Sunday, May 31, 2015

day 1 at the cabin

Nick & the dog brought the boat over from the public landing .... including a fire pit grill and the entire front end was loaded with wood.

the boys repositioned the lift and put up the canopy

that goofy dog thinks he's "Rose" from the movie Titanic ... sits up front and flaps his ears (or barks at people on shore)

fire pit grill down on shore
Lee caught the first fish -- off the dock ...
So, we have a place on the lake for the summer -- yesterday was our first day and two truck loads of stuff and a boat made out there -- I came home for the night .... and will be packing up more "stuff" ... and a little work before I return ....
It promises to be an entertaining summer!  

Friday, May 29, 2015

this week in pictures ... Warning -- extremely picture heavy.

the girls are growing .... and hopping about

I spy a watermelon hill.

Miss Kim lilac -- wonderful scent.

allium .... a four foot tall allium

yes, we grow arrows amid the perenials.
Nothing is more stately than an iris.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

dentist part 3

I survived ...

new crown feels good
fillings are done ... and jolting me on a regular basis

next up



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

so my last 36 hours

1. County Board meeting/new building tour in the rain.
2. at the office .... work
3. home for supper ... stop at Shopko (dad's birthday treats)
4. back to work
5. birthday gig for Dad
6. 5:00 am start ... work for a bit
7. 7:00 on the road to New Ulm for AMC meetings
      where I won a door prize
8. back to office ---
9. next up (in an hour or so) off to Mankato for R9 Budget stuff
10. home to see the birds and gardens
11. back to dentist tomorrow for another 2 1/2 hours of crap.

Wedding quilt top is stitched, needs a final press and then ready to quilt.  I'm using a 108" backing -- it will go fast -- and smooth .... binding is done.

Even if hell freezes over I'm going to the lake on Friday night.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

can you see them

yep, they're  up! (or some of them) -- the melons are cracking pretty well, the pumpkins have hatched!  -- the early hard rains formed a tough crust and Sunday's gentle rains loosened it up ... and they're popping thru -- it's a cool sight out there.

see I used, their, they're and there correctly in one long run on sentence.  sorry I digress (and I corrected myself and only used two of the three)

whew .....

now on to bug control.   as in cut worms.  spray and hoe, hoe, hoe


Sunday, May 24, 2015

and yesterday

  lots got done.  #1 sprayed the patch -- better living thru chemicals.  lets hope they do the trick and keep the grass to a minimum.  I'm all about less grass -- (and less Round Up to control it) ...

  I quilted the ugly quilt .... and got the binding on # 8 & 9 and had a little road trip ....

I've referred to this one as the "ugly quilt" ... not feeling the love
the vision at the cutting table did not match the end result ...

hmmm -- grandma's old dog house

demolition in progress

not sure if Nick is feeling the love ....or the need for demolition

frost tinged corn ....

Saturday, May 23, 2015

this week in pix

sunrise (from the drivers seat) ...
my latest addiction  - dark choc and blueberries --- should be health(ier) eh!

 squash to the left -- watermelons to the right and corn that had a touch of frost -- straight ahead
the watermelon "third" of the patch
a bit of left over corn stalk residue .... and crooked rows .... life is not perfect

the girls are growing ...
the morels were huge ... Dad found them while mowing lawn ....
and the itty bitty rock in my brake drum ...good grief, heads were turning while I was driving down the street -- it is bad when people stare, point and cover their ears.  Cousin Shorty to the rescue -- he's been blessed with both of my vehicles this week --
Patch is planted --- watermelons, squash, pumpkins, fancy pumpkins, canteloupe, sunflowers, zinnias, zuchinni and green beans ... left to plant is the dill, bachelor buttons, cosmos and a few tomatoes, peppers and eggplants (not many) ....
I have a 300 ft row of giant sunflowers and a 300 ft row of colorful zinnias --- should be fun!

Friday, May 22, 2015

finally Friday

it's been the week of entertainment ...

the truck is falling apart
the Mustang is now making funny noises
   it's not good when people stare and point at you ....
   that is my next phone call.
the patch is 98% planted and ready to spray for grass
the little garden is planted (I had nothing to do with it)

the laundry is done
the crap in my office is still piling up.

so today ...

1.  going to call cousin Shorty regarding the Mustang
2.  going to call the truck repairman and get it scheduled
3.  going to plant the last row in the patch
         (green beans, zinnias, tomato's and an assortment of peppers)
4.  going to sort and organize the work piles
5.  going to sew.

yep, it's going to be a productive day.

Happy Friday y'all.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Note to Walgreens ...

Dear Walgreens;
   Thanks for the SLOW shipping of my pictures --- although they took 10 days the quality is quite good.   I so enjoyed looking at them, especially those of someone else's vacation.  It appears they enjoyed the Tiki bar and a fancy resort in Hawaii (must be Hawaii -- appears to have lava). 

   I certainly hope -- if some receives my pictures in the future they will also enjoy them, I am, however quite dull.  Veggies, flowers and quilts are not as entertaining as someone lounging in a pool with a beverage in their hand.


The Watermelon Diva



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

neighbors ...

I have cool neighbors -- this is how they painted their lp gas tank .... ... is it not love at first sight!   hoping to do the same to ours this summer ...
This house went on the market yesterday ... 40906 Cedar Ridge Rd .... it's a great location and has fabulous neighbors!

Monday, May 18, 2015

#7 for 2015

here is #7 ... a weather front was moving thru last night and a gust of wind caught it while snapping pix and it's currently a balmy 42' ... frost is in the forecast .... frack.
crazy wind and fast moving clouds

here is the whole thing ...
So Saturday night -- I planted 400 hills of watermelons and the first 150 hills of squash ... if it dries out enough overnight .... I might get the rest of the squash in tomorrow night -- if not, it will be Wednesday .. it will be warmer then too ... or that is the prediction -- I think I liked the weather better when I got up and was surprised in the morning -- none of this 10 - 15 day outlook stuff.
#'s 8, 9, 10 and 11 are hanging on the long arm --- 8 needs binding, 9 & 10 just need to be quilted, #11 is the ugly quilt -- still not sure what to do with it.   it is that ugly.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

It's all about the dots!

Time for the Spring Quilt Blogger's Festival -- I haven't participated for a while so ....
I'm a dot fan -- so I had a couple of jelly rolls of big dots and little dots and I attempted whipped them into a random crib quilt ... random is generally not a word in my vocabulary ..

It finished into a "little bit larger" than crib quilt .... and well, it oozes dots and happiness.
and it looks pretty spiffy next to the zinna's.

the back is a wild random stripe -- that, frankly, wasn't printed straight with the grain, so it's a tad bit wonky looking.  More dots for the binding. 

And my usual loopy swirls -- quilted on the long-arm (yes, it takes longer to load it than quilt it -- but the swoopy swirls are fun) ... 
Check out the rest of the Quilts in the Quilt Bloggers Festivial
enjoy the sights of the show it's always wonderful
spring 2015 BQF Button

Saturday, May 16, 2015

fabric overload, part II

yep, on the way to scrapbooking/sewing a couple of weeks ago -- a dirty ATV works just as well as a car and/or truck

Joanne at the cutting station -- what to buy???? how many yards????
Jan and Joanne at the cash register .. this SRHarris store is a lot nicer/cleaner than the other one ... less stuff to dig thru and the quilting fabrics are displayed like a normal fabric store .... the fabrics were all marked at 50% of retail .... so ...
zippers and buttons

my haul of 29 yards, reds on the bottom, black/green/orange next, limes and purples in the middle, a beige stash builder, a blue and beige strip and lastly ... 2 flannel fat quarters from a quilt shop on the return trek.  --- a lovely haul!

Friday, May 15, 2015


blue blue sky ...


So, I thought I'd be planting -- #1 has the patch disked -- but evidently he wants to re-work it in the morning.  So, the planting waits.  It gets done.  It grows.  Deer eat it.  Marie gets mad.
Tomorrow Jan, Joanne and I are road tripping it to SR Harris ...

this pix is from my 2013 adventure
you can read about it HERE ...
 I still have not recovered .... 18 months later ...

they have a new store a bit closer and I'm told a lot more organized than this chaos.  I have my purse cleaned out my spending $$$$ out and all I have left to do is put together some fabric swatches.
I worked on the ugly quilt tonight -- pictures to follow.  Just not feeling the love on the UGLY.  Time will tell.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Semi Wordless Wednesday

honeysuckle is blooming ...

mom feels the need to transplant iris (the small ones) before elder #1 mows them down

hmmm a morel mushroom hunter