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! :)

You might also enjoy : Gigantic Hollyhock / Early July Garden   or   Silly Kids & God Bless America    

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25 Responses to Bunnies, Bathrobes, Binding & Blooming

  1. Karen says:

    hope you get everything straightened out with the estate problems and the house cleared out. I do not envy you the task – your garden is looking lovely and your quilts are too! it would be very nice to wake up to 48 degrees and put the old fuzzy winter robe on in my mind I do not mind doing that!

  2. Joyce says:

    I love the cone flowers! So bright and sassy!
    I admire how you can both read AND quilt during your “quiet times.” I usually feel the need to chose one of those activities. It has been reading lately, but now I need to quilt again. Wish I had time to look into the series you’ve mentioned here.
    We’re in the midst of a session of rain. It was much needed, although today there’s humidity too. Yuck.

  3. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    I’m going to pitch the Sandra Dallas book “Prayers for Sale” again………… My Russian sage looks exactly like yours does right now. Everything is growing like crazy (oh, the lawn and the mowing!!!) as we have had a rather wet and cooler than normal June. One week was in the 90’s for days and days, but yesterday I baked cookies all day just to have the oven on!! Crazy weather.

  4. Those cone flowers are beautiful! I had some coral ones last year, but they didn’t come back this year. I was never a quilting perfectionist. I believe you should make quilts to use, not to just store. So creating something to use does not call for perfection in my book. I have known quilters that made one after another and just folded them up. Not my cup of tea I guess.

  5. Kim says:

    I always enjoy catching up with you, Deb. I had the same breath holding bunny experience the other day, watching a baby try to cross a busy road. He made it, too! The books look good. I am going to have to visit the library and check her out. My list is already long, but these look like fun! Be well.

  6. Robin says:

    My quilting is boring but satisfying. I’m big stitching my charm quilt. The charm quilt itself isn’t all that attractive so it doesn’t get much exposure on my blog. I’m hand piecing some rising sun blocks but they too are repetitive and not that exciting to see over and over. It’s okay, it makes me happy. Enjoy tying your quilts and a sheet backing sounds thrifty to me.

  7. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I’m enjoying cooler weather too–especially at night. Trying to sleep in sweltering heat is not pleasant! Hope you get a chance to finish your quilt–Happy Fourth!

  8. Someone gave me that book Lucia Lucia….I haven’t read it yet, but now I’m most intrigued! Your flowers look lovely, Deb. I’m jealous about the grape vine – I planted one my first season in the house, was hoping I could train it to grow around the top of the veggie garden fence, but it died. Probably just as well, the bear would have loved it!

  9. Margie Miller says:

    I am reading “Cramming for the Finals”. It is for Progressive Christians and in case my readers have not noticed, I am a Progressive Christian. I have discarded many of my 4th century belief systems and tried to move into the 21st century. I have been working on that for the past 25 years.

  10. Kyle says:

    Your bunny story made me think of Peter Rabbit in Mr. mc Greger’s garden, trying to slip away without being noticed. The grape vine looks very happy. Hope the rest of your summer chores go smoothly.

  11. Happy 4th to you and yours as well. I’m guessing you have a fun time with all the grandkids. You’ve been busy outside and inside. For me, it has been outside, but I did buy material to make a small lap quilt. Now, I just need to get going on it. But, I hit the jackpot at the library and have had so many books that I reserved come available, I’ve been reading nonstop.
    Enjoy the holiday.

  12. We’ve had some great ‘sleeping weather’ as I like to call it.

    Growing up our house abutted an open field where rabbits were plentiful. We had a cat that unfortunately was good at catching them :(. Glad your pups were clueless!

    Have fun quilting, and I’m sure whatever you do will be beautiful.


  13. Lorrie says:

    The book sounds intriguing and I’m looking for reading material for the summer. Your quilt top is so pretty no one will care in the least about tying it!

  14. gail says:

    I love watching the bunnies. I’ve long relinquished my garden to them and visit my local farmers market for my own needs. I need to use my quiet times more productively, as you do. :)

  15. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, your garden looks wonderful. I love the coneflower. The grapes remind me of when I was young and visited my grandmother. She had the same grapes growing. We loved eating them. Cute bunny. Enjoy your reading and quilting. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  16. Hello. I just enjoy reading your posts -so interesting and identifiable. I just checked out the “Shoemaker” audio book at my library and can’t wait to listen to it when I quilt later today. I wish we had a cool spell. It’ll be over 110 again this weekend. Thanks to your posts, I tried tying a quilt for the first time last week and loved it!!! So quick and easy. My back and shoulders don’t hurt from quilting. Have a great 4th! mary in Az

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Mary it is about 90 here right now and I hate it but we are to have rain and it will moderate a bit. I can’t imagine those temps!

      I love to hand quilt but if I tie quilts and give them away they get used ! I probably tie 2 quilts to each hand quilted one. HERE my hand quilted ones get used….thrown over the grands or a son or someone that stays over, but elsewhere people must think the stitches will all fall out at the first washing or something! :) Meanwhile my son who was here for awhile ( sleeping under hand quilting every night ) and moved out, dropped KOOPA the dog off for a visit and possible overnight and boy did we miss each other :)

  17. Susan Nixon says:

    Happy Independence Day! I hope you have a wonderful time finishing things this week. I enjoyed seeing what’s blooming. A couple of years in a row, I was able to buy Concord grapes from a bulk source. Oh my gosh, grape juice from one end of the kitchen to the other, but the juice was divine, and the jelly was even better. I never knew that store grape juice had been watered down so much!

  18. Deb says:

    Sounds like a great solution. I still use some of my hand tied quilts – they hold up just fine!

  19. Gail says:

    Your 365 circle quilt looks great! We have lots of rabbits in our yard…no dog to chase them away! Your garden is lovely! Good luck with all of the estate chores.

  20. Grandma Kc says:

    I love your yard and all the things that grow or come to visit. Hope you can stay cool.

  21. Dawn says:

    Enjoy your 4th of July celebrations!
    Thanks for the garden pictures, very inspiring as I build my new garden from the ground up.

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