Slice of Life : quilting, gardening, and SOMETHING is in the wall

My DIL went away for the weekend on a church mission trip. No sooner had she returned than my son had to leave for a work training program in another state.

Of course when the guy was home with the kids, nothing happened.

When she was home alone with the kids ? On Tuesday she told me that Something is in the Wall!

Oh my and it sounded bigger than a mouse. It was in the corner of the kitchen, towards the floor and very noisy.

We kept imagining a rat….scratching and making so much noise. The pest control company did not return her call by the next day around noon, so I started making calls.

Most pest companies do not deal with wildlife…the ones that might do so  were not local, or couldn’t come until next week. I was just going down through the phone book ads. And I was upset about this poor animal stuck in the wall.

Fortunately one company recommended another and he came out on Wednesday afternoon. He had to cut a small hole in the wall..slide a trap in and he came out with a European starling just about dead.

He took it out and it flew a bit, landed. then walked over to hide under a hosta plant by the porch.

OH MY how much bad luck did this poor bird have?? First to fall down through a pipe or chimney or something to be tortured stuck inside this wall for two days, and now to have the family cat under the porch staring at it and it was only protected by some lattice.

Another rescue for the bird….carrying it away to a neighbors’ hedges to rest and get some moisture ( a drizzling rain had been going off and on all day ) and recuperate and regain its strength.

Whew!  I am here to tell you that if you have never heard an animal or something trapped in your wall, not knowing what it is, it is very creepy :)

The good news is that Tallicas’ father is a roofer and he’s going down there with a very tall ladder to find and fix whatever let Sammy the Starling in :)

First there was one rose…

Then two, then more, some iris and foxglove coming into bloom…

Batchelor buttons,  then my one nod to purchased flowers…impations for a container, and across the street a neighbors’ pretty flowers in bloom:

Meanwhile the last few days have been cool and rainy which is just fine with me….I don’t appreciate the heatwaves that we’ve had so early in the season. My youngest sons dog appreciates them as well.

As to hand quilting on Scrappy Granny I took this photo on Wednesday, May 24th. At this point I have five blocks left to finish but I’ve been doing all of the sashing and border treatment as well so there are 5 blocks + those areas to complete.

I’ll work on hand quilting these three blocks and surrounding areas next.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone :)

You might also enjoy some older posts about recipes that I have made recently since they are tried and true :  Fruit Cobbler   or  Raspberry Coffee Cake : a Recipe Winner  or  Tiella 

Mid-May This & That

As I was going through photos and thinking to work on a blog post late Friday afternoon, thunder was rumbling in the distance. A brief shower and that was it ( thus far, anyway ). We went through the same pattern yesterday.

I am a firm believer that May and June should be nice and balmy with temperatures no higher than 70 degrees. I should not have to swelter in close to 90 degree weather for days on end Mid-May.  Well too bad…that’s how it has been around here lately :)  I had to watch the grands for awhile on Thursday and I almost jumped in with my clothes on :)

The last week or so has been full of ‘babysitting’ here and there…a sleepover, picking Brent up after school…going down for an hour or so when needed ; what-have-you.

Mothers Day weekend had us at a work party in regards to the boys dads’ house on Saturday and then a highlight of Sunday was when friends came over with their two children and their new baby…just four days old! So precious.

It was not all that long ago that I finished up my Stars and Spools quilt and it has gotten plenty of use since then.

“AND that is exactly just where I want that dog”, says Kanga….”Sleeping and not chasing ME around”

With the leg injury that I had awhile back, I had to take it easy and given that we had so much rain over the last two months, the weeds in my garden area out back ( and everywhere that I want to plant ) were out of control.  I have been trying to work on these beds a bit each morning now.  I also had some containers and one was horribly cracked. I emptied its soil into a bed and put it and another little pot next to the fence on the other side of the yard…intending to put it into the garbage cans later.

Koopa, my youngest sons dog was outside later on barking like crazy!  At these pots! And jumping back and shaking all over as if they might come alive and move on him! I was just cracking up…ran in for my phone…

I must admit that I have not been visiting blogs in the last week or so in the way that I usually do…it seems that when I get onto the Internet and the news that I just get caught up in the news cycle ….the political stories of the last week just hit one after another after another. I am so tired of it.

It seems as if this president has been here for 1000  years versus 100+ days, lol. And listening to him in a press conference with the Columbian president saying Cocoa versus Coca over and over again…last month he could not pronounce Nazi ….( He said Nah-Zee over and over again )  I just cringe. I am so embarrassed for this country. Granted most voters felt that we did not have a good choice either way…but this is the result now.

Well, hand-quilting is calming and thank goodness that I have a quilt project that soothes me. Stitch by stitch when I sit down with it the news drops away a bit…

I finished up one block, then another and have moved on to a third this week.

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