Friday, August 17, 2012

A little peak and more flowers!

I see that I finally have over 100 followers.  Thank you so very much.  I really appreciate the time you take to read my blog!! This has been a less than great week in Washington.  First those awful fires.  As of today, the paper says they are 50% contained.  So much has been destroyed.  I am grateful to those of you who made such kind comments about the fires.  Now here in the Puget Sound area we are having some of the hottest weather of the summer.  Yesterday was 94 and today more of the same.  The problem here is that temps like this are rare so very few things are air conditioned.  That even includes things like restaurants.  The SBA(Super Blog Assistant-he loads the pictures for me) and I are lucky because we have a basement where we are hibernating! Yesterday we took in a movie.  I hope to do a lot of stitching this afternoon as we watch a movie in the basement!  I decided to give you a little look at the Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler Part 2 .  I hope to be done with part 2 within a week or so. I do like it so far! Last but not least, a look at my wonderful dahlias!

Does this make you want to stitch this sampler?

 Notice the color of this flower.

As you can see, it is on this plant,perhaps a rebel flower!

 I love the dark color of this plant.

Thank you so much for taking a look and have a wonderful week-end.  We deliver some of the contorted filbert branches to our dear SIL tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Great ideas!

I want to thank all of you who offered such good ideas for the contorted filbert branches. Also thanks to those who just took a look!  We finished taking the leaves off this afternoon.  We now have a big pile of sticks . Some of course, are going to our dear SIL.  It is funny because many of you said I should make  a Halloween tree out of the branches.  When we were taking the leaves off I said what a good Halloween tree they would make.  The situation is this, I  already decorate 2 Halloween trees.  Now I know many folks have a Christmas tree in almost every room.  Maybe that is what I'll do-have several Halloween trees!!!
On a more serious note,  we here in Washington are dealing with a horrible fire.  Over 60 homes have been lost and 500 people have been evacuated. It is ranch land so many animals have also been put at extreme risk. We are in no danger as the fires are all on the Eastern side of the Cascades.  We are still feeling much pain for the people enduring this awful fire.  Plus it looks like it started due to the careless behavior of people who were repairing a bridge. This reaffirms my thought that an ordinary day is a wonderful blessing!!

Here are the two trees.  I think I can still use another one!!
Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Slightly Strange Blog Post

Hope all of you had a great week-end.  Thanks to all of you who looked at my pictures at the lighthouse.  Late yesterday afternoon  one of my gardening buddies stopped by.  She told me that she had chopped down a contorted filbert tree.  The branches of this tree are totally awesome so I asked her if I could have the branches.  She had no use for them and was glad to get rid of some.  The SBA and I went over there this PM and chopped that little tree to pieces.  Our dear SIL wants some of them so we'll take a little road trip a few hours north of Seattle this week-end and deliver her share of the goodies.  Here is my question!  What would you do with these branches???? I would love to hear suggestions from my wonderful creative blog friends!!

 Here is the pile as we got them full of leaves.
These branches are much like those of the curly willow.

 Here is what they look like with the leaves off. This is just a start.

The pile of leaves!!!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Beautiful Saturday!

We are having a beautiful Sunday!  The sun is shining, the winds are blowing gently , and it's not too hot probably in the upper 70's.  I hope all of you are having the same kind of day.  I so appreciated your comments about the garden and John Foster.  He is happily hanging in my family/living room. If he is in your stash, I would highly recommend stitching him especially if you like large red houses! I am now deep into Part 2 of the Halloween mystery sampler.  The only clue I'll give is-this part has mostly words but thankfully no over one!  Yesterday we worked out at the lighthouse.  I have shown so many lighthouse photos in the past, I'm just showing a few shots.  We had over 80 visitors.  I think you will agree, it was the perfect way to spend a Sat.  I'm just going to let the pictures speak for themselves.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

All these photos were taken from the window or door of the lighthouse. Thanks so much for taking a look!