I was actually trying to come up with a good Post Title and had a real DUH moment. So went looking for any strange 'special day' for today. Well, howdee! Yes, there is a real National Catfish Day - proclamation #5672 by President Ronald Regan in 1987.
I do reminisce - my Aunt and Uncle's camp and family re-unions there. Everyone catfished so there could be a fish fry. Although as a youngster, fish was not something I craved. BUT boy, I could go for a good fish fry now.
I am slow going with quilting this one - lots of straight line quilting with almost every color thread in the bin. What was I thinking? Obviously I wasn't thinking as about half way thru my SIL asked " wasn't that the quilt you wanted to try circle quilting"? Well, yes, but too late now.
That kind of blew my sails, plus I was getting tired. SO I changed gears to sooth my soul.
I pulled out my Bonnie Hunter's 'grandpa's stars' pieces to make a few more blocks. Working small units soothes - well, for me it does. I think I will work on these today - the quilting can wait.
And what's a post without a bunch of photo's. Remember my grand apple tree in blossom? Maybe you can make out all the apples this is loaded with -the bees did a super job in a short time.
Can you see them? Little green orbs growing larger each day and some starting to get a little pink color. The mini trees are loaded, too, but the deer have been enjoying them already - easy eats when they are nose level and hidden behind the large barn where no one will see you or chase you away.
And we are getting new neighbors! I zoomed as close as I could. We have so many empty lots from homes washed away (or needing to be torn down) with the flood caused by Irene in 2011.
A zoom in another direction - a senior living complex is going in (a lot of people are not too happy with this - we fought it for over 2 years). I hope they issue life vests and assign row boats. Every new house has to be raised to meet the new 'flood' specs for the valley. Well 4' is not going to save them as we know where that water level was to our house on the hill - triple that number. We could have used a grocery store, health center, pharmacy, youth center, even a regular appartment complex to bring families back into the community - anything but a senior home (we already have two) .
OK, to get off the rant and sour subject - I was shocked to find these beautiful flox had taken hold behind the woodshop. I didn't plant these and they have never been there before - actually I had some poppies started in here - obviously they have been chooked out with these and a thick system of Yarrow, too.
Remember to enjoy your catfish today,
I think your flowers behind the woodshed are sweet william, judging by the eyes in the center of each floret. Great picture of a scary "catfish".
We've long enjoyed that western NY tradition of Friday Fish Fry, and lucky for us have found two fairly local restaurants that do a great job with them! Funny how much I love fish now, I'd never eaten it when we were kids, my mom didn't cook fish.
I would rather have an apple pie ;made with apples from your granddaddy's trees! Sorry the developers are moving forward.....instead of improving the area they just add to existing. It goes on all over.
But love your small work....such variety in your blocks!
Now you've got my mouth watering for a fish fry, I may need to talk the man into going fishing this weekend. How wonderful to have apples growing in your yard, no apples here but we have bunches of bananas growing.
Oh, my, that "catfish" photo at the end was a little creepy (I do love creepy things!) LOL I'm not a fan of catfish, but my hubby would love to have it every week. He'll be excited that we need to celebrate Catfish Day! I'm working on something that changes thread colors a lot...ugh! As for small unit sewing being soothing, I'm more soothed by big pieces. I love the look of those small pieces though!
Great post. Love the little blocks, wouldn't have the patience myself to do a whole quilt that way. Great apple tree, can taste the applesauce and Pies in my mind. Yum
Hmmm...Thanks for the catfish idea. We like ours grilled.
Love those grandpa stars units taking shape and thanks for the tour. So much greenery! Enjoy Catfish Day!
Aw, now I'm hungry for catfish...
I love working with the small pieces, too. Maybe because I'm getting more entertainment per square inch of fabric?
Who knew there was a Catfish Day???? Those blocks are looking great. It does seem strange that they would build a senior complex in a flood area like that.
That last pic is scary! Grandpa Stars - what a great name for a block. I get that you can enjoy making them; maybe that's why Bonnie Hunter is always pictured smiling. It must be a scrap thing. Your apple tree is beautiful.
Glad to hear your apple trees are doing well. The blossoms on all 8 of our apple trees froze over Mother's Day weekend when temps dipped to 20 degrees. Oh, dear no apple pies, apple sauce, apple cider or apple wine this year. Not sure which one I'm more sad about. I'd never heard of grandpa's stars before so it'll be fun to watch your progress.
I was hungry for catfish until I saw the last photo...........yikes! Will I ever look at my kitty the same again??? :)
Who knew they had a special day for catfish :-) love the Bonnie Hunter block , looks like a fun one to make .
That catfish is creepy! WE don't have catfish here in Australia (or maybe we do and I just don't know it). I love your Bonnie Hunter block. Have a lovely weekend, Sharon. xx
What a fun post today, Sharon - well, except for that, as Christine noted, creepy "catfish"!!! LOL!!
Oh my. I almost missed your CATFISH post. I've cooked a lot of catfish in my life. My husband used to catch, clean and freeze them all the time. rolled them in corn meal, fried them up, had them with some home made fries from the Fry Daddy, cold slaw and hushpuppies. Memories.
Fun post today. Even the creepy picture of a catfish : )
My husband still fishes occasionally Sharon so we get to enjoy a fish fry pretty often - will be having one next week when family is here. I love catfish and have tried it twice in the last couple of weeks - once at Cracker Barrel which was ok and once at Dixie Cafe which was really good. Love your phlox - mine just won't bloom much although it stays alive. blessings, marlene
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