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.

Bees & Butterflies and The Dog Days of Summer

We had such a nice weather break at the beginning of the week, but it only lasted for two days and the hot August weather returned. It seemed to build each day with Sunday being the worst….80 degrees prior to 10 a.m. and 93 in the afternoon with a heat index of 98.

It was most certainly one of those days that can only be described as ‘the dog days of summer’.

dog days of summer collage

If you have ever wondered where that expression came from, see HERE.

While I chose not to melt on the bleachers in the scorching sun at a grandson’s football game that afternoon, I was outside here and there to gather tomatoes and capture some action shots.

Who is this little guy that landed on me as I passed the hydrangea bush? I don’t know but such pretty coloring.

bug on hydrangea and tomatoes collage

Then this might just look like a collage of flowers but there was a bit of action going on here as well.

floral collage

In the morning when I returned from a “it’s too hot and humid already!” walk, there was a bee enjoying  a leisurely breakfast.

bee on vine collage

The reason that I dragged the camera out again in the afternoon was due to this butterfly who was just taking her time amongst the various flowers :

butterfly closeup

Her wings fluttered constantly as she sipped the nectar  ( or however it is technically described :)

butterfly on zinnia collage

In contrast, in another area of the front, this little guy appeared to be taking a nap. He wasn’t moving at all.

little bee on yellow flower

Clearly the heat affected him just like it affects me but not this butterfly ….ever in motion, visiting flower after flower…

butterfly yellow collage

Meanwhile as to that football game that I did not go to; at half-time I was texted that the score was 36-0 / I started feeling bad for the other kids.

Starting on the last area of spools and cable portion prior to the border in regards to hand-quilting by the afternoon :

stars and spools quilt sunday afternoon 28th

When I see fall decor out in the stores, or hear about fall, or see decor bloggers rushing us towards fall,  all that  I can think of  on a day like today, is that there is an entire month of summer left, and She’s Been Reminding Us of That Lately :)

When I loaded the Sunday photos from the camera  on to the computer, a few showed up from the other evening that I’d already forgotten about. I may as well include them here, though clearly I was too lazy to walk down the street for shots that would avoid the wires !

evening clouds late august

Wishing you a good week this last week of August, transitioning into September :)

You might also enjoy : Kids, Quilts, Grandmas, Cats & the Weather  or Puttin’ Up and Eatin’ Food in Days Gone By  or Vintage Appliances  or  Quilt Show Part Three

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