Saturday, May 26, 2012

It's been a While....

I've been busy with this and that.  The weather has either been hot, hot, hot or cold, cold, cold.  I don't have anything to show you because I have been working steadily on my latest Scrap Squad quilt.  Lots of hand applique.  As much as I love hand applique it gets a little boring when you are appliqueing the same shape over and over.

I've also been working on my weight and diabetes.  The weight is coming off slowly.  I'm averaging 1.5 lbs. per week.  I started on insulin 4 weeks ago.  My blood sugar levels are coming down so I guess the insulin and the addition of a new medicine is helping.  However, being on insulin is making me hold water and causing my legs to swell.  They said this would happen and that it would be harder to loose weight once I started the insulin.  So I take water pills and this seems to help.

We have been going for walks.  I've got a few pictures for you.

This couple was taking their 5 kids for a walk.  They didn't care for us being as close as we were.

I thought I had my hands full with 4 kids but this family had 14 young ones.

Lot's of geese with young ones.  But we've only seen one pair of swans with a baby.  This swan has been setting on her nest for a while.  I hope they will be a baby soon.

The park is full of Red Winged Blackbirds.  They have such a beautiful song.  They often follow us hoping for some bird seed.

As I've told you before I spent 4 years in the Upper Peninsula taking care of my Dad.  When he passed away in 2010 my husband suggested that we dig up my parents Peony bushes and bring them home.  I'm am so glad he did. 

There are 2 different types.  This one blooms wide open.  The other which has buds but no flowers yet is a deep magenta and  the flower is tighter.

Every time I look out into my backyard and see them I smile and think good thoughts about my parent.  So many wonderful memories.

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial weekend.  Stay safe and enjoy yourselves.  We are staying at home.  I'm going to try and get some sewing done that I can show 

Hugs, Cathy


Doniene said...

Cathy, so glad to hear from you!! Way to go on the weight loss! Keep up the good work! The goslings are soooo cute!! I always love your pictures!

You have a great weekend too! We're also staying home and I hope to sew too! I'm working on some applique, too!


Diane H said...

Wishing you continued success with your weight loss and health issues.
What a wonderful and beautiful way to remember your parents.

Janet O. said...

We took a walk through an arboretum while visiting my daughter last week. We encountered many families like you show here. : )

Carrie P. said...

I love peonies. One of these days I am going to get me some.
Congrats on your weight loss. Keep up the good work.

Sharon said...

Love all your nature photos! We have baby ducks too, but I've not gotten close enough to get any photos yet.

The peonies are beautiful, and what a wonderful memory for you.

Good luck with your weight loss and diabetes management. Sounds like you're making good progress.