Turn your tv off. Stop listening to all the talking heads who only have opinions. Put down your cellphone, unless you are reading this on it. Take a deep, hearty breath of the fresh Spring air, if it’s Spring where you are and come visit with me for a while. The more I hear the news, the more I want to turn it off because according to most “news” people life will end soon. So I have decided since I have such a short time to live, I may as well enjoy myself.
I indulged myself this week and got some baby chicks. I had argued with myself that I really didn’t need even more critters around that depend upon me for their livelihood. Then I walked into Rural King and back to the troughs where they kept the baby chicks and my heart melted. I have lost two of my hens in the past month and it’s been kind of traumatic for me so I felt like I needed some little cheepers. They are so adorable. I had to get six as that was the fewest Rural King will sell at a time so I got two more Buff Orpingtons, two Barred Rocks and two Auracanas, ones who lay blue eggs. I’m so looking forward to seeing those. And here they are.
The Auracanas looked like little chipmunks. In fact, I asked the guy who was getting mine for me to get the ones who look most like chipmunks. David said I should call them Chip and Dale, but since they are females, I am going to call them Chippy and Dahlia. The Buff Orpingtons are Rosy and Peony and the Barred Rocks’ names are Violet and Pansy, keeping with the flower theme. In the past my chickens have been named for women in the Bible and women in my Sunday School class. This made it kind of bad when one of them died and I’d have to say so-and-so had died. Miss Mary Foster is one of my older hens and the name of a good friend of mine and I’m thinking when Miss Mary Foster dies, I’m not telling anyone for fear someone would get the wrong idea.
They are as curious about me as I am of them.
Can you see why I think she looks like a chipmunk?
They keep me company in my shop while I sew. One of them was cheeping all afternoon.
I have had to use this seam ripper several times with these blocks.
This is what I have been working on. I am sewing a mystery quilt featured on Kathleen Tracy’s blog. If you go to her blog and click on the files on mystery quilt, you can get the directions for four months of quilt blocks. When we have them all sewn, she will show us how we are to put them together into a quilt. I don’t usually do this kind of thing, but this has been fun and I look forward to each month’s new block. And while going through some of my fabric, I found this fabric that has all the colors in the blocks.
If you are a quilter or sewer, you can understand how I felt when I found this fabric. Kind of like Christmas. I can come upon a fabric I had forgotten about and it’s just like that to me! I’m hoping I have enough of this for a border for this quilt.
It just goes so well with all the blocks. It really does not take a whole lot to get me excited especially when it comes to quilting.
Another project I am just starting is this….
Found in this magazine…..
The blocks are made with one and one half inch pieces, the smallest I will go to make a quilt.
Then there is this square to be appliqued and embroidered. I think I am going to really enjoy making this as I do love handwork like this. I am making this to hang in my shop. I’ll have to hurry because when the weather finally gets warm, I want to be outdoors as much as possible. We are looking at 70 degree temperatures by the weekend.
And speaking of outdoors, we have corn out for the birds and whoever else wants it, but we never have seen anyone eating it until this week when I saw this squirrel busily munching on it.
He/she sat there for quite a while picking off kernels and eating them.
We are still feeding the birds, but soon they will be foraging for food in the wild again and won’t need our help.
The puppies are so happy with the warmer temperatures. I do believe Molly is smiling here.
And she’s in a playful mood. Both dogs’ tails are wagging like crazy here even though you can’t see it.
“Come on, Belle, let’s play!” Belle will be twelve years old this year, 84 in people years so she decides when they play. She still acts like a puppy at times and then at other times her joints hurt and she limps around. I can’t believe she’s that old already. Seems like we just got her as a puppy not long ago. I guess that will be the next new pet I will be looking for.
Hope you are enjoying the beginning of Spring and that it’s warming up in your neck of the woods. Bye.