Wordy Wednesday, Almost Thursday

I promised some random thoughts, and finally have a few minutes to jot them down.

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly that overwintered in the shed emerged from its chrysalis this past week.

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I parted with my camera for a couple of weeks, leaving it for repair. I hope no new birds show up in the yard during this time. I’m trying not to look! Thankful phones have cameras now, but mine isn’t much good for bird photography.

Now that my hands are empty, I’m purging more clutter from the house. I donated fabric to a local quilting group. There’s still plenty left should the sewing machine beckon; though, when trying to alter a top, the bobbin refused to bob bob bob along. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) 

Strathmore (artist paper) hosts three free online workshops each year. March featured Jess Park with Brush Lettering and Watercolor. The video lessons are available throughout 2017. The link at the beginning of the paragraph introduces each of this year’s artists and gives examples of their work and medium. Someone once told me to be willing to learn anything someone was willing to teach me, so I’m always trying new things.

Another recent fixation is making jewelry. I had a couple pieces that needed repair. Then I found a kit at Hobby Lobby

I opened the package, found the kit component list. I’d seen hubby assemble enough things that I knew to sort everything out and make sure it was all there: 50 of these, 220 of those, 15 of another, 32, 20, 140… (to infinity). All was accounted for.

Tools needed? Have them.

I made the earrings according to the directions, then moved on to the bracelet. “Form a loop on one end of the wire and begin randomly stringing beads on to fill up the wire.” 12 different types of beads, 754 pieces. All sorted out–then put on randomly?

I’m a bookkeeper. I don’t take numbers and do “random!” I’m pretty sure something short-circuited in my neural network at that point. I took a deep breath and began. 

Now I’m hooked! Here’s the bracelet and earrings I made. (My loops need more practice).

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It is now officially Thursday. I rambled on quite a bit, I hope you were able to stay awake to the end. What are you working on this week? Have you tried anything new lately? How did it turn out? 

Have a blessed rest of your week!
Love ya!

 

 

Saturday and Catching up!

Saturday, and Catching up for the Week. 

Apparently too soon, I thought life was back to normal. Hubby took off a couple of days this week. His original plans changed from a WV trip to working around the house and yard. Today, I’m combining Good Fences, Willy Nilly Friday 5, Random 5 Friday, Friday’s Huntand Today’s FlowersI look forward to visiting you very soon! 

I apologize for the wonky format. I thought switching to the WordPress new editor would help straighten it out, but it didn’t. It’s taken all afternoon to get this written, not inclined to start over. 

Friday’s Hunt v1.20 features Starts with T, Week’s Favorite, and Evening.

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T is for the Tiny bunny we saw on our walk.

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My Week’s Favorite features a Good Fence.

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Evening on the water.                                                                                                                                                                                                Randomness:                                                                                                                                                                                               1. Thursday, hubby joined me in a six-mile hike at First Landing State Park. It was 70 degrees with a light breeze – perfect hiking weather.                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Friday we worked on defining the flower bed with edging until it rained, then we came inside where he worked on the downstairs bathroom. I’m delighted to see the border on the wall!                                                                                                              

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                                    3. Our wildflower garden is springing to life.

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Today’s Flowers

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Yarrow

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Catmint in the front, Bearded Iris in the back, overshadowed by the Loropetalum.                                                                                 4. My Fitbit Charge’s band separated and I’m replacing it with a Fitbit Blaze – and it came today! Now I need to get busy and put some steps on it. I’ve been without it for 3.5 days, so what should have looked like a really good week won’t show up on my weekly report. <insert whining>                                                                                                                                                                                                                     5. My assistance is needed in the backyard. Have a great weekend! 

Monday Madness/Randomness

Monday Madness Randomness

1. Found these pretties in my wildflower garden today.

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Cosmos

Golden Poppy

Golden Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. I had a couple visitors while I was out there, too.

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American Robin

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Northern Mockingbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Hubby moved the birdbaths to mow the lawn. I snapped a shot of Lady Mallard standing where the birdbath was supposed to be. 

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4. Sunday afternoon we took a short drive. It looks like the fishing is good here. 

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Two Great Egrets and a Great Blue Heron. There were two more egrets out of the frame.

5. Hubby’s coworkers gave him a gift card to a nice little bistro. We used it Sunday evening. 

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Linking to:

Wild Bird Wednesday
Today’s Flowers
Fun Friday Favorites
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Willy Nilly Friday 5 #69

Willy Nilly Friday 5

I had this post written (in my head) but my hard drive must have crashed. Let’s see if I can remember all the randomness I wanted to share this week. 

1. Saturday: Breakfast at Panera, then we were off to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center with a carload of “e-cycling” to get rid of. The parking area across the street from the aquarium is where the drop-off is held. We visited the VA&MSC gift shop while there for an item a friend thought our grandson would like. I found something I liked, too! (Truthfully, there were a LOT of items I liked.) Hubby got this book for me. I look forward to learning and sharing information specific to our area. 

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2. Sunday afternoon: A friend and I attended a play at The Little Theater of Norfolk. We saw the final performance of The Women, a comedy set in the 1930s, written by Clare Booth Luce.

3. It’s only taken a month, but today I came up with my word for 2016: Snag–as in I’m going to snag every opportunity to explore more city and state parks this year.

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5. Today: I took a 3-hour hike at First Landing State Park. It was the perfect day for it. I’d planned to wash a load of clothes and grill veggies when I got home. The traffic lights were out on our street, which should have been my first warning something was amiss. The electricity was off when I got home, so, no laundry. I lit the grill and proceeded to chop zucchini, yellow squash, sweet onion, yellow and red bell peppers–by hand–on the cutting board–right next to the food processor. Wouldn’t you know? The power came on as I finished the last pepper. They were grilled before sunset, so I didn’t have to finish by flashlight. 

How was your weekend? 

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Monday After Jonas

Monday after Winter Storm Jonas

Jonas was well-behaved in our area. Life returned to normal this morning, following a 2-hour delayed opening for schools. 

Here’s a photo taken from my front door late Friday afternoon. The roads stayed wet, I assume they salted them well. If you look closely, you can see the sheen on the new blacktop. The three middle lanes are paved, leaving the outer ones on each side to be done when the weather straightens up. There’s a steep curb up to the top of the new layer, so we can only exit the driveway to the right and go around the block if we need to go the other way. 

Was your area impacted by Winter Storm Jonas? 

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