And these flowers are still blooming!
Monday, December 31, 2012
It's been a wild time lately for the 2 Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillars that have been hanging around on my dill. They come out when the sun shines and feed on the dill and hide away at night. They haven't gotten large enough to go into their chrysalis yet but I am hoping they will do so. The weather has been so windy and the cold has been creeping in so who knows what will happened. I also have another 2 chrysalis from the Eastern Black Swallowtail.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Each month Sunshine Quilters has a block lottery where you send in blocks to one of our members. For each set that you send in, one block goes into the pile for Sunshine tops and one into a group for the winner of the block lottery. Your "ticket" is the sets of blocks you make and at the end of the month a name is drawn out to receive the blocks. I have been going through all of my stash and blocks looking for extras, samples and orphans blocks. I have some 12" blocks but also a number of 9" blocks. Since they need to be 12" I have been adding borders to the blocks to bring them up to size. I have a total of 25 blocks to donate to the pot and all are to go to Sunshine. I also don't enter my name into the drawing because I am trying to pare down and not take on any extra projects. Here are a sampling of the blocks.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday was gray and rainy so it was a great day to stay inside to decorate the Christmas tree, bake some Christmas cookies and work on some pieceing. I saw a top online I really liked that was in a quilting challenge that looked to be a great top for a charity quilt. The quilt was made by Rebecca L who lives Iowa. I worked on it again today and was able to get the top finished. Now to pick out a backing and start quilting. I love how the top turned out. It's really colorful to brighten the spirits of any child.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Hard to believe it's December. Temperatures are in the mid 50's. Most of my plants in my gardens haven't recovered from the winds and (possibly) the salt spray from Superstorm Sandy but there are a few that continue to bloom - Snapdragons and 2 species of Gaillardia Blanket Flower. The Blanket Flower is attraching a few butterflies that are still around. I have seen Painted Lady, American Lady and a Red Admiral in the past few days.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Quilting for Wrap-A-Smile is my preferred charity project that I have worked with for years. I am a member of an online quilting group called Sunshine Quilters. Every second Sunday of each month we have a quilting bee where we work together on quilting projects. Now we aren't really together as we are all in our own homes which are spread throughout the States but we are all together in spirit as we sew for the children. This month I did some first Sunday quilting by quilting 2 tops I had pieced in October. They are pictured here. The first features frogs and the second features skateboards. These quilts would be especially good for a little boy.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Today I went over to the Point to bird. I have been hoping to see some Crossbills up close. I have seen them several times along the dunes but never close enough to get a good look. Today was no exception as the Crossbills were up too high to get a decent look. While I was along the dunes I saw several butterflies - 2 Monarchs and a Painted Lady. Then I heard that there was a Barred Owl along the path in the State Park so over I went to see if the owl was still around. Success - it's a lifer for me and only my second owl. My first owl observed in 2010 was a Great Horned Owl sitting on nest with 2 Owelets also at the State Park.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Today's adventure was to look for Purple Sandpipers on the Second Street jetty and Crossbills anywhere along the dunes of the Point. No success on either of those birds but did have a large flock of Red-breasted Nuthatches feeding along the dunes by St Mary's along with a single Monarch. Also saw some Dark-eyed Junco's feeding along the dunes plus kettles of vultures overhead. On the Alexandria Street beach were
some Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones.