It has been cold most of the week, rainy for the past couple of days, with just one warm day to go for a walk outside last Tuesday. We took more boxes of books to the sale site, then did a walk around the outside loop at Flat Rock Park. It was hard to find a spot to park that day, the warm day brought out a lot of folks to enjoy the trail. The loop is a one and a half mile walk, a good bit of exercise on flat ground. Back home, Oliver showed up on Friday after several days absence to get his squirrel size peanut butter sandwich.
Jack was here too, looking cute and begging for his share of the bounty.
My Sweet Babboo knew this was going to be a difficult few days, with my dental work procedure on Thursday. So, remembering a remark I made while watching a TV show on youtube, he found, downloaded and changed the ringtone on my flip style cell phone to this – MP3 Ringtone. It is the theme song for an insanely stupid show that I think is absolutely hilarious. He came down to the basement, handed me my phone, then called it with the landline. I was so surprised and just laughed out loud with delight. What a fun surprise!! The show is old, I used to watch this in the 90s, and I recently found some episodes on youtube. I’ll give a pdf pattern to the first person that can correctly identify the show in the comments, and therefore reveal themselves to be as nuts as I am. Now I can’t wait to be out at lunch with friends and for someone to call my cell, LOL!! I cannot imagine a better Valentine gift. He paid attention and did something to make me smile not only today, but every time I hear it. I had to give him a big hug, he is such a keeper.
I made chocolate pudding from scratch again, to eat after the procedure. Of course, one needs a treat at times like these. I used the recipe online at the Hershey website, using Special Dark cocoa (which is Dutch processed, a lot darker and more chocolatey).
On the longarm frame now, I’ve been working this week on a lovely and vibrant, rail fence quilt from a customer.
She chose a pansy pantograph that is the same shape as the flowers on the black background strip. I’m quilting it in a deep golden brown Glide, with Bottom Line in the bobbin.
The amaryllis came into full bloom, both flowers are open and gorgeous with velvety red color. For those who haven’t followed my blog for long, I’ve had this same bulb for 8 years.
Every summer it goes outside to soak up the sun, then I bring it in when the weather cools in the fall. It will rest for a few weeks, then I bring it to the kitchen for warmth and water. It has bloomed every year for 8 years with this care. It does get fed in the spring and fall with slow release bulb fertilizer. I am really happy with how it has done.
This weekend, I’ve been counting birds in my yard for the Backyard Bird Count. How lucky for me that the first day of the count, a group of three male wild turkeys stopped by right in my count window!
It was fun to do the daily counts. I would set a time, record all I saw in that time, then enter my observations on Cornell University’s Ebird. I had a nice variety on the first day, with this downy woodpecker stopping by. The count goes on today and Monday, and you still have time to get in on the action if you want to. Setting up an account to record your counts is free.
Goldfinches and bluebirds were hogging the feeder the first morning of the count.
Mardi Gras is Tuesday. So I got out my little mini quilt and put it up.
I have a table done for Mardi Gras, and I’ll show you that on Fat Tuesday. In the meantime, Happy Valentines Day! What’s going on around your place this week?