When September comes to Lansing I start to see a lot of Monarch Butterflies in my garden.    Click pictures to enlarge

They were in a cooperative mood and let me get a few pictures.

It has been a while since I have had time to paint but I enjoy painting butterflies

Monarch Painting

It is starting to look like fall even though it was 88 degrees today and the humidity was almost that high.   I am finally getting some tomatoes that look like they will ripen soon.     Some of the “fall” flowers are blooming, the hydrangea are changing color, mums in bloom,  lots of walnuts and leaves from the neighbors trees are bombarding the yard.

I took a few pictures of the garden

Teddy was happy to come inside and turn on the Air conditioning


Happy Quilting



A few more garden pictures


The weather forecast never seems to cooperate with my plans.    As the saying goes “If you want to make God laugh tell him about your plans” .  I had planned to work in the garden today.   I started by taking a few pictures.  It was sunny and beautiful and got darker and darker  then the wind picked up and now it is raining.    So much for the plans :(      I guess I was meant to work on quilty things today.    At any rate here are today’s garden pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

The grass in the new side yard, in the fenced area is doing great.  I need to do some work on the grass between the drive and the brick walk.


Teddy had to go to the vet yesterday.   He has an ongoing allergy problem that causes him to get very itchy and scratch himself raw.   When it gets bad he has to have steroids and antibiotics ….which make him very tired .   He didn’t feel like posing for pictures today.  But he is doing well.   I can tell he is already feeling better … no scratching, just sleepy , but also very relieved

Happy Gardening and Quilting


More moving today

Spending time moving more of the quilting stuff to the new studio today.    I continue to be amazed at how much I have….and how many projects are partially finished.

I will post pictures of the studio soon.  It is almost full and I am really looking forward to getting back to business.

Teddy got a new outside bed.  The deck gets pretty hot when the sun shines on it  so he got an elevated bed with a canopy.

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Here are a few more garden pictures. (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting and gardening



Foxtail Lily

When I was in school I couldn’t wait for the lazy days of summer.   It seemed like there was nothing to do and plenty of time to do it.   I really didn’t appreciate it at the time. Now it seems like there is always a list of dozens of things to do  and when I look at the clock I always ask myself where the day went.

I have been doing a lot of outdoor work and the list is growing.     But I did make a dent in it. It rained almost all day yesterday.   That is really a good thing for the garden because I don’t have to water but it did add a day to the deck project.   I cleaned the deck on Thursday and got a coat of paint on it on Friday , rain on Saturday, but got the second coat on today after it dried.   I think it looks great.

Here it is before cleaning and staining.

and after.


I have to give it a few days to totally dry , Teddy is very upset with me for not letting him on the deck.   He thinks it is his personal space.

Another item on the to do list was the front steps.    They were really scary.   The rise and run were all wrong.    The rise from step to step was all different with the space between the top step and the porch deck at about 2 inches.   So I ripped them out (which really was not a big task since they were so poorly made) and replaced them .   I Still need to stain to match, but they are safe to use now.


I transplanted some Hostas in the side bed


Those are the old steps in the bottom left corner of the pic.

I put in some bird feeders.   I can see them from the quilting frame on the first floor and from the sewing machine on the second.


They were both full to the top on Friday.    One holds 5 pounds and one holds 8.   Hungry birds!   And fun to watch squirrels try to get into them.

Here are some more garden pics (click pictures to enlarge)

There is a lot left to do!   I think I will make another list….LOL
Quilting stuff next time





Moving stuff into the studio today and I also got some stuff moved into the Living room (or break room ) I like quilts on chairs.   I will hang quilts on the walls a bit later.  I need to make some drapes for the windows…I am not a fan of just blinds.

I have the important part of the kitchen set….the coffee pot. Coffee is needed all day long.

And I found a spot for my old radio…which still works.   I am a big fan of high tech LOL


The garden is pretty green…..but everything is getting ready to bloom if I get a bit of sun. When you look close there are lots of blooms just starting and hiding .

And it needs weeding so I know what I will be doing tomorrow if it doesn’t rain again.

Happy quilting and gardening


Garden pictures again


A very sunny day today.   Here are a few garden pictures.   (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy needs sunglasses…he squints in the sun
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Happy Gardening