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,


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hello, It's Been a While

It's been way too long since I've posted anything here, 
so here's a quick look at our backyard this very summery day. 
There are so many more cicada shells everywhere. 
The robins are quite active as are the silly squirrels.
Later as we were out and about 
we drove by for a sneak peek at the former residence of Little E, L and GB#1  
and then stopped to watch the sun go down on our way home. 
It was quite lovely. 
And lastly, here are Fireball and I at a company event 
at a nearby amusement park on Saturday. 
I am wearing my newly refashioned t-shirt.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

On a Walk

Summer is making the flowers turn brown. 

Although some of them are trying to hold on.

Wishing you beauty in the last days of summer,

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

I do love to coordinate a holiday table.
I serged the bandanas together for a very quick table cloth project.  
Because of the rainy, soggy day, we ate inside, 
but the new table cover will work outside as well. 
The water for the flowers was tinted blue.
Corn muffins filled the patriotic cupcake liners.
M made red, white and blue pinwheel cookies.
We put fruit on mini skewers for a mini flag.
The dipped and decorated Rick Krispie treats were a big hit. 
Of course we had other food too, but I neglected to get photos of it all.
I will leave you with this quilt top I made on my recent trip to Shipshewana. 

Happy Fourth of July!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer Duds

I've been sewing.
If you've been following me for a while, you know I love the little details,
little tabs and collars,
pockets with trim,
mismatched pockets and sleeves,
and contrasting buttons.
It's all very summery.
It's all little boy.

Wishing you all the good summery things,


Sunday, June 5, 2016

A Birthday and a Finish

Here is my completed large crochet project shown in progress here and here.  
It is a one handled bucket made for GB#3 for his birthday.  
I imagine him dragging it around.
It was designed to hold these vintage wood blocks that used to belong to his Daddy.
Happy Birthday, big guy!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Holiday Baking

M has been baking holiday cookies again.
This time they are Easter themed.
She did all the baking and made the royal icing.  It was our first time trying something other than buttercream.  We shared duties piping and filling the spaces.  I think they turned out fairly well considering it was our first attempt.
I found some food coloring markers and put faces on the bunnies.
Even the scraps got the "royal" treatment.

Hoping you try something new,