Here I am, Patch the Pirate #2 (Gee Gee had published her own portrait , same pose, same cat, two weeks earlier).
We have choreographed this so that one of us can drive during the convalescent period. It's worked out well so far. I have a followup this week, then the last surgery at the end of the month. We had heard, of course, that we would be amazed at the difference in vision. I mostly notice how much whiter things are (the shower tiles, the formica on my quilting table, and particularly the snowy/icy portion of "Glacier". I thought it was kind of beige. Now I wonder about other color choices in my past and future work.
We did drive down to Webster Presbyterian to see three of my pieces in their "Sacred Places" exhibit, and to enjoy lunch with Susanne Miller Jones and Todd Jones prior to the opening of the International Quilt Festival. I don't have anything in the Festival this year and we were anxious about parking, etc. around the convention center, so we skipped it. Several of my friends exhibited and won awards, and we are happy for them. Oh, and three of my quilts have arrived home from exhibitions (Oil Patch #1 from SAQA's "My Corner of the World", Mae--Caught from Experience Fiber Art: "It's All Relative", and My Left Hip from StretchingArt "UnderScrutiny."
We did fulfill a promise to the Texas Challenge Academy to do a presentation about our visit to the Peace and Justice Memorial. This was really interesting--we didn't know whether the subject would engage these young adults, but we put together a Power Point, then Gee Gee shared a list of words she wanted them to research and remember, and I exhibited Flyover #5: Chains, Rope, Shame. Well, we were blown away. Cadets came up to see the quilt more closely and examine the nooses and inquire about the rusted metal pieces attached.
Tonight the temperature will be dropping, so I need to take plants inside. Likely enough it will warm up again in a few days, but last winter I lost several plants. Taking no chances this time.