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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Hurrier I Go...

Have you ever heard the old Pennsylvania Dutch saying "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get..."? Well that seems to be me these days. Life continues to be crazy busy and I am having trouble accomplishing what I want to get done... Tuesday, our driveway was completed, with fresh asphalt, so at least that is now done. Yesterday our sewer line had to be dug up, and some pipes replaced. So now that is crossed off the list... I also just found out an aunt in Ontario passed away, and that my aunt who lives in Idaho is not in very good shape. I sure wish she was closer so I could be of more help.
I finally got the rest of my bedding plants into the ground this week, so I guess I am making some progress. My vegetable garden is all up... and Mr. Resident Groundhog has already found it.. he has chewed off one cucumber hill (3 plants)...grrrr... He has avoided the trap so far (but we did catch one frisky squirrel!)
I spent most of last weekend inside... not where I wanted to be. The weather was beautiful and I really wanted to be outdoors working in the garden. However, on Friday night we seemed to be suddenly invaded by tiny ants. Yep, the ants came marching... ten by ten it seemed! So I spent a good part of both Saturday and Sunday cleaning kitchen cupboards and trying to figure out how/where they were getting in. (Never did solve that mystery.) I did however find two rogue Honey Nut Cheerios spilled in the cereal cupboard and let me tell you, the ants were all over them! Literally. All over them. So I made fast work of that... Anyway I now have very clean cupboards and the issue appears to be much better.. I hesitate to say "solved" or "cured".. don't want to jinx it!! Hubby spread some borax and sugar solution along the kitchen exterior wall/foundation and that seems to have helped considerably.
Greens of every shade, from lime and olive to teal and emerald...

On the sewing front, there hasn't been a lot happening. I have been cutting (for a while now) 2" and 2.5" squares for a scrap quilt that a friend and I are both doing. We are sharing our fabrics for more variety; the colors are greens and blues and various lights. I love the combo of green and blue. Hubby commented that he thought it was a bit strange and I replied, "it's the colours of nature- the blue sky and the green earth." I do have a small project underway that I will share with you when the time is right... just not yet.

That's all for now. The next few days will be busy as I prepare for company next week - darling daughter is coming home for a visit. Insert big smile here....

Peace,
Linda

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." ~ Lao Tzu

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Linda, I'm with you......I love green and blue together too! Sorry to hear about your aunts, we know the older generation won't be around forever but it is still sad when they go. Those pesky ants don't need much to bring them, do they? We've had the occasional infestation too, usually in summer. Have a wonderful visit with your daughter!

Karen said...

Love the colour palette but oh my...that looks like a lot of cutting! Appreciated the quote from Lao Tzu; it was what I needed to hear this morning :)

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello, Linda!
The old Pennsylvania Dutch saying is lovely and so true...
The combination of colours of your pieces for the scrap quilt is really beautiful.
I hope this doesn't look like advertising, but when small ants try to invade our house we fight back with Loxiran AntBaitBuffet. The active ingredient is called spinosad and the bait boxes are refillable.
Have a lovely Midsummer weekend!

Vee said...

Yes, that phrase is a true one! Perhaps a variation on a theme...haste makes waste. Ants...grrrr...I headed them off at the pass early this year. Oh what fun to have your daughter coming home for a visit! Love the fabrics you and your friend have selected for your joint project.

My Maine Blog said...

Wow ... I'm tired just reading your comment today.... phew !!!! Although I have to say I did the same thing this week but at a much slower pace probably and I don't have any big projects like you do with that beautiful quilt you are starting....the colors are beautiful. Cleaned out lots of my cupboards and did some organizing too. Cleaned all the windows inside and out and all the screens too....And yes we also sprayed for those pesky little ants that come around as soon as the summer heat starts in. Do not want to see any of them on my kitchen counters. Hope you have a nice weekend and relax !!!!

My Maine Blog said...

P.S. Enjoy your daughter too ... our son is coming home on Monday for a few days during his vacation so we are really looking forward to having him back home for a little while.

averyclaire.org said...

Love all the colours....how big are the squares. This will be a lovely quilt. Can't wait to see it finished.

Pamela Gordon said...

Ants!! Raid!! Haha! I found a big black ant one day in our bedroom and did him in pretty fast. So far that's the only one I've seen but we have some doozy anthills in the yard, one of which is right behind the house. Been using Insectigone on them but they don't mind it one bit! I hope it's the end for you. They aren't nice to find. The fabric squares are beautiful. Enjoy Laura's visit home and Happy Summer to you!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The blues and greens are so pretty together. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your daughter this coming week. Have fun! Sweet hugs, Diane

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