Good afternoon Friends ~ It is Sunday and hot and humid, it is 84 and feels like it is 94 with the humidity at 71%. We’ve had some nasty T-storms the past few days, strong winds, heavy rains and thunder and lightening. More rain is expected this afternoon and the next few days. We’ve needed the rain, and I am thankful for it.
The gardens love the rain too, not just flowers but weeds too. I’ve got vines and weeds taking over the ‘back 40’, and other areas at the back of the property. UGH! There’s nothing like ‘liquid sunshine’ for making things grow.
Here are some of the blooms in the gardens right now.
This is my favorite hibiscus ~ ‘Hugs-n-Kisses’.
Night blooming jasmine.
‘Plumeria’ a bloom blown out of one of my three plumeria trees in the front garden.
Vanda ‘Miss Joachim’
Remember me telling about receiving a monetary gift from a dear family member and she told me to spend it however I saw fit. I told you I thought of a bread machine since my old one that served me well for 14 years pooped out recently. Well, I ordered the same make, and picked it up Friday morning before work. It’s a little bigger than the last one, but basically the same. I did peel off the label after I made a loaf of oatmeal bread yesterday morning before work.
This was a new recipe which had more oatmeal in it than what I usually use, and while the bread ‘fell’ a little it was still delicious! This does happen occasionally, not the fault of the machine, it could be any number of reasons. There is something really wonderful about homemade bread. The aroma while it was baking was so ‘homey’ and comforting.
With the money left-over , I decided to get a new ironing board cover. This old one has served me many years, but it’s not really me.
I found out about these hand made quilted ironing board covers from a blogging friend. She bought one and posted about it here. I emailed her and asked her where she got her cover and she sent me the link to the lady who makes these and sells them in her Etsy shop. You can visit her here.
She mailed it right out and I think that was Thursday and I got it Sat. afternoon. She’s in Maine and I’m way down here in s.e. FL.
I love this and the quality is and the workmanship is GREAT!
Here’s the quilting pattern. Definitely made for ‘FlowerLady’ who loves roses.
The bread machine and the ironing board cover will make me think of this dear person in my family when I use them. I want to say a public thank you to her right now, without telling who she is. She knows.
Now, here are some needlework projects. This one below is still a work in progress. Silk ribbon embroidery, and a crocheted/beaded trim. I love working with threads, hooks, needles, beads and ribbon.
Not sure what I’m going to do with this one yet.
Here is more silk ribbon embroidery ~ Started out with white ribbon for rose and leaves, three different sizes of silk ribbon, colored with alcohol ink markers. The little French knots are a variegated purple embroidery floss.
The frame I picked up at a little flea market in the spring. It was perfect for this piece, made for a friend who had a birthday. Yellow roses are special to her. I also colored the roses on the frame with the alcohol ink markers.
Tomorrow is our widow’s group, ‘Friends Needing Friends’, meeting and luncheon, and I’ll be talking in front of the group. Yikes! First on how I came to start the blog (one year ago), for the group, and secondly I’ll be talking on the widow ‘Anna the Prophetess’, and how this widow in the Bible has inspired me in my widowhood journey. If you think of it, say a little prayer for me. Writing a blog is a whole different thing than speaking in front of a group.
“The Lord is my strength”.
He is how I’m able to move forward and grow in His love, grace and mercy.
Thank you all again for being such a great bunch of friends. You’ve blessed, encouraged and inspired me in many ways.
Have a GREAT week whatever you do.
Trust in the Lord. Call on Him and He will work all things out.