Thursday, May 19, 2022

Stitching, gardening and Covid.

 A good friend from High School emailed me. She was worried because I had not blogged since I said I had Covid. Very sweet of her. Thank you, Judy. I am feeling better, but I still have a cough. I may call the doctor to see if that's to be expected. I felt very bad on Saturday and Sunday when I had the worst sore throat ever. It felt like I had a burning coal in my throat and when I coughed, which was often, it felt like someone was putting a metal rasp down my throat. Not fun. 

I thought at first....five days at home. I'll get a lot of sewing done or at least a lot of reading. I did neither. I was mostly vegging out in the couch. I watched 5 seasons of Grace and Frankie, so age appropriate for me and very funny. I had seen the first two season way back when and now I have seen it all. Jane Fonda, who is 84, looks incredible. And I loved her clothes! Lili Tomlin was also great!

I did finally sew all my little squares together. Now I face the onerous task of basting the backing on and quilting it. I am not using batting because each square is backed with flannel and that will be enough. As I said in my last post, I will quilt it on my dining room table, giving me lots of room to spread it out. Since I rarely use the dining room I can leave it there until I'm finished.

Here are a few of my favorite combinations.

I finally got out to the garden on Wednesday and Thursday, taking advantage of the cool, dry, sunny weather. Perfect for just about anything outside.

I'm very fond of New Guinea Impatiens and really loved the color of this one, that I found at Costco. They came six to a flat and I bought four flats. They must have just gotten them in because the soil was so wet, making it easier to plant.

I planted them along a section of my front walkway and they should spread and fill out to make a solid mass. Those are not weeds in the front, but the leaves from my grape hyacinths. They will eventually fade away

In the big pot at the corner of the walk I planted one big Dipladenia. It is a relative of the Mandevilla, but this variety is not a self twiner. It will just cascade and hopefully get bigger. I usually plant a blue Scaevola there, but thought this was a nice change. The Scaevola will go elsewhere on my front porch. I put in some links in case you are not familiar with some of these plants, but they are among my favorites.

I still have a lot of gardening to do, but it is still early in the season.

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday.


Angela said...

This quilt is going to be fabulous! I can't wait to see it finished!

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Our son contracted Covid a few weeks ahead of you, Norma. He is officially testing negative. However, his cough lingers. Not sure about the rest of the gang vis a vis coughs post Covid. I've heard of others recovering and yet still coughing.

Lovely combos of stitching squares. Ditto for the garden. I'm partial to New Guinea impatiens, too. However, all our gardens receive too much sun. So, it is verbena and petunias for me.