A Shift to Beading, Afghan Update, and Flowers (of course)

This Mothers’ Day, I sat down at the dining room table and spent several hours playing with a beading kit I’d picked up some weeks back. It was at a bargain store and very inexpensive. One of the projects was this necklace.

I love it. It’s light, easy to wear, and goes with several things in my closet. However…

The string provided in the kit didn’t fit very easily through the holes in the beads, so the whole project took much longer than it should have, and I was reminded (again) that you often pay in other ways when you go the “cheap” route. In this case, I paid in time.

But, I’m still happy with the necklace, and I’ll be doing more beading, I’m sure, in the coming months.

In other news, we’ve been sweltering here in Western Massachusetts. The past two days have been 90 degrees +.

The animals just lay around and pant. Even the chickens.

The only pet loving the heat wave is the Beta, who perks up whenever the weather turns warmer.

He seems to be enjoying the new hydroponic habitat Ginger put together for him. She planted a coffee plant in the top portion, and so far, both the fish and the plant are doing well. I think the fish will like it even more when the plant’s roots grow a bit.

It’s been too hot, for sure, to work on my granny square afghan, but I thought I’d spread it out on the bed to show you how it’s progressing. I’m in the final stretch now and am rapidly running out of yarn – which was the whole point of the project, so that’s a good thing. It reminds me a bit of a braided rug.

Outside, the plants are responding positively to the warmer days. The giant allium have opened.

And the chives are on the verge of doing the same.

The strawberry plants haven’t minded the heat, and are much improved since we removed them from the chicken area to a more protected spot on the patio.

And, we discovered what that strange “growth” on the cactus was.

It’s an emerging “arm”. What a wild looking thing that is! It’s been fun watching it “open up”.

And, finally, despite the heat, Ginger and I, trying valiantly to keep up with the chickens’ enthusiastic egg production, made a Sunshine Cake from a recipe we found in the Fannie Farmer baking book. Eight eggs, a bit of flour, some sugar, and little else.

It was wonderfully light and fluffy but a bit bland. Next time, we’ll add some frosting.

From the dining room table, getting ready to head out to the porch with a book (where it’s cooler!),

Mrs. Smythe

6 Comments on “A Shift to Beading, Afghan Update, and Flowers (of course)

  1. Love your necklace and the afghan. So many pretty colors. I started one like it, so will have to go finish it when I’m done with the baby blanket.

    • Thank you! I love things with lots of color. Pepper and I were talking about favorite colors the other day, and I told her my favorite was “multi-colored”. 😉

  2. Envious of your hot weather here in Idaho. Harsh winter and very long, wet spring. Your afghan is lovely!

    • It seems a little too hot, too soon…some of the trees don’t even have all of their leaves yet. But, it sure feels nice. 🙂

  3. Loved the afghan!!! We just had 4 inches of snow and the area is cleaning up a multitude of broken branches and recovering from several hours of no power. Livingston got it badly, but Missoula was the worst.
    We lost a huge branch off of the elm, but were fortunate on no other loses. Enjoy your good weather!!

    • Snow! That’s crazy!!! I’m sorry to hear about your elm. Things have cooled down a bit today, so we aren’t so extremely hot and can enjoy the sunshine. Hope better weather is headed your way!