Let’s start with some beauty: sunrise yesterday en route to the All-State (Maine) New England Qualifier tournament at Nokomis High School in Newport, Maine. LOOK at those colors on the snow, the farm on the crest at the right, the maples silhouetted (and likely soon to sprout sap buckets)…. sigh..swoon…
It’s been an action packed few days: it is now 9:34 a.m. Friday. Since this time Wednesday morning…..
I received two memory cards (RAM, not hard drive) for my 2010 MacBook Pro and successfully installed them! WOW what an improvement now that I’m at the max. for this machine, 8 GB! Why did I wait so long?
In the upper left you see one of the two old RAM memory cards. The two new ones are installed, in the center of my laptop. The Apple Store no longer does upgrades on machines as “old” as my 2010 model, so I had no choice but to do it myself. Luckily, there were handy videos online and it was easy peasy! And boy does my laptop switch from one thing to the next faster!
Then I got to go downstairs. As promised, I’m sharing some of the fabric–since I can’t share the in progress pics until the quilt is done and juried (either in or out).
Here are the pre-fused fabrics for my current quilt. There will be plenty leftover, but that is the joy of Mistyfuse–it never goes bad. I can keep and use all the scraps and leftovers. In fact, many of the fabrics on the table that aren’t big rectangles are leftovers from previous projects. Yep–I’m a Mistyfuser! I’m gonna have to blog how I use it, maybe even try doing a video….
Yesterday was Eli’s final meet/tournament of the wrestling season: a new one, but a worthy addition to Maine’s line-up. In the past, the three state champions for each of the 14 weight classes (from 106 to 285), one each from Class A, B and C schools went to New England Regional Championships. This year, in an effort to have the best of the best, they instituted a New Englands Qualifier tournament the week after States. The top four finishers in each weight class got to compete.
As usual, I had to take “good luck” photos of Eli warming up. Here he has doffed his sweats, put on his headgear and is running into the gym for what became his final match.
As my loyal readers (thank you! I am still astonished at that concept!), you know Eli is a GOOD wrestler, hubby/dad Paul is an Asst. Coach, and I’m a loud fan of Eli and the Camden team. Last weekend, Eli placed third in States, having lost by just two points to the eventual winner of the 145-lb weight class in an early round, thereby ended up in the Consolation bracket where the top spot was number 3 (which he got!).
Earlier in the day, he and buddy Connor Winchenbach (who placed first at 152-lbs at Class B States) take a break between rounds to have some lunch. In the far mat another of the Camden boys is wrestling (tiny figure in red with white lettering down the spine).
Earlier in the season, the kid from Massabesic tooled all over Eli at a duals (regular season) meet. Eli was in a better frame of mind this day, but Eli told me the Massabesic kid is **really good** on his feet. You don’t often see Eli in this position, about to get dumped! (Eli is in red, Massabesic — a Class A school from the southern part of the state — is in white-green-yellow.
But it wasn’t one-sided: it was back and forth and tied at 5-5 until halfway through the third period:
After getting brought down, Eli came back and here is in control, trying (but not succeeding) to get the boy onto his shoulders.
PK and Coach G are on the right, watching Connor who is wrestling on the next mat. Eli and Massabesic wrestler are in the back, with Eli on top and in control. Eli is doing a cross-face, which makes it hard for the kid to maneuver.
But in the end, Eli couldn’t hang on to the very strong senior from Massabesic, who got back on to his feet and managed to score two points at the end of the third period to eke out the win.
That makes Eli one of the top SIX 145-lb. wrestlers in the State—all classes! (there is no wrestle-off for 5/6, but the other one tied at 5/6 is the boy won won Class A States!). As a SOPHOMORE! Of the other six, one is a sophomore (he placed third), and four are seniors. WAY TO GO, ELI! (Yup, bustin’ my buttons proud!) AND, Eli placed higher than ANY other Class B or C 145-lb wrestler (meaning he did better than the boys who won first and second last Saturday)! The top three in each weight class from the Qualifier meet will compete in two weeks at New Englands. And (drum roll) Connor Winchenbach, a senior, qualified to compete, too! Way to go, Connor!
Then came food! Connor’s parents and three teammates who traveled with them (the school did not provide a bus!) and the three of us went to Pizza Hut, and boy could you tell only Connor has to make weight. Those boys ATE! <beam>
Eating continued this morning with the first waffles in 3 1/2 months. My recipe, from Joy of Cooking, uses 3 eggs, and I generally think of it as feeding 3 people. I had 3 waffles (small). Eli had ALL the rest. <Beam!> I’ve missed feeding Eli!
Hmmm…just noticed my watermark needs the date changed! ….Anyway….
During breakfast guess what it was doing: yep, snowing. This is the FIFTH snowstorm/snowfall we’ve had in the past seven DAYS. I ran out during breakfast to get this photo. Good thing as the temperatures have just pushed above freezing and it has changed to (yuck) rain. That means slush and, when the temperature drops tonight, ice. Yuck.
HUGE snowflakes coming down during breakfast.
So that’s the past 52 hours. Today: work more on that quilt, hopefully work on a drawing lesson/class, and hang out with Eli on the last weekday of Winter Break. Tomorrow: to Portland with Eli to buy new running shoes for the upcoming Track and Field season, then to a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) meeting in Portsmouth, NH on Sunday. WOOT! And fabric dyeing with Kathy, hopefully on Tuesday!!! Double WOOT!