It’s 42 degrees and this is what the parking yard looks like today. Much better. We did have it sanded yesterday which made it walkable again.
And Rick loves to carve out waterways to get the water running downhill and away from the middle of the yard.
What a difference a day makes!
And here is something I’ve been meaning to show you. Some of you might remember the oriole nest above the screened porch. 2016 was the second nest in the same spot and it recently cam down in a windstorm. Luckily I noticed and rescued it from the ground.
Here is a picture of the inside of the nest which is perfectly smooth and so comfy for those baby orioles.
It’s truly a wonder to examine how perfectly it’s been made!
Still working on the mystery blocks.
Connie’s getting ready to leave on the cruise this weekend.
Just so you guys can quit worrying — I drove the van to the barn and the mailbox – worked great!
And here’s what Telly and I are playing today. Beginning dog agility on a small scale. We are practicing jumping over this yardstick and tomorrow we’ll raise it up. By spring she’ll know what I want her to do outside.
Cabin fever can make one very inventive.
The storm could have been worse – the wind could have been fierce and taken down the power lines but it just rained and rained and then froze.
I made my way to the barn twice yesterday wth the help of an ice scraper to stab the ice but I’m not sure how I’ll get there today. Rick suggested getting in the van and backing it slowly to the barn and then driving it back as a way to safely get there and I might have to do just that.
All schools are closed and many businesses as well. I am so thankful I don’t have a business here and have to worry about someone falling on the ice! Or employees driving to work! Ugh!
And as you can see, it’s also very foggy. Telly tried stepping outside and almost fell down.
Here’s what I’m going to do today – work on my BH mystery blocks. Here’s the first one.
I am only doing a half size quilt but Bonnie didn’t show a layout so I’m going to improvise.
I cooked short ribs yesterday and took the meat off the bone so today I can make beef and noodles. Sounds good for a cold day, doesn’t it?
Just a few words about watering the plants. Surprisingly the orchids spent the summer outside and were rained on repeatedly which I worried about because during the winter I water them very sparingly and never let them sit in water. I wonder if all that rain has had something to do with the many blooms – I have done nothing special. They sit in a south window and they require less water than a cactus.
I don’t have a watering schedule but I do use a water meter. This one was purchased at Menards for about $5. It takes the guesswork out of watering your plants. After using it for awhile, you become very familiar with each plant’s water requirements.
My mom gave me this one over 40 years ago and I still use it.
I am never bored and can think of a million things to do today unlike Rick who is bored to tears. How is everybody coming with their triangle square blocks? I believe the discrepancy in the finished size of my blocks happened when I sewed the TS together, the Thangles were accurate.
Stray barn kitty is still in the barn but I can’t get near him.
Lots of football on tv meant time to work on my triangle squares which I finished and sewed together in fours. Tammy, JB’s sister, helped.
Then I measured my blocks which should measure 3-1/2″. As you can see mine are a bit shy of 3-1/2″.
Measure your triangle square blocks before you cut your spacer blocks and cut accordingly. I am going to cut mine on the small side of 3-1/2″ so everything will match up better.
Do not cut your spacer blocks – those specified as red check – until you have finished your triangle square blocks and measured them.
I’ll give you a couple more days to finish your triangle squares and then we will start piecing rows.