Bunnies, Bathrobes, Binding & Blooming

A late June Slice of Life here…

After Tropical Storm Cindy moved through our area  we had a few days of cool weather. On Wednesday morning, June 28, I woke up to 48 degrees and had to put on not a normal light robe for a spring morning, but rather my big fuzzy winter bathrobe!

And let me tell you, I was loving it! It felt as if it was the first day of fall. I appreciated it all the more knowing our normal heat and humidity was to return soon.

The cool weather was welcome because we had so much rain from Cindy that I could literally sit on the front porch and watch the grass grow, during one torrential rain after another.  So playing catch-up in regards to grass mowing and weeding flower and vegetable beds and trimming vines in moderate temperatures was quite nice.

The Russian Sage is just coming in to bloom now. Soon it will be swarmed by bees. The hydrangea that I drastically trimmed last fall tripled in size…I must be doing something wrong : ) The first of my orange coneflowers came into bloom, and my grapevine appears to be happy.

These are old-fashioned Concord grapes with seeds to spit or strain …sweetest after the first frost in the fall. When my boys were young I had a grapevine and made homemade juice. This vine is in its 4th year…I am hoping for enough grapes this year to do that again.

I know that many of you have troubles with bunnies and other critters eating your flowers and vegetables. Since my back yard is fenced in, I usually do not.  Here is a  young bunny outside of the fence.

Occasionally they get in and that happened on Wednesday. I had managed to corral Lily, the long haired dog, for a grooming session. Generally I get about 1/3 of her done and then she runs off to hide in the bushes and we rinse and repeat another day. Well there she was, stretched out enjoying the brushing and cutting in the sun and her eyes were half-closed, and the other dog was in a far corner of the yard.

Along came a young bunny…perhaps this one in the photo taken later that day….right up the yard next to the fence, about 2 feet from Lily and I. I just held my breath, hoping that neither dog noticed until he made his way to the other end and got out through the gap in the gate. He did.

Not too long ago I had posted about reading one book from this author and getting hooked. The library has several. I plowed through the Big Stone Gap trilogy,  then Lucia, Lucia, and am now reading this one. Many of you were familiar with her and loved her books as well so you can understand why I’ll go through every title that the library has over the course of the summer !

I have finished tying Quilty 365 and started on binding. Now if you are a quilty perfectionist you may not like this….but I used a twin sized sheet for the backing and am bringing it over to the front for the binding and handstitching it.

Reason is….it’s going on to a spare bed in the spare room, will rarely if ever be used or need washed, and I wanted a quick and cheap solution.

After this is finished I am going to tie another one on the list…I have several tops and am deciding what do I want to hand quilt and what do I want to tie.

I prepared two large pieces of backing and pressed them and they’ll get sewn together for the next one and I’ll go from there.

Bottom line between finishing up the hand quilting on Scrappy Granny, finishing up the binding on this, and getting another one started, it is going to be kind of boring around here for awhile.  I have appointments with the estate attorney, a realtor ( in regards to the boys dad who died in April ) and we are no where done with clearing / cleaning the house.

I think that I might just try to finish some things up prior to blogging again and here’s wishing everyone in the U.S.A a wonderful 4th of July! :)

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Slice of Life : a visit from Cindy

Here are the grandchildren posing for my DIL at Vacation Bible School. Mega Thursday had several large slides and things set up…someone took some drone footage and posted it on Facebook and it looked like a carnival!

It is good that this portion of VBS was held on Thursday morning, because Friday was a rainy day. Taking advantage of the cooler weather, I turned the oven on and roasted some vegetables…I took a quick photo prior to putting them in.

This batch was red and yellow peppers, red onion, green beans, cauliflower and a few campari tomatoes, tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper.  I fried up some cabbage in a skillet with a bit of olive oil, tossed that with rice, and then had the roasted veggies as a side.

Later on, the term ‘rainy day’  turned in to one full of one torrential downpour after another, with some severe thunderstorms thrown in for good measure.  I am in Southwestern PA and we were having a visit from Tropical Storm Cindy.  She moved fast ! :)

We had flash flooding, wind damage, funnel clouds, and two confirmed tornados in my county.

One tornado occured out in the country at a rental property that belongs to a friend of my son. There was much damage but the lady who lives there was unharmed. She said that it all happened so fast that she didn’t even have time to get to the basement…she layed down on the floor and prayed.

We never really know ( any of us, anywhere ) what is going to happen next. I will say that tornados are very rare in my area….occasionally we have a ‘watch’ but rarely a warning, and even more rare is to have actual ones touching down!

In between the downpours a little buddy showed up and hung out for awhile.

In my area of the county, things were not too bad. We retained our power and while the roads were full of water in some sections it was not flooding badly. So when football practice was cancelled, it was safe for my DIL to take her little football player and treat him to a sundae at Sarris Candies. our local chocolate factory.

I remember when we had serious flooding from Hurricane Floyd years ago.  Suddenly our office park had to evacuate and I’d barely made it home.   It was hard to explain to my international customers at the time what was going on.  How could a hurricane from Florida or the Gulf affect me way up here in Pennsylvania, they wondered?

But these storms move up and Floyd got stuck over us for three days or so, and we have many creeks and streams and rivers here …

Meanwhile I’d posted recently in regards to tying quilts HERE, and I kept up with some tying on Quilty 365  on that rainy day.

As to Scrappy Granny I’ve worked my way up to the next-to-the-last block. It is perfect…blues for the stormy skies on Friday and the clearing on Saturday. Goodbye Tropical Storm Cindy…we won’t miss you :)

How are you all faring….have you been affected by Tropical Storm Cindy or are you enduring the brutally high temperatures in the Southwest right now?

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