Friday, June 23, 2017

Turtle or Tortoise

We had this visitor in the front yard the other day. The dog was barking and going crazy so we had to go see what all the fuss was about. We encouraged him along the way and eventually he found a little pond of water.

This little episode created quite a controversy in the household while we took sides debating if it was a turtle or a tortoise? What do you think?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lima Beans

My cousin sent me some lima beans to try growing here. The variety is called Christmas and the beans are red and variegated. They like full sun and hot weather. I planted them a few weeks ago in one end of the raised beds. So far they've sprouted and come up nicely. They haven't flowered yet. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Baby Shower

We hosted a baby shower recently here at our house. For a special couple and their baby boy. We planned it for a Saturday morning and decided on a Texas cowboy theme. Others did most of the planning and execution. I made a few food items to contribute. 

The guest book was a children's book that the ladies signed and added comments. We had a short quiz asking who (mom or dad) would most likely do various simple things. The ladies "decorated" newborn disposable diapers with notes to encourage the mom and dad when changing baby. We had brunch and then later cake and pie. Mom-to-be opened the gifts and we all enjoyed commenting on them.

It was a fun morning with the ladies and I think we managed to "shower" the couple with love and gifts.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Knitting for Boys

It has taken me awhile to get these knitting projects finished. I had thought I'd enjoy sitting and quietly knitting as I recovered from my surgery, but it turned out I just didn't have the concentration or patience for it until recently. 

For the little blue romper, I used a pattern I found online ( here ) but it was in Spanish. So I copied and pasted sections into Google Translate and was able to get the gist of the instructions. A few words didn't translate into knitting terms, but I worked it out. They had provided clear photos so all I really needed was type of yarn, size of needles, numbers of stitches and rows. I used Drops You fingering weight cotton yarn.

The pattern for the little vests came from Drops Design, Baby-Drops 21-8 pattern. I had some extra yarn from the romper which I used for one. And for light blue one I used Wendy Happy fingering weight yarn in a bamboo/nylon blend. 

The solid blue pieces were given to a special baby nearby. The light blue vest went to a niece in Florida for her sweet boy.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dead Bird

It happens all the time. We hear a bang on the window and go outside and see a dead bird on the ground. This time it was a really pretty bird. Maybe someone will recognize the coloring and let me know what kind of bird it was.

Our windows on the house are double paned and slightly tinted green. Not sure what you call them because they were already here when we bought the house. The birds don't realize it's a reflection and fly right into them. I guess they break their necks.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Deer Visit

A young deer has been visiting near the house. We've seen it about a dozen times so far. It gets quite close to the house and chicken coop and doesn't seem at all scared by us or the dog. Of course, it's not deer season so it's safe to venture out.