Monday, August 3, 2015

Loving the Rain


I really can't believe that summer is almost over!
I feel as if my list of to-do in the beginning of the summer only got longer.

 I wanted to make some gardening headway in the yard
But just never seemed to have had a chance to get any extra time.

 The weekends have been too short and there is barely enough time
 to get the mowing done before the rain comes.

But I am oh so glad of the rains because I have been rewarded!
 By flowers that bloom by surprise!

 by tomatoes that just sprout out of nowhere

enough basil for pesto to last through the winter.

enough lemons to always have lemonade...


...and if not, there are the calamansi (calamundin) trees...


a bunch of bananas with several hands...


the promise of a first "suha" (pomelo) harvest...


even the nursery of baby loquats are getting taller...


The only dismay are the squirrels that loved our Asian pear fruits too much.
What had been a tree full of fruits disappeared
and we were left with just one!
It's the brown little potato looking thing to the left of the chime...

T and I had a fun time doing one of our recycling projects to save this one pear.
We made some wind chimes out of recycled bottle caps
and hung one right by the lone fruit.
It is our hope that any squirrel that tries to get it will be startled by it.
Therefore leaving it alone.

I'll keep you posted if it works.
Stay tuned for a post on how to make the wind chimes too!

Lastly, I want to introduce you to "The President."

He was given to me by one of my students in the beginning of the summer.
He is a Gator Glory, a plant developed here at UF.
He was just but a toddler when he was given to me and now look how he has grown!
Thank you Angelina M!

What about you?..
Has the rain just been as generous to your garden?

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Love from All Over

The best thing about my day job
 are the students that I see everyday.

I find myself lucky that they come to me for guidance...

or for an ear to listen...

 a shoulder to cry on...

or surprisingly enough to get a stern lecture.

For most of them,
I see them grow through their years in college.

Often meeting them when they start as a freshman

and seeing them through until they graduate.

After the 14 years that I have been working with ambassadors,
I have acquired many "kids".  :)

 They are all over the world....
from Priscilla in Sweden to Foong who is almost in my back yard...

 Many are now mothers

or proud fathers

and all successful in their own ways... 
 


and I am always proud of all of them...

I cherish these friendships that have continued through time...

for there is never a period that I feel forgotten...

To all of you that find your time to visit, 

to email, to call, to text, to write, to update me on your lives,
 

that continue to share with me your joys...
struggles... and sorrows..


I appreciate you all in my life.

...and I am always proud as ever
to be called your "second mom."

Thank you all for the love!  
I am humbled.



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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Roxy, You are Home. In Loving Memory

Today the rooms of K Manor are echoing louder
The stillness filling every corner.
The house's spirit very respectful of our loss.
Even the sun seems to set a little lower over our little forest.
Bowing its head, mindful, it seems, of our heavy hearts.
She was our little alpha.
Constantly on guard.
Always, a watchful eye towering over heads at her place atop the stairs.


Outside in the manor grounds, she was beautiful.
Hair once black and white slowly turned to grey.
But her youthful heart still ever present in her walk.
Trotting like a proud show horse.

7:41AM today, time stood still at the animal clinic.
As we held her in our arms until her last shallow breath.
She joins her brother now
Where they can both watch over us together once again.

Go home, little girl, go home...
Go to K Manor, now....
For it is not the hexagonal rooms 
filled with furniture telling of a bygone era.
It is not the food that always seem to appear in abundance during any gatherings.
It is not the beauty of the growing trees in the orchard where dogs roam free.
It is not the vines that grow prolific up the windows...

It is the laughter that you hear ringing even when the guests have all gone...
It is the fireside chatter that lingers after the bonfire has died out.
It is the captured smile of the planter as his trees bear fruits.
It is the smell of jasmine even in the cold of winter.
It is the singing and the music and the dancing that remain in the hollows of the walls.
It is all the stories
 of the joys and laughter, 
the tears and sorrows, 
the struggles and accomplishments
and the barking of playful dogs.
 
It is all of this that gives life to the spirit of the house.
This is what makes K Manor a home.
It is our Home Sweet Home.

Our dearest, little girl, Roxy...
Come home now where your spirit will always be.
Continue to watch over all of us and guide us as you always did..
For you will always be with us
and forever be in all of our hearts.
You are Home.


 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope all of you mothers are being spoiled today!  ����

Speaking of mothers, I guess it is quilt season for me with all these baby quilts!
But it is a good kind of busy since I love to make them!
They allow me to design a little more with the fabrics
and I love the bright primary colors for the little ones.
Here is my design layout for this new quilt
Stay tuned for the progress!!



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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Taking Orders

The Valle quilt is finished and waiting to be shipped to go home.  :)
It is a big quilt at 72" x 96".
I had to hang it down from the 2nd floor balcony.

If you followed the making here
you would know that it started out with the mid section first.
(taken without flash)

The top 2 shirts in light blue backing were from her elementary school.
The one shirt with the yellow backing is from her middle school
and the shirts with the grey backing are from her highschool.
The 6 shirts in the mid section are from her college.
The lone shirt on the bottom is post college.
The four extra shirts flanking the bottom sides were added after 
to complete her college experience. 

It was hard to capture the quilting from far..

But here it is up close with some light justification to see the design more clearly.

With this completed, I am now again taking orders.  
Click here and it will take you to my Etsy
where it will tell you about my policies and fees.
These make wonderful gifts for a lifetime.
For all of you athletes with all of your competition shirts,
these are a great way to preserve them and show them off too!
For all of you moms, all of your little one's sports tees would make
an awesome quilt souvenir that can be displayed!

Hit me up either through my Etsy here...
or email me at eckdesign2@(at)gmail.com

I'd love to make your memory quilt!  :)
 Hope to hear from you soon!

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