The Heron

The Heron

Happy Summer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mostly Cross Stitch!

Tomorrow is the day we share our SAL, "Away We Ride".  The DH and I are planning a bit of a road trip so I won't be able to post my progress.  So I decided to do it today.  Plus, I wanted to show you the beautiful frame from Valley House Primitives that I have used to frame "Salute to Abigail". I love the way it looks!

 If you like traditional framing, I think they are the best.  I can't find frames like this anywhere else.

 This photo is more true to the color of the frame.

By the end of this evening, I hope the right border will be finished.  I am busy with another project for my dear friend who had knee replacement 4 weeks ago.  That has slowed this one down a bit.

 I'm sure you are all tired of hearing me complain about our heat!  We did break the record on Mon. with temps of 97 degrees!  That evening we took our lawn chairs and went over to sit and read by the water.  The fires have created beautiful sunsets. I would gladly give up the sunsets for the fires to end!

Thanks for joining me and I hope you all have a great end of the week and a good week-end!  I hope to have some interesting photos from our little road trip to share with you next week!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's Hot In Seattle

I thought you might like to see what people do in normally cool, beautiful Seattle, when the weather turns HOT! They head to the water.  We did too!

 Mt. Baker, one of our volcanoes! About 50 miles away.

 The beautiful Cascades

 We will be back to our volunteer jobs at the lighthouse in Aug.  The nasty old knee is getting better.

 I love this picture of Seattle in the shadow of Mt. Rainier.  I think it should have a title, " Don't sweat the small stuff and most things are small!!"

 The kids know how to cool off!

And so do the dogs!

 I have a really  hard time picking my own flowers so when I saw the sign, "U -Pick dahlias"  I was hooked.  My DH navigated some back roads to find the little farm. 12 flowers for $4 what a deal!!!!!

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Remember, I am trying very hard to send Summer to those of you who are missing it! Have a great week!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Weekly Update

It's Thurs. and time for my update on the SAL, "Away We Ride." Yesterday, I started a gift for my friend in Chicago.  This will slow down my SAL stitching for a bit. She had total knee replacement 4 weeks ago and mine is just four months ago.  We have had a great time emailing and sharing our miseries with our knees!! We have been good friends since our daughters were babies and believe me, that's a long time ago!
Our sunny warm weather continues! We have to water the garden at least twice a week.  So now you all know where the Summer is visiting.  We are getting ready for Summer to go visit elsewhere and leave us to our clouds and mist!!!!!!
I'm sharing a few plant photos. As I have mentioned before,  I decided that this year I would cut more flowers to enjoy in the house. So I'm sharing my latest little bouquet with you.  We also bought a new hydrangea a month or so ago.  It is on the deck for at least this year. I think it is beautiful.  Of course, I am a hydrangea lover.
There will be lots of activities out at the lighthouse this week- end as Sat. is National Lighthouse Day.  I will try to get some good pictures for you to enjoy.
Thanks for joining me and have a great coming week-end!
I almost forgot, tonight is the first pre-season Seahawk's game.  Of all teams, we are playing the Broncos! Go hawks!

I was happy to finally get to add some color.

 I love Pumpkin Pie by GA.

The daisies are still blooming along with the black-eyed susans (rubecia).

Pistachio Mophead -Hydrangea.  I love the pink and green combo.
 Thanks for joining me today!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Away We Ride SAL

I hope everyone out there in blogland has had a good week.  If you are searching for summer, come to Seattle.  We are out to break a record of the most days over 80 degrees since they have been  keeping  weather records!! Well, on to a more cheerful subject!(I don't like hot weather at all!).  Ranae at the blog "Stitch by Stitch"  and Kaye at the blog "Kitten Stitching"  have joined me in stitching the BBD ,"Away We Ride".  I'm so happy to have them with me.  Anyone else who would like to join is very welcome.  We have just started. It's a fun Halloween design that I will be keeping up all year!

 I am stitching on 32 count lambswool with the floss that is recommended. I did a happy dance when the outer border met! At this point, I plan to start some of the inside of the design.  I'll add the other borders later.  The vine design takes quite a bit of time.

I am enjoying this and hope my hand holds out.  It is giving me problems.  I think I need a new hand to match my new knee!!!!
We had a great day out at the lighthouse so I will put those pictures on tomorrow.  More "Away We Go Next Thurs.!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's Take a Field Trip

There is small town on the Olympic Peninsula called Sequim.  Every year in July  they have a lavender festival.  We try to go up a few days before or after as there are lots of people at the festival itself.  There are many lavender farms that you can visit, the most famous is Purple Haze. I think I'll just let the pictures do the talking.

 Most farms have row after row of different varieties of lavender.

 How about sitting for a spell! It sure smells good!

Dry lavender anyone?

 I love the yellow and lavender combination.

 How about some lavender and white chocolate ice cream?

 The town is very close to the Straits of Juan De Fuca. It was a warm day and when we drove down here, we lost about 15 degrees!

This is the Dungeness  Light House.  It's a good thing my camera takes long distance photos  as the lighthouse is about 5 miles out on the spit of land. If you want to walk out here, you had better be sure to go at low tide! We haven't made this walk although, we do love a shorter walk on the spit.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this very pretty part of Washington!  Thanks for joining me today.  On Thurs. I will post my progress on the BBD design, "Away We Ride."  If anyone else would like to join our SAL, we'd welcome you!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


We are having very low tides right now.  I think it is due to the closeness of the moon.  We have a beach about 20 minutes from our home that is especially desirable to eagles who love to feed there at low tide.  We saw at least 4 different birds.  Some friends saw 14!  I hope you enjoy seeing our national bird eating lunch!

 A bit of competition from a crow!

Now there are two!

 If you can take your eyes away from the eagles, this is the view.

I am more than happy to put up with the NW rain to have an experience like this! Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cross Stitch, Flowers, and A Farmer's Market!

Well, the 4th is long past.  I hope you all had a great one.  Ours was pretty quiet.  Actually that's not really true.  We were not busy but it was very noisy in the neighborhood! We appear to be in the midst of a heat wave.  These are very rare up here.  In fact, I don't think we had a 90 degree day last summer.  Now we are due for a week of them.  Very few homes or even businesses have AC, so it is a pretty big deal up here.  It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid in Chicago. When it got hot you did various things to keep cool. Right now, our house resembles a cave, windows all shut and covered, lights off as much a possible , and plans for a non oven dinner! I even put a towel over my new hydrangea that is out on the deck. 
I'm still working on Abigail but have plans for my next stitching project.  I will be doing a Halloween chart by BBD called, "Away We Ride."  If anyone wants to do it as a sew along, that would be fun. Just let me know.

 This is one of the most complex borders I have ever done, but it is beautiful!

 That big motif took a bit of time to complete.

Beautiful chard at the Poulsbo Farmer's Market.

  All kinds of cabbage!

 Beautiful summer squash! Plus I was able to get my first tomatoes of the season!

Can't forget the goodies! Now, what's blooming the the garden?

 A yucca,

 a big red dahlia,

 lots of white daisies,

 a white dahlia (more like ivory),

and yellow daisies!

I hope your day is full of happy sunshine and flowers! Thanks for joining me!