Thursday, September 23, 2021

I like Thursdays: September 22, 2021


Greetings and I'm back.  Most of the month's calamities are behind me or repaired and it's good to be touching base again!

Today is Thursday and time to share positive thoughts as part of Lee Anna's brainchild, "I like Thursdays."  If you're needing some happy thoughts, visit her site to see who is all posting this week!
The skyline as we were leaving the park this morning.

Today I'm grateful we live on a hill.  We are expecting a bit of rain today.  City workers are already setting up barriers in case the roads get flooded.  I'm not upset about it, the garden desperately needs a good rain but when one lives surrounded by waterways, it's always good to live near the top of the hill.

Scout and I enjoy our walks at the park and this morning it seemed like all the water fowl were near enough to get decent photos:

Big white duck we call that gal.  She had babies earlier in the summer but she is a whopper of a duck!  She is surrounded in this photo by adult mallards and you can see how big she is in comparison.  We don't see many ducks like that here but it's somewhat fun to see her in this region.  A hundred years ago, there was a Duck Farm at the bottom of our hill.  It's now a park called Union Terrace.

There was even an inn and trolley stop at the Duck Farm.  The Duck Inn is to the left of the photo and still standing today.  It's now an apartment building:

Food!  I like autumn apples and hope to pick up some this week!  I'm not much interested in cooking these days but fortunately my mother has been having fun in the kitchen and sending food my way.  What's not to like about that?

I'm embroidering for the first time since the pandemic began.  I think I just wanted to keep busier for a long time.  These are going to be kitchen towels for the elderly neighbors down the street.  We visit them (outdoors of course) every evening and the dogs like to bark at the squirrels.  These days there are 3 baby squirrels living in the tree in their yard and they are a lot of fun to watch!

My quest to use up my stash continues and with my featherweight machine, I'm assembling some blocks. 

 Much of the fabric I'm using is from the 30s and 40s and was given to me by family members of late quilters, friends, and even guild members.  I'm throwing in some of my own scraps as well because it is supposed to be a deep scrap bag quilt.  The 4.5 inch blocks allow me to use up the really small scraps and be economical as possible. 

Even if I don't assemble the quilt right away, at least the blocks will be completed and take up less space.  One drawer of blocks beats 2 1/2 drawers of scraps any day!

Well, Scout and I are off to check on Mom before the big storms come in.  Have a safe and happy day!


LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love those blocks you're making with your scraps - so pretty! I've been finding embroidery to be really soothing these days - your squirrel design looks enjoyable to stitch. Hope you get just the right amount of rain, and not too much. Great photos of the birds - bug white duck is pretty amazing!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Nice post to read now with my afternoon tea. Loved seeing the ducks and your outdoor shots. ALso so nice to see your embroidery and how kind you are to gift it to neighbours. Great blocks, an excellent way to use scraps, white always shows well. Be safe now.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

You're so right, blocks take up less space than scraps! Love how your blocks are coming out. Love the embroidery towels you're making for your neighbors. I'm sure they will love them. Love your nature pictures. So pretty!

PaintedThread said...

Lots of good stuff! I like your embroidery. That is a huge duck! Stay dry!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Michele! Those stash fabric blocks look pretty nifty. It's going to make a pretty quilt when you decide enough is enough and put them all together. Your embroidery looks great, too. I am certain your neighbors will enjoy the kitchen towels. That's so nice of you to take the time to make them something special. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

Susie H said...

The water fowl pictures are sweet. Love Big Gal amongst her tiny admirers! ha! Your embroideries are pretty and a nice gift for the neighbors. I hope you & Scout have a good week too! said...

Awesome blocks. That is a huge duck. What a neat piece of history the Duck Hotel and the farm. Your embroidery is neat.