Sunday, April 29, 2007

Spring in Northern Illinois

This is my favorite tree -- a Redbud. My sister-in-law gave me a twig transplant from Southern Illinois about 10 years ago and I've been babying it along every since. It finally started blooming about 3 years ago. The shot was taken from the road towards the house. The lovely telephone company has a buried cable in the area so deemed it necessary to add a rusty sign saying as much!

This weekend I have managed to do a bit of work in the flower beds, finished picking stitches out of my block of the month and put it back on the machine and finished quilting it and even have the binding machine stitched on -- will hand sew down in bits and pieces as the week wears on, and spent two days making the last 21 Heartstrings blocks for the charity quilt. I did manage to get 7 rows sewn together on it, but will probably not get it sewn together completely til next weekend.

This coming week is going to be busy, but not high in accomplishment. House cleaning and errands will take up Monday and Tuesday and the last 3 days of the week will be spent babysitting AJ. I'm going to bring him home with me on Wednesday and take him back home on Friday afternoon, so I don't foresee much in the way of quilting -- but a lot of fun playing with our grandson anyway.

Gratitudes:
My isp was down all day yesterday and 1/2 the day today -- couldn't get online which was irritating, but forced me to do something constructive instead -- double edged sword probably!
I hope the email problems have been solved as well.
I enjoyed finishing the quilting on the longarm today -- I'm glad I frog stitched the stuff I didn't like.
Fresh, homegrown asparagus -- it's a bit earlier than usual this year, but fabulous nevertheless.

9 comments :

JudyL said...

We had a redbud in KY and I miss it! Yours is beautiful!

I bought some asparagus roots and need to get them planted. Any tips? My biggest concern is how to protect them from the deer.

Sue said...

Isn't it great to have spring finally? I love the Redbud, too. I'm not sure if they would survive up here, but I think I've seen some in Michigan.

Carol said...

Your redbud tree is beautiful...unfrtunately we don't have those here in Florida. Yum, fresh, out of the garden asparagus...my mouth is watering.

Screen Door said...

Yard tree is gorgeous. I really appreciate that green grass. Have fun with AJ.

Susan said...

Well, wouldn't you know? It looks like there is miles of room on either side of your tree and they have to put the sign right there????

The tree is very pretty, though. Nice shape.

Clare said...

Is a Red Bud a form of cherry tree? If so, ours has blossomed and is now in full leaf. Watching the seasons change around the world always amazes me. Fresh asperges yum! Butter dribbling down the chin lol.

Lynn Dykstra said...

What a beautiful tree--we have several redbuds in the local park, and the color is amazing.

Shelina said...

I love looking at flowering trees. They are so beautiful, and a welcome sign of spring.

atet said...

Aren't the redbuds amazing this year? I took some photos of ones on campus last weekend and they are simply stunning. Have fun playing with your grandson -- it's productive, just in a different way.