Quilting Progress, Critters, Kids, and the Garden

August was unusually cool off and on,  but the heat’s back on now towards the end of September. We have been soaring into the high 80’s in the afternoons. That was appreciated by the tomatoes…I got a nice crop of regular ones + cherry tomatoes the other day to split with the family.

I’ve made some nice hand quilting progress on the Iris block in the Botanical Quilt. These are large blocks so completing one takes awhile, but the flower portions are just about done and I am on to the stems and baskets / vases area now.

Meanwhile, around the house, most flowers are still blooming and in the back I have Cosmos and Cleome just coming in to bloom!  ( I think that the off and on weather this summer confused many of the seeds : )  I planted them in late May!

In my last post I shared how a mama squirrel had brought her baby over to visit once or twice. After that, she brought him back to be on his own. ( Just like her mama had done with her! :)

He’s still hanging around…trying to learn to climb things….he’s quite comical.

I have a few peanuts out on the porch railing for him….but if I go out when he is there or sitting on the top of a chair, he panics and disappears in to the pine tree growing in the front.

This has Koopa, my son’s dog, all depressed when they visit now. “WHY can’t I go out on the porch and sit with Oma in my chair like I usually do? ”

He kind of mirrors Brent’s look…( which I just caught one day earlier in the summer when he was moping about something or another :)

Finally, Brent’s Open House was this week and my son took this phone picture of my DIL, niece, him and the girls… ( the grands are in two different school districts ; this is not the only Open House I’ll have to attend NOR the only Book Fair that I’ll have to spend money at :)

Meanwhile,  Texas is still suffering from Harvey, Florida and various islands from Irma, Puerto Rico and other islands are in dire catastrophic states from Maria, Mexico has had 2 major earthquakes, and when I checked the news today Trump was fighting with the NFL and NBA.

Then there is the healthcare issue and…the possibility of nuclear annihilation with 8th-grade level insults going on between him and Kim Jong Un. But there WAS a story that made me smile and that is that Melania and schoolchildren were out planting and harvesting in the vegetable garden that Michelle had started. That was nice to see.

*I got a notice from my web hosting service the other day that ‘in a few days” my site might be down for awhile as they were moving servers ( or something or another :)  So if you come and it is down, hopefully it will be back up down the line! )

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I’ll be slow-stitching / hand quilting a bit, and joining up with the other Slow Stitchers at Kathy’s Quilts.

Mid-September

We’ve been having the sort of weather where you have to change clothes 3x per day. Long sleeves and a sweater or hoodie in the morning, changing to a lighter cotton shirt later on or shedding some layers, and then getting fairly warm in the afternoon.

It went to 83 degrees this afternoon…a quick change to something sleeveless and shorts prior to getting 2 of the grandkids after school. That’s the warmest that it has been in awhile. Our chilliest was 41 degrees one early a.m.  and no, I did not turn on the furnace :)

I simply did what Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable does, and she had posted about that last year or at some point.  I got a quick shower, dressed, and put my big fuzzy bathrobe over my clothes for the morning until it warmed up.

I mentioned in my prior post that the DIL had minor surgery ( getting better every day ) and I’d been helping out with cooking and laundry and so on. Yesterday she and I and three of the grands went to the grocery store after school.

I’d forgotten what it was like to do major grocery shopping with little kids but I WILL say that we all started using the long cucumbers in the vegetable section as microphones to sing in to along with the music for a minute or so there , to Mama’s Dismay :)

I  managed to applique another Airship Propeller Block since my last post. I turned this project over to following the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month. This month is orange and I had so little that I resorted to peach for one block and I chose pastels for this one.

Fall is coming but we are in the middle of two seasons here and the pastels in the fabric mirror many of the flowers in the garden right now.  ( Cosmos, zinnias, roses, sweet william, foxglove that has returned, an unnamed flower, and peegee hydrangea turning from white to pink  )

Meanwhile while helping out with cooking for my son’s family, one day we did an English Shoulder Roast ( this is so tender ) with Golden Mushroom Soup…I find that this is the best soup to use with a roast in the crockpot.

I roasted some vegetables, made a cucumber salad, and a corn souffle which they all loved. I don’t know why I make this so rarely….only around the holidays…because it is so very simple.

I pulled this photo from a prior post but I don’t see that I ever posted the actual recipe ( the pan that I made for them doubled the original recipe which is below the photo:

  • In a bowl, mix ( with a spoon, no need for a mixer with beaters )
  • 1 can corn or the equivalent of summer corn on the cob, cooked and cut off of the cob
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 cup  milk ( I usually use 2 % )
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter ( to cut up into small pieces and sprinkle over the mixture once it is in the pan )
  • Mix and pour into a pan to cook on 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Check it the same way that you do a cake…if the edges are browning and the knife comes out clean in the middle it is done.  If you double this for a big family or potluck, it will take the full hour or a bit more.

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