Monday, August 3, 2015

Petals, Project and Purl

This summer has been zipping by, with an unusual mixture of cool and hot, humid days. Last night, a couple of thunder storms passed through. The garden is looking a bit straggly, but there are still colours to enjoy. What, pray tell, is a good way to keep weeds from springing up between patio bricks? I have a hearty crop of them that need attention!

I decided to knit a little something, for fun, this summer. It isn't completed just yet, but I hope to finish it soon. Then I'll let you know from whom I bought the pattern, a blogger in England. The soft colours relate to some in the garden, so I include them here.

On the cat fostering front, Purl is still with me. It's been just over 3 months since she moved in and made herself at home. Luckily, thunder storms don't phase her in the least. She's a lovely girl, but she hasn't had any serious interest yet. Here's hoping for a boost in cat and dog adoptions this month.

Blogging has taken a back seat to other things, but I thought I'd participate in Judith's Mosaic Monday today.

Have a wonderful week.


  1. I love your mosaics and especially the one of Purl...:)

  2. Purl is looking adorable. Looking forward to seeing your knitting project. I've been posting less frequently during the summer, so many other things to do and enjoy.

  3. The flowers and the knitting show soft pretty colors. Have you tried some sort of vinegar mix? It works for us between bricks but I don't remember the proportions. I'm sure you could find it somewhere.

  4. I have heard that vinegar works...and as I type I can read the commenter above me suggesting the same thing.

  5. It's so nice to see you here today. You always have the most beautiful mosaics and I really love the cat photos. Enjoy the rest of this summer. Hugs, Diane

  6. Hello Karen
    Pretty flowers in the garden and nice soft wool colours for whatever you are creating. Purl will capture someone's heart, she's just waiting for the perfect forever home.
    You could try horticultural strength vinegar on the weeds - purchased from Home Hardware etc.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  7. Very pretty flowers & Purl is adorable! Have a great week!

  8. Your flower photos are wonderful.

    Sometimes I miss having a cat, but Lulu isn't fond of them.

  9. Such stunning flower photos, gorgeous colours! Your knitting is looking adorable already :) And Purl is looking very contented. Great to see you, Karen :)
    Happy week.
    Helen xox

  10. Purl looks adorable!!! I hope that she finds a new home soon as she deserves to. You are doing amazing work in your cat fostering!! xx

  11. Hello, loely blooms and the kitty mosaic is adorable. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

  12. Lovely mosaics, Karen! Your blooms are colorful and I'm interested to see what your knitting project is. Hope Purl finds the perfect home, too. Enjoy your week!

  13. Purl is beautiful as are your garden blooms.

  14. Such beautiful flowers! That's one of the things I just love about summer time... all the flowers!
    Such a sweet kitty too :)

    Pouring salt in the cracks of cement will get rid of weeds, provided it doesn't get washed away. Plain ole white vinegar will do the trick too.

    Have a lovely day..

  15. I trimmed some of my annuals because they were getting straggly. This time of year brings mixed feelings. I want to enjoy every summer day but you can sense the garden's maturity which means fall is nearing. Purl is a sweet looking cat. I hope you can find her a permanent home. I did a post about the vinegar, epsom salt, soap mix. It did kill the weeds after all. A few hardier ones sprung back but generally it worked!

  16. Hi Karen! Yes summer is zipping by. Your flowers are beautiful. And, I love the cute mosaic of Purl :)

  17. Pretty blog! We have a black kitty too. Love the mosaic of Purl.

  18. Hi Karen, everyone seems to back off blogging and I guess using fb. but I just got a new computer up and going and want to star up again. I plan on doing Sunlit Sunday and had to come by. Please pop over and let me know if you receive this as I am totally in a new world with Windows 8 and 10.

  19. Merry Christmas, Karen!

    Like you, blogging has taken a back seat to other priorities in life. Nevertheless, I was still rather surprised to discover that I somehow missed this summer post of yours filled with pretty petals, your intriguing knitting project and of course, your precious Purl! I'm she still with you? Surely, she will not be phased by a little frost and a dusting of snow, (that is if we ever get any!), since she wasn't scared of summer thunder storms!

    Wishing you much peace, love and joy this Christmas and looking forward to more of your wonderful posts!


  20. Purl looks similiar to my cat Merula...
    Hope, it's all right with you, family and cats - you've not blogging for a long time
    Happy New Year :-)

  21. Good afternoon Karen
    I'm just popping in to wish you and Purl a very Happy New Year.
    May you have much happiness and joy in 2016.
    I see it's a while since your last post and I've been much the same the past year - blogging has been on the back burner for me also.
    I've been back working 3 days a week so I can save money to get to see our only grandchildren who happen to live in France - oh how I wish they were closer and I could look out the kitchen window and see their little faces as they run up the path....
    Are you contemplating repeating Sunlit Sunday this year - it is a favourite of mine and I'm sure many other bloggers of our ilk. No pressure.... just a question!
    Take care of yourself Karen
    Shane in New Zealand x



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