Someone was sitting nicely, paws folded on our front door mat the other day. The mat says ‘wipe your paws’ but I’m not sure he did so. Still, cuteness abounds and peanut butter sandwiches needed to be made and offered.
This week, I made my Summer Squash Casserole, with a slight change. After mashing the squash, I drained the water again to reduce the liquid in the dish. This worked really well, and the result was a creamier filling and less water at the bottom. It barely lasted two meals. It is a great side dish, but could also work as a meatless main dish.
On the veranda, the candy cane verbena is blooming.
The calibrochea is doing well too.
At the edge of the veranda, mother wren was sitting on her eggs. It is hard to get a photo of her as it is dark in her nest, but look carefully and she is here. The ‘wren’ arrow on the photo is pointing at her head, and her dark beak is slightly open and over her egg. There is a white spot over her beak, and her eye is right at the tip of the arrow. Above you can barely see her spotted back under the leaf. Sadly, when I got back home on Saturday from pickleball practice, both she and her eggs were gone. A predator must have found the nest, perhaps one of the resident squirrels.
More critters have been visiting. The little rabbit is here, and seems to have grown a bit.
We were thrilled to see our local white squirrel visit. These are not albinos, they are a variety of grey squirrel with white fur and some have grey markings. Their eyes are brown. The town of Brevard, North Carolina has a huge colony, and calls itself the Home of the White Squirrel. They have a White Squirrel festival on Memorial Day weekend every year. There is a rescue group for injured ones that care for them and return them to the wild.
This one has been here for a couple of years, but doesn’t visit us very often. Of course I tried to give him a sandwich but he hasn’t learned that food is available here. He was with Oliver, and perhaps Oliver will let him in on the secret. Or maybe not. No, I really don’t know if it is male or female.
Wilson, our local woodchuck, has stopped by a few times. He comes up to the retaining wall on the back side of the garage to get access to the back yard. He goes to the concrete pad where the heat pump sits, and digs under that for bugs. Then he ambles on. I tried to get his picture for a couple of days, but he is fast. By the time I notice him on the wall from the basement, run upstairs to get the camera and get it turned on, Wilson is on his way out.
Remember the “You’re A Star” pillow design I did for Hands2Help for Hometown Heroes? Well, I had my annual physical this past week, and gave the pillow to my doctor’s assistant, Letitia. She is so nice and was really helpful during the last year of Covid, talking with me on the phone, answering all my questions and supporting me through a surgery last October when I wasn’t thrilled with going to the hospital during the pandemic even just for a day procedure.
Back to the garden, snapdragons are growing where I planted delphiniums. The colors are pretty though, and they are doing well growing much taller than previous snapdragons I’ve had.
Looks like I’ll have tomatoes and squash soon!
The goldfinches are wearing their summer frocks and visiting daily.
In the sewing room, this week has been pretty busy. I got another well loved quilt repair done, and I’ll show you that soon. I found out that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, and sent her a port softie. I realized my Etsy store was getting low on those, so I made more. For those who sew, the pattern is free on my blog – Port Softies. For those who do not sew and need one, they are available in my Etsy store. Our quilt clubs have made hundreds of these over the years to donate to the local cancer center.
I also have a QOV loaded on the longarm to begin quilting this week. The backing is a star print, and is a wide back.
I painted more rocks this week too, and I had a fun idea. I’ll show you those when I have the painting finished, varnished and ready to hide. So this week, I’ll work on this QOV, finish my rocks, play pickleball a couple of times, and maybe have lunch with a friend. What did you do last week, and what are your plans for the coming week?