Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hellooo There

Good Saturday morning, dear friend!

It's been quite a busy couple of weeks, stitching wise, and I can't wait to show you what I have been up to...

So, without further blah, blah, blah...

First up...

My July Dough Bowl smalls...




I love these littles, they are perfect for relaxed stitching while watching sports on the tube, with the hubby...

Check out the backs...


I used fun left over fabric...


You can see which fronts go with the fabric backs...

Next up...

I have been creating a lot of smoke with my needle, working on MeMa's Shepberd's Bush Stocking...


I am just about finished with the bottom, and then will move onto the top, and before you know it...off it will go to Miss Faye's house for some real sweet finishing...I'll keep you updated :)

But...

I haven't just been sitting upon me bum stitching, nope not this girl! I have been doing a lot of gardening...and have the sore bum muscles to prove it...no pain, no gain!

These pics are rather lousy, so I apologize in advance...

I spent about a week on the whole project...

First I weeded and weeded...and weeded!


Then I mulched...


And mulched...


All together it took 7 bags of mulch (2.0 cubic each)...To cover the beds in the front and back yard...and my property is not that big!



It made hubby and I chuckle to think about the big dump truck that used to bring us our ton of mulch in Connecticut...somehow almost an acre didn't seem so big for the 15 years that we owned that house, but now we go "Wow, no wonder we were so tired all of the time!"

Notice the grass? Go ahead and say it "Why ain't it green?!" We play a little game in So Cal called hide the sprinklers...and yes everybody does it...where you water just enough to keep your grass alive, but not enough to look like it...It's a whole drought thing, LOL, and we take this drought
seriously here :)

I even rescued a cactus that had been slowly looking more and more depressed since it's owner had sold and then abandoned the property. I couldn't save the whole cactus because it was huge, and I didn't have a big enough saw, or the big bucks it takes to remove and transplant an old cactus...so I did the next best thing...

I took a cutting...


Meet "Sylvia" our newest addition to the cactus/succulent family that resides on my back deck, including "Stanley" who was once left for dead...

I am drying her out for a few days, and then I will transplant her into a pot with cactus soil and vitamins, and she will go forth and prosper in memory of her big ole' grandaddy from which she came...

You may just be wondering how I know about saving and transplanting cactus...well let's just say this 'aint my first rodeo...and with that I will say no more..."Stanley."

I also wanted to take a moment to update ya'll on Mr. Leo...


He is doing amazingly great!

We are still holding our breath, praying that he will continue to improve as well as he has been. This pic is from yesterday and his 12th chemo treatment...look at that face! He is always happy and never shows any sign of the war that is being waged inside of him...and for that we are ever grateful! His ontology team is so amazing, how they do this day after day I just don't know, but they do...and with such sweet care and compassion for both the pups and their parents...we are so lucky to have them!

He will continue his chemo through September and then we will re-group and discuss his prognosis, but at this point he has far exceeded all of our expectations for the future. (Kina Hora...poo, poo, poo!)

Well, that's about it folks!

Hugs Ya'll...

8 comments:

  1. Mr Leo is such a cutie! I sure so hope the best for him! Love that July bowl! Perfect for the time of year. This year Western Wa looks just like CA. We just haven't learned about the sprinkling yet. We too are doing just enough to keep the yard alive, not pretty!!

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  2. I love your dough bowl so much I want my own dough bowl with little sweet things to fill it with :) That is wonderful news about Mr. Leo!! He has the sweetest face! Your stocking is beautiful, I can't wait to see it all done. And I am so jealous of your cactus! I live in eastern Canada so I am lucky if I can keep a small cactus alive indoors haha.

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  3. Mr. Leo is a handsome boy and I didn't realize he was undergoing chemo treatments. Give him a scratch behind his ears for me. Your dough bowl looks great. I really like the smalls you have stitched as well as the included 'filler' (where did you get the stars?) Enjoy your weekend.

    Robin in Virginia

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  4. Aww good for Leo. I love your bowl of July smalls, especially the little stars underneath.

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  5. A gorgeous post..love all the stitching and pleased your pup is doing well. Fingers crossed and prayers that you get good news at the end of it xx

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  6. Good for you! I love gardening also.
    Mr. Leo is one handsome guy. Hugs to him!
    Your dough bowl is awesome.

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  7. Love the littles. They are always fun. Leo is so cute.

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  8. Praying for your dear dog! Kudoes for saving at least a cutting of that cactus and I adore those smalls!

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