Here are a few shots that show what a difference 1000 miles and a few days can make. All are taken with my iPhone 6, some at the speed of 75 mph down an interstate, so quality and technical finessing were not always possible!
1. Bougainvillea - a captivating display on both sides of the entrance to this area of North Port, FL
2, 3 and 4. Wisteria (I think) in and around Atlanta, Georgia - jaw-dropping stunning displays
None of those shots capture the grandeur of these displays.
6 and 7. Dogwood - Tennessee These are frothy, wild hits of soft pastel pinks that lean to lavender, and large starlet white blossoms that make my heart ache with their beauty through two states, Tennessee and Kentucky, and a bit in southern Ohio. Ache because of their beauty, ache because they are in peril from anthracnose fungus.
10. Bella keeping me warm and purring me healing vibes.
Made homemade tomato soup (recipe at end of post) yesterday which also helped with feeling better and warmer. Anyone in North America knows how the northeast is fuh-REEZING our butts off this week in way below normal temperatures, while the west is enjoying way above average temps. I rallied enough this morning to take Rocco for a walk through Lakeside Park.
12. The "magic" 100-year-old stone bridge that I love with a massive cottonwood. Muddy waters of swollen Mill Creek from all the rain.
13. Nearly captured the ducks, all six burst into flight (fleeing under the bridge!) but what I was trying to capture was the English feel to the park this morning.
14. No clue what these delicate blooms are, about 6-8" tall. Love the droplets of rain on them.
OMG for AprilI haven't written up my Q2 FAL goals post yet, but I do have one OMG and that is to get the Blue Skies quilt finished. I plan to make this the first one for sale in my yet-to-be-opened (need to get on that) Etsy store. I think it will be a good one to load first and get back the feel of quilting on Avril.
|Made with Kona snow and 2.5" strips cut from a 10-yard bundle I got on sale from Craftsy|
Red Letter Quilts
Craftsy is running another clearance sale on kits and supplies all weekend. Look for deals discounted at least 40% off, some terrific savings to be had. There are 1-yard bundles like I bought, 1/2 yard bundles, and fat quarter bundles, any of which would lend themselves to making a quilt like mine. I do get a commission if you purchase through the links on my blog. Thanks so much!
Nearly forgot! Here is the recipe for the delicious and super-easy Tomato Soup.
Thanks Jenny of Romany Quilting in New Zealand, who told me she got it from Alison Holst, aka Saint Holst, a well-known New Zealand TV chef. Love how her recipe got made here in Canada. Her Muffy and my Bella, outside of slight size differences, could be sisters!!
3 lbs ripe tomatoes, skinned (I used 1.5 cans of diced no salt added tomatoes, ~1200mL)
2-3 slices brown bread, broken in small pieces
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp each dried basil and dried oregano (could add more if you wish)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
chopped parsley (optional)
Put all ingredients into large soup pot or pan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and cook slowly until soft and mushy. Adding the bread helps to thicken the soup as it cooks.
Then blitz with a handheld wand.
Serve and enjoy or ladle into containers and freeze.
Jenny says she usually skins the tomatoes one day, chops them up and put them in the fridge overnight so they are ready to use the next day. Being sick, I was not going out to the store to buy tomatoes and do the skinning prep, so I tried the canned ones, and they worked fine. Enjoy!
New Bloggers Blog Hop 2016
One last thing! I was a part of this fabulous group in 2015. I met so many many terrific bloggers in QBL (Quilting Blog Land), and my blog and yes, not to be over-dramatic, but my life has improved as a result. If you have a blog that is under 2 years old, then head over and sign up; I promise you will not regret it. The three wonderful hosts will share a wealth of knowledge and expertise with you. Gratis. Click the picture or click here and you will be taken to the sign-up page. Sign-ups are open through April.