Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Break

I've been doing this blog for two and a half years, and now I feel that it's time to take a break.  There are other things going on in my life right now, so that is what I'm focusing on.

I may be back later, however.  Just not sure when.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Update on Northwoodsy Quilt

Hi there,

Just a short post to show you the latest picture of the Northwoodsy quilt I'm making.  The borders are now attached, and I'm ready to sandwich it. 




I came across an easy way to baste large quilts without having to get on hands and knees on the floor.  That method is just too hard on my knees.  If  you are interested, the tutorial is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnke_KzeT18

I'll let you know how if it's as easy to do as it looks.


Linking up with Sew Darn Crafty

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beginning of Canning Season

Now that it's mid-August, the time has come to get the canning supplies out.  I picked some beets this morning and canned them this afternoon.



We started with 6 pints, but one ended up with a hairline crack in it so I threw it out.


I also dug some carrots.  Something has been eating the tops, so I thought I'd get them out of the garden before they were completely gone.

These are called Red Dragon, red on the outside and orange on the inside.


Some regular orange carrots with one that is kind of yellowish--not sure where that came from.  I don't think we planted seeds for yellow carrots.

Mr. M dug the row of red potatoes today and a row of Yukon Gold a couple of days ago.  I forgot to take a picture before they went in the cold room.


While I was in the kitchen, I also made a batch of yogurt.  I haven't made any for probably 30 years, but wanted to try it again. 



We've been having some great August weather lately.  It's nice to be able to walk barefoot in the grass whenever possible in the summer; it's something I love to do.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quilt Progress and Daylilies

Good afternoon! 

I finally have more of the "Northwoodsy" quilt finished.  The top is pieced, and this morning I laid it out on the floor so I could position the animal silhouettes.




There is one more silhouette that will go on the left side.  Now I can start stitching them to the top.

Hot here today and no rain in sight, so we'll be watering the gardens.  We've been enjoying lettuce and peas so far, as well as new potatoes.  Beets will be ready soon. 

I bought 2 boxes of Georgia peaches from the Tree-Ripe Citrus truck last week.  The peaches I've been buying from them for at least ten years are always delicious.   Yesterday I canned 14 pints plus put 3 packages in the freezer. And of course, we've eaten lots of them fresh. 

I love summer with all its wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables!

Here are a few of the daylilies in the flower gardens.  It's hard for me to pick a favorite since each one is more beautiful than the last.

This is a peachy one with yellowish throat (and a couple of pretty daisies--as Meg Ryan says in "You've Got Mail", "Daisies are such happy flowers").


This is more of a lemon yellow than appears in this picture.


Different shades of pink.


A beautiful big orange one and more daisies.

I never used to plant daylilies, but after trying one, I am hooked.  They are all lovely, and with several flower buds on each stalk, there are flowers for a long time.


I'm linking up to Sew Darn Crafty

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On My Design Wall

We are almost finished with the new bathroom, and I have moved my sewing room back down to the original one on the first floor.  The one upstairs was nice, but I really feel more at home in my old one.  It just seems like a better fit; and now I can watch the birds at the feeder right outside the windows.

So, now that the room is mostly organized, I've been doing a little sewing.  This is eventually going to be a queen sized quilt for a couple who are friends of ours. 


I have almost 100 more blocks to make, and then once all the blocks are sewn together, I'll applique dark brown silhouettes of animals such as elk and bear on it.



Here's a picture of one of the Campanula varieties in my garden.  It's such a pretty flower.



Happy July!  Hope you're enjoying summer.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Busy and Flowers

I haven't posted for awhile because we have been very busy doing a remodeling project--converting a very small bedroom into a bathroom, and trying to get it done as soon as possible.  I'll show pictures when we get finished, or at least close to finishing.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of flowers in my gardens.  They all seem to be blooming a little later this year.

Peony



Light purple Siberian Iris




Weigela 'Midnight Wine'



Baptisia



'Johnson Blue' Geranium



Dark blue Siberian Iris


Now the gardens really need a good soaking rain, or if not, we'll be watering soon.

It's so good to be outdoors with no coat, scarf, gloves, etc.  I hope you are enjoying June as much as I am!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Trip

A few days ago, we got back from a trip out west.  The main reason for the trip was to visit Mr. M's Dad, sister, and brother-in-law in Colorado.  We saw them last year at Mr. M's Mother's memorial service, but it was nice to see them again this year. 

Our younger son's visit there overlapped ours by about a day, so it was nice seeing him also.  He is moving back to our area from Las Vegas this summer, so he brought along a car load of his things for us to bring back with us. 

On our way home, we visited the Black Hills.  We've been there a few times before, but it's always nice to go through such a beautiful area.

 There's a tree growing right on the top of this rock formation.



This is a view that we missed the other times we were here.  It's the side of Mount Rushmore.



Here's a close-up of that same view, showing the side of George Washington's head.  It was a surprise to be able to see it from this vantage point.


Below are a couple of interesting cloud formations that we saw as we were traveling across South Dakota.  We had such great weather the whole time we were on the trip.



This one was several long strings of clouds, which I thought was quite unusual.  Maybe not, but I had never seen any like this before.


And a cute little duckling near a pond at Al's Oasis.  There was a second one but it wouldn't stand still long enough for me to get a picture.



It was a good trip, but it's always nice to get back home again.

The garden is entirely planted and mulched.  Now we wait for fresh veggies, although we have been eating lots of asparagus the past week or two.  So good!