Bromeliad Flowers

September 13th, 2020

This is one of the Bromeliads that I moved in June from a too sunny location in the courtyard to its new garden space under Brugmansia.

Bromeliad Flowers

Attempted to remove the leaf litter from the Bromeliad. It doesn’t just look sharp, it is sharp! I didn’t have tweezers at the ready.

Bromeliad Flowers


Untrapped Cactus Potted

September 11th, 2020

Potted up the UnTrapped Cactus. It was yellowing, most likely the result of too much sun.

The plants were starts from Trapped Cactus.

April 2018 Image of the Trapped Cactus Parent Plant
Trapped Cactus


Now in the Plant Hospital
Trapped Cactus

Trapped Cactus

Plan to Document the Changes to This Plant
Trapped Cactus


Completed–Be Yourself

September 11th, 2020

Quote Used–Be Yourself; everyone else is already taken.
On a bazillion sites the quote is attributed to Oscar Wilde. According to Wilde folks, he did not write it or say it.

Code

Top Portion–Be Yourself;>
I layout out the code multiple ways to make sure that I really want to use it. I often use an old version of Flash to layout my projects. I like Flash because I make symbols and it is easy peasy to replace them.

The code is based on Morse Code.
Morse Code

Morse Code

Left to Right–Dot, Spacer, Dash

Wikipedia–MorseCode

Top

Center Section is Bargello Embroidery
Center

Bottom Portion–Everyone else is already taken.
Bottom

Completed Piece
Be Yourself

Border in rust yarn is based on tap code. The code is–Not an Oscar Wilde Quote

Tap code is a 5 x 5 code with k and c the same code.

Tap Code

Be Yourself Border and Hanger

The hanger is not a rod it is a piece of tubing that showed up after my husband did an annual on his Cessna. I believe is used for the brake lines.

Be Yourself Border and Hanger
I stitched on a layer of grey felt to the back of the piece to prevent seeing the wall through, but also to add a sleeve for the hanger (based on quilt hangers), and to add a pocket. The pocket is for notes on the piece. It is common for me to forget the quote used in a piece. Find myself needing to read the code to figure out the quote. The plan is to pop the information on the code and decisions made into the pocket.


Firefighter Crew in SLO–Thank You, We Are Grateful…

September 6th, 2020

…for the excellent work and quick response to the fire near our home.

“Fire”

“Plane

“Helicopter

“Bulldozer”

KSBY News Coverage

SLO City Fire Department

September 6th, Morning After the Fire
Firefighters were bulldozing the area until 10 pm and worked through the night extinguishing embers.

September 10th, Photos Taken at 10:00 am
Wasn’t able to check out the fire damage because the hiking trail is closed.
Yep, the sky is orange.

South Hills Fire

South Hills Fire

South Hills Fire



Work In Progress–Regret

September 6th, 2020

Quote from Return to Montauk

“There are only two things that matter…There’s the thing you did that you regret; the thing that cannot be undone. And then there is the thing that you did not do, that you should have done that you regret too. But it is too late now.”

I condensed it to–The thing you did that cannot be undone. The thing you did not do, that you should have done. And the word, Regret.

Layout

Layout

Body Blocks

Body Blocks

Body Dash Block

Body Dash Block

Materials
Tree wrap (1.25″ x 1.75″), bamboo (1″ x 1.25″), fiber, and safety pin.

Regret Blocks

Regret is an act of perseveration. If left unchecked, it can alter and erode a life. It can become a darkness.

Regret Blocks

Regret Dash Block

Regret Dash Block

Materials
Tree wrap (1.25″ x 1.75″), roofing felt (1″ x 1.25″), fiber, and safety pin.


WTH is Happening to Our Country?

August 28th, 2020

The current administration is vehemently against the removal of confederate sculptures, but supports denigrating the sacredness of our White House, our Washington Monument, our Capitol, and our American Flag.

Milt and American Flag


Fungus Found in Soil of Potted Plants

August 25th, 2020

Today I found fungus growth in a few of my recently repotted plants. The potting mix is a combination of peat, bark, decomposed granite, and pea gravel. The potting mix for a few plants that are not succulents, had the addition of a manufactured cactus mix.

Fungus

Fungus

Fungus

Fungus

Removed From Two Potted Plant

Fungus

Fungus

Evening–Found more potted plants with evidence of fungi.

When I opened the soil bin, this is what I found.
Fungus
Did not see the fungi when I used the cactus soil as part of a soil potting mix.
Just finished repotting every plant that I used the soil potting mix.

Gosh, it was a lot of work to clean the plants and scrub and disinfect the pots, make a potting mix, and repot all of the plants. Good that only a few plants were potted up the day I used the soil potting mix.


Thistle Silk

August 24th, 2020

Thistle Silk

Thistle Silk
Thistle Silk


Drimiopsis, A New Leaf

August 24th, 2020

Drimiopsis

Drimiopsis New Leaf

Gift from a friend received and potted 7/23/20.


A Little Bit of Yellow

August 23rd, 2020

Detail Dietes Flower

Dietes

Aphids on Milkweed Plants
Yellow Aphids

Yellow Aphids