It’s that time of year.
The time of year where you don’t dare go out without bug protection even if you are just going to the end of the driveway!
And if you are hiking with a dog through the woods and along mountain roads, you definitely want to protect yourself.
Bugs LOVE me. The feeling is NOT mutual.
The worst of the worst, possibly even more than chiggers are the biting midges, or no-see-ums. Bites from these critters don’t show up on me for 24 hours or so…then become raised welts that take a long long time to heal. I’m wearing some bite marks that I got in April BEFORE I went to Mackinac Island. They are still here. They still itch. UGH!
Don’t go out without spraying down first!
Sadie says “Let’s go!”
Despite the bugs, it's BEAUTIFUL out! And I need to be out in it!
There are other doggie friends on our journey. Yesterday morning we met up with Heidi who lives with her owner Pat down at the bottom of our hilly road. Heidi always greets with a tremendous bark and a “back off!” manner, but she is really a sweetheart once she knows it’s only YOU!
Heidi & Sadie say Hello!
And this happened after a shower!
Kitting up step outs for an online class recording!
Making step outs long after the quilt has been made has to be the most tedious part of getting ready to record a class. All blocks have to be shown in several stages, so there is lots of repeat here up to a point, and there will be completed blocks in a couple of alternate color ways as well to show what folks can do with it. This kind of stitching makes me feel like I’m spinning my wheels but I’m trying to make it as fun as possible.
Working out of the Bali scrap bin!
This bin holds all of the hunk and chunk scraps of batik brought back from Bali several years ago I swear this box never goes down as many times I have pulled from it. Most of these pieces are CHUNKS – too short for strip cutting and I’ve left them as is because I don’t know what size I will need from each piece.
I think we need to interest Mona in a batik quilt next to help me get rid of this mess! LOL!
Binding went on the H quilt!
Perfect for evening stitching time in my comfy chair!
I made it about 2/3 down one long side last night. That’s about average. It can take me 4 evenings to hand bind a large quilt, and I’m happy with that pace.
Now for the disappointing part of “awareness.” You know I posted about the documentary “Sugar Coated” that I watched on Netflix the other evening. I posted about it yesterday.
Healthy or not?
I bought this package of whole dried blueberries at Costco on my way up here on Thursday, thinking they’d be great in morning oatmeal. I ate a few. DELICIOUS! In fact, so good, I had to eat some more. Chewy, just like candy. Yummmmm..
This morning I read the label:
Check out what the 2nd ingredient is.
In fact, there are 28 grams of sugars in 1/3 cup of dried blueberries. 31 grams of carbs! Why can’t it just be blueberries, whole and dried by themselves? Why the sugar? Why pump them up with more natural flavor?
Even more disturbing was the BBQ sauce that was going on my chicken last night. The ingredients were listed with High Fructose Corn Syrup being the FIRST ingredient on the list. Followed by Brown Sugar, Pineapple juice concentrate, Molasses, corn syrup, and regular sugar.
My head is just reeling with all of the hidden sugar in EVERYTHING. I promise not to make this blog a fanatical thing about cutting sugar from our diets, but it IS important that you look at what you are feeding yourself because we ARE what we eat.
It’s a holiday weekend. There are bound to be goodies. Just read labels. And be aware.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Mid 19th century 4 patch.
Happy Saturday, everyone!