If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Monday, May 25, 2015

My Slow Sunday

I wanted to share a little of what I have been working on, I did bring along with me mainly embroidery projects. I am still working of my list of UFO's and to be honest with myself I'll be working off that list for quite some time. 
The ones I been working on is Scandinavian Christmas by Lynette Anderson


this is the quilt pattern and the section I am working on is the 3rd part.



Right now I have all the appliqued parts done and I am working on the embroidery details.


Done mainly in the back stitch and some stain stitching for the hearts and french knots (I use a colonial knot)


Then the next thing I'll need to do is the cross stitched border. I copy the design on treansfer-eze and then will apply it to the block. 

That is what I have used on my Snowman quilt that I doing (also on the list)

I did finish the one block I brought with me. 


I using the same fabric for all the blocks, a light motley blue.



I love working in a stem stitch, I think it a pretty outline stitch. Not sure if you can tell but the transfer-ezes is still on the block, I hadn't washed it out yet.



And instead of using a floss I'm using Sulky 12wt thread. It a varigated blue which I like how it works up.
Now I did bring a few other projects but hether or not I'll have the time or energy to work on, will see. Those "little dudes" tucker Grandma out.

linking up to Kathys quilts





Sunday, May 24, 2015

New Geraniums

While here at my daughters I love to go the the plant nurseries to see if I can find new plants to take home with me. They have this really nice nursery called Green Acres, I just love that name. 


And have a good selection of geraniums. I love geraniums, to me they are a flower that reminds me of my Grandmother. An old fashion plant but one that is still as popular as back then. 


So I couldn resist the new varieties and bought 6 plants.

per-pelargonium a. white splash

Martha Washington


Mrs Polack

Angel Eyes 

scented Lady Plymouth

Then another that I had taken a picture but didn't download for some reason, which is a deep red ruffled edge flower. Pelargonium X. Domesticium

I had scored and now need to repot into some clay pots.
I love the look of a Geranium in a clay pot.
How to Grow Geraniums

Depending on where or how you grow geranium plants, their needs will be somewhat different. Indoors, geraniums need lots of light for blooming but will tolerate moderate light conditions. They also need indoor temps of around 65-70 degrees F. (18-21 C.) during the day and 55 degrees F. (13 C.) at night.

These plants need to be grown in well-draining potting soil as well. When growing geraniums outdoors, they require moist, well-draining soil similar to that of indoor potting soil with equal amounts of soil, peat and perlite.

Locate your geraniums in an area with at least six to eight hours of sunlight. Since these plants must be protected from cold, wait until the threat of frost has passed before planting.

Space plants about 8 to 12 inches apart and around the same depth as their original planting pots. Mulching the plants is also recommended to help retain moisture.

Care of Geraniums

Whether indoors or out, geranium care is pretty basic. In addition to watering, which should be done deeply and once the soil begins to feel dry indoors or at least weekly outdoors (though potted plants may need daily watering in hot weather), fertilizing is usually necessary. Use a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer or a 5-10-5 fertilizer with additional organic matter every four to six weeks throughout their active growing season.

Indoor or potted plants may require repotting once they become overgrown, usually noted by wilting between waterings. Regular deadheading of spent blooms will also help encourage additional blooming. When watering outdoor plants, it’s best to avoid overhead irrigation, as this can lead to pests or disease issues.

Geranium plants root easily from cuttings and can be propagated in fall for overwintering of outdoor plants. They can also be dug up and brought inside.

Hope you will try growing some geraniums yourself, they are such a simple, sweet plant.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I'm Still Here

Since I last written it has been a whirl wind of activities around me.





I had the garden to prep and plan and have it hooked up to an automatic timer (my new toy for this year for the garden) for watering while gone but it's been so wet and cool since I left I had "The Man of the Place" turn it off for now. With that rain come the threaths of tornados and that is one thing I do not miss. 
I'm at my daughters now visiting and enjoying my Grandsons. They turned 3 and they are so sweet but they are also typical little 3 year olds. Full of energy and talking a mile a minute.



You can guess that when evening comes this Grammy is pretty tired. 
Now I did bring some piecework to do and have done some. 



I did finish the last two blocks of Rubys Garden before I came, so I hope to work on getting those set when I get back.

The drive was a very pleasant one and I did get to listen to a couple of books on the way and 
I liked them both. The first one was "Life from Scratch" by Sasha Martin



She has a blog that she has her recipes posted on that is called Global Table Adventure




and the second book is "Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
By Ron Hall




I did start "The Girl on The Train" and so far it is very interesting and I am looking forward to finishing that one. I have also downloaded "The Blue Zone" and "Crying Blood" by Donis Casey her 5th book of the Alafair Tucker Mysteries.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring Check Ups

Last week the "Man of The Place" told me that it was time to work the cows. Now what he calls working the cows - I call their spring check up - cause its a lot like giving my cat's their annual check up
So last weekend and today we did our herds.




We round them up 


and will seperate the cows from their calfs 


so we can run them threw the chute. This is where we give them a good look and take notice of their overall health and if there anything that needs to be attended to.
Like this old girl who had  a back hoof that is growing oddly and  needed a pedicure.



You can see that her hoof is growing upward, forgive how gross looking it is. It does not hurt her now but it could become a problem and she could go lame.


It should look like the other back foot


Remove the odd hoof - or just a part - and off she went after she was dewormed and given her vaccines. We vaccinate to prevent sexual diseases and the prevention of birth defects. Thats it, keep them healthy and the calfs to come.



Also ear bling if needed. The "Man of the Place" knows each of the cows by site, but not me, so numbers are very helpful for me to identify who is who. Plus with record keeping too.


My father-in-law can still get out there at 84 and help work the cow.


And myself beside helping - I got to break in my new mud/poop boots.


When done with the girls they are united back with their babies.
And boy are they happy to see each other.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sewing with a Kitten

If you have cats and especially a kitten, you know what its like to try to sew at times when they are present.


Bob my kitten loves to be around when I'm sewing - so one day when he was up on my table I just had to take some pictures of Bob being Bob.
At this time he was really into chewing on everything or try to pick it up and take off with it.
Hope you find them as amusing as I did. He was really being a pest this day.







All this activity wore him out.


He has grown some since then but he is still a really cute cat.

Can be your best friends



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