artistic · hurricane season · kittens · Lazy Sunday · photos

Lazy Sunday 

Wolfie always finds a way to be right on top of what I’m working on. I almost had her buried under some material but when I went to get my phone for a photo, she moved. And it was the cutest photo too, you could just see her ears. 

The summer storms have started with some force and regularity, with big thunder and lighting and a small creek running down my street. Lola is afraid of these storms so she tries to hide under or behind me. She’s so soft and cute I don’t mind. Duke can’t hear much and Anna is ambivalent. The cats whine to come inside and then make themselves comfortable on my bed. At least they all have a safe place to be, and I’m happy to be able to provide that. 

Besides sewing I’m learning some new crochet skills! We’ve started a crochet-along at the library making a market bag. I’ve got 2 weeks to get the bulk of it done. It’s not difficult, just repetitive, which works for me because then I can remember what I’ve done. I need that muscle memory. 

What have you been working on? Anything new?

Enjoy your Sunday.

artistic · crafty stuff · earrings · gratitude · handmade · hurricane season · jewelry · Monday Motivation

Monday motivation 

The weather was actually cool – er this morning, which was freaking amazing for this time of year. Which reminded me that I need to get busy with the fall garden planting. 

If you don’t know, there is very little you can plant here in Florida in a vegetable garden during the summer months. The heat, humidity, and summer bugs just ruin it. So planting starts in September and runs through about April. 

Now, you can always plant onions year round. Most root vegetables are ok, but with the bugs, torrential rain, and threat of hurricanes, why chance it

I need to work on some more bags and earrings too. 

With this albeit slight change in the weather, not only do I have an improved change in attitude, but a burst of energy. It’s amazing what less humidity can do. 

How are your projects coming? Anything new and exciting?

charley · florida · hurricane · hurricane season · weather

Hurricane Season 2015

new landscaping

This is what it looked like at my house the day after Charley hit in 2004. It’s been almost 11 years now, but we still hold our collective breaths when the season starts, and hope like hell that we don’t have another season like 2004. How stupid of us to think that just because we live in the middle of the state, that a hurricane couldn’t cause that much damage, amirite? Roofs were covered in blue tarps for months afterwards and every time I saw a utility truck from another state I wanted to get out and hug the guys that came with it. A couple days later the road was clear enough, thanks to neighbors, to get one car through at a time, and weeks later all the tree debris was finally removed. The hurricane brought a couple good things with it, besides the showing of compassion and help between neighbors, I ended up with a cactus and a large tree that planted themselves in my backyard, which now shade the west side – the hottest side – of my house from the baking summer afternoon sun.

Thank God for little things.