Friday, May 24, 2024

Flower Friday: May 4, 2024

 


Happy Flower Friday!

I love the quote above.  Yes my housecleaning suffers during the gardening season.  I prefer to be outside!

Barb S. shared this wonderful photo of her Major Wheeler honeysuckle.  Barb is recovering from surgery and in the early spring she asked her 8 year old grandson to trim it.  😀 She said he gave it more of a crewcut but look how far it's come back!


Sue P. shared the photo of her lovely garden.  I love her farm bell!


Sue's poppy seems so appropriate for the Memorial Day holiday, even if this one is orange.


Sue's clematis is blooming!



I love clematis and how the blooms evolve in such a charming way.  The rain over the weekend may have diminished the petals of my plant but I love the seed head that remains:


Wishing you a safe and happy holiday weekend!







Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Heat is On!

 


Happy Thursday!

Well the heat has returned this week.  We have a good 29 days until summer but it feels like it's here already.  Today I will be packing away the summer clothing once and for all.  I did that earlier but then it got cool and I ended up pulling sweatshirts and long sleeved shirts again.  I think it is finally warmer days now.

If I didn't have air conditioning, I'd be changing bedding as well.  I'd be substituting warm quilts for summer weight coverlets and bedspreads like these:





Above and below were appliqued and embroidered on sheets.


With the changing of the temperatures, our routine changes as well.  Most of my work is done in the morning and Lucky gets lots of exercise during that time.  Mid-afternoon is for reading, sewing, or even napping (depending on how much work I did in the afternoon).  The evenings we visit neighborhood friends and watch the ball games.  It works for us.

I wonder if your routine has changed as well.  Is your garden blooming like crazy at this point?  Tomorrow is Flower Friday and please feel free to share goodies from your garden by emailing me at allentownquilter@gmail.com!

Have a safe and happy day!

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Lucky in May

 


Good morning and Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday I was working in the garden.  I use a big lawn chair pillow as my kneeling pillow.  Yesterday I was sitting on the pillow while weeding and I felt someone's back to mine.  Lucky has decided I need to share my pillow with him.


He often sleeps in the moss as well: 


Tinkerbell is my neighbor's dog.  She doesn't tolerate puppies very well and Scout always deferred to her.  Enter Lucky-the Street-Pup.  Yeh he does things to set tease her off on purpose.  Tinkerbell will be sitting in the house on her throne (Nancy's lap) and he will go up and tap Tinkerbell's foot which starts a ruckus. Tinker snarls and barks, "He's touching me!"  Lucky smiles and runs away awaiting the next time he can torture her.

But things have changed with the warm weather.  We all sit outside in the evenings and both dogs are equals on the patio.  They chase the squirrels together and even (gasp) drink from the water bowl together.

During the rainy days, we still visit Nancy and Dave but things have changed a bit.


Although Lucky turned two last month, he's still in an early puppy stage.  At least that is what all of us are thinking.  It's like he's finally getting a puppyhood and I must say, he's thriving and even his behavior is improving now that he's more trusting.  He even wags his tail at strangers and when that first happened I was stunned--because I hadn't realized he wasn't doing that until he finally did.  But of course, he's still a young dog...


"Who me?"

Wishing you a happy and safe day with your furry or feathered friends!


Monday, May 20, 2024

Gaman

 


Happy Monday!
Did you have a good weekend?

As part of Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander month, you may want to take a look at a specific set of quilts.  These were made while Japanese Americans were interred during World War 2.  It's a bleak chapter in our history but one that should not be forgotten.  Nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned at this time.  One of the most famous was actor George Takei who later produced the Broadway musical and movie, Allegiance (see here).  Carol and I went to see it years before Covid.

The term "Gaman" was practiced by the Americans interred in the camp.  It is a Japanese term derived from a Buddhism that means "enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity."  Many of the prisoners practiced this by creating art and craft things.  There's even a book featuring the crafts:


You can see many of the items that were made at this site.

And quilts were made too!  The Poston quilt (now housed in the Boston Museum of Art) featured blocks made by fourth graders.  See here--it's a delight.

My favorite quilt from this chapter was one that wasn't made by Japanese Americans.  It is the story of kindness.


A pregnant woman named Shizuko was in the detention camp south of San Francisco.  While imprisoned there, Quaker women would come to the fence and deposit fruits and vegetables over the barrier to help the Japanese Americans.  One woman, perhaps observing that Shizuko was pregnant threw a quilt over the fence and said, "Perhaps this will help."  Throughout her life Shizuko would not be parted from the quilt, not even at her death bed.  To her it represented that someone cared outside of the camp.  You can read the full story here.  I hope you do.

Have a safe and happy day!





Friday, May 17, 2024

Flower Friday: May 17, 2024

 


Happy Flower Friday!

Barb S. sent this lovely photo of her allium!


And Sue sent a sweet variety of Irises and Poppies!

Irises:





Poppies!



And as an added bonus, Sue shared what she found when she was walking to the compost pile.  Awww!


Have a safe and happy weekend!







Thursday, May 16, 2024

New Zones

 


Happy Thursday!

Tomorrow is Flower Friday and I've already received a lot of photos for the day!  

The other news about gardening this week is about our climate.  "Big news for gardeners:  USDA updates planting zones" is an article out by NPR and is really interesting. 
 
For those of you who aren't gardeners, the planting zones help us gardeners determine what perennials to put in the garden that can withstand the winter temperatures.


The nice thing about this article is that you can plug in your location and learn how and why your zone may now be different.  Also the article gives an easy explanation of the limitations of the grow zones which is determined by cold temperatures and not hot.

My neighbor Bill's amazing yellow tree peony.

Go here to read this insightful article.

Wishing you a safe and happy day!