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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Heat Lightning

Hi everyone! Remember ''heat lightning"?
I haven't see it for years, since I lived in Illinois as a child. Those far away flickers that signaled a storm beyond the horizon, passing us by.

But last night we had heat lightning here. Dusk is the nicest time to walk now at summer's peak. Mo and I headed out just after sunset. We like to sit on the bench by the dunes and watch the fireflies rising from the dune grass.

The sky was fading blue, but to the northeast was this one billowing, towering storm cell. It flashed watery lightning the entire time of our walk.

We see many walkers at dusk, all the neighbors seem to come out to enjoy the warm evenings. Folks bring drinks or picnic dinners. On my to do list!

Sunday afternoon sizzled like a slab of bacon, snap crackle pop. 

It was truly a day more suited to loafing in the pool with a pink Styrofoam ''noodle''. But who could resist this white sand and soft blue water, the sea breeze.

A bit of treasure.

My daughter and I wondered if we can possibly have picked up all the sea glass from the beach, because there certainly is none these days.

Wash out with tiny butterfly shells.


Here with her big baby!

Two birds, front left.

At the beach I got out my sewing, ugh. These yellow stars are awful. The dark fabric behind them shows through. They look shoddy.
My blog friend Cathy told me she isn't putting the stars on her version of Spring Break / Summertime. I decided, me neither.  If need be add---lined somehow? ---later. [the star pattern itself isn't very nice. you can see where I corrected it, in removable ink.]

I made a Pokeberry block  instead and hand quilted partway my Winter Blues doll quilt.

These are the Lazy Days of summer. Nothing urgent to do til Wednesday's farmers market and errands day. The summer is sliding by. I plan to savor every moment.

How about you all?



gone to the beach

a Googly enhanced version.
 Very, uh, artistic.

PS I saw this quote on the blog Timeless Traditions:

''Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway."
-Mother Teresa

Something for me to keep in mind.


  1. Great pictures; I love that last picture of Mo! Evening beach walks sound so fun. Are there mosquitos? Hanging around floating in a pool sounds good, too. I still say you ought to do something crafty with all those tiny colorful shells! Glue them to fabric canvas to make 'flower' pictures? Make a dragon? Tiny fairies with shell wings? They're so pretty! I loved the pavement in VA and FL where they use crushed shells instead of gravel, or with gravel - the bits of shells catch the sun and look glitter in the street. Do they do that where you are?

    No heat lightning here, but we had plenty of storm lightning a couple days ago! Looked like strobe lights at midnight! Thankfully it wasn't a violent storm, just excited.

    Thanks for sharing your day! And I can't believe how much work you're getting done on your quilts!

    1. Hi! I used to make sailors Valentines with the little shells.

      Nope no mosquitoes. Some years we have them but not often.

      Yes places use crushed clam shells for pavement instead of gravel. Esp in parks and marinas. But they smell pretty bad for the first couple years, esp in the hot sun.

  2. Wonderful post and beautiful pictures! And who can resist a smile when you see cute little Mo...not me! I didn't add the stars on the baskets but I did make wool stars for the corner blocks....they seemed to need it! Working on section 3 .... a fun quilt to work on...

  3. Wool stars might work great! I m going to make a test sample, see how they wash.

  4. Ohhh, heat lightning, I remember that! Great pics Liz.

    Maybe there'll be a big haul of sea glass coming your way soon...sort of a feast or famine thing.

    Looking forward to hearing what your menu consists of when you have a picnic, or beach cocktails some evening.

    The Hydrangeas and Foxgloves are so pretty, and that's a keeper of a photo of Mo.


    1. My fantasy picnic menu is:
      fried chicken or pork chops
      cornbread bisquits
      cherry tomatoes, ripe, just picked
      creamy cole slaw
      homemade icecream sandwiches.

      we haven t seen good seaglass since before H Sandy! Gone, gone....

    2. Sounds perfect! I was in a bar/pub recently and they had rootbeer out of a keg. It was wonderful.

      All that seaglass has to turn up eventually :)

  5. What a perfect way to end a HOT day ...walk along the beach . Watching the Pelicans and searching for sea glass! Of course I'm sure Amo loves it too...



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