Thursday, May 3, 2018

I Like 64#

Welcome to another week of I likes!  We've well and truly entered storm season here, and last night were the first tornadoes of the year.  They were mostly small and we were fine, but you know Spring has sprung when the storms crop up.  It does mean that for most of the week we've finally had really nice weather, so hooray!

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. 

The Beaver!

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!


  1. AAIIIIEEEEEEE ticks! Yikes!
    We had Cole on tick prevention, a fall tick got on him inside our yard from a leaf vet thinks, and he got rocky mountain spotted fever! With drops on!

    I hope you're all okay, sheesh! The quilting is sure terrific!

  2. Storm season is terrifying. Stay safe. I hope you find all those ticks. Maybe the vet can suggest something. What neat FMQ.

  3. Ugh. So many ticks! But I love all that you saw, including the beaver. Your quilting looks lovely, as usual. I look forward to seeing how it all comes out.

  4. Poor Bentley! I'm sure he'll be fine. I don't think I could deal with the storms there. But we have other issues we deal with here. Please let us know how the dahlias do! Have a great week!

  5. How cool to see a beaver!!! Sometimes it's all about being in the right place at the right time .... but poor Bentley. I am not squeamish about much, but ticks really make me squirm. It think it's because they can be on you/your pet and they can go undetected. I hope you got them all! Lovely spring photos, even the grubs!!!

  6. I'm happy you got to see a beaver. At home in Newfoundland there were ponds where you could go and watch beavers after supper going about their business. You had to stay very quiet and I loved to watch them. I think they're interesting and they are the national animal of Canada.
    Something is digging little holes in our lawn looking for grubs. Probably a skunk.Isn't it great to have spring/summer here. I'm excited about getting into the garden today.
    Btw, your stitches are so even in your do you do that!!