Today’s Progress

Music was always playing in my classroom. We had special music for every occasion…morning greeting, thinking time, working time, end-of-day…just to name a few. Years ago, I attended an educator workshop that showed research showing that playing Mozart for math. I do not know if it was the placebo affect or if it was for real, but it worked. My students would ask for Mozart whenever they went to work on math problems, independently or in a group.
Well, today, I had Mozart playing for me. I was trying to figure out how to make a star block to fit the corners of the quilt border. The border itself was an odd size, so this made the star block difficult … for me, that is. Thanks to Mozart, I figured out what I needed to cut.

I need to sew the bottom border together, make three more star blocks, and then I can attach the borders and corner. All the pieces for the remaining star blocks are cut.

I could have gotten further on the quilt, but I decided to work on one of my other goals for the year.  I have never been a cook or a baker. My sons all became great cooks, out of necessity, I am sure. This Christmas, one of my daughter-in-laws made me a cookbook with some of her recipes. Phyllis and my son even gave me spices and basic supplies to start up my kitchen.
My daughter-in-law is a great cook and baker. With her support, and her cookbook, I have begun to make a few meals and breads.
Today, I took time out to make zucchini bread…from scratch! I feel like Betty Crocker.

It looks a little dark, but it is delicious.
Thanks, Phyllis!

10 thoughts on “Today’s Progress

  1. Hi Chela! What a great post. I have never heard of the connection between math and Mozart before, but I am thrilled it worked for your students and now you. Those stars look perfect in the corners of you quilt. You can be proud of both accomplishment each time to look at this quilt. You figured it out – you rock – but truly I had no doubt that you would do it. And, your zucchini bread looks delicious! That used to be a staple in our house but I haven’t made it in years. Ummm, makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Enjoy a slice for me today, would you?! Oh heck, make it two – who can stop at just one?! ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Roseanne, you are always so positive and supportive. Thank you. I have always believed that there should be music in whatever I am doing. As for the zucchini bread, it’s almost gone. There are only two of us in this house, and I only had one slice. 😀

  2. You have an adventurous spirit! 🙂 Your star blocks are a good way to resolve those corners. I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out — the colors are wonderful.

    1. Yay! It is nice to know that I am not alone in my not liking to cook. I have told my husband that we should renovate the kitchen and turn it into another part of my sewing studio. All we need is a microwave and a small fridge.

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