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If you blog, the blinking cursor is a reminder that trying to come up with something to write about during this pandemic is a real challenge. It’s a taunt. Hey, lady, can you come up with some words so I stop blinking. πŸ™‚

The most important thing that happened last week was that we got rain on several days, and we sure needed and appreciated every drop.

I did finish my pinwheel wall hanging for the porch. I saw some pinwheel blocks on Pinterest and decide to give it a try. It reminds me of my youth and simpler times.

I gardened, sewed, read two Joseph Finder books, but I found myself touching up trim paint for something to do. Yeah, I’ve gone through the usual list of things to do and am really reaching.

One thing we’re doing every day is picking raspberries.Β  We’re getting one to two pints per day. Good eating and freezing.

The hydrangea, hosta, day lilies, and even the Yukon Gold potatoes are all starting to bloom, and the pollinators appreciate that.

Any gardener who works with perennials knows that at certain times you have too many plants. When I have extra plants, I take them to the edge of the property and plant them.

They’re on their own out there, but in most cases they survive. When I was dumping some weeds I noticed this native day lily peeking up through a pine tree. I had to stop and admire its tenacity. You go girl!

Of course, traipsing around in the pucker brush trimming nasty thorny locust trees, dumping weeds, and pulling Virginia Creeper and Oriental Bittersweet does have its issues because now I’m dealing with some poison ivy on my leg. Oh well, a hazard of gardening.

This week is starting off with a trip this morning to the library to pick up a book. A real trip where I walk in one door, mask on, pick up my book, and exit through another door. Who knew a trip to the library could be such an event. After that, I do have to visit a big box store to replenish some supplies, and that I’m not looking forward to because a lot of folks will not be wearing masks.

So, off we go into the second week of July. You won’t find me at a bar, restaurant, movie theatre, or political rally, but I am working on getting a hair cut and a battery put in a computer. You will find me hanging around home still looking forward to the day I can hug my grandkids even if they are young adults and don’t need that hug near as much as I do. πŸ™‚

Stay well out there. ❀️

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  1. carolee says:

    When this whole thing started, I thought to myself that I’d finally get those kitchen cupboards cleaned and the closets sorted out, but here we are months later and none of that has been done. I just work in the garden from dawn to dusk, because it is the only place where my mind doesn’t wander to more dire things. I haven’t even read a book, because I can’t seem to stay focused! But, like you, most of all I miss the hugs of friends and family, and sharing food and time with those I love. Love your photos.

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    • You are so right about working outside, listening to the birds, watching the pollinators, pulling weeds, admiring the flowers – it’s mentally therapeutic. But, I’ve actually run out of weeds to pull, and that is something I thought I’d never say. πŸ™‚ Stay well.

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  2. Murphy's Law says:

    Love, love, love the pinwheel wall hanging. Immediately brought me back to my own youth when life was definitely simpler! Your plants are doing fabulous. Sounds like your freezer is holding a lot of potential raspberry desserts! Lol.

    Apparently I can now drop off my book at the library, but library itself is still not open! 😒 Still can’t go inside our bank either.

    Yes, it will be thrilling to be able to hug people again, even a total stranger! πŸ˜‚

    Stay safe my friend. It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings, and she seems to have lost her voice!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • Yes, remember when a pinwheel was exciting – those were the days. πŸ™‚ Bank lobbies haven’t been open here since this started. Dropping off a book is a start at least so they can then quarantine it. They pull the books out of the drop box here and hold them in a separate space for three days before moving them back into circulation. You are right on – that fat lady has lost her voice right now. Stay well, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed your library starts to open up.

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  3. Donna says:

    I think everyone is feeling the same!! But we are safe and so far healthy. That has to count for something!!!

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  4. Oddment says:

    What a wonderful post! You help me believe in the power of the daily, and for that I thank you. Beautiful, bright images. You showed that cursor!

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    • Just so you aren’t wondering – that writing muse you’ve been trying to find definitely didn’t stop here, but I’ll keep my eye out just in case. πŸ™‚

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      • Oddment says:

        Maybe she didn’t stop there, but she sure touched down! Your post today certainly speaks to many, both in word and in image.

        I forgot before to send my sympathy on the poison ivy! My left hand is itching by way of gardener empathy.

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  5. Judy, I feel your pain regarding the blinking cursor. The heart of my blog is travel and photography which isn’t happening so I grasp at straws to keep it going. I like reading about your garden, sewing projects, and life in general in NH. I think the important thing right now is to continue sharing and stay connected. Who would have thought that our blogging communities would become such a wonderful support group! Stay safe and keep sharing.

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  6. Judy, I’m right there with you missing hugging my grandkids! Even my newly licensed driver 16 year old will get a huge hug from Nana when we can see them again! As for getting rid of vines, we have Virginia Creeper here, too. The worst one though is smilax. I have let it get out of control in a couple of beds. I’ve made some progress but will have to wait until it cools off some to really get rid of it.

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    • Wouldn’t a hug just be the best medicine for each and every one of us? It brings tears to my eyes at what a small thing could do to boost all of us to get through a few more weeks of this isolation. ❀️ A weed I don’t have – wow. I looked it up, and it looks as nasty as our Oriental Bittersweet only with thorns. The Bittersweet vine looks very similar and it wraps around things, turns woody, and just chokes them out. Trying to get rid of it is a major undertaking. I don’t envision ever getting rid of it, but I keep pushing it back a foot or two and have to be satisfied with that. If only, I was younger, I might be able to push a little harder. πŸ™‚

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  7. Dan Antion says:

    I think we all need hugs, and I think they will be welcome.

    I’m sorry to hear about the poison ivy. I hope it doesn’t bother you too much. Getting rid of the vines is a challenge. On the one hand, it’s remarkable how fast and far they can climb. On the other, it’s depressing how much work it is to get rid of them and how often that work has to be done.

    The pinwheel wall hanging looks wonderful. It also looks like a lot of planning and precise work was required – good job!

    I hope you have a great week, Judy. Be careful in the big-box. I try to go as early as I can.

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    • It is truly fascinating how fast and big invasive plants grow in comparison to those you tend in your garden beds. Mother Nature must have some type of steroids she feeding them. πŸ™‚ I didn’t go as early as I should have but I’ve become a speed demon with a list organized by location. All that came to a screeching halt though when I realized they had wound self-check out all around two other closed checkout lanes to keep the line out of the aisle. Ugh. I was sure glad I bought two of everything so I don’t need to go back for several weeks. Shopping is not fun, it is just something that has to be done. Shame, I kind of liked walking the aisles just looking and getting a few extra steps. πŸ™‚

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      • Dan Antion says:

        Shopping has become an interesting challenge. I’m glad you escaped with the things you need and that you’re set for a while.

        This weekend, I hacked a six-foot long bundle of Bittersweet that had come from our neighbor’s yard and grabbed one of our lilacs. He’s 94 and can’t take care of the yard. I think plans are in place for his son to deal with it. I hope so.

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  8. It’s hard, but we are all doing what we can to keep some joy going in our lives. I take my oatmeal and coffee outside and eat breakfast with the birds. That is one little strategy that helps me start the day out on a positive not. Love the quilt! Pinwheels is one of my favorite designs. I’m working on a weathervane pattern and I hope the squares are not ready to put together until fall, don’t want to sit around with all that weight on me!

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  9. I ran into some poison ivy on my property last week. I sprayed it and prayed I would get it. So far I’m good. Maybe 15 years ago, I bought a lily of the valley plant. Now I’m inundated with them and they are creeping where they don’t belong. I’ve found out they are hard to get rid of. Lesson learned. I used to have raspberries. Loved them. They attracted Japanese beetles but I managed that. After they were in for about 10 years the deer found them. For three years I got none! Out came the bushes. I’m not gardening for the deer. If they want stuff they should weed and mulch! Miss them (the raspberries, not the deer!).

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    • I’ve had some really, really bad run ins with poison ivy, but this case isn’t bad. I’ve kept it from spreading which is a good thing. I’ve pulled out ten times as many lily of the valley plants this year alone than I ever planted. They are everywhere. We have deer but knock on wood they haven’t eaten them, yet. I’m with you – I don’t garden for the rodents, hence no tulips in the ground, or for deer. Too darn much time, trouble, and expense. There’s an entire woodland behind me they are welcome to browse. πŸ™‚

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  10. Marilyn says:

    You bring joy To my day when I read your blog. You have too much energy for me. I’ve done very little during this time except to exercise online. I have done some reading. Right now I’m dealing with a dripping faucet even though the water is shut off. I decided to collect the water to water my inside and outside plans. Why pay for water going down the drain and then go outside and turn the hose on to water. I’ve collected close to 40 gallons, Home Depot orange buckets. Of course this happened just as the holiday weekend started. Two different people were supposed to come on Friday but neither showed up. I am now waiting for another plumber. Let’s see what happens. Those buckets are heavy to haul from the back of the house to the front.

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    • But see, I admire your online exercising. Mutual admiration society, friend. πŸ™‚ That’s a lot of water. I applaud your recycling it, but boy I can imagine how heavy those buckets are. I hope today brought someone to fix it. The last time we needed a plumber, it was six weeks to the day we made the appointment. There is such a shortage of crafts people up here it is hard to describe. We sincerely hope at all times that nothing breaks that we can’t handle, but plumbing and electricity are normally outside our range. Take care and here’s hoping it gets fixed this week.

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  11. bikerchick57 says:

    Happy Monday, Judy! I understand the blinking cursor, although I think in my case it’s sometimes a matter of just being tired of the situation – not having the usual interaction and hugs, not being able to enjoy restaurants and stores as we did pre COVID and the negativity of politics and everything else going on in the country. At times it wears me down to a point where I simply don’t want to write.

    On a brighter note – daylilies. I planted daylilies in the in-laws yard when married and that was the one plant that grew and spread and had to be culled on occasion. I tried to find different spots for them, but sometimes they became compost in the woods. I love all of the varieties and I still miss being able to plant and weed and watch everything grow.

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    • I certainly agree with you with regard to be tired of the situation and all the accompanying ramifications. πŸ™‚ The blogging community is a great comfort so we all keep trying to write something to engage in conversation with our friends. I know you’re also working from home which probably has as many positives as challenges. Daylilies are tough and prolific. I hope the in-laws are still missing you when they see the blossoms. πŸ™‚

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  12. Another one of your beautiful quilts. You have such a touch. We order online from Target. Keeps out of those big box stores.

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  13. Almost Iowa says:

    Ooooo, that poison ivy can be bad, some people are very allergic to it.

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  14. Joyce says:

    Oh, I know! The “novelty” of this has started to wear off. All I need is delivered to me by adult kids or UPS, but I miss browsing for myself….like you once did at your library. I was able to get my hair cut and once in awhile we go to the kids’ for birthday parties….just us in attendance, one set of grandparents at a time. I kind of like the simplicity, though.
    Your pinwheel hanging is delightful….so “beachy” – bursting with summer! I’m still plugging away at my queen size pink rose quilt, but the end is in sight.
    We divide and transplant our beautiful hostas every fall. One particularly splendid one at the edge of the woods in front of the house was visited by deer a few days ago. Most leaves neatly scissored off, and not a tip or “thank you for your thoughtfulness” left behind! Thank goodness the majority of the plants are behind a picket style fence, although we’ve watched deer gracefully vault a wire barrier our award winning gardener neighbors erected to protect theirs! Those people are part of a Master Gardening Hosta Home Tour every year, so their loss is far more painful than ours! Oh well, “first world problems”….I’m trying to be grateful for what I have during these crazy times! (but it’s getting harder to do as this wears on!)

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    • You said it – it’s getting old. That’s one of the negatives for me – my already low patience quota is non existent now. πŸ™‚ The online grocery ordering is interesting but you have to set up the pickup several days in the future and then items either aren’t in the order or you have substitutes you don’t want. I ordered an item from Lowes that we need for a necessary DIY, and we’re now at day 27 in waiting with no end in sight. I guess that’s why I mask up, take plenty of sanitizer, and go do it myself. You guys are lucky that you have such a large support network and applause to your family for taking such good care of you. You must have raised those girls right. πŸ™‚

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    Your pinwheel wall hanging came out beautifully, Judy. I love the aqua tones.
    Sorry about your P.I. I hate the stuff. If I detect it before it blisters, I put jewelweed sap on it several times a day and that takes care of it. Once it blisters, nothing works except time. I was able to avoid a hit I took last week by using jewelweed. So glad I have lots of it in the woods. πŸ™‚
    Good luck on your venturing forth. Here masks are still mandated in public, which seems to be helping. I joke about NH’s motto “Live free or die” when it comes to masks and bike helmets: “Live free AND die.” Sorry, but it seems some have a stronger sense of self-preservation than others. πŸ˜‰

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    • I always learn something from you – jewelweed. I never knew about it and PI. Thank you. It’s been several years since I’ve gotten it and really thought I had a few bug bites in one area. Then it started to blister, and I realized those weren’t bug bites. I’ve been able to contain it to that one area for which I am grateful. πŸ™‚ I think lots of folks chuckle at ‘Live Free or Die’ because it can be taken literal with this flu and lack of helmets. It would be one thing if they were only impacting themselves, but in this case they put all the rest of us at risk as well. People are angry about a wide range of issues and although in my head I think to myself I wish that person had a mask on, I’m sure not going to voice my opinion. πŸ™‚

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  16. I’ve got that blinking cursor in my head all the time lately also. There’s not much happening, and the last thing I want to do is repeat my same thoughts again.

    Our library has a sign that says “No lingering, please. Ask for assistance if you can’t find what you’re looking for.” In other words, no browsing the shelves! Boy, talk about a taking all the fun out of going to the library. Stay safe… – Marty

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    • You bring up a good point because the Library has always been a safe and open place for everyone to browse amongst a wide variety of topics and leave with whatever makes them happy. Now, it’s look it up online, put a hold on it, pick it up, and leave. In and out as fast as you can. Not fun at all, but I did get my David Baldacci book which is always a good thing. πŸ™‚

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  17. I miss our library! We can pick up books from an outside table and – just today – can now return them, but we still can’t go inside. I’ve been taking advantage of the online ebook system but I really, really miss reading an actual book.

    I’ll happily trade some of our blueberries for some of your raspberries.

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    • That’s a trade I’d make easily because we’re picking 1-2 pints a day. πŸ™‚ We’ve been reading ebooks from their online system as well, but I’m with you – give me a real book with a recent publication date, and I’m a happy woman. I picked up a David Baldacci book yesterday, and I’ve been reading ever since with a smile on my face. πŸ™‚

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  18. germac4 says:

    You are getting so much done in a day! I love your pinwheel quilt, I have tried one of those and it was a complete disaster… I’m admiring of your talents. Also love your native day lily, you just can’t keep a good plant down, I found some irises growing under two big pots.πŸ‘Œ.we recently spent a wonderful week with our granddaughter…just as well we did as Melbourne has had a spike and back in Lockdown.

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    • I pulled up some pavers this spring, and my husband said ‘what’s that.’ It was hosta growing right under the pavers. Never underestimate the power of a perennial. πŸ™‚ Oh, I’m so glad you got to see your granddaughter, and it was definitely good timing. Now, you have good memories and probably some good photos to keep you company until the next visit which I hope is soon. πŸ™‚

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  19. I love the quilt/hanging, Judy, and the thought of all those raspberries makes my mouth water, even though we have some in the fridge, but from the store. Haven’t been to a real library in months and for someone who was often there twice a week, that’s saying something. Thanks goodness for e-books!!! Yanked up my tomatoes and parsley today as it’s simply too hot. I’ll try again in fall. The oregano is dong well, not sure so it the artichoke plant. Sigh.

    janet

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  20. Your pinwheels look beautiful. I love the colours. And how wonderful to be harvesting your own raspberries in such abundance. On Sunday I made your delicious apple shortbread bars again. They are so yummy and have become a favourite in our house. I hope your library and shopping visits went well, without too much contact with others. Hang in there and stay well.

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  21. Nancy says:

    Your pinwheel quilt is beautiful… you are quite talented! My Mom made one years ago. I wonder where that went?

    Gardening and kayaking… repeat for me.

    I’m still thrilled to see many people wearing masks when I go to the grocery store here in Pennsylvania! And ya know what… numbers are low here in our county because of that!

    Our flower gardens are happy but I had to get a sprinkler because we have not had any rain! We have peppers and tomatoes getting bigger! I wish we had raspberries like you… yum!

    Good luck on your out and about visits! And a hair cut… woo hoo!
    Happy Tuesday to you!

    I may get to see a friend and my sister outdoors today at a winery… we will be wearing our masks in between sips!

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  22. Ally Bean says:

    Your photos are lovely. Your garden is thriving by the look of it. Reading your post I had to smile because I’ve been toying with the idea of touching up trim paint around the house, but talked myself out of it because [get this] I want to save it for something to do in the fall. What has my life come to?

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  23. Karen says:

    I always loved the native day lilies even though I was told when we moved to New Hampshire that everyone called then ditch weeds. When they would get thick, I would dig them up, divide them and plant them at the edge of the woods that surrounded our orchard. They always added a pop of color to the shaded areas. I’m glad you finally got some beneficial rain.

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  24. Eilene Lyon says:

    Oh, I love that pinwheel hanging – so festive and a reminder of summer from childhood. Thank goodness for some gardening to do. I will work on some perennial beds a bit later.

    We actually got out for an 8-day camping trip here in western Colorado. Some towns, like ours, are very strict about masks. Others, not so much. Mostly we stayed in the forest.

    Since I don’t have much to say to the blinking cursor, I’m busy organizing, reviewing and abstracting all the research I’ve collected the past 4 or 5 years for my book. Hopefully it will prompt some new ideas.

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    • We spent many summer vacations in Colorado and have wonderful family in the Denver to Sterling area. Just the word, Colorado, brings a smile. πŸ™‚ I’m thinking this extra time we have might be well used to finish that book, and I applaud your efforts.

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  25. Brenda says:

    I love the thought of your discarded perennials creating a wild garden of their own. Wasn’t last week’s rain welcome? Everything here is exploding with growth now. Have you seen any monarchs down your way yet? We had more yellow swallowtails than I’ve seen this spring, but no sign of the monarchs at all–my milkweed is waiting.

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    • Oh, I could have done a happy dance when we got that rain. I haven’t seen one monarch anywhere. Last year, I had dozens of big chubby bumble bees almost every day and several monarchs for a couple of weeks. No bumble bees and no monarchs. It’s quite concerning.

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  26. Glad you got some rain. We did too, and it’s cooled off for now. I am in dire need of a haircut, but maybe I can convince Judy to give it a try.

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  27. Prior... says:

    The Pinwheels came out nicely (Have you heard of the pinwheels peace project each September?)
    that hearty lily is inspiring to see and what a good idea to put the extra plants on the perimeter – I have a few rose of Sharon starters that I might put on the edge too – hm

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    • Thank you for telling me about that so I could look it up. I put it on my calendar for September 12. πŸ™‚ I enjoy seeing the daylilies out on the perimeter, and I don’t worry about weeding them because that would be a never ending job bigger than this woman could handle. πŸ™‚ Stay well.

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      • Prior... says:

        hahah – yes – pick out battles and glad they can grow fine that way – reminds my gladiolas – so hearty!!
        happy to share pinwheels of peace with you – I need to remember this year – missed last year

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  28. joey says:

    I understand the blinking cursor, and the movement of plants, the reading, the quilting, and wanting to hug loved ones. That lily really did a wow πŸ™‚

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