Catching Up


It’s been way too long since I’ve posted anything here.  I am thankful that it is not because anything is wrong.  I have simply not been spending much time at my computer or with my “big girl” camera.  However, my iPhone is always with me.  You don’t normally see looooooong posts here, but if I am going to catch up even a little, there is no way around it.  So here we go!

  Spring in Upstate NY
A friend of mine has a helicopter, and I went for a ride.  Truly such an amazing view, and a view very different from the one inside of an airplane.

Crochet did it.  Truth be told, one of the major reasons I’ve not been in front of my computer or with my camera is because I have been quietly teaching myself to crochet.  Not just crochet, but to do so right-handed.  I am a lefty.  I am far from being really good at it, but you know, not bad.  Nope, not bad at all.

I also have a garden this year.  Everything is doing quite well, despite a lot of rain.  Well, okay, everything except the tomatoes.  I even planted more, thinking that there may be something wrong with my original plants, but no.  It’s simply not a good year for tomatoes and me.  I do, however, have a lot of peas!!  BUT, I mistakenly bought Sugar Snap Pea seeds (as opposed to “regular” pea seeds).  I’m glad I can laugh at that.  And just look at that little eggplant up there!!  🙂

It’s definitely a good flower season.

I love gardenias.  And I love clay pots.  And I love to paint clay pots.  I wish I were more artistic because I really do picture a nice little floral design painted on these pots, but that is not to happen.  At least not this summer!  🙂
Have a wonderful week ahead!!

 

 

 

Categories: Around Here, Here in Hobbitsville, Spring, Summer

40 comments

  1. I totally understand being busy. Haven’t been really active with my blog either. Just so much else going on! Your crocheting looks great. I am jealous. Love your flowers, they are beautiful. Sugar snap peas are great in salads and stir fry or even raw. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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  2. It’s been entirely too long since I’ve been to visit my bloggy buddies. I’m glad everything is okay in your world. I love the photos. Kudos to you for teaching yourself how to crochet…and for gardening. I love the composition of that photo. And, your flowers are always lovely. I miss posting but can’t seem to find anything to say right now…or the time to do so even if I did have something to say! Happy summer and hope the rest of it is enjoyable. xoxox

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  3. iPhone or big camera – it doesn’t matter. You always show something interestingly. It’s a gorgeous series of photos, Lisa.

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  4. Very lovely images Lisa! I love your crochet….

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  5. Hi Lisa…it’s so good to see your catch up post today, especially highlighting all the exciting things you’ve been up to recently! Oh, a helicopter or hot air balloon ride is on my list…the helicopter ride over Niagara Falls would be so fun. Learning to crochet with an opposite dominant hand is a huge accomplishment, I’d say. My great aunt taught me to crochet when I was about 12 and I do enjoy it. Your two pieces are just lovely, and I adore the purse/bag! Your garden looks like it is really flourishing…and hopefully you’ll enjoy the sugar snap peas. Thank you so much for sharing your fun summer activities! Love the shot from the helicopter. Keep enjoying your summer, sweet friend! xx

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    • Thank you, dear Beverly! I really am enjoying the summer, especially now that it looks like the rain won’t come back for a while (it’s been a fairly wet summer). I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer too. I am truly enjoying seeing you on Instagram. xo.

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  6. Hi Lisa, a wonderful post and lovely to look into your garden :-)) !

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  7. Hi, Lisa, nice to see you back but you have so many varied interests that it’s no wonder you haven’t posted! You’ve been busy! Your crocheting looks great…as does your garden…and pots. How fun to go on a helicopter ride. I would be a little scared, I’m sure, but if someone insisted, I think I would go, too. You’re definitely making the most of your summer.

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  8. I’ve always wanted to experience flying in an helicopter! I am so jealous!:-). Years ago, i started to learn crocheting but haven’t done it in a while. I love the pattern you created. It sounds like you’re living Summer the way it should be lived-in the moment and soaking up every blissful moment! You’ve inspired me to try my hands at peas in the garden next year… xo

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  9. Sounds like wonderful excuses not to post. Well done with the crocheting.

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  10. Good to see you post Lisa with your summer so far. Love your huge garden and looks like everything is doing awesome well except for your tomatoes. Here in the desert we are just trying to keep cool. It has been a hot one, well every year is a hot one. 😁 This year it has been extreme.

    Trying to train a new pup is defiantly a hard one in this heat but I think I am making progress.

    Your crocheting projects are wonderful. My mom did it and I never got the hang of it so good for you.

    Your flower images of course really speak to my heart. Take care, enjoy the rest of your summer I know it was a hard winter for you. ❤️

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    • Thank you for your visit and kind comment, Barbara.
      I am sure it really is difficult to train that sweet little puppy of yours (cuteness overload!!), in this heat. They have to go outside so often when they are young, but after they are a bit older, it does change.

      I hope that you are having a wonderful summer, in spite of the heat. You are obviously finding some really beautiful flowers to photograph, and I am SO enjoying seeing them on your website.

      Take care, my friend.

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  11. Nice to see you’re back Lisa… Nice captures… And those pots turned out really pretty, even without the floral patterns… 🙂

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  12. I love this post and your update! Looks as if you’re having a wonderful summer – I’m green with envy over your garden. Laughed at loud at your crochet story. I’m also a leftie and remember my grandmother trying to teach me to crochet. Needless to say I never caught on. LOVE your work! The little bag is adorable.

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  13. i cannot crochet .. i have tried and i am a complete failure … i too an a lefty but was taught to knit and sew by a left-handed Aunt who was taught by HER right handed mother to do both right handed so i sew and knit righty … i have tried crochet using both right and left but cant do it no way no how so i am very impressed!!!!!!!!!!! xo

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    • Daryl, I have been attempting crochet on and off for more than 30 years. Each time I gave up, put it aside for years, and then repeated the same thing again. Don’t know why, but somehow, this time I just stuck with it. Of course, I didn’t mention the near screaming fits, and the number of times I’ve had to rip things out and start over. 🙂
      xo.

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  14. beautiful images. Looks like you are enjoying the summer days and life in general. I have never been in a helicopter…. Not sure I would like that or not. Your garden looks gorgeous!! Lovely crocheting as well.

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  15. I am speechless girlfriend!! You are just amazing with all your talent!!!!

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  16. Hi Lisa,
    I’m happy to read, everything is okay with you and I enjoy this wonderful overview into your life.
    Gardening makes me happy too, all the time and crochet with right, woohoo, looks really good !
    Your flowers enchant me with their colors.
    Have a great week, Lisa.
    Warm regards, Synnöve

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  17. I like everything that you’re doing, Lisa! Sounds like you’re busy this summer. Wish I had some of your garden produce! My perennial gardens are finally showing some color. We had snow on the ground into June. Take Care!

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  18. OMGOsh, I love the clay pots you painted? Can I copy you? Thank you!
    They are gorgeous and oh-so-Martha-Stewart-y.
    I smell those flowers thru my screen!
    xx from Duluth.

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  19. Bravo on your crochet!! Very well done. I get the same satisfaction from my knitting which I also taught myself. Your garden and your photography are so wonderfully beautiful. Happy summer my friend — delighted with this update.

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  20. Well, it sounds like you’ve been busy and occupied and that’s always good. Lovely photos and thanks for the update, Lisa.

    PS I wish I had a friend who owned a helicopter. I’d be desperate to go up as often as they’d let me. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  21. Good morning dear Lisa,
    How great you are posting after a very long time. Beautiful photo’s. I love your gardenia’s. I wish I could smell it’s fragance.
    And keep patient with your tomatoes. As soon as they get enough sunshine and warmth there will be many of them to eat.
    Have a wonderful day
    Rosehugs Marijke xxxx

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  22. Lovely images! And great to hear from you again.
    All the best 🙂

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  23. Absolutely stunning photos Lisa, I love them.

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  24. How lovely to see you posting here again! I imagine that the view from a helicopter is pretty fantastic! What an experience!
    How great that you’ve been teaching yourself to crochet! The results are just lovely! It’s so lovely to create through hook and yarn, isn’t it?! You even managed right-hand crochet when you’re naturally left-handed.
    Your flowers are gorgeous and I love sugar snap peas! I can see that you’re really into gardening! That must be so satisfying!
    Love the painted clay pots on the wide window-sill!

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  25. That helicopter ride sounds interesting. Good for you for giving it a try. I love your crouched work. It did come out beautiful. All the flowers are lovely but I really liked the gardenia. I have only seen them outside but now I have to go and see if I can get a pot. The smell is so heavenly.
    Lovely to see your post Lisa.

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    • Thank you, Cheryl. I am sure I could keep the gardenias outside for the summer, but whether inside or outside, they are very susceptible to spider mites, and once they take hold, it’s usually over for the plant. I’ve had gardenias in the past, but never for this long, so I am keeping them inside to keep a close eye on them, and they seem to be doing really well. Time will tell…. 🙂

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  26. So good to see you back, Lisa! I share some of your hobbies and interests! I have been crocheting doilies, too! Yours is very pretty. You know, you can starch and iron them so they lay flatter as centerpieces. I have similar gardening crocs! Your veggies and flowers look great. And those clay pots painted in gold and black look so chic on your marble windowsill. I admire you for being so brave to ride in a helicopter. It was worth the beautiful view. Have a great week ahead, my friend! xx

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    • I actually just read that (starching) a couple of weeks ago, Loredana. Someone had starched one and then let it dry over a bowl so that the doily actually took the shape of the bowl. It was then used as a vase for dried flowers, and it was just beautiful. I am definitely going to give it a try. xo.

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  27. The helicopter ride looks like a blast, not sure I could do it, not a big fan of any kind of flying. You already are doing amazing on your crochet, maybe painting next year.

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  28. When my eyes saw your first image, I thought to myself… she found a private runway in the hills. Ha! Good for you, taking a ride in a whirly bird is fun and quite different. I’m a lefty too! I can’t really comment on the tedious task of crocheting, however your results look pretty. Gardening… and fortunately a rainy season to replenish last year’s dry spell. You’ll have a wonderful harvest as you certainly have secured the gardens from marauding bands of critters looking for fresh produce. Your flowers look rich and colourful.

    Hope you’ve been keeping well.

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  29. i am soooo happy to see you today – having fun – creating blog posts is way more fun than blogging!!

    and you are having fun doing all the things that i LOVE to do!! your garden is amazing, i had no idea it would be so big, everything looks very healthy!! i am having a really good flower summer as well, all your blooms are just beautiful!!!

    and those pretty pots are perfect – let the plants be the star of the show!!!

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    • Anytime I wanted to give up with the crochet, I thought of you and your beautiful knitting.
      Thank you, my friend.
      xo.

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      • awwww, thanks lisa – i did not even mention your GORGEOUS crocheting. perseverance, and the will to know that we want to create something beautiful. something that will be here, long after we are gone!!!

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