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1344 more pages to go.  I made the mistake of watching “Severus Snape: Friend or Foe?” videos on the Borders website.  I evidently missed a lot of things or didn’t attach the same significance to certain events as other readers.  So now I have set myself the task of rereading Harry Potter books 5 and 6 before number 7 arrives on my doorstep, July 21st.  Sometimes when I’m reading, I get so involved in the story, that I miss little “red herrings?” that the author threw in.  So this time around I’m paying special attention to Snape’s worst memory and the unbreakable vow that he makes with Narcissa Malfoy.  There are other parts I’ll be concentrating on, but those are the 2 main ones.  Since I will have my nose in a book for the next week, there may not be many posts to the blog.   Nothing new.  Right? 

We had several days of sunshine which brought extremely high humidity due to the waterlogged soil.  But now the rains are back.  We have already received the equivalent of our yearly average.  The garden is struggling but it’s pretty much a write off.  One struggling eggplant got a bloom, but then it fell off a day later.  The only herbs that are doing well are the globe basil and the salad burnet.  Of course the rosemary and sage that I have in pots on the patio, are doing fine.

While the sun was out, we did get the big flower bed in the front weeded and mulched.  Looks good.  I’ll post pictures when I can.

A little knitting has been done here and there, but not enough to talk about.

I’ve found fabrics and patterns for my first blocks in the Progressive Blocks Round Robin.  Now I just need to get busy.

The other day, I drove across town to Oklahoma Quiltworks.  Didn’t find the fabric I was looking for, but that didn’t stop some other fabrics from following me home.  When I left Quiltworks, I walked down the sidewalk to “get the point…”.  It’s a needlework shop that Ann had told me about.  Chatted with the friendly ladies that worked there about Ann’s crazy quilting, and promised to bring some of my work when I go back.  Then I found some Needlepoint Silk and a skein of Silk ‘N Colors in the color “Monster Mash”, that I thought might work for my CQ seascape.

The rain has stopped and the radar isn’t showing any more coming for a while.  So I’m going to try and get to the grocery store and back without getting wet.

 

 

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At least the last 2 days have just been short showers and not torrential downpours.  The backyard has dried enough that it may be possible to mow later this afternoon.

On Sunday I got the smaller flowerbed in the front yard weeded, then laid down weed barrier and a layer of mulch.  Now it makes the larger bed look really bad.  Hopefully it will soon be dry enough for me to work on it too.  My Impatiens and Caladiums in pots on the front porch are doing really well with all this wet, cooler weather.  Just hope they stay looking nice when the hot, dry Oklahoma summer finally arrives.  I started some Viola seeds really early in the spring and they just didn’t seem to want to grow.  In the past couple of days they have really taken off and started blooming.  I’m going to try and take some pictures of the yard later today.  I’m not promising, because I have to start prepping for tomorrow’s big cookout.

We’ve invited family and friends over for a 4th of July cookout tomorrow.  So yesterday, while we were at the commissary, I bought a mosquito repellant lantern for the yard.  We have a lot of mosquitos this year with all the rain.  In fact the mosquitos are so bad, that we have squadrons of dragonflies patrolling the neighborhood.  I’ve never seen so many dragonflies all at once, and they are huge, almost the size of small birds.

I’m headed to the kitchen to make Spinach dip and Rosemary Asiago Foccacia.  At the commissary, they’ve put in an “Antipasto” bar.  You can buy different types of olives, marinated peppers and artichokes, etc…  I bought some of the mixed olives and some marinated veggie mix.  The mix has whole garlic cloves in it, that are so delicious, creamy and sweet.  Wish I knew how they were prepared.

Have a great Independence Day!

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So far we’re keeping dry, but thinking that investing in a rowboat might not be a bad idea.  The back raised garden bed has become a pond all by itself, now it just needs fish.

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Hoping the native pecan tree survives the transplanting and flooding.

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 Didn’t know that cantaloupe was an aquatic plant, did you?

 

 

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Today is the 16th consecutive day that we have received rain.  Only lack 4″ of receiving the average yearly total.  I’m beginning to think it might be a good idea to turn the back raised garden bed into a Koi pond.   
Bill added 12 bags of topsoil last week and it still flooded.  The cantaloupe plants were swimming.  We are having a cookout on the 4th of July.  It would be nice if the sun came out and dried things up a bit.

Haven’t been doing much.  Friend Ann was on call last weekend so she stayed in the city.  Saturday we checked out the new yarn shop in Norman, it’s called Yarn & Loops.  They have a lot of really nice yarn, but sock and lace yarns were limited.  I did find some mottled grey sock yarn that pleaded to come home with me.  Then we went to Patchwork Place where I found the perfect fabric for the snowball blocks of my Tennessee Waltz quilt.  We checked out a scrapbook store and then to a nursery/landscape place.  I finally found some Rosemary to replace the one that drowned.  Oh, we fit Hobby Lobby in there somewhere too.

Yesterday I made a tablecloth for the 4th cookout.  Mindless sewing, just serged the edges and then topstitched.  Haven’t knit much in the past few days, joint pain in my fingers and wrists.  Also why I haven’t posted much either. 

I’m off to put the new Rosemary plant in a pot.  There’s no way I’m going to put it in the “swampy” herb garden.  At least, not for a while.

 

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I’m about to decide that rain is a 4-letter word.  Just when the wet feet of the garden plants are drying out, we get rain, rain and another week of predicted rain.  We aren’t far behind our yearly total, and it’s only June.

Remember the back raised bed with the black stumps that used to be onions?  Well, there was one jalapeno plant that ended up as just a dark stick.  After a few days of sunshine, it sprouted leaves and started growing.  I decided that if it was so determined to live, that it deserved a chance.  So I transferred it to a pot and just in time, I don’t think it could have made it through more drenching rain.

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Pepper plant before transferring to a pot.  You can see how wet the ground was.  All the salts came to the surface.

On Thursday we managed to make it to Okmulgee between rain showers, with the old table and chairs for Kerry and Jason.   They had asked if I would also bring them a loaf of Foccacia.  I ate a piece of the bread before giving it to them.  Now I’m wanting more, so guess I will have to break down and make some for myself.

The Skrappy Ladies (stitch group) are starting a new round robin next month.  We are doing the  Progressive Blocks Quilt from  M’liss Rae Hawley’s Round Robin RenaissanceI received my copy of the book yesterday.  Now I’m really looking forward to getting started.  I need a structured project with a deadline, to get me motivated.  Maybe this will be the kick in the behind that I need to get me creating again.  For this round robin the guidelines are: 

Basically, you take the packet from the person passing to you and add blocks, made by you, that are the equivalent of 2 – 12″ (finished)blocks. 
That can be:
2 – 12 inch blocks,
8 blocks – 6 inches each,
18 blocks – 4 inches,
32 blocks – 3 inches,
or a combination of the above.
The owner is responsible for setting the blocks together, anyway they choose.

Friday was Josie’s 1st birthday.  She had a hat, bandana and a cake.  Jessica said she wasn’t sure how Josie would handle wearing a hat.  But it seems the hat was forgotten as soon as she saw the cake.  (I’m sure it’s a no-chocolate doggie cake)

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Spotted the first hummingbird of the season.  Yesterday, before the latest deluge of rain, I decided to take advantage of the cool, breezy weather and sit on the patio.  While I was out there a hummingbird came around 3 times.  Twice were quick little visits and the last one he was stocking up like there was no tomorrow.  Then he never came back, must have just been passing through.  Then the rains came and stayed the rest of the day.  At one point the front flower bed flooded and the poor frog that lives there had to evacuate to the front porch.  Finally, it looks like the front has finished with us and we will get a few days of drying out.  YEA!

Since receiving the lace books in the mail, I’ve been itching to start a lace project.  But decided that I need to at least get the second pink sock cast on and started first.  Then I will have a travel project and SSS (second sock syndrome) is less likely.  So I’ve cast on and knitted the cuff top ribbing.  Back before I got really sick I had started a Soft Cables Moebius with Baby Silk in an ivory color, didn’t get very far and then it ended up in the bottom of my knitting basket.  So I’ve frogged the moebius and think I will use the yarn for a lace scarf.  That should satisfy the lace knitting urge, while I search for the perfect yarn to knit the North Star Tam and Scarf.

I discovered a picture of Josie, on DDIL’s myspace that I hadn’t seen before.  Can’t decide if she looks like she’s listening intently or just wishing the photo shoot was over.  Steven asked me if I noticed which album she was sitting on.  Snoop Dogg, of course.

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The sun actually came out for a while yesterday.  Then after a little more rain last night the sun is peeking out again today.  Weatherman is predicting an end to the rain Sun or Mon, I can’t wait.  My pepper plants are drooping sadly, poor things are drowning.  The bottom thirds of the tomato plants are turning yellow.  We’ve had over 4.5 inches of rain in the past 3 days (avg. for May is 3.2), which puts our 2007 total at around 18 inches.  The yearly average is 33. 

And just when all the gloomy weather was getting me down, I received a Mother’s Day package from Kerry.  Enclosed were these 2 books from my Amazon wish list.

Victorian Lace TodayArctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters
 
Now I want to get started on this, which most likely unfortunately means a trip to the LYS.
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I’m finally beginning to adjust to the latest prednisone cut and with the predicted end of the rain, next week promises to be a pretty good week.  Keep your fingers crossed.
 
 

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I know that here in Oklahoma we were at or near drought conditions for quite a while and needed the rain.  But enough is enough.  The clay can’t hold anymore water and we are getting permanent puddles in the backyard.  Besides the fact that I wouldn’t mind seeing the sun a little more.  The weather man is predicting more rain in the future.

The herbs that I ordered finally arrived, and can’t be planted for fear that they will drown.  Also need to board up small openings in the fence.  The bunny visitor has been sampling some of the potted plants on the patio.  Don’t want him eating my herbs.  The Summerlong Basil didn’t travel well in the mail.  Hopefully it will perk up.

On Tuesday I stepped down to 5mg. of Prednisone.  Can already tell that the next week or so aren’t going to be much fun.

I know this has been a really down blog post.  Maybe when the sun decides to come and stick around for a while, things will brighten up.

 

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After 2 days of nothing but rain, wind, tornadoes, tornado warnings and flickering power, the sun is shining.  Yesterday evening our backyard looked like a lake with a couple of small islands and the street in front of the house had water up to the top of the curb.  The area got so much rain in so little time that the drains couldn’t handle it.  The onions in the raised bed were under a couple of inches of water.  Hopefully everything will get to dry out a little before the rain that’s predicted for next weekend.  I know that I’m ready for a few days of sunshine.

I finally got around to pre-ordering the new Harry Potter book that’s due out in July, also ordered this book to take advantage of free shipping.

Knitting Stitches: Over 300 Contemporary and Traditional Stitch Patterns

According to the reviews, it is a reprint of  “The New Knitting Stitch Library” (Lesley Stanfield).  Supposedly the charts are easier to read in the original version, but I couldn’t find a decent used copy for less than $30. 

I managed to read a whole book and it only took 3 days.  Granted, it was just a trashy romance that would normally have taken only 3 or 4 hours.  But, I read the whole thing.  Maybe I can finally finish the George R.R. Martin book I’ve been reading for almost a year.  My concentration is slowly returning as I get weaned off prednisone.

I took sock pictures but I can’t post them, because the camera and computer don’t want to play nice together.

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We had planned on going to the Medieval Fair in Norman today.  The weather isn’t cooperating.  Just keeps raining and raining.  Bill works Sat and Sun so I guess we will have to wait for next years fair.  On the bright side, we have Kerry’s visit on Tues. to look forward to.  She’s bringing Girl Scout cookies.    She also mentioned something about a “goodie” box.

Since the weather is keeping me housebound, I’ll spend the time cutting more strips for the string quilt project.  I can’t believe that Skrappy Spring Retreat is only 3 weeks away.  I am nowhere near being prepared. 

The Tidal Wave socks gain a few rows every evening, so they are progressing slowly.  I’ll charge the camera batteries and take pics soon.

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