Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Flower of a Different Sort

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.  Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.  
~H. Jackson Brown

With the early morning temps dipping back down into the high 50's, life starts out just a tiny bit bitter each day.  It's so much better than the mid 60's we were experiencing a couple of days ago.  It allows us to open the windows at night and I can even wear my sweatshirt to start the morning (albeit with shorts on - lol!).  We are getting a brief respite from the high 90 degree temps during the day and I'm sure enjoying it.  I don't feel like I'm melting when I'm working in the sewing room and having to run the iron and can last longer at the sewing machine.  I know summer will return with a vengeance, but for today, I will savor the cooler temperatures. What's it like in you corner of the world?




Snails are an enemy to my garden.  Why is it they only devour the plants I want in my garden and never seem to touch the weeds.  As a child, I would entertain myself by pouring salt on these slimy creatures (sorry if you are offended by that action).  Even though I dislike this slimy, leaf eater, here are some interesting facts about snails:
The largest land snail was recorded in 1976. It weighed 2 pounds and was 15 inches long and currently, the largest land snail is the Ghana tiger snail, which can grow up to 12 inches.
The fastest snail species is the garden snail that can move up to 55 yards per hour.
They can easily slide over a razor blade without being hurt. However, they die if they consume either salt or sugar.
A snail grows a new spiral every year and it looks like a ring, called whorl.
A land snail has two pairs of tentacles on its head and the longest pair carries its eyes, one eye on each tentacle. They are called eye stalks. The second pair of tentacles is used for smelling and feeling.
Snails are hermaphrodites, which means that they have both male and female reproductive organs. Thus, they can produce both eggs and sperms, but they require another snail to reproduce baby snails.
Snails hibernate during winter season and live on their stored fat.
Snails cannot hear
Some snails have been known to live up to 15 years.
The Giant African Land Snail is known to eat more than 500 different types of plants.
Snails are very strong and can lift up to 10 times their own body weight in a vertical position.



Once again I only have one flower this week but that fits the title of One Flower Wednesday.  I decided to try something a bit different from my normal...

I made the center not quite so obvious.  If you look closely, you can still see that it's a hexagon.  I was pleased with how this optical illusion came out.
Karen has provided us with a wonderful linky tool where you can see more hexagon flowers out there in blogland by going HERE.



I have gotten behind on sharing some of the blocks I've made.  I have taken a break from the 6 Inch Block Swaps Australia but I made these back in February.....

Kerry requested any block in burgundy, pink, and cream.  These 6" stars were quick to make and have long since reached their destination.



Today I will work on the little wall hanging I started yesterday.




Anonymous said...

wow what great post Linda,interesting about the snail,and love that hexie,how clever and well done on your blocks.xx

Kris said...

Good morning, Linda!! Glad you are having a bit of cooler weather!! Shorts and sweatshirt - love it!! And I am sooooooooo glad snails can't hear!! They would totally be distressed at the names I call them!! And your Hexie flower is wonderful!! Supposed to be 99 degrees here today!! Thank goodness for air-conditioning!! Your thought for the day is perfect and something I needed to hear right now!! Kris

Needled Mom said...

Wow! I love that hexie! You can hardly see the center hex.

Snails....yuck! I can't stand the buggers in my garden and we've had our share this spring with the cooler, damp conditions. My snail bait bill is escalating.

We are still having the cooler temps here. I am hoping it warms up a bit this week - per forecast. Glad someone is enjoying the cooler temps though. Maybe we should swap houses for the summer.

Vesuviusmama said...

I love your flower - very clever! I haven't been around to read in a while, so don't be surprised if you get a ton of comments from me today as I go back through time to see what I've been missing.

Vickie said...

Thank you for your beautiful post and inspiring sayings. I love the little Hexi I've got to make some of those. Your posts are always so informative and inspirational!

Impera_Magna said...

Love your hexie... subtle and gorgeous!

I love cooler mornings and enjoy every single one of them... they'll be a thing of the past here shortly...

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

Beautiful hexie.....the vines are growing right from the side petals into the middle! Love it. We used to leave beer in jar lids for the snails to "drown" in......well you are right.......they eat all the good plants! I like both your beginning inspiration and final thought inspiration.....good words to think about!

Maria said...

I love the quote at the beginning of your post.

We are having the most beautiful Sunny Autumn days in my part of the world. I am really enjoying them.

Your flower looks fabulous..

Gene Black said...

Your final thought is a delightful idea. Having that thought is sure to make the day better!

Raewyn said...

I'm considering lighting the fire for the first time today - the weather has turned!! Love how you did the hexie-flower - very clever!!

Annemieke Price-Talen said...

Nice happy looking flower.

Teresa F. said...

Great post, as always. Love your hexie flower.
About snails, do you know that we eat them here in Portugal. They are a Summer snack. Maybe you should do the same with the ones from your garden.AH!Ah!

Barb said...

I am not a morning person so your last quote will do me good.

Quilter Raised in the South said...

something wonderful did happen, I read your blog! thanks for making it a good read. I hope I don't run into any 2 pound snails any time soon. Great hexie, very unusual and pretty.

Karen said...

Yes, a little different for you and I noticed the center hexagon right away, well done! Very beautiful! Nice swap blocks too.

Anthea said...

It's such a pleasure to come here & see your lovely hexy flowers. Well done on trying something new with this one, it's very clever!

Hilachas said...

What an interesting flower you made. Lovely too.

~Niki~ said...

it was 107 here in AZ the other day :(

Anonymous said...

I like your quote ;)

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