Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bright Flowers

See, the human mind is kind of like... a piñata.  When it breaks open, there's a lot of surprises inside.  Once you get the piñata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience.  
~Jane Wagner

I had such a wonderful weekend and hope that you did too.  Our DD#2 and SIL came for a visit - they hadn't been here since Christmas.  The weather couldn't have been nicer - cool mornings and mild afternoons, both of which aren't normal for late May.  DH did some amazing barbecue and we all ate too much all weekend long.  Monday I gave DH an early birthday present - 3 passes to the local indoor kart racing.  The three of them had a blast.  I was totally content to sit and watch and take a few photos.  I couldn't have asked for 3 more relaxing days than those just passed.  Now on with the rest of the week.




Here on the west coast we are not blessed to have these wonderful creatures.  Here are some interesting facts I found out about manatees:
*  the average Manatee is 10ft long weighing 800-1200 pounds. They have been known to reach 13 ft and 3500 pounds
When born they are 3-4 ft long and 60-70 pounds
Manatees are herbivores meaning plant eating animals.
Manatees cannot survive in temperatures below 68 degrees (20 Celsius) and range from Virginia to Texas and one was documented in Rhode Island. (Very rare)
They have fairly good vision and can distinguish between colors
Did you know that manatees have three fingernails on each flipper and when they get into shallow water the manatee walks on its nails?
* Manatees have trouble with depth perception
They can stay submerged up to 20 minutes
Females mature for breeding at about 5 years old and 8 years old for males. On average one calf is born every 5 years. Gestation period is about 1 year long
Manatees may live as long as 60 years



I created one flower this week's One Flower Wednesday.  Nothing spectacular but definitely bright....

Last week in the mail I received a couple of flowers from my April Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap partner, Jane K.

Aren't these flowers just the cutest?  The purple with the happy flower center makes me smile.  And the music notes with the red center makes me want to dance - well, at least sway to the music.  Thank you so very much, Jane!

To see more hexies out there in blogland, Karen has provided a linky page for our One Flower Wednesday creations.  To go there, just click HERE.



Today I will continue working on the doll quilt I started working on yesterday.



Pickles Cartoon for May/23/2012


Karen said...

Definitely bright! I love it! Wonderful flowers from Jane too and it sounds like you had the perfect weekend.

The undomesticated scientist said...

loving your fact of the day. I swam with them many years ago. beautiful creatures. mummy manatee left baby manatee with us for abit and popped off for some peace and quite! we felt very privaledged.

Maria said...

That was a perfect weekend you spent with your family...
I think your one flower is lovely and Jane's are too.

Hilachas said...

Yes, your hexie flower is definitely bright but also definitely pretty. Lucky you to be receiving hexies in the swap. I seem to be having trouble being on the receiving end of that swap lately :(. I'm glad your daughter and family were able to visit. We'll be visiting beautiful California later in the month.

Wendy said...

Love the brightly colored flowers!!

sew.darn.quilt said...

The hexies are wonderful, the daisy in the middle is so cute.
I read that those adorable manatees are related to of all critters...elephants!!
Have a great day :0)

Needled Mom said...

The brights are fabulous. I just love bright colors! I love each one of the this week.

I enjoyed reading about the manatees. We will often see them when we visit the FL. Keys.

It sounds like your weekend guests were welcomed and enjoyed. I'm glad that your weather was perfect too. Is it still holding up for you?

Linda said...

I love the pinata quote! I need to put it up on my mirror!
Every time I see your hexies I decide I want to make some. Then when I try, mine are not nice and flat! I have a very hard time making them all the same size. Do you use a plastic template or cardboard? How do you make them so perfectly?

Sandra Kaye said... are making me home sick!! I have lived in Florida my whole life...until hubby got transfered to AZ. I have swam with manatees. They are very beautiful, peaceful creatures. They like to snuggle :):) and be scratched:):) hugs

Melissa said...

Love your facts for the day...pregnant for a year?!? NO THANK YOU! :) I love the purple flower you received - so cheerful!

Lynda said...

Absolutely love your "final thoughts". And of course your hexie flowers are wonderful.

marth225 said...

Your hexies are so nice they make me want to work on mine.

LethargicLass said...

I just realised tonight that I hadn't heard from you in awhile and came to check it out. When I try and re-subscribe by email it tells me I already have, but I'm not getting any emails... do you know how to fix this? Thanks :)

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Bright and Happy Flowers this week. Spending time with family is wonderful....just came back from a week with mine.....sounds like all in all you had a wonderful week! :)

Rose said...

Beautiful hexi flower--definitely puts a smile on your face!

Lana said...

Awwhh, I love your little come up with so many neat ideas!
I am glad you had a great weekend with the family!

Gina (Catswhiskers) said...

the manatees were my almost daily attraction whilst I was in Anna Maria. They would come and stay near by and kind of smiled when I was talking with them. Beautiful and gentle creatures.

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Love your pink flowered hexie - bright and beautiful!

Anthea said...

Whoh, I need to grab my sunglasses! They are so bright & very pretty... gorgeous

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