Monday, June 25, 2012


My very dear friend Betty is a little bit peeved with me.  She's tired of seeing the picture of the purple hull peas every time she looks at my blog.  She'd like me to post something NEW!

I do have a few new things to tell you.  I've just been lazy.  Sorry!  Just as some of our friends who live in frigid areas go into a sort of hibernation mode when it gets really cold, I go into a sort of hibernation mode when it gets hot.  And it has been very hot here for weeks.  Thank GOD for air conditioning!

I got the baby quilt quilted, nothing fancy - just a large meandering.  Now I need to get the binding and the label on and it's finished.  Still have the baby's mother's quilt to get quilted.  The top is finished and the backing is cut, just need to get it loaded and done.  I'll get there.  Pictures to follow.

I had the nicest surprise last week.  A friend at church asked me if I would like some fabric.   Someone had mentioned to her that she had fabric she needed to get rid of (perish the thought!!) and my friend thought of me. You KNOW what I said, don't you?  Turned out to be two bags full - two sorts of fabric.  There were quilters cottons in older fabrics, but still very pretty and totally welcome here.  Also there were a lot of these shirting plaids and stripes.  I have some ideas for using those.  Have you seen the quilt in Julie K's header?  I've been drooling over that for a while now.  Some variation of it may materialize from some of this.  Don't you just love friends who do things like this?

These are some of my bucket garden.  I read years ago about an elementary school that had a garden on the grounds using five gallon buckets with the bottoms cut out.  The idea is that you can put really good soil in the bucket and plant whatever you wish.  The bottom being cut out allows the plants to reach down into the soil beneath.  It works pretty well for me and is a great idea when you don't have a lot of room.  I've doing this for quite a few years. You can see that the tomato plants are quite happy.

Bruno always helps me when I go outside, but even he prefers the inside for most of the day.

Our Pastor has been talking about how the drought of last year is still affecting things here in Houston, especially the trees.  We lost a lot of trees in Texas last year, and even now trees topple unexpectedly if there's a lot of wind.  I could probably preach you a pretty good sermon here about the importance of letting your roots go down deep, being firmly grounded in the Word of God, but I'll let you think on that for yourself.

I hope you're doing lots of things you enjoy.

Hugs and kisses,


Thimbleanna said...

You lucky girl -- all those pretty new plaids! We're having a bit of a drought here this year -- I do wish someone would send some rain or our trees will be in your situation next year!

Susie Swanson said...

Oh my goodness that is heaven sent, the fabric of course..I would die if someone gave me It's been so hot here I've been hibernating as well..Stay Cool, Susie

Margaret said...

Those plaids will make a lovely quilt for a Scottish friend or someone with a Gaelic name , and I bet you will be able to find plenty to do with them.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

What beautiful fabric. I love all the plaid patterns. You bucket garden looks great. Bruno is such a cute dog. Looks like he's enjoying the shade. I like your flowing trees, too. Yes, thank goodness for air conditioning. I hope you have rain soon and the drought breaks. It's dry and hot here, too in NC.

Nanette Merrill said...

Bucket gardening, hmm. I'm showing this pic to mr. hive. We have a huge yard but it is really too much for us now that most of the kids are out and about. He plans a big garden every year but it doesn't happen. I really like this. Those tomato plants look fabulous.