Slice of Life : End of June

I haven’t quilted or appliqued or done a thing in regards to that hobby since the cat died last Wednesday. I suppose because she was such an integral part of it all…

Rather, I just decided to go in search of some ‘light summer reading’.  I decided on the “Mitford” series by Jan Karon.  I had a few of them and the local library has the titles to fill in what I did not have, in addition to all of the newer ones…

Out of curiosity I checked to see what my Slice of Life was in regards to what was I sewing / doing last year at this time…..

I was finishing up the quilting on Scrappy Granny…

but I was also immersed in some summer reading : ) I was going through this series from the library …

I read FAR more in the summer when I can sit out on the front porch and read in natural light.

Meanwhile sitting out on the back porch the other night, with storm clouds scudding across the sky, I managed to capture this shot of the moon :

My middle son and wife and kids are off to the beach for a week and I have their dog Merle.  Merle is half Rottweiler and half Lab.

I am very attached to him…here he was as a little Christmas gift puppy for the children a few years ago :)

Daisies, Day Lilies etc are in bloom around here right now along with the Trumpet Vine on the side of the house ..

and the Orange Cone Flowers in the front…

I am in Southwestern PA. While my son’s family has gone south to Myrtle Beach, we are in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures that will be higher here  than where they are.

In this little bungalow, dated back to 1917, I have steam heat and no whole house air. I have A/C units in the dining room and living room and then walk into a 100 degree galley kitchen. If I want to turn on the microwave or oven in the kitchen I have to turn off the A/C in the dining room. At some point during the evening I have to turn off all A/C downstairs in order to run the A/C upstairs in my bedroom.

I JUST had my son install these A/C units yesterday….we have had two heatwaves prior to this week’s but they were only for 2-3 days with cool-offs arriving after that. I see no cool-offs in the immediate forecast and am already ready for fall :) I am not a person that likes the heat :) Anything over 72 degrees is too hot for me!

I am probably going to ‘BLOG BREAK” for awhile after this :)

You might also enjoy : The Front Porch End of May 

Thank you & Slice of Life ( Happier ) Since Kanga Passed

Thank you to everyone for all of the kind comments in regards to my last post about Kanga. The majority of you have all gone through the same thing with your furbabies and know what it is like.

I was kind of numb and depressed and zombie-like for a few days, even though I knew her death was imminent prior to it occuring. That and the heart wrenching stories about the immigrant children separated from their parents…so much sadness.

But this is a Slice of Life post that encompasses emotions on all spectrums this week :)

So  don’t laugh ( or go ahead ) but I was still using an iPhone 3 and it finally died at the same time as Kanga. It actually didn’t die completely….it just couldn’t access the cellular network anymore. AT & T support was wonderful….they sent me a new SIM card / lots of on-the-phone support, but in the end I had to finally bite the bullet and upgrade.

I used Cricket and got a bargain on an iPhone 6 and am adjusting to that….I took a few photos of some pretty flowers around the neighborhood on my morning walk to see how they worked out and would do in editing…

Then as many of you will know if you are immersed in sadness a distraction will help.

I hadn’t seen my youngest son or his dog Koopa for over two weeks. Koopa had played with a dog whose fancy name I don’t recall but she was a pregnant mix of mastiff and something else.  She gave him a very nasty bite wound on his cheek and ear.

The vet doesn’t sew up bite wounds due to concerns about infection so Koopa had to be treated with peroxide and antibiotic creams and my son had sent me this picture of Koopa with a cone on ( which I edited a bit ) Look at my poor baby missing me :)

Well on Thursday Koopa’s wound was scarred over and he could bring him over to cheer me up.

I don’t know it you remember but awhile ago I’d posted about this quilt. FINISHED: BOTANICAL ALBUM QUILT has all the details but here’s a collage of it.

Well,  dear friends and neighbors got engaged prior to it being finished. Upon their engagement I gave them a choice of the recently completed Scrappy Granny ( full post about Scrappy Granny HERE  )  or this Botanical quilt when it was completed.

They did love Scrappy Granny but chose to wait for the Botanical Album quilt to be completed.

This weekend was their wedding :)

I was invited but chose to be part of the support team staying behind so that my son and DIL could just go on to Harrisburg and have family watching the kids, dog, cats, house,etc.  Sometimes it is good for a marriage to just have fun with that marriage / just the two of you and friends :)


I can assure you that their dog  Merle was spoiled here and didn’t miss them one bit :)

The happy couple that my quilt went to :) All wedding photos from my DIL :)

Again, thank you for all of your kind comments and support and I’ll catch up with you all soon :)