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October 18, 2009: Sew Write!

After a week in Houston attending Quilt Market and Quilt Festival, I spent one full day at home in Winterset, unpacking my bag of business-y, city clothes and repacking for a trip to our vacation home in Wisconsin, where my husband Mark awaited me.

Excited by the prospect of a few relaxing days at our newly-rennovated cottage on Washington Island, I focused on packing exactly what I’d need. Because I was flying to Green Bay on a stand-by ticket, I could carry only a small piece of luggage, one I wouldn’t have to check. If I got bumped, my bag might not, and a cruel fate could befall my possessions.

Our little home on Washington Island is an inspiring place to live and breath. The grandeur of Lake Michigan is right outside our door, an ever-changing, always beautiful natural element. On sunny days, light streams through the big windows, bouncing and reflecting on our freshly-plastered walls. Because the the property sits above a shallow cove, impressive, foam-edged breakers roll constantly to shore on days the wind is up.

What would I do with my three days at Sunrise Cottage? Might I feel ready to start the longer work of fiction I plan to write? My laptop would fit in my bag, so any writing projects mundane or magnificent were covered. Would I prefer to sew, sitting at my table on the wide east porch with its nine windows? Just in case, I cut dozens of flannel rectangles in masculine browns, blacks, blues, and tans so I could easily start the Bricks quilt I intend to give this Christmas to a friend.

Concluding my packing late in the day, atop the essentials for my favorite pursuits, I tucked in warm pants, socks, and gloves. Next morning, I’d zip up my bag and go.

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
You will be prepared.

Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | CommentsPost a Comment | References4 References

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