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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Iris in Bloom

 Good morning,

The purple iris are in bloom this week.

These are so very pretty and have a lovely soft fragrance. 

My Mother had many of these so these are always a wonderful memory of her.

Happy Spring!

Lois

Monday, May 16, 2022

Smoked Salmon

 Good morning,

My Honey fired up the smoker a few days ago and smoked salmon.  This was the very best he's ever made!  

This time he smoked it on foil so the juices didn't drain away from the fish during smoking.

Yum!

:),

Lois

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Elsa's New Ribbon

 Good morning,

Last weekend our Elsa and her trainer/our daughter Catherine participated in a dog show and agility trials at our local dog club.  Team Elsa completed another title on her way to her Master Agility Champion title.

Needless to say, we are so very proud of both Catherine and Elsa.

:),

Lois   <-- proud Mommy

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Lovely Flowers

 Good morning,

I love flowers.  :)  The lovelies above arrived from #2 son, Don for Mother's Day.

 And, these gorgeous red roses are from My Honey with the help of daughter, Catherine, as his secret shopper.

Catherine gave me a lovely Mother's Day, too.  She cleaned out our goldfish pond and purchased a dozen fish for it.  I used to clean out the pond every spring, but my back doesn't allow me to do such things any more.  Catherine also prepared a lovely salmon dinner for us.  Sweet!

Family is so very special, isn't it. 

All the best,

Lois

Friday, May 13, 2022

Honeysuckle in Bloom

 Good morning,

The Honeysuckle is in Bloom in our area.

 And, we had LOTS of it.  This is just part of our back yard.  The aroma of the blossoms is fabulous.  The bees are extremely happy this week!

All the best,

Lois

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Catherine's Lizard

 Good morning

Today's image is courtesy of daughter Catherine.  She took it here in our area.

This lizard appears slightly different from the lizards closer to our home.

That hide certainly is an interesting pattern that would make an interesting knitting pattern stitch....  Yes, I am constantly thinking about such things.  :)

Happy Spring!

Lois

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Elsa and Her Sea Horse

 Good morning,

I didn't pose this picture.  Elsa often carries a soft toy with her and has some favorites that she keeps nearby most of the time.

Above you see her sun bathing with her blue sea horse.

What a cutie.

:),

Lois

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Pool is Open

 Good morning,

The pups are delighted that "the pool is open."  Yes, this is a tiny wading pool, but they certainly do enjoy it!

The pups go to a friend's home for some serious swimming in her "real pool."  

;),

Lois

Monday, May 9, 2022

Patio Crochet

 Good morning,

We have had some absolutely gorgeous Spring weather most days here in the Midwest.  Unfortunately, the alternate days are often stormy and wet.

I have smaller projects to take outside on the patio when we are enjoying the pretty days.  

Above you see the beginning of a cloche hat that will soon be available in the shop.

I also have a Flower Garden Afghan Blanket started in the living room, but I haven't seen spending as much time there recently.  Working on different projects is good, though, because it provides a break from the same repetitive movements for my fingers.

All the best,

Lois

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day and Dandy Lions

 Good morning,

Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers today!

When my children were small they called these Dandy Lions.  I remember my daughter bringing me bouquets of them one Spring when she was about four years old.  Ah, yes, fond memories....

 The bees absolutely love these.  We don't use chemicals on our garden for a variety of reasons so we have a few of these in bloom every Spring.  

How does your garden brow?

:),

Lois

Saturday, May 7, 2022

White Iris

 Good morning,

Here are the lovely white iris once again this year.  These were a gift from a dear friend probably thirty years ago.  They return to delight us year after year.

If I could still bend over and work in the yard, I'd separate these and put a few on the other side of the front porch.  I'm just so pleased that they are still returning every year.  It's fun to think of the people connected to the various plants and flowers in my garden.

Happy Spring!

Lois


Friday, May 6, 2022

Work in Process - Sitting Room Project

 Good morning,

I have needlework projects beside every chair where I land during the day and evening.

This is my upstairs sitting room project, a Shades of Turquoise Large Afghan Blanket.  It's almost finished at this writing and should be in the shop soon.  There will be one more round of turquoise around the colors you see here.  These colors are favorites of mine.  

What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the best,

Lois

 Update:  This blanket is finished and is now in the shop here.  :)  

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Needlework Update - May, 2022

 Good morning,

Welcome to this month's Needlework Update documenting what has been completed during the past month.

Above is a large Afghan Blanket that sold within 48 hours after I listed it in the shop.  I'll be making another in similar colors for the shop, but have two other large blankets in process now:  flower garden design and shades of turquoise design.  Those are schedule to be finished and listed in the shop soon. In the meantime, there are more afghan blankets ready to ship here.

This Toilet Tissue Topper is new n the shop this month. $8.  These are available in a variety of colors here.

 This has also been a very busy month for cloche hat sales so I've been busy making more.

We have a large selection...
from $8.

 

 

 Click here to see them all.

Thank you for your encouragement, comments, likes, favorites, and purchases, too.  You are so very appreciated and I love seeing what our other blogger friends are making, baking, and growing.

All the very best,

Lois

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Elsa's Selfie

 Elsa:  I'm sleeping on Mom's chest where I love to hear her heartbeat and feel her breathe.  Mom says I snore, but she doesn't seem to mind. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

More Daffodils

 Good morning,

We have many different types of daffodils growing in our yard so they bloom at slightly different times.  I love the parade of blooms every Spring.

You can see the little slug critters on these blooms.  Those and other similar critters are what our snake critter eats which is one of the reasons we are so happy to have the garter snakes in the yard.

Sorry, Sherry.  I know you don't like snakes.  I should have put a warning on that post a few days ago.  

Happy Spring!

Lois

Monday, May 2, 2022

Lovely Lilacs

 Good morning,

I love our lilacs because they remind me of those my Mom had planted at the side of the house when I was growing up.  These are the old fashioned type with the classic lilac color.  Mom also had some white lilacs.  The aroma is unmistakable and the bees have no problem finding the blossoms.

 
 My lilac bush is next to my front steps out near the street.  There is a hill that can be pretty slippery when wet.  In the background in this image you can see the Sir Winston Churchill Daffodils featured in an earlier post.  

I love the aromas of Spring!

:),
Lois

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Black Tulips

Good morning,

These are called "black tulips," but they are actually a very deep purple.

Several years ago a friend shared these with us.  The had picked them up from the Cincinnati Parks Department who were giving them away.  They had used them as a display and raised the bulbs at the end of the season for different flowers.  We were delighted to have them and are happy that they have continued to bloom year after year.

What is blooming in your garden this week?

:),

Lois