Monday, June 29, 2015

Yardwork, rockin', and quilting

I did get a bit of sewing done before I left the house on Saturday to help out with the band. We left my brother's house at 1 p.m. and it was almost 9 p.m. before I got home. On our way to the venue we ran into a bit of high water.

We were in the new 12 passenger van pulling an equipment trailer and there was no way my brother could turn that rig around on this narrow rural road. A big pick up truck came the other direction and made it thru the water ok so we knew we could make it in the van. There was a Camaro behind us - I wonder if he made it?

Here the band was getting ready to play. I was off to the right of the stage sitting at the merchandise booth. We sold 24 CD's! That is a lot for us.

I got up early on Sunday headed to the grocery store and then went to work in the yard at 9 a.m. It was raining at times, but I needed to get the flower beds cleaned up. Here is the one side of the center bed before.

After weeding and mulch - much better! I despite the rain, I got the string trimmer out and edged the bed which helped the look of the bed a lot.

Now the other side of the bed - hold on to your hats - it's bad!

Here is what it looks like now.

Now it looks empty, but I did find the pack of green envy zinnias so I planted those

and then I had bought some lavender seeds so they went into the bed

and some coneflowers

and then I took these four packs of California poppies - one of my favorite flowers - mixed the seeds together, and sprinkled them everywhere! All of this should have been done a month ago, but better late than never! Sorry, I can't get the picture to stay right side up.

Then it was on to the front bed. The thistle is awful and I needed to get it out before it bloomed and threw down more seed. I still need to mulch, but it looks a whole lot better than it did!

After 4 1/2 hours I had enough. I walked my squishy, water logged shoes in the garage, closed the door and proceeded to peel off my wet, mud caked clothes. Here are my socks. Will they ever be white again? LOL!!

I did work on the t-shirt a bit. The vertical row at the left is all sewn together. This row will establish the length of the quilt which will be 96".

I also worked on the teal and purple quilt and got 1 and 1/2 blocks quilted. So now I have 15 out of the 36 blocks quilted which is 41.6%.

The weather had cleared up after I came in from working and by 7 it was dry enough I could mow. So I headed back outside. I was so tired I could hardly sleep so today will be challenging!


Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I hate working outside when it is so wet but the weeds do pull out easier then. Your flower beds are way neater than mine. I really need to dig out unwanted plants in my front garden.

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Your flower beds look great! So nice to see these green pictures as I sit here in the brownness of summer in the desert! Yes, there is still some green but mostly just brown.

The t-shirt quilt is looking good as is the purple and teal quilt. Good luck with keeping those eyes open today!!

Vicki W said...

Your gardens are looking great. Your socks are another story!

QuiltSwissy said...

It is so amazing how the beds look after your work! You go girl!

we have had the tail end of every front that passed through your area PLUS the ones coming up from the Gulf heading to you! Fun, huh? We are so soggy that my driveway squishes!

I recently saw a post somewhere and they tossed white socks into the dye bath! You may have some great candidates for that idea!