Thursday, September 29, 2016

Around OakMeadows


Around OakMeadows

Oh my, what glorious weather--cooler and very low humidity! I have been waiting for this since May!  

I found someone to machine quilt my quilt top for me. It should be ready soon after we get back from our trip. I hope this works out so that I can still have the fun of designing and making the tops and she can do the quilting on her machine for me. We shall see. 

I couldn't watch the debate. From the reports the next day, it seems that Hillary did quite well and for that I am glad.  The state of Texas allows seniors over 65 to vote by mail and that is how JMM and I vote.  He received his vote by mail ballot yesterday so I should get mine today. I just want to get them filled out and mailed back in ASAP and put this awful election behind. 

My SIL came home from rehab Wednesday. Slowly she is getting back her strength and general liveliness. What an ordeal she has been through. West Nile Virus is serious!

We did not see one single Monarch last week!  However, we have had a wide variety of others: Gulf Fritillaries, Queens, Little yellow, Longtailed skipper, Ocola skipper, Lyside sulphur, Cloudless sulphur, and Sachem. When we get back from our trip, I am getting an early birthday present of a pair of butterfly binoculars. These have a closer focal range of about 6-8 feet which is perfect for butterfly watching. 

Speaking of our trip, we leave early on Saturday and drive 10 hours to Birmingham, AL. JMM has a couple of geology stops along the way. The next day we drive another 10 hours to Charlottesville, VA. I noticed that the Shenandoah National Park is quite near so after we have seen Montpelier, Monticello, and Mount Vernon, we will see SNP. I hope the fall foliage is nice while we are there. 

5 comments:

Rambling Woods said...

I am glad your SIL is doing better. My neurologist said that west Nile can be very bad..

Florence said...

Thank you, Michelle. This has been a wake up call for all of us to be more vigilant about protecting ourselves from mosquito bites.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Yes, I want the election over also. Seniors vote and all the ones I know are intelligent and will vote for Hillary. I hope the millenials wise up.
Sa about the Monarchs. Many causes of this I fear.

When you get to Charlottesville, you will be close to my daughter's farm.
Good news about your SIL.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

You and me both....this weather, ideal, has been a LONG time coming.

Good news to read about your sister in law...nice picture added to you post too Florence. Thanks so much for the condolences of our losing Winston!! Much appreciated.

Hattie said...

I'm glad we were able to get a few days of lovely fall weather in Seattle while visiting our children and grandchildren. I also wasn't going to watch the debate but was hooked after the first few minutes and saw the whole thing in real time. Glad I did. I was so down and now I'm so up!
I think it's safe to relax and enjoy life, even take our eyes off the ball for a while. It's been so tiring