Sunday, March 21, 2010

Project 365, Week 12

After my recent fun travel photos for Project 365, this week's offerings look rather mundane. But mundane is how my life looks 99% of the time. Just how I like it :-)

Upon our return from conference, we were pleased to see our cherry tomato plant is still going strong.
Monday I started catching up on expense reports. Ugh.
There's been no work on the house next door in a while. The outside stucco has been finished for several weeks and no workers have appeared since then.
In my ongoing effort to learn the language I've started watching Spanish television. My favorites are cooking and craft shows.
I thought I had a really cool photo for Thursday because on our way home from Cordoba we spotted dozens of parachutes floating in the sky. I didn't have the camera so Ivan gave me his cell phone but I'd never used it before and with the sun shining so brightly, I couldn't tell that I had NOT actually taken a photo until we got home and tried to load it onto the computer. Boo hoo! 

Instead I offer this sad photo of my hydrangeas. Does anyone have a clue what happened to them? They didn't do this last year. Do I have an infestation of some kind? I am completely clueless about plants. HELP!
Friday it stormed and afterward I took photos of raindrop covered flowers. I love the way the afternoon sun slants and casts a special light on things at that time of day.
And no, I did not change the saturation on this photo. These are the true colors!

Also on Friday, I prewashed the fabrics for my newest quilting project and line dried them. I'm one of those always-wash-the-fabric-first kind of quilters, after one really bad experience early on when I didn't prewash and one of the fabrics puckered, ruining the quilt.
I've been wanting to do something in black and white for a long time, but was inspired to add another color. Considering my current passion for green, is it any wonder that's what I chose? Plus a wee bit of yellow. Not sure I am capable of making a quilt without yellow :-)
Saturday afternoon I finally started cutting and sewing. It took a while to figure out the math on this one. I'm combining elements from several quilts I've seen in magazines so I don't have a pattern to follow. Considering my mathematically challenged brain, getting anything done beyond that is an accomplishment! This is just one row of blocks (it's folded over the line so you can only see half).
I don't have enough fabric (at this point) for a whole quilt. Not sure if I'll just do what I can with what I have -- maybe make a small quilt (four rows) to use on the couch in cold weather -- or do what I can with what I have and then have more fabric sent in order to make it full-size (seven or eight rows). But either way, I'm TOTALLY LOVING the colors and simplicity of this quilt so far. Once I have the rows pieced, I'll applique a few large daisies here and there.


Mari said...

I'm blown away by your quilt! I love the colors and the pattern too!
It's a good idea to watch shows in Spanish and I love the flower shot too.

Lisa said...

I like mundane, too.

Oh, those cherry tomatoes, warmed by the sun have literally made my mouth water. Yum!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I love taking pictures of my flowers after the rain.

OUTSTANDING flower picture. Defiantly frame worthy!

Great quilt!


Looking forward to better days and for things to start getting back to normal next week!

Rita said...

I so enjoy mundane weeks - usually a chance to catch my breath!

So sorry about the hydrangeas, it looks like something was eating on them? I tried them one year - they are a favorite of mine - and they did ok, but didn't make it back the next! :(

Elizabeth said...

I love the raindrops on your flowers... really cool picture!

Your hydrangeas look so sad but I don't know anything about them... I do not have a green thumb at all so I am sorry to say I have no advice but I sure hope you are able to ficure out what is happening because they are such a beautiful flower.

The Bug said...

Love the raindrop flower - it's beautiful! As is your quilt - I think those colors are fabulous!

Rebecca Jo said...

MMM - Cherry tomatoes.. .cant wait for them to start growing around here in Summer!

That flower is amazing... what beautiful color!

skoots1mom said...

i love the graphics of your quilt...and the flower is wonderfully colorful :)

Rosalyn said...

I love the quilt. I have some pieces from my grandmother and great grandmother. I'll have to have you show me how to piece them together. They are just in boxes in the closet for now.

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

You definitely don't need to ask ME about plants. I'm awful! I could kill a silk plant!!!

I love your choice of colors for the quilt!! It looks really good!

Tori said...

The raindrops on the flowers are wonderful!
That quilt is beautiful!! What a talent you have!!
I think watching cooking would be the best way for me to learn too! You are one smart cookie!!
Have a great week.

Lhoyt said...

The leaves on your hydrangeas look just like our bean leaves used to when they were attacked by a green "gusano" or caterpillar. You might want to look at the underside of the leaves and see if there are little podlike things. Trouble is, I can't remember what we used to do for them--runs in my mind that we would take the leaves that had worms and pods and burn them, but I'm sure a "ferretero" can tell you if there is a chemical you can use to kill them off. Check "

RaD said...

You are very talented, it looks like that quilt is coming along nicely!

Love that picture of the water drops on the flower!

SmallTownRunner said...

I'm envious of your tomatoes. I'm glad that the farmers' markets will be opening here in the next few weeks or so. I can't wait for fresh, homegrown tomatoes!

Linda said...

That quilt is gorgeous!

Ma Hoyt said...

Kim, concerning your hydrangea, the spots look a lot like anthracnose, a fungus.

It can pop up suddenly if there's been a lot of rain, humidity or fog during warm weather (75-90 degrees).

You can try applying a fungicide but they are more for prevention rather than treatment of already existing fungus.

Removing damaged plant parts might help, as would clearing away the diseased debris so it doesn't overwinter in the soil.

rita said...

Glad you got some good advice for the hydrangea.
You certainly don't need any for your quiling, nor photography, nor writing! Nor your organization. I was impressed with the layout for the expense reports. Are they done?
Roses, tomatoes...I am green with envy ;)