Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lots'a Stuff Going On

Playing with fabrics but not sewing.  I'm still sorting and putting kits together.
 Inside this......

      I stashed these........
    Some new homespun FQ's,  Civil War Repro's and a kit of Moda Three Sisters fabrics for a 9-patch quilt. (Summer poodle-kid wanted to share her poop-pillow so there it is too).                                          
 Our rain season was late this summer. Birds are still nesting.  I stuck the hose into this plant and was startled by a bird (AZ cardinal) flying out.  After further inspection, I found a nest with three eggs. If looking closely you can see strands of black horse tail hairs used to build this nest.
I'll have to keep an eye out for hatching and watch for when the chicks want to fledge.  Hate for the little birds to become poodles snacks !  :-(

Temps were scorching before the rain came.  Some days were 105+ !  That's hot for high desert.  I watered but plants were suffering, dropping leaves.  Pomegranate tree was laden with baby fruit but skins sunburned. Now after milder temps and rain the fruit is filling with red seeds.  But the skin is leathery and just splits open. Sad.

 Cloudburst across lane, beginning of rain season..........
                  It rained so hard today, electric was out, fuses were blown, even plugs in kitchen were popped.  Must have been a very close lightning strike (I was in town at the time).  The new a.c. unit installed last fall is done in.  We are running fans to stay cool until repairs are made.  (Things like this always happen on a weekend so an emergency fee has to be paid).
More glorious rain clouds....

With rain comes grass, lots of lush green grass.  Our new boy (Romeo) came from grasslands back east.  He's been on hay here since 1st week of June.  I'm sure he wondered where the good green stuff was before the rain (welcome to AZ).  I saw him nibbling on mesquites, getting stabbed by the needles. He gave that up real quick ! 
Now he gets to graze our front yard for hours every day.
More about Romeo another time.

To end I want to put in a plug for hard working dog (and cat) groomers everywhere........


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