Monday, May 22, 2017

Water Lily Fairy Wall Hanging is Finished

I finally finished this wall hanging after dithering around it for a few weeks.  I saw a program on how to add flange binding and thought this the ideal situation for a flange approach Water Lily Fairy.
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Flange Binding is actually binding with an accent border already attached.

Water Lily Fairy is 14" wide by 18" long and I finished it in a stained-glass block method instead of quilting it.

Here's how the flange binding looks when its added.  I like it.  It gives a nice accent piece before the final binding, but its all done in one piece.  Normally, when I do an accent border, I have to put that on first then add the binding later.  This flange method skips that step and another good thing is one can machine-sew it down and not do the tedious hand-stitching which takes lots of time.  Believe me, I know.  I usually hand-hem my bindings and they can take several hours.

Here's one close-up.  I made this pattern from a free-hand drawing of my own.  Then I stitched on the pieces in Replique, which is an upside-down type of applique.  One works from the back as opposed to appliqueing from the front.

Another close-up.  The black satin-stitching that holds the pattern pieces in place tends to have a stained-glass look.

Another close-up shot.  I like to work in fancy fabrics for these because, being wall hangings, they don't get washed like quilts and snugglers do.  An occasional vacuuming works best.  So fancy nets and beaded fabrics and even buttons and decals, can be used in Replique.

Have a good day.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Braciole and Meatballs Made Today

Today I made Sunday Dinner for my son and grandson.  I went Italian.  Braciole and meatballs was on the menu with Rotini but also Spaghetti (which I prefer).
Braciole is steak pouned thinner, then spread with one's desired stuffing.  I like a bread stuffing and this time I also added some thinly sliced deli roast beef.

You roll up the meat like a jelly roll and tie it so it stays firm while cooking.  Then you saute it in a pan till browned on all side.

The next step it to drop them into sauce that's been heated.  You don't want the temp do drop in the braciole so the sauce needs to be hot.  Bring the sauce to a low boil, then lower temp to a simmer and simmer the braciole for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs or until the steak is tender.

Today I also made up meatballs to add to the sauce the last half hour of cooking. 

My son and grandson took some home with them for later tonite.  I made plenty. 

I also took some pix of the gardens outdoors. 
Here you can see the radishes coming up among the lettuces.

Lilacs are in bloom on the young bushes planted a year ago at the front entrance.  The aroma is divine.

The flower box has been planted with assorted summer annuals for the season.

The Creeping Phlox among the moss bed is in full bloom right now.

We still have some tulips in one of the raised beds.

Here's another of the raised beds with Creeping Phlox and other small flowers.

Temps here in the high 60sF and sunny today.  Love it.
Have a good day.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Its Always Nice To See Friends

Today a couple of friends stopped in to see my new place.  They hadn't been here before and we have missed our gardening efforts together from years past when I was a member of the community garden.  I'm told they got a later start this year but plans are being made for some improvements including a rail fence around the Children's Garden and a Pergola.  I hope to visit the garden this summer to see how things are progressing.

Here its been a nice sunny day with temps only in the 60sF and a nice cooling breeze wafting over the river.  Loving it.  I just watered my lettuces.  They are looking healthy and the radishes are starting to shove thru the soil so I hope to harvest those sometime next month as well.

No tomatoes or thyme plants delivered today but hoping by mid-week next week to see them arrive.  They would be traveling when the heat is not as oppressive which is a good thing.

Have a nice day.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

STILL 6 Babies Today

We still have 6 babies today.  Mom and Dad took them out grazing today.  One kept watch while the other grazed right along with the babies.  They must be teaching them what grasses to eat.
Here  they are heading across the dirt roadway to the safer parts of the area.

Have a good day.

My First Harvest 2017

I had to trim off some lettuce leaves with brown on them from too much rain, I think.
My 2 pots of leafy lettuce.  A few leaves have brown on them.

But in trimming off the browns, I also lifted a few nice leaves for my salad today.  Nice and green and crisp.  Mmmmm, good.  My very first harvest here.

Our garden areas are greening up and the grass is quite lush after all the rain.  The blue bags of potting soil in this photo are mine, awaiting my tomato plants.

The moss bed is ripe with tiny lavender flowers.

The tulips are still blooming and some have yet to flower.
Spring has sprung and I eagerly await the arrival of my tomato and thyme plants in the mail either this week or next. 

Maintenance has put my a/c unit in my living room window and with the temps. rising to the low 70sF today, it was most welcome.  Its already running to salute the season.
Penny and I sat outside today with me reading my book and she smelling the plants and then lying in the shade of my bench.  I'm really lovin' it.

Have a nice day.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Baby Goslings Make Their Debut

What a wonderful surprise awaited me this afternoon.  The pair of Canada Geese that have visited us earlier made a return visit today, and they were not alone.
They had their 6 hatchings with them.
Here they are strutting proudly atop the reservoir banking.  They have 6 downy figures trotting around them.

In this one you can count the little fuzzy babies.  I counted and recounted at different moments, and the total I've seen is six.

Their fuzz is still a dark yellow so they must be only hours or a day old.

They don't let momma out of their sight.

It was such a joy after all this rain, rain, rain.  It evidently didn't bother momma and poppa Canada Goose in rearing their hatchlings.

The rain didn't hurt our garden at all.
Flowers are blooming in force.  If you look closely you can see the adult Canada Geese in this photo to the right of the left tree in the background.  Very small in the distance, but visible.

I'm so pleased to share this news with you.
Have a good day.

We Got a Rainy Nor'easter.

Yes, the rains came again.  I know that a gardener acquaintance in nearby NH got 4" of snow the other morning.  What a surprise with her tomatoes and greens already out and growing.  At least it wasn't cold so I think the plants were saved after brushing away the snow.

Here we are getting rain for the 2 days.  I moved my lettuce pots beneath a patio bench under the overhang after they got enuf of Mother Nature's watering.  They were quite happy there for nearly 2 days.  I don't see any radish greens poking thru yet but its early days.

My son stopped by with gifts for me for Mother's Day.  My daughter phoned and we talked for close to an hour.  It was a pleasant day for me.

Today I just finished making some chicken rice soup.  It tasted good.  I'll have enough for several days of meals now.

Tomorrow the maintenance guy comes to put our window a/c's in for us here in the building.  What doesn't get done tomorrow will have to wait for 8 days forward.  I hope mine gets in tomorrow with high 70sF predicted for Wednesday.  This little apt. gets awfully hot in the summer, I'm sure.  When I moved in here in October, it was way too hot.  I had 2 large floor fans going to keep me comfy.  Quite a change from a basement apt. underground on 3 sides where I rarely needed to turn on the a/c.  I think maybe 3 days a year since I bought the thing 3 years ago.

If it doesn't come to pass for another week, I have my fans at the ready.  I like to stay comfy.

I hope my tomatoes and thyme, ordered online, get here next week.  I'm eager to get them planted in their pots for the season.  My lettuces are looking really good and healthy.

I'm really going to miss my raised beds that kept me so busy for the last 6 years.  But oh, what a wonderful busy it was.
I loved starting my own seeds under lights so I could have the varieties I most preferred, like the tomatoes and peppers above in 2011

Then I could harden them off on my garden bench in their large 2- and some 3-liter air-pruning soda bottles.  They got a great and healthy start.  Again, these are from 2011.

Of course, with age, the hard work thankfully, is a thing of the past and I will have to be content with some container veggies this year.  I know it will put a smile on my face. I'll keep you posted on how things are growing for me here.

Have a good day.