Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Finish - Cute as a Bug

Design - "Cute as a Bug"
Designer - Birds of a Feather
Fabric - 32 count R & R Dark Cappuccino
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 16 May 2010
Completed - 19 May 2010

Framed - October 2014

The burgundy frame picks up the color of the sentiment.

I now have framed three patterns in this series.

We've had over 2 inches of rain and wind as well.

The deer did not much seem to mind.

At one point three of the four were bedded now in the pouring rain.

Chewing their cud.

And otherwise kicking back.

Until they heard a car drive up.

I cannot thank everyone enough for their comments and kind words about our Solomon.  

As you can see he is feeling much better.

His red mouth and the ulcers on his tongue are much improved.
His liver is much better as well. He is eating, drinking, playing and sleeping 'normally' once again. His white cell count though is still far too high. We have started a 21 day course of antibiotics and will take blood work again at its conclusion.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Descent of Woodpeckers

I have two stitching projects left over from September.
On the left is Mosey 'n Me's "Folk Art Cat" to which I've added a few more tiger stripes.  On the right is Barrick Sampler's "Log Cabin Cat" with the outer board now 50% stitched.


A group of Woodpeckers is called a descent.  If you think about it they fly to the tops of trees and then descend as they work away. 

Here's my Descent of Acorn Woodpeckers.

One

Two

Two - male and female

Two again - females this time

Three

Four birds!
This is the most at the feeders at one time!

I think I'm in for some good bird watching in the winter months with this group of birds!

I mentioned earlier in the week that we'd watched a cool bird documentary.  It was an episode in a six part series called "Earthflight: A Nature Special Presentation and aired on PBS. It might repeat or be available on Netflicks.  It was well worth watching - I'd like to see the other five parts of the series.       

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Making Marigolds

I've been working away making marigolds. It doesn't look like much but it took me two long sessions to get the blossoms stitched.

Down in my sister's garden there are lots of pollinators who appreciate have October's Marigolds!

We had a break in our days of rain, so I took a walk. 

I like how the light plays in the forest this time of year.

The Sword Fern is the carpet of a thick Douglas Dir forest.

Some plants get ready for spring in autumn. The Hazel have set catkins already.

And with a bit of rain, the Vine Maple has rewarded me with a bit of fall color.

Looking at our dry creek bed though it is obvious that we still need rain, rain, and yet more rain.

The Quarry Pond looks a bit better - not as slimy as it did in September.  There are oodles of young bullfrogs.  Can you spot the two in this photo?

Rose hips are my favorite fall color I think. 

Here's a weird fungus of some sort.  I'm hoping with more rain to see a mushroom or two.

This is the current mix of fall leaves: Bog Leaf Maple, Ash, Cottonwood, and Oak.  I like the smell of wet, decaying Oak leaves. Do you have smells that remind you of autumn?

Solomon Update: Outwardly he appears to be improving.  We are supposed to get results of some blood work today which will show if his liver has improved and his white cell blood count has dropped. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Wonderful Market Visit

Design - "Spooky"
Chart - "Hocus Pocus"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Lambswool linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 14 October 2014
Completed - 17 October 2014 

This design resembles a Tarot card and when upright the owl is on top...

...turn it upside down to admire the smiling bat!

How did it get to be Tuesday already? As I am writing this it is pouring buckets.  So for the Garden Party I'll go back in time to our lovely weekend and our wonderful Farmers' Market.   

We had a picture-perfect weekend and with a 5:00pm football game Saturday, the Farmers' Market was bustling shoppers and looky-loos.  

October is all about Winter Squash.  I am always amazed at the different colors and shapes.

October is a month of abundance.

Lots of tomatoes and peppers.

And Mystery Veggies too like Celeriac and Rutabegas and Parsnips.

I am more comfortable with old standards like potatoes.

Also grapes, apples, pears and figs.

In the cut flower stands the Dahlia reigned supreme!

Who says a mid-October market is dull?
Look at all that wonderful color!

I was pleased to see three or four bakeries at the market.
I did not go away empty-handed!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Birds Abound

 
Design - "Whoo"
Chart - "Hocus Pocus"
Designer - The Prairie Schooler
Fabric - 32 count Lambswool linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 14 October 2014
Completed - 16 October 2014

I've fallen asleep listening to the owls the past few nights, so this is an appropriate seasonal stitch!

Besides the owls...

The darned Starlings are back and at my peanut feeders.
The Acorn Woodpeckers drive them away thank goodness!  

It's almost time for the Turkey Vultures to head off to South America.

We watched a bird documentary the other day and it is amazing to think that soon these same birds will be cavorting with Andean Condors in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. 

I keep hoping that a Hairy Woodpecker or two will try out my bird feeders, but so far I've not had any takers.
  
On a walk the other day I spied a tiny Brown Creeper eating insects as it inched its way up a tree, then flitted down a few feet only to start the climb up once again.

The House Finches have been absent for a while, so I was pleased to see this handsome fellow.

I continue to have lots of Goldfinches.  In past years they've disappeared before November's end.  It will be interesting to see if they chose to stick around this year. 

And my flock of little Bushtits has returned.  I heard their high-pitched chatter and found them easily enough.  Last winter they ate suet fairly regularly, I am hoping once the weather turns that they become repeat customers.


And now for a Solomon-cat update.

First off thanks to everyone human and furry who sent good wishes.  Solomon is making the smallest of strides.  His temperature has come down, and with re-hydration, 3 kinds of antibotics, vitamin B12, and cortisone he is eating once again and is more alert.  He was at the vet Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and will return on Monday and Tuesday for more shots and a report on the DNA analysis of his mouth ulcers.  He has been one very sick kitty cat.