Indoors & Out : Sewing & Blooms

The Rainbow Scrap challenge color for May is Pink. I English Paper Pieced a pink Star Flower and appliqued it. Two more Star Flowers that had already been sewn awhile back were also appliqued.  The Rose of Sharon quilt saw a bit more hand quilting progress here and there over the past week.

Linking up to So Scrappy for RSC Saturday and Kathy’s for Slow Stitching Sunday

Now for a bit of purple…the lilac bush is slowly coming in to bloom and my first little iris is beginning to open.

Just a few blooms remain on the crabapple tree:

Koopa is still running around it and jumping at the branches.

He’ll do a few runs and jumps around the tree then dash across the  yard to run up to me on the porch, then back to the tree he goes.

He’s here for the duration / thanks for all the support in regards to my last post :)

Meanwhile I wonder how much sewing I’ll get in for awhile, between the grass and weeds growing like mad and this book! :)

This is a TOME! It is about 9 x 11 with small print covering every page and it not for the faint of heart unless you are really in to this stuff. I am, though and thus far I find it fascinating.

“At over 540,000 words, this lengthy and eclectic treatise is considered to be one of the greatest ever produced in the field of esotericism.”

She delves in to ancient religions and societies and how they affected or influenced the religions and secret societies of today. While I am familiar with some of the material due to other writers or documentaries on You Tube, etc. much is new to me and highly detailed. I foresee many hours of reading out on the porch with pen and highlighter in hand :)

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Slice of Life : quilting, gardening, and SOMETHING is in the wall

My DIL went away for the weekend on a church mission trip. No sooner had she returned than my son had to leave for a work training program in another state.

Of course when the guy was home with the kids, nothing happened.

When she was home alone with the kids ? On Tuesday she told me that Something is in the Wall!

Oh my and it sounded bigger than a mouse. It was in the corner of the kitchen, towards the floor and very noisy.

We kept imagining a rat….scratching and making so much noise. The pest control company did not return her call by the next day around noon, so I started making calls.

Most pest companies do not deal with wildlife…the ones that might do so  were not local, or couldn’t come until next week. I was just going down through the phone book ads. And I was upset about this poor animal stuck in the wall.

Fortunately one company recommended another and he came out on Wednesday afternoon. He had to cut a small hole in the wall..slide a trap in and he came out with a European starling just about dead.

He took it out and it flew a bit, landed. then walked over to hide under a hosta plant by the porch.

OH MY how much bad luck did this poor bird have?? First to fall down through a pipe or chimney or something to be tortured stuck inside this wall for two days, and now to have the family cat under the porch staring at it and it was only protected by some lattice.

Another rescue for the bird….carrying it away to a neighbors’ hedges to rest and get some moisture ( a drizzling rain had been going off and on all day ) and recuperate and regain its strength.

Whew!  I am here to tell you that if you have never heard an animal or something trapped in your wall, not knowing what it is, it is very creepy :)

The good news is that Tallicas’ father is a roofer and he’s going down there with a very tall ladder to find and fix whatever let Sammy the Starling in :)

First there was one rose…

Then two, then more, some iris and foxglove coming into bloom…

Batchelor buttons,  then my one nod to purchased flowers…impations for a container, and across the street a neighbors’ pretty flowers in bloom:

Meanwhile the last few days have been cool and rainy which is just fine with me….I don’t appreciate the heatwaves that we’ve had so early in the season. My youngest sons dog appreciates them as well.

As to hand quilting on Scrappy Granny I took this photo on Wednesday, May 24th. At this point I have five blocks left to finish but I’ve been doing all of the sashing and border treatment as well so there are 5 blocks + those areas to complete.

I’ll work on hand quilting these three blocks and surrounding areas next.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone :)

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