Monday, June 20, 2016

Look Who Dropped In






Excitement in the neighborhood 
this week with visitors from nature. 



While I was watering the flowers this week in my back yard, I discovered a Lunar Moth in a cedar tree. Although they are rarely seen, they are common. The adult life lasts only one week. They do not have a mouth. There only function is to mate. They are known as a giant silk worm moth.



The lunar moth has a wingspan of four and a half inches.

 

While I was excited by discovering the moth, right next door my neighbors had a visit from a juvenile peregrine falcon. 








The falcon watched my neighbor all day.


They gave him a bowl of water.



The falcon had steak for dinner.



The neighbors ended up calling the Bird Whisperer. She is from Aviary of Paris Landing State Park that is 30 miles south of here on Kentucky Lake.


 

She said that the falcon is so imprinted by humans that they will probably use this bird as a teaching bird.

Thanks for stopping in.

I am linking to :

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavender Cottage last Monday of the month
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Wednesday Around the World @ Photographing New Zealand

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings
Skywatch Friday @ Skyley


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Tom's Barn Collective @ The Backroad Traveler on Sunday

Seasons @ St. Germain's Blog on Sunday

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cherry Jam and Sock Monkey Quilt


Two years ago, I sent my husband to buy two Yoshino cherry trees. They are widely used as an ornamental tree. They are the type you see in cities' cherry blossom festivals, such as Washington D.C. and Macon, GA.  But as you see I got two Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry trees instead. We happily planted them in the back yard and this year we had a few cherries. 





My Grandmother used to make cherry jellies and jams for me when I as a young child. I decided with these new cherries that I would give it a try.








I picked and washed the cherries and now wish that I had pitted them before cooking.







I boiled them and added sugar and sure-jell. This was more labor intensive than I remembered. Removing the pits and straining them was the worst part. The the sugar and sure-jell cost more than buying a jar of jam. I ended up with two jars of jam that my husband enjoys.








I won't be trying this again until next year.







I thought that since this post was so short that I could show you sock monkey quilt that I just completed.




This is an Anita Goodesign. These designs are an embroidery and applique.



This is my favorite block, I call it "monkey love."




There are nineteen different designs in this collection.



I am planning to put some on tee-shirts and on hooded towels for babies.






I originally bought this design thinking that my Granddaughter enjoyed this design. She liked this at the beginning of junior high but now she no longer likes it.





I was able to find sock monkey fabric which I have enjoyed working with.








Thank you for stopping in and I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Linking to: 

Blue Monday @ Backyard Neighbor
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavender Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
                                                                          
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts
The Scoop at Stonegable Blog
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Swing into Spring at DIY By Design

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts on Wednesdays
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style Link Party @ 
21 Rosemary Lane for (Wednesday evening) 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olsen (Wednesday evening)
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme (Wednesday evening)
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Inspiration Thursday @ In the New House
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday

Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Forth Worth Fabric Studio on Friday
Whoot Whoot Friday @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Whoomp There It Is @ A Quilted Passion on Friday
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
ScrapHappy Saturday @ So Scrappy on Saturday

Oh Scrap @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework on Sunday
Dishing and Digging @ Rustic & Refined on Sunday











Monday, June 6, 2016

A Fiesta Celebration


I am feeling so blessed.  A good friend that lived several hours away in Kansas City recently moved less than two miles down the road from me. We had taught together for many years and had even attended classes together while obtaining our Master's degrees. Although we never lost contact with each other, it is amazingly fun to be together. Retirement is so much more fun. We are both new to the area and we both moved here to be close to our children. I just want to share a luncheon we shared to celebrate our friendship.

She has a beautiful bog: jbiggslittlepeices.blogspot.com







The big dish is one that my son brought back from Mexico for me. I thought it would dress up my Fiesta Ware.




The menu consisted of a BLT Layered Salad ( this new recipe came from delish.com), The Italian Roast Beef, fresh fruit and sweet tea. All of which were enjoyable to our taste buds. 







Bread Pudding was filling the room with a pleasing aroma. This turned out to be a delicious dessert.

Thank you for stopping by - JoAnn.

Linking to:


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Make It Monday @Katherine’s Corner
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavender Cottage

Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
                                                                          

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Stonegable Blog
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Swing Into Spring at DIY By Design
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation on Wednesday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane for (Wednesday evenings) 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olsen
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

ScrapHappy Saturday @ So Scrappy on Saturday
Oh Scrap @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework on Sunday


Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Inspiration Thursday @ In the New House

Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Forth Worth Fabric Studio on Friday

Whoot Whoot Friday @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict

Whoomp There It Is @ A Quilted Passion on Friday

Skywatch FridayFriday’s Hunt @ Eden Hills
Feathered Nest Friday @ the French Country Cottage
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
ScrapHappy Saturday @ So Scrappy on Saturday


The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Oh Scrap @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework on Sunday


Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life
Dishing and Digging @ Rustic & Refined












Thursday, May 26, 2016

Big Star Quilt / Memorial Day


    Memorial Day/Big Star Quilt

    There is a beautiful National Cemetery where
     I grew up in Southern Illinois. 

    It is called the Mound City National Cemetery.
    I thought I would take this time to share some
     memories of the services there and a quilt 
    that I made for my husband.



    The Mound City National Cemetery Memorial
     ceremony is among the oldest in the region
     and dates to the years right after the Civil
     War.  Each year Memorial Day is celebrated
     with a service to honor the fallen.



    We have many friends and family that are 
    buried here.


    I am sharing some pictures of my Big Star 
    Quilt. This is my first big star quilt and I did
     not have a pattern. I followed instructions
     that were published online.


    I chose two reds and two blues and white to produce a patriotic pattern.

    This block is one of four that are created when you put your stars together.


    The quilting was even done in stars and 
    stripes.


    There are three big stars across and four big
     stars down for a total of twelve.


    I embroidered my husbands service record
     and gave it to him as a gift.

    The quilt is banded with a red, white and blue
     border.


    My husband spent two years in the U.S. Marine Corps and twenty five years in the Illinois National Guard.





    I was very pleased with the way this tuned
     out. It is one my favorite quilts. Thanks for 

    stopping in. Have a safe week!

    Linking to:

    http://www.frenchcountrycottage.net/2016/05/feathered-nest-friday_26.html



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    Linking to:


    Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
    Make It Monday @Katherine’s Corner
    Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
    Mosaic Monday @ Lavender Cottage
    Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
                                                                              
    Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
    The Scoop at Stonegable Blog
    You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
    Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
    Swing Into Spring at DIY By Design
    Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story

    Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation on Wednesday
    Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
    Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
    Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane for (Wednesday evenings) 
    Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olsen
    From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

    ScrapHappy Saturday @ So Scrappy on Saturday

    Oh Scrap @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework on Sunday

    Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
    Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
    Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
    Inspiration Thursday @ In the New House
    Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
    Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

    Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Forth Worth Fabric Studio on Friday

    Whoot Whoot Friday @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict

    Whoomp There It Is @ A Quilted Passion on Friday

    Friday’s Hunt @ Eden Hills
    Feathered Nest Friday @ the French Country Cottage

    Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
    Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

    Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings

    ScrapHappy Saturday @ So Scrappy on Saturday
    The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

    Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She

    Oh Scrap @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework on Sunday
    Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life
    Dishing and Digging @ Rustic & Refined

    Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She