Here we are, the beginning of August, the dog days. It has been way too hot for my taste lately, but there is a cool down in the forecast for this coming week, and I hope it is real. Oliver and Charlie came by for a sandwich more than one day.
Oliver seems to be getting a bit older. The life span of a squirrel is pretty short, and I’ll be sad when he isn’t around anymore.
My candy stripe verbena decided to bloom again, lovely purple and white flowers.
I just love purple. The hydrangeas have a few purple blooms now too. I added some lime to the top soil to push them away from blue.
Some are purple, some are actually going to pink. In the background is my fabulous Barn Quilt Block that My Sweet Babboo made for me in 2019, and put up in January 2020. He needed a project, and made this out of ceramic tiles. It weighs a lot, but it should last forever.
Here is a close up of it, didn’t he do a great job?!! These are all tiles, some that he had cut diagonally to make the half square triangles. He mounted the tiles on waterproof backing, then grouted it just like a tile floor. This is my Tango block. He made it so I could tell clients to look for the quilt block to know the door to come to for dropping off quilts.
In the garden, the tomato crop is prolific. I took half of these to my friend Robin yesterday on our MINI drive in the mountains that ended at her home. I’ll have more on that later.
It has been an interesting week for TV. After a reader posted a comment on my book review of A Man Called Ove talking about the movie, I looked for it on DVD. Amazingly, the library had it on their list, so I got in line and this week it came in. We watched it that day. I think they changed the ending, but it was still funny and poignant. On Netflix, I’m enjoying the latest season of Virgin River, the new series called The Cook of Castemar, season two of The Movies That Made Us, and a quirky little show about an autistic teenager called Atypical.
We had to have some sushi this week, my choice was a Sakura roll. This was crab and avocado filled with tuna and salmon on top with a rich oyster sauce and a drizzle of spicy mayo.
My Sweet Babboo doesn’t care for raw fish, so he had a Hawaiian Roll. His was all cooked, with shrimp and avocado inside, and a lobster salad on top. Yum!!
This week My Sweet Babboo put up his redesigned feeder. The new one has an all steel pole, that telescopes so he can pull it down rather than climb a ladder to refill it. The feeder is on a stronger bracket, and is another foot taller so hopefully the bears cannot get to it. We’ll see. It was down enough days so the bear hopefully moved to higher ground to escape the heat.
Didn’t take long for the goldfinches to come back, and a titmouse too.
One last thing, if anyone has an older Bernina sewing machine that can use embroidery cards, or an Amazing Designs box that can convert them to your machine’s platform, please see my sale page for the cards that a reader sent that I cannot use. My machine won’t take these cards, and she gave me permission to sell them so I could buy ones my machine will use. I’ve already bought three more new cards, so these need to go to someone that can use them. All cards $15 each plus shipping. Priced below ebay! Click on Bernina Embroidery Card Sale.
I have a special announcement coming next week, something I am really excited about. It has to do with this little tease I gave you way back in March. Stay tuned tomorrow!
What are your plans for this week?