Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Still Life

It's been a long time since I've posted, but there is "still life" here at the Marler household.  We've been back from our wonderful 11 day trip to Michigan for about 9 days and I'm finally starting to feel back to normal, so I went into my sewing room today and made these.  I guess I'd call them "Still Life".  Notice that I used a shadowing effect which makes them look 3 dimensional.  They're for a block exchange with my stitch group. 

The first four days of our trip were spent in Kalamazoo (yes, there really IS a Kalamazoo).  Tim and I attended Western Michigan University there in 1976-77.  The Eastern division of American Association of Petroleum Geologists had it's anual meeting so we got to reunite with friends while there.

This is Jan Fowler.  She and her husband John were our neighbors when we lived in Kalamazoo.  She and I took a guided tour (directed by Tim and John's former geology professor's wife) to Shipshewanna, Indiana (Amish and Menonite country).
 Everything was decorated for the fall seasons and there were quilt shops everywhere!  If I had had more time, we probably would have come back totally broke!  haha

We were excited to get to meet John and Jan's son, Jacob.  He works in Michigan and is in the United States Marine reserves.
The subject of the Marines was very near and dear to our hearts while we were gone because we knew that our son was contemplating joining.  Sure enough, before we got back, he had sworn in and is headed for San Deigo on April 11, 2011.
As as mom and dad, we are so very proud of him, yet also so very scared for him.  But...we get him for the next 6 months.  He has moved back into our house until he leaves.  He continues to work and is changing into a strong and determined man right before our very eyes.

Lake Superior at Marquette.
 We got to see some beautiful country while in Michigan.  Plus, we got to see 3 of the 5 Great Lakes.

Here I am on the shores of Lake Michigan in Holland.

Arch Rock on Mackinac Island on Lake Huron.

And...we got to see some of the most beautiful trees I've seen in a long time.  The pictures do not do them justice.
We got to stay in this beautiful place.

The Dapple Grey Bed and Breakfast at Eagle Harbor, Michigan on the Keweenaw Peninsula.
 Lake Superior was litterally right outside our bedroom window:
Yes, it was cold that evening.  Luckily, Tim had the down jacket I made in 1976 for our winter in Michigan.
No "Still Life" here.

Even though it was cold that evening, I was surprised to see the tomato plants were still producing.  And aren't the mums beautiful?!

The next morning we drove 2 hours south to dig in an old copper mine.  You might find yourself asking, "whose idea was this?" was Mike's.  He's a geologist and he works with Tim.  It was an experience I'll never forget.  It started out with this beautiful rainbow over a valley of beautiful trees.

I grew up in Caledonia, MO so the name of this mine was pretty cool.  Now to be honest, I probably spent more time in the car with the heater running than I did digging in our pile of rocks looking for copper, silver and various other minerals.  I really had no idea what I was doing.

But at least I had fashionable boots for the job!  Can't say much for the pants, but with the long johns I had underneath, I was able to stay reasonably warm.  Until....the rain.  I think I found something.  I'm just not sure WHAT!
Lucky for me, there were 3 geologists who knew what they were looking for.
That's Mike on the left, Tim in the middle and the man who owns the mine on the right.  I forget his name. But he was  very nice.  Later we went to his rock shop and I bought some Caledonia mine t-shirts and

We came back in time to take in the Tulsa State Fair where I had entered 3 of my quilts.  The bright one on the right is mine.  And it has a blue ribbon!

This one didn't get a ribbon.
This one got a red ribbon.
Our daughter Calista brought home a few ribbons, too.
The pink socks are hers.
There was no "still life" while we were gone.  The grandkids continued to grow and change.
Gabe got contact lenses while we were away.  Here he is playing the Amish made marble game I brought home.

And  Timothy got glasses!  What a handsome boy!

And of course, Wesley got bigger.  And cuter.

I plan to add some more vacation pictures soon.  Until then...


dianne said...

you have so much to tell!
at first i was just gonna write something $marta$$y like "you grew a pear!"
but the rest of your pictures and stories and news deserve better than that ... congratulations on your ribbons; it looks like you had a fantastic time; we will keep your baby in our thoughts; and your grandsons are even more awesome everyday!
welcome back...

Brooke said...

I LOVE your "still life" blocks!

Lista said...

Now I REALLY want to make that shadowed leaf quilt!

ranette said...

Looks like a wonderful Fall vacation...thank you for sharing!
Congrats on the ribbons and tell Calista congrats on hers as well.

The boys just keep getting cuter and cuter.

Love the pears!

Carrie P. said...

wow, I want to go to Michigan for vacation. What an awesome b&b. Great photos of your trip. Congrats on your ribbons. How exciting.

Carrie P. said...

wow, I want to go to Michigan for vacation. What an awesome b&b. Great photos of your trip. Congrats on your ribbons. How exciting.

Susan said...

wow love your MI pics. Congrats on your ribbons!