7/31/20

Nearing the End

We're nearing the end of the month, and I'm nearing the end of my quilting adventure. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I hadn't slept well the night before, and I needed to make a trek into town for my monthly pedicure. The pedicure was nice, but as I've also mentioned, these treks into town wear me out. I was already tired from sleeping poorly. When I got home, I made some lunch for the two of us, and then took a nap. It was around 1:30 by the time I woke up, and my energy level hadn't increased in the slightest. No way I was going to do the canning I'd planned to do. I sat mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came to this image posted by my friend Anne:


Holy moly. And here I sat, having not done a single stitch of embroidery. It was time to get busy...practically an emergency. And so I sat with my kitty and stitched the day's allotment, usually 6 lengths of floss. When we started our quest to honor the World Embroidery Day, Smitty nestled between my legs. 


By the time I'd finished, he was picking up the slack in laziness where I'd left off.


There's progress on the latest Appalachian Memories block, but still a long way to go.


By that time, my energy level had improved. The rest of the day was spent sewing. I finished off most of the vertical sashings with straight line quilting. I told myself I'd do half, and I did a little more than that. Probably, I could have finished it off, but it will be quick work today. Maybe I'll even get the binding sewn on. It depends on how long the rest of the day's chores take.


Also, I made a little more progress top-stitching Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. I love these whimsical blocks, but they are a little tedious to top-stitch. There are lots of little tiny pieces, and lots of different colors. I'm in no hurry since Shop Hop is taking most of my sewing time right now. 


The past couple of days have been the hottest of the summer so far, but we're expecting some cooler days ahead. This morning's sunrise was kind of interesting with these little spotty clouds in the mix.


The most "flaming" part of the sunrise was below the tree line, and I couldn't get high enough to see it.


While I was out, though, I noticed these purple poppies opening up. They are like happy little spirit flowers. They only last a day, but there are a lot of them.

 
Today, I really am going to can some zucchini relish. Also, I need to get out in the garden and harvest some beets. I'll be working on them tomorrow. Fortunately, the beets can be refrigerated for canning when we return. Aside from that I'll just continue on with the Shop Hop quilt. I want to work on hand-sewing the binding on our camping trip next week, and I should have no problem getting it to that point before we go.

9 comments from clever and witty friends:

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I love those purple poppies too--I don't believe I have ever seen them in purple before--
Here--I am getting ready for a hurricane this week end!!!!
I live on the east coast of Fl--soooooo--
we will see how bad it gets--don't plan to go anywhere--
and I am stocked up--!!
luv, di

Quilting Babcia said...

Those purple poppies are amazing. I hope you save the seeds for more next year. We've never seen any like it around here.

Julierose said...

Spectacular shots of your sunrise..so beautiful...awe-inspiring...
The blue poppies are just such a lovely shade...
good luck on your finishing up before you go...
hugs from afar Julierose

Dorothy said...

I have been following you for a long time, and your sleep problems have been mentioned many times----have you been tested for sleep apnea? (I know-wrong spelling, but I'm sure you know what I'm saying.) I fought the idea for years

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The most I managed to accomplish for World Embroidery Day was to choose threads for my next project. I obviously didn't keep up my contribution to the day! Those sunrise pictures are incredible - looks like the sky is on fire, particularly in the second photo.

MissPat said...

You got a lot done considering how slowly you started off. Those purple poppies are delightful. It will be interesting if the seeds from them still produce purple poppies next year. Have a good time relaxing on your camping trip.
Pat

piecefulwendy said...

Wow, what beautiful sunset photos! The purple poppies are so vibrant and pretty. Smitty looks pretty chill - haha!

Lyndsey said...

The purple poppies are so pretty and I love the sunrise photos.

Kate said...

Gorgeous sunrise photo! Very pretty purple poppies too. Not sleeping well must be going around, I had the same problem early this week, made for a miserable next day at work.