Tuesday, August 9, 2011

They just kept coming...

Last week when Sarah and Lorelei spent a couple nights, we ran through the strip pits...first we saw what we thought were a couple hen pheasants, but on second thought for me, I am wondering if they were half grown pheasants. I didn't get a chance to take any photos, they were just there and gone. We went on a mile or two farther and saw this female and a young one crossing the road ahead of us...I took the above photo through the windshield.
We were paused and oops, there came another one!
Oh, and here are a couple more! I was out of the Rav for the last two shots, but they are still nothing to brag about. Yet I am happy to even have gotten them. This is the first time we have seen young pheasants out there...I suppose they are called chicks but don't know for sure.
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I canned a couple more jars of tomato juice last night...brings my total to eight. I am having a hard time not opening a jar....just so hard. But I know I crave it so bad in the winter and the stuff you buy just does not do the trick for me. Maybe because they are processed a little too much and made from concentrate. I guess I should be thankful I am the only one that likes it.

I also got the quilt sandwich made using the quilt top I showed two or three days back. Getting everything stretched out on top of each other and then doing all that pinning is the part I don't like to do in quilting. There is no easy way to do it at my house--I have to get down in the floor on hands and knees and then when it comes to the actual pin basting, I am on elbows and knees...I pin about every 5 or 6 inches....sometimes a little closer....talk about getting stiff.

Normally, I take a break or two with a quilt that big, but there was a show on TV I wanted to see so I pinned for almost two (2!!!!) hours straight and just barely got done in time. By the time I finished, I felt like head was right down between my shoulders....and have had a stiff neck since. But it is done and I enjoy the quilting by machine. I think I am doing diagonal lines through the blocks with the red, and then something else in the blocks that are made of tans....some kind of free-motion work.

I do my quilting on a regular sewing machine...well, it is a Juki and has a little more space to the right of the needle than most. Most people think quilting on a sewing machine is easy until they try it. It is harder than it looks, specially when it comes to a big quilt.But I am going to wait a few days and get over some of this soreness.



14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

cute little pheasant young'uns! :)

Lois Evensen said...

Love your little pheasants. :)

Montanagirl said...

Fun to see the chick pheasants. We have lots of Pheasants here, but I rarely see the babies, even though I know they're around.

Putz said...

P>P>P>s>also liked the barns and the tools on the house<><><>looked so organized<><>ifin you do come to my blog do not expect pictures<><>don't know how to post them so just narrative about what and how cute grands are

George said...

I'm glad you got the picture of the pheasant chicks. I've never seen any.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Glad you got to see some pheasant chicks.... So neat!!!!!

Sounds like you are working hard on that quilt. Don't do too much at once. Don't want to aggravate that shoulder....

Hugs,
Betsy

don said...

Nice shot of the pheasants running across the road. I'm glad you have that many wild birds around. Nice post.

Ginny said...

I have never heard of that brand of sewing machine. Wish there was an easier way to do it!!

Debbie said...

quilting is such a wonderful craft that requires time, talent and patience. i love your header photo!!!

Tricia said...

awww i think they may have been sightseeing, too, from the looks of it! heheheee

so sorry about your neck... hope it gets better quick! =)

Judy said...

Oh they're too cute...Hope your neck feels better.

EG Wow said...

I agree that quilting by machine is not as easy at looks. But you sure do nice work.

Pheasant chicks? I don't know what they are called either but it makes sense to me.

Gill - That British Woman said...

you know Rose, I have only had one ripe tomato from my plants this year, they are taking their sweet time this year ripening.

Gill in Canada

Caron said...

I hope the stiffness has eased and you have found time to get started. I wonder if you have to do it all at once or if you can leave it ok on the machine while you break.

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