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.

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.

Winter beckons.

This past week was devoted entirely to the annual multi-day Thanksgiving happenings here at Crow's Foot Farm.  Although there were fewer of us in attendance this year, the preparations remained the same.  It’s always a pleasure, but I’m looking forward to getting back to normal [whatever that is]. 

My rug hooking studio had become a bedroom, so no hooking was done.  No time for that anyway.  On Saturday the guests were gone, so I got busy putting the house back to rights.  I even put away the autumnal decorations and have started to bring out the more winter-y ones.  My holiday decorating has become “minimalist” and I like it that way.

Next Monday is December!  It is really true, that the older one gets, the faster time seems to fly.  I cannot delay the passing of time, but I can remember to take time to be aware each day of the natural beauty around me, both dazzling and subtle. 

As I walk out to open up the hen house each morning, I look to the east to witness the sunrise, noticing the subtle colors in the lightening sky and the shapes of the clouds.  I also listen for the sounds in this rural setting - Great Horned Owls, Screech Owls, roosters, squirrels, wild turkeys, Canada geese, to name just some of them.. 

I will now get back to my rug hooking projects and I can’t wait to share them with you.  Winter months are the perfect time to manifest creativity.  I’m ready!

Below are a few of my winter-y patterns available on the Shop page of my website.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the natural wonders all around us.

M Northern Lights à la Emily Carr.

MNorthern Lights à la Emily Carr.

The Night Visitor.

The Night Visitor.

Not Quite White.

Not Quite White.

Snow Angel, not yet on the Shop page, but available as a pattern.

Snow Angel, not yet on the Shop page, but available as a pattern.