Sunday, August 6, 2017

Rambles in August and Some Slow Stitching

Those dog days of summer are upon us when the heat of summer sets in what seems to be forever. The humidity so thick it feels like you could move it with your hands, if only.  Living here in north central Florida for 23 years certainly has some challenges, but in the long run I've endured the summers, learned to adapt and eventually thrive.

Gardening was a challenge in the beginning, I learned the hard way you can't plant the way I did it up north because the rainy season hits and all is lost.  Trust me I didn't learn that my first or second year I was here, but I did learn and for the most part my garden did thrive. What I did learn for me is to not plant a vegetable garden anytime after the first week of March or all will be doomed, now that's just for me there may be many gardeners whose vegetable gardens thrive in the summer, but for me after too many losses I just don't plant veggies in the summer. That's okay though we have several nice Farmers Markets in the area so I can get my fresh produce from them and help support locally grown foods. Flowers for the most part do well a I have learned to buy native and tropical plants which has made a big difference, but even in the heat and humidity and torrential downpours the flowers begin to droop from the heat.3

Friday evening after some heavy rainstorms the Oak tree in front of my house lost one of his beautiful branches falling to the ground without making a sound.  Lucky for me it was a branch on the front of the tree and didn't come crashing down on my car.
My son moved his car the he and I dragged it onto the front lawn area where it fell, part if it was on the neighbors mail box, it doesn't look all the big but it took the two of us to drag it the few feet past my mailbox there in the photo.
What amazes me is that something so large fell silently to the ground, I don't even recall any wind blowing up with the rainstorm.  After the rain I always go out and walk the property to check for damage.  One of my small potted plants was on its side so I righted it surprised it fell over, I didn't here any wind, then my son says look at the end of the driveway and there it was this huge pile of green just sitting there. I shake my head wondering at nature's way, a few months ago we had tornado warnings with 65 mph winds and not one branch fell from the tree, just a few small twigs, Friday we had barely a breeze and there in my yard sits a downed tree branch, mother nature sure is fickle.  The branch will be cut up later in the week.

I haven't done much more on my crochet project this week but I did manage to put in three more rows.
The Summer of Love piece will be finished in a few days and then off it goes in the mail for the exhibition.
I have a new project in the works last night I put in quite a few stitches. This project will be put aside until the Summer of Love is done.
I did take a day for myself on Friday to accompany my sister and niece Tessa shopping for back to school clothes, school starts back on Thursday, August 10th, she will be attending Pre-K this year, my time does fly.  We had a nice girls day out, found everything Tessa needs until winter and made it home before the rains came.

I will linking my post today at Kathy's Quilts   stop on over and see what other talented bloggers are slow stitching today.

UPDATE August 7th

I did manage to put in quite a few more stitches yesterday finishing the roots of the tree and moving onto the tree top and the bright silvery full moon.

 I decided to use a slippery rayon satin floss to give her a bit of a glow, the floss is DMC S712 Mother of Pearl which is very fitting for the moon don't you think?  This is a 6 strand floss  I separated it using 3 strands.  Its quite a slippery thread so it took me a few minutes to get the needle threaded but once threaded its stitched up like a dream.  I've had the satin floss for a few years I'm not sure if its still available at local shops but you can pick some up on Amazon and Ebay.  I will link up today at Supermom No Cape here:
Stop on over and have a look at what other bloggers are hand embroidering today and maybe you will be inspired to link up your project too.


  1. Are you using the Shawl in a Ball yarn for your shawl? It looks just like the yarn that I used for the shawl that I finally blocked. I will finish my Summer of Love stitching, but I don't think I will be able to make it into a tote in time to send it. I think a picture is going to have to suffice. I think your Summer of Love is just beautiful.

    1. Yes I'm using Shawl in a Ball Yarn I just love the softness of the yarn

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  3. Oh that poor tree. I am in PA and generally we are sweltering from humidity at this time of year as well, but for some reason the last few days have been cooler than usual for August, no humidity whatsoever, and I am in heaven.

    Beautiful stitching here! It's on my bucket list to learn to crochet ( I tried knitting a few years back / LOL epic fail :)

  4. It seems like every time the wind blows here, I have more branches to pick up in the back yard. By now I would have thought that all the branches that were going to come down would already be down. So you're right... Mother Nature can be fickle. :)

    I love the Summer of Love piece! I'm looking forward to seeing more of the new piece you're working on.

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week's Stitchery Link Party and for the link back. Aloha hugs!