It's been unseasonably wet the past few days but fortunately I love these rainy days.
Our bird visitors tend to hang around for hours as the rain showers fall steadily across the day, squawking loud to let me know their feeder is empty and would I please address that situation quickly with a top up...there may have been a please in there, or there may not.
Anyhow, I do top them up and the nice thing is that the usually warring cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets share their breakfast, lunch and dinner rather contentedly together.
Everyone waits their turn, usually three or four feeding at one time, two waiting on the roof of the bird feeder, and you can't see here but there are about six to eight more birds waiting in trees by the side of the yard or on our roof.
Due to the wet weather we've not had to tend the garden, it's being wonderfully watered from on high and hopefully the beans Mr E planted out front (to break up the soil and add nitrogen before we plant a proper food garden there) will sprout strong and healthy in the days ahead.
Hubby has occupied himself working on the Jeep (yes, again) under cover in the carport, and I cook and then disappear to the sewing room.
Our tomatoes are booming with produce and I collect handfuls of these cherry variety every morning.
If I miss any ripe ones my beloved snacks on them during the afternoon, but there's always more ready and waiting for harvest the next day.
We use to snack on bags of lollies but since ditching sugar about seven weeks ago we snack differently...cherry tomatoes being a happy substitution. Even Cully May and Rafaella love nibbling on them so I took a tub of the smaller ones, about the size of blueberries, over when we visited on Sunday morning.
In the kitchen it's been soups, fish and these delicious curried pumpkin and chickpea patties.
I popped a tomato in each pattie before giving them a light spray with olive oil and baking in the oven to give them a bit of crust. It's much easier to freeze them this way and I was able to give some to Blossom and Ross as well.
When we're having them for a meal I simply spray the pan with olive oil and fry them until golden.
Served with salad and greek yoghurt they are delicious!
In the sewing room I've worked on two projects.
Firstly I made a sewing bag with little pouch to hold scissors, needles and threads...and I even took photos for a tutorial. But my computer ate the good photos I put aside and they quite literally disappeared because of a glitch in my system.
So I'm looking through the second rate photos to see if I can still share that tutorial.
The second project was to piece together My Scrappy Vintage Kitchen quilt.
Excuse the dark photos but with rain all around every room was in shadow...
I personally love the scrappy effect of the nine blocks coming together.
By adding a red check border and then a simple floral border around the outside those scrappy blocks within were really emphasised.
Last night I hand basted the quilt top, wadding and backing...
...ready for hand quilting a bit each night.
Have you stitched the first block yet?
I've set up a page for the My Scrappy Vintage Kitchen stitch-along over HERE
The link for the first download is on that page.
I'd like to ask for prayer for our sweet Blossom who has been unwell now for quite a while.
Over the past week she's gone downhill and is undergoing a barrage of tests which will include an exploratory hospital procedure under anaesthetic.
You don't need to know any more than that - our sweet Lord knows all and will hear your prayers.
It's just such a comfort and faith builder to know others who love Jesus are holding you in prayer when life is dark and a little frightening from 'not knowing'.
Just this morning I was reading John 1:16
"From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace."
And that's what I'm praying for Blossom, grace upon grace as she navigates this path to a diagnosis and healing treatment.
May the days ahead be a blessing to you, days where grace is showered upon your own lives and where grace is offered to those around you.