd never heard before.  It was remarkable, and beautiful, and energetic, and wonderful.  The pianist in particular was a joy to watch.  I left the concert buzzing with good energy.

4.  I like finishing old projects!  This is really a cheater, since I like this all the time, and I didn't really finish anything old this week, but I did finally blog earlier this week about a recently finished quilt that my mom, sister, and I have been working on on and off for about a decade.  Check it out if you're interested!

Thanks as always to LeeAnna for linking us up, and I hope there's lots to like in your neck of the woods this week!


  1. Hi Shannon,
    I can't give you any advice about your plant, but that sure is COOL how it is growing on the window side. I have been nursing some plants at work that a coworker has ignored. It is thrilling to be able to bring one of the two back to life. Alas, the second plant may not make it. Those targets are SO neat! Much better for them than shooting at each other! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. lol about turning the plant around to see what it was busy doing all this time! Yes to sisters, and chamber music and finishing things because it frees you to start more!

  3. I like the targets! I'm guessing they spun when you hit them? I'm also guessing the bigger bottom cause them to right themselves after? Neat design. Ah - chamber music. It's been a long time since I've listened to some live. How nice.

  4. What a great idea to make those targets for the kids! You and your sister are good together! The concert sounds wonderful - I always enjoy watching the pianist, too, because that is my instrument. I scrolled down to see the older project that you and your mom finished - I knew that poem, and love the quilt you put together for it!

  5. That's one of the best ideas I've seen for using nerf guns. Clever!
    I love the strings esp. in orchestras. I can imagine how enjoyable that concert was.
    Your plant is indeed weird/cool and I will have to look it up. You've made me curious.

  6. What a genius idea for the nerf guns! BRAVO! I love your plant! Have a wonderful day!