Sunday, July 31, 2022
On Monday at 7:20 in the morning I was still sleeping rare for me but it happens, I heard mowing and I was thinking who the heck is cutting their grass so early. Then I heard the mower go past my bedroom window and I knew believe I wasn't happy. I know it's our rainy season and also very hot later in the day but geez I hadn't had much sleep all weekend so a rare sleep in was nice.
On Tuesday morning the Tree Service arrived and began working without so much as a knock on the door. I heard all this noise looked out and pieces of a tree were being fed into a wood chipper. Well midway through the job a piece of machinery broke down so they went onto another job while waiting for the mechanic to fix the truck. They returned about 90 minutes later to resume the job. They had to move one of the limestone boulders to get the heavy equipment in and assured me they would move it back after the job was done.
A few hours later it was real quiet so I looked out the door and there wasn't a soul in sight. They left, forgetting to move the boulder back (which would be okay), they left a 5 gallon bucket of hydraulic fluid and the payment. My son and I looked around the yard to see how well the work was done and what may need to be done next. The company called and asked if the men were still there and I told him they were gone, but needed to come back to get the hydraulic fluid and if possible to put the boulder back and get paid.
Everything looked good, of course there is a few clean up jobs needing to be done, where the heavy equipment was. I did notice all of the branches of my pear tree were cut off which I'm sure was do to the heavy branches coming down. The backyard looks so empty even though there are still quite a few good size trees there. My heart is heavy at the loss, but on a positive note I think the pear tree may do better next year with all the sunshine it will be getting, though one of the men said it was partially dead. Time will tell and this autumn you can bet I will fertilize it again.
You can read more about it here if you are interested in the SAL
Anyway I purchased the Afterglow Workshop hand dyed floss for the SAL but I supplied the other materials from my stash.
DMC 704 Bright Chartreuse
DMC 955 Light Nile Green
DMC 996 Medium Electric Blue
DMC 553 Violet
DMC 3837 Ultra Dark Lavender
Anchor 256 Parrot Green
Anchor 203 Light Mint Green
Anchor 433 Electric Blue
Anchor 98 Medium Violet
Anchor 100 Medium Dark Violet
Cosmo 271 Lime
Cosmo 333 Opaline Green
Cosmo 413 Azure
Cosmo 284 Amethyst Mauve
Cosmo 285 Violet
Sullivans 45164 Bright Chartreuse
Sullivans 45290 Light Nile Green
Sullivans 45315 Medium Electric Blue
Sullivans 45125 Violet
Sullivans 45435 Ultra Dark Lavender
Also required is DMC 906 Medium Parrot Green which would be Anchor 256 Parrot Medium Green
or Cosmo 326 Foliage or Sullivans 45255 Medium Parrot Green.
I printed the pattern on Pellon’s Stitch and Wash Away product. I don’t trust my eyesight to trace the pattern and my hands aren’t as steady as they used to be.
The New Moon on the 28th had me sharing my orts on the TUSAL Facebook group, not much for July but I was stitching again so each ort is a blessing, the orts are on top of the Moon Flow and Greenman two projects I have been working on since May.
I had to unravel my granny square afghan again but I have it on track now so it should work up rather quickly when I have the time to work on it.
Sunday, July 17, 2022
July is flying by so quickly after celebrating my birthday on the 1st and getting through the 4th of July holiday weekend time just hit warped speed. I have found more time to get some stitching done on my Greenman piece, I began crocheting a new Granny Square afghan and I am taking part in a few online stitching adventures.
The first is on Instagram is the Lolli & Grace #stitch and share 31 days of creative prompts for stitchers on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/stitchandshare/ I will also be joining the SAL beginning on July 27th info can be found here, https://lolliandgrace.com/blogs/blog/moon-crystals-a-new-stitch-along-for-the-snarky-modern-facebook-group You will need to join the Facebook Group in order to get the pattern and updates.
I also joined though a bit late the Roxy's Journal of Stitchery Vol.2 I watched the videos to catch up. https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/roxysjournalofstitchery I haven't made a stitching journal in years so it I just watched them through while I worked on my greenman. There are 2 themes either Christmas book or a Winter book, I will probably combine both. The series runs through December 2022 so this should keep me stitching more often again.
I think for my first journal page I'm going to use the reindeer pattern I purchased from Hook, Line and Tinker, I made a set of 8 napkins in red and blue for a friend.
My progress on the Greenman I finally had the motivation to do hand embroidery now that my fingers and hands aren't aching so bad and my eyes aren't burning and tearing from my allergies.https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2022/07/slow-sunday-stitching_01742699446.html
Here is the start of my Granny Square Afghan I'm using Lion Brands Mandala yarn in the Troll colorway. I changed my mind on the stitch I was going to use and finally settled on the ever growing granny square which works up quickly. I love the random color changes with the mandala yarn.
I put in a few stitched on the Brigid's cross piece I had put aside a while ago and silly me forgot where I put it. The cross is stitched and now I move onto the knot work.
Those pesky black lines will disappear once the stitching is done and I wash off the Stitch and Wash product. This pattern is actually a coloring book page from Creative Haven by Dover publications.
The birds have been visiting the bird feeders in the yarn each day at Noon, then again around 3 and in the evening between 3 and 7. The woodpecker hasn't found the seed block on the blue hook yet but he manages, the cardinals come on and off all day.
Sunday, July 3, 2022
On July 1st I celebrated my 67th birthday, time does fly when you get to a certain age for me it was around 45 since then the days just seem to pass in a flash. For my birthday I went to my favorite beach.
The day was perfect for the beach though a little too breezy but the sun was shining despite the gathering clouds which passed by quickly. Before the beach we had lunch at the Funky Pelican and then I finally got to walk the Flagler Beach pier, something I have wanted to do for a few years.
A few beach finds this trip 3 pieces of beach glass, some lovey Hag stones aka Holey stones, and a few shells.
The tree service still hasn’t come to remove the fallen trees they were scheduled for Saturday but called and said it would be Monday, I reminded them it was a holiday and they said no problem. I am not confident since they didn’t show up last weekend and rescheduled so I ask my son whether he would rather go with another company. If they don't come Monday I will call one of the other companies that gave estimates. On a positive note my son didn't have to hang around all day, his wife's birthday was Saturday and they were able to spend the day together.
The stitching progress on the Greenman embroidery is coming along nicely, though slower than I had thought. but any stitches is progress.
For July I am taking part in the #stitchandshare with @lolli and grace 31 days of creative prompts for stitchers on Instgram. https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/stitchandshare/
Later in July I will be taking part in the Moon Crystals SAL for the Snarky & Modern Facebook Group if interested here is a link for information https://lolliandgrace.com/blogs/blog/moon-crystals-a-new-stitch-along-for-the-snarky-modern-facebook-group
More Hag stones and the beach glass I am going to put these in my new little pitcher.
Saturday, June 25, 2022
On Thursday in the late afternoon a fierce storm blew through with heavy rain, high winds, and hail. Tornado warning were in effect and as I went to step outside to move my hanging planted I stopped in the doorway and watched as palm tree branches flew through the air while the wind roared louder than anything I have ever heard. I grabbed my phone to record the sight only to realize it may be a tornado.
I stepped into the interior of my house briefly to rethink making a video, which I have trouble doing on my cell phone. My love of watching the rain won out and I opened my door once again and witnessed the little playhouse lift and tumble across the street from one neighbors house to the other. I did snap a few photos of the rain, the bits of trees in the driveway are the early pieces, by the time the storm was over the entire lawn and driveway were covered it bits of debris.
Sunday, May 29, 2022
It's been a busy couple of weeks with all sorts of things going on. I'm happy to say I have hired a new lawn service to cut my grass. I interviewed the company on Thursday and they were kind enough to point out a fallen tree branch in my yard.
Luckily it didn't fall on the house but a bit too close for comfort so this week I will be looking for a tree service to either trim the branches or to remove the tree entirely, which I would like to avoid.
The photo above shows where the branch snapped off and fell from, quite high up. Unfortunately one of the problems with the Water Oak tree is branches tend to drop off and trees have been known to just fall over. Before we moved here our previous house had a water oak in front of the house and branches fell off all the time. I would never hear them fall but when I would step outside there it would be lying in the driveway. I didn't hear this branch fall and I have no idea when it fell.
On a positive note the new lawn service cut the grass Saturday and did a wonderful job trimming around the boulders along the driveway. So that's one thing out of the way that needed to be done. One other positive note is the pear tree has quite a few pears on the branches.
I am quite happy to see so many fruits, though I didn't really have much hope for them because whoever planted the tree never gave the location much thought because the big oak tree and surrounding trees have blocked out most of the sunlight, however, in the autumn my neighbors cut down most of the trees in their yard so more sunlight finally reached the tree, and I gave it a bit of fertilizer in the autumn.
So all those lovely March flowering branches gave way to several pears appearing on the branches.
I found some time to do some hand embroidery, I worked on both the Moon Flow and the Greenman pieces.
On the Moon Flow piece I stitched more of the light colored moon phases. While stitching them I noticed I didn't finish the little flowers in the center, I stitched the stems and leaves but forgot all about the flowers.
On the Greenman piece I stitched more of the Ivy leaves, not much progress but those few leaves took me more than an hour to stitch, but any progress is progress and I will be stitching more on the greenman today for slow Sunday stitching
I will be linking my post over at Kathy's Quilts today https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2022/05/slow-sunday-stitching_0384173884.html
This week I drove over to the local library to pick up a book waiting for me, Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor, it's a large print book so I can see what I am reading. Too often I pick up a book and the print is so light or so small I can't see it even with my glasses on so when a large print book is available I check it out.