Mending, Reading, Grands & Outdoors

Years ago my sister gave a huge king-sized heavy comforter / spread to my son. He and my DIL love it, even in the warmer months because with whole house A/C plus a separate unit for their room, they want to be very cold when they sleep. Well, between their dog Merle and my other sons’ dog Koopa having an overnight and playing there awhile back there was a huge tear in the comforter on one section and then on the side another tear where the piping was.

This spread was due for a dry cleaning and couldn’t go in that condition so I recently spent a morning appliqueing a huge patch over one tear and repairing the other as best I could. I used quilting thread so that it would hold up and I had one of their cats helping me.

Zoe isn’ t really THEIR cat but they are keeping her while a friend goes off with the Navy:  ( not the greatest picture…hastily taken with my old iPhone )

Zoe is QUITE the character. She will actually leap from a kitchen counter or table on to your shoulder to perch there. It really took me by surprise when she first did that to me! :)

After wrestling with that heavy blanket trying to applique and mend, I lost all taste for sewing for a few days!

I pulled out a book that I’d purchased used online a few years back for some light reading. I’ll re-read things off and on and this is a folksy sort of memoir with recipes in it.  It is called “Up a Country Lane” by Evelyn Birkby. It is about farm life in rural Iowa in the 1940’s and 50’s.  If you can find it online or at a library I’d highly recommend it.

I thought to show you the stove that she started out with when she and her husband started farming and the later one that she was using when canning their summer produce :

If you walk down a block onto the main street of our little borough and walk behind the businesses there, you will come to the railroad tracks and that is a nice walk.  My DIL took this picture of her and the grands doing just that the other day. She called it “making memories” as it was on Mother’s Day.   ( It was later on that afternoon that we assisted Javis in regards to the huge sundae that I posted about HERE. )

Sometimes they’ll walk the track all the way down to a local park.

Brent’s district had no school the other day, and after visiting my mom we went to that park but I drove ! :)

We’ve had a lot of rain and I made sure that he only waded in the very shallow end of the creek…on the other side it is very deep at times and especially now.

As to the outdoors if I want to keep up with the thick spring grass and all of the rain that we have been getting I have to mow every three to four days or I’ll not get the mower through it. Aside from that, in the collage below:

  • These invasive buttercups have to be dug up from the front of my house every year so that I can plant seeds, etc.
  • The lilac bush off of the back porch is starting to give off a heady, heavenly scent.
  • A white Spirea bush in the middle of the yard is in bloom…it’s a dual planting there. Spirea for spring and tall grasses for fall. And unfortunately a thorny bush that the birds planted that I have to keep cutting out of there.

As to other sewing other than mending, I’d made a baby quilt top for a friend awhile back. I’d gotten about 2/3 of the way through in regards to tying it, and then put it aside ….I had plenty of time. Well, the baby is due in early July so I have it back out to finish tying the last border and then start on the binding.

Things are drying out a bit….two days with only a light shower so I was able to turn over the dirt and prepare beds for flower seeds and tomatoes etc and get it all planted along with a fresh mowing of grass. I had compost going in the turtle sandbox when the children outgrew that and it was a pleasure to shovel the DIRT THAT I MADE into a big flower pot. I have started a new round of compost with leaves, mulched and fresh grass, a bit of dirt, and now I’ll save food scraps in the kitchen for the next round.

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Palm Sunday Weekend Quilting Projects and Slice of Life

My youngest was finally feeling a bit better after last weekend’s wreck  so on Saturday morning we picked up the rental and that evening he dropped Koopa off here for some Oma-time while he went out. He stayed over, which was nice.

Koopa is a blue nose pitbull.  While the fur on his body is wiry and normal feeling, his face, chin and ears are like velvet and when he stays over and sleeps with me, sometimes he’ll stretch out right next to me and put his head on my pillow and it is very easy to fall asleep just stroking those soft ears of his :)

An early morning shot of the sun and shadows playing off of Rose of Sharon in the quilting hoop:

During the week, I finished up another EPP Starflower in neutral shades ( It is the one below the black and gray starflower. )

I connected it to the others and then over the weekend I added on the purple and gold one that I’d worked on awhile ago.

On Sunday afternoon I visited with the grands, their cousins, my DIL and her twin for awhile. Here is a shot that my DIL’s twin posted on Facebook of her daughter and Scott and Tallica’s very big cat :)

If you are on Facebook, you’ll be familiar with the FB memories showing up. Just the other day this one had shown up. I’d gone down to the house a few years ago for something or other ( getting the kids off of the bus or letting their dog out or whatever ) and found Key in the sink. Cracked me up :)

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We had 6-7 inches of snow a few days ago. Temperatures have generally been in the low 20’s in the morning and going up to 40 degrees in the afternoon. Most of the snow has melted in the sunshine but there are many spots left…such as this, where my iris shoots were confused.  ” I thought that spring was here? ”  Uh…no, not yet :)

One more thing…if you have Netflix, have you watched “Anne with an E” yet ?  I thought to check it out last week, wondering if the grand girls would like it. It is an adaption of Anne of Green Gables. I loved it! If you like anything old-fashioned, you will too :)  I highly recommend it.

I probably won’t post again until after Easter…wishing you all a blessed Easter weekend :)

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