Sunday, June 22, 2014


Hello friends!  There is just one word to describe this past week around here....HOT!  It was in the 90's every single day last week.  Factor in my 50 hot flashes a day and I have been miserable.  I told my husband this may just be my last summer!  UGH!

Last Saturday our guild had a workshop conducted by Pam and Susan of Praiseworthy Stitches.  They were teaching us about 2 historic schoolgirl samplers from North Carolina.  This was my first workshop and I must say it was fantastic.  So well organized, fun and informative.  I chose to start stitching on the Trexler Sisters Sampler first.  It was stitched by what is believed to be 2 sisters - each sister stitched one half of the sampler and then the two halves were sewn together.

 Here is my meager start.

The garden is still going gangbusters.  The cherry tomato, cucumber, and peas have now reached the top of the 5 foot trellis.  I have been harvesting lettuce almost every other day but with the heat last week I think it is done.

I kept losing my yellow squash but with the help of  Dr. Google I was able to determine that they simply weren't being pollinated.  We just don't have an abundance of bees around here.  Did you know there are male and female blooms on a squash plant?  If a bee doesn't visit the male bloom and then deposit the pollen in the female bloom, the squash doesn't grow and just shrivels up.  So....I tuned in to a You Tube video about hand pollinating squash and I am hand pollinating my plants.  The 2 yellow squash I pollinated last Monday are now thriving.

Please be careful when using insecticides and such in your gardens.  I know I am going to be much more careful in the future.  In speaking with some other gardeners in the area they are having the same bees to pollinate their vegetables.

This week I harvested my first zucchini.  I am going to marinade it along with some yellow squash I purchased at the farmers market and grill it up today. 

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and staying cool!  I think I'll go stick my head in the freezer for a while now.  :o)

Monday, June 2, 2014

No Stitching

Hello friends!  Still no stitching happening around here.  Between work, the garden, and Betty I have been staying busy, busy, busy.

I had my first harvest from the garden this week.  A few radishes (I should have left them a few more days) and a handful of lettuce.

As you can see everything is growing like crazy.  I counted 21 flowers on my marigolds.  I have a baby squash and a baby tomato now.  LOL  I am a proud mama!

I still had a few of the succulents left from my adventure to Lowe's.  I made a gnome home using an old rusty roasting pan that belonged to my mother.

And a post from me just wouldn't be complete without a picture of Betty.  Thank you all for stopping by and know that I really appreciate your comments and feedback.  Have a great week!