1. You guys!! My cactus seeds are sprouting! I'm so super excited. I hope they will keep growing! These are the ones I harvested from a barrel cactus fruit my dad picked while we were hiking out in Arizona. I have lots more seeds and was going to plant them every few months to see when they grew best, but I'm just happy a few from the first batch sprouted. Now I think I have to be careful not to over-parent them.
2. The pups are so fun. Bentley managed to get the chair before Blue a few times this week, and I thought he looked cute all twirled up. My sweet! Blue and I are doing well in reactive dog class, we had another real dog there last week and he was so much calmer on the leash than in the past, mostly I think because I had a handful of ham, but it was certainly progress.
3. I started a new commission this weekend, it's a banner for my sister's children's Montessori school. Unfortunately, I realized after spending all afternoon piecing the border that I forgot to reverse the color placement. The border is a liturgical calendar, and now it goes counter-clockwise instead of clockwise. I was so angry, I'd used up several of my last bits of good silk. There wasn't any way to pick it out or anything because of the shape of the pieces, but after calming down, my mom offered to send me some of her green silks, and now I'm starting over. In the end it will be ok, I'll use the backwards one in a quilt of my own, and I know some things I want to do differently this next time (in addition to piecing it the right direction).
I actually think that using some of the greens my mom sent, which are brighter more liturgical-ordinary-time greens than some of the sagey ones I had will be better anyway.
4. It's been cold and icy here lately, but I did get to go unexpectedly to the Ballet last weekend. I don't usually go to the ballet, but a friend had a last minute extra ticket (for really good seats), so I went with her. It was lovely, they did La Sylphide which was very visually striking, but kind of a weird story.
I hope all of you are staying warm and having a good week! Click over to LeeAnna's for good things to like!