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Wordless Wednesday – Showers bring flowers

April 23, 2014

Daffy

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Easter and Gardening

April 21, 2014

Here’s hoping you had a nice Easter weekend with plenty of good food including a few exceptional sweets.

We have a small family, but my daughter and son-in-law are both terrific cooks, so the food is always delicious from entrée to dessert and yesterday was no exception.

To add to the celebration, I saw a cute Spring Bunny on the web and spent some time creating a similar one for my daughter. It does require a chuckle that the original post said it would take a couple of hours, and I worked on and off for five days to finish it up. One day I fussy cut a binding, put it on, didn’t like how it looked, took it off, cut another and put that on. It is also my absolute first try at free motion quilting and appliqué, and there is no where for me to go but up. :-)

Bunny

Now that I’ve eaten more than I should have but enjoyed every morsel, I really need to get back to gardening so I can work a few carbs off. The perennial beds have all been raked with the exception of one which is on my to-do-list for Tuesday.

Outside, everything is starting to poke through including:

OutdoorCollage

Inside, the seedlings are doing well and have transitioned from soilless mix to potting soil including:

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Today I’m going to put some metal frames up with plastic over the raised beds so they can start to warm up. We’re down to weeks now instead of months before planting in the ground, and that is a really good thing.

How’s your gardening or quilting going?

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – On Top

April 18, 2014

kite

There is nothing like watching my granddaughter fly a kite at Hampton Beach.  Here’s hoping your weekend is over the top. :-)

Check here to see other posts that are “On Top.”

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Memories

April 17, 2014

Susan Adcox, a blogging friend and fellow grandmother, writes weekly posts as the Guide to Grandparents on About. com on a wide range of topics affecting todays grandparents.

Recently, Susan wrote a wonderful book, Stories from my Grandparent – an Heirloom Journal, for recording memories for your grandchildren.

This book has a hard cover and inside there are easy to handle spiral pages with thought-provoking questions covering topics from early childhood to what’s on a grandparent’s bucket list.

Many of the pages also include an opportunity to attach a photo to go along with and enhance the memory.

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This book of memories can be handed down to grandchildren providing a wonderful view of  life as their grandparents experienced it. If you’ve ever thought about making some notes about your life, this gives you an organized opportunity to do just that.

If you are interested in purchasing one for yourself or as a gift, you can find it at Family Tree or Amazon. It would be a good investment for your grandchildren. Don’t you wish you had one from your grandparents?  :-)

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Wordless Wednesday – First Barn Quilt

April 9, 2014

Barn Quilt

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Gardening update

April 7, 2014

It’s gardening season even if I do have some huge piles of compacted snow on the ground. :-)

Snow

For three days  last week I shoveled snow and chopped ice off five 4′x8′ raised beds.

There was about 6″ of snow to move and underneath was a slab of ice 3″ thick to chop and pitch. Now, as we get some warm days the soil will be able to absorb the heat. One bed will need a little repair because the ice apparently pushed a corner apart.

After getting the beds uncovered, I planted some seeds - three types of tomatoes, two cucumbers, lettuce, sweet peppers, Marigolds, Columbine, Alyssum, Coleus, and Geraniums. I’ve never seen Geranium seeds before so thought I’d give them a try.

I had some seeds up in two days and at five days they were really looking good. We’ve been using  silver emergency blankets to contain the light and heat for three years now and are amazed every year at what a difference it makes.

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Since the raised beds are clear and the seeds are growing, the next project is removing the leaves from all the perennial beds of which there are many, maybe too many for a woman of vintage years. :-)

Today I start off the week with a meeting about our Master Gardener plant sale in May. It’s always good to be organized, but we’re all hoping our perennials will be up and we’ll be able to divide them before the sale.  :-)

Are you actually gardening yet or are you still in the planning stage?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

April 4, 2014
London Underground

The London Underground posts Mind The Gap in the tiled floor at stops. Great system. If visiting London, give it a try to get around the city.  😊

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