Weather Mystery & Some Blues

After an extended stretch of bitter cold temperatures, we went to 55 degrees on Wednesday and an amazing 66 degrees on Thursday here in southwestern PA.

This means enjoying the weather break but also dealing with snow and ice melting and a major muddy mess in the backyard for the dogs to track in…

On Thursday morning I checked the weather and saw a Winter Storm Warning. What?  We were going to 60 or above today…was this a glitch?

It was not. It was issued for FRIDAY at 1:00 p.m. for my county, lasting through Saturday.  Yet the local weather said 55 degrees and rain for Friday and no ice / sleet / snow until Friday evening.

Well there is a weather mystery going on here and I suppose I’ll discover what really happens in the next few days :)

Koopa says ” I am not worried. She’s stocked up on our dog food and there’s still a half box of treats for us on top of the fridge.”

Yes I am stocked up on food and essentials just in case we really do get the ice and snow. I’ll never forget a few years ago when the forecast was for 6 inches and we ended up with over 20…

As to sewing, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for the month of January is blue and here are some more blues that I have worked on.  ( And Koopa is a Bluenose Pit so he fits in here as well :)

An appliqued Airship Propeller block :

Another Starflower and Little Basket :

And two more Little Baskets :

I am quite happy to be done with the blues for the month. Going forward I’ll be happy to work on any color but blue :)  A collage from earlier posts :

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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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