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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Applique, Birthday Hibachi & Flooding

I have been following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month for my Little Baskets and Airship Propeller blocks. The RSC color for July was blue.

This flower was blooming mid-month while I was doing prep work but the actual applique didn’t get started until the last week of July.

The Airship Propeller block and one of the Little Baskets are red, white and blue for Independence Day, long gone :)

My design board is the lawn !

Come to think of it, I threw my last floral applique blocks out on to the lawn as well! :)  HERE. 

Last Friday, we were all piled into my sons’ van to go to Fusian, a local Hibachi restaurant, where we would meet some other family members and celebrate my grandsons’ birthday, which was on the 23rd.

It was raining here but not too badly. Thunder was rumbling all around….we went about 10 minutes or less up the main road and turned on to another, on the way to the restaurant which was on Rt. #19, Washington County, Pa.  WOW…halfway up that road we encountered major flooding. The creek below the houses up on the main part of the street had overflowed ( and we are talking overflowed by an acre or more! )

Clearly this area very close to us had been receiving far more rain! To make a long story short, they and others had, and while my place was fine, all around our county had flooding, water rescues, the whole bit. A local park, Mingo Creek Park, had severe damage as the creek turned in to a raging river.

A few family members were delayed reaching the restaurant, having been stuck on the highway or needing to find alternate routes but in the end we had a good time.

Brent had a blast and asked for the “Happy Birthday” song to be played over and over again.

BOTH Brent and Javis in the last year have requested that the money that might be spent on a big birthday party with tons of relatives coming and bestowing them with a boatload of gifts, rather be spent on going to Fusian with just the immediate family.

So these little boys want the experience more than the avalanche of gifts that come from a party with 30 or more attending.  Interesting.

Above : My DIL’s Twin.

My DIL has twin daughters. One of them was acting up that afternoon and was threatened with missing the dinner party. She continued. DIL stayed home with her. When you threaten discipline you have to stick with it.

The GOOD twin that day with my youngest son :)

Well  I have one more blue Little Basket cut out and prepped for the July RSC color and then it will be moving on to other projects…it seems that yard work, reading, this-that-and-the-other has me slowed down in regards to quilting / sewing this summer.

Still, any progress is fine, even if it is slow :)

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