Saturday, June 6, 2020

Summer is Here

After acold spell that did a little bit of damage, the warmth is here.  I won't have many lillies this year after that freeze and a friend of mine who raises chestnuts says that some farmers lost their whole crop. But many of our old favorites are in full bloom.  The rhododendron was spectacular although the intense heat that followed the frost causes them to wilt early.

 Old faithful, the climatis in front of our house, never fails to please. A robin has her nest in it.

We have two new climatis which are trying to match the big ones performance.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Same Old Thing

With Covid 19, there isn'y much exciting happening here.  I have a routine.  In the morning I practice the piano. I have been working on some Mozart sonatas, the one in G major number 5 and the C major, number 3.  I had worked on that one as a kid and hated it.  Now I am surprised how pretty it is. Then if the weather is warm I pull weeds for a while. Not long. We also sit and watch butterflies as they come out of the winter hibernation. Hubby had chrysalis from Black Swallowtails, Spice Bush Swallowtails, and Pipe Vine Swallowtails that had formed last fall.  He kept them in a storage cabinet outside all winter and brought them out the first of May. He must have had close to 30 of them.

   Then I quilt. Kameren's quilt is done.  I am really pleased with the quilting pattern. It is waves with fishes in the waves. I also finished the top of Mike and Marilyn's anniversary quilt and the top of a scrap quilt that I really like. I have two more quilts I am still piecing. I also made 175 surgical masks for charity


     Fridays I clean house but it the evening we have a Zoom call with six of the kids. It is lots of fun.  It goes on for hours.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Happy Birthday, Hubby

Yesterday was Hubby's birthday. We usually go out to dinner for such occasions but everything is different this year. Hubby grilled hamburgers and I did bake a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. For his birthday, Hubby got a tree. It is a Salix integra "Hakuro Nishiki."  it is a willow bush like tree.
He had a sasafras tree in that spot but it was too wet for it there. The willow should do fine. He might be old but in one day he pulled out the other tree and got the new one planted.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


We are all in quarantine but we hear about the need for masks and face shields. I made masks for all my children and grandchildren and the lady across the street and her children and grandchildren.  All together I have made over 50 masks, not hospital quality but some protection out in the world. Linda, a friend who is a member of the Cameo Quilters Guild, called me and said she had received  a request from Henry Ford Hospital for people to make face shields. Hubby and I did 100 of them today and tomorrow we will get the supplies for another 100. It is kind of good to be helping out.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Charity Quilts

These are two small quilts I made to give to the Cameo Quilter's Guild to give to charity.  The green one is made from orphan blocks from Gretel's quilt and the the other is made from scraps from a dress I made for Gretel a long time ago. I machine quilted them.  It is an attempt to get my scrap stash down a little

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Keeping Busy

I finished the top for Kameren's quilt.  This is for when she goes off to college but I will give it to her when it is quilted. She is in her Junior year of high school now. She had originally wanted a bookcase quilt but changed her mind for a "sea life" quilt.  I really like this one. The big squares have turtles on them and the little ones, coral.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

National Quilting Day

This weekend our group of quilters had scheduled a weekend retreat but because of the coronovirus it was canceled. So the ten of us had a group text all day and sent word to each other of the projects we were working on. It was fun and because it was National Quilting Day, very appropriate.