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! )

You might also enjoy : THE FRONT PORCH : MANY A HAPPY DAY 

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

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21 Responses to Quilting Progress, Critters, Kids, and the Garden

  1. Karen says:

    hope you won’t be down many days and they get the work done fast – I was watching the news earlier and couldn’t believe the way this president talks – I am so ashamed of him – I feel before his term is over we will be fighting numerous wars that will be instigated by his childish insults.
    But I will put that aside and out of my brain for now before I get depressed over it – I feel so bad for all those from the storm areas and the earthquakes – so many things happening at once.
    Ease your mind and quilt a little!

  2. Deb says:

    I went 3 days without hearing the news…. boy was it peaceful. Then I read what the president said last night… lots of stitching later… sigh. I just don’t understand how people who voted for him still think he is a good leader? A good leader unites people and does what they pledged to do under oath which is to uphold the constitution of the united states. Sorry, rant over. I wish 3 years would pass quickly until the next election.

  3. Gail says:

    Just keep quilting and taking pictures of your flowers and grandchildren. All three are beautiful!

  4. Eileen says:

    Hello, your quilt is looking beautiful. I love all your pretty blooms, it is still feeling like summer here now.
    Lovely shot of your family, they are all beautiful. The squirrel is cute. Poor Koopa, he looks lonely. My heart goes out to all the storms victims and Mexico’s earthquake victims. I have never like Trump, I hope he does not start a war with his stupid comments. He is the worst president ever! Sorry, for ranting. Have a happy day and new week ahead.

  5. barb says:

    pretty flowers and perfect stitches!
    You always have such great animal photos and happy family photos.
    happy Sunday

  6. I don’t know which is more impressive- your garden or your wonderful photos of the garden. Just wow.
    That is a large project on your quilt but so worth it.
    Have a great day. mary

  7. Joyce says:

    I wish I could box up the thousands of acorns that are falling on my property and mail some to your little outdoor pets! My own have not shown up for a few weeks; they’ve ODd on acorns and don’t need my peanuts and corn! I just hope this isn’t a warning of a harsh winter ahead. We’ve had the same high 80s temps you’ve had – today, too.
    I love the look of outline quilting on those stems! Nice progress!
    Your kiddoes are so lucky to have you join “the village” that’s growing them so safe and secure and self confident!
    Poor Melania. I see her as a sympathetic figure, trapped with her son by a madman she fears and is disgusted with. I’m glad she pays tribute to the lovely Michelle by continuing her garden.

  8. Deborah says:

    Your quilting is coming along nicely, your garden flowers are beautiful too, it seems like many gardens are enjoying the last moments of Summer or is it we have entered Indian Summer. We can all use a break from the horrid weather we have had recently.

  9. Such amazing photos of the squirrels!
    Enjoy your hand stitching today while you watch them prepare for winter!

  10. LOVE the baby squirrel photos! As well as your GORGEOUS quilt!

  11. CathieJ says:

    I hope you have no problem with the web site hosting transfer. Your flowers are beautiful and that baby squirrel is adorable. Love the family pics. Enjoy your stitching.

  12. FlowerLady says:

    Lovely quilting and flowers. Sweet family.

    Thank you for sharing the beauty that surrounds you.


  13. Robin says:

    You are making nice progress on your botanical quilt. It looks so soft and lovely. The twin in the green is a hoot! Just when I thing “the Donald” can’t do something dumber, he manages to find a way.

  14. Best of lucky to Koopa that he gets back out on the porch. :-) Very nice family photo.

  15. gayle says:

    Such beautiful pictures! Looks like moping is moping, no matter the species… 8)
    These days, I’m especially thankful for needlework – sometimes it’s the only thing keeping despair at bay.

  16. Kim says:

    We just saw a baby squirrel and I was telling my kids about your little friends…

  17. Oh that little baby squirrel is just too cute, Deb, as are all your grandchildren!! Hot here, too – I can’t believe I have the a/c on!

  18. Jane says:

    it’s great to catch up with you, Deb. it’s really great how your quilt is coming along. I do a little cross stitch but save it for the cold winter evenings.

    These are fab pics of your ‘baby’!! They are fun little critters. I’ve been watching the chipmunks around my bird feeders at the lake. One got caught in the clear feeder and it was comical watching it try to get out!

    Heat is bad here, too…cooling off tomorrow, thank goodness.


  19. Susan says:

    Your flowers are gorgeous and the dog and boy looking the same is pretty amusing.

  20. Pamela says:

    I like the color of the flowers. I am a RN and a
    Republican I am against abortions. I believe in saving lives. I am pleased that President Trump is pro life. I have an 11 year old granddaughter the same age as Barron Trump so I can relate.
    This has been a bad hurricane season.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Pamela. I think that Trump is ‘pro-life’ just to win votes, sorry to say :) His lifestyle in general tells the tale / he went ‘pro life’ to win voters just like you. The man lies over and over again, and is not to be trusted, sorry.

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