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Crochet covered stones

I like rocks.  As far back as I can remember, I’ve liked rocks.  I like the way they look, the way they feel, the heft in my hand, the variety and patterns formed by nature.  Needless to say, I have a few hanging around, just being lovely, a treat for the eyes and hands, evoking a sense of wonder as to the how, the when, the why.

It has been fun along the way to meet other people who appreciate rocks, those who have small collections on shelves, in baskets, on tables, and larger collections safely kept in boxes.  I’ve been inspired lately by some posts on a blog I read showing beautiful crochet done over smooth river stones (here)  It’s been something I’ve been meaning to try for some time now, but an email from my friend Sue finally made me get out the tools and give it a go.  Here’s the link she sent.  It turns out to be the same person, Margie Oomen who has posted a tutorial if you want to try it yourself.

Hidden treasure

Who knew?  Well, I guess lots of people would know but it was a wonderful discovery for me.  Here’s the story:

James was washing his truck.  I was helping and Monte, our border collie was out and about, sniffing at the bank along the side of the garage.  All of a sudden we heard alarmed birds and saw a little one hopping through the grass and across the driveway.  Monte had found a little nest in the grass, softly lined, with an egg and a baby bird inside.  Since the chick hopping around was quite large, I’m guessing it was a cowbird being raised by a pair of Juncos while their little Junco egg went unhatched.

We corralled the chick and put it back in the nest.  That didn’t really calm the frantic parents who were swooping at us and chiding us with fierce scolding.  (Only when we were done and came inside did they stop their defense.)  The little chick didn’t stay in the nest long and it seemed like the parents were encouraging it to move to a safer place.  We also encountered a pair of house wrens that were exhibiting anxious behavior at the same time.  Perhaps we were close to their abode as well but we never saw it.

I didn’t know Juncos nested on the ground.  They are ground feeders, so I guess it makes sense that they’d nest there too.  How fun to find their secret place.

25 yards – a photo essay

A perfect Vermont summer play day with my friend Colleen

Gates

One of the things we did almost every day while in Hawaii was to walk.  We got up early each morning before the sun got scorching hot and walked between 2 and 4 miles, depending on our whim.  Sometimes we stopped at Starbucks on the way home… but I digress.

After several days of walking various routes that took us down toward the ocean front properties, we began to notice the beautiful metal work gates that many of the homes have across the driveways.  One day I decided to document all of the different kinds we saw.  Many are unique and works of art, showcasing the flora and fauna of the islands. Some are simple and elegant; some are ornate and colorful.  All of them are interesting.  Here are a few million examples.  Honestly, I did try to narrow them down to the best ones.



















Where I’ve been… again

It’s a wonder if anyone is still reading here since I haven’t posted very much lately.  I have a good excuse but that doesn’t matter if no one is around to hear it.  Here goes anyway.

For all of you who waited to see what I’ve been working on but couldn’t show because it was a surprise, it was a quilt for our brand new, first ever grandchild.  We have happily entered the blissful realm of grandparenthood.  Caleb Kikkawa Croswell was born June 15 and weighed in at 7 lbs 5 ozs.  He was 21″ long.  We were at the hospital to welcome him when he arrived and spent almost two whole weeks getting to love on him until it was time to return home.  Yes, the sad/happy part is that he was born in Hawaii and we live in Vermont.  What a precious time we had, spending time with his mama and papa for a few days until he decided to come and then to get to share him with them at home for a little while.

I can now post pictures of the whole quilt, too.  The front is black and white for the newborn stage and brown and blue for when his color vision develops.  It does actually have a label but I had to wait until Caleb was born so it could have all the pertinent information on it.


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