Applique, Quilting, Blooms & Slice of Early September Life

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge September Color is orange, and as with my Little Baskets in the last post,  having little orange to work with, I also opted to go with peach shades for an appliqued Airship Propeller block.

My DIL had some surgery the other day and once she was home and dozed off, ( She was not to be left alone ) I worked on some hand-quilting on my Botanical top .

It just so happens that these flowers are of an orangish shade :)

THAT was the only peaceful time there, ha HA!  Going down before school, some cooking and laundry and rinse and repeat after school  ( DID you brush your teeth yet ?  NO I don’t know what you did with your library book! NO you can’t have that donut until you finish your eggs! and so on :)  Then when my son walks in my shift is almost over….

On Friday afternoon after school the girls and I made homemade applesauce with local Ginger Gold apples. I peeled and did the initial cuts….they then chopped those into small pieces and stirred and mashed the apples in the pan until it was almost liquid.

They were quite thrilled to serve them to their parents and brothers later on.

The recipe ? JUST local Ginger Gold apples. So sweet and fresh that we didn’t even want to add sugar or anything else when it was cooked down.

As I work on this post, Irma has wreaked havoc on many an island and is approaching Florida, according to the latest forecasts. I have several blogger friends there and my thoughts and prayers are with them, as well as with all of Florida and the other states that may be affected.  Worried, I was glad to see post updates from bloggers such as Angela from So Scrappy, Deb from Happy to Be Scrappy  

as well as two updates from Lorraine at Flower Lady’s Musings.  Diane at Lavender Dreams Too is also preparing.

I do read a lot of blogs here and there and am not aware of everyone’s locations nor am I aware of all the non-bloggers who read here….but please update me and all of us as to how you are doing if you can, if you are affected by Irma.  It seems unfathomable that this is all happening on the heels of Harvey in Texas, and another hurricane ( Jose ) gaining strength and following Irma!

As to weather here in southwestern Pa, it has been cool.  I think  that we went down to around 50 last night.

The flowers are all going full steam ahead….Autumn Sedum coming into bloom now with the bees all over them, hydrangea starting to turn from white to pink, and the ‘volunteer’ morning glories putting on a show :

New zinnias come into bloom every day, the yellow rose bush continues to bloom, some of the hyacinth bean vine is starting to produce pods, bees are enjoying the lavender, and many more of the flowers and bushes that I have shown in previous posts continue to produce. I have bees everywhere, and they are all happy :)

I’ll be doing that “Rinse and Repeat’ for awhile with the grandkids / DIL / middle son’s household…those little kids keep me on my toes :)  She will be fine / it’s nothing life threatening or anything / just requires HER not doing much for a week or two  and OMA doing more :)

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Slice of Life in August

A Slice of Life in August….right before the kids all begin to start back to school around here.

It was 91 degrees on Tuesday when I took the twins to a local creek. For the most part, one wades in the shallow end, and there is a little ‘island’ to collect seashells on, but there was a spot that was deep enough for swimming as well.

Late afternoon, a few thunderstorms moved through and then the temperature dropped almost 20 degrees within an hour.

We now have a forecast of highs in the mid-70’s and lows in the 50’s for days on end. Glorious!

No loud window air conditioners running, just open windows and the drowsy hum of the cicadas and the other insects that make up the August orchestra.

Peaches on the windowsill, tomatoes ready to pick and a new bloom in the mystery wildflower bed ( a packet of mixed seeds….some I recognize, this I do not. )

Indoors the light is changing a bit…I notice more of a contrast of sun and shadows earlier in the late afternoon.

I am about 2/3 of the way through in regards to tying this quilt top now. One short side and long side are done and I started the binding ; it will be less boring this way to go back and forth between tying and sewing. I am bringing the back to the front on this one.  I’ve not done that recently but I have done it on older quilts and yes, it holds up just fine :)

I thought to show you what I call The Gauntlet now :)   The bees are generally not bothered when I come in close for a photo, but when I go by with the mower they are a bit annoyed. In this gauntlet I have to pass by the hydrangea bush and two russian sage areas, all swarming with bees.

I go as fast as I can with apologies all the way through!

Some flowers on the other side….

Then on that same side, the hyacinth bean vine is climbing and growing. In the past, I have soaked these seeds for days on end to get them going, then nutured them with daily water….so I find this to be hilarious. These are ‘volunteers ‘ this year ! :)

Here is my garden surprise viewed from the porch :)

I also have two cherry tomato ‘volunteer’ plants from last year growing in the back, alongside the regular tomatoes that I planted.

If you garden, do you get surprises like this sometimes ?  

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