So while I was walking on the treadmill, I looked out the window to see this:
George used to do this. They climb up a tree growing next to the house, and then jump to the roof. Smitty can get down with no problem at all. George, who was declawed, needed a little more help. Somehow Smitty got the notion that he couldn't get down any more and he sat outside the window whining for a good half hour while I walked. Just as I was finishing, I saw him jump back to the tree branch...a distance of about two feet, with no problem whatsoever. He does it as easily as I step off a curb.
Having thoroughly frustrated the cat, I decided to go walk outside with him for a bit. The wisteria is just about ready to burst into full bloom.
Also, several of the azaleas are starting to open. They are among the showiest shrubs in the garden with their iridescent colors.
Also, the lilac is covered with flowers this year. It seems finally to have matured.
Even the dogwood is starting to put on a show. This tree has been frustratingly slow growing. It's not completely to blame since the deer ate it down to a tiny nub the first night we planted in the ground.
This probably isn't its year yet, but we're thinking one more year and it might fulfill its obligation to the gardeners who have tended it so lovingly (after allowing the deer nearly to devour it).
It's only just getting started, and so it might surprise us yet.
The Gracie Memorial Catnip Garden is growing in lush and green. It springs up in little tufts, and we just let it grow wherever it comes up. The kitties do a good job of keeping it mowed back. This year, I think those little tufts are going to grow together into a nice catnip garden. Probably the absence of Gracie keeping it chewed to the ground is part of its success.
Also, I checked the greenhouse. The zucchini starts are getting pretty big. I'll probably plant them in the ground this weekend. There were two seeds in each pot, but I murdered the slower ones.
One of the slow-to-sprout sunflowers finally made an appearance. It almost looks like a slug ate off the top of it, but there are no slugs in the greenhouse. Hopefully, it'll keep growing. Two of the ten I planted have yet to sprout. The echinacea appears to be a complete bust. I'm using some questionable seeds, and I ordered some from a local producer this morning. Hopefully I'll have better luck with the second round. Besides, I was able to get several colors in this morning's order.
The earliest blooming rhododendron is also starting to open. There are quite a few rhodies in the garden, but the others are still in tight buds. Also, I've noticed the iris are starting to head up. It's their last year, so they'd better make it a good one.
After that, I went into the sewing room thinking I'd just get a little start on the Wind in the Whiskers block. This one is Kitten Kaboodle.
The scariest part is always cutting the background piece. They gave me a nice big piece of fabric for this one since it's 35-1/2 inches wide. When I had it cut, there was a nice size piece left over.
That was all I was planning to do, but then I decided to sort through and identify my fabrics.
And that was all I was planning to do, but then I decided to look at the instructions. And then I decided to trace out the applique for the first kitten. And then I decided to go ahead and cut them out...and to make a long story short, then I decided to fuse the first kitten. And that's how it always goes when I venture into the sewing room just to do one thing.
I did take a break there to do some other things, but as quickly as I could, I was back in the sewing room to make the next kitten.
And the next...
And the next...
They're about four inches, with tiny little applique pieces. I'm using a magnifying glass and some tweezers to make them. When I had to quit for the day, I had four of the five finished. They're not fused down yet. I just laid them on the background piece for now.
Hopefully, I'll have time today to make the fifth kitten, and then I'll get started on the daffodils. The butterflies will be last, and then I'll fuse everything to the background.
The light was so pretty yesterday evening, and it warmed up considerably. Mike and I sat outside for a while, and I took some more pictures.
There's something about dandelions...when I look out across a field, they look like fairies dancing in the grass.
This morning I stitched up another block for the Live, Love, Teach quilt. This is Block #51, Missy's block:
Here's Missy's block rendered in fabric, floss, and a little bit of crayon.