I learned recently that one way to reduce puckers in the back is more pins. So, I'm pinning more densely now. And, it was true. I have not had a pucker since I started. But, I might need more pins to do a large quilt.
I think Rob was ready for me to start quilting. He'd mentioned it a couple times and the other day, he watched me for a bit, I think. He said he could tell I was enjoying myself.
I did get my yard work done on Saturday morning, a lot of it anyway, but it's never all done, right? I cut off dead flower heads that hadn't dropped and pulled dead leaves and watered and watered and watered and planted some things that had found their forever homes. I generally will put pots in the garden to make sure the plant is going to like the spot, and if it thrives, then I can put it in the ground with some confidence. I repotted a large oakleaf hydrangea that's found a spot it likes, but where there isn't space yet, so it has to stay in its pot for a while longer. Maybe a similar space will open up, or maybe something will die off and make a space where it is.
After working in the yard, we went to the nursing home on Saturday. She was in good spirits and happy. Then, they changed her and it all went downhill after that. She was in terrible pain and they were treating it as fast as they could. But, it took time and while she doesn't remember it, sitting there and holding her hand and stroking her hair and crying with her while we waited are things Rob and I will not be able to forget, no matter how hard we try. Yesterday was better, but her medication is still lagging slightly behind the pain level. By now, the weekday staff that really knows Linda is getting to work, and they'll get her taken care of quickly. Quality of life is truly about pain management.
I wish I had taken pictures of my garden this weekend to post here. The heat has really taken a toll, but even in the hardest part of year to garden, there is still bloom. There are still flowers and butterflies and birds. And, life continues, season to season.
Have a great week! Hug a loved one. Work on something you're passionate about.