Cornucopia of things

I have to admit I go through a funk when the gardening season is over. I miss being outdoors every day, Β hands in the soil, and seeing bright colors.

Next week is the annual poinsettia open house at the UNH Greenhouse so I’ll enjoy that. We also have a tree trimming crew coming so maybe I’ll grab a chair and a blanket and sit outside and watch a maple come down and two oaks get trimmed. Wow – that’s desperate even for me. πŸ™‚

Winter has definitely arrived including cold temps, lots of wind, and some snow flurries. Matter of fact, if you are a skier, come on up this holiday weekend because the slopes are open and ready for business.

Technical issues arrived a couple of weeks ago in the form of a battery not holding a charge and then some other crazy things like a cursor that roams around the screen and saved passwords not working. Who knew when you need a new battery in your Mac that it is glued in because they’d prefer that you buy a new one rather than have it repaired. For the first time, the Apple Genius bar blew me off at an appointment so I am dealing with a small local computer repair store. The battery should be in next week and hopefully after a few hundred dollars, some solvent carefully applied, and a couple of days in service it will be working better.

I also switched from a Samsung Note to an iPhone, and I’ve definitely had some physical adjustments there as well. Which one do I like better? I’m not sure yet.

My grandson’s king sized quilt is finished, and he is happy with the end result which is what matters. I printed a replica of his gaming controller to use as a label.

Thank heavens I have a local long arm quilter who is quite reasonable because I would otherwise not tackle large projects like this. My granddaughter picked out a nice assortment of blue and purple material for me to work on a quilt top for her while I’m in SC.

I like Thanksgiving. It provides a special opportunity to says thanks for family, friends, and, of course, the blogging community.

We’ll have traditional dinner with our daughter and family and get the holiday season officially started with some serious, good eating.

Here’s wishing you and yours all the best in this upcoming holiday season, and if you are traveling this week be safe.Β πŸ¦ƒ

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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47 Responses to Cornucopia of things

  1. Dan Antion says:

    That quilt looks amazing, Judy. I can see how this is a tough transition for you. Hopefully the food and family will help ease the shock of temps in the twenties,

    I’m trying to squeeze a few more days of project time in before any serious bits of winter arrive.

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  2. KerryCan says:

    Poinsettias should cheer you up! And so will getting your technology fixed. I think you’ll end up loving your iPhone and the way it’ll work wth your Mac. I can’t remember life without mine! Have a wonderful, well-fed Thanksgiving, Judy!

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Wonderful quilt. I had to have a new battery once but the MacBook must have been under warranty because the geniuses did help! Frustrating when computers misbehave.

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    • I’ve had one or two replaced over the years, but it was an appointment, take it out, replace it, and we were on our way. This time, they didn’t even want me to leave it. Come back, leave it for three days, and we’ll fix it. Since it is a two-hour round trip drive, I decided to have it fixed locally. Glad yours wasn’t an issue. πŸ™‚


  4. Murphy's Law and says:

    That quilt is stupendous!! I hope your grandson knows what a treasure his grandma is. Can’t wait to see finished creation for your granddaughter…,she chose a beautiful color scheme.

    I think you need to volunteer a few hours a week at your local nursery….just to get some dirt under your fingernails!! Lol.

    Wishing you and Dennis a truly happy Thanksgiving. Let the younger ones do all the heavy lifting. Stay warm, be safe, and above all, save room for dessert! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  5. Brenda says:

    Tree trimming? That is truly desperate Judy! When are you going to South Carolina? Same area? Have a wonderful, delicious Thanksgiving. Just put your hands right in the stuffing to mix it up and you can pretend that you’re outside with your hands in the soil!

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  6. quilt32 says:

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

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  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes, it has hard to be indoors so much. Hope you enjoy that tree trimming. πŸ˜‰ Good luck with your computer problems. That label is an absolute hoot. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  8. pastpeter says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Judy. Enjoy the (relative) warmth of SC! I find the view of bare earth very disconcerting in November – even we β€œocean climate”people are now well frozen, and only the oaks hang on to their brown leaves. But all the house plants are in and are objects of care and appreciation, especially the orchids which today you can buy in any supermarket! Blessings on you and family for the holiday.

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    • You are so right about the oaks. They are covered in brown leaves, and all the maples are bare. I would normally be surrounded by plants I brought in for the winter, but that doesn’t work well when you are not going to be here. It was painful to put so many on the compost pile. Thank you for the good wishes because I wish you the same.

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  9. joey says:

    Even I look forward to the poinsettia sale, Judy, LOL Before your posts on it, I had no idea how many types there are!
    I must say, it looks bleak where the garden was. Bout time to rake the leaves over the beds. Took up the last of my carrots over the weekend. We have a lot of evergreens, thank goodness, and yesterday morning, one of the ground morning glories opened. It’s tiny, just about the size of my thumbnail, but it was a lovely surprise.
    Love the quilt, hope you’ll share a photo of granddaughter’s too.
    Safe travels and bon appetit! πŸ™‚

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  10. joyroses13 says:

    Love poinsettia’s! Awesome quilt and I am sure your grandson is touched by the love that went into making it.
    Sorry about the technical issues, those things are always a hassle. Our kids keep telling my husband and I that we need to get a Iphone instead of our Samsung ones, but we are happy with ours. I probably would get too confused with a Iphone. LOL!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you! We leave tomorrow for Indiana, my husband’s family is out there. We always have a good time together. Just wish there wasn’t 8-9 hours in between our house and theirs!

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  11. Almost Iowa says:

    Harvest ended on Saturday and there is a large pile of books waiting on an end table by the fireplace. That is what God had in mind when he created winter. πŸ™‚

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  12. ortensia72 says:

    The quilt is amazing,I always wanted one.One day I ll made itπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰


  13. No serious winter here yet, Judy, although I’ve seen a snowflake here and there at times and would much prefer snow to rain. I spent a lot of time walking while in Philly, although not what I think of as outdoor time. πŸ™‚ I need to get out and clean up the garden once my cold is finally gone, hopefully soon. It will be just the two of us this Thanksgiving and we’ll be thankful to just have a day to rest and get over colds (on my part) and a sinus infection (on my husband’s.) We are, nonetheless, extremely thankful for our many blessings and I for my blogging friends. Enjoy!


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    • Oh no – a cold and a sinus infection = two folks who need some take out. Hope you both get to feeling better. Enjoy your day under a nice warm quilt with a warm drink in hand. πŸ™‚

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      • I’ve been making lots of “tea” (herbal tisanes, nothing with caffeine for the most part). Rooibos is good, with all its antioxidants and I have one that also has rose hips, so vitamin C. The warm liquid is so useful, too. I also have plenty books, so after a few errands shortly, I can stay home to sip and read. My husband has to work, but as it’s from home, he can at least nap when there’s a break or play his PlayStation game. πŸ™‚

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  14. We have no local Apple store in this part of Massachusetts. The nearest one is in Framingham, 40 miles away. The one and only time we went there was when we got iPhones — they were freebies from AT&T — and they didn’t make any sense. After they were explained, they still didn’t make sense.

    I lost a batter in one of our old laptops, but I never go to Dell for repairs. Unless I have an active warranty, the local guy is faster, cheaper, and will find time for me in a couple of days … and he will come HERE. These local computer fix-it guys are great!

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  15. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but seeing everyone’s posts about it is a timely reminder to be grateful for the small things in life. Your grandson’s quilt is a beauty. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it over winter.

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  16. Lovely quilt! I’m sure it will become a well-loved family keepsake over the years. We are having a very warm Thanksgiving week here. Shorts and t-shirt weather. It’s nice, but I would like to wear my sweaters at some point this winter. I guess I did my seasonal closet switch a little too early.

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  17. germac4 says:

    Sitting by a tree with a blanket watching tree lopping sure is desperate Judy, definitely time to head for the warmer weather of SC! Love the quilt for your grandson, and good luck with the computer, and most of all, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, with lots of good food and good company.

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  18. Oddment says:

    I confess I laughed out loud when I pictured you wrapped in a blanket watching tree-trimmers. Kind of like tail-gating but for forlorn gardeners. Don’t forget the hot toddy. It sounds as though you’ve had more than enough hassles to go with gardener’s funk, and I have no idea how you managed to create that magnificent quilt despite it all. As always, I am in awe of your sewing skills. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  19. Dawn says:

    Often I am ready for the gardening season to end, but this year felt different. It was such a great year of changes in my garden that I was sad to see it end. Let’s look ahead to next year, Judy! In the meantime, you will have lots of time for quilting and I will have time for papercrafting. We are blessed to have passions that fill our hearts throughout the year! Your newest quilt is another family treasure, Judy! May your blessings be plentiful throughout the season! β™‘

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  20. A king sized quilt that you just casually mention πŸ™‚ WOW! πŸ™‚

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  21. Joyce says:

    LOVE your quilt and the hay bale turkey! Both are cozy symbols of fall. Once the excitement of the holidays is over, you’ll be gliding into the sun for another long stretch of time and there will be other good things to help you deal with the gardening crisis! You are a woman of multiple talents and interests!

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  22. Rose says:

    I was hoping you would show a pic of the quilt you were binding. I like the quilting on it, too. I hope at a later day you will post what you feel about the switch to IPhone…I won’t be switching or anything, just wondering how you feel about it.

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  23. pommepal says:

    Unfortunately we live in a throw away society these days, I can remember when you could buy replacement elements for jugs and most things including cars could be repaired by an enthusiastic amateur. I was pleased you found someone to fix your computer, way to expensive to throw away and replace as, of course, Apple want you to

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    • I remember when my husband fixed our cars, but then along came the electronics and you had to have the diagnostic equipment to repair a car. πŸ™‚ It took four days to get my computer back, but it is up and running thanks to the local computer shop. Not many of them left because everyone just throws them out.


      • pommepal says:

        My Ipad started playing up yesterday so today I am going to the Apple shop, hopefully they can “resuscitate” it. Things have built in obsolescence and a “use-by” date these days

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  24. reocochran says:

    What?! The Mac battery thingy is crazy and not very customer friendly! The design on your grandson’s quilt is really special, Judy. 😊 πŸ€—
    Hope you have fun making your granddaughter’s quilt of blue and purple, Just.

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