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Thoughtful Thursday…

What are you thinking about today???

Spring Cleaning??? (I am thinking about it…have at least gotten that far…)

Giving our 3 little girl shelties a good bath…

Puttering in the potting shed…now that sounds more like it!

Starting to clear out the master bathroom for next week’s redo…

Talking to Mr. Outback (aka DH) about how high to make my re-rod peony cages

Thinking about my first visit yesterday to a new Asian market in our area…found all kinds of wonderful ingredients and the freshest bean sprouts ever. Do you like to explore a new market as much as I do? Colorful packaging,  exotic greens and fruits for sale – all so interesting and just calling out “Try me!” We made these rice paper wraps last night – turned out very tasty, though not quite the neat presentation of this cover photo…

And hoping my registration forms get to the Valdez Quilt Festival people in time to be included in the Marsha McCloskey workshop scheduled for September. Due May 1 – it’s going to be close!

Do you own this quilt book?

If you do – treasure it – the value is climbing…copies listed on Amazon.com are going for well over $100.00. One of my quilt buddies wisely observed that some of our old quilt books could fund our retirement (could we part with these gems though?)

That’s it for now – as always the mind is in a whirl with things to do and think about…I need to add more memory or figure out how to use a thumb drive.

Have a good weekend…

Pat ( I think puttering in the potting shed has won out for this morning :o)

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…is one of my favorite local greenhouses. Saturday was not the most Springlike for Opening Day, but like a “fabric fix,” I needed a “plant fix” – wearing my rain coat, off I went. Don’t you love it when you see that “Open” sign…so beckoning…so welcoming…

If you live in North Central Wisconsin, this is a nice place to visit – family owned; friendly; and healthy plants.

While there were flowering plants in all the greenhouse areas, it is still early enough that there wasn’t that riot of color you see later in May. But, if you read last week’s post about my impatient state of mind, what I saw was enough to lift my winter weary spirits.

Smiling pansies…

Richly colored begonias…

Sparkling geraniums…

Fragrant pink petunias…

I came home with some nice size Penstemon for early color, a large tomato plant and a large pepper plant with fruit all ready set. This summer we hope to be on the road quite a bit so the gardening is being scaled back.  Seed orders were minimal this season and  things are progressing well in the potting shed. A friend shared a new-to-me catalog that I have fallen in love with – wait ’til next year!!! If you are really into lettuces, heirloom tomatoes and “gourmet” style vegetables, check out The Cook’s Garden – gorgeous stuff! I am impressed with the fact that they offer a packet of 25 seeds featuring a wide variety of Heirloom tomatoes – so doable for a small garden & they offer lettuce varieties out of this world.

Have to share an update photo of our seed sprouter in use…don’t those sprouts look great! Just like the package said – 6 days ’til harvest…this compact little model is from Gardens Alive and the sprouts mix is called Sandwich Mix.

Would you believe we have all ready finished both layers??  So yummy on salads and sandwiches. Started more sprouts this morning…

And since we finally are receiving some much needed rain, I spent some time in the sewing room…

A few more Borealis batik blocks…

And some more evening stitching by the fire…

And about all that impatience of last week?? I recently saw a quote – don’t remember by who…

“Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.”

I’m working on it…have a great week

And always take time to stitch…

Pat

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“Not Quite Yet…”

It has been noted recently, that some of you out there in blogland are experiencing a form of “writer’s block.” I think I have joined your company this week. Sure, I could just post more images of yet another applique block completed – but you may be thinking, why doesn’t she just get on with it and wrap that puppy up?? Call it what you will…I am dragging…moving through a mist…not operating on all cylinders…

The week has gotten me this far…

A new seed sprouter…the directions say – 6 days…this is at 3 days…I am impatient for that first crunchy harvest!

Our surrounding trees and woods have taken on that first green haze…I am impatient for a full leaf out!

My cutting table has no surface left to cut on…too many projects started…I am impatient to have something complete!

My potting shed bench has lovely seedlings growing towards the sun…but nights are still frosty…I am impatient to have settled gardening days!

And yet, I am so thankful for watching something grow that I planted and having the ability to do that. I am thankful that my sewing room holds such a variety of fabric and projects to work on and having the ability to do that.

Went to our local Target store this morning and found that they are now carrying some really cool things licensed by Giada de Laurentis…one of my favorite cooks to watch on the Food Network.  Pasta, sauces, coffees, a gorgeous red panini grill which I will covet…and a wonderful bamboo cutting board that followed me home. Looking forward to chopping on this little beauty!

So that’s my week – things halfway done (prefer to think positive – instead of halfway undone) – everything is at that “Not Quite Yet” stage.

What I think has really happened is this…I have a huge case of SPRING FEVER…How about you??

So…off to start a cheery fire (which may be a challenge as there is a stiff wind from the North) and as…………

Always, take time to stitch…

Pat

A brave little pansy that wintered over in our garden

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A Little of This…

And a little of that…

My fixation with DOTS continues – DH found these recently – DOTS are truly made for all occasions! Soft, pastel, Springlike colors…yum!

Here in Northern Wisconsin, April is proving to be a trickster…colder weather returned last week…even a few snowflakes. So that called for more fireside stitching.  Managed to finish appliqueing 2  blocks for my Liberty Ladies project (ELizabeth’s Pride by Lori Smith) These are # 6 & #7

And a few more Borealis paper pieced blocks are completed…I think every batik I own is pulled out on top of my cutting table…such a mess but the colors are so much fun to play with…

And that is kind of my mish-mash week. Officially completed my PT for the knee on Friday. This coming week starts my own Wellness efforts – hoping to do 2 days a week for awhile just working on building up strength. Back on the home treadmill again which I missed & using the equipment at  Rehab, including their treadmill which goes in reverse. A bit disconcerting at first but the movements really aid in restoring your balance, oddly enough making uneven ground easier to negotiate. That will be so important as I begin to spend more hours outdoors getting the gardens ready.

On the pond this week…buffleheads, wood ducks and mallards (and one destructive muskrat – his days are numbered!) Our Spring Peepers are providing quite a chorus of “music” after dark and I saw our first bluebird this morning. Are you following the hummingbirds in their northbound migration? Visit Hummingbirds.net Our group is in southern Wisconsin and with warm weather predicted late next week, they could start appearing earlier than usual. Best get the feeders ready soon.

Have a great week…and

Always take time to stitch…

Pat

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What thoughts do you have today? Are you busily getting the house ready for Easter company; attending a special church service; taking a quiet moment for yourself? Whatever you are busy at, may you have a beautiful Spring day to accomplish what needs to be done.

In my thoughts today…

A morning in the potting shed – opening it up for the season…

On the radio – Haydn, Telemann, Mozart…

As a background to the soft chatter of nearby birds…

The call of sandhill cranes as they circle overhead…

The quiet, clear, gentle chimes I just hung on the little porch…a Christmas gift from our son…

Watching the movements of our resident geese as they guard their nest on the pond…

The pleasure of mixing potting soils and the promise that lies within a packet of new seeds…

The feel of a warm, Spring breeze coming through the open windows by my potting bench…

The Blessings of this Easter shared with my family – particularly with my parents – Dad at 92 and Mom at 85.

Wishing each of you all the special moments that Life has to offer…

Pat

I have had this little 2-piece egg forever...

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