24 May 2019

I thought MY situps were hard...

23 May 2019

Bird Brains


About two years ago, we started putting out corncobs to keep the squirrels away from the bird feeder. We were pretty happy with the results.


A couple of weeks ago or so, we bought a bag of oranges, and for the umpteenth time, there were a few unseen not-as-fresh specimens in the center of the bag. We decided to toss them to the squirrels, too, not knowing if the fruits would be well-received. We didn't pay too much attention, so we didn't know if the experiment would be worth repeating.

Tuesday we got another eight or so inches of snow. Yes, on May 21!!! Lizard said if this (much-needed) wet, heavy accumulation had been the typical December Dry, we'd have had about 30 inches. !!!


The snow melted really fast! That almost always happens this late in the year. You have to shake your trees so the branches don't break, but the moisture is heaven-sent.




I knew I'd have to feed the birds again when I got home from work. More than just the typical house finches raid the feeder after every single snowfall. I can't keep enough seeds in the feeder during multi-day storms!






I peeked out the back window and decided NOT to go in the yard yet. I didn't want to frighten away all the brightly colored yellow and red birds feasting on the moldy oranges AND the corn cob!






We've had tanagers a few times, but only for a few moments, usually just one day, every other spring or so. I had no clue we could have enjoyed them a little bit longer just by stringing orange slices from the tree branches!!!


We've had two brand new (to us) species in the last 24 hours! I'd seen photos of grosbeaks, but I'd never seen one in real life! Imagine having two such brightly-hued visitors along with seven western tanagers all at the same time!!!




Typically these days, I don't get much crocheting or quilting done in the evenings because of work. This week, I'm not getting much of anything done at home except bird-watching!!!





21 May 2019

Watering Season


Every year, perennials try to coax me into planting early. Every single year.

I was a very good girl this year. They say we shouldn't plant until after Mother's Day. I always cheat. And I always lose precious blooms in a late hard freeze. Every year.

This year I was patient. I waited. Now it's time to make sure I get up in time in the mornings to water before I have to leave for work. Unless we start getting some rain...


Or, well, I guess more snow. It's moisture, right???


The potted tomatoes and dahlias got to come inside for the storm. We'll see how the raised bed gardens handle one more blast.

I love snow. Really. I do. Almost as much as I love my garden...











20 May 2019

Snowflake Monday


This pattern was the purple " dinosaur egg" for one of my grands last Easter. There are six more "dinosaur egg" flake patterns to come!


Coors Field in Downtown Denver was almost named Jurassic Park because construction workers discovered all kinds of fossils when the stadium was built back in the early 1990s. And of course, the Colorado Rockies baseball team colors include purple.






You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!


Finished Size: 5.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Jurassic Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc and ch 5), [1 dc in ring, ch 5] 4 times; 1 dc in ring, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 7 to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, [3 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp] 5 times; 3 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 3: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, [ch 5, 1 sc in next gap between 3/dc groups, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 10, 1 sc in same tip] 5 times; ch 5, 1 sc in next gap between 3/dc groups, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 4, 1 trtr in starting sc to form 6th ch 10 loop of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of trtr, [3 dc in each next 2 ch 5 sp, 3 dc in next ch 10 loop, [[ch 3, 3 dc in same loop]] 2 times] 5 times; 3 dc in each of next 2 ch 5 sp, 3 dc in next ch 10 loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same loop, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form ch 3 tip corner.

Round 5: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, [ch 3, sk next 6 dc, 1 dc in next gap between 3/dc groups, ch 3, sk next 6 dc, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip corner, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip corner, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp] 5 times; ch 3, sk next 6 dc, 1 dc in next gap between 3/dc groups, ch 3, sk next 6 dc, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip corner, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, [3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next dc, sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), in next ch 5 tip work ([[3 dc, ch 3]] 2 times, 3 dc)] 6 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2

Round 7: [1 sc in next dc, 1 sc dec across next 2 dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, in next ch 3 sp work (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc), 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, 1 sc dec across 2 gaps on either side of next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, in next ch 3 sp work (1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc), 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, 1 sc dec across next 2 dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made, 1 dc in next dc, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next dc] 6 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.



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