Well, it has been quite a week. The temperature was so cool one morning this week, that I put on long pants and a sweater before going downstairs to the kitchen for a cup of the industrial grade jet fuel that I call coffee. Did I say cup? I meant 3 cups. Three oversize cups, just to be clear. As I lingered, enjoying the cool air, someone we all know showed up for breakfast. I got a chance to try the new camera that My Sweet Babboo bought for me. My old one died, and it has been a few weeks since I could get good photos of Oliver and his buddies.
I haven’t been able to photograph our avian choir members for a bit. I caught this chickadee sharing a meal with a goldfinch. I am pretty pleased with the performance of the new camera. It is a Panasonic Lumix FZ80, same brand as all my little cameras. Not as expensive as many others, yet it has all the features an amateur needs. I really like it.
While they were chowing down, I was in the mood for those Japanese Chicken Meatballs again. These are just so good!! The recipe is in Milk Street’s World in a Skillet cookbook, and now that I’ve made them a few times, I can get the recipe done in 30 minutes! See my post Japanese Chicken Meatballs for the whole process and the downloadable recipe.
On the veranda, the flowers are not cooperating. My hanging baskets have never looked this pitiful. The torenias never took off, and the petunias just didn’t do much either. I am disappointed in both of these. The hummingbird has been by, and I think she is disappointed too.
I mean, why can’t they look like this one, that gets the same amount of light, and water, and fertilizer, and tender loving care? The hummer stayed a bit longer on these blooms, and the pink ones that are in another pot.
Ah well. Maybe next year. In the meantime, the impatiens are outgrowing their spaces in the tile top tables.
The geraniums are gorgeous.
The white snapdragons are giving me blooms here and there.
The lobelia continue to bloom profusely too.
I was at our guild meeting this week and showed my cover quilt. The gals were surprised, and gave me a round of applause. I appreciated their enthusiasm for the design and the honor of having it published. This is my second published quilt pattern, and it is such fun to see it in print. The issue is Quilts and More, Fall 2022 issue, available at your local quilt shops, some grocery stores and magazine stands.
The cool morning, and the Autumn Elegance quilt put me in the mood to work on fall projects. So, the news is that the final plans are coming together and I am happy to announce that it is indeed going to be a wonderful Autumn. Yes, although inspiration was slow in coming, I am well on the way to having all the projects and giveaways lined up to do another Autumn Jubilee! So we are on. For newcomers to my blog, click on the Autumn Jubilee category on my sidebar and see what we have done the past six years. This will be the seventh year!! Autumn Jubilee is a whole month of projects and giveaways, lots of fun!!
Oliver should have a lot of food around now, as the acorns have begun bombing the house, but he is forever asking for another sandwich. My Sweet Babboo says I need a dog again. But I don’t have to give Oliver shots, or find a kennel for him when we want to run off for the weekend.
The garden squash plants have been pitiful this year, with lots of flowers but no vegetables. The only squash I have from all the plants is this one, which I hope is a spaghetti squash. But I don’t know if I should take a chance on the critters getting it to let it ripen in the sunlight, or bring it inside for safety.
The good part of the garden is that I harvested enough fresh, organically grown tomatoes from my vines, that I could make the first tomato pie of the season. Here I’ve sliced them, and de-seeded them. I let them dry in the refrigerator for 8 hours, then sprinkled them with the seasonings, and gathered the ingredients for the pie.
About an hour later, I took the creamy, cheesy, fresh tomato feast out of the oven. The aroma was outstanding. In case you missed it on previous posts, here is the recipe post with the downloadable pdf – Carole’s Tomato Pie.
With my new camera, of course I had to do an artsy shot of my dinner on my August tablescape.
Couldn’t wait to dig in!
I worked on my Quilted Jacket this week, and it is essentially done. I have to decide if I am going to add some beading, just for a bit of over-the-top bling. I’ll have more on that project on the Tuesday Sew Along post. I hope to get some progress on other projects this week, around playing pickleball and doing a test drive for one of the car clubs for an event coming in September. More on that soon.
How’s your garden? What is on your agenda this week?