Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hope Tomorrow is Better

The photo is of some of the stitching I did on the weekend. I started on a larger piece today - deciding to expand it into 72 squares of different free machine stitching which I will make into the booklet. However apart from setting up even sized squares and doing a bit of stitching, most of the day was spent tending sick children, two of them were home today one throwing up, the other coughing and the third came home disgrunteld and wants to change schools- oh boy!

Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling arrived today arrived -so can't wait to delve into that- normally Amazon orders arrive more quickly than that!

I have booked my flight for Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork- one way, Qantas won't let me use my frequent flyers for the return leg- so I will probably get that when I am over there ( hope I don't get stranded- airfares from Europe to Australia are cheaper than from Australia to Europe- they know its a long way- but I do want to get home for the last week of the school holidays in September) Unfortunately the plans to teach in Ramallah have been put into abeyance- given that I can't even get in there. And for those of you who asked about my friend in Ramallah on the weekend- I still have not heard from her- nor from anyone in Ramallah- I guess surviving is the number one priority, and I am praying that is happening....it's all that seems possible because in all the shuttle diplomacy that has been going on these last days I have heard no mention of a cease fire for Palestine or Gaza- it is like a Superdome- no water,little food, no electricty and it is raining bombs daily........and there is nowhere else to go.


Kristin La Flamme said...

Congrats on your win with Broccoli Sunset! I'm really enjoying looking at all your different free motion patterns. What a fun challenge! I too, plan on attending the Carrefour du Patchwork, so I'll look for you while there :-)

As for the rest of the world, I'm going to hope for a better tomorow as well.

teri springer said...

I commiserate with you on the concern for family/friends in the Middle East. My sister's best friend is from Lebanon- came to Canada at 16 (20+ years ago) for an arrainged marriage. She, her husband (who is wonderful- she really lucked out), and two sons moved back to Beruit in June for a year. Just heard they made it out ok but other friends of mine, a professor of Middle Eastern Studies and his wife who moved back to Beruit a year ago, have not been heard from. I'm hoping they just haven't contacted everyone in all the confusion.

teri....praying for sanity in the Middle East