This and That

Yes, I have been procrastinating.  I don’t know why, but I haven’t felt like sewing for a while.  I guess basting quilts is not all that exciting.

There has been some overtime at work.

And I did make a gooseberry pie.

Gooseberries

Gooseberry Pie

Hubby will be picking cherries today, so a cherry pie will be made.

Getting outside and practicing my photography has been lots of fun.

And I have totally finished every stinking seam; that is, stitched in the ditch and removed all of the basting safety pins from this quilt:

Lets Sew Quilt Along

I could actually call it done, but I am not.  The fun part begins.  There will be some free motion quilting happening.

I also started a new project. 

I saved alphabet pincushion embroidery patterns that Jenny of Elefantz so generously posted on her blog in 2018.  I haven’t worked embroidery in quite a long time, and I’d really like to get back to it.  This is an easy way to do that.

I took a white tea towel and divided it into sections for each letter.

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

Then I traced each letter with a blue washout marker.  The first marker that I tried had too heavy of a tip, so thank goodness that it will wash out!

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

My tracing set up is a clear plexiglass table that Hubby made for me, and an Ott light that I have slid underneath.

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

All the letters of the alphabet are traced; one in each square.

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

The letter A is embroidered.

Jenny of Elefantz Alphabet Pincushions

I intend to stitch the letter B today.  

And bake a cherry pie.

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching!  Lots of fun projects by like minded stitchers to see!

A Stroll in the Garden

The first two photos were taken at Wonderwood Park…one of my favorite places to go when visiting the kids.  It is a very easy walk from their home.

Wonderwood Park - Fern

Wonderwood Park - Fern

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Peony

Patrick Henry
Give me liberty or give me death!

Peony

Nelson Mandela
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Peony

James Bryce
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.

Peony

Henry James
I think patriotism is like charity — it begins at home.

Delphinium

Ronald Reagan
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.

Calendula

Abraham Lincoln
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

Peony

Robert Frost
Freedom lies in being bold.

Bell flower

Harry S. Truman
America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination.

Allium

Woodrow Wilson
The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.

Allium

Happy Independence Day, America!

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

A Stroll in the Garden

I thought I would share a few of my garden neighbors with you.

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There is the common and beneficial garter snake.

Garter Snake

“Well, then, let it go, let it go, if you’re so bull-headed about it. We can get you
some garter-snakes, and you can tie some buttons on their tails, and let on
they’re rattlesnakes, and I reckon that ‘ll have to do.” Tom to Jim in The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

This is a discovery that my Hubby made when he noticed grass sticking out of the old abandoned barbeque and opened the lid to investigate.

Squirrel Nest

Turns out Mrs. Squirrel has a rather comfy home here.  We could not determine if there were babies by looking through the front door, and this nest is deep.  So we left well enough alone and closed the lid of the barbeque.

On another day, Hubby decided to take a second look.  Turns out that Mrs. Squirrel turns into a hell cat when the lid is lifted while she is at home.  Hubby is a good ducker, and we will leave the family in peace.

I wish I could get Mrs. Squirrel to pose for you, but she is in perpetual motion when I see her out and about, and I don’t seem to have the time to stalk her for a photo.

It’s easy to smile when you have a squirrel’s intellect. -Dylan Moran

Squirrel Nest

Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher moved to the neighborhood back in 2013.  I have shared their family in several posts, which can be found under the Home and Garden Galleries 2013 tab2015 tab , and the 2016 tab at the top of this blog.

Western Flycatcher

One year, the resident bully hawks (Cooper Hawks, I think) destroyed the family, so Hubby built a bird house for them to reside in.  It seems that Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher prefer to nest in the open (perhaps they are claustrophobic).  The barn swallows, however, love to reside in the bird house, and the two seem to make good neighbors.

Both residences are right there by the porch light…next to the front door to my residence.

Western Flycatcher

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry Van Dyke

Western Flycatcher

I do not know where the residence of the Hawks is, but I do know that it is nearby.  They have left the flycatchers unmolested since the birdhouse was put there.  Hopefully, it shields them.

That seems to be the way of life…the bigger and more powerful preying on the small but courageous.

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Tolmie State Park – Part Three

For a description of Tolmie State Park and more photos, click here (Part One) and here (Part Two).

This is my last post of photos from the park.  These last are from a little hike in the woods.

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Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

I hope you enjoyed the photo journey from my visit to this wonderful park!

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Get out, if you can, and explore the world around you!

Tolmie State Park – Part Two

For a description of Tolmie State Park and more photos, click here (Part One).

This post continues strolling on the beach at low tide.

Tolmie State Park

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Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Here’s looking at ya!

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park

I have more to share in one more post!

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Get out, if you can, and explore the world around you!