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Worth the Wait

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I bought this plant 8 years ago. I was babysitting my newborn grandson in my daughter's home. New babies nap a lot and Grandma sometimes watches the home shopping channels. Spring fever got the best of me and I bought some plants from QVC, including a Clivia lily. It looked pretty on t.v. (who doesn't?) and promised to bloom in low light. Perfect for me, as I haven't lived in a home with good light for plants in 20 years. I may not have read the instructions that came in the shipping box. Actually, I may have thrown them away. Silly me. "I can grow a stupid lily plant." In my defense, the "plant" consisted of a couple of tubers with two strappy leaves each. Even with the best of care, those little things wouldn't have bloomed for years. "A Way to Garden" is a podcast that I faithfully listen to. Margaret Roach gives excellent advice to gardeners. If she's not expert in a particular subject, Margaret seeks the advice of someone who is …

Keep Busy - Keep Warm

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What do you do when the snow flies and there's no sight of Spring? Re-start a long abandoned craft (like cross stitch) and knit a hat with a giant pompom. I'm not normally a hat-wearer but the pompoms this year really got me. This one is a 6" faux fur by FFFabuknits on Etsy. Go big or go home. The hat is a free pattern on Ravelry called "Squarshy Hat". I made a few changes to the pattern. I made it larger for my enormous head and a little longer so I could fold the brim up. this would be perfect project for a novice knitter who can knit and purl since the only design element is a slip stitch and the decreases are a knit two together. C'mon. You know you want a hat like this!


Healthy Goal!

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I can lose 10 pounds by Spring. It's all water anyway!.

Happy Thanksgiving

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My first wool applique piece is finished and I'm very pleased with it. It was a kit that I bought from "Connecting Threads". Everything was included except for the pearl cotton. I'm going to start a piece for Christmas from a Rebekah L. Smith pattern next. Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving from our home to yours.

Golden Days

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The days here in Connecticut are still warm but the nights have cooled. We can still hear the peepers but the night time rhythm of the cicadas has slowed as the temperatures have dropped. Afternoon light has taken on a golden hue. The figs have turned pink on their way to burgundy red. Tomatoes are ripening more slowly and they are warm gold and sweet as honey. I'm working on my first wool applique piece called "Be Thankful" designed by Little Bits by Joan. My son, daughter-in-law and two of my grandkids are at Disney World in Florida riding out Hurricane Irma. I will be extremely thankful when they're home safe and sound.





Willow's Waltz - Official Music Video - The Gothard Sisters

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Feeling the Heat

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The dog days of summer are here for the next few days. No rain in sight. No cool fronts coming. I'm turning the sprinkler on the back garden to try to keep everything green and juicy but it probably won't be enough by the end of the week. Things are either spilling over pots and beds with jubilant growth or passing out from the heat before I can get water on them. There seems to be no in-between. The trees around our little plot are in need of a good trim. Shrubs and perennials around the house that were in full sun when I planted them are suddenly in partial to full shade, or so it seems to me. Just when everything looks like it needs the most attention from me, I need to sit down with a cool drink and my knitting. I sound like I'm complaining but I'm actually reveling in what's left of the last two months of summer.