Can't believe that we are having such nice fall-like weather. I'm not fooling myself, I know that Kansas weather is fickle, and we could still have 100-degree days. I'm just counting my blessings and enjoying each cool morning. Yesterday, I went for my usual walk, feeling good, and ran into a couple of friends I haven't seen in awhile and we walked and talked, and caught up on a lot of things. Nothing like good friends for getting the day off to a great start. Enjoyed it, Janie and Susan! I'm down to one leaf to applique, then I'll be ready to assemble Star Crystal AKA Fall Colors (Yes, I'm toying with a new name for this quilt. What do you think?) Now, I'm beginning to explore borders. I'm thinking I might want to make some sort of dog-tooth edging, or maybe repeat the leaf applique motifs. Suggestions are welcome. Slowing the applique process have been a multitude of other activities. One was a fun, fun trip to Fort Smith, Arkansas and the Belle Point Quilters Guild, then I drove up the road apiece through the beautiful Arkansas Hills to Siloam Springs where I spent a couple of wonderful days with my dear friends Cliff and Pam Goggans. Cliff and Pam own Sager Creek Quilts, and have a delightful daughter Carlie, who was kind enough to let me stay in her bedroom for the night. I taught Strings at Fort Smith, and Seeing Stars for Pam and Cliff, and Carlie and her parents and I spent a wild evening playing Apples to Apples. (One of those games that all ages can really enjoy.) Then home for 2 days, and off to Norman, Oklahoma for my nephew Seth's wedding to his delightful new bride Kiefer. Kelly, Kerry and Hilary came to Oklahoma for the wedding. Kelly flew in from the west coast where he was attending meetings for his job with Google, and Kerry and Hilary drove in from Ames, Iowa. We all arrived a day early and had a nice visit over dinner, a little shopping the next morning, and lunch before the early afternoon wedding. An appointment with my optometrist on Wednesday to adjust my new glasses, ended up with him concluding that my cataract has progressed very rapidly since July, and I must have lens replacement surgery NOW! The kind of cataract (Posterior subcapsular) I'm suffering from is not age related. (Link provided, only if you are interested in that sort of thing.) It is related to chronic inflammation (allergies) and use of steroidal eye drops for allergy symptoms, and tends to progress more rapidly than other cataracts. I'm scheduled for the first surgery on Sept. 16. Because I am so extremely myopic, the second eye must be done soon afterward, even though it is not affected. (Uncommon, I'm told.) I'm also told that the 2 or so weeks in between surgeries may be quite difficult because I won't be prescribed new glasses until both surgeries are done. One plus to all of this is that I may have 20/20 vision with the new lenses, even though I've NEVER had perfect vision, ever! But I may lose mid-range, and close-range vision as a result, which I depend on when sewing and working on the computer. Win some, lose some........ I'm simply anxious to get it overwith. So, I'm trying to cram as much sewing time as possible into the next 12 days, because I will be taking a forced month-long break from everything I love to do.