I know that Memorial Day weekend was last weekend, so this is a late posting. But, I really enjoyed hiking the Shi Shi beach trail last weekend. It was fun to hike it when it wasn't pouring down rain and always seems a little odd to go to the beach here and have it actually be sunny. The Shi Shi beach trail never really dries out so you have to be good with getting muddy (or have nice waterproof boots). We also drove to Hurricane Ridge, which was still very snowy but made for some fun and challenging hiking at the trail we chose, slightly down the mountain. There was lots of wildlife at Hurricane Ridge, including some very tame deer and a bear that looked like he stepped out of Disney movie. Unfortunately, the bear was viewed from the car so I didn't get a picture of him sunning himself on a log. More pictures can be found here or at the link on the right.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Okay, it is nautical, but I won't get carried away. The small block to large block movement is taking shape. They aren't quite perfect and I can live with that (who am I kidding, I want them to be perfect). I have to make 10 of the top blocks and 2 of the bottom blocks. After that, it will be turtle time!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
The next step is to take 9 of these blocks and put them together to make one large block. This will use all the blocks I've been working on until now so it is very important that they all be 3.5 inches wide. We can only hope that is the case.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I finished the 32 triangle blocks only to read that my next step it to repeat the process with the dark blue. I don't know how to type in a frustrated scream, but be assured that is the noise I made. The dark blue triangles are coming along well and the first step is pictured above. However, I have run out of thread and need to go to JoAnne Fabrics tomorrow. I could go right now, but I have decided to make a martini instead. It is important to have priorities.
Friday, May 8, 2009
One of the biggest lessons I've learned from having cats is to never just pick up random items off the floor. I just picked up a "stick" only to discover that it was the tail of a garter snake. So I'm trying to figure out if garter snakes are able to shed their tails like lizards (and if that means that I have one in the house) or if the cats managed to eat all but four inches of a snake.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It should come as no surprise to people who live in Western Washington that it rains a lot out here. However, the rain is starting to bum me out. I want to get outside more! But, the hostas are not complaining and this one is coming up very nicely.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I do not have pictures of the strawberry-rhubarb crisp that I made last night. It was devoured too quickly. However, it was very, very good and I will have to make it again. CF and RF came over last night to help me put together my treadmill. A huge thanks to them for helping me out. It is running great and I can't wait to put it through its full paces tonight after work.
These tulips are not from my yard, but are pretty flowers that I found at Top Foods. Sometimes they just speak to you and tell you to take them home.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
The candy cane rhodies are starting to bloom. I really like these guys. I planted a white rhody in between two candy cane rhodies, thinking that they would make a good contrast. Of course, the white rhody isn't blooming and doesn't look like it will. I think winter was hard on it and I will have to move it to greener pastures. However, that leaves an opening and I'm thinking of putting in a Japanese maple. I'm looking for something that will provide some good fall color. I'll keep thinking about that.
What would we do without the help of the ever present ground cover? This one may need a good talking to because it is trying to choke out my lavender. However, it is doing well in the one sunny spot in the yard. I may have to move the Mexican orange from the front yard to this spot and see it compete with these guys.
I am in the middle of putting together many, many triangle-squares. The first step is to make 32 of these:
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The violets are blooming (and spreading like wildfire), the yard is mowed (hooray - now, don't grow back), the pollen has been swept up from the front porch and the back deck (of course, I had to keep wiping it off my phone because it is still falling), my stove has been fixed (cupcakes, anyone?), and my treadmill has been delivered (to the garage, I haven't unpacked it yet) - all signs that session is over.
Friday, May 1, 2009
I'm still making blocks from the two inch squares I cut earlier. These are two piles of 14 blocks each. They may look exactly the same, but they are different. Okay, they are only different because they are attached on a different seam. I can't really imagine that it makes that much of a difference when I put it together, but I'm following instructions. Only one more pile of blocks to go and then it is on to a different step.