Okie-Dokie, the quilt update:
I finally finished the top this afternoon. It sort of morphed into a slightly different design about half way through when it became obvious that I didn't have nearly enough material, or patience, to do the entire thing (which is probably what happened to the original). Here is a picture of the top.
The quilt and I had a couple of tense moments, one of which entailed taking some of it apart from the middle and putting it back together. Insanity! But everything finally snugged into place and I like it. I really like the dark stripe running through all the little squares. That's the bright on dark fabric I thought I hated.
In other news, I wandered over to Dad's for a visit the other day and look what greeted me in the front yard. Surprise Lilies! (AKA Naked Ladies)
These pop up in August out of the bare ground, their leaves having grown and then disappeared in the early Spring. They are deliriously cheerful and very fragrant. If you cut them, or they break off, they will stay beautifully blooming for days. They would make lovely cut blossoms except that, for me, they are too fragrant to have indoors. Like lilacs and Iris, Lilies belong outside.
The chickens continue to lay their various sizes of eggs. I get four or five every day but I feel sure it is about time for some of the other hens to kick in.
Did I tell you there is one of the "Marys" who has adopted me? She follows me around and talks to me in chicken speak. She will let me pick her up now and then. This is probably the one Zane named Kissy, or Pecky (I'm not sure what name we settled on), although I can't really tell the Marys apart, to be honest.