Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Weekend

On Saturday morning my sister and I headed off to the Farmers' Market.
Even though it has a holiday weekend, it was bustling.

We stopped to listen to this group - good music!

By the end of May, there's a wide variety of produce available.

Signs of spring - snap peas and strawberries.

This stand offers all kinds of mixed greens.

Yep, it is finally warm enough to plant tomatoes.

Amazing to have raspberries and blackberries already. 

I was in search of a couple of bouquets.

It was hard to chose.

Cold pressed juices are The New Thing at the market.
They are expensive from $7.50 to $9.25 a bottle.

Most of the shoppers were oblivious, by I noticed that there was a very large flock of Cedar Waxwings in the trees at the market!

My sister bought a tomato plant, 2 pepper plants, red potatoes, 2 pints of strawberries and green onions. 

I found two lovely bouquets for Memorial weekend. 

Later in the afternoon, my sister, mother, aunt and I headed off with these flowers and lots more to visit three local cemeteries.  We visited memorials for two sets of my great-grandparents, both sets of my grandparents, and a couple of my uncles. After all that is what this holiday is all about. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Watching and Being Watched

We're outside enjoying some decent weather.

And we wish you'd stop staring at us...

...so that we can go back to waiting and watching.

Bunny watching

Another bunny watching

The last few days there's been six chipmunks waiting for me in the morning.
Here's Chip.

It must be Dale.
Here's Alvin.

Simon

and Theodore.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday - Having a Drink


It's the weekend. Let's have a drink!

Female Anna's Hummingbird

Male Anna's Hummingbird sipping nectar.

Note the yellow pollen 'dusting' is beak - that's how he functions as a pollinator. 

Keep up the good work!

Male Lesser Goldfinch (old camera - a bit blurry) 

Female Black-headed Grosbeak - note how much clearer this photo is with my replacement camera. 

Male House Finch

Female Black-headed Grosbeak and male House Finch 

Party at the Watering Hole!
Female American Goldfinch, male American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, male House Finch.

Female American Goldfinch and female House Finch

Male American Goldfinch whistling away.

Male California Quail

And while my Male Rufous Hummingbird does come to the feeders once in a while for a drink, he's very hard to catch there.  Much easier to get a photo from his look-out atop a young Douglas Fir.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday - Birds of a Feather Series Recap

I'm pretty proud (patting myself on the back) to have stitched an entire series!  I thought you might enjoy a recap of the ten pieces in Birds of a Feather's Animal Sayings.

In the order in which I stitched them.  


Design - "Cold as a Lizard"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 28 count Antique Pink linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 20 July 2010
Completed - 21 July 2010

Wow!  That was fast stitching!

Design - "Cute as a Bug"
Designer - Birds of a Feather in "Stitcher's World" May 2001
Fabric - 32 count R & R Dark Cappuccino
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 16 May 2010
Completed - 19 May 2010

Framed 2014

Design - "Curious as a Cat"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 30 count R & R Mink linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 26 May 2010
Completed - 31 May 2010

Framed 2014


Design - "Soft as a Bunny"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 32 count Birds of a Feather Barn Owl linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 17 July 2011
Completed - 29 July 2011

Design - "Happy as a Lark"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 28 count Liberty Gathering Gray R & R linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 15 August 2012
Completed - 17 August 2012

Design - "Quiet as a Mouse"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 28 count Liberty Gathering Gray R & R linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 25 August 2012
Completed - 1 September 2012

Design - "Busy as a Bee"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 28 count Birds of a Feather Meadowlark linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 27 June 2014
Completed - 18 June 2014

Fast stitching once again!

Framed 2014

Design - "Smart as a Fox"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 30 count Light Cappuccino R & R linen 
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 15 March 2015
Completed - 24 March 2015

Design - "Gentle as a Lamb"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 30 count R & R Mount Vernon linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 25 March 2015
Completed - 10 April 2015

Design - "Silly as a Goose"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 32 count R & R Golden Walnut linen 
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 18 April 2015
Completed - 7 May 2015

Design - "Wise as an Owl"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 30 count WDW Cocoa linen
Fibers - GAST - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 9 May 2015
Completed - 16 May 2015

All eleven in the series done.  The true hold up was finding "Wise as an Owl". It was by far the most elusive chart.  Now the challenge will be to decide which ones I next have framed.  I am thinking a bird theme with the lark, goose and owl.