I guess it’s June and almost Summer, but how did we get here so quickly? I’m still back in May when Spring was new and the flowers were just opening up and the weather was almost nice except for all the rain. And guess what? June is becoming a very rainy month also. I feel so sorry for the guys who have been working on our house. They have actually worked outside in the rain, getting drenched and never complaining. At least I never hear them complain. Today is a beautiful day and they are working inside, of course.
The porch is more or less done. They will give the floor a second coat of stain and put up the screen doors after they are done working on our bathroom/laundry room. Right now the place is all torn out and we have to run upstairs to use the bathroom. I can’t believe we lived like this for years with three children and one bathroom, but we did. Now I look back at how we lived and I sound like an old pioneer woman when I tell our children how fortunate they are to have two or three bathrooms and Pampers. I use to rinse all the cloth diapers in the toilet and wring them our WITH MY BARE HANDS and take them to the laundromat because as a pioneer woman, I had no washer and dryer at the time. But I loved how fluffy and soft the diapers were after they were cleaned and I don’t regret it at all that I had to do all that. Now it’s flip, a tape and a throw away and you are done with a diaper. Can’t help thinking how many landfills are full of those things.
But back to the bathroom/laundry. I can’t believe all the decisions one has to make about one little room. Where to place the toilet and sink. What kind of tile for the floor and shower. What kind of faucets. What kind of lights. What color paint for walls, ceiling and woodwork. I had no problem picking out the new washer and dryer. We have Maytags right now and they have been the best. I could have probably used them for several more years, but me being only five foot one inches tall, it is becoming harder for me to reach clear down into the bottom of the top load washer to get all the clothes out, so we bought a front loader washer and dryer with stands so I think it will be easier to load and unload as I keep going into my tottering old age. Anyway, I hope it will be easier. And they have a ten year warranty which is just about the time my warranty is up, so it’s all good.
I’ve been working on a patriotic wall hanging for the Fourth of July and onward. I get in the mood to sew and then something happens that I can’t get out into my shop and nothing gets done. But here are some of the fabrics I am using.
Okay, this is how my fabric piles usually look when I am working on a quilt.
I really love this fabric and wish I had bought more of it. This picture does not do it justice.
This is the pattern I am using. I got it over at Country Threads Chicken Scratch, Mary Etherington’s blog. I think you can still buy the pattern there until July 4th if you are interested. It’s a fun pattern, but I have to admit, it’s been a difficult one for me for some reason with all the pieces and my mind not quite on the job all the time with all that is going on. But I have it pieced now and am starting to piece another one to go with it that I will show you when I’m done. It may be next July 4th, but be patient with me!
Here’s Uncle Sam’s legs. This is a long wall hanging which surprised me because I thought it would be little, but it’s not. There is a pattern for a smaller one included which I may try sometime.
I did finish the quilting on a quilt I started last year. A quilt I wanted to have for Autumn.
My apple quilt. I did a trash job of staging this quilt, didn’t I? Maybe when it’s done, I will show it off a little better. It deserves that. But I do love it and will hang it up this Autumn. Maybe with a bowl of apples by it.
And I am still knitting socks. It’s really addictive and something I can do in the evening when I am watching my current favorite show, Wild At Heart, on Amazon Prime about a family that moves from Bristol, England to Africa. The father is a veterinarian and moves his family onto a game reserve and takes care of the animals. I really love this show. It’s family friendly. No cuss words. No nudity. An old man in his underwear is as risqué as it gets which is fine with me. Too many shows now are so vulgar and going for shock value instead of a good story and good people. Game of Thrones is one of them. So popular, but so vulgar. I won’t be watching that one. Not my cup of tea. It’s getting harder and harder to find anything to watch on tv so I find myself watching it less and less which is probably a good thing actually. I don’t even watch the news much any longer because it’s all so negative when I don’t think it needs to be. Watch too much negative things and hateful things and you soon find yourself being negative and hateful. And life is way too short to be negative and hateful. I didn’t mean to get on a soapbox today. Ignore me.
But, back to socks, I knit this pair and gave them to a friend who likes purple.
She had given me some flowers in a mason jar for Easter so I rolled these up and put them in the jar and tied a ribbon around it and gave them to her. Hope she likes them.
If you have been reading my blog, you know I have been having some health issues. I went to the doctor yesterday and he said it may not be my heart and was going to schedule a lung scan for blood clots. I really don’t think that’s what the matter is, but I’ll humor him and do the scan. Then the cardiologist set me up for a heart checkup where they go into your heart to see what the matter is and if they find something, he said they will fix it. Still feeling breathless and faint at times even though I did plant twelve perennials this morning, but I find when I lean over and my head is below my knees, I don’t feel breathless or faint. Would be kind of hard to walk around like that for long though. Ha. Anyway, if you are a praying person, send up a prayer to My Father in Heaven because He knows exactly what is wrong. But I don’t feel any fear about it all.
Enough about that. Back to our new screened-in porch. We had a gully washer of a rain the other day and we sat outside on it and didn’t get wet at all.
The wind was coming in at every direction and it was thundering and lightning.
Molly and Belle came running in and decided they really needed to rub against me!
Silly ol’ dogs. And there’s David as close to the weather as he can get. He loves thunder and lightning. I do, too, but at a safe distance and only if lightning doesn’t strike something.
Have a great day. Hope the sun is shining down upon you. Bye.