A Sunny Day and a Winner

Purrhaps I should choose a winner for my birthday purrty giveaway. Purrmit me to spin the dial. The winner is:

#36 Connie H

Congratulations, Connie! I've sent you an email so check your inbox. And thank you to all who wrote to wish Smitty a happy birthday and to share your pet stories. I really enjoyed reading them.

Yesterday was spent mainly sitting in my hairdresser's chair getting my hair permed. I had a few errands to run afterward, but arrived home just after noon. The kitties were itching to get outside by the time I arrived, and so we opened the door and set free the cats! Smitty likes sitting in this particular spot on our (dirty) deck. It displays his tail so nicely.

I filled the bird feeders and then took a little walk around. We had a relatively mild winter, and so most everything has survived. The catnip is taking off like the weed that it is...although this was planted especially for kitties.

 Also, I noticed the cherry blossoms are beginning to open. These were high overhead, but there are tight buds covering both cherry trees.

When I had the outdoor things finished, I went back inside and finished off the "flower" blocks for the Jenny's Flower Garden quilt I'm making. This is a triple Irish chain. It's going to be hard to judge how the bright scrappy fabrics are going to look without more blocks. For now, this is all I have.

Today I'm hoping to finish the three "blanks" that will fit in between, and that will finish off the first of seven rows.

It's going to be a nice day today...the warmest day of 2019 so far. Mike is home from work today. The yard is downright scary right now. He's home in order to mow the field and spray the weeds. I'm going to join him to clean up some of the winterkill and prune back some of the dead blossoms from last year to make way for this year's blooming things. We thought we might get a pretty sunrise this morning, but it never moved beyond what you see in the image below. Still, I liked how the rising sun shown red on the plumes of industry in the valley.

After two days of stitching, I have the April heart this far along. These might actually take longer to stitch than I thought, but it's too soon to say for sure.

So if there's time for sewing today, I'll try to finish off the three blocks for the first row of Jenny's Flower Garden. Then, I'm needing to catch up on this week's Tiny Tuesday block. If I finish all of that, I'll be ready to finish off the remaining blocks for the Mulligan Stew quilt. It's the oldest of the oldest of my UFO's at this point, and so it'll be good to get the blocks finished.

We're looking forward to a nice day of weather here. I hope your day is a good one too.

7 comments from clever and witty friends:

Julierose said...

Lovely photos--just red buddings on our trees here so far, but my daffodils have finally emerged...Your embroidered heart is looking good,,
hugs, Julierose

Vroomans' Quilts said...

THat's one handsome mancat there! Our daffs are out and the tulips are just about to open. The trees are just showing leaf bud so still have their 'bare look. Those hearts are tiny and tiny always takes longer.

piecefulwendy said...

The sunrise looks lovely, as do the rest of your photos. Smitty is definitely a handsome fella. (I knew he'd want me to say that.) Wilbur is still up to his antics and amusing me (for the most part). Thankfully, the squirrels and birds are now fascinating him more than all of my quilting supplies, most of the time. Today I hope to get caught up on some of my BOMs and QALs. It's supposed to be a lovely, warm day here, so I should maybe grace the outside world with my presence as well. :-)

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

You always seem to get so much done in a day! Your stitchery projects are so cute.

Kate said...

Hope you made some good headway on the weeds and such. Sometimes it seems the yard work never ends.

quiltzyx said...

Congratulations to Connie H!

Oh boy! Cherries on the way! Looking at the catnip photo, I wondered if it was part of the mint family. Our friend Mr. Google to the rescue - and, yes, catnip is part of the mint family. Learn something new every day.

Brown Family said...

What color are the blanks?