Friday, June 21, 2024

Flower Friday: June 21, 2024


Happy Flower Friday!

The only thing I'm doing in the garden these days is water due to the heatwave and the lack of rainfall the last three weeks.  Still despite the heat, the garden looks fairly well.

The water lilies are in full bloom in the garden too and blooming early in the morning!

I'd probably call this the year of the hydgrangea.  I have two bushes that were problem children.  This one normally has one lonely flower each year, if that.

The one below never bloomed.  I think my husband picked up the one above at the grocery store one year.  I have no idea who gave me the one below.  I don't even remember the names of these hydrangeas anymore.  The bushes struggled to grow and I always wondered if they would come back each year.  No doubt about it though, this year all the hydrangeas are happy!

Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!
Stay cool!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Happy First Day of Summer!


Happy Thursday!

I was feeling really bad that my white clematis had died.  And then I saw this sign.  It actually made me feel better!

Just a reminder that Flower Friday is tomorrow!  
You can email photos to me at

Enjoy the longest day of the year!

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

More This and That: June 19, 2024

Happy Juneteenth and happy Wednesday!

Fortunately, our city celebrated last Saturday.  The weather was great on that date and not the current heat wave we have.


Fireflies in the summer color so many memories of childhood!  And now they are captivating our baby Lucky.  When I take him out front for his last potty break, the flower garden is full of the lightning bugs.  I can almost hear him think:  what's that?  Wait it's gone!  No there it is!  It's tough to make him do his business when he's so curious about these enchanting creatures!

The puppy is having a great summer.  I bought Lucky a pool that we keep at my mom's house.  It's shallow and has a sprinkler attached to the ring around the pool.  Lucky wasn't sure what to make of it at first.  He behaved as if his ball was in a weird jail cell.  😁

But no worries, Uncle Jim lowered the water pressure and gradually Lucky acclimated to the new pool.  He even began to throw his ball in it for fun!

By Tuesday, he was eager to play in his pool!
He even jumped in it before we filled the pool!

Now he regularly takes his ball into the pool and plays around the water with it.  My mom, brother, and I are really having fun watching his antics!

We do all these activities in the morning.  The heat is high enough even then and he naps throughout the afternoon.  Life returns to normal as the sun goes down and our visits to Tinkerbell occur much later than they usually do.

I sure hope you are finding a fun way to stay cool!

Have a safe and happy day!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tuesday's This and That: June 18, 2024


Good morning!
Welcome to another edition of Tuesday's This and That!

Life Magazine, 1939

One of the things I'll be listening to this week is another Haptic and Hue podcast.  This one is entitled,  American Cotton Feed Sacks: and How They Changed the World.  This is interesting since the podcasts originate in the U.K.  You can find the link to all the Haptic and Hue podcasts here including the feed sack one.


Sometimes I read old local newspapers just to see what I can see.  In 1899, there were many quilts entered into the Lehigh County Agricultural Fair.  That's not unusual but many of these quilts were called Rising Sun.  I wasn't sure what pattern that referred to and in fact, there are over a dozen Rising Sun patterns in Brackman's latest encyclopedia.  

After much searching through the encyclopedia, I realized that the pattern most likely referred to one that I generally call "Star of Bethlehem".  This pattern was really a favorite of the Pennsylvania piece makers.  It seemed with the first day of summer this week to feature these quilts:

Here's one from my collection that is circa 1870:

 Early 20th century version:

Later 20th century:

Wishing you a safe and happy day!

Monday, June 17, 2024



Happy Monday!

Well it looks like we are in for an heat wave this week.  Just in time for the first day of summer on the 20th.  

The thought of baking anything (on a car or otherwise) fills me with dismay.  The older I get, the more I dislike the 90 plus temps.

I do think that preparation for this weather pattern is not unlike getting ready for a blizzard.  I don't like weather extremes but I sure don't know how people in the south deal with so much heat!

How do you spend time during heatwaves?  Most of us get everything done in the morning (very early morning for walking Lucky). 

The garden is on maintenance only.  The soaker hoses will be my saving grace this week.  We only got about a 1/4 of inch of rain on Saturday and none expected until maybe next weekend.  Two weeks of dryness (and winds last week) has really dried the soil.  

I know that the heat will inhibit working much in the attic sewing room.  Instead I'll be doing more reading.

I have a stack of books ready to read.  I finally finished The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton last week.  It was as detailed as a Russian novel and nearly as long.  I'm glad I read it.  I'm even happier that I finished it.  Over the weekend, I read The Real Life of James Herriot, A Memoir of My Father.  This was an enjoyable (and sometimes funny, often poignant) account of the wonderful writer of All Creatures Great and Small (and other books).  

What do you do to stay cool?  

Wishing you all a safe and happy day!

Friday, June 14, 2024

Flower Friday: June 14, 2024


Happy Flower Friday!

I feel like I'm smelling like dirt nearly everyday this season.  I'm out working in the garden every morning before it gets warm.  This week I was cutting back the rhododendrons.  I have to prune them every two to three years because they get so big here.  I was shocked as I pruned one that I was seeing something blue.  Two of the rhodies had grown so close that I didn't realize an hydrangea seeded, grew and was in full bloom!

Meanwhile in Illinois...

Nann sent two photos from Illinois Beach State Park!
Thank you Nann!

Above:  White False Indigo, Baptisia Alba

Bumblebee on foxglove!

Thanks Nann!

Wishing you a safe and flowerful weekend!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

One Garden Mystery Solved


Happy Wednesday!

Last week, I asked if anyone knew about my neighbor's flowering bush.  Happily, Sue P. solved that question.  It is a Sweetbay Magnolia!  Thank you Sue!

Lace Cap hydrangea that seeded out front.

Another comment was from Diann in Colorado.  She loved the look of my hydrangeas but was unsure if they could grow in Colorado.  I wasn't sure either and did some investigating.  Apparently there is a mountain hydrangea that grows at high altitudes in Japan.  Another website said hydrangeas could be grown in Colorado but would need some extra care.  One blog I found that addressed the question you can read it herehere.

Our weather this week is weird.  Nicely cool (until later this week) but the ground is bone dry which seems so odd after all the rain we had in the earlier part of the spring.  

What is happening in your garden?  To share photos, please email me at

Have a safe and fun day in the garden!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Tuesday's This and That: June 11, 2024


Good morning to you!
Welcome to another addition of This and That!


I can't encourage you enough to watch the video of The Rajah Quilt.  This quilt is one of Australia's most cherished artifacts.  The name of the quilt derived from the name of the ship that carried convicted women from England to Australia.  

This is a wonderful presentation and I hope you watch it!

It can be found here.

Flower from my peony tree

This was interesting!  I had no idea peonies could be kept this long but one florist commented that this is what they did at their shop!


Does it matter who makes it?  An interesting and thought provoking article on the commercialization of the Gee's Bend quilts can be found here.

Have a safe and happy day!

Monday, June 10, 2024

Mystery Monday


Good morning and happy Monday to you!

A neat quilt came up on my Pinterest feed and featured a quilt being sold on Etsy (here).

According to the accompanying index card, this piece was the first quilt made by Helen Ribbey of Albion, Michigan.  The card referred to it as a "donut pattern" because the pattern was unknown.  I couldn't find it Brackman's encyclopedia so it is a good feature for a Monday Mystery.

The provenance is that Helen made the quilt at the tender age of 12.  She did a wonderful job!

I did find a Helen Ribbey from Albion, Michigan and it appears she never married but was active in her community.  She also remained a keen needlewoman.  The local newspaper reported that she was among the blue ribbon recipients of the Calhoun County Fair:

Helen passed in 2002 and her obituary discusses her love of sewing:

I would have liked to have known Helen and I bet you would have too!

If you figure out what the pattern is, please let us all know!

Wishing you a safe and happy day!

Friday, June 7, 2024

Flower Friday: June 7, 2024

Happy Flower Friday!

As we conclude the first whole week of June, I find myself wandering around the neighborhood following lovely fragrances of flowers.  Here is one I don't know.  It almost smells of oranges and vanilla.  If you know, could you tell me?  The flower is usually whiter, this one is fading now:

From Diann in Colorado!
Gorgeous petunias!

This week, Sue shared a photo of her Peaches and Cream Honeysuckle.  It's stunning:

Sue's Purple Bellflower--sticking out of an Azalea bush:

This rose is growing at the park, love the painted quality! 

Also at the park, the lilies are beginning to bloom!

And of course, we can't forget the wildlife that live in our gardens!  Like Sue's catbird in the bird bath:


Have a wonderful and restful weekend!