Friday, April 26, 2019

Thursday's Happenings

Red Rose in Bloom

My cousin's phone call woke me up in the morning.  She hung up before I could answer the phone, but I called her back when I was having my morning cup of tea.  She was just calling to check up on me and to let me know that she called one of our other cousins in Sri Lanka to see how everyone was doing.  They are unhurt, but, of course, still reeling from recent events.

Later, I took a short walk.  Afterwards, I checked to see what's flowering in the garden.

Climbing up the Lattice

The red rose bush, climbing up the lattice by the front door is flowering.  I hope it will continue to grow and cover the lattice.

One of the aeoniums my former supervisor gave me has sent up a flower stalk:

Aeonium Flower Stalk
The buds haven't opened up, yet.  But, I believe the flowers will be creamy white.

In the afternoon, I continued to sew the quilt, adding the sashings between the blocks.  Eventually, production on the quilt top had to come to a halt because the Quality Control Inspector was testing the comfort level:

Hard at Work?

Or Sleeping on the Job?

I received my natural gas bill, today, and was pleasantly surprised to receive a $50 credit from a state clean air program, which reduced my bill to under $8!

Today, I was grateful for:
- Additional confirmation that the family in Sri Lanka were OK
- Roses blooming in the garden
- Being able to spend the afternoon playing with fabric (joyful activity for the day)
- A low monthly gas bill due to the state credit
- A working sewing machine

I will continue to work on the quilt top, tomorrow.  I hope to finish sewing the sashing and attach the borders. 

How was your Thursday?  What are your plans for Friday?


  1. So pleased to hear that you’ve had confirmation that all your family members in Sri Lanka are safe.

    Your red rose against the white trellis looks very pretty, as does your new quilt. It’s good to see Dancer taking his responsibilities so seriously and doing such a thorough check for comfort.

    1. Thank you, Eileen.

      He's a bit too much, isn't he? :D

  2. The roses are so pretty on the trellis. The white of the trellis really sets off the dark red and green of the plant.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I have three trellis panels and I planted three rose bushes. One died right away, one is alive but hasn't grown at all(!), but the red rose is doing well.

  3. What a pretty quilt! Congratulations on the credit. Now that it's warmer, our gas bills should be much lower. We are working on the fence. I have more paperwork to sort and file, too.

    1. Thank you, Stephenie. Yes, my summer gas bills are usually under $20 per month. Sounds like you've a busy day, today!

  4. The rose and trellis reminds me of my late parents' home which had red roses beside the front door on a trellis!
    How nice to get a credit on your gas bill.
    The quilt is coming along nicely. I love scrap quilts!
    It has been pouring with rain all day which is bad news for many people beside the river as there is a lot of flooding this spring and more water to come from melting snow. Our son stuck a stick in the edge of the water on Easter Monday to mark the rising level and by Wednesday it had been washed away altogether. I am taking photos each day to show him the height of the water. Some people 100 miles down river will be offered buy outs for their waterlogged homes so they can move, because this is the second major flood in two years. I feel so sorry for them having to deal with this.

    1. So sorry to hear about all the rain and the floods, Bushlady! I hope you are not affected by the rain.

  5. I'm so glad that all your family is okay! It must have been a very worrying time. Your roses look glorious. When I was growing up Mum always grew such beautiful roses. She says it's because that's where she put the rabbits muck when she cleared out the cage lol

    1. Thank you, Sharon. Sounds like your Mum had an excellent source of fertilizer for her roses!

  6. I’m glad you got to check on your family in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
    I’m envious of your relationship with your cousins. Before ancestry DNA, my huge extended family was very close. The DNA test strained a lot of relationships that I wish I could mend. I think some people blame me, because I was the first in the family to do it. Like you, I probably had 6-10 cousins that chatted with me daily.
    I hope you have a great weekend. ❤️

    1. Thank you, Akasha. Family dynamics are always interesting, aren't they? Hopefully, things will get better as family members become more used to what the DNA tests revealed. If it's any comfort to you, some of my family members haven't spoken with me in decades! I've nieces and nephews I've never even met! It is what it is, you know?


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