Thursday, April 15, 2021

I like Thursdays: April 15, 2021

I'm sharing happy things for "I like Thursdays!"  Hosted by Lee Anna, go on and see all the other bloggers who are filling the internet with positive energy!

Scout is gradually improving.  She gets another antibiotic injection next week and still naps a lot.  But I do see an improvement in her!

I've been doing some weeding.  I take a blanket out for Scout and she lies on it while I work.  Why the blanket?  Because Scout, like everyone else I know, is allergic to tree pollen and I don't like her laying in the stuff.   It will probably be three more weeks until the weeds are cleared.  There's a lot of weeds because I hardly worked in the garden last autumn.  Brad hurt his back in September and I spent the next 4 months caring for him.  
I love this new seat/kneeler I got at Gardener's Supply Company!  My knee can still bother me but sitting on this little stool sure helps!

Because Scout was sick last week, I gave Kerry Scout's grooming appointment.  She's a little skinny minny now!

Brad and I get our second vaccine on Saturday and that is the thing I like most this week!  Wishing all of you a safe and happy weekend!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

To-Do-Tuesday: April 13, 2021

 It's To-Do-Tuesday!  I've been busy but managed to put together a few blocks for Kairle Oaks Double Dip Quilt Sew Along.  It's the only sewing project I'm really working on while caring for Scout and managing family responsibilities.  

This is usually my sewing slow down time anyway.  The garden needs a lot of weeding.  I spent all last fall caring for my husband before and after his back surgery so I have a lot of weeds to dig out before the spring mulching.

I hope you are all doing okay and stay safe!

Friday, April 9, 2021


I needed to take this week off from blogging.  
Scout became ill on Monday.
So anyway, she's been through a bunch of tests and bloodwork...

Our vet is pretty confident she has a stomach infection which will take a few weeks to heal but at least it isn't anything more serious.  So she's resting a lot and I'm doting on her right now.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021

I like Thursdays: April 1, 2021

 It's "I like Thursdays" and time to post happy news on the internet!  For more happy posts, visit Lee Anna's blog here!

I finished all my WIPS and quilt tops!  April Fools!  Nope haven't that made that kind of progress on my stash yet!

Happy April Fool's Day!

This little vixen came to visit us this past week!

Okay mostly she bites poor Scout in the butte ๐Ÿ˜

But Scout was a good sport!

My husband has been home for 13 whole days and boy it's been great!  Sometimes he drives me nuts with some of his habits but to be honest, I'm really grateful he's home.  We've gotten a lot of things done: our first vaccines, our taxes, hung the swing in the yard, and even took some metal to the recycling center.

Until today it was beautiful and warm.  The garden is coming back in gangbusters!  Next week I hope to lay down the new soaker hoses and then we'll get the front yard mulched (I hope).  It just feels good to be outside!

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday and stay safe!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

To-Do-Tuesday: March 30, 2021


It's To-Do-Tuesday and time to write up a list of things we hope to accomplish!  I have to remember to post at Chris Knits (also a great source of inspiration).  Last week I forgot to link up and I forgot to really list my goals for the week.  The truth is my head is already in the garden and I did get to do a little work last Saturday!  Because of gardening my goals will be minimal until I get the early spring chores done:  weeding, laying down new soaker hoses, mulching.  The weeding is taking long enough because though my knee continues to improve, crawling around in the garden is still not an option. ๐Ÿ˜’

Last week I finished my SARR top.  I ran out of steam on this one and it's bigger than I wanted.  I may still take the green border off.  It's on the "think about" pile for now.

I wanted to do something with these HST four patches last week.
I decided to put a coordinating alternate block in them.  This is probably going to be a donation quilt and I'm half done with the piecing already.  Here's the layout I chose:

My only goals for the next week are to finish this top and cut fabric for Kairle Oaks' Sew Along.  The Double Dip quilt has me jazzed and I may do two of these this year.  For now, I'm going to cut the fabric.  I have a lot of rust fabric in my stash (I'm not sure why I even bought this color--I think I ordered one color but it was the wrong number).  Anyway, I'll use up the fabric for my first quilt.  You can see Kairle's quilt here.

Have a safe and happy day and enjoy the spring weather!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

I Like Thursdays: March 25, 2021

 Good Morning!  It's "I like Thursday" and time to fill the internet with happy thoughts!  For more delightful posts, visit Lee Anna to see all the participating bloggers!

Brad and I got our first vaccine on Saturday!  We drove an hour to the Poconos and was happy to do so.  Everything went smoothly.  It was a drive through vaccination site and we were done (including our 15 minute wait to see if we had a reaction) in 45 minutes.  I loved the sign they had hung up:

The days are getting warmer and we expect today to be in the 70s.  What's not to like about that?

Vaccines and sunshine are really the story around here.  Scout and I are beginning to take short walks and all through the neighborhood people were out and greeting each other after a long dark winter.  Everywhere you could hear people asking "did you get vaccinated yet?"  Affirmative answers even if folks only got their appointment seem to fill our area with hope.

I hope you are doing well and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

To-Do-Tuesday: March 23, 2021

It's To-Do-Tuesday and I've to little to show this week.  Today I'm taking Jenny's  quilt to Terri's--my machine quilter.  

Last week's goals:  Use up two charm packs for a baby quilt:  

Blocks are finished!  I wanted to donate some baby quilts for my friend who is collecting baby quilts for her church.  Turns out I had some finished that I could give her.  I still finished all my HST blocks but then didn't like the size or lack of color so I ordered coordinating fabric to put in alternating blocks.  I'm thinking this would make a better picnic quilt.

The applique quilt:  Still working on it.  I thought I had this one all ready to go but now I'm back to the design board.  I found more poodle fabric (gee, what a surprise) and want to finish more blocks up.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by scraps?  Although I've been doing some scrap quilts, I couldn't fit all the scraps in the scrap drawer ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ  Over the weekend I found this free quilt pattern for "Floating Beads" at Jordan Fabrics and thought I would make one of these quilts to donate.  I had a box of strips that wouldn't fit in the drawer.  I got the scraps cut (and yippee all the scraps fit in the drawer now) and still have to cut the alternating white fabric.

It's a busy week because my husband is home and we always have projects we need to do while he is home.  Not sure how much I'll get sewn but hopefully some progress!

Have a safe and happy day!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

I Like Thursdays: March 18, 2021

 It's "I Like Thursdays" and time to fill the internet with positive thoughts and things we like.  For more positive posts, visit our friend Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color!

I took Scout to the Dog Park yesterday.  I'm starting to take small walks with Scout but she needed more exercise.  It was a good experience for her!  Of course she first had to flirt with the young men that were there.  She's such a hussy and loves men.

These were her favorite dog friends:

 Back to flirting with one of the young guys again!

We have a neighbor that fell in love with poodles because of Scout.  His own dog always ignored him and gravitated to his wife.  Not Scout, she thinks he is great and leans on him to get petted.  

This past weekend I stepped outside and found a gift bag at my doorstep!  Kathie had left this lovely towel for me.  I adore it!  Hubby's coming home and has dowels some place and we will hang it.  I love all these flowers and the colors are so spring-y!  The note touched me most of all.  Kathie said my blogs have been brightening her world during this tough winter.  That's the nicest compliment any writer can recieve!  Thank YOU Kathie!

 I ordered this from Amazon.  It is a fabric panel with swatches of all the colors of Kona cotton.  I'm still trying to use up my fabric but often I find I don't have enough complimentary colors for the fabric in my stash.  This is the tool I needed and now I can compare colors and make appropriate choices!

Lastly, I'm grateful that my husband and I are getting our first vaccines on Saturday!  Arranging things took a bit of time.  Yes it was a long wait on the phone.  But I also had to call Brad's boss and get him released from his job in Missouri a day early so he can drive home to be here on time.  It took some finagling and apparently I used my "mother voice" when I called Brad's boss.

Brad's boss called Brad and said, "I'm getting you out of there because your wife scares the crap out of me!"๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚  Actually Brad was supposed to be home already but as usual, they asked if he could stay until the end of the week.  I know it's only a matter of time before they send him to a state without mask restrictions and I'm determined to keep him safe!

Brad is on his way home (it's a two day drive) and I'll be happy to see him again.  I've only seen him 9 days so far in 2021!

Have a safe and happy week!