1. I love hiking! I found some new trails in Lake Thunderbird State Park while looking for places to hike so last Saturday I took Bentley with me and we had a lovely hike. The wildflowers are just starting to come out and it was really pretty. The most exciting thing is that while sitting along the lake's edge eating lunch, a beaver swam by! I've never ever seen a beaver before and he was so close to the shore! You could see his giant tail and everything. At first he looked like a very large otter, but as soon as I saw the tail I knew it was a beaver. So cool! Unfortunately, by the time I pulled my phone out of my backpack, he'd passed me, so all you get is this tiny lump of his back.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse after that, poor Bentley barely made it back, I overestimated his stamina, and then I realized he was completely covered in ticks. I pulled off about thirty, and thought I'd gotten them all, but then have found more each day since we got home. Last night I pulled off another fifteen, this time from between his toes and under his armpits. I feel like such a terrible dog mom, I didn't realize that his monthly medicine is only fleas and heartworm, not ticks. I'm still not convinced I got them all. Poor Bentley! Now I'm worried I'll have an infestation in my house and yard.
2. I love flowers! I don't love gardening, but I do love flowers. I decided to try to grow dahlias this summer and I finally planted my bulbs this weekend. They've been sitting around for a month in my house, one even started sprouting, but we've had such weird late freezes I didn't want to put them out. I have no idea whether they'll grow or not, but here's hoping. I did see lots of wonderful grubs and earthworms while digging holes for the dahlias, so that's fun.
3. I like making progress! I made a lot of progress this week on a new 3D quilt. I'll be posting on it in a couple of weeks as part of Alida's blog hop, about which more later. It's kind of a different mood colorwise from most of my other pieces. Lots of brown and gold and bronzey green colors with just a dash of orange and red. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.
Thanks to Lee Anna for keeping us positive!