Not finished Friday

My friend Rebecca is hosting TGIFF today at her blog.  Please visit and see the finishes that link to her post.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  I wanted to participate.  It would have been my first time to do that in years. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get it finished.  I finished the quilting.  I might even have tried to get partial credit for that, but the quilt is only 12.5x17.5, so there really wasn't that much quilting. 

Oh, well.  You wins some and you loses some.

But ain't it cute?

And, the back.

I'm hoping to use a binding I already have cut.  I always over cut bindings and I've been saving the ends.  I plan to use them all sewn together on scrap quilts, but I'd gladly lend one to this little quilt.

I also have a bunch of garden pictures.  This is Mock Orange.  We have two and this year, I dug up some offshoots with roots that had grown under the fence, and planted them in a big pot.  And, they're making leaves.  It's always cool when I can get something to divide.  It does this reliably, every year in a part sun spot.  We have one inside and one outside the fence at about the same spot.  Together, they make a fountain on both sides. 

I finally got some Iris that aren't white.  Yay!  These probably came from my Mom.  They may be new.  She sent some to Rob a couple years ago for his birthday and these may be them.  If so, we haven't seen them bloom before.  I think I planted them too deep originally and they got moved and planted more appropriately last fall..

Baby oranges starting to form.  I've moved the trees into a sunnier spot.  They won't survive winter here, so I grow them in big pots and move them into the greenhouse for the winter.  I'm hoping the sunnier spot will help them retain more fruit.  The trees can only support about a third of what they make, so a lot of them get the size of the end of my thumb, and fall off.  Nature's way.  Then, the birds get a few by landing on the branches and breaking the fruit off.  And, the rain and wind get a few.  And, we get what nature leaves us in December. 

Tired of the stone path yet?  Hope not.  It's going to be in a LOT of pictures.

I took a HUGE spineless cactus out of this pot this year and moved it into a bigger pot.  I planted two potato vines, one dark and one light, in the old bean pot that sits on its side; perfect for a vine.  They each did something different.  The dark one bloomed.  The light one grew out of the end of the pot.  I'm worried the light one will choke out the dark one because the dark one paused to make flowers.

Anyway, that's what's happening inside and out.  Tomorrow will be a busy day.  We'll go to the grocery very early to get it out of the way.  Then, Rob plans to mow the meadow that's grown up in our yard because of the spring showers.  He wants to dye eggs in the afternoon...don't read too much into old men dyeing eggs.  It's just his excuse to make sure there are plenty of deviled eggs on Sunday.  I don't know what we'll have yet for the holiday lunch.  I need to be thinking on that today.  Maybe AllRecipes will be helpful.  They tend to feature seasonally appropriate recipes and I find that very helpful. 

Last night, we had a marinated and grilled pork tenderloin.  Tonight, we're having Tandoori Chicken, an Indian dish.  We love Indian food.  I had a manager a few years ago that was from India and he introduced us to the food.  He and his wife would invite the three of us over and they'd cook the food they knew for us.  It really introduced Sydney to a different world and I'm so glad they were there and willing to be part of our village.  They've moved away, but we still eat Indian about once a week.  Anyway, it needs to marinate all day.  I'll let you know how it works out.  It's my first time.

Everybody have a great Friday.  I'm sure it will be a very slow day at the office.  But, that can be a good thing sometimes, right?  It's a time for reflection.  A time for beginnings and fresh starts and new adventures.  Enjoy your weekend, whatever you find to celebrate and however you choose to celebrate it.



Anonymous said...

Oh! The quilting on your mini is great. She's going to love it. Thanks for sharing. Mary

Dot Wankat said...

Your flower quilt is delightful with such pretty, curving quilting. No angular the-machine-ran=off-the-rails, here. Who would think it started with a finished block and the question "What can I do with this?"

I like your garden path. It's that bit of practical that makes beauty more possible. And it's ngenerous of you to share your flower pictures. Our crocus and daffodils are only starting to bloom.