Relay for Life Tshirt Blanket and the Arizona fires

Day 159

We are slowly slowly getting back to what I would consider a normal schedule for us, if you consider hitting 3 swim practices a day normal??!! But hey the girls are having a blast living up Summer with team events, sleepovers and swim meets!

This blanket was delivered yesterday for a friend's mom...they are very big supporters and participate as a family in the Relay for Life Nearly two years ago they lost a family member to cancer and we were able to get a few of her tshirts to incorporate them into this blanket...even though her mom knew we were getting tshirts from her she did not know we had gotten some from her Aunt and apparently when she received this she cried and did not let go of the blanket (happy sobbing) this makes my heart sing and it means I am in the career I am supposed to be in!!

These blankets are not meant to be put up on a wall and displayed (unless of course you want to) they are meant to be used every day. The backing on this one is a double sided sherpa with a minky fleece on the outside so it is incredibly soft and snuggly!

Gosh I guess you could tell we have been spending our who waking lives at one of 3 pools around Albuquerque considering this picture was taken at A POOL lol lol.

I positioned the center squares using the Aunt's tshirts so that they form a sort of message of Hope, Remembrance and Surviving and even though her Aunt did not survive her cancer in the end she fought a good fight and has continued to (survive) live on in the loving memories of her family.

On a lighter note my garden is starting to really come back to life although I predict that everything will be stunted this season because of the amounts of smoke we have been getting from the fires in Arizona....

Every morning and night we go out and spray off the ash which is EVERYWHERE it looks like snow flurries. These are my wild pink snapdragons that bloomed for the first time this year.

My hollyhocks are really suffering the worst because their leaves are not as smooth and seem to collect the black ash and it sticks there despite daily dousing.

Sunsets thick with smoke producing some cool red suns but I am tired of smelling like we live in a BBQ pit with the windows closed all day and night and no swamp cooler to keep the house cool SIGH.....
(both of these images are from KASA.com )

See this wall of smoke overtaking the city??!?...this is what it looks like every night as the smoke rolls in and is so thick you can't see 100 feet in front of you ....I am hoping that they start to get some containment on this fire to protect the families in it's path and that the firefighters stay safe as they battle this huge blaze.

What will you create today? So happy to be back in my creative lair/sewing room again....

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