Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day ....


 

 
fireworks pictures from 2009 -- the only year they turned out well .... timing is everything!
 
 
Have an enjoyable and safe 4th of July !
(translation :  be smart and safe)
 
M
 

Friday, July 3, 2015

this week in the patch ...

Lots of garden activity this week ....

Monday -- I discovered a critter infestation -- small creepy critters.

Tuesday -- sprayed said critters ....

Wednesday -- still some critters .... so out came the bug dust

Thursday -- bought all of the bug dust available at the local garden center .. I had been stashing gift certificates so I put them to good use!
    Dusted the undusted pumpkins ....
    Turned all of the watermelon vines ... attempted to "herd" them back into rows so tiller man can still till.
    Mixed up a tank of "grass" control and did a little spraying ... the sunflowers and zinnia's needed a bit of assistance ....

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights I was out there until 9:00ish ... few bugs and gorgeous evening weather ---

Today -- I'm going to plant some late melons, replant zucchini (the current ones look awful) .. another packet of zinnias (can't have too many) .. some cucumbers .... and then

I'M HEADED TO THE LAKE FOR THE WEEKEND!!!!
 
My adult coloring books and supplies have arrived, I have sewing projects and my crochet projects ... books are loaded on the Ipad ... what more does a Diva need for a quiet relaxing weekend.
 
Happy Independence Day!
 

 
best picture of the year .... I set the camera on the threshold of the door and just kept clicking ... the girls have unlimited curiosity!

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June project list

  so ...

1.  I spent a lot of time at the lake
         (translation I don't work weekends)
2.  I finally got the Mustang cleaned out and the fancy floor mats put in
3.  I cleaned the sewing space (but it's messy again)
4.  Most, if not all of the MNPR's are done
5.  I'm relatively debt free
6.  I sewed (a lot)
7.  The truck kind of got fixed -- next appointment for it is next week
8.  1/2 of the yard weeds are under control

  it's coming along peeps, slowly but surely.  

July's list:

1.  Wash office windows (this is a big one)
2.  Paint the front room
3.  Finish up all extensions

4.  Get all the pieced quilt tops quilted (there are 10 of 'em)
5.  Spend an entire week at the lake
6.  Finish the yard weeds
             (if I get motivated I could work on this today)


   yesterday was clean out the Mustang and install the weathertech floor liners ... took all of 10 minutes ... it was the "drag the vac out of the closet and go to work" that took 8 minutes.  wth. 

   sprayed for bugs in the patch.  little critters have arrived.  I walked half of it and rode the other half.  I have grandparents rolling over in their graves watching me spray via the ATV .... it worked .... attempting to keep the squash vine borers at bay --- spray early and often.  will dust tonight also and a spot of weeding.

Happy Wednesday
M

 

Monday, June 29, 2015

hello Monday ....

   there are no words -- it's just Monday. 

   kind of foggy here in the Valley -- no, it must be my dirty office windows.  another project on my endless project list is windows -- wash the freeking windows.

  another weekend at the lake -- liking lake life.  sat around most of Saturday, well, read my book, crochet and ripped out bad stitching.  made it into downtown Cleveland for a retirement party -- did a lot of crafty stuff yesterday -- restocked my card supply and a few scrapbook pages ....

  and then home for laundry, a garbage run, a garden drive and some quilt back selection. 

  happy Monday y'all ....

diva




 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend # 4

 
 
I spent an hour ripping this crap out of a quilt .... I didn't properly thread the long arm when I changed thread --- and really didn't pay attention ..... argh.
 
 
Jake is a pampered pooch.
 

The aforementioned ripping was on this one ... it was the top row and the overhang on this project.   Now that I see the picture I see the wonkiness of the batting ... it was a "frankenbatt" I whipped up .... the wrinkles should wash and dry out with the first washing.  I re-loaded it on the long arm early this morning (not fun) and re stitched the mess.  ready to be bound.  Constructed with some fat quarters, etc from the scrap box ... I've made use of every scrap from that darn box! 
 
 
Mrs. P -- with 17 hour of daylight for another 3 weeks --- I'll be productive!  And I'm still on busy season hours -- up at 5 ... work by 6 .... generally home by 3 (usually 4 to garden, sew, laundry, clean, read) .... lake on weekends!  It's a good life ....
 
 
 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

early riser = finished projects

 
Harry supervised the pix taking this morning.  He wasn't fond of the wet grass.
 

 
quilted with wavy wonky lines
 
 
straight lines on this one ... sorry fuzzy picture
 

 
batik back on the little one -- black polka dots on the other
 

 
orange dot binding
 

 
So, I've been up and functioning since 4:30am.  Finished the binding on these two, cut out binding for a "turning twenty" that I finally got quilted last night ... and attempted to quilt a throw ... 1/3 of the way thru ... I noticed the tension was bad.   Fixed tension and finished it.  Took it off the long arm and am prepared to rip rip rip ....
 
 

Friday, June 26, 2015

before & after

 
grass is dying and some weeds (grass) is popping up in between the rows... not bad peeps ...
 
 
 
and I came home to this !
 
 
Project #3 was to mow the office lawn.  Done.
Project #4 was to sweep the office garage. Done
Project #5 was to get Dad to till the patch.  I came home from the office and he was at it (without asking).  Done
 

 
The babes and their Mother.  Mean little babes -- hissers and spitters.
Lots of attitude for small creatures!


 
First coneflower on Daisy Lane.
 
 
Projects 6 - 10 all involve work at the office.
 
6 - cut the brush out of the flower beds
7 - XXX Corporate Tax Return
8 - XXX financial Statements
9 - XXX's payroll (finally)
10 - T's estate tax return.
 
 
Unfortunately - 6 thru 10 will keep me at the office most of the day .... playing hookie and leaving early yesterday was probably not the best of ideas -- however, it felt good.