Thursday, October 17, 2019

I Like Thursdays: October 17, 2019

Greetings and Salutations!  How are you doing?  Here are some likes for this week:

 Scout and her friend Luca.  Luca is moving out of our neighborhood and Scout will miss him terribly.  Luca's mommy and I are going to arrange playdates because they truly love each other.  Scout used to cry at the window when Luca walked by.  We will miss both Luca and Lisa!

I joke that I collect antique quilts because I am a mediocre quilter.  My friend Carol got me this t-shirt and it is a real hoot!  I love it:

New sheers for the window!  I decided to replace them this year.  I actually moved here in the late 90s with this sheers and it was well past time.  They are actually white instead of dingy grey!  Made doing the fall cleaning more rewarding!!!

Hope you are having a great week! Check out more positive posts at LeeAnna's!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I Like Thursdays: October 10, 2019

Happy Positive Thursday!!!
Be sure to check out other "I Like" posts over at LeeAnna's!
I like that my husband has been home the entire time I've had to be off my sprained ankle!  He's walked Scout for me and that has been a big help.  I'm still not able to take her for a walk but I'm doing much better!
I like this new vase that my friend Beth gave me.  It has a frog on the top of the vaseline glass which makes it easier to arrange flowers!

Scout likes it too!
I'm not sure if these are the last flowers I'll be able to pick this season.  Hopefully it will warm up a bit so that we can get another crop of roses.  Right now just one rose has filled my home with the wonderful aroma!
The other day I had to go to the doctor on the outskirts of town.  The air was full of the scent of apples.  When I was a kid, the rural area outside of town was full of orchards.  Even though I couldn't see the apple trees, I knew there was an old orchard left somewhere.  It's such a distinct scent!

Beth and I did the By the Chimney No More program in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania this past week.  I love the new dress form she got to display a suffragists' garb.  Isn't this neat?

I like seeing my friends and I had a lot of visitors as I rested my ankle.  Linda came earlier in the week and Diana came on Thursday.  She brought some old cards and photos that her mother had stashed away and we spent the day looking through them and reminiscing!  Don't you just love these old illustrations?

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

I like Thursdays: October 3, 2019

Hello and Welcome to I Like Thursdays!  Hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color, visit our friends who bring sunshine to our world each week!

What's new in your world?  We are getting some much needed rain.  It's only a light rain but we'll take it.  Hopefully it will continue throughout much of the day.

We like our dog friends!  Tinkerbell came to visit on Saturday.  I still can't walk on my ankle and so Scout enjoyed some friend time with Tink.

It's the end of an era here.  Our neighbors Denise and Ken have finally taken down their swing set.  We have so many good memories of the kids (the youngest is a sophmore in college) playing there.

 Our granddaughter Helena is the smallest fairy.  
These photos are 10 years old!!

I've been working on handwork this past week.  Finished binding this quilt and working on some embroidery blocks now.

My mom has been showering my friend Beth and I with suffrage gifts lately.  Look at the bracelets she bought for each of us!
The charms are each suffrage posters!  We are thrilled!  We'll be traveling to Wilkes-Barre next week to visit the Pennsylvania Quilters and give our trunk show that highlights women's suffrage!  We'll be sure to wear our bracelets!!!

I hope you have a great week!  Stay positive!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

I Like Thursdays: September 26, 2019

It's Like Thursday, a day to post positive things on the internet and hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Visit her here for other happy news from our members!

Today is my brother Jim's birthday!
Jim with Scout when she was a baby.  
Jim is only 11 months younger than me (we've been often referred to as Irish twins).  We are very close.  He and his wife even live down the street from us so we see each other often.  Jim has the best heart and is always helping folks just because it is the right thing to do.  He is an active partner in care-giving for our mother these days and I couldn't ask for a better bro!  A lot of my friends have had crushes on him through the year because he is so handsome but he only has eyes for his wife Janet (sorry girls).  Happy Birthday Jim!

We had a brief rain one day last week and overnight, I had buds on my climber roses.  Now that they are getting bigger, I walk by the arbor and can smell the wonderful scent of roses!
No rain since then.  My son Nik was coming by and working on landscaping with me and we both agreed this week that we are done.  I'm just concentrating on keeping things alive with constant watering.  
Because I've been keeping the garden watered and the bird baths full, we had a few visitors this past week.  We don't tend to see Monarch butterflies this late but it was fun to see the occasional one stop by for a respite as they journeyed south.
I've been injured by squirrels that have been leaving all kinds of nut debris on our sidewalks :(

Today I'm grateful that my husband flew home last night.  I was walking Scout yesterday and didn't see a black walnut on the path and twisted my ankle.  Got a nice chip in my ankle bone and a golf ball swelling along the side of my foot.  Thankfully, Brad will be able to walk Scout the next two weeks (hopefully he will be staying home that long). 

I like this quilt I saw in an antique store recently.  I didn't buy it but I love the juxtaposition of the old style redwork with the 1930s applique animals.  Is it is cool?  

Today is the last day to compete for the giveaway over at the Pennsylvania Piecemaker blog!

Hope you are having a great week!  Happy Thursday!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Thread question

This is how I feel today.  And obviously so does Scout :)

But I have a thread question.  I'm looking for a regular sewing thread that is low lint.  I recently had my sewing machine cleaned and the repairman said there was a lot of thread lint in it.  Do you have a recommendation?

In other news, we have a giveaway over at the Pennsylvania Piecemaker blog.  Leave a comment before Thursday to compete for the Michael Miller Fairy Frost charm pack fabric!

Have a good day and thanks for your comments!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

I like Thursdays: September 19, 2019

Good Morning!  How is your week going?  I am happy to report that we finally got some rain here in town.  Overnight, we had new buds on the roses which are now blooming!

There's just no substitute for a good rain!

Unfortunately, there is no more rain forecasted for the next week so I'm back to watering a bit.  But at least the temperatures have been wonderful.  I've had all the windows open in the house!

I'm enjoying Ken Burns new series on Country Music.  Have you been watching it?

I haven't been gardening because I'm not supposed to be in direct sunlight with the new medication I'm on.  Instead I've been reveling in the fact that I could work in the attic and have been sewing a lot.  Yesterday was a cutting day.

Three more baby  quilts ready to assemble!

Not sure who this lap quilt is for but I wanted to use up some fabric.

I need to start some scrap quilts soon too.  My scrap drawers are a bulging!

What have you been up to?
Have a wonderful week and be sure to visit more positive posts at LeeAnna's here.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

"I like Thursdays": September 12, 2019

So sorry to have missed last week's posting.  I was under the weather!  Scout commiserated with me in bed.  How are you today?  It's hazy and hot and humid here in eastern Pennsylvania.  Today is Thursday and time for Leeanna's "I like Thursday" positive posts.  You can visit more blogs by visiting Leeanna's blog Not Afraid of Color.

In the garden, we are in desperate need of rain.  The butterflies are gone now but we have a number of small moths hitting the flowers, especially this kind:
I tried to find the name of this kind of moth.  It might be a Silver-Spotted Skipper (don't you love that name?).  They are constantly dancing around the garden and bumping each other off the flowers.

We are in desperate need of rain (storms keep circling our area but very little falls here).  I spend most of my time outside watering.  Blooming now:
A great bush, even the leaves are fragrant and the bees adore it this time of year.

This flower is native to Pennsylvania and I planted it years ago to amuse the grandkids :)

On Sunday I was well enough to go on a brief tour of some of the historic houses in our neighborhood.  Our favorites were the first and the last house we went to that featured arts and crafts architecture:

 Moravian tiles on the front porch of our friend's house!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

I Like Thursday: August 29, 2019

I can't believe it is Thursday already!!  Wow!
Why does time go so quickly at the end of the summer?
Time for an "I Like Thursday" post 
hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color!

We've had good weather this past week.  It was actually a lucky break for me.  My sewing machine jammed up late last week and while it was getting serviced, I worked in the garden.  Time to get some beds ready for moving plants this fall!
One of my neighbors sent over a set of lanterns and I'm finally figuring out where at least one of them will go!  They are weathered and worn but I love them!

Also a good time to appreciate some reblooming!
Scout has been happily assisting me in the garden when she isn't napping :)
Our suffrage project continues on at the Pennsylvania Piecemaker blog.  Last week Diann won a set of batik fat quarters and turns out, she is the same Diann at Little Penguin Quilts who participates in "I Like Thursdays" too!  Congrats Diann!

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

I Like Thursdays: August 22, 2019

Good Morning!  It's "I Like Thursday" sponsored by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Visit her blog for other positive posts!

We are nearing the end of our fourth heat wave this summer.  Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler.  I finished binding one quilt this week so far:
This quilt was made of leftovers and scraps.  I used the last of the nesting doll fabric and the orange fabric and just about used up all the aqua.  It's so satisfying to use up fabric!  

What do you think about when you are sewing?  I usually end up thinking of my next project as I sew.  I'm working on an I-spy quilt and would like to make a lot more of them.  They make great donation quilts!

The peegee hydrangea tree is blooming and as always, full of busy bees and butterflies.  This time of year it is just swarming with happy insects!

We are also enjoying all the butterflies in the garden.  They seem to enjoy the zinnias just as the flowers are opening:

Today I'll be sewing and visiting with my friend Linda.  She is a gardener too and called last night to suggest we get together today since tomorrow will be great gardening weather!  Should be a fun day!

Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!  Hope your weather is good too!