Slice of Life ( never a dull moment ) and Quilting Mid-June

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  • I took a photo of my lettuce and spinach prior to cutting.
  • Spirea bushes in the back yard are coming in to full bloom.
  • Delmonico Steak…it is usually $13.99 or more per lb. I keep a sharp eye out for what the meat department calls and labels “Butcher Steaks” which they sell for $6.99 per lb. as they might be from the end, or not as pretty or what-have-you. I picked up a package of two thin cut Delmonicos for $5.50 and here they are smothered in a sauce with peppers and onions.  I cut off the fat for the dogs treats and so they, my son and I were all quite happy with my bargain :)
  • The twins, Mya and Aiselyn, are quite active and tomboyish and they’ve been wrestling and playing rough together since….forever! :)   Well as to ‘never a dull moment‘ it appeared as if Aiselyn had broken Mya’s toe by accident the other day.  Photo courtesy of my DIL….I had the other kids here while she took Mya to MedExpress. Fortunately it was *just* dislocated and she is ok now.

Today the morning news involved a shooter at a Congressional baseball practice and the horrific high-rise fire in London, and later on a shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco and of course these are not the only awful things going on in the world but one can only take so much / pray about so much in a day.

Quilting is not the same as deep prayer or meditation, but it does offer one time to think over things and perhaps decide on how to pray or how to think through things in ‘mindfulness’ which is a very good practice that I picked up reading some Buddhist teachings over the years.

I have been hand quilting Scrappy Granny for what seems like ages :)  Recently I was working on an area of three blocks.

It won’t be long now….I have to keep working on the sashing and border on this row, and then I’ll hit the last two blocks to be hand quilted and their sashing and border areas as well.

Meanwhile as I edited photos and worked on this post, thunder had been rumbling all around. We have had a spate of extremely hot weather ( 90+ degrees ) and did not recieve the forecasted rain last evening…it moved north.

I am hoping for some rain now and a cool-off.  I mowed my grass early A.M ( around 8:00 when it was still dew-laden, and I was pouring sweat by the time that I was done. I am not a fan of hot weather :)  I just endure summer :)

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30 Responses to Slice of Life ( never a dull moment ) and Quilting Mid-June

  1. Judy Miller says:

    I do my best pondering and meditating when I am sewing my cross stitch projects.

  2. Karen says:

    The quilt is looking so good – I love it! I too keep an eye out for good meat sales, I do not eat much red meat but Mike loves it. Poor little one with the sore toe – bet she is back to being active fast.
    Just so much news that I can’t stand to barely watch it anymore and bad when so many bad things happen that it barely registers in your mind as you think what can happen next
    Hot and humid here – summer has arrived for sure had to water the garden tonight

  3. I only endure summer too, I cannot stand heat. It is foggy and cool on the mountain this morning. I look for sales like that too, we have a big freezer to take advantage of great buys when they come along. Your quilt is looking wonderful!

  4. Eileen says:

    Hello, your meal looks yummy. My hubby is the shopper and is always looking for deals on steaks. For some reason the steaks were cheaper in Florida than in Maryland, we thought that was strange. Your quilting does seem peaceful and relaxing, a good way take your mind off of the sad things happening. We are expecting cooler weather, I hope so. Happy Thursday, have a happy day!

  5. Eileen says:

    Ps, so glad your granddaughter is ok now!

  6. Gretchen says:

    I can take the heat which is a good thing since we farm and hay is made when it is hot out. Winter is my nemesis. The quilting on Scrappy is just bring her to life. Hand quilting also calms and relaxes me. I can no longer watch the news on TV. I ask my husband every morning what awful things happened during the night, he keeps me updated. That’s enough of the bad news.

  7. Val Reynolds says:

    Oh I do not like hot weather either. Moving to Oregon from Arizona has been wonderful!!! I giggle about the girls….but seriously, a dislocated toe HURTS! Mindfulness is very important….I’m with ya.

  8. FlowerLady says:

    Your meal looks delicious! Glad the toe was just dislocated, not broken.

    I think your hand quilting is really lovely and makes the quilt so homey and wonderful.

    I don’t like hot weather either. We’ve been getting quite a bit of rain, which is good as we’ve been in drought conditions for several years now. I mowed last week just the day before the rains came, was going to mow yesterday but we had heavy rains again in the morning.

    Happy Summer ~ FlowerLady

  9. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I love your hand quilting–that’s going to be such a wonderful snuggle-y quilt!

  10. Margie Miller says:

    Very interesting blog! And I love your quilting. You are so talented!

  11. Robin says:

    Wish I could come and eat at your house! Yum! Sorry about Aiselyn’s toe – that’s no fun at all.

  12. You and me too with the hot weather! I have escaped where the weather, if not the news, is lovely. I like a bargain too :) Sorry to hear the news about the dislocated toe
    Hope you have a cooler, calmer weekend with opportunities for much quilting!
    Wren x

  13. I’m the same with summer. I love the gardening part of it….but the heat and humidity? Nope. Glad your granddaughter is ok!

  14. Doreen Johnson says:

    As always, I love all the beautiful photo’s you take of daily life! Sorry to hear of your granddaughter’s injury. The quilting is coming along so beautifully on your Granny Squares! I agree, that quilting is a great calming therapy when dealing with stressful current events.

  15. Kim says:

    Cleaning is meditation. How pathetic is that? Ha!

  16. Kyle says:

    I always enjoy reading about your busy slice of life. Your days a filled with family, a beautiful garden, and creativity.

  17. Jane says:

    Never a dull moment in your life, Deb. So spotty about Aiselyn’s toe. I understand nothing can be done for that except let it heal on it’s own. Ouch.

    The quilts gorgeous!


  18. I want to admire the flowers and your makes but, honestly, all I can see is that steak dish.

  19. barb says:

    I just saw that butcher cut of beef yesterday and wondered about it. Looks yummy!
    your stitches look fabulous.
    Poor baby, broken toes hurt!!

  20. Susan Nixon says:

    I’m not a fan of hot and humid or freezing. I think weather should always be moderate. LOL Humidity makes arthritis much worse, too, hence my preference for desert heat. I’m so glad her toe wasn’t broken! I’m sure she was, too, as she doesn’t look happy waiting there. You’ve been so steady working on that quilt. You need one of those half hoops for doing the edge border. =)

  21. Becca says:

    I feel so bad when kids are playing together and get hurt. I have a friend who jumped off the couch once while goofing off with his sister and broke a bone!

  22. Deb says:

    I wilt in the heat too! So glad you have cooler times so you can quilt on that really pretty quilt still.

  23. Joyce says:

    awww poor little Mya! And I am having my share of rough housing between twin siblings this past week and next – so far no injuries, although that amazes me!
    I’d love to see a good rain here, too, even though we have an outdoor wedding tomorrow!

  24. So sad that you are coming to the end of Scrappy Granny! I really like watching your progress on this wonderful quilt!

  25. Bernie says:

    I agree, summer is pretty darn uncomfortable. That steak dish looks amazing. Yum!!!

  26. Gail says:

    Thank goodness for air conditioning on the hot summer days! Scrappy Granny will soon be done!

  27. Katy S says:

    Your scrappy granny quilt is lovely! I agree that it is difficult to know how to pray in times like these. Hand quilting has helped me.

  28. CathieJ says:

    Your garden is great. I have tip-toed into planting lettuce this year. We shall see how successful that is. So sorry about your grand-daughter’s toe. Ouch! Your scrappy quilt is so pretty. Your quilting is looking good. I find that turning off the TV and concentrating on any of my crafts is very calming and relaxing. There is just too much bad news lately.

  29. Never a dull moment for sure with your large family. Glad it wasn’t as bad as predicted. Beautiful quilt work. We just got home from 105 degree temperatures. Glad to visit but glad to get away from that level of temps. :-)

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