Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Around OakMeadows

One swallowtail. It is beautiful. But other than a few little yellow sulphurs, that's it for our butterflies. Just incredible that in the 11 years we have been out here we have seen the butterfly population just crash. So very sad. 

Speaking of sad, our daughter had to put her dear cocker spaniel down. It was time. She was old, old, and sick and was never going to get better. Daisy had a wonderful life and was loved and cared for to her very last breath. Oh that we all could be so fortunate to be surrounded by loved ones and have someone come to your home and give you a sedative overdose when the time comes. 

I made a blunder when trimming the batting from around the edge of the baby quilt and snipped 2 inches into the border.  I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how to fix it.  I think I will take out the seam along the whole border and piece in a patch. It won't be as perfect as if I hadn't botched it to begin with but if one is looking for perfection, might as well pass right on by me. 

Hot and Humid! That's all there is to say about July on the Texas Gulf Coast. No storms in the Gulf so there's that to be thankful for. 

I am watching Wolf Hall on Netflix DVDs.  Oh my, is it ever good! I only have 2 more episodes. I wonder if there will be another season?? Everyone knows about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn but 
there are so many other interesting characters--Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell.  Can't wait to get the next DVD and find out what happens next. 

Now one assignment: Everyone needs to go clean out your clothes drier's exhaust vent.  I thought that  the heating element in my drier was broken and that was why my clothes were not getting dry. So I called the repairman.  He found no problem with the heating element or anything else.  It turns out that my exhaust vent was clogged and the safety switch was turning off the heating element so that it wouldn't catch fire. So I paid $149 to have my exhaust hose cleaned out which I could easily have done myself. 


eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful butterfly, it is sad to see their populations decrease.

And I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's dog. I used to have a golden retriever named Daisy, it is so very hard to let them go! Sending my hugs to you and your daughter.

It has been hot and humid here but we are expecting cooler weather tonight. I am glad you dryer vent was cleaned out and now you know what to do! Have a happy day and week ahead!

barbara judge said...

Your mistake on your quilt is a personal touch. Remind who ever you give it to that life is never perfect. -- barbara

Weekend-Windup said...

Beautiful shot of the butterfly!


My mother did the same kind of error once on one of her quilts...this is how she fixed it. She trimmed out the cut piece...made a 'square patch' and stitched that into the part she had to cut out....then, before batting, she signed her name & date on the new patch....and embroidered over the signature/date for permanence. She started a 'fad' in her quilting repertoire...everyone started doing that.

Sad about Daisy.

Hattie said...

We have been suffering from humidity too. I'm so glad you mentioned Wolf Hall.I didn't realize it was on Netflix.

Hattie said...

Oh, Wolf Hall isn't on Netflix download though. But it is on Amazon. It costs something,but I can download episodes onto my Kindle Fire and watch them on the plane.

Florence said...

Hattie, we still get Netflix DVDs. Talk about being out of date!