Jul 11, 2011

Marvelous Monday Update 7/11/11

My garden this year looks pretty pathetic. About a dozen spinach plants actually sprouted (out of two full rows). The cucumbers are struggling to stay alive. The watermelon sprouted but then either died or something ate them. They're gone now. The only things really thriving are the tomato plants and the sunflowers. My cherry tomato plant already had 4 ripe tomatoes, which I promptly scarfed down ate.

Well... they were thriving until this morning's massive thunderstorm passed through. :(

Here are some updated pics of my flowers:


One of my Planters

Miniature Roses

It's time to register for next semester's classes already. I'll be taking Financial Markets and Institutions. I've looked at the syllabus already and it looks like this class will keep me even busier than the one I'm in now. Every week there will be chapter readings, homework problems, online postings, quizzes, midterm, final, an essay, AND a term paper! Aye-aye-aye!

Next week is the week of finals. I hope I do well enough to maintain my A. Why do midterms and finals have to be worth so much?

Last month, Niina of Ilmattaren ihmemaa (Ilmatar Wonderland) hosted a July 4th blog giveaway. She stitched up "Land That I Love" by Pine Mountain Designs.

I was the lucky winner! In addition, she sent some candy from Finland. The chocolate was yummy. The other candy tasted like salty licorice.

The pillow will go great with all the Pine Mountain kits I won in Amy's giveaway. Thank you Niina!

I finished the stitching part of my mail art envelope last night. Woo Hoo! I'll be making it into an actual envelope sometime this week. I am so excited about getting it put together. I think the recipient will really like it. I'll have pics soon, so stay tuned!

Until next time,

(A shout out goes to Karen
for my newest siggie!)


Sunshine said...

Bless your Heart. Just think tho, one of these days school will be done, and you'll have more time to stitch. i'm anxious to see your newest Mailart finish. Love the Pine Mt. So sorry to hear about your veggies!!!
Happy Stitchin when you can.. Glad you like the siggy....

Nancy M said...

We got the same storm 3 hours later!! Wow we got an inch of rain! Last year we got the tomato cages guaranteed not to break and they work like a charm! Carl's in 7th heaven. He loves BLT's and we've gotten 4 ripe tomatoes this weekend. Looking forward to seeing your mailart completed. I'm sure it will look great!

Berly said...

We had the same storm this morning. So sorry about your garden!

Anonymous said...

You've been pretty busy, Meari. I love the cross stitch pictures, that I see in your blog. The Japanses lady with the parasol. The snowman stuff... and the things, that you won are fun too. As for your gardening, it looks better than mine right now by far. The Texas sun is killing mine. The squash plants when to heaven of somewhere. lol.. I did plant some more seeds and hope something comes up. My herb garden is doing fine though. I enjoyed looking at your stitching and gardening pictures.


Nancy in IL said...

It's always fun to read your posts, Meari! I LOL when I read your "struck through" scarfed when you ate your tomatoes!!! Your garden looks like I feel when I go out in this heat! However, the flowers look wonderful!

I look forward to seeing your newest mail art, and I love your new siggie thing. Karen is a fine girl, and a great friend to have!

cowgirlfromhanna said...

we had your storm this morning too Meari! Rain was badly needed but I could have done with out all the downed tree limbs...Your flowers look gorgeous!! Cowgirl

Gabi said...

Sorry that the storm ripped through your plants. Your flowers are looking lovely. Crossing fingers that school will all go fine
Looking forward to see your mail art

Shelley said...

Sorry to see your garden in a slump. Your flowers are gorgeous!

Keeping my toes crossed for your big test :)

Love the RAK!!

Kay said...

The goodies you got in the mail look great! This year our outside plants have been suffering as well, the weather has been so gosh darn odd at times, kinda disappointing. Have a good week.

Pam in IL said...

Being just far enough south of you, we only had a little thunder, a little lightening and a little rain. It's the first rain we've had in 2 weeks, but it barely got the sidewalk wet.

Hopefully your garden will perk up and be ok. Your flowers look great.

Can't wait to see the finished mailart. The Pine Mountain RAK is really cute too.

Patty C. said...

Such lovely garden photos !!

Mouse said...

sorry to hear the storm did so much damage .... ooo that's a lot of school work and an A well done :) love Niina's stitching too :)and beautiful flower photos :) love mouse xxxx

Ruth said...

I love your flowers, so pretty, sorry to hear though that the storm destroyed some of your garden, best of luck with your course next year, it sounds as if you will be very busy.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your red-colored lilies. So pretty!


Dani - tkdchick said...

I'm sorry to hear your gardens are not faring too well!

Lovely win!

Akila said...

Too bad about your garden. But love your lilies and planters.
Can't wait to see your mailart.
Hey that's a lovely signature. Very artistic.

Rachel S said...

Congrats on the win! We had bad storms roll through here last night. Sorry about the veggies, but the flowers look gorgeous.

Katrien said...

great siggie!
Congrats on your win. My vegetable-garden is much less than usual as well, it's been too dry this year.

Carol said...

I can't believe it's time for another semester, Meari--will this leave you with only two classes left? I know I've told you before, but I so admire your determination in getting this degree (and your wonderful grades!!)...

Lovely gift from Niina-- and pretty flowers. Our garden has suffered this year as well. We only have one lone sunflower--all the other seeds were eaten by those nasty chipmunks...

Good luck with your finals next week :)

Kathy said...

Ah your poor, poor garden. I hope the tomoatoes recovered from the storm. And you don't want to see my gardens. no time to really get them in shape so they are more weeds than flowers. :(
Lovely winnings. not one but two great giveaway wins.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your garden and hope you can save some of it but your flowers look beautiful. Your school sure comes around fast and what a lovely RAK.


CJ said...

Just keep chipping away at that school, it will end one day. Jeff is getting ready to start his Masters--yuk!! Congrats on your goodies from Finland.

Have a great week!!


Debra said...

pretty flowers and nice gifts.

Sandra said...

Your lilies and planters look wonderful!

Nice RAK.

Hope your partner get the mail art soon so we can see it ;)

Kristin said...

Your flowers are gorgeous.

My garden is languishing this year too.

Hope you are able to maintain your A and you get the classes you want for next semester.

glenda said...

congrats on the win! What a cute design :)