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)


Yekaterina Haussler said...

That sampler is very pretty! I noticed there was no J or V in the alphabet part - is it because the girls missed it, or is there another reason?
You vegetable garden looks lovely! It must be a lot of work. We just have an apricot tree in the back yard and a basil plant in the pot, which I try not to over water... Thank you for sharing!

cucki said...

Your sampler is looking so pretty :)
Yummy vegetable garden with lots of yummy delights :)
Big hugs x

Maggee said...

I wonder if the pollination problem pertains to all our garden? Doesn't seem like much is happening with the bell peppers yet... have to sit and watch for bees for a while! Thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

What a fun sampler to stitch, Myra! And I'm so glad you enjoyed the Praiseworthy Stitches workshop.

Very interesting about the squash--I'll bet we were having that same problem last year with our pumpkins. Will have to investigate further. The lack of honey bees is very concerning--I notice fewer and fewer each year.

Hope things cool down for you soon--we had a horribly hot week on Tuesday and Wed., but then a lot of cool rain. I'm with you on the hot flashes--why do they get so much worse in the summer?!

Enjoy your week, my friend--and Happy Summer!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful start to the stitching! The workshop sounds like it was interesting :D And yay for all the vegetables!

Vickie said...

Your garden and stitching look great! Keep cool my friend.

Catherine said...

Interesting about hand pollinating ~ glad it worked!
How fun to attend a workshop ~ your sampler is looking great!

Annette-California said...

WOW you sure are being quite the farmer:) I had no idea about the bees and squash! Love how your garden is flourishing!
Beautiful samplers class and what a lovely new start.
love Annette

Natasha said...

Tell me about it, I have come to realize I am not happy when it is 98 every day LOL

Your garden is looking fantastic! I did not plant any squash this year. I do have a cucumber planted but so far nothing :(

I hope you have a great day! Try and stay cool. I have noticed that if I put my feet in a bucket if cool water it really brings my core body temp down and cools me off.

Vera said...

Hope you are cooling down some Myra! We had a few hot days, but then the temps moderated and we have had really gorgeous weekends. Our lettuce and spinach is just about done -- bolting from the heat...beans are blossoming and we have some peppers...tomatoes are blossoming. Won't be long now. I laughed over your hand pollinating...basically you are practicing squash sex, correct?? LOL. That little sampler looks so cute. Love the color of the alphabet.

Lumiruusu said...

Oh- You shoud visit Finland -we have had the coldest summer since ten years. It has been so could that it even snowed at the Midsommer day ..

Love the sampler and your veggie garden :)

Brigitte said...

Our first heat wave has already gon and I'm so glad that temparatures are back to moderate right now.

Your vegetable garden looks so good. And it was interesting to read about the pollinating of squash. I've heard and seen a lot on TV about the dying of the bees due to pesticides and other reasons. For many years I have been buying only organic vegetables to help to reduce the problem.

The sampler you started is looking so great. I love Praiseworthy Stitches and have a couple of their designs.

Pam in IL said...

Hot flashes -- OMG, I've been having more this summer too. In fact, lots of other ladies I've talked to have said the same thing. I think our winter and the polar vortex is to blame!

Your garden looks great. I've never had a problem growing squash and didn't know that you could hand pollinate them.

Glad you enjoyed your workshop!

Terri said...

Oooh, marinated in what? This sounds interesting!!!

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