For the past few weeks, we've had horrendously HOT and HUMID weather here in the upper Illinois flatlands. Why do people call us flatlanders, anyway? The area I live in is far from being flat. Besides acres and acres of crop fields, there's rolling hills, proliferous woodlands, and curving waterways. But I digress... After dealing with temps in the mid to upper 90's and heat indexes of over 100, we've finally received a much wanted and anticipated reprieve from the humidity. (I for one say, "Thank Goodness! It's about time!!) It's still not cool enough for me to go on walks during my lunch hour, but at least it's cool enough that I can mow the "hayfield" of a yard at The Homestead without fear of falling over.
This is how I spent my evenings and weekends:
I'm sure Celeste felt like this:
There were several days that after doing my hair, I swear it looked like this:
Okay, maybe not that bad but it sure felt like it!
Sigh. I'm really beginning to despise garden pests. I had planted about 10 hills of cucumbers and two plants grew (which were promptly eating down to nothing in ONE day). I had planted a bunch of herbs in the garden, too. The only ones that grew were the ones in pots. Is it possible something at the seeds before they had a chance to pop? Recently, I noticed the Japanese Beetles have been devouring my rose bush. I hand picked about eight of those little buggers off the bush yesterday.
*stepping off soap box now*
Despite the above rant, I do have some lovelies growing on The Homestead:
I forgot to take snaps of the planters and hanging basket. Darn it.
The local college put on its rendition of Big River. Based on Mark Twain's 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it features music in the bluegrass and country styles in keeping with the setting of the novel. I have to say that there are some very talented theatrical students at the college.
Some of the singing literally gave me goosebumps... it was *that* good.
The Snowflower Diaries is hosting its first ever giveaway. Click on over to see what it's all about. There are also some freebies that you may want to stitch up.
I am almost doing a happy dance. Almost... but not quite. I didn't realize how much I really had done on Yuku. After this past weekend's stitching marathon, I've only got Yuku's right sleeve to finish! Yay. Here's what she looks like:
Other WIP photos can be seen HERE.
I should take some close ups so you can see the details better. (Note to self: take better pics of Yuku) I need to take a break from all the BS and FK's. Sounds naughty, doesn't it? LOL Yuku is going to be put away for a bit while I work on an exchange piece and some gift ideas I have.
Balloon Glow is coming along nicely, too. So many pretty colors in the sky. I'm about 1/4 done with one page. It still doesn't look like anything but blobs of color.
I've been doing some projects around The Homestead so stay tuned for future installments.