Busy as a bee

Well, not quite that busy, but I am fairly busy. πŸ™‚

Last week, I had a MG meeting and a dinner with MGs from a couple of NY counties who were visiting NH. We had some great conversations, and I even spent a few minutes with some folks who went to the same high school I did which resulted in a lot of chuckles.

Today, I’m delivering those 141 daylilies for over wintering. How many pots of daylilies can one load into the bed of a Nissan Frontier? How about 101 in the bed, and the remaining 40 are inside on some plastic. I will be glad to hand these off.

Tomorrow, I’m headed to a Great Bay workshop to discuss the challenges and future of the Bay and then a pruning workshop on Thursday. In between, I’ve been working on some gardening projects and going through my fall list of gardening chores at home.

Everywhere I go, I see bees, lots of chubby bees buzzing all around but not bothering anyone.

Yesterday while loading the plants, we did notice a fence panel with broken brackets so we took it down, replaced all four plastic brackets with metal ones and put it back up. In between the cross rail, there was a paper wasp nest that had to be removed. They were fairly lethargic so that was a good thing.

After such a cool wet spring, our tomatoes are just now coming in full force, and we’re hoping to eat them all before the first frost.

I’ve also been doing a little sewing, notice I said, ‘little.’ I’m not in the sewing groove yet, but I wanted a small bag to carry my phone and a couple of things in on this Great Bay walk we’re doing so I looked through my options on Pinterest. I found the size I wanted and decided to just make one without a pattern. Then because I live in jeans, I took an old pair of capris and cut them up to use for fabric. It came out pretty good for being lightweight and walking in the pucker brush.

Hope you have a good second week in September whether you’re outside or inside, and remember the fall apple crop is coming in so stop by a local farm stand and pick some up. I stopped by Tecce Farm Stand in Durham last week and got a small bag of apples, and while I was there some cinnamon bread and blueberry crisp jumped into my bag as well. I’m happy to report, they were all delicious. I’ll be back there on Thursday for a refill. 🍎

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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60 Responses to Busy as a bee

  1. Whew! You are busy! Love the bag you made from old jeans!

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  2. Oddment says:

    YOU not busy as a bee? You must think we don’t know you! I can’t even read about all you are doing (always) without reaching for the Geritol. Your photos are so beautiful! How I miss my zinnias! As I plan for next year’s garden, I’m going to be looking for every disgusting thing I can spray on plants to keep the rabbits at bay. And, speaking of bays, what a charming custom-carry you made for your Great Bay walk! I think you need to make another one to carry an emergency piece of pie. Apple now, of course.

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  3. Yes, you have been as busy as a bee. You must have been quite the Flash in your younger days. πŸ˜‰ That bag is utterly adorable! And to think you made it from an old pair of capris. Finally, let’s hear it for jumping desserts!

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Sounds like you’re BUSIER than a bee! 🐝🐝🐝

    Good idea to repurpose the capris to make the little bag. I have a feeling it will become an item you will use over and over.

    Yikes! Good thing you have the truck to transport all those daylilies to SOMEPLACE ELSE!

    Flowers are just beautiful, but especially the bee.

    Have a great week.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  5. Athira says:

    Nicee… :)πŸ‘

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful flowers. Great repurposing of jeansβ€”looks nice and ever so practical. Enjoy your week.

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    You do more in a week than I manage in a good month! You inspire as does your photo of flower with bee. So cool. Oh to be a bee…

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  8. pastpeter says:

    Lovely blooms still! And a great piece of needlework!

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  9. The bees and flowers are just lovely! You have been busy! I like your little pouch. Did you put a zipper on top to keep your phone and keys secure? It has more pockets than my expensive little pouch!

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    • If you could have been here while I was doing this you would have really had a laugh. I put the zipper in the front, then attached a pocket and decided I’d cut off one of the belt loops to keep the pocket closed because that is where I’m going to put my phone. Then I decided to cut one of the back pockets off the pants and put it on the back of the pouch. Then I decided I should line it which I did and was able to surge it so I didn’t spend time finishing the seams. I pieced the fabric to make the straps but kept the bottom part that had the hem and yellow thread. It really was pretty funny, but I think it will be fine when I don’t want to carry a regular purse like tomorrow at Great Bay. πŸ™‚

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      • I hope it works perfectly! I would not have been laughing I’m sure. I’ve told you how bad I am at sewing. I would have ripped out stitches and sewn it backwards a time or two before getting it right.
        I suspect you’re pretty good at it even sans a pattern! Let me know how it works out please!

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  10. Joyce says:

    Love your handy little purse thingie! – especially how it incorporates the ready made pocket detail!
    My thoughts about your energetic activity are often the exact ones of “Oddment” – I’m tired just reading what you zip through the day doing! And on top of it all, there’s your community and charitable contributions as well. A life well lived!
    Also, over the past week, seeing the storm activity, I thought of you and wondered if your winter oasis was affected by Dorian? I hope not. A fellow grandma posted a meme this AM about how, in the midst of world chaos, we should just focus on what’s in front of us instead of taking on the whole planet, worrying. I think you’re a fine example of that – and for your readers, coming here to admire and relax, chuckle once in awhile, and soak in the peace and beauty of abundant bumbling bees (both human and insect!) are moments well spent in that pursuit!

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    • You are too nice. I totally agree with the fellow grandma’s theory on focusing on each day. Each day is a gift, and we get to choose – troll the net for people railing about something or be part of the blogging community, putter in our gardens, create artwork for our grandkids, quilt, read, play music, eat dessert, and anything else that makes us happy. Yes, we need to be informed, and we need to vote, but, my psyche can’t stand the constant roar. So, hang tough and don’t let anything get in the way of enjoying those beautiful and handsome grandkids. May you and the grands continue to rock the fun learning scale. πŸ™‚


  11. Dan Antion says:

    Wow, you are busy, Judy. We have been finding bees on the remaining blossoms. It is always good to see them. I’m impressed with your phone pouch. I bet you get asked where you got it.

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  12. Judy, I’m impressed that you added a zipper. I have made those before (same reason), but I take the easy way out and make a fold over top with a Velcro snap. Love the busy bee photos.

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  13. You made a great job of the purse. Very impressive indeed. πŸ‘πŸ»

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  14. Joanne Sisco says:

    You do like to keep your hands full! I imagine you happily buzzing about with all your various projects. Well done!

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Clever you, Judy, that repurposed bag looks great. You could sell them on Etsy. πŸ™‚
    Fall is almost as busy in the garden as spring. Trying to get a jump on next year is probably futile, but I try anyway. πŸ˜‰

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  16. Marilyn says:

    Sounds to me you need a rest. Too bad you can’t come to MI next week.

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  17. germac4 says:

    What a busy time! You sure do get a lot done in a couple of weeks! It seems you have to work a lot harder in the garden than we do during the change of seasons. I love your little bag for your phone … hope you can get some apple pie in there for your walk! πŸ˜€πŸŒž

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  18. I may be demoralized, but I am really yearning for another orchid. I can’t seem to do much with the outside. It has a life of its own. But inside, I can do more and at least I have some control. And soon, the birds and (horrors) the squirrels will return. My favorite comment of last season was someone who said “Oh, look! You have a bird in your squirrel feeder!”

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  19. You are very clever to stitch that cute little bag from a pair of jeans.

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  20. I really like that little bag that you made.

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  21. KerryCan says:

    I love apple season–we had Lodi and Pristines already and one of the orchards already has their own HoneyCrisp. And then there are those beloved cider donuts . . . . I am very impressed with your small purse!

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  22. Love that bag! Super cute and re-purposed – it doesn’t get better than that.

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  23. The bees are still busy around here as well. I could really use a pruning workshop – was it helpful? I will look for one.

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    • Good instructor, nice folks, and terrific conversations for an hour and a half. We discussed pruning per the plant/shrub/tree or pruning to your garden design, and where to make the cut for either choice. I came away with the thought that you prune as you want if you make good cuts at the right time of year. They’re having another one in March, but I won’t be here. I did take my handy dandy battery operated Craftsman saw, and I was told to ‘start my engine’ several times. πŸ™‚


  24. Rose says:

    You are so busy and get so much doe. I will tell you something funny…for a good while now I have disliked jean purses, and all of a sudden, I am wanting to make one for myself. I would sort of like to make one like you did…for my cell phone and not much else. But I also wouldn’t mind a bigger purse. No matter where I look I cannot find a purse I really like. I always just make do.

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    • I don’t like changing purses all the time so I stick with one until it’s time to move on. This little purse works well with my wallet, a couple of things, and my phone. I’m thinking about sewing the button on the loop and then putting velcro to close it. Buttoning and unbuttoning to get the phone is kind of annoying. I always sew a metal ring in the lining so I can hook my car keys to it. It keeps me from leaving or losing them. πŸ™‚


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