I love it when I’m right!!!!

Everybody who knows me knows that I dearly love my husband.  And everyone who knows him knows his logical thinking often trumps my creative/emotional style when it comes to practical stuff.  But every once in a while I am RIGHT and emotion trumps logic, and I just love those little bits of  time.

Remember back a year and a half ago when we started the studio addition?  We had some shrubbery we had to take down to put in the foundation.  One of the shrubs was my Rose of Sharon, and I mourned it’s being cut down.  In deference to me, and probably against his better judgement as it was in the way when laying the brick, my husband didn’t dig it up but just cut it down almost to the ground.  All the while informing me that he might as well dig it out as it wouldn’t, couldn’t possibly come back from that deep of a cutting.  He only left about 3″ above ground on the stump.  And as it had gotten so very overgrown  before he cut it down, it had become one of his least favorite shrubs on the property. It had grown up to where it was difficult to mow around outside the box it was in and sometimes it even blocked the satellite dish reception. But I loved it so he left it during the construction process.

Last summer it started trying to come back, but it was a struggle.  That was a major pruning and for a while it looked like DH was right and it would have been better to just take the stump out and start over.  Today as I walked near the studio porch I was DELIGHTED to see I WAS RIGHT!!!!!  It came back, and is blooming once again!!!!

Now I will have to do a better job of annual pruning than I had in the past as I don’t want to lose sight out of that window.  And yes, you are seeing completely through the studio to the front window with the cherry tree in front of it in that window.  But it’s BLOOMING!!!!

Why am I so enamored of this particular Rose of Sharon?  Here’s a close-up of the actual blossoms.  It’s easy to see why I love it.

So many layers of petals in that flower, with that peek of the deep color in the center.  And the petals aren’t quite white, nor are they quite pink.  Yes, it’s one of my favorite shrubs on the property.
The rest of the porch is coming along nicely, in spite of some replanting that needed done after our heat wave:

And the color is filling in nicely now along the driveway side of the studio boxes too, although it looks like I need to trim and weed again:

Unfortunately not all of the Canna’s I planted came up so next year I’ll fill in the missing spots with Gladiola’s and Hollyhocks.  But there’s lots of flower and color inspiration around the studio.  And a fare share of bees too, so I’m careful what time of the day I go out and play in the garden.  ;>)

Of course we won’t discuss in this particular post how many times he’s right when it comes to the practical landscaping stuff……

On The Needles July 13, 2012

One would think, after being on vacation for two weeks, that I would have a LOT done on my needles.  So one would think.  But with the projects I’m working on, two of which are lace, and the garden coming in as soon as I got home from vacation, and repainting the master bathroom after we returned, that hasn’t happened.  While I’ve not made much progress, I have made noticeable progress on 2 of my projects.


First my socks that are on the needles:

I’m past the heel on the second sock now, and working up the leg, so all I need is some moderately distracted quiet time (i.e. DH watching something I’m not really interested in on tv or a long waiting time at an appointment) and I’ll have these done.  These are my go to project when I can’t totally immerse myself in knitting.

My lavender shawl has not made any progess at all, despite spending several hours working on it.  It’s a “no distraction at all” type project, which I was reminded of when I took a particular row out for the 6th time before I got it right!  Hence the no progress at all, but it is right for pattern and stitch count now.  Perhaps next week I’ll have “progress” pics on it.

The Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl that I’m doing as a KAL is progressing quite nicely.  Although clue #4 was released Tuesday, I’m almost done with clue #3.  I would have been done already, except I decided I wanted it longer and since I have enough yarn to do that, I’m doing at least one (if not 2) extra repeats at the sections marked in the pattern for increasing the length.

But still, with almost 276 stitches on the needles, and lace, I think I’ve made remarkable progress on it.  Hey, it’s hard to find absolute non-distraction time to work on this.  I’ve even resorted to turning on some light jazz for background music to help me concentrate on the stitch counting!  It’s amazing what the right background music will do to help the progress.

And a close-up of the patterning so far:

Hopefully more progress next week, but it all depends on how many tomatoes come in and how much other stuff comes to picking time in the garden between now and next Friday.


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Until next time……………………