Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Tuesday Before Thanksgiving

Design - "Thanksgiving Sampler" (kit)
Designer - Heart in Hand
 Fabric - 32 count Clay Belfast linen
Fibers - GAST & WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 16 November 2011
Completed - 20 November 2011

As I do not have any stitching progress to share, let's take a look at a stitch from the recent past. So many different things are demanding my attention - my time to stitch has contracted to next to nothing. 

One of those things has been getting to all my late fall / early winter gardening chores.  As you can see we've had a hard frost.

The zinnias which were once so bright and cheery...

...are now brown and done for the year.

Many of the plants in the mudroom flowerbed including the Black and Blue Salvia were killed by the frost.  The pink salvia on the left is still hanging on much to the delight of my Anna's Hummingbirds.

And on the trellis on the back left, the winter clematis "Wisley" has just begun to bloom. 

Besides finishing off many of the tender annuals, a hard frost can be lovely too. Here it serve to perfectly delineate the leaf pattern of this fern. 

The verbena bonariensis is another annual that is done for the year.

I will let the plants stay as the finches will pick them over for any stray seeds.

The frost added texture to this mullein.  

And look at how pretty this new Japanese maple is!

This young tree will have pride of place at the front of our house.

With a cold spell coming up mid-week I am so glad that my mother and I were able to get everything put safely away and protected.  Thanks Mom! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

November Birds

As you see I am working on a Prairie Schooler turkey.  I don't think that I will have it done before the Big Day, but I'll show it off when I do get it finished. 

I've had Cooper's Hawks, and Sharp-shinned Hawks, and this hawk - maybe a Red-tailed Hawk.

I have lots of Steller's Jays this month.

The infamous red-eyed Towhee.

Lots of Golden-crowned Sparrows.  I am still waiting for the White-crowned Sparrows to show up.

I have easily a dozen Oregon Juncos. 

Small and rather argumentative, they are one of my favorite winter birds. 

Who is your favorite winter bird Parvati? 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday in the Rain

I am sorry it is cold and raining...

...but that's no reason to turn your back on me!

That's better!

It's breakfast time!

And you couldn't be happier to see me, could you?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bambi and His Father

The other day I noticed the smallest of bumps on the head of this fawn.

Next year he will sport antlers.

He will look like this guy.

And someday, if he is lucky, he will be a regal buck.

Isn't this a handsome fellow?

He was herding several does ad fawns.

Pretty magnificent.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Weekend are made for naps.  

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday's Framed Finish

Design - "For the Birds"
Designer - The Drawn Thread
Fabric - 28 count Khaki linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 14 March 2010
Completed - 29 March 2010

Framed - October 2015

This blue frame picks up the blues of the alphabet perfectly.  

It's tough to be a song bird with all the hawks that have been hanging around.

It's hard to see the tail, but I think it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

With up to fifty Pine Siskins in the area, the hawk has a good chance to snatch a meal. 

Four Pine Siskins in a row. 

They've been flocking to my feeders.

When they fly the yellow of the wings glows - see the bird flying to the feeder on the right?

There is constant fluttering and flapping as the birds come and go.  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Humble Gratitude

I brought this stitch out of the archives as I thought the sentiment was extremely fitting after everything that has happened in the world recently.
We still have much to be thankful for.

Design - "Humble Gratitude"
Designer - For My Boys
Fabric - 32 count Flax linen 
Fibers - WDW - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 13 November 2010
Completed - 20 November 2010

The other day Padma and a young fawn had a face-off. 

At first the fawn appears not to notice the cat.

The she does, and comes in for a closer look.

"Who is this creature?"


Padma turns a cold shoulder.

But the fawn comes closer still.

Time for a retreat!

"I wasn't the least bit scared," says Padma Patel.