I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, August 24, 2014

this isn't fun.

town beach in distance...
all those people!
on ''my'' beach!
Hi guys, cranky blogger here today. It is a beautiful cool and sunny Sunday at the beach.

I was sitting there under my umbrella, working on a future block for the Flag quilt...and I had a revelation. I really, really really do not enjoy doing appliqué work for quilts.

It is just so hard, and I don't think my work is good enough. Or good at all. I get so upset and irritated. I am thinking Why bother? My kids will never want these quilts, as they will someday lead slick NYC lives of stainless steel and sidewalk grey. It's not like I am enjoying the process. Maybe I need a break?

This won't affect my sewing the Flag quilt, for Lori's quilt along, which is always a fun thing to participate it. There's plenty of pieced blocks in that project.

Not so sure about Mr. Sunshine. The zillion leaves in the Tree of Life block didn't defeat me, but perhaps all the tiny stars in the Oceans block will emerge victorious. (They are so tiny. And very hard to do.  Ans so not there yet.)

My friend here, Hunter, quit the Dear Jane quilt about 1/3 of the way through. All those tiny hand pieced blocks. And I don't think she plans to start it up again or even put together what she has in a small quilt. Credit for stopping when she decided enough is enough.
And that's not my only gripe---this week, the last week of official summer, I have to go buy a new car. Hardly anything [well, dentist] is as awful as buying a new car. Did I not just buy the one I have? Can it really be three years?
Tomorrow I shall channel my grumpiness and go into bitch mode, and take it all out on the poor sales guy who does not wish to sell me a new Jeep* for nearly nothing.
Maybe this:

Budget. Right.
Okay, I'll end on a cheery note. The first morning glory bloomed yesterday!

"Flying Saucer". And the sweet peas have sprouted and are about 8" tall.

And look what Mo and I saw on our walk:

A swallowtail butterfly. It was so big and ---hover-y---[I'm terrified of bugs, okay?]---that even Mo noticed it and tried to take a sniff.

Have a good week! Wish me car karma and good luck.....

a few nasturtiums
and a mini cinnamon sunflower...



gone to the beach

*Why a Jeep? Well 1- I've always owned Jeeps and except for one lemon [its computer] I've never had a bit of trouble. 2- You get a lot of goodies w/out paying for ''extras"--like roof racks come stock. 3-They are 100% off road so when we have floods and crappy weather, they go anywhere, everywhere. 4- after H Sandy, of all the cars owned by friends and family ONLY the Jeeps made it through the storm and were drivable afterward. So---I am hoping for yet another Jeep. I've never had white, it's pretty, isn't it.
And No, Jeep did not pay me to say that.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Brrrr! Goosebumps in August!?

Yes! Shiver weather here, who'd ever expect this chill in late August, usually a time a bright sun and too hot temps.

I'd planned today to be a beach day, did all my chores and errands earlier in the week to keep Friday --and the weekend--- free. Packed up  my sewing and knitting projects, filled a little cooler with drinks and antipasto snacks for later. Got to the beach, met up with my friends and family.
No sooner did I knit a row of ribbing than the wind began to howl and one of the guys pointed to the northern sky!

Doesn't this look ominous?

Weather Bug said 2% chance of rain, so, well....okay. Fine.

We built wind barriers with our umbrellas. I borrowed a long sleeved t-shirt form one of the guys. But no. Just too too too cold.

See how dark the path is? 2 PM!

Fun bench, too bad it gets removed in the winter. Mo and I would love to sit here on sunny winter days.

The dunes are suddenly very lush and well-planted. That 14" rain last week did the dune plants a world of good.


Remember: not-quite 2 years ago, H Sandy tore through these dunes and all was washed away. Good rebound, I am so happy.

Hints of autumn in the rose brambles.

Back home, the wind had blown away my ladybug sculplture.

I was sad and finally found her splayed on her back behind the planters, waving her legs in the air [no not really,lol]. I gave her a new fancy stake [broom handle] and placed her back in a different pot.

New Guinea impatiens are so basic but so pretty and dependable, even late in the season.

Mo is proud! He can get up on the deck chair by himself now! Good boy.

Have a great weekend! Dig out your jeans and sweaters? I may have to....



gone to the beach..............

tiny colorful butterfly shells

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pink Black Eyed Susans

Hi guys! This week's flowers----Aren't they adorable? (totes adorbs, like the tv ad? For, like, phones though? )

Yes, I do know these are Gerbera daisies, not black-eyed susans. And oh so hothouse grown, not wonderful wild, grew in the ditch like the bright yellow real deals.


So happy and so pretty, right? One step up from fairy tale lollipop flowers....

Mo investigating!


Speaking of black-eyed susans, we talked a bit here about how hard they are to grow.

The thing is---they are perennials. It takes awhile for the plants to establish, grow enough to bloom and then spread.


I planted the seeds for this BES last summer. Nothing seemed to happen. This year I have one itty bitty bloom?

But who knows, If I am patient, in a few years I may have this!:

On a doggy note---Mo had his first bath yesterday! And mani/ pedi. Oh his nails were way too long. The groomer trims them by grinding them with a Dremel tool! Imagine that!?

The groomer comes in a van. So cute. And convenient.

Mo loved every bit of his treat.

 He will be 5 months old tomorrow...



gone to the beach~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I love the little planes with their signs.
So old fashioned,
ike something from a Charles Wysocki print.


Charles Wysocki prints images via etsy search

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