Gardening & Back to Quilting

I took a break from quilting for a week or two and devoured a few fiction books instead.

So many stitches ; maybe I needed that break :)

I have returned to Scrappy Granny ; this is the last block area.

While it is certainly hot enough this week for ice cream bars, I am enjoying Pennsylvania peaches.

Last week was steamy and muggy and we had storms and downpours every day.  The weather changed on the day of Superman’s Wedding ( previous post ).

Now it is the opposite ; quite hot, in the 90’s. and dry. I mowed one day, started the weeding process the next day, and there are quite a lot of weeds. Why do they flourish more from the rain than the flowers? Not fair! :)

I planted just about everything this year from seeds rather than purchasing annual plants already started from a nursery. Those look to be coming in to bloom soon. Right now I have a nice amount of perennials in bloom.

Grapes are coming along,  a tall lily ( half-fallen over from downpours ) and the rose of sharon bushes :

After the first round of roses were done, new growth came and another round is in bloom. I dug up roadside phlox a few years ago and that has started blooming now. The orange coneflowers are flourishing.

I was knee deep in phlox by the roadside, early morning, picking them for my son’s wedding a few years ago.  I was drenched with the early morning dew when I was done, but I also had a bucket with one plant for my garden to remember it all by. For some reason, it blooms about a month later here than in the wild.

While I had to dead-head quite a few, many daisies are still in bloom. The Russian Sage is spilling over the sidewalk.

The bees love it.

Meanwhile, in exploring Blogland here and there, I have seen one or two bloggers question why less comments / visitors / posts / is everyone going to Instagram / or what-have-you.

Curious, I went to my stats.  I recently did a post on a family wedding. In a 3 day period, I saw

  • 176 Sunday
  • 393 Monday
  • 172 Tuesday ( as of Tuesday, around 6;30 when I checked )

I am bloggging less than I used to but I’ve not gone the Instagram route yet. I generally try to comment but sometimes I just fly through and do not. I used to join a lot of link-up parties and don’t bother much with that anymore.  I suppose that after a few years many of us change our blogging /reading habits…have you?

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Bunnies, Bathrobes, Binding & Blooming

A late June Slice of Life here…

After Tropical Storm Cindy moved through our area  we had a few days of cool weather. On Wednesday morning, June 28, I woke up to 48 degrees and had to put on not a normal light robe for a spring morning, but rather my big fuzzy winter bathrobe!

And let me tell you, I was loving it! It felt as if it was the first day of fall. I appreciated it all the more knowing our normal heat and humidity was to return soon.

The cool weather was welcome because we had so much rain from Cindy that I could literally sit on the front porch and watch the grass grow, during one torrential rain after another.  So playing catch-up in regards to grass mowing and weeding flower and vegetable beds and trimming vines in moderate temperatures was quite nice.

The Russian Sage is just coming in to bloom now. Soon it will be swarmed by bees. The hydrangea that I drastically trimmed last fall tripled in size…I must be doing something wrong : ) The first of my orange coneflowers came into bloom, and my grapevine appears to be happy.

These are old-fashioned Concord grapes with seeds to spit or strain …sweetest after the first frost in the fall. When my boys were young I had a grapevine and made homemade juice. This vine is in its 4th year…I am hoping for enough grapes this year to do that again.

I know that many of you have troubles with bunnies and other critters eating your flowers and vegetables. Since my back yard is fenced in, I usually do not.  Here is a  young bunny outside of the fence.

Occasionally they get in and that happened on Wednesday. I had managed to corral Lily, the long haired dog, for a grooming session. Generally I get about 1/3 of her done and then she runs off to hide in the bushes and we rinse and repeat another day. Well there she was, stretched out enjoying the brushing and cutting in the sun and her eyes were half-closed, and the other dog was in a far corner of the yard.

Along came a young bunny…perhaps this one in the photo taken later that day….right up the yard next to the fence, about 2 feet from Lily and I. I just held my breath, hoping that neither dog noticed until he made his way to the other end and got out through the gap in the gate. He did.

Not too long ago I had posted about reading one book from this author and getting hooked. The library has several. I plowed through the Big Stone Gap trilogy,  then Lucia, Lucia, and am now reading this one. Many of you were familiar with her and loved her books as well so you can understand why I’ll go through every title that the library has over the course of the summer !

I have finished tying Quilty 365 and started on binding. Now if you are a quilty perfectionist you may not like this….but I used a twin sized sheet for the backing and am bringing it over to the front for the binding and handstitching it.

Reason is….it’s going on to a spare bed in the spare room, will rarely if ever be used or need washed, and I wanted a quick and cheap solution.

After this is finished I am going to tie another one on the list…I have several tops and am deciding what do I want to hand quilt and what do I want to tie.

I prepared two large pieces of backing and pressed them and they’ll get sewn together for the next one and I’ll go from there.

Bottom line between finishing up the hand quilting on Scrappy Granny, finishing up the binding on this, and getting another one started, it is going to be kind of boring around here for awhile.  I have appointments with the estate attorney, a realtor ( in regards to the boys dad who died in April ) and we are no where done with clearing / cleaning the house.

I think that I might just try to finish some things up prior to blogging again and here’s wishing everyone in the U.S.A a wonderful 4th of July! :)

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