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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Cherries

 Riverton, Utah           High 88 Low 67

About the middle of the morning we had a thunder shower. We got a lot of rain from it. It only lasted for a little while.

I wasn't sure we would get any cherries, but the birds left me quite a few. Cindy and I picked about 20 pounds this morning.



My son, daughter-in-law and 2 grand kids came over for a visit. Cindy had decided to give them a quilt. and had some to pick from. Bridgette liked one and Don liked another, so Cindy gave them both. The two kids also saw some they liked, so they also went home with a quilt each.




I guess I missed one of them.

The next two pictures show Penny in her favorite spot.



This post wouldn't be complete without one more quilt. This one took a while.






July is almost here.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

A Few More Quilts

 Riverton, Utah      High 85 Low 51

Right now the weather is right where it should be at this time of year. Last week set another record high for the date. Then it cooled off about 40 degrees to the mid sixty's for a few days. Sure has been a strange year.

I still have hopes to get some cherries, but the birds have been busy eating and knocking them off the tree. The ones that are left are about a week from being ripe. That hasn't stopped me from trying a few, but they really aren't quite ripe enough. 

Cindy has been really busy with her garden. I have been busy quilting and putting up some shelving we got at an estate sale for my garage. Hopefully I can get some of my junk organized.

I had a friend of one of my quilting customers call me and asked about quilting a baby quilt. I told her I would be happy to do it. It was probably the smallest quilt I have ever quilted. She seemed happy with the finished product.

I got a couple of Cindy's quilts finished. They took a lot longer than the baby quilt.





Cindy does like her pieced quilts. I showed the back of the above one for Nancy's benefit to show another pieced back.


We did this same quilt in different colors, brown I think. She has another one in Christmas colors. 



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Thursday, June 9, 2022

We've Both Been Busy

 Riverton, Utah       High 88 Low 58

The weather finally got hot, too hot for this early in the summer. The weather guessers are predicting 100 degrees Saturday, which will be a new record high for the date that has stood since 1918.

Cindy told me that some of the yard didn't seem to be getting water. We had a sprinkler repair company work on the sprinkler heads last year. I checked the screen the heads had on them, and all of them were almost plugged with dirt and goo, so I cleaned them and now they seem to be doing better.

Cindy is still making more quilts. She has me square up a lot of the small blocks she sews, and I have done so many that I tell her they must be breeding to have so many. It seem like every night there are a pile of about 100 to trim. Oh, well, I guess I haven't got anything better to do while I watch TV.

I finally got through with the quilt I have been working on for the last 2 weeks. The panel is called Dream Big Leaf. I bought the quilting patterns to do it from Wasatch Quilt Designs. The last set had 57 different patterns in it, while this one only has 24. I didn't care for what she did after the large center set of leaves, so I didn't use some of her designs. Instead, I followed the veins in the leave. What took so long was using about 12 different colors of thread for all the different colored leaves. Each set of leaves are in sets of 8.


Then every other block is a different color, which again required a thread change.






Sorry, the quilt pictures are all I have this time.

We found out that our next door neighbor in Yuma, who is from Edmonton, Alberta, is going to have a triple bi-pass surgery on his heart this summer. We both hope everything turns out well for him.

Today we got a notification that one of our local Grocery Stores had a special on strawberries. We bought quite a few cases, so Cindy can make strawberry syrup and tonight we had strawberry short-cake.

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day

 Riverton, Utah       High 52 Low 38

The day started out with lots of rain. There is new snow on the mountains. This afternoon the sun finally came out at about 4:00 PM.

 I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day and hope you remember our fallen soldiers.

I only finished one quilt this past week. I have been trimming lots of blocks for Cindy and doing lots of cutting for some of the quilts she is working on. She still likes pieced quilts.




This is a smaller than usual flannel quilt. It was a quick over-all. This one took Cindy longer to make than I spent quilting it. Being flannel on both sides, it should make a nice warm cuddle quilt.

Today I bought a set of quilting patterns for our next quilt. It is ready to quilt and will take me a lot longer to quilt than it took to make. It uses a panel called Dream Big Leaf, by Hoffman Fabrics.

We spent the afternoon in the garden. We have lots of tomato plants, some with flowers already. There are lots of plants coming up.







This group of raspberries has sure taken off this year.


The only fruit we are going to get are pears and cherries. There are lots of pears. you can see some of them in the next picture.


From these pictures you can see the cherries. Right now they look like green grapes, but there are lots of them




Tomorrow we need to go to the fabric store and get several different colors of thread to do the quilt I talked about above.  

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

I'm Ready For Some Warmer Weather

 Riverton, Utah      High 68 Low 38

It got warm for a while, but then went back to near freezing temperatures. Cindy usually figures Mother's Day it is safe to plant tomatoes and flowers, but the forecast called for near or below freezing temperatures. Yesterday morning we saw frost on the lawn. 

Because of this we took a lot of the flowers into the garage, pulled the tomato cages and put buckets and flower pots over them. Cindy covered the sprouts that are just coming up with old towels. After tomorrow all the plants should be alright (according to the Weather Guessers).

These are the flowers we put in the garage:



These are the tomatoes:


This shows what is under the cover.



Cindy's onions seem to be doing okay.


Cindy still hopes for a large garden.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Fence Is Finished

 Riverton, Utah         High 67 Low 40

It finally got warmer, with no more frost warnings.

Yesterday was a nice enough day that I decided to put the fence back together. It took me a while, but we both are pleased with the result.






It also was warm enough that we brought all the plants out of the garage and placed them around the yard. Cindy planted the tomatoes that we have had in the house and planted some squash.


 Poor little Penny had kind of a rough week. Tuesday she had a vet appointment. They gave her a bordetella shot, which made her sick for a while. I looked it up and it was because the injection was doing its job. It only last a day and then she was back to normal. 

She has been getting so shaggy that we couldn't take it any longer. It has been so cold, that we didn't want her to get her hair cut too soon, but today was the day. I got a before and after picture of her.



I think she looks a lot better.

I worked on quilting another quilt today. It was one that I got finished a lot quicker than it took Cindy to make. The only thing is I have to be careful with the three D ears on the dogs.





That's what we've been up to.
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