Thursday, July 1, 2021

I Like #219

 Welcome to another week of things to like.  It's been raining and raining here which has prevented the temperatures from getting too hot, although it's very muggy.  Such unseasonable weather here is very weird, but my plants and flowers are glad of the the rain.  My floors, not so much.  So much rain means gallons of mud in the house.

The pumpkin plant is getting bigger and bigger every minute.  I hope the pumpkins will mature.  The first dahlias fully bloomed this week.  I have two varieties blooming right now, these perfect ball dahlias (I think they are the Maarn variety), and one Alauna Clair-Obscur dahlia (it's the purple one Spooky is sniffing).  I also planted a bunch of dinnerplate dahlias and I'm not sure if any of them grew at all (so many of my dahlias never came up this year), but I have three-ish plants that haven't bloomed yet so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that at least one of them is one of the dinner plates.

I made my first cut flower bouquet this week- I'm terrible at arranging but I love having some flowers inside!

Spooky the loaf.  He sits on my lap like this and although it's nice when he occasionally sits the other way so I get the head-end, when he is the other way he just bothers Bentley to death, so this is preferable when we're all sitting together.

Michael is one of my very dear friends and he is visiting this week from Massachusetts!  I'm so glad to get to spend some time with him this week!

I have to cherry tomato plants and they're both thriving.  I got a few regular red cherry tomatoes off one of them but the tomatoes from the other bush never turned red.  I finally realized (doh) that they're just yellow tomatoes.  I ate a bunch of them with my dinner last night, so tasty!

When I was in New Mexico over Thanskgiving last year I harvested some new cactus fruits to try to grow from seed.  I planted them a couple of months ago and at first all that sprouted were these little weedy looking things that looked like a stem with two leaves.  They weren't cactus like at all, and weren't like the barrel cacti I'd previously started from seed, so I figured what had sprouted was just weeds and that the cactus seeds weren't any good.  But I left them there (more out of laziness than anything), and when I looked at them yesterday, a bunch of them had sprouted cactus bits out of the top of the leaves!  So exciting!

Spooky chewed a hole in the last intact dog bed yesterday and spent lots of joyful time burrowing in it last night.  Sigh.

And finally, I blogged about my rainbow armadillo quilt this week!  There were three posts, please click through to read about him!!

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  1. Spooky inside the dog bed...what a hoot and yes, I'm sure he loved every minute of that chewing. Dahlias are beautiful and how wonderful to now have a friend visit too. All good stuff Shannon!

  2. Your armadillo is so neat! Love the 3-D work you do, Shannon! The dahlias are gorgeous and tomatoes look yummy. Spooky is such a character - I bet you can't remember what life was like without him!

  3. Beautiful flowers! Love those little flowers. Oh, that Spooky!

  4. What a goofy dog! Hahahaha! How wonderful to see one of your best friends too. I love yellow tomatoes. They taste sweeter than the red ones. Enjoy your bounty!

  5. OMG, Shannon!!!!! Can that picture get any cuter of Spooky smelling the flower??!!! That is just fab and makes me smile so big. {{Hugs}} Happy 4th to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. the first thing I thought about Spooky is Milo does that butt first thing... and then I thought Spooky is a scientist. He excavates to see what it there, then digs to find out the whole story