Oh those tomatoes! I think ( fingers crossed) that is it!
My husband always over does it with the tomato plants. It has gotten so I grow little else. So even though it wasn’t the greatest summer for tomatoes I managed to can 16 quarts of plain tomatoes and 8 quarts of chili starter. That I use the half ripe and green tomatoes to make when they are picked at the last minute when frost is expected.
We use so many tomatoes that when shop rite has their” can can ” sale we buy two cases then too!
Still nothing like homegrown and canned tomatoes.

Last week I took my Dad out to see some WW2 war planes.
He served during the Korean War just as some of theses birds were replaced by newer models. Still he had a great time, even though at 81 he had some trouble getting in, through and back out of these great planes. Wish I had taken more shots of him in the planes but it was quite a workout for him and my hands were needed getting him through. No way to hold my pone to take snaps.

I have been working on these blocks. It is a pattern from sewkindofwonderful and uses the quick curve ruler. It was a lot of fun. I haven’t sewed the rows yet as I got side tracked on a few other things. Our guild firstdutchessquilters.org is having a super sew Saturday this month and I’ve pitched in there with the plans and promoting. So there were displays to make to encourage sign ups. It’s a whole day of sewing, lunch included.
There will be a jelly roll race and some improvised piecing creating made fabrics from scraps. Or they can just sew on projects they bring. Just a fun day to sew, gab and be with friends. Today was a eventful day. A quilty friend and I went to a small quilt show about an hours drive from us. It was held by a neighboring guild. Very nice and I bought a few things.
The quilt blocks above made with the quick curve ruler has bitten me good. I bought another pattern using this ruler!
Like I don’t have enough on my want to do list!
Here’s my treasure trove of purchases.
A new book on color, some great one yard pieces, a neutral and a nice rusty colored one. Some really great thread all from the villagefabricshoppe in Red Hook NY.
Then the pattern ” metro rings” from sewkindofwonderful .
A really cute small wall hanging made from wool from Annabelle’s originals and something to clean my iron.
It was a fun day. Met up with friends there.
At home the mail lady , who my husband calls ” the femailman”
Left me this other package. It’s a gift from blog friend Amanda Jean at crazymomquilts. She had an anniversary give away and I was so lucky to be chosen!
Now if I can get moving on something. But what…..
Lots to chose from.

I know it has been sometime between posting. It all started last winter…… Anyway not to digress, onward and upward.
It’s autumn here in New England. Garden work a bit slow, waiting for the final clean up and settle for the cold months.
I know no one wants to hear that but I have a few snaps of color to celebrate the season it is quite nice, if it only would last a few more weeks…..

Time sure does fly, what have I been doing?

I am really not sure where I left off. I do know I had pictures ready to go with posts in my head but…..
So I’ll start here. The photo above is a scene of the Hudson River and the mid hudson bridge.
It is about a 45 minute drive from home. I didn’t take the photo, or know who did but it’s public and is being used as the setting for a slice challenge of my quilt guild. The First Dutchess Quilters.
I got the very first slice on this photo. I’m am done except all that’s left to do is the hanging sleeve.

I can’t show the finished package until after our September meeting. I really do hope the participants choose to display the finished pieces together at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show in October 2015. I think with all the other scenes and this one displayed its sure to be stunning.

Big Lou update

Today Lou went to have his broken paw checked, recasted. He was good waiting and waiting until a small boy started jumping around swinging toys. It was all too much! Lou being my protector, snarled and grumbled, never taking his eyes of the boy. Then dog after dog arrived and being nervy already Lou and I waited in the inner office hallway. Grumble, grumble. Once inside he was as cool as a cucumber, got his cast off, paw washed and dried. Then his new cast.
It’s been a funny dog week. While out on errands we came next to a convertible with a Pomeranian standing on the back of the car. While I snapped a photo the owner, a nice lady said Desperado loves to ride standing up. The light changed and off they went. The dog harnessed of course, was in no danger. He loved every minute, fur flying in the wind and leaning with each curve.
On the garden scene, I am a bit remiss and I did not take May photos. I did manage to catch the end of some nice peonies.
It’s kinda cool living in weekenderville sometimes. Except on Fridays of course when you can’t get around town, but we saw some cool stuff.
these rusty flowers made from hose spigots. I’m always after my son to make things like this. He’s a welder and these weekenders think nothing of spending big bucks on these kinds of things. Even the local package store had some fun stuff. and the back side said

No sewing or quilting to speak of. Just a little appliqué each night to finish up a border block for a raffle quilt. I’ll post a picture later.

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Eventful weekends continue

Another milestone birthday at our house again this week. Due to a wedding my sons 25th birthday cake was put off a few days. My daughter turned 30 so we had two cakes!
a lovely raspberry lemon cake for my daughter and a magic chocolate cake for my son.
Both recipes can be found here on this awesome cooking blog

The yard filled with laughter, young friends lasted into the evening. My daughter had my husband make a ” corn hole” game. That kept up the brevity into the darker hours. It’s was so much fun they had lanterns lighting the yard just to play.
Earlier this happened. It is summer and Lou must have an expensive vet visit.

It’s a yearly event four years running!

A funny day with a funny(strange) story

Today was a nice day. Working outdoors, girls mulching and I was planting containers.
I looked up and saw this female mallard duck watching me and wandering back and forth along the slope of lawn across the stream. I’ve never seen ducks or geese in the yard. There is a lake across the street, but it is not close or easy for any fowl to navigate the stream.

Not a great photo, but you can see its a duck. We broke for lunch and after I did not see her.
I went up to the upper garden to spray deer repellent on the hostas. I was cautious not knowing if the duck had a nest someplace close by. I mean, why else would she be pacing back and forth?
As I scan the surroundings I catch site of ears in the foliage.

Hard to see, but I saw ears. But of what? rabbit, bobcat?

This was the smallest fawn I have ever seen. It was the size of my jack Russell.
So the duck, was it a babysitter? It had just been pacing back and forth right in front of the spot this wee fawn was sleeping?
Have you ever heard or seen anything like that?

The days just fly

I do apologize for being an intermittent poster. Being spring, there’s work and events.
We have been gardening hard lately between the rain days. It seems we lose at least a day a week to the rain. It is needed so we can’t complain much. We are getting on top of the work, or at least keeping up with it all. At home here that’s another story.
It’s hard to tackle more gardening after a day of it elsewhere, but it’s coming in dribs and drabs.
I’ve been getting the raised beds ready for vegetables. There was a bit of weeding to do first, before I can even think of adding some more amendments. Even though I have explained several years that the compost pile must be sifted and we should cover it, it is still dug and added. Hence the need to weed.
Here’s my buddy giving me a hand. I did have a funny video to post. ( still can’t get that done)
This dog seems to go a bit bonkers when I have a hand tool and use it in the soil. He has to dig at it, bark and cry until he has the tool. He never does this any other time and once in a while it is comical. Then other times I wish I could just get the job done.

Still it’s hard to stay annoyed for long. Just look at him!
The vegetable boxes may be a sight still, but the front gardens are looking good.
This from the upstairs window.

Here is the next to last bloom on my tree peony. It smells delicious. It is so nice to be outdoors these past two weeks with the cool temps and the fragrance of lily of the valley and lilac.
It was a beautiful day to spend at an outdoor wedding celebration. Gathering of friends, family, good food and best wishes to the young couple starting their own adventure.
May there be so many more sunny, pleasant days ahead for them.
Here’s a younger friend enjoying the floral arrangements. He had taken to the bleeding hearts and had to show all his discoveries.
A quilty and garden friend of mine had collected all the flowers and arranged them for the event.
She did a very fine job and I know the family was so pleased and thankful.
As the sun sets

I may just get some hand appliqué done.
All for now.

Springing up all over with weeds

So it’s funny I am always asked, can we skip mulch this season. My answer is ” well it will mean more weeding later” For a time it looks ok. We edge, divide / transplant or plant or plant a new , weed then mulch. This year there is a boom with the weeds. Then I remember, ” let’s go lightly on the mulch this year” Voila!

Gout weed my absolute(not) favorite. Here’s the thing, the homeowner sprays roundup. It kills back the weeds this season. Next year the weeds comeback, but the perennials near the area sprayed don’t.
They were not sprayed, just the weeds. Somehow they have absorbed the herbicide. Even though they claim it’s topical, you spray it on the foliage and it kills only what you have sprayed. That’s BS and I have seen blank areas that once had many perennials which now have a bit of weeds coming back that were sprayed.
I never use roundup. I don’t believe the claims it’s safe. We hand pull, burn and will try vinegar solutions. No herbicides. I’ve vented now, thanks.
Spring means lawn mowing, also one of my peeves. Who needs lawn? I guess people like it.
So the gang here has been fiddling with old rejected lawn mowers. Getting them going, taking from one to make another work. To me it’s just more junk to contend with but there are funny moments.
I have a video of my son with his dog in a trailer behind the mower that’s hilarious. If I figure out how to upload the file here you too can have a chuckle. It just keeps saying it’s too big or the wrong kind of file.
Here’s the dog with a new friend ( for him anyway) he’s such a good boy and loves the attention.

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