Slow Stitching, Back-to-School & Gardening

I am in southwestern PA. Today was more like October 1st than September 1st! :)

It was around 50 degrees this morning, cloudy and breezy so no sun to warm you up a bit, and late afternoon when I checked, it had not gone over 59 degrees!

Starting tonight we are to begin to see the remnants of Harvey…a rainy weekend is in store for us. While the forecasters are not predicting that we’ll get much, I recall Ike being stalled over us for days on end and this area had major flooding.  Many years prior to that PA. had a similar situation with Hurricane Floyd.

But Harvey and Texas….just breaks my heart. What those folks are going through is horrific.

Here, I am just settled in for a cool and rainy weekend …probably  enough rain to make the grass that I just mowed and the weeds that I just pulled start to grow again :)

  • I have some slow stitching to keep me busy. When I did a sewing review ( previous post )  I realized that 7 or 8 of the little baskets still required circles.  So I prepped the circles to sew onto the existing baskets and prepped a few new baskets for this month.
  • I can always put more hand quilting stitches in the Botanical top as well.  The first block was echo quilted with wavy lines following background musical notes….this one will be a grid.

My oldest son lives in Missouri now, working for Boeing.  He and his fiancee and her son came here last weekend for a wedding.  Fourteen of us met up at the Original House of Pancakes for a long and leisurely breakfast.  After that they had to race off to the wedding but here is a photo that I *stole* from the fiancee off of Facebook :)

Also * stolen* are a few of my DIL’s photos to make this collage. My grands are in two different school districts. Three started earlier. One was on his way back from getting a haircut style that he’d requested.  We don’t have Kate as often as we used to but on this day all grades were represented.

Outdoors, I have tomatoes producing and grapes ripening on the vine.  The Rose of Sharon bushes are still in bloom, sunflowers that I planted in MAY are just opening and the fall tall grasses are ripening to the delight of the birds.

Because I relied so much on seeds this year versus purchasing plants at the nursery, things were a bit sparse early on, but now between the bushes in bloom, perennials, and the flowers from the seeds as well as volunteers, the entire house is surrounded by flowers and exuberant color at the end of August. A few shots as an example…

If you are not in Texas, how about you ? Have you had any effects from Harvey as it moves north or are you experiencing this unusually cool weather lately?  

Having asked that, I remember that when I was a kid, right around back-to-school time it DID cool off.  The same when MY kids were little, come to think of it.

 I have gotten so used to the hotter extended summer temperatures in the last decade or so that I’d forgotten that, or is it just me ? 

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19 Responses to Slow Stitching, Back-to-School & Gardening

  1. No Harvey effects here in OK. Still hot here. No rain. Wish I was saying different. Love your quilts! Relax this weekend and stitch away!

  2. Pat in WNY says:

    We’re not expecting Harvey’s rain to hit here until tomorrow evening, but it was 36 degrees here this morning and some areas nearby had a light frost – way too early! When I was in school back in the dark ages it seemed the first week in September was always beastly hot, especially for those late afternoon double-session classes. Early baby-boomer, so we had double sessions for many of my school years while the new classroom additions were being built. Also had a couple elementary grades in the various village church basements!

  3. Karen says:

    yesterday from Harvey we had a very windy day and topped off in the 70’s unusual for Arkansas and today we were still in the 70’s and the windows open – usually the A/C is on every day until closer to the end of the month – tonight I think the windows might be open – what a nice cooler summer we have had. I hope you do not get heavy rain. What a nice looking family and glad you got to spend a little time with your oldest. All your grandkids are a delight to see! I love your plants and quilts. I have a Rose of Sharon given to me by my sis in law last year and it grew about a foot or more this summer but no flowers – hope it will be bigger next year – do you prune it when it is young? Or just leave it alone for the winter months.

  4. Deb says:

    Great photo’s and looks like you have plenty to keep you busy as you listen to the rain fall this weekend. We are in for a rainy weekend – but not from Harvey. Just watching the next one forming – Irma to see where she goes. I hope the rain cools things down – I miss fall temps.

  5. Yes! It seemed like it always cooled off for the first day of school when I was a kid. That was the day after Labor Day then. Today it is 59 as I got up, and should only reach 72 for a high, heaven!!

  6. Joyce says:

    Keep “stealing” those beautiful family portraits because we enjoy seeing them!
    What I remember about the first days of school is wanting to wear new sweaters and wool skirts, but the heat made it impossible!
    Cooling down here, though, with no rain in the forecast.

  7. Robin says:

    I’m cross-hatching the current quilt in the hoop. It seems to take so long but it is so worth it. I love how cross-hatching fills in the blank spaces in the backgrounds. It just makes me happy. We aren’t being affected by Harvey at all. Sure wish a little of the moisture would waft our way. My son, a hour north of Nashville, has been drenched. Love the Cosmos!

  8. With all the beautiful hand work, gorgeous blooms, and smiling family faces, life looks good for you in PA. :-) We are suppose to get rain tomorrow. I won’t complain because it is really, really dry out there. We’ve had temps at night in the low 40’s already. :-)

  9. Hey, the joys of Facebook theft! (hope that doesn’t get me reported (or you come to think of it!!!) Lovely family pics!
    Harvey is making such worldwide news, I’m not sure though whether we really get the scale of the devastation though and the fact that it is still impacting weather wise across the country.
    Enjoy your cooler weather I know how blissful that is!
    Happy Labor Day weekend
    Wren x

  10. Great photos of the kids! And looking at your pretty flower photos, yes, I’m having to admit that summer is winding down. We’ve had a cool couple days here in NW Wisconsin. I hear it’s supposed to be almost 80 on Monday, but then I think it will cool down again. We’ve had rain today, but the past three mornings we’ve had very, very foggy conditions. My heart goes out to all those suffering from the effects of Harvey. The devastation is even hard to imagine, as I sit here comfortably at my computer. I like to steer people to Samaritan’s Purse for donations to disaster relief. They use only 4.6% for administrative costs. I think that’s less than any other organization.

  11. Nothing from Harvey here yet, but we are expecting some rain a little later this week…just in time for our trip to NC :/.

    Lovely pics of your son and his fiancé Deb. You must be very happy he is gaining a lovely bride and handsome son!

  12. Susan says:

    What beautiful grands! And the new one coming on board with your son’s marriage looks like he’ll fit right in – will he be the tallest now? Such gorgeous flowers, and wonderful stitching plans for the holiday weekend. You go, needle woman! We had the Harvey leftovers and it was no big deal here or in Atlanta – a couple of times heavy rain, but mostly light or even spritzy stuff. I wish it had saved more to dump on these northern states and left less behind in Texas.

  13. Gail says:

    Rainy day here today. We have indoor activities planned. Have fun sewing on your projects today!

  14. Hope that you don’t end up with too much rain. We are anxiously watching Irma here and hoping it turns back into the ocean soon. Lovely little baskets, looks like the circles are all ready to go.

  15. CathieJ says:

    We have a rainy day today and really cool temps for this time of year on Long Island. Hubby just had to go buy shock for our pool as it is turning green. It is much to cold to use and won’t be closed for almost two weeks. I used to close the pool the first week of September for just that reason. It does seem though that it is much cooler this year than it has been in recent years. Enjoy your pretty stitching.

  16. Lorrie says:

    We’d welcome some of your rain. Our hot dry summer continues and there is no relief in sight until the end of September. Very unusual. Your baskets are so pretty.

  17. Eileen says:

    Hello, we had a few days of cool and rainy weather. Nothing like Texas had, my prayers continue for the storm victims there. You have a beautiful family. The grandchildren are all beautiful. It is hard to believe it is September and schools are opened. Happy Labor Day to you and your family. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  18. Jane says:

    You have such a beautiful family…I don’t recall seeing your eldest son and his wife and son. How blessed you are.

    We are all rooting for Texas and Louisiana. There are so many ways for us to donate all over the country. Lot’s of rain going on here and cooler temps. Makes me stay inside and get some cleaning done!


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