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4th of July 2018

A quiet day with just the 2 of us.  Mostly a regular work day here at home.

A favorite supper of his: sloppy joes and mac & cheese in the Instant Pot. Easy for me.

 

One of my double petunia plants.  Some blooms on the same plant are more white and some more purple.

Yearly photo of how tall the corn is on the 4th of July!


He is more than pleased that he had tassels on corn on June 30th!  The first he remembers seeing them appear in June!

 

Amazing clouds that evening!

Finally the clouds started to empty and we got a bit that day.

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June Flowers

June 2018
As the month went on, here are my flowers.

Double clematis — a sweet friend that moved cross-country gave me this cone-shaped trellis with branches and birds.  I bought a double clematis last year for it.  This is the first year for blooms!  The stems on the clematis are so fine; less than a pencil lead.  I’m glad it survived the winter.

 

My striped iris are at the front porch. The leaves are striped.  I need to divide these after blooming.


White poppies at the front of the house.  Love them when they bloom.  They are ugly the rest of the summer.  Advice?

 

My old familiar clematis in dark purple.  I see this out my kitchen window.  Last summer it got in an accident with the weed whip! 😦  I’m thankful it came back!!

 

I have cheap trellis!!


Last year MIL gave us a double hollyhock plant.  I keep this one and one other that grows between the basement windows but pull the others.  Oh my word… weeds!

This one gets tall enough to peek in the kitchen window.  Takes me a few days to get used to it when I catch it in my peripheral vision!

Last year’s after-Easter sale on lilies!  I planted them and am THRILLED they came forth with blooms!!  (over my birthday, too!) I think they multiplied over the winter.  Yummy!! I put more out this year in another area.

 

Double Nickels 2018

June 2018

My double-nickel birthday year!  I started this jar of nickels on January 1st and besides several from the change bucket, not many more have been added from our pockets.

Before my birthday….

after my birthday!

Phil added 8 rolls of nickels for on my birthday!  He finds the funding of my own personal charity quite odd & funny!  I just thought it would be something fun.  I also got 2 (double nickels!) in Miss K’s birthday card.  🙂  No one that has visited has added to this but one has asked about it.

Supper out at my favorite – The Stone Eagle

New Orleans pizza – shrimp and hot sausage, plus onions & peppers. Yum!!

 

 

A free 5-piece serving of fresh beignets because she thought we waited a long time for my pizza. I didn’t think so but these were so yummy!!

 

But I had already want to stop at Portillo’s after supper to try their oh-so-famous chocolate cake. I brought over half of this home!! And I can make a better chocolate cake than that!  I won’t need to try that again.

 

The next night, I tried out my new microwave popcorn bowl from Miss K!  It is fantastic!! You need one of these!

It was hot & sunny which I love.
I got several cards.
A fun day!!

Have you earned your double-nickel birthday?

Wet Weekend

June 10 – boy this is outdated now!

Just what our crops needed!!  We had loud storms both Friday and Saturday nights while we slept or tried to sleep.

Total rainfall for us was 5.66″.  Which really is a bit much in just 2 days!!  With the ground fully saturated on Saturday, when the next storm came hard and fast, we had a lot of run-off and many areas saw flooding.  We don’t flood but did take a walk Sunday afternoon to see how high the water was during the night.  It quickly drains from here.

Pleased to see no hail damage!

This is normally a dry waterway but you can see how much water rushed through at the peak by the flattened grasses.

 


Only a small amount of our soybeans were under water for a bit.

Last summer, the state tried to strengthen the bridge by adding huge boulders to the other side to help the washing.  Several boulders floated through with this to our side!!  Shocking as they are like 18″ rocks!

 

June 10 and the corn is up to his waist.  (On June 12, it was up to his chest!)

 

Our usual creek area.  In a normal summer, it is a bit of a trickle at this point.  All this flattened grass is from the force of the water rushing through.

 

Ok, it was HIGH at some point!!  Over 6′ higher than normal.

This was early afternoon after the nighttime storm.  The creek is still higher and faster than normal.  Thankful for our safety and no water damage.

Chicago IQF 2018

I was glad I had the day to go to the International Quilt Festival in the Chicago area this year.  It isn’t a huge show so I just went for the day.  I was there from 10 – 3:30 and was satisfied I had visited any vendors I wanted and saw the quilts.

Here are 3 quilts I liked.  I can’t post all that I like so just chose these.

I love house quilts! This one was paper-pieced.  Lovely work and I like how she quilted it.

 

 

Beautiful quilting!

And this goes with the several Four Seasons quilts I have floating in my head as well as more houses.

Thought I’d just write simple with today.  We had freezing rain and rain most of the day.  Off and on; mist and steady times.  This evening it has changed to snow pellets.  Not much total accumulation is expected.

I worked this morning on what will probably be a multi-year project for me.  Mostly hand applique with my hand-dyed fabric so far but eclectic mix of fabrics for leaves, etc later.  The last few days I turned under edges and prepped the trees.

The color of the sky and the trees was weird on this photo so I just made it black & white.  But you see the pressing under the edges of the trunk and branches.

Today I redid some pieces and arranged on the background of the whole tree oval and the sky.  The trees are arranged and basted down but not stitched.  Reverse applique of some leaves is next on the project.

Christmas Quilt

I bought this cloth book in a kit to make the quilt several years ago.  Finally, I was tired of waiting on myself to have it done at Christmas  so I made it!  I had the 2017 quilts finished for customers and the 2017 books caught up for The Farmer.  Time to quilt for me!

Since it was first printed to be a child’s cloth book, I cut apart each page to use as a block in the quilt.  The kit included fabric to make the pages all the same size.  I quilted around the animals and the first line of story on each page.

The border quilting was a fast double scallop and loops (ornaments) and the small decorative blocks in the quilt design had a freehand loop and leaf depending on which way I was moving at the time so they go different directions.

 

The last page tells of the animals welcoming the baby Jesus, The Great “I AM”.  Also the name of the fabric line.  A quilt shop in SD put the kit together to create the quilt from the book.  When I bought this at a quilt show, they said it was their last kit.

Since I had the binding on but not wrapped by Christmas I finished the hand-sewing the week following Christmas and plan to keep the quilt out all winter.  Someday a little one might come visit me and we can read the story while keeping our laps warm.

My first time to use a corner and fast label!