May, 27, 2022: Baskets, Hope, and Earthly Delights

Greetings dear readers! Nine new basket blocks this week for granddaughter Ursula’s quilt. As I made them, many “hopes” for her came to mind.

I hope she grows up to live in a society that bans assault weapons.

I hope she grows up to live in a society that doesn’t permit hand guns or rifles to be carried in public by non police or military.

I hope she grows up to live in a society in which kindness and concern for others is a way of life for all.

I hope she grows up to live in a society in which mental health services are available and affordable for all who need them.

I hope she grows up to live in a society in which fear and hatred are overcome by courage, understanding, and acceptance.

I hope she grows up to live in a society in which the government is run by people who want to help others and get things done and are not corrupted by money and power.

I’m afraid many of our elected officials have lost their moral compasses and far too easily turn a blind eye on words and deeds that are clearly wrong! For the sake of our future and for our children and grandchildren, we need to vote those people out of office. Hold them accountable!

Let’s do what we can. In situations like this, I go for hope to this quote by Gandalf in The Hobbit: ”Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small every day deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

I also turn to ”beauty” of all types to sustain me – natural beauty (let’s take care of this planet before it’s too late!) and the beauty of all the creative arts – music, literature, painting, and crafts; quilting of course!🙂 I marvel at we humans’ ability to create and appreciate the beautiful. So here are some ”earthly delights” for your enjoyment. The lilac is New Hampshire’s state flower and May is their time:

A friend’s orchid is amazing:

Many different kinds of ferns continue to unfurl in different shades of green:

Love the simplicity of this flower:

Each shagbark hickory bud I showed in my previous posts eventually opens into several stems with several leaves:

Then, up in the treetops, see those ”catkins” hanging down from each grouping of stems snd leaves?:

Those are the ”male” flowers, full of pollen, which fertilizes the ”female” flowers on the same tree – the females are too small to see at this distance. Then those females eventually grow into the hickory nuts! Probably more than you ever wanted to know about hickory trees!🙂

Wishing everyone a restful, peaceful, good holiday weekend! I’ll be back at the end of it with my May mini.

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

14 thoughts on “May, 27, 2022: Baskets, Hope, and Earthly Delights

  1. 107sophie May 27, 2022 / 4:49 pm

    O Gladi – the hopes you have added to the baskets for your sweet Ursula are exactly what every child needs as they grow. I hold out hope that we can seize the upcoming opportunity to replace politicians with statesmen and women who will place the needs of our children ahead of power grabbing for its own sake. Thank you for the beautiful nature photos to enjoy and remember that beauty is still with us.

    • gladiporsche May 28, 2022 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you Sophie! I fear for our government, but haven’t lost hope yet!

  2. acityquilter May 27, 2022 / 5:17 pm

    ooh such pretty baskets…i echo your sentiments….i have no grandchildren but concerned for those who do

    • gladiporsche May 28, 2022 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you Grace!

  3. anne May 28, 2022 / 9:34 am

    From across the Pond, I too share your hopes and fears.
    Your patchwork is so inspiring . Thanks for taking the time to share.

    • gladiporsche May 28, 2022 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you Anne. I always feel especially good when I know I’ve inspired someone!

  4. Marsha May 28, 2022 / 3:48 pm

    Your basket blocks are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it all put together. I am so sad and disappointed in the politicians for not doing the right thing about gun control. I wonder what will it take before something is done. I loved all the beautiful nature pictures. It’s a glorious time for us in the Northwest with all the trees in bloom.

    • gladiporsche May 28, 2022 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much Marsha for your kind comments! Have a great weekend!

  5. Janet O. May 28, 2022 / 6:13 pm

    A wonderful post, Gladi, in word and photo. I love your hopes for your granddaughter. They beautifully expressed what I have not been able to put into words.
    And your photos of nature are soothing. We just returned from visiting our daughter and her family in Oregon. I left behind my lilacs that were just beginning to bloom, but arrived in Oregon in time for the love display of the rhododendrons. Lifted my heart!

    • gladiporsche May 28, 2022 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you Janet! The return of such beautiful colors in nature in springtime is so uplifting!!

  6. barbvedder May 30, 2022 / 11:17 am

    Your baskets are so pretty and I’m sure your niece will love this quilt. Your fabric combinations are inspiring.
    I agree with all your hopes for her and for all of us. I’ve been very upset about the current state of things in our country, which means I’ve been upset for years now.
    I don’t know when accountability will come but I remain hopeful too.
    I also turn to nature and beauty. Thank you for sharing some with us today.

  7. Wendy C. Reed May 30, 2022 / 12:14 pm

    Beautifully stated, my friend. We must put all our energies into the showing the next generation that kindness and love for each other and our planet are essential. Thank you for a beautiful post and a lovely reminder!

  8. marissthequilter May 31, 2022 / 7:56 am

    I am moved by your post. The basket quilt for your granddaughter will be a special gift, given all the positive thoughts that are being stitched into those beautiful baskets.
    Thank you for the reminder that small acts of kindness can move mountains.

  9. Angie May 31, 2022 / 8:47 pm

    Thank you for your post – it was just the tonic I needed today!
    I often think “good thoughts” while I’m working on a quilt for someone; but I think I’ll alter my practice and make specific wishes such as yours.

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