Saturday, July 25, 2009

Day Twenty-Five

Richard's comments from yesterday's post prompted me to take pictures of my hops vines to share with you. First is the picture of my shed (yes, the one I fell off the ramps). It is actually the box from a truck that used to haul caskets! It has a hardwood floor and the shelves for the caskets are still in it. It's waterproof, has swinging doors on one end and holds all my gardening equipment and snowblower. For my birthday this year, my youngest brother installed vinyl lattice with the idea that I could run vines up the side of the shed.

My mom bought me the two hops vines. One is the standard green while the other is a new variety in yellow. The yellow attracted more slugs and thus got a slower start. I left room in the middle for the Joseph's Coat rose, which is also a climber. I have two small hostas (also slug-damaged) between the rose and each hops vine. Then I added a bleeding heart on the east end.

An up-to-the-minute photo of the rose bush.

A view up through the hops vines.

A close-up of the leaves and the blossoms.

The yellow variety.

The green vine has found its way over to the yellow and has started to intertwine. The hops vine is non-invasive--meaning it does not rip out your siding or do other damage. (I know this because my silver lace on the west side of the house tore down the arbor and went under the siding and came out under a second story window!)
If you have a chance, please read "Dear Blog" on the Yarn Harlot's site (see My Blog List for the link). My heart goes out to her. I love her blog and have found her to be entertaining, self-effacing and kind. She's right--it's so easy to be unkind when you think you are anonymous. But someone is always on the other end of the tirade--words can hurt more than any weapon man has designed. Please remember to be kind--everyone is stuggling with some burden. I am always thankful that mine seem so small when compared with someone else's.
I'll be off to class tomorrow. It's a machine piecing class, so I'm confident that my hand will be fine. I'm a bit worried about rotary cutting--something I definitely need to do in the next couple days. The good news? I can cut accurately with either hand. The bad news? You still need one hand to hold the ruler steady. Not sure how to handle this yet, but I'm thinking...always thinking!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  1. The end of July is drawing near all to quickly. I think that you should decree that we're just going to rename the month of the year: July 1, July 2, July 3, ... July 12. That way you would just have to keep blogging. Well, it's an idea. Maybe not one that you're going to jump on, but anyway. I've become spoiled reading your posts every day. I think I'll be in withdrawal if you stop when the next month rolls around. Hugs, Jay

  2. Hi Sharon--you are the lucky one--I just read one of my other bloggers--Tozz's corner and she actually broke her RIGHT wrist and had to have a pin put in it--and she is also a designer--I have been doing one of her bom--???/
    Love the pictures--and I did hop over to read about the Yarn harlots troubles--I would probably have given up my site by now--did you notice that over 2,000 comments are on her site for that post--wow!!! Have a great day, hugs, just, Di

  3. OH it's just me--Callie is still upset and getting more upset each day--she says to tell you you only got a couple more days to take her picture and post it or she just might have to find a new home where she is loved!!!! Di

  4. Thank you for the link to Yarn Harlot. I don't understand why anyone would waste time and energy being so incredibly hateful to a blogger. It was an eye opener for sure.


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