breaking the soil and adding the
with just a bit of "help" from Leia.
Then Leia and I carefully built two hills for the pumpkin plants,
One by one, my iris are blooming. In my mind, I pictured them blooming all at once, with fields and fields of blossoms arrayed across my front yard. Not asking much from 14 little bulbs, is it?
This one is Wonderful World.
We often forget about the cool things that are almost in our backyard. One such is Moorpark College's EATM Zoo. The exotic animal training and management program started in the early 70's. We took our kids to visit when they were young but hadn't been back in years.
Warm floors in my bathroom were the first hint that we had another water leak under our slab. The first one was 10 years ago or so; it was expensive back then so we anticipated major $$$ this time. The first estimate didn't disappoint -$3200?!?!?! I think not.
Second estimate was less than half that. We had another company come out and pinpoint the leak(s), so the plumbing company could do minimal damage to the walls during the repair work. That was the theory anyway.
I'm calling these dresses 'family treasures'
but most would say they are 'hand-me-downs'.
Both were Addy's, until she outgrew them.
I made the purple one for her last year -
and the camo/tulle dress was one of her absolute favorites from the day her daddy brought it home for her.
Bunny Foo-Foo sat outside my mother-in-law's kitchen window for years. Leanne and Leia both love him and talk to him all the time. I think she'd get a kick out of that.
Hubby's a tad hard of hearing, so when the Roku3 came out with the ability to plug headphones into the remote control (genius!!), I was first in line to get one.
He loves it . . . . or at least he did until the headphone jack stopped working on the second night. ~sigh~ I did so love that short-lived peace and quiet.
While he was enjoying his teevee, I was making a birthday quilt and using my baby iPad to watch Craftsy
where my friend and weaving mentor, Deborah Jarchow, is teaching her 'Beyond the Basics' rigid heddle weaving class. (Doesn't she look great?)
Love, love, love this class. I love the Craftsy model anyway - take classes on your own time, in your own home, at your own pace, with the ability to ask questions of the teacher and get responses within 24 hours (or thereabouts) - but Deborah's class is really outstanding.
My favorite part is that her lessons aren't 'sanitized'; when she makes a mistake (we call them "design elements" in my crochet classes) she laughs and shows how to fix it. Watching the repair job really fixes in my mind what went wrong and how things should be done.
And because she's such a great person and friend, Deborah is offering 50% off her class to my friends. Just use this link - www.craftsy.com/rhdj. Be sure to tell her Elisa said "hi!"
I have a list of projects as long as my arm that must.be.done.NOW. But is that stopping me from starting a new, just for me project? Heck, no!
This is Wild Flower Jacket from Drops (pattern here; Ravelry page here). It's been in my Ravelry queue forever. A woman in my Thursday night knit-crochet group wanted to make it, so we're doing it together as a mini-crochet-along. Love the yarn; love the pattern; crossing my fingers they'll play nice together.
Went out to take pictures of the one, lonely iris that's blooming -
according to the chart, this one is Goldfinger (hmmm, I wonder why?) -
but this is my favorite pic of the day.
Such attitude! Gotta love it when even the flowers give you the finger.
The rest of the garden was a bit more polite
and gave me a chance to experiment with my new super-macro lenses.
The difference in magnification between the old lens