Hand Quilting Progress / Slice of Life Early October

While we had rain yesterday and more will arrive in a few days from Hurricane Nate remnants, it’s been quite dry lately. Everything’s rather crispy.

It does not look much like Autumn here in southwestern PA yet. Very little foliage has turned thus far. We had two light frosts….not enough to change things much.

Most of my flowers are still going strong with new ones blooming every day.

I actually have some Cosmos in the back that haven’t bloomed yet!  I picked five tomatoes yesterday. There are still a few left that are ripening.

My tall grasses in the afternoon sun :

Getting used to my son and his dog being here every day again :)

I might be getting used to that, but  I’ll never get used to the horror and carnage , such as went on in Las Vegas and goes on with smaller mass shootings on a daily basis in this country.

And it is always the same pattern. Within two or three days, people start to freak out that “THEY” are going to take away their guns. No, “THEY” are not.  How about “THEY” just take away the ability to sell assault rifles or the ability to turn some rifles into them?

But it is always the same. Simplistic, black and white, and who profits?  Gun sales are always up after a mass shooting.

I have been doing a bit of hand quilting on the Botanical quilt.  I finished the Iris block.

Starting in on the next one :

Harvey, Irma, Maria….too many hurricanes. Here’s hoping that this latest, Nate, weakens and that everyone in its  path will be safe.

Sharing at Kathy’ s Quilts for Sunday Slow Stitching

Quilting Progress, Critters, Kids, and the Garden

August was unusually cool off and on,  but the heat’s back on now towards the end of September. We have been soaring into the high 80’s in the afternoons. That was appreciated by the tomatoes…I got a nice crop of regular ones + cherry tomatoes the other day to split with the family.

I’ve made some nice hand quilting progress on the Iris block in the Botanical Quilt. These are large blocks so completing one takes awhile, but the flower portions are just about done and I am on to the stems and baskets / vases area now.

Meanwhile, around the house, most flowers are still blooming and in the back I have Cosmos and Cleome just coming in to bloom!  ( I think that the off and on weather this summer confused many of the seeds : )  I planted them in late May!

In my last post I shared how a mama squirrel had brought her baby over to visit once or twice. After that, she brought him back to be on his own. ( Just like her mama had done with her! :)

He’s still hanging around…trying to learn to climb things….he’s quite comical.

I have a few peanuts out on the porch railing for him….but if I go out when he is there or sitting on the top of a chair, he panics and disappears in to the pine tree growing in the front.

This has Koopa, my son’s dog, all depressed when they visit now. “WHY can’t I go out on the porch and sit with Oma in my chair like I usually do? ”

He kind of mirrors Brent’s look…( which I just caught one day earlier in the summer when he was moping about something or another :)

Finally, Brent’s Open House was this week and my son took this phone picture of my DIL, niece, him and the girls… ( the grands are in two different school districts ; this is not the only Open House I’ll have to attend NOR the only Book Fair that I’ll have to spend money at :)

Meanwhile,  Texas is still suffering from Harvey, Florida and various islands from Irma, Puerto Rico and other islands are in dire catastrophic states from Maria, Mexico has had 2 major earthquakes, and when I checked the news today Trump was fighting with the NFL and NBA.

Then there is the healthcare issue and…the possibility of nuclear annihilation with 8th-grade level insults going on between him and Kim Jong Un. But there WAS a story that made me smile and that is that Melania and schoolchildren were out planting and harvesting in the vegetable garden that Michelle had started. That was nice to see.

*I got a notice from my web hosting service the other day that ‘in a few days” my site might be down for awhile as they were moving servers ( or something or another :)  So if you come and it is down, hopefully it will be back up down the line! )

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I’ll be slow-stitching / hand quilting a bit, and joining up with the other Slow Stitchers at Kathy’s Quilts.