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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Garden News

I'm so excited to show you my "new" garden. After years of trying to get grass to grow, we finally decided to go a different route. Now we're all happy, because there is a reduced area to mow, and it honestly looks soooo much better.  Here is a before picture, red dirt in all it's ugliness...



And here are a few shots of after...



I am so excited about this. My dear, sweet husband did all this by himself. I have been sick all week and wouldn't even come outside until today! The pollen has been terrible this year, and I've really suffered. But I have my beautiful garden to make it not seem so awful!  Now he's nursing a sore back, but I gladly rub ointment on it, after all he's done for me this week!

I hope you're having a great Saturday, thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Don't Do It...

Don't do this...

While taking this...

Or you'll get this...

Sigh. 

I've been on Spring Break all week, and have been taken down by a Pollen Attack. Determined to do something fun and creative, I tried to do a block of the Farmer's Wife Quilt. I was so excited to get my  block done, only to be horrified to realize I had a big hole staring at me. Fixable, but still, a big disappointment!  

I've been sick all week. Not able to work in my pretty garden or cook or clean or, apparently, sew.  Not that I was going to do any cooking or cleaning:)  Now here we are, Friday, and almost nothing to show for my week off. I finally got to feeling a little better yesterday, but still didn't seem to have the energy needed to accomplish, well - anything. 

I hope your week has been fun and accomplishment-loaded! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rain and The Farmer's Wife








No amount of nasty weather is going to keep a quilter from her appointed rounds...namely, going to bff's house to start The Farmer's Wife quilt. One block done.  Sure hope it goes better with the other 110 blocks! This was my first try at paper piecing, and I felt like a second grader trying to learn borrowing. I made two major mistakes with the block, though it still works and I didn't have to correct it. The side pieces should be turned the other way, and I didn't have enough of the center strip fabric and had to use something different for the lighter triangles. You figure it out as you go, I guess (hope!). This is going to be a lap quilt made from some of the fabrics I used in the table runner I made last year. Lovely fall colors (my favorite!). This one is for my daughter. I will make another one for my son (whose color choices will be much less to my liking!).

The rain has moved on and sunshine is abundant today. Hope I can get rid of this allergy/cold/misery soon! I've got so much to do! 

I hope you're having a great Tuesday, thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pretty Days








 Ah Spring! With it's unfolding dogwoods, and pretty pink and frothy cherries,  the emerging fresh and bright new greens, the oddly hued reds; Oh Spring! How we've longed for you!  At last here you are! The birds are celebrating with singing and twittering, and my friends, so am I!

Finally our days are warm and sunny and beautiful! This week I took my Dad on a little picnic.  Our mode of transportation was his golf cart. The paths wind through beautifully landscaped areas in the little town he lives in. I especially love the cherry trees in spring. They were in full bloom the day we had our picnic. Unfortunately they drained the lake over winter so home owners could work on their docks and such. It's interesting to see the lake bed. It's strangely shallow looking, but perhaps it's deeper than it looks.

The garden is slowly coming to life. I am finding several empty spots - plants that didn't make it through this cold winter we had. Several lilies didn't survive, which really surprises me! I know they do well in much colder climates. Sometimes I feel like I take one step forward and three step back in the garden. Sigh.

Spring Break is next week, woo-hoo! I am excited. Lots to do in the garden plus I'm starting a small lap quilt. Can't wait to drag the sewing machine out and start piecing the blocks. For the first time I am going to try the paper piecing method. The quilt I am making has 6 inch blocks and some of the blocks actually have 60 pieces. I think the only way possible to stitch it accurately is with the paper piecing method. Can't wait to try my hand at it. Below is a photo of some of the blocks from Pink Caramel on Pinterest. Each block is 6 inches. Amazing!


I hope you're enjoying these early days of Spring. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I think it's true...





Oh yes! I think it's really coming! Spring can't be too far off. Our blooming is way behind. Usually my daffodils bloom in January and the hacinths bloom in February, but they are here now and bringing much joy. And look, a little ringneck snake! It has to be near with him coming out.  I hate to say too much about our temperatures and winter weather, being as most of the Northeastern US has been hit so hard this winter, but for us Southerners, it's been a long, cold winter. I think we are all ready for some sun and warmth and blooms. Get a move on Winter, come hither, Spring!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hello Winter ...again



















It started kind of slow, just a pinging of sleet and a 
small glassiness on the limbs; however,at 9:00 a.m. we lost power. The storm lasted all day and night, but we were comfortably prepared. Gathered in the living room, snuggled by the fire and passing the time with Texas Hold'em and some slightly burned, warmed in the fire pizza, we were enjoying this last (hopefully!) 
hurrah of Winter. The fireplace also cooked our baked potatoes and we tried, though not terribly successfully, to make some Jiffy Pop type popcorn by fashioning a big pouf of tinfoil with a little oil and corn inside.  It was ok, but probably would have been a lot better if the pouf had been bigger - or maybe less popcorn! It needed a little more room.  We were returned to the Land of the Lit at 9:00 p.m. and our Hatchet/My Side of the Mountain experience (well, in our eyes) was over. 

This morning we woke to a virtual wonderland of gorgeous snow coating the ground and tree limbs. So incredibly beautiful, especially when the sun came out and touched the trees, setting them to glistening in such a lovely way! So pretty.

It's now 3:00 p.m. and it's all mostly disappeared. A bit still clinging to decks or shady areas that see no ray of sun.  All in all, it was one enjoyable winter storm for us.  I am, however, really, really ready to move towards Spring!!! Bring it on!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Post Winter Weather
















 

Now that we've had our lovely winter weather and I've had a chance to accomplish my desire to make some pretty icy crafts, it's time to start thinking of the garden in earnest.  Gray and misty is the way of it today and a trip around the garden shows Spring is beginning to push forward, no matter what the calender says. Spring bulbs are not stymied by a covering of snow and their pointy tops have pushed through to begin their journey to Garden Bliss.  February is when things really start rolling around here. Garden clean up and fertilization are the two main chores I tackle. We usually have some really nice, sunny and warm days in February. Until those days come, I'll be spending a lot of time looking at pictures from previous years and trying to figure out how the heck I can get my garden to look like those of my heroes (Candadian Garden Joy, Fortnam Gardens). I don't hold much hope because I've been doing the exact same thing for about 7 years and my garden has changed very little. It has it's moments, but I need there to be more of them!


On a different note, this little wren flew into one of our windows and knocked itself loopy. We found it laying in the snow and brought it into the house. After about 30 minutes it stood and we took it outside and it flew away.  One of our only success stories with injured wildlife.  I now have a little wren coming to my feeder. I know it's probably not the same one, but I like to think maybe it is!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you're having a lovely Sunday!