Thursday, September 3, 2020

Birthdays and Babies




It's hard to believe GB#4 is six today. 
We celebrated yesterday at a new-to-us park. 
It was so good to see this little family 
that will soon be getting a little bit bigger.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

A Day in the Yard



On this beautiful day Fireball and I went out to tackle a very overgrown boxwood hedge. 
We made lots of discoveries in the process. 
This little nest held lots of tiny ants and also a couple of frantic spiders.

Fireball wanted to know what was on his shirt, thinking it might be a grasshopper. 
It was not.
 As I took the picture for Fireball, it tried to jump at me. I dodged him.


 This little nest was full of scraps of who knows what.

 The third nest was covered with grasses and garden debris
but otherwise was made of mud.
And last but not least we found three balls that were so far under the bushes, 
they could only be found with all the trimming.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Blue Angels Fly Over

Today the Blue Angels did a Fly Over around Indianapolis 
to honor our health care workers. 
We drove to a parking lot close to the intended route, 
right across the street from our closest hospital. 

I did not anticipate the number of people that were there. 
The parking lot was full. 
We kept our distance, but I did get a few shots as they flew overhead. 
Unfortunately, it was very cloudy and gray to the west, 
the direction from which they approached.


Then they prepared to make a hard right.




And just like that, they were gone.  Below are a couple of close-up shots.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Searching for Goslings

Today I was on a search for goslings down by the canal. 
At first this little lost one was the only gosling I could find.

Next on the walk down the canal was this mama and her little ducklings.
This guy showed up next quite briefly. 
I am lucky to have gotten a picture. 
He was so fast I had to look at my picture when I got home 
to see what he actually looked like. 
I had no idea what he was so on a whim I looked up what a muskrat looked like and, 
what do you know, it looks just like him.
Finally I came upon what I was looking for - the geese and their goslings.
There were five in total.

Not shown are the turtles that were in the water and 
came up for air and were gone so fast, 
there was no chance to even try to capture them in a photo.

Hoping you find what you are looking for,

Sharon

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Tale of Two Quilt Tops and a Repair

As I was browsing some antiques last week, 
I found a few exciting treasures to bring home. 
The first one is a top that I will quilt.  
It has fabrics in it that remind me of some of the kits I have seen from the 1970s 
but also some quite older fabrics.  
It makes me think someone was trying to make a quilt with some found blocks
 and had to add some current fabrics to finish it up.  
I will be the one to finish it as a complete quilt.
This next one is also a top in need of quilting.  
It is cross stitch on preprinted blocks.
It also has the quilting lines preprinted on it. 
 If I had not just seen one of my quilty friends working on something similar, 
it would not have occurred to me to grab this one. 
I think it will make a sweet little quilt when done.
The last of the three I have featured on my 365 day blog.  
It is a complete quilt with the exception of the quite large and noticeable hole in it.
The damage is really mostly in the background fabric.
I figure I will need to sew five or six curved seams 
to replace the pieces that are damaged, 
sew the top back together, 
Frankenstein piece some batting, 
appliqué a new chunk of backing on it 
and add some hand quilting to match what is there. 
Good as done.

Wishing you things to be excited about,

Sharon






Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Oh, Deer!

While at Crown Hill Cemetery (click here) today, we came across this herd of deer
 running across the road in front of us.  
They were so beautiful, we followed the road for a closer look.  
I got this close and was definitely being watched by several.  
I took one step closer and they decided that was close enough.
Off they went.
We thought there were about fourteen,
but if you zoom in on this shot, you can count fifteen in all.  


Wishing you wonderful surprises, 

Sharon
(In researching for this post I came upon no less than five different names for a group of deer 
so I went with the easiest: herd.)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Cicada Observation Adventure

GB#1 has been with us for a little over two weeks.  
We have had many adventures and done lots of fun activities, 
but every visit has to end and she will be flying back to her home tomorrow.  
While playing on the play set one last time before her visit was over, 
GB#1 discovered a cicada emerging from its shell.
We were fascinated by it so we watched its tiny curled wings unfurl.
It wiggled and twitched its legs until they were free of the shell.

Its wings continued to get larger 
and one final push was needed to finally be completely out of the shell.
It rested while its wings dried.
Once it was ready the cicada left the shell behind
and ventured off.
Cicada number two was found nearby and was a bit behind the first in emergence
but caught up quickly.
The third cicada was just as impressive as the other two. 
I hope this is another adventure that GB#1 remembers for years to come. 

Wishing you adventures to remember,

Sharon