Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tiny Needle Tuesday 6/30/20

Good Tuesday Morning!

Still no results yet on Mailing's test.  Colin told me yesterday it could take 2-5 business days (I thought it was 2-4 days...not business days).  She is feeling much better - was back to 95% yesterday, so that is good news.

It is pretty hot and humid here in Eastern PA.  I did not go out to walk yesterday.  Work was humming and I was busy (and irritated) all day long.  I've got more to do today, but am hoping to get out at some point.  Other work news:  the opening of my office is now scheduled for August 6th (had been July 13th).  It keeps getting pushed out, which is fine with me.

Meanwhile, it is the last day of June (how did that happen?) and is TNT, or Tiny Needle Tuesday.  Here is what I started after finishing Hallow Eden.


This is another small piece by Blackbird Designs called The Crows at Strawberry Hill.  Fletcher thinks the berry looks more like an acorn and is wondering why the crow has a collar on.  LOL  The liberties of cross stitch designers.  There is a mirror image (well, one hopes it will be a mirror image) of the crow on the other side and a couple of flowers center bottom.  A small border at the bottom and it will be finished.  Small, pincushion size.  I'm using 35 count linen and one strand of floss over two threads (thus, 17.5 stitches to the inch).  The threads I'm using are once again Crescent Colors.  I should finish this up in a couple of days and then I will start the next larger piece I picked out (another Adam & Eve sampler).

We are going to need to get to the grocery store soon.  We are almost out of cat food, we have no lettuce (garden lettuce has all bolted), almost no spinach, low on milk, yogurt, eggs.

I think I mentioned in another post the cat birds that have been pestering/scolding Tyg all the time.  Cat birds have a beautiful song - IF they sing.  Otherwise, they spend time screeching and it gets tiresome to hear.  Fletch and I often sit on the patio in the late afternoon and when we do, Tyg will join us.  The cat birds perch in the apple tree and start an awful racket.  We were tossing tennis balls at them which worked, but Fletch stopped at the Dollar Store and picked up a pack of water pistols.  Since he bought them, the cat birds have stopped their noisy fussing!!  Figures, huh?  But, the pistols are by our chairs ready to be put to use.

In other nature news, our trumpet vine is beginning to open - lots and lots of buds and blooms, so we should be seeing more hummingbirds.  And, our first frog of the season showed up yesterday!

OK, time to pour another cup of coffee and get to work.  Hope your Tuesday is a fine one!

20 comments:

  1. I think the water pistols sound like great summer fun -- and a brilliant idea, besides. :-) We have a little frog in our pond this summer, too. (So far, just one I think. Maybe more later???)

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  2. I'm laughing at the idea of you pelting poor little catbirds with tennis balls. I guess it's better than bb guns.

    We have an enormous population of robins this year who have claimed the territory usually won by the bluejays. They spend most of the day and evening splashing in the waterfall of our little pond. Sometimes, they hunker down and simply park in there, enjoying the water.

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  3. Happy to hear that Mailing is feeling better. Waiting for results is always difficult. LOL, I can envision you and Fletch armed with water pistols waiting for the catbirds.

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  4. I bet there would be a lot of satisfaction in squirting the cat birds! Glad you have "weapons" at the ready. That is an interesting and distinctive sampler, and will be even more so with the second collared crow. Keeping my fingers crossed for Mailing's results, and I am glad that she is feeling better.

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  5. We have been turning the hose on the bunnies. They have done so much burrowing that our yard is caved in and getting treacherous.

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  6. Cute crow!
    The squirrels like to scold Relic. It's funny, because he never chases them. I guess they just don't trust any cat.

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  7. How did we get to the end of June?
    I'm glad they pushed back the opening of your office. Safer is always better.
    Waiting to hear about Mailing's test!
    That's a very sweet cross stitch, and I think the berry looks more like a berry than an acorn!

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  8. Hello,

    I am glad to hear Mailing is feeling better. My catbirds have moved on or are very quiet. Your cross stitch looks very pretty. Take care, Enjoy your day!

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  9. Good story--it is a fine balancing act to enjoy and yet live with wildlife! lol. The stitching is coming right along. Still praying for good results for Mailing!

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  10. I enjoyed seeing your new stitchery project. The one I'm doing has given me a run for my money. I made a counting error so this one will have some goobers but it was good practice and I may just do a whole new one. Question - what is the very best quality floss you can get? I also like the vintage look of your cloth. Have a super week and don't work too hard. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. Oh my word ..........I got such a funny visual of you and Fletch on the porch with your water pistols.

    Have I mentioned lately that you guys are my two favorite people???? LOL

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  12. So much to worry about with this virus, if Mailing did have it I hope it was quick and she was not very ill. I love to picture you in your chairs with water pistols ready to go. Stay safe.

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  13. Well water pistols are a great idea. I have my fingers crossed that you are all safe and healthy. I like the crow, probably better in needlework than in person.

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  14. Had missed Mailing's test (Im guessing it was/is Covid-related?) and holding good thoughts for good health.

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  15. Water pistols! What a flashback. Do they have a nest nearby and are trying to scare Tyg away? My wrens go nuts when I sit outside and I'm not sure which house they are in. But they certainly let me know one is near! I wondered why the crow is wearing a necklace/collar too. But it's handsome!

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  16. i smiled when you said you had to go to the store..out of cat food. My list begins when we run out of doggie cookies!!!

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  17. I like that little crow! So cute. I know what you mean by the whiney catbirds. I never thought of getting water pistols. That's a genius solution!

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  18. my cousin was tested in Pittsburgh and she got her results in 48 hours (negative!). It was probably heat exhaustion. Love the stitching, and I hope you get results soon.

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  19. sure hope all is still well for y'all. love that you're stitching ... and getting out to walk.

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  20. Oh i love blackbirds, so I am partial to this one!

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