Friday, January 6, 2012

January Alternatives . . .

When I first started this blog, I didn't have anything to put in the right-hand sidebar except for "About Me" and my photo, followed by white space. Other bloggers with some time in front of the screen had accumulated various "things" to post. Blogger envy set in. I'd recently completed a Calendar Quilt, with a block representing each month, so decided to present the Block of the Month in the sidebar. Here's the whole quilt, named Friendly Foes, based on a wall-hanging that grew to enormous proportions (king-sized plus). Each block has a cat and a bird, "friendly foes."

Twelve blocks, twelve months of blog. Finished. But I like the idea of having something changeable in place of Block of the Month, so I've hit upon the idea of posting a photo taken in the current month, although not necessarily this year. I skimmed through January photos taken since I had a digital camera, collecting candidates for the sidebar.

By far the most fertile ground for January photos was 2008, when Sister-in-Law and I took a winter trip to Paris with Jeanne, the leader of the quilters' tours I go on, and a friend of hers. Not all the photo choices show off well in the slightly-over-thumbnail size the sidebar gadgets accept, and they don't all look as well cropped to square. I've tried here. I probably should have shown the originals here. But . . .

Here are the alternatives to the one I selected.

Two little birds outside of la Ste Chapelle, 1-12-2008
(I love this picture!)

La tour Eiffel on a winter day, 1-12-2008

Marché de la Bastille, 1-13-2008

At l'Église Ste Jeanne d'Arc, Rouen, 1-15-2008.
This one was selected as best meeting the criteria above.

From the top of l'Arc de Triomphe in the rain, 1-17-2008

Greenland, 1-21-2008

Two little birds back home in California, 1-28-2008

A year later, Cancer Center at St. Joseph's, Stockton for radiation, 1-29-2009

See you soon.



  1. I love the photo that you took on top of the Arc of Triumph. It's just wonderful!

  2. I love it too. The blue-white-red just seems like the French flag.

  3. I've wanted to go to Paris in the wintertime for a very very long time. Not going to happen this year, sadly, but maybe next year. I love the idea of posting photos in your sidebar--and I love your photos, too! Ste. Jeanne d'Arc was the patron saint of my elementary school.

  4. I enjoyed the block of the month, I just didn't realize that it all fit together in one big quilt. Wow! That's a nice looking piece.

    Your pictures of Paris are great, but I especially like the Eiffel Tower with the clouds and feeling of cold steel. It's a bit different than we see all of the time.

  5. Lovely photos of Paris...reminds me of when I lived there.

  6. Thanks, all.
    Wish I could have a longer stay in Paris some time, long enough that I could just kick back and not feel like I must make the "most" of every day, going somewhere, doing something, as you feel compelled to do as a short term visitor.