Tag Archives: daffodils

A Stroll in the Garden

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” -Helen Keller

Daffodil

“Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” -Walt Whitman

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Daffodil

“O, Sunshine! The most precious gold to be found on earth.” -Roman Payne

Daffodil

“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.” – Thomas Mann

Daffodil

“Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Narcissus

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo

Narcissus

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Forsythia

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” -William Makepeace Thackeray

Forsythia

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!

Saint Paul’s Mission Part 2

Continuing with my hike and camera practice at Saint Paul’s Mission:

Saint Paul's Mission

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I tried a few camera settings while taking photos of the eagle.  I didn’t hit on the right combination but I enjoyed the time with this magnificent (and very patient bird).

Saint Paul's Mission

The reflections in the lake were wonderful!

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Fort Colville  (Fort Colvile) would have been where you now see the drawn down river in the photo below.

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

The only large gravestone left is pictured below.  There are a couple of rusted metal markers.  That is all.  None of the other gravesites are marked now.

Saint Paul's Mission

I missed another perspective opportunity by not taking a photo of this ant hill in its entirety.  This is a very large colony!

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

The Oregon Grape is in bud.  Soon there will be yellow blossoms growing wildly all over the area.

Saint Paul's Mission

Saint Paul's Mission

Meantime, back home in the garden, the daffodils cheer everybody up!

Daffodils

Daffodils

Small Grecian windflowers are blooming, too!

Anenome Grecian Windflower

Anenome Grecian Windflower

The apricot tree blossoms provide a lovely backdrop for the showy forsythia!

Forsythia

Stay safe!  Stay healthy!

Traffic Jam One – It’s A Flimsy!

It is a bit overcast today, and a good time to show you the progress on Traffic Jam One.

Traffic Jam

It has been a flimsy for a few days now, but work and a couple of sunny afternoons prevented me from taking photos.

Traffic Jam

I had a bit of trouble finishing up this flimsy.  Call it ‘airhead moments’, ‘senioritis’, or just a lack of concentration.  

I thought that I had miscalculated and did not have enough cut green squares.

So I cut and cut and sewed my borders.

And my borders were too long.

And I miscalculated my miscalculations and never really miscalculated to begin with.

Here is what is leftover:

Traffic Jam

I will find a purpose for the parts eventually.

Of course, that defeats the original purpose of using up all of those scraps… in this quilt… in the first place.

Traffic Jam

Looks a bit like a stained glass window from the back:

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam Two in progress:

Traffic Jam

Previous Traffic Jam Posts:

Pat Sloan’s Pattern

Traffic Jam One Update

What was I doing on the sunny afternoons after work?

Why, pruning and raking, and making discoveries in the garden, of course!

Here are just a few of my discoveries:

Crocus

Lots of crocus!

Crocus

Lots of daffodils (and larkspur)!

Daffodils

Stately Crown Imperials!

Crown Imperial

Fragrant Hyacinths!

Hyacinth

Lots of budding shrubs, including this elderberry!

Elderberry

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

April OMG 2018 Update

How did April fly by so fast?  It is already time to share how I did with  my goals for April.

My first goal was to sew a flimsy.  I already had the pieces cut, and I am happy to say that I was able to sew this together:

Hannah's Quilt

It still needs borders, and some applique, but I reached the goal for the month.

If you would like to see the pattern (Butterfly Garden) click on the link above.  It will take you to my April goals where I share where to find the pattern.

My next goal for April was to find a pattern and cut the fabric for a new peg (clothespin) bag.  I went down the rabbit hole (Pinterest) for ideas and I have the fabric cut.  I have a photo, but it isn’t much to look at, since I haven’t finished the bag.

Clothesline Peg Bag

The hanger is child-size, and is lying underneath what will be the top of the bag.  The fabric under the hanger is the lining for the bag, and you are looking at the wrong side of it.

I am not sharing a pattern, since, after looking at several on Pinterest, I am going with my own thing.  We will see how it turns out.

Goal 3 was to sew my three blocks for the RSC18 Squared Away Scrap Sampler.  I finished the blocks and posted about them here.

RSC18 April

I am happy, happy, happy with Goal #4!  I not only made progress with quilting the Friendship Row by Row quilt, but I finished the quilting!  Woohoo!

Friendship Row by Row

I don’t have close-up photos of the quilting, but, believe me, you don’t want to see them.  This is the very first time that I have machine quilted with a frame.  Let’s just say that it was a huge learning experience!

Friendship Row by Row

The back:

Friendship Row by Row

It still needs binding.  Maybe that will be next month’s goal.

If you’d like to read the brief history of this quilt, I blogged about it here. That was a year ago!  Time flies!

Between sewing and the job, I am also gardening.  I haven’t accomplished as much outside as I would have liked, but it has been glorious enjoying the sunshine and seeing the promise of spring blooming.

Daffodils

Daffodils

Daffodils

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and see what other goals were accomplished for April. I find it inspiring and motivating!

Flowers After the Rain

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.

– Frank Howard Clark

Bleeding Heart

Daffodils