Hazy, hot and humid.

My rug hooking studio has been transformed into a guest room for the next three weeks.  I’m happy to have my son and his family visiting and it’s much too hot to be working with wool. 

There’s not a lot to do here in rural Perry County, PA.  I always tell visitors to think of this as a time to relax.  We do have Little Buffalo State Park nearby with a big swimming pool for cooling off.  I’m sure the crew will take advantage of it several times. 

When the days are not quite so hazy, hot and humid, I think we will venture a bit farther off to Lake Tobias Safari Park.  We’ve been there many times, but our granddaughter always requests to go there.  It is a fun day that isn’t geared just toward children. 

Hershey Park is also not too far away and if they want to go there, I’ll stay home.  Crowds and rides are not for me.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the hazy, hot and humid days of summer.

Yes, it’s true.

Yes, it’s true.

A simple bouquet of hydrangeas and Russian sage in a Ball jar.

A simple bouquet of hydrangeas and Russian sage in a Ball jar.

Living on PA farmland, we only have one tree near our house.  German farmer, Daniel Peifer has been resting under its shade since Friday, the 13th of May,  1814.

Living on PA farmland, we only have one tree near our house. German farmer, Daniel Peifer has been resting under its shade since Friday, the 13th of May, 1814.

The blackberries out by the hen house are beginning to ripen.  After I took this photo, I ate the ripe ones. They are not sweet, but I love them anyway.

The blackberries out by the hen house are beginning to ripen. After I took this photo, I ate the ripe ones. They are not sweet, but I love them anyway.

After Father’s Day we let the asparagus go to seed.  I love the soft, feathery leaves and the seeds.

After Father’s Day we let the asparagus go to seed. I love the soft, feathery leaves and the seeds.

Summer staycation.

I’m not sure how to label the next two months.  Much of the time will be filled with activities other than rug hooking.  But in the middle of it all, I’ll be going to Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village.  I’ll call that an “oasis” of rug hooking.  More on that in August.

In the meantime, I’ll be sharing photos of things around Crow's Foot Farm.  There are always perennials and animals and all things green and beautiful.  Summer isn’t my favorite season, but I do appreciate many aspects of it. 

I hope you love summer and that yours is happening just as you like it.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the hustle and bustle of life all around!

I love red hot pokers. We seem to have two varieties that bloom at different times.

I love red hot pokers. We seem to have two varieties that bloom at different times.

Another of my favorite perennials is Russian sage. It’s beautiful to look at and it smells so good! The big fat bees love it, too.

Another of my favorite perennials is Russian sage. It’s beautiful to look at and it smells so good! The big fat bees love it, too.

We used to have a large area of purple coneflowers, but the heliopsis has taken over.

We used to have a large area of purple coneflowers, but the heliopsis has taken over.

The tomato plants weren’t put in until late, so we are anxiously awaiting our first tomatoes. These are cherry tomatoes.

The tomato plants weren’t put in until late, so we are anxiously awaiting our first tomatoes. These are cherry tomatoes.

Bits and bobs.

A good start was made on “trashing up” my Found on Beach piece.  I will do more on it before I show it again.  I’m still figuring out how to mount this piece, but I’m sure it will all work out well in the end.

Half of this past week was spent visiting a friend in Connecticut.  We had lots of fun.  Knowing someone for 40+ years makes for many shared laughs as we catch up with each other’s life.  Having friends from many years ago creates a wonderful continuity to one’s life.  Do you have friends from “long ago”?  I have a friend from back when we were both in nappies, another friend I met in pre-school, and many more from all the intervening years between then and now. 

Pennsylvania continues to have a lot of rain.  I wonder if this is the new “normal”?  I like a rainy day, so I don’t mind.  I took a few photos on one of the sunny days this past week and I’m sharing them below.  Just random things that caught my attention. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the company of an old friend.

Some natural treasures to save and admire.

Some natural treasures to save and admire.

Hot pepper and tomato plants. Hoping for a better growing season this year!

Hot pepper and tomato plants. Hoping for a better growing season this year!

I find these mud-dauber wasp tubes fascinating.

I find these mud-dauber wasp tubes fascinating.

The girls enjoy the dandelions.

The girls enjoy the dandelions.

A mini hen egg [with peanut for size comparison]. I save all of these tiny treasures.

A mini hen egg [with peanut for size comparison]. I save all of these tiny treasures.

Leave only footprints.

Have you ever seen photos of beaches after a holiday weekend or college spring break? The people are gone, but they have left behind literally tons of trash!  I don’t understand the mindset of humans, who can just walk away and leave trash in their wake.

Now that I have finished hooking Found on Beach, it’s time to figure out how to add the trash.  Of course, the trash I add will have to be a minimal amount and size to fit on this piece, which is only 18” x 24”.  Although I’m known for my “less is more” approach to things, I’ll try to stuff as much of my trash as I can on this piece!  I hope to have a good start on it by next week’s blog.

I have some ideas for the next piece, which will be plastic detritus in the ocean.  I’m feeling more and more as though I need to do multi-media pieces now.  In the past, collage and multi-media artwork was my passion and I’m being pulled back to it. 

Everything old is new again!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in creating what is in one’s heart.

A variety of trash to choose from for my Found on Beach piece.

A variety of trash to choose from for my Found on Beach piece.

The beach before it’s trashed.

The beach before it’s trashed.

A Shutterstock image of beach litter.  It makes me sad and mad to see this.

A Shutterstock image of beach litter. It makes me sad and mad to see this.