Friday, July 29, 2011

This Little Rabbit Took Up Residence In My Lilies

He or she is just adorable. He or she lives underneath my lilies and under my raspberry bushes.

We had some heavy rains the other day.

This is a picture of my flowers taken at night. The bright light is a lit-up turtle that glows.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Magic Forest has a New Home

I am so glad that Tracey posted on my blog. I will be sending Tracey The Magic Forest, some fabric, and some other surprises. I hope you will enjoy them.

The Magic Forest Free To You

I inadvertedly ordered two kits of The Magic Forest by Elsa Williams. I had one on backorder for a while, and I ordered another one without cancelling the order after I got my first backordered one. It is very nice. It does have Aida, so if you don't like to stitch on Aida, you may wish to get a nice piece of linen. I did that. I also have a nice piece of 40 ct. Nutmeg linen. I can't see on 40 ct. linen. Why I bought that I don't know. I have a beautiful piece of 32 ct. Amber. I also have some other nice patterns that I will be happy to send to you. I am not having a Giveaway Contest. If you would like these items, just let me know. The first person to post and say she wants it, I will be happy to send these items to you, plus a few surprises.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hot, Hot Weather and Some Birds

The weather here in the Chicago area is very hot, in the nineties. Checking on the flowers and gardens often to make sure they're not wilting in the sun. The cool air-conditioning is too welcoming. I love to have my doors and windows open because I love to hear the birds chirping outside. We have so many birds. I hate the closed-in quietness of the air-conditioning, but I hate the hot, humid weather more. I do love summer, but summer does have a tendency to get just way too hot. I did see two small birds outside of my kitchen yesterday morning. I had the wrong lens on my camera, and I didn't get the close-up I wanted, but I was afraid if I went to get the lens, the birds would fly away. After I took this picture, I did go get my other lens, but, alas, one bird flew away, and the other bird showed me his back.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Sweet Cat, A Rainbow, A Blueberry Cake and Some Blueberry Muffins, and a Pretty Flower

If you follow my blog, you know I have three Maine Coon Cats. Each cat is unique and adorable. Dasher, who is the alpha male, is extremely intelligent and takes charge of the other two. Snowball, who is my middle cat, is really Dasher's half-brother (they share the same father but have a different mother). Snowball is sweet, but a little aloof. Then I have Jessie Rose. She is the female of the group, and is a sweet, sweet cat. She is shy and loves to eat and be babied.

This is Jessie Rose. She loves her treats and waits patiently to get them. She will turn a circle when she asks for treats.

We had a double rainbow the other night. I was only able to get a picture of the main rainbow; the other faded quickly. I love rainbows; their color and magic lets us know that God is in His Heaven.

I love rainbows. They are so beautiful. They always remind me of my childhood.

I got ten pounds of blueberries; some I froze, and with the others, I made a cake and some great muffins.

This is a blueberry cake. I love this cake. It is so good. I found the recipe from the blueberry farm where my husband bought the blueberries.

These are my blueberry muffins. They are so good. I keep making them and expect my family to eat them.

This is one of my perennials outside of my kitchen door. I have blue and white flowers. I love how the sun makes a shadow of the flower.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Fresh Yellow Squash

I love fresh yellow squash from the garden. It's especially nice when you get just a few, and they're small and sweet. This is the first squash I picked from my garden.

This was so yummy. I put salt and pepper, parsley flakes, and parmesan cheese on the squash, and then my son grilled it. I love summer.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

First Raspberries of the Season

Here is my first bowl of raspberries. They were very sweet and good. They reminded me of the ones my Mom and I always picked at her house.

Is there anything more lovely than raspberries ripening on the vine?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July

Betsy Ross makes her flag. Happy Fourth of July to everyone.

The American flag reminds us of how fortunate we are to live in a country with so much freedom.