Thursday, July 29, 2021

I Like Thursdays: July 29, 2021

 Good Morning!  It's "I Like Thursdays" and time to post positive things on the internet! Be sure to read other blog posts via our hostess Lee Anna!

I've been spending these balmy days either watering the garden or binding quilts inside.  Today is wonderfully overcast with rain expected later.  We really need the rain so I am grateful!

I love my new addition to the garden: a perennial hibiscus.   I've wanted for years and bought one this season.  It has not disappointed!

I liked this book I read by Trevor Noah:

I liked the opening ceremonies of the Olympics!  It's always fun to see the colorful flags and costumes the athletes wear!

Loving the fresh produce of the season!  Watermelon, fresh cucumbers, and my hubby's favorite, corn on the cob!

Wishing you a weekend of fun and good health!  Stay safe!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

I like Thursdays: July 22, 2021


Happy Thursday!  Today many bloggers celebrate the positive part of life with our hostess, Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color!

Today we are grateful we got rain yesterday.  The storms weren't long but they were torrential when they passed through and gave the garden a deep soak.  Today it's not as humid and a great day to work in the garden.

We've had a variety of butterflies in the garden during the last two weeks!  It's always fun to see them here!

Two good friends!  Tinkerbell is my neighbor's dog and she and Scout get along really well.  They are like 2 year old kids.  They mostly just enjoy watching and barking at the squirrels in the neighborhood.  Tinker of course does the most barking and often Scout just sits there as folks walk by.  We tell them Tink has to protect the big dog 😁

Today is so beautiful...not humid and cool and a perfect day to work in the garden so I'm off!

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

To-Do-Tuesday: July 20, 2021

 It's To-Do-Tuesday and time to link up goals with our hostess Chris at Chrisknits!

My only goal on my list was to begin Rowan's quilt which I did.  I have a few rows left to piece before assembling the top completely.

The revolving quilt door:   As soon as I finish quilts, they seem to be out the door...mostly because it is summer and people have been coming home lately. Right now I'm working on my great niece's quilt.  She's coming for a visit next week so I'm on a deadline!

Have a safe and happy day!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

I Like Thursdays: July, 15, 2021

Good Morning!

Today is Thursday and time to post positive things we like for "I like Thursdays" hosted by Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color!

Even though Scout won't like it, she is getting groomed today and I'm sure that she will appreciate a shorter hair length once it's done!

For whatever reason, the bullfrogs are very vocal this year.  Usually they are resting near the island in the pond but for whatever reason, they are along the shoreline where the walking path is located.   Scout is not used to their "ribbbittt" yet.  Every time she hears them call, she looks around anxiously to see if something strange is approaching her.  😂😂😂😂  

We have had Blue Herons at the parks for as long as I can remember but this year, we have a Great White Heron!

Bun-Bun is our rabbit in residence.  She was born in our backyard and decided to stay.  Above is a picture of her mother who was preparing her nest.  Three babies were born and one has decided to remain in our garden.  Scout is curious about her but follows the "Leave it!" command and now we have another reason to protect our sweet bunny.

I did a marathon weeding on Saturday.  The one weed that takes the most care in removing are thistles.  I knew I had one in the lower garden and had let it go until Saturday...except it was gone!

Turns out rabbits eat thistles and she must have loved it because there isn't one trace of the weed left!  Good Bun-Bun!

Well I have things to do today and wish you a happy and safe day!


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

To-Do-Tuesdays: July 13, 2021


I'm back from my blogging break and ready to take on To-Do-Tuesdays!  I hope you are all doing well!  

I have finished a few things while I've been away, mainly some baby quilt tops to keep on hand. They are simple and use up a lot of fabric and scraps.  I got the idea from Karen in our quilt guild.  It's always good to have some baby quilts on hand!

Next week's goals:

Take a top to the quilter tomorrow for my niece Christina.  Have you ever had a project that you couldn't enthusiastically tackle?  That is what happened with me and these prints.  Christina came up a few weeks ago and was exploring my sewing room and fell in love with these blocks in my UFO drawer.  She wanted some extra black so we decided on vertical stripes.  I finished the piece over the weekend and am so relieved to get this piece out of the sewing room for now.

I'm now on a gardening break because the weeding was really bothering my wrists.  Unfortunately that means no binding as well.  So I guess that means I need to find some projects for the upcoming week.  I need to start an I-Spy quilt for my neighbor's grandson so I'll probably begin that this week!

That is all my goals for now.  I'm just drifting from project to project at times like summer clouds but that's comforting as well.  No pressure for now.

Linking up to Chris at Chrisknits!  Have a safe and happy day!

Thursday, July 8, 2021

I Like Thursdays: July 8, 2021

Hi Happy Thursday!

Yes I'm back for now.  I hope you are all doing well.  I just needed a break.  It's the dog days of summer so now I'm in the house again until the weather breaks a little bit.  It's "I like Thursday" and time to post fun things on the internet.  It's hosted by Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color so be sure to visit all the sites!!!

I like anything involving fresh fruit and vegetables in the summer time.  I made a Glazed Lemon Raspberry Bundt cake about 2 weeks ago and my husband loved it. I did have to make it more to his tastes (less lemon in the cake and used a lemon glaze instead) but he was happy with it. 
Recipe is here.
My husband is still home and been working all over the house.  Now hubby, my bro, and neighbor Howie are working on changing the exterior of the house so there is an overhang above one when they enter the house.  Not having that little bit of shelter has been a pet peeve of my husband's.  So as long as my carpenter/contractor brother is involved, I'm relaxed (my husband is more along the lines of Tim The Toolman).

Scout is well and fared through another Fourth of July.  Fortunately Dad was home and she sat on the couch with him through the boomers!

My quest to keep the little boy across the street talking to me continued.  I made him a dinosaur garden with plants he liked (tactile lamb's ears and cock's comb) and of course it included his favorite:  dinosaurs!
He loved it!

This summer he has been yelling "Hi!" to me which makes my heart sing!

Other than that just weeding, sewing (not much finished yet), and pruning the garden.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer!
Have a safe and happy day!


Friday, June 25, 2021

Checking in...

It's been too lovely to be in the house and I keep forgetting to blog because it is gorgeous in the morning here.

Hubby and I have been doing much needed work on the exterior of our house.  I know that the real dog days of summer will be with us soon so while we can we are weeding, pruning, power washing, and painting.  

 Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

I Like Thursdays: June 17, 2021


It's "I like Thursdays" and time to post some happy thoughts onto the internet!  Visit other participating bloggers at our hostess' website sponsored by Lee Anna here!

We are grateful for the cooler weather this week and Scout and her friends have been having some wonderful visits!

The good weather means that I've been working outside!  It's good to get things pruned and weeded!  My husband finally purchased a power washer and has been working on the exterior of the house.  I've only been nagging him about this for 5 years so I'm pleased as punch!

Our neighbor asked if I had a homemade baby quilt that she could buy.  I didn't want money for the quilt and was happy to give her one.  She and her husband wanted to something in return so they got me some garden art (which lights up at night!) and a new toy for Scout!  Thanks Nancy and Dave!

We have a bevy of bunnies in our garden.  Just when we thought all the baby bunnies had moved out of the garden, we had 4 more adults in the garden looking to nest!  Scout doesn't know what to make of this invasion this summer but we are enjoying it!

Wishing you a fun and happy weekend!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

To-Do Tuesday: June 15, 2021

 It's To-Do Tuesday!  

Time to post goals for this week!

Last week's goals included finishing the binding of Jessica's quilt!  It look great on her porch bed!  The dogs like it too...Scout loves the porch bed and will park herself there whenever possible.  Cuddling with Jessica (and her treats) doesn't hurt either!  And of course Scout loves to be with her boyfriend Mack (the border collie).

I hit a snafu this past week with my bird blocks.  I finished my hourglass blocks and then I finished my half square triangles but I felt uneasy---like I forgot to do something.  I did forget to do something!! I forgot to review the directions again before I sewed my patches.  So now I have 120 HSTs that I can't use for the quilt and I'm almost out of the aqua scraps I had used to make them 😒

Fortunately, Connecting Threads still has this fabric and I ordered more!  Plus I decided to order some backing fabric in this fabric so I have to wait until that arrives before I can resume work on this piece.

In the meantime, I hope piece some more baby quilt tops because I had donated a lot of them recently to friends and I always like to keep some on hand.  So that will be my sewing project for the next week.

In the garden, this week I need to prune my rhododendrons and do some other maintenance.  So I'll be busy working away.

I hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying the good weather!  Linking up to Chrisknits and please visit the other bloggers there!

Have a safe and happy day!