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Stars of Yellow


Like one of two of you, I have been checking social media on a too frequent basis. What is real and what is rumor? Angry comments are mis-directed fear–fear of the unknown and panic has spread from official to official to regular persons who are spending far too much time on social media.

I have been taking advantage of this time to work on some projects. I will admit to no social distancing from Vivian—but Vivian has never been to Walmart, the dog park, Krogers, or church—she just waits patiently for me in the back room of what my husband calls my play-house.

The play-house is a 100 year plus old rice farmer cottage with the dog-run center wide hallway and two rooms on either side plus and upstairs of three rooms. Vivian lives in the back room where I can see a few of my beehives, a good view of the water tanks filled now with lettuce and English peas. The grounds are covered with blooming white clover and the bees are busily working that clover.

We monitor those hives as this is swarming season; Toby and Dora were thrilled to visit and wander around and inspect the sugar cane we planted about two weeks ago—yes there are a few sprouts so we will be able to harvest our own sugar cane in about two years and then I will have to figure out how to make sugar from that cane (maybe I’m kidding here)

Back to Vivian. Vivian was my grandmother’s name and I gave it to my Gammill quilting machine. We have become good friends and like my grandmother, she works hard.

This quilt was made from some stars my mother hand-pieced–eye-balling the 1/4 inch seams which means no two were identical and some green and white triangles my dad cut out for her when her hands could no longer function due to neuropathy from chemo. They weren’t perfectly cut either—and I could have recut everything but just wanted it to be what it was—a joint project between my dad, my mom, my grandmother’s name-sake and me.

it’s all done except for the binding and the words for the label.

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  1. jeannie loving #

    it’s beautiful. I can show you how to make sugar from sugar cane. I am surprised you have to wait two years, but maybe that’s to establish it, as it is harvested annually in Honduras. In the meantime you need to acquire a machete!

    March 29, 2020
  2. they grow sugar cane next door in Louisiana—every year we have the annual burning of the cane and smoke fills the air. We do have a machete–it lives next to the upstairs bookcase—in case of burglars in the night.

    I think I’ll stick to honey as being an easier source of sugar to sate my sweet tooth.

    I’m not sure how much sugar we’ll get out of twelve inches of stalks—friend gave us a couple feet of stalk and we just cut it up into pieces and dug it into the old rice field area behind my playhouse.

    March 29, 2020

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