Wednesday, August 4, 2010

From Snake Killer to Embroiderer ~ All in the Same Day!

Today was a pretty relaxing day. After I killed the snake, that is. That was a bad choice, but the best one I could make at the time. Our neighbor's cat, Manchitas, (who has become partly my cat) caught a little foot-long snake in the back yard. Upon investigating, I was sure it was a pygmy rattlersnake. It was still slightly alive, but not too active. I didn't want to throw in the brush in our back yard because Manchitas might have gone right back after it. So, I got a garden tool and did it in. I felt really bad doing that because I am a big nature lover, and I really don't mind snakes if they don't pose a threat. Manchitas seems fine, so I'm thinking it was not a pygmy rattler. Surely it would have bit him. Looking back, the snake's eyes were round and his head did not have the triangular shape of most venemous snakes, so the more I think of it, the more sure I am that it was not a pygmy rattlesnake. The remains are in a bottle awaiting hubby's identification of the body. I hope this is not TMI for any of you. I would hate to lose my new followers right at the get go. But I'm hoping you are all nature-loving girls. . . Welll, just in case, I won't post any snake pictures and I'll change the subject.

After the morning excitement, I went into to town, got my hair cut, and ran errands. When I got home I worked on my teacup challenge for the HGTV crazy quilt group I'm in.

Here's two questions:
1.) Are all of you ladies that are following me on the HGTV boards?
2.) Are any of you taking part in the teacup challenge?

This challenge was to use a pretty printed teacup fabric that Miss Nickilee, our fearless challenge hostess, sent us. In the kit there was also a beautiful piece of lace, two other pieces of fabric, and two charms. All of these have to be incorporated in our CQ block. Usually, we post pictures as we go, but this challenge is also a contest, so picture posting is out until after the contest is over. I am soooo excited to be taking part. This is my first challenge and first CQ block that I'll be completing. (I have two more started, but they went on hold.) I'll post pictures here after the contest.

Little baby Canyon
My goals is to always post a picture with my blog posts, but it may not always be on topic. I did find a picture of Canyon dear as a teeny-tiny baby. It's one of those pictures that you get on a disk from a disposable camera, so not sure how the quality will be, but I'll give it a shot. Please excuse the messy old 70s bathroom where I used to live. I made a power point of Canyon for the kids in my class as a project for one of my college classses. If I can find it, I'll put it up another time.

Bye for now,



  1. Teeny teeny tiny what a sweetie - no wonder Canyon is a member of the family now. Love your old avocado bathroom I just got rid of my rose fixtures! Yes I am an HGTV board member also - are you signed up for COF 2011? I am Pecasatwo on HGTV!!

  2. Hi Pecasatwo! I am signed up for the 2011 COF. I'm just hoping and praying I'll be able to afford the trip and get time off work! I really don't want to miss it. Are you planning to go?

  3. Darling blog!! I haven't been checking in on HGTV the way I'd like but I managed this evening and found your blogsite. I am glad I came over!

  4. Karen, I am honored to be invited to be a part of your darling blog. I was intrigued to read this post about killing the snake. I know that it hurt you if in fact it was a friendly snake. I also live in an area with a great deal of wild life. We have three acres in Central Florida. To tell you the truth we have more snakes than anything else, other than the wonderful and plentiful birds. My biggest snake story is that for each year we have lived here we have killed one Coral Snake. Yep, eleven years and at least eleven coral snakes. Before we killed the first one, we raced to the internet to make sure. (Gosh, and you didn't think anyone would be interested in your snake episode!)

    Now, on the more pleasant side of life, I am also a quilter! I only entertain myself with my efforts, but that entertainment means a lot to my psyche. I have never ever been a big TV fan, so have not been privileged to know about HGTV. Maybe through my involvement here with you and your friends I will learn a thing or two about the world of quilting.

    I am delighted to have met you during one of our online college classes at UWF. It will be fun to share another class in the future, if possible. Your friend, Melva

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's always nice finding another crazy quilter out there!

  6. Just stopping by to say thank you for visiting Happy Snappy. Please, hug your cute kitty for us, will you. :) Greetings from Finland and Scotland!

  7. I haven't been on in a while, so busy with school and work. I wanted to say thank you to all who have posted. Penny, your blog is beautiful; lovely artwork. . . inspiring!

    Jaana and Kia. . I loved the pictures on your blog!

    Cheryl: likewise. I always love to find another CQer. Are you on HGTV?

    Melva: Hope things are going well for you!

  8. Karen - what a darling picture of both you and your liitle Canyon!! I'm hoping too that you get to make COF 2011 as I look forward to eeting you. Big Hugs!

  9. Thank you, Nicki Lee! It's almost 5 years old. No more long hair on me!