Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Wet and Windy California

Good morning from wet and windy California.  We desperately need rain but the forecast is five to six inches.  Hmmmm...a bit much, a bit fast.  Wind gusts up to 50 mph.  My outside decorations are flopping around as we speak.  I think I'll just leave them in the flowerbed for the day.  LOL

With a new puppy, I just don't seem to get as much stitching done as usual.  Okay.  Truth?  I'm getting NO stitching done.  My usual stitching spot is a very comfy couch with the perfect light in the family room.  Which is carpeted.  And not a good place to spend time while attempting to potty train a puppy.  LOL  

Here are a few pictures of the famous Jack Jack.  I call this "Little Dog on Big Dog Bed".  

Moses is very long as Jack Jack does not bite him.  I keep an eye on them and they are learning to share the same bed.  Not that Moses is much interested but Jack Jack really loves him.  Poor Moses looks so disgusted.  LOL

Here is an picture of the moon peeking out from the clouds.  Taken from my back patio at 3:30 am.  Because everyone knows that when it's time for puppies to go, it is time to go.  Sometimes you just need to look for the positive...I got a great picture.  LOL

While I did not get any stitching done, I did get a few crafty things finished.  I realized that the pictures in my bathroom are about twenty years old.  They were starting to fade and just not that attractive.  Spent some time on Youtube and found some crafty ways to use Dollar Tree stuff.  I painted, added scrapbook paper and made myself some new pretties.

I think this is my favorite.  I was going to just hang the tag but then realized that it was a bit small.  Looks perfect on this revamped frame.  I had the button in my stash and it fit perfectly.

Meanwhile in the Garden de irises are confused.  The temperature has been down to 25 degrees, but I still found this beauty hiding behind my gas meter.

As for my succulents, lots of growth going on out on the patio.  Not sure why!!  It's just as cold on the patio as everywhere else.

One of my hanging plants.  I love spider plants .  A few years ago I threw in a couple of succulent starts.  Took off and makes a beautiful statement.

I put in two blackberry vines.  I love blackberries but it may be a couple of years before my first harvest.  I am ever hopeful.  And strawberry blooms?  Yep, got one.  LOL  Check out those tomato plants!!  While cleaning up last year's garden, I threw some old, rotten tomatoes into the planter.  It is really early, but at least I know that the seeds will germinate.

Okay.  Off to start my day.  First...breakfast.  My neighbor brought over a loaf of fresh sourdough bread.  Super tasty and excellent as toast. Maybe I'll do some baking.  Not like I'm heading outside today.  LOL   

Wishing each of you a safe and happy week.  Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Puppies, Winter Gardening and What Day is It?

Good morning and happy whatever day this may be.  LOL  I have a phone and a calendar yet still seem to be unable to keep up with the passage of time.  My hubby and I both tested negative for Covid, but TEN days later, yes, TEN days, I was contacted by the county health department and was told that I should quarantine for another fourteen days.  I told them that I tested negative but they were insistent that that was not enough and we should stay home...again.  I have all respect for keeping this virus in check but their concern was a bit late.  Sigh.  

This past August, my not-so-DH decided that we should breed our mini-Aussie.  He has several friends that really wanted one of her puppies.  I did not agree...there are always animals to adopt.  He takes great pleasure in telling people that he listens to me then does as he pleases.  Pretty much true.  He can be very annoying.  All that being said...he went ahead with his plan.  Whether I agreed or not, I was sucked into the program.  Here are some puppy pictures to make ya'll smile.  I have decided to keep one for myself.  He is the runt and only half the size of the others.  He wasn't expected to live.  I wasn't sure what his super powers would be so I named him Jack Jack after the baby from The Incredibles.  They all have homes and the last one is leaving on Sunday.

Basket of puppies.

Jack Jack.

Jack Jack after his spa day.

Eating...they sound like termites.

Nothing like a snack to bring the group together.  LOL

In other news, I am catching up on my gardening chores.  The roses are sleeping for the winter.  You can see my vegetable pots in the background.  Everything is done for the season and waiting for Spring.

My two-vine vineyard.  Loved the raisins I made last year and have plans to make all of this year's crop into the same.

Only gardening left to finish is cleaning up my irises.  That is on today's chore list.

Just so you know that I'm still is the 2020 SAL Quaker.  Before you ask...yes, I'm a bit behind.  LOL

Working on the WTNT Christmas piece.  Santa is faceless, but hoping to get that done as soon as I'm finished with the SAL.

Well, off to start my chores.  We are almost out of big-dog snacks so I am definitely going to town.  Have a fabulous week and be kind to one another.