13 July, 2019

Week At A Glance

I had all sorts of good intentions to keep up with this blog. Really. But, then, life has a way of interfering. It's okay, it's all good! And so, a random post detailing the week at a glance. Our two youngest grandchildren have returned from Florida, their precious little family is reunited once again. They're all staying here until their major home renovation becomes a habitable home once again. It won't be long now. This was the scene in their kitchen yesterday:

And, I hear that as of today they now have running water and functional bathrooms again -- progress all around! In the meantime, we're all adapting to extended-family living just fine. Lynnleigh loved her new sundress, as you can see in this photo, she and her doll are both enjoying them. She discovered her personalized stepping stone in the garden, I believe that she was thrilled!
The new perennial garden has begun to show more color as it becomes established. Lynnleigh is my constant companion out there this week, usually asking as soon as breakfast is over if we need to go outside and deadhead the flowers. She is an eager helper and learner; she knows the names of all the flowers and plants and keeps an eye on the bird feeders, too-- reminding me when they need refilling. 
Speaking of the garden: Lynnleigh placed the little copper "windmill" right beside this low birdbath yesterday, she thought that it would be perfect placement so that the birds could have a "bath and a blow dry!"😉
I've baked a few tomato pies this week; using up generous tomato donations from friends, which just so happen to make a delicious summertime lunch! The recipe follows here:

Cada's Commemorative Tomato Pie
1- 9" pie shell, unbaked
3-4 large tomatoes, sliced (I let mine sit on paper towels to "dry" for about 30 minutes)
salt and pepper to taste
sweet fresh basil
2 or 3 green onions, chopped
1 C. mayonnaise
1 C. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Fill pie shell with sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle w/salt and pepper, basil and chives and green onions. Mix mayonnaise and cheese, spread evenly over the tomatoes. Bake @ 350 for 35 mins. Serves: 6 

We had a few visitors from the Capital City who enjoyed some cousin time and discovered their own special garden stepping stones while they were here! 
I did manage to get this fella (Penguin Party by Elizabeth Hartman, pattern here) pieced this week. This will be a quilted pillow for our oldest grandson whose favorite animal is the penguin; Mason will turn ELEVEN in a little over a week-- how is that even possible? 
I had to run a few errands yesterday. This is a common sight in the back seat these days.  
And a finish-- albeit a small one, but sweet nonetheless; a porch quilt for the summer: from Kim Schaefer's "Calendar Quilts".

Thanks to all who entered the drawing for the "By Wisdom" patterns; 
there's still time if you would like to leave a comment, click here-- a winner will be chosen on Monday.

Life is Good


Shasta Matova said...

Sweet moments to treasure with your grandchildren. Those stepping stones are so precious! I really like your calendar quilt!

Little Penpen said...

How do you hang your porch quilt? I really like it. Your perennial garden is looking good and I love the round stones you all are making. Such personality! Your granddaughter and her dolly are beautiful in their matching dresses.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Precious photos of the grands - they're growing so (too) fast. Happy that your new garden is thriving.

cityquilter grace said...

lovely post...growing like weeds those grands! and tomato pie? gonna try it!

Janet O. said...

You've had a full house and a full week.
That little gal showing off her dress and her stepping stone, looks very happy!
Your garden is lovely, and the story of the blow drying for the bird bath made me laugh.
You are a devoted grandmother--those are some lucky youngsters. :)

Tanya said...

What a great idea! Personalized stepping stones!

And I've said it before but I really like your porch quilt!

And one more comment... I will copy down your tomato pie recipe... Sounds delicious!