The backing squares are sewed together, but nothing was loaded on the machine or quilted. You know that old saying…”the best laid plans….”
The kitchen was cleaned, the laundry done and a few other things like that. Dinners thawed, cooked, eaten…but no quilting.
However, it was not a wasted weekend. Ernie hauled sand which he spread over the big garden and tilled. While he did that, I replanted some Rudebeckia that showed signs of life and some flowering Quince that I rooted several years ago. Spent some time weeding the daylily pots. Watered everything. Have some canna bulbs to plant along the back fence and some new herbs to pot up. It’s still a little early.
Our gorgeous Russian Sage died last Summer…and I’ve been on the prowl for more. I emailed a nursery in Abilene and they had 10 plants left!!!! They’re holding several for me :-) Should be able to pick them up next week when I go to the dr. Russian Sage has beautiful gray leaves and puts out the most outstanding purple spikes of flowers…what a great plant. It’s Winter hardy in our area and mostly drought resistant. I need to figure out where I want to plant the new ones before next week, lol.
Have an idea for a bird feeder/grape arbor made from some scrap metal. Pulled the framework out into the yard to plan placement. Ernie will have to add 8′ legs to the existing framework and some cross bars, but it should work just fine. It will be nice to have a place to hang the feeders where the birds have hidey places close at hand. I’ve missed having grapes, so hoping the new ones will do well. We had a great arbor in El Paso with 4 kinds of grapes….that was a wonderful place to sit in the Summer. So easy to grab a handful of grapes and snack. Of course, there were times we had to fight the wasps for them…but it was okay.
Once that’s in place, I have an even grander plan for the old boat in the back 40. Plan to dig out a hole, sink the boat. Add some flat rocks and plants around the edges and presto…new pond! Of course, that will probably invite critters I don’t want into the area. The cats will have to be vigilant against snakes. It’s not deep enough for fish, but that’s okay. The raccoons would take care of any fish.
The old tire idea is waiting for a few old tires…and a little warmer weather. I’m actually excited about the yard this year. About time too. We’ve only owned the property since 2003! By the end of Summer, Lord willing, we’ll have a place to sit and drink tea in the afternoons, a place to watch birds and gardens that work.
So that’s how our weekend went. Stitching took backseat to yardwork.
Susan ~ Patchkat