Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

I Like Thursday #297

Are you familiar with the folk group, The Seekers, from the 1960s?  We love their music, and have been listening to them again, since the news of Judith Dunham's passing this week.  She was their female lead singer.  I especially love this song "The Water is Wide."

I hope this video works.  
This is my first time trying to add a video to a post, 
and I *think* I did it successfully, lol!

We spent Friday going up to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, for Mike's brother's service.  As all those times are, it was a bittersweet day, full of stories and memories.  My BIL, Ron, was a truck driver all his life, and his grandson arranged to drive his casket to the cemetery on a semi truck.  Some might think this strange, but for the family it was very touching.

Grandpa's last ride.

You can learn a lot about a state's geography by the local produce it's known for.  In Colorado we have Palisade peaches and Olathe sweet corn, both from the Western Slope.  (the western side of the Rockies.) 

I have eaten both this week, but no recent pictures.  From the southeastern corner of the state comes Rocky Ford melons.  We have some cantaloupe and, yum, is it good!

Closer to home, I'm always attempting to grow some favorite vegetables, and have harvested a few green beans and tomatoes.  Cucumbers are also growing, but for some reason this year, they look somewhat like alien life forms!  

In the flower garden, little mini sunflowers are blooming!  I planted the seeds in the spring, but wasn't sure what to expect.  These are really small!

Since this photo was taken, they've opened even farther.

And in the sewing room...  I've been making plus blocks with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month, with black prints on white for the background fabric.  Unfortunately, my supply of those backgrounds has really shrunk with all the blocks I've made.  Earlier this week. I found a few new ones to add to the pile.

Hot air balloons, bicycles, paper airplanes - these are fun!

Hope you're having a great week!
I'm joining in with I Like Thursday, hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color



Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

why is it that some of us can grow veggies of all types so well- you say you try, I try and rarely get many veggies other than tomatoes. My niece in Virginia post so many beautiful photos of all the veggies she grows and I wonder why do mine not look like that! why do I get so few - I'm doing something wrong obviously.
I think it is neat the casket was on the back of the truck if that is how they wanted it. People do funerals all different ways now and a lot plan to do nothing but cremation and skip the expense and I'm all for that.
Colorado grows a lot considering how dry so much of the state is!!

Vicki in MN said...

I also found some aliens in my cucumber patch last night, just like your bulb shaped one, they might be cousins, hahaha. I think it was neat that grandpa had a semi ride to the cemetery.

Susie H said...

I've had a couple zucchinis look like kin to your cukes. Haha! Still taste good so I'm fine with that. We love to see Colorado corn show up in our grocery stores here in IL. It's so sweet!

grammajudyb said...

We are looking forward to some Colorado peaches. I completely messed up the prompts this week. Shrugged!
I love that Mike’s brother’s family honored him that way! So special! said...

We were giggling because the "peach" truck comes from Georgia to deliver peaches around here. We have Honey Rocks which are a melon which are grown here a lot. I have never tried them, I am not much of a melon lover. Pretty flowers. I am sorry about the BIL, but what a great send off delivering him in a semi truck.

MissPat said...

As I'm reading this, I'm eating homegrown cantaloupe with homegrown peaches, a banana (definitely not homegrown) , some yogurt and granola. Yum. I think services should be a celebration and reflective of someone's life, so the casket on the flat bed truck is certainly appropriate. Condolences to Mike, in case I forgot the first time you mentioned his brother's death. Those cucumbers do look strange. Perhaps environmental (too little water, too much heat) or a bug that attacked when it was setting fruit.

LA Paylor said...

I wish I had those cukes!!!

Libby in TN said...

I had similar results with my first attempt at cucumbers. Someone told me it had to do with the amount of water they got. So this year I'm sticking with herbs and I've gotten a bumper crop! The two basil plants have already bolted, the oregano is overtaking the thyme beneath it, and the rosemary is doing very well. I credit my new 3-tier self-watering planter.

Sherrie said...

Yes, I remember the Seekers. Awesome music!
We are growing tomatoes, the way ours look like yours,
There are also peppers, green beans, and strawberries. The strawberries
aren't doing too well. We've been eating lots of Gala Apples and a few
peaches we get from the farmers market. Your little Sunflowers are Black
Eyed Susan's. Your flower garden looks great. Have a great day!

Deb A said...

I'm going to look up those veggies from Colorado as I've never heard of a couple of them. I'm impressed you got cukes - I have not been able to produce any of them in Florida. I miss my garden in Vermont - I was successful there but down here, not so much. I like the round alien - I'll bet it tastes good!
That was quite a last ride - perfect fit for the family I think.

PaintedThread said...

Okay - now that's a fun way to arrive at the cemetery. A good cantaloupe is wonderful stuff. Those cukes are hilarious. Your flowers are so pretty!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I think I shared Judith singing "I'll never find another you" once on a post...I just love that one and it reminds me of being a teenager. I have that one on my swim list now. Such a wonderful voice.
I just bought my first basket of Ontario peaches...they're a little firm just now but will ripen more. One of the best things about summer is the fresh fruit available. Love your positivity blocks...those backgrounds set off the colours perfectly.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Sending you and your family condolences on the passing of your BIL .I am sure Ron was smiling down from heaven about his last ride. I am always drawn to the strange shaped veggies and fruits; those are the 1st ones I want to try. Have a wonderful weekend,Diann.

Linda said...

I love the way they honored your BIL with the semi journey! I didn't know about Judith Dunham. My favorites were Silver Threads and Golden Needles (appropriate for me now!) and Georgy Girl. That cantaloupe looks so good, we may have to get one today. I wish I had some of those cukes. Mine used to get to the size of a watermelon because I couldn't see them in the vines - lol!