Category Archives: Summer

Happy July Everyone!

Wow, wow, wow it’s July!  How did that happen?  Sometimes All the time I wish the summer months would go by at half speed, however they seem to pick up speed with each passing year.

June, here in northern Illinois, has been lovely.  For once, no weather complaints from me.  I’ve been going for walks almost daily and my body and soul like it a lot.  That hour or so spent outside moving from one place to another is a meditation of sorts.  It stops me from “doing” and opens my mind to creative thinking and praying.  If my mind goes to a place of worry I immediately call it back to a positive and peaceful place.

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Our feral kitties have been enjoying the beautiful weather and stick around all day long.  The tabby, whom has been around since we moved into our house 9 years ago, has recently been joined by Morris, Orange-y, or Lion Kitty; he goes by all three names.  He is very sweet, and unlike Miss Kitty, will not bat our hands (with claws outstretched).  She can be quite impatient when we are giving her a snack.  Naughty girl!

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This past week most of my creative time has been spent knitting.  Right now, I have three sweaters off the needles, and only one dress sewn.  Last night, before heading off to bed, I stopped in my sewing room and planned three more sweaters!  I am in the knitting zone, I guess.  Hopefully, when I have finished knitting all these sweaters I can move into the sewing zone and make the dresses to be worn with all these little cardigans.

I hope you all are enjoying the start of July.  Maybe yours will go a little bit slower than mine mostly likely will.  If you have any secrets to slow it down, please let me know.

Bye for now, my friends.  Thanks for stopping by today.

 

 

 

Rainy Sunday Morning

Oh, it’s been months since we’ve had a good thunderstorm!  When I woke this morning the sky was gray and I could see the approaching dark grey clouds moving in from the west.  I checked the radar on Intellicast and saw the band of rain approaching.  Yay!  We need rain so badly!  When you haven’t had rain for sooo long it is a novelty, so I grabbed my camera and went outside.  My favorite time is right before the storm starts.

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Look at how dry our yard is!  We really need a good soaking.

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It looks cozy and warm in our kitchen . . . and in my studio.  Do you see Gina all dressed up in “Calico Cutie”?  My dolls usually get a day or so to wear the things that I make.  Then they are naked again, and waiting for the next one.

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As I’m writing this post I’m listening to the cozy sounds of rumbling in the sky and watching raindrops hitting the pool.  (My studio overlooks the pool and deck.)

Here are some other things that are going on around here.  My husband is in the process of power washing the deck.  On the recommendation of our tree trimmer we got a heavy duty power washer to clean our VERY dirty deck.  Look at the difference!

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Our pool is extremely old, so we don’t want to put a lot of work into the deck, but the power washing helped make the deck feel like new, well almost.  My husband got quite a lot cleaned yesterday.  I love it!  My view from my studio is greatly improved.

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Yesterday morning I spotted this chipmunk right outside my studio window.  In the 8 years we have lived here this is the first chipmunk that I have ever seen on our property.  I assumed that they stayed away because of all of feral cats roaming around.  Isn’t he/she cute!

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Sorry, for the poor photo quality.  I took these through the window and  cropped them.  The chipmunk was pretty close to the house though; I had the wrong lens on my camera.  Can you tell I love the little critters?!

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On Friday I was working on a crocheted beret for the Little Darlings.  It looks cute on Alice, but I think it is a little small.  I will use it for either Millie or Ann Estelle/Patsy.  Another day I will crochet another one for the Little Darlings, but make it a little larger.

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I ended up knitting Alice a beret in the same yarn that I used for the sweater; I like it much better.  I hope to have that outfit to show you soon.

The sky is already brightening, and I see a bit of blue out west.  Hope you have (having) a beautiful Sunday!

Bye for now!

Chicago Botanic Gardens, Last Day

This is the last installment of photos from our visit to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Unfortunately my photos only take our visit up to approximately the halfway point, sorry.  My camera battery was starting to lose its charge (I need a second battery) and I wasn’t sure I was getting decent shots, so I put my camera down and just experienced the gardens in real time.

After we left the English Walled Garden we passed by a hillside planted with zinnias, black eyed Susan, and those lavender fluffy annuals you see at all of the garden centers in the spring.  Sorry, I don’t know what they are, never paid attention to them.  Maybe you know?  This hillside is covered with daffodils and tulips in the spring!

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I love zinnias and black eyed Susan and have grown them before, have you?  The zinnias  growing on the hillside were all the red variety.  The photo above shows another variety of lavender flower growing amongst the two stars.  I cannot recall the name of this one either.

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At first, he seemed to be hiding behind a branch, but quickly came out to see if we had any treats.

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We worked our way towards the Japanese Garden which is on three tiny islands with only the first two open to the public.  An arched bridge carries you over to the first and largest island.  This garden is flowerless and a place I never appreciated until a few years ago.  It is very orderly and is supposed to be peaceful.  I’ll bet that on a weekday you can get the full effect of this garden, but on the weekends with little ones running around, nope, didn’t happen.

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One of the highlights of this garden are the two structures that are connected by a neatly raked sand garden and well placed rocks.  At one end is a hut with built in table/chairs.   At the other end is a little look out structure.  In the spring this space is filled with cherry blossoms!

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I thought this bark was interesting in the Japanese Gardens.  Sorry, I didn’t get it’s name.

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Well, that’s all from our midsummer visit to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Everyone have a great day!  Bye for now!