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Two Little Birdies

In addition to knitting my heart out, I’ve recently taken up hand embroidery. I *really* don’t need another obsession, but I couldn’t help myself! I completed my first project yesterday, and while it’s far from perfect, I think it’s cute.

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I’m planning to lightly iron and frame it when I get the chance. I think my walls are in trouble. I could easily cover them with my amateur embroidery!  I have discovered that embroidery is a whole lot easier to do than knitting when you have small children. There’s no counting required, and you can put it down in an instant should your attention be needed elsewhere.

I’ve been pinning tons of embroidery patterns on Pinterest, and I really want to start another project. I’m not allowing myself to do anything else but knit Christmas projects until they’re DONE. I guess that means I have something to look forward to, right?

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September Stroll

This morning I took the girls for a walk since the weather outside was rather mild. Apparently it wasn’t mild enough for me, though, as I was exhausted and covered in sweat by the time we got back home. I’ve been having a hard time keeping cool since I had Kirsi. I’m sure it’s a combination of weight gain and hormones. However, the walk (and exercise) was worth it.

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Kirsi enjoyed our morning stroll.

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Pretty little weed flower.

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Honeysuckle

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Eva takes a whiff!

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Eva shows off some of the flowers from our walk.

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My lovely weed bouquet. 🙂

I’m looking forward to our impending cool-down as fall approaches. I’m ready for open windows, colorful leaves, brisk air, and more walks!


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New Phone, New Abilities

Yesterday I bought a new phone and spent a large chunk of today getting to know it. For the curious, it’s a Samsung Galaxy S4.  My previous phone was incredibly outdated, had a less than stellar camera (including a permanent black dot in the lens), and was starting to run really slow. My new phone, on the other hand, has a fantastic camera, a HUGE screen (compared to my previous phone), and tons of cool features that I have yet to figure out how to operate. I’m sure my opinion will change when it starts to malfunction, though. I must give off some sort of continuous radiation that causes electronics to fry. I have trouble with pretty much anything that needs a power source to function.

Anyway, since I now possess this decent phone, I downloaded a bunch of photo editing apps so I can play with my photos like everyone else. Here are some examples of my work:

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Marigolds growing in one of my flowerbeds.

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Petunias from one of my flowerbeds.

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Mammoth Sunflowers in bloom.

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Kirsi caught her tongue!

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Eva draws a circle while playing on the porch.

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Kirsi practices her duck face.

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Eva gives her little sister a kiss.

I’m still exploring all of my options, and I’m so excited to be able to jazz up the images I post from this point forward. Now if I could only adapt to this touchscreen keyboard. ..


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Sunflowers!

Shortly before Kirsi was born, I planted a bunch of sunflower seeds.  (I thought all the squatting would put me into labor.  It didn’t.  The only thing I accomplished was making myself hot, tired, and sore.)  I planted them mainly as an experiment.  I wanted to see if they’d grow and if they’d survive all the severe storms we’ve been having every summer.  Last year I tried growing some sunflowers from birdseed, and they were ravaged by the derecho that blew through.

This year I upgraded and used seeds meant for planting.  Most of them sprouted, and all of the plants are looking great!

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Mammoth Sunflowers

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Black Oil Sunflowers (I think)

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Mammoth Sunflowers - I have no idea why one is so much taller.

I planted three different varieties.  I’m at a loss now, as to what they were.  I know I planted the mammoth kind at the front of the house and along the side near the flamingos.  I think I planted black oils, but I can’t be sure.  I planted a white variety as well, but the buds are looking awful yellow.  Maybe they’ll turn white once they open.

I’m still waiting for buds on the mammoths.  I love how tall they’ve gotten, and I think I’ll stick to just that variety next year.  (I like being able to see them in the windows.)  Sunflowers are my kind of flower.  They take practically no care, and even I haven’t managed to kill them.  😀


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Does Size Matter?

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but I swear I have a really good excuse!  For those of you not located on the East Coast, we had a very nasty storm called a “derecho” that knocked out power for a few million lucky people.  I had no power for 4 days, but I know of more people still without power after over a week!  Of course this loss of power coincided with an incredibly nasty heat wave, but I’m not even going to get into that since it’ll just make me bitter.  :/

We’ve been spending lots of time cleaning up the mess the storm left behind.  Our yard was covered with tree limbs, my garden was torn to shreds, our belongings were scattered everywhere, and all of our food had to be thrown out and replaced.  All in all it’s been a pretty expensive week.

Well, enough about that.  I have a couple African violet pictures to share on this sweltering Friday afternoon.

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Check out the size difference of those blooms!  The white ones edged in pink are from a plant that originally had larger, dark pink flowers.  That particular violet likes to sport.  🙂

Overall my violets look great considering the conditions they’ve had to endure.  With extreme heat and no water (we have well water, so we lost running water when the power went out), all have managed to survive.  I can’t say the same for my hanging baskets outside.  😦

Anyway, I’m happy to be back up and running!  …and sitting in air conditioning.  🙂


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How ‘Bout Some Sport?

I haven’t posted anything about my violets lately, so I’d like to share an update with you.  Everyone is starting to bloom again, and I noticed two plants in particular that have sported big time.

The “Before” shots show the plants during their last bloom.  The “After” shots show the plants as of today.  Quite remarkable, eh?

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After

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After

In other news, the seed pods on my dark blue violet shriveled up and died.  😦  Not sure what went wrong there, but I’m very disappointed.  The injustice!