Sunday Chat – Gladiolas, Wildlife, Cooking, and Quilting (2024)

Last week, I showed you some of my hostas, and mentioned that I needed to check on the gladiolas out back. Well, they are blooming their best. They have multiplied over the past couple of years, and now are a beautiful patch of apricot flowers, amongst the weeds and poison ivy on the mountainside behind the fence.

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Aren’t they gorgeous? My Sweet Babboo put on all his protective gear and tramped behind the fence to cut some blooms for me to have in the house.

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Purple and orange go together well, so I cut some of the abundant hosta blooms to go with them for an arrangement in the house. I might still add a few more hosta blooms to fill in the taller part. The apricot gladiolas will continue to open over the next few days. Hydrangeas fill in the bottom.

Early one morning, My Sweet Babboo noticed that a squirrel was on the veranda, apparently looking for a meal. But I needed to make a few sandwiches for them, so it took me a minute to get that done. In the meantime, the squirrel left, and two deer came by. One was pretty slender, and stopped by the hosta bed to munch on a some of the tender budding flowers and a few leaves.

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She didn’t pay much attention to me as I crept out to the veranda to get her picture.

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The other one looks pregnant, and was very skittish, moving into the forest fairly quickly. Since deer in this area typically have their foals in May and June, she should be giving birth to hers soon. I hope she will bring her foal by, they are so cute with their spots.

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Back inside, I wanted an egg for breakfast one morning. As I broke it into a pan, I was surprised to find a double yolk. This is only the second or third one I’ve ever seen! Pretty amazing since my grandmother raised chickens and we had fresh eggs a lot.

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Speaking of chicken, next Saturday is National Fried Chicken Day. I wrote an homage to my favorite food and memories of my grandmother on my post found HERE. I lamented the closure of great chicken spots, but since that article was written, a Publix has opened here. They have great fried chicken, especially their wings. My quilting buddies often tease me about bringing it to eat for lunch at retreats and sew days.

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This week it has been so hot that my Asian Salad is a good choice for a light meal. Shredded lettuce, imitation crab meat, fried onions and tomatoes with my special dressing make a tasty lunch or a side dish for an evening meal of shrimp and grits or grilled fish. Recipe on that post.

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Early in the week, Gracie and one of her offspring (or at least I think is one of her offspring) came by for a meal. It is difficult to feed more than one at once, because as soon as a sandwich is tossed to one, the other one tries to steal it.

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But with a little luck, I can get the second sandwich close to the second squirrel so both get a meal. Gracie likes to take her treat to the retaining wall.

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On the bird feeder, My Sweet Babboo refilled it again so the goldfinches would be happy. It doesn’t take long for our local avian population to eat it.

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I do love their bright yellow feathers. So many are here, the flock has at least a dozen individuals.

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Yesterday, a deer came around for more hosta blooms. The ones on the side of the driveway are particularly tasty, and I don’t care if they eat those.

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The two turkeys came again for more bits of whole grain bread. I almost have them to the point of trusting me. I named them Gwendolyn and Guenevere. I have no idea why, the names just seemed to fit. I call the bolder one Gwendolyn, but I cannot tell who is who otherwise.

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Of course, while I was attending to them, Gracie made another appearance. I had to go back inside for a sandwich for her.

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While she ate, and the turkeys were still pecking around for fallen seeds, I tried to get a photo of everyone at once. Gracie is sitting on the retaining wall to the left of the tree trunk, while the turkeys are near the driveway. I am looking over the tomato plants. Don’t look at the weeds in the front flower bed.

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Over the past three days, I finished Diana’s quilt. I used the same pantograph as the last quilt, called Fascination.

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I like the flowing curves, especially on quilts with lots of straight edges like this one.

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I used white Glide in the top, and a light blue Bottom Line in the bobbin so the quilting would blend a bit with the darker blue backing.

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I won the bobbin chicken! There was only 5 inches of thread left when I finished the quilting!

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All done, I checked the back for stitch quality, and took it off the frame. Carol asked in the comments last time about the pattern. Diana says it is Breezy Windmills by Missouri Star.

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I know Diana has some arthritis in her hands, so I thought she would like me to trim it up for her. All ready to give back for her to bind in time for our presentation to Safelight in September.

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I have one more thing I have promised to do for Safelight this week, and I’ll bring you that later. This coming Friday is our monthly Stashbuster check in, so get your totals ready, and maybe have some finishes this week over the holiday. Have fun!

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