Welcome to July!
Over 16 states are currently under a heat advisory. My area isn't as hot as others, but we're going into our second week of steady 90-100F temps. Normally, I'm not one to use my AC but it is just so darn HOT!
My poor garden is hanging in there with my diligent use of the water hose. I've got baby green tomatoes and peppers. The squashes have flowers galore. And, I can now see my onions after a tremendous amount of weeding.
If you remember a while back, I mentioned I started a compost bin. I'm happy to say it's coming along nicely! The shredded newspaper and food scraps are actually breaking down into dirt-like compost. To answer people's questions: It doesn't smell and there are no flies. Some spiders have taken up residence in the corners, though. LOL I figure by fall, I should have a nice pile of compost to add to my garden for next year!
I have mentioned my backyard dog breeding neighbors a time or two. Their entire backyard (which isn't that big) comprises of dog kennels. This year, the two females had 13 puppies between them. Add in the two males and you have 17 dogs less than 20 feet from my house. Over the course of the summer I have called the police numerous times because of whining puppies. Other times because one mama would get too close to the other mamas babies. I couldn't even take a nap in my living room because of dog noise!
There is no ordinance in the city that prohibits dog breeding. There's a limit to the number of dogs over the age of four months that a person can have... and that's four. Since puppies are under four months, it's perfectly legal to have 13 of them! Oh, did I mention they are Siberian Huskies??!?
Sampler aux Bouquets
I did some stashing right before the retreat. This kit is called Woodland Friends. I think it's so adorable. I will probably switch out the aida for an evenweave, though.
I found this afghan fabric at a thrift store for $3.99. When I got to the counter, I found out certain colored housewares tags were 50% off that day! What a deal!!
I received a recent edition of a magazine called Oriental Cross Stitch Favorites from Sue. She is so generous! She had emailed me that it was coming, so I politely stalked the post office waiting. There are so many awesome designs in it :)
Debi sent me one of the 6 Fat Men charts from Lizzie Kate. It's so cute!
A big THANK YOU to Sue and Debi!!
Until next time,