Monday, December 19, 2016

- Blue (agave) Christmas

Patch #354 Texas Christmas cactus


It's cold. The weather app said 22 ...


but Wimberley is down in the valley. We're about 300' higher and our thermometer had a slightly lower reading ...


But the ultimate indicator is the frost weed and it was in fine form, close ...


closer ...


closest ...


Last winter we didn't get a frost weed freeze until the end of January, which means it made it on to the Remember cloth ...


You'll notice it's just to the left of a sunny day patch ... and two more patches to the right is the memory of an 80 degree day at the end of January.

So yeah, don't feel too sorry for us. Here's our forecast for the next five days ...


Gotta love Texas. Which is why we decorate this way ...


The neighbors really appreciate it, too ...


I managed to finish a trio of retro patches today ...


If you look at the original post on November 28
you'll notice there's no mention of an expected grandchild. But that was the day we received the news, so the secret is finally out ...


And knowing Meg would be getting the news on the 28th, we held off shopping for her birthday until November 29


Also knowing Meg to prefer more subtle colors, we were on the hunt for corals, peaches, or raspberries rather than the stereotypical pinky pink. This is what we got ... 


Hence the patch Pretty in not-quite pink ...


And so we made it to Meg's birthday on November 30 without spoiling the surprise


Process note: I was especially pleased when the bleach discharge on gray (Meg's favorite "color" long before it became trendy), turned a pale pink, because a little bit couldn't hurt.  

6 comments:

Mo Crow said...

love your Texan Xmas cactus in both stitch and in the flesh!

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Mo ... it took me seven years to convince Don to decorate the agaves!

Susan McQuade said...

I love seeing that story cloth! The shade of pinky is sweet. Wow- that frost weed is interesting. Hugs and blessings.

Stephanie Jo said...

As I've never seen frost weed in person, your pictures are fascinating. So ethereal.

Hunter said...

Aloha, the frost weed is beautiful. I'm tickled I found my way here from Susan's "Blessings of Thread" blog. Your blog is beautiful and I can't wait to read all your other posts.

Hunter

Liz Ackert said...

Belated thanks to all ... somehow these comments fell between the cracks (maybe the app got frost bitten).

As for frostweed ... it's otherworldly. There isn't much else that would inspire me to run around outside with a camera when the temp is in the teens!