Mid-May This & That

As I was going through photos and thinking to work on a blog post late Friday afternoon, thunder was rumbling in the distance. A brief shower and that was it ( thus far, anyway ). We went through the same pattern yesterday.

I am a firm believer that May and June should be nice and balmy with temperatures no higher than 70 degrees. I should not have to swelter in close to 90 degree weather for days on end Mid-May.  Well too bad…that’s how it has been around here lately :)  I had to watch the grands for awhile on Thursday and I almost jumped in with my clothes on :)

The last week or so has been full of ‘babysitting’ here and there…a sleepover, picking Brent up after school…going down for an hour or so when needed ; what-have-you.

Mothers Day weekend had us at a work party in regards to the boys dads’ house on Saturday and then a highlight of Sunday was when friends came over with their two children and their new baby…just four days old! So precious.

It was not all that long ago that I finished up my Stars and Spools quilt and it has gotten plenty of use since then.

“AND that is exactly just where I want that dog”, says Kanga….”Sleeping and not chasing ME around”

With the leg injury that I had awhile back, I had to take it easy and given that we had so much rain over the last two months, the weeds in my garden area out back ( and everywhere that I want to plant ) were out of control.  I have been trying to work on these beds a bit each morning now.  I also had some containers and one was horribly cracked. I emptied its soil into a bed and put it and another little pot next to the fence on the other side of the yard…intending to put it into the garbage cans later.

Koopa, my youngest sons dog was outside later on barking like crazy!  At these pots! And jumping back and shaking all over as if they might come alive and move on him! I was just cracking up…ran in for my phone…

I must admit that I have not been visiting blogs in the last week or so in the way that I usually do…it seems that when I get onto the Internet and the news that I just get caught up in the news cycle ….the political stories of the last week just hit one after another after another. I am so tired of it.

It seems as if this president has been here for 1000  years versus 100+ days, lol. And listening to him in a press conference with the Columbian president saying Cocoa versus Coca over and over again…last month he could not pronounce Nazi ….( He said Nah-Zee over and over again )  I just cringe. I am so embarrassed for this country. Granted most voters felt that we did not have a good choice either way…but this is the result now.

Well, hand-quilting is calming and thank goodness that I have a quilt project that soothes me. Stitch by stitch when I sit down with it the news drops away a bit…

I finished up one block, then another and have moved on to a third this week.

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Applique & Quilting and a bit of family too

It has been awhile ( life happened ) but I returned to some applique work. I’d started making Little Baskets in 2016 and thought to follow the Rainbow Scrap Challenge monthly color suggestions in 2017 for them as well as for another applique project….Airship Propellers.

I fell behind…I did not do any applique whatsoever for a good six weeks.

I started with the baskets…one months’ color was red, another month was use your variegated fabrics, and the month of May is green.  For the Airship block I just tried to combine all three suggestions :) I had finished up a green themed block on Scrappy Granny and threw that into the collage as well…

A bit more sewing later…

My DIL took the girls to a well check visit the other day, and I visited in the afternoon after that.

My niece came down later and it was a rainy day….perfect for reading to the kids. She posted this photo on Facebook.

My DIL caught another shot and as you can see, Merle was listening to the stories as well.

While Merle was laid back down the street during story time, here at my house despite the rain, my youngest sons’ dog Koopa was still full of energy.

As a background…..we’ve already cut down lower branches that he reached and pulled down,  and my son purchased this fencing to keep him away from chewing the bark off of the tree trunk. He’s just aiming for the higher branches now.

I don’t know why pit bulls love to jump so much but at this point, the higher branches are a good 7-8 feet up and he’s reaching them…I can see where he’s bitten the bark when he jumps…

He is 70 pounds of pure muscle. To put this into perspective, oftentimes he gets bored around 4:30 a.m. and leaves my son and comes and jumps onto ME in my bed, and begins to lick my face off with love and devotion. Well, they won’t be here forever, ha ha …this is just temporary.

As you can see in the photos the frequent rain here has everything growing like mad and there is lots of green. I still have a bit more of green that I can work on this month ( RSC related ) and that is some stems and leaves….I don’t have all of the prep work done for this block but I have enough to make a start on the applique. It’s been quite awhile since I worked on Elizabeths Pride.

I have some Slow Stitching ahead of me ( as well as more prep ) for this block. As to hand quilting after I finished that green block I moved on to another, finished it and currently have the perle cotton stitching done on another and am ready to outline the block with regular smaller quilting stitches.

Getting there! :)

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