Critter Distractions When Quilting ; No Wonder I’m Slow

Last week in my sewing post I showed a lovely spiderweb that I had to dismantle after taking a photo, since it was under the hummingbird feeder.

This past week, Arachne was back…one morning there was another web below the hummingbird feeder.

another arachne web

Well this one had to come down as well but I have checked every morning since then and I think that she’s gotten the message.  The latest web was over by the edge of the porch and the pine tree.

web by pine tree

And the hummingbird is glad of that!

I’ve done more reading in my spare time than sewing this past week…I have found that as my eyes get older, if I dearly want to concentrate on reading a lot…then I can’t do that and strain my eyes with sewing as well. So here and there I concentrate on just one or the other.

I did finish the Starflower that I showed last week and  yet another English Paper Pieced hexie-thing…these and some baskets that I have prepped are for a border on a quilt and I am just working on them intermittently. I also began prepping another round for the next Rose applique block.

EPP baskets and rose prep

Still moving slowly around the the edges of the Crosses & Losses quilt. If it’s not out on the porch it’s on the top of the piano, where the cat doesn’t go :)

quilt hoop on piano

I thought to show you a few of my many quilting distractions when I am out on the front porch. No wonder I’m slow to finish this quilt : )  I keep putting it down and grabbing the camera. There’s the hummingbird…




hummingbird collage

Baby bunnies…this one’s been hanging out behind my front bushes and flowers and is growing rapidly…

baby bunny is growing

Squirrels that are so tame they will come up the steps and then come very close to me to get their peanuts…

squirrel collage

And now it is Goldfinch Season :  I have some sunflowers growing all around the house in various spots. Some are in the front, right off the porch.  Who would not be distracted when these little darlings visit for their seeds ? :)

goldfinch upside down

Goldfinch collage

And I have yet to edit some photos of a mama bird feeding her baby…they’d flown the nest but I had not realized that she still fed them. That will have to be for another day. For Slow Sunday Stitching I resolve to keep the camera put away and just quilt! :)

Joining all of the other slow stitchers and their lovely array of varied projects over at Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching. 

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Squirrels & Blue Jays : Sunday Morning Breakfast Visitors

Yesterday I posted about a problem that I was having with a bad little squirrel but generally I have no troubles.

One Sunday morning about three weeks ago, I was up early as usual and fixed a big breakfast for my oldest son before he left for the airport to fly back to St. Louis after being here for his brother’s wedding.   This little guy showed up a bit later asking if there were any waffles and sausage left for him? “Sorry little guy, but you can have a few peanuts.”

squirrel collage

This squirrel and a buddy or two are fairly tame. To avoid a big peanut shell mess, I’ve started to crack a few peanuts myself versus giving them the whole peanut in shell.  Because I might sit and feed them a few peanuts in that manner, they’ll come quite close, even up to the chair where I am sitting at times.

If I go out to the front porch and see a little squirrel in a neighbor’s yard, and say “Little Squirrel, do you want a peanut?”  generally they’ll come running like a puppy dog would for a treat.  However some of the blue jays now understand that phrase as well!

“Peanut? Did you say peanut? ”

blue jay on fence collage

“Yes, I said peanut, Mr. Jay. Would you like some as well? ”

bluejay on line

bluejay by peanuts

bluejay ready to fly off with peanut

“Mr. Jay will you come ON to the porch with me? ”  And so he did! :)

blue jay on porch by chair collage

This jay is a frequent visitor. I’ll see him sitting out on the porch, looking in the window, waiting for me to come out with a few peanuts for him.   A bag of roasted peanuts at the grocery store produce department costs around 3.00 and I sure do get a lot of entertainment for those few dollars :) They last about a month.

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