Thursday, July 21, 2011

Heat Wave!

So it's been in the upper 90's all week and I'm loving it. You may think I am crazy, but I wait all winter for warm weather. I hate being cold!

Just want to make sure you all stop by Early Work Mercantile to see what I have newly listed!! Remember that I always list new things the 15th of the month. You also have to check out the other artist there! Fantastic group of primitive artist!

Just have to show you this picture I took yesterday of a cardinal that was at my window feeders. He caught my eye as I got up from my computer, so I grabbed my camera which I was so glad that it was right on my computer desk and snapped a few pics. The poor thing had lost just about all his feathers on top of his head and part of his body. I checked online to see what could be his problem and most likely it was from mites. He probably scratched so much he lost his feathers. I don't think he will be getting any new girlfriends anytime soon. If you look close you can actually see his ear below his eye!

And have to show you my petunia that is growing like crazy in all this heat! It's not a wave petunia, but it sure is growing like one!

And these flowers (Gazania) are so bright and cheery! I picked them up from Kmart a couple of weeks ago. Here it is July and I'm still buying flowers!

I might be buying more tomorrow to replace a couple of my tuberous begonias that have about bit the dust. I think it might be the heat. All my other flowers are doing wonderfully!

Oh and got to show you this fountain I got about a month ago. I just love it!!!!!!!!!

This past weekend we made a trip to Chicago which is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from where we live. We drove for a hour and hopped onto a Amtrak train and rode into the city. It's the best way to visit Chicago as there is not place to park and if you do its so expensive! Hubby and I met up with my daughter and her family who flew into Chicago from NC for a Chiropractic Seminar. We were the official babysitters! We had the best time ever! Did a little sightseeing with our granddaughter.

We walked to Millennium Park and saw "The Bean"! You've got to see this if you ever visit Chicago!

My granddaughter Cora!

The view out our motel room!! We were on the 25th floor! That's the Chicago River below.

Lots of boats going up and down the river!

Thousands doing their Saturday morning workout doing Zumba in Millennium Park!! This was so cool to watch!

Yep we are in Chicago!

My grandson Max! I was so happy to see my grandchildren!

And we had to get a Chicago Style Stuffed Pizza! It was amazing!

Veggie Stuffed Pizza!

I was so in awe of all the tall buildings!!!

And had a foot long Chicago Style Hot Dog!!!!! Yum! Hubby and I split it!

I am so ready to go back to Chicago. There is so much more I want to see!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Ahhhh Summer

Wow...I can see it's been awhile since my last post. Being a little lazy these days. So I've been doing a little sewing and getting ready for some Halloween items that I will be listing on Early Work Mercantile next week!!! Halloween is my most favorite holiday to create for! Here is a little something that I just listed in my Etsy Shop a little bit ago.

My gardens are doing so well this year! My only problem right now are the Japanese beetles and the deer. I read online that the best way to get rid of those pesky beetles is to pick them off by hand and throw them in a bucket of soapy water. Do not get those beetle traps you see at your home improvement stores. They make things worse by attracting the beetles.

Here is one feasting on one of my Zinnias

Cone flowers are blooming!

I wasn't to sure when I took this picture what it was, then when I loaded the picture on my computer I discovered it was a baby katydid!!!! It was so tiny, just about a inch in length. Please click on the picture to see a bigger view.

One of my new daylilies! I just love this one!

My Hydrangea is blooming! I almost killed this poor thing a couple of years ago with fertilizer. I was trying to change the color to blue with Miracid. I'm so happy that it decided to bloom this year after it's close call. It's a small plant with one bloom but it's doing just fine now. I'm certainly babying this plant now.

And these are very tiny flowers that are blooming on my sedum that I have planted in the cracks of my garden edging. So pretty.

My first green pepper!!! woo hoo!

And my little wren just singing away this morning. He's been very busy building a nest.

And yesterday My daughter, her boyfriend and I went to see the Oscar Meyer Wienermoblie at our local grocery store!! I always wanted to see this when I was a little girl and I finally got to! I got a wiener whistle and a sticker which I will be giving to my granddaughter when I see her in a few weeks. I wish that she lived here so I could have taken her to see the wienermoble.

My daughter sent me this picture the other day of my granddaughter after she opened a package I mailed to her with her pink bird that she requested, that I sent her. The blue one I made and sent to her about a year ago. Now she wants a purple one! hehe I think she loves her birds! I can hardly believe she will be 3 years old in a couple of weeks!

Well that's about all for now I would think! LOL Enjoy the pics!