Friday, November 28, 2014

Westies & Quilts

 My scarf is on and I'm ready to go to grand mom's house.
 Is it time to beg for turkey yet?

 Just me relaxing after our thanksgiving dinner.
... A Few Quilts To Show ...
 This quilt is going to my hair dressers adopted son Jack.
 This quilt is going to our landscaper's son.
 The Frozen quilts are going to my hair dressers adopted
twin girls who technically are her nieces and nephews.
When their young mother died [suddenly] and the father was
not to be found the 3 kids were headed for the foster system
in Colorado [which couldn't promise to keep them together].
That's when my hairdresser and her husband {it was his sister's
kids} stepped in and went for adoption of Angel, Catherine & Jack.
Talk about having a heart of gold.  My hairdresser son just finished
college and now they are starting a family all over again.  Bless
their souls for taking these kids in.  

I don't know if you remember I posted a few 
weeks ago I was sending several quilts to my FB
friend who's mom has dementia and in a nursing
home.  She sent me this picture last night of her mom
with one of the quilts.  This is why I do what I do ... it
makes my heart happy to help others.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family a
wonderful and very happy
Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two More Frozen Quilts

 Julep queen of the Christmas quilt.
 What was I thinking when I ordered 7 Frozen
quilt panels?  I sold 2 of them to Chris, have finished
4 and have 1 more to stash away until another time.
 {These have not been pressed yet ... sorry for the wrinkles}
 It's almost turkey time ... yum ... yum!
Grand mom Dot ... don't forget my plate.
This is the last Frozen quilt to be quilted whenever
Julep decides to let me have it back.
Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nose to Nose

Nose to Nose 
Talk about being in the right place at the right time
with my camera!  I love this picture of Julep & Derby.
Derby is really trying to get Julep to play.
 When he gets super excited he pulls things ... like pulling this
pillowcase off the bed or when he sees a deer through the
bedroom window he pulls his bed into the middle of the floor.

 I'm still sewing and can finally say I'm winding down on
my self-imposed Christmas gift projects.  
 I'm still working on a few quilts and I should have them done
by today if things go as planned.  We're pretty sure we have
a 'deal' with the potential buyers but they have until Tuesday
one way or another ... so no packing until we know for sure.
Have a great Thanksgiving week ahead.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Deer Alert & A Few Thanksgiving Funnies

 Derby is all excited because there is a deer close by ... run Derby run!
 This is the first time I've seen a 'rack' going through
our yard ... another nice 'good bye' from Mother Nature.

 They can't get out the door fast enough when deer
come for a visit ... at least the barking drives them into
our neighbors yard.
... A Few Thanksgiving Funnies ...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving Groomed Westies!

 The westies had their pre-Thanksgiving grooming appointment
with Ms. Paulette.  They greeted me with these cute little
bandannas around their neck and then made a direct beeline 
to the exit door.  I think they had enough of a good thing.
 It was an exhausting time for Derby.
 Red headed woodpecker looking for food
in the bark of our locus tree.
 Putting the final touches on Christmas decorations.
 I'm actually calling this my 'grace time period' ... meaning the time
between negotiating with the 'potential' buyers and not
packing a single box until everyone signs on the 
.... dotted line.... this is very nerve racking!

I've been sewing my fingers to the bones trying
to get all the self-imposed fun holiday sewing projects
[I committed to] prior to knowing someone would
expect us to move out by January 30.  After all parties
are in agreement I will take packing serious...
until then I will do my projects and continue to
look at rental houses 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Oyster Man Appears!

 It's freezing cold here just like many parts of the United States.
That doesn't stop Derby and Julep from barking at the oyster
man working the creek harvesting oysters.

Ecosystem Roles

Oysters are filter feeders, consuming phytoplankton (free-swimming algae) and improving water quality while they filter their food from the water. As generations of oysters settle on top of each other and grow, they form reefs that provide structured habitat for many fish species and crabs. The Chesapeake Bay was once known for its abundance of oysters. Much of their recent decline was due to decades of overharvest and habitat destruction. More recently, two parasitic diseases, MSX and Dermo, have devastated the remaining oyster populations in most areas of the Bay and its tributaries.
It has been estimated that oysters were once able to filter all the water in the Bay in about a week. The sharp decrease in the number of oysters means that it now takes the current oyster population about a year to filter the same amount of water. Because the oyster serves such an important function as a filter feeder, it has been hypothesized that their decrease has contributed to an apparent shift in the food web in the Bay, and an increase in zooplankton (which also eat phytoplankton) and their predators (ctenophores and jellyfish).
Two recent field studies in the Chesapeake Bay, one involving restored oysters and the other involving a small, naturally occurring bivalve, demonstrated the potential for filter feeders to improve water quality. A study partially funded by NOAA and done by the Maryland Department of Natural Resourcesrestored a small oyster reef in the South River on Maryland's Western Shore and did intensive water-quality measurements to look for improvements near the oysters. The results showed improvements in both chlorophyll and turbidity levels near the oysters when tidal flow was occurring, as expected, although the improvements were less than those predicted by models.
 Derby doesn't eat oysters ... but he barks at the men who
take our oysters from the creek.

Oyster Reefs
At one time, oysters were so abundant in the Chesapeake Bay that their reefs defined the major river channels. The reefs extended to near the water surface; to stray out of the center channel often posed a navigational hazard to ships sailing up the Bay. Now, after decades of damage to reefs from harvest, increased disease, falling salinity due to the increased runoff that accompanies increased impervious surface, and increased sedimentation from runoff, a significant amount of hard bottom habitat has been lost. The oyster population in the Bay is less than 1% of what it once was.
Degrading water quality is both a cause and an effect of the oyster decline, because fewer oysters means less filtration capacity. But oysters, as hardy as they are, can be killed by prolonged periods of low dissolved oxygen at the Bay's bottom.   
Keep warm and be safe.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Sewing

 Derby nice and comfy laying by the tree.
He looks so cute I can't stand it!
 A set of standard size pillowcases made for my friend
Laura.  When I asked her if she liked this fabric for
pillowcases she said ... oh yeah!
 The regal Sir Derby Wyatt
 Here is the competed tree skirt I made for Laura.
She picked the bird fabric which is very holiday festive. 
Tree skirt back. 

 I also had enough fabric to make a table runner all due to 
the fact I ordered more fabric than needed.

 Starting the second round of Frozen quilts.
This is one of five with two simple borders around the panel.
While I was busy Derby relaxed.
Julep spent most of the day watching squirrels 
run around the yard collecting nuts.  
The week ahead will be a busy one
around here ... so thanks for stopping in
and have a great week ahead.