Friday, August 15, 2014

Those Cotton Pickin' Dog Days of Summer

I was planning to share a little project I've been working on this morning. It's a chair that was put on the To Do list way back in February.  Taking procrastination to whole new levels, I have finally finished it in August. 

OK, strike that. I have almost finished it in August. I hope to have it finished by September.

... 2016

At the risk of letting this post get all sidetracked about the terrible horrible very bad no good chair project, I'll just say that I had an unfortunate piping incident yesterday, brought about by an even more unfortunate sewing machine event.


What was left for me to do but toss up my hands and take a drive?  I'm so glad I did because guess what I discovered...

Autumn  is actually on the way! 

No, really. Even down south in the Land O' Cotton, we're seeing signs that the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner.


Cotton blossoms

They're everywhere, folks.  

And since those cotton pickin' blossoms only last a few days, I'm thanking God for that unfortunate piping incident. Had I been in the house with my nose staple-gunned to the sewing machine, I might have missed this field entirely.

What could be prettier than a cotton blossom field under a cotton candy sky?

Nothing much.
Except maybe a full throttle field of cotton.

Which will be coming soon enough folks. 
After all, if the cotton blossom comes, can cotton season be far behind?

No, I think not. 

I can practically taste the pumpkin lattes now.

So I'm taking the rest of the day off, which kind of means I'm taking the rest of the week off,
and I'm off to find more evidence that the most wonderful time of the year is just around the bend. 

Are you seeing any signs of fall in your neck of the woods?


Vee said...

The entire summer has been quite autumnal so I am not wishing it away for if summer was like fall what will fall be like? I shudder to think! No changing of leaves yet nor signs of fall other than cool temps.

What a nice drive! Glad that you got away from it all...I have enough of those sewing machine scenes to last me awhile. Terribly aggravating!

Denise said...

Lovely scenes that I see so regularly around here that I don't even pay attention any more. How sad. Thanks for sharing and maybe I'll open my eyes and look around.

BTW, did I not finish all your piping for you? I kept some of your fabric just in case you needed some more. I'm just a hop, skip and a jump away. (We could meet half way?) Just offering. Hope you can finish that chair soon!!

Sue said...

Hotter than heck in TX, but I was caught sniffing a pumpkin candle ~ perhaps I even bought one!
Love fall!

Lorrie said...

No,no. I'm banishing all thoughts of fall, although they do come creeping in. Fall means rain and grey skies, with the occasional blue one just to keep us here. Lovely cotton field photos - like nothing I've seen before.

Christine said...

Say it ain't so... Fall?
Happy that you say the blossoms but I would have hoped it was in a few more weeks. Ahhh... summer!!!
You get back to sewing cause now I'm curious about this chair!

Laurie Ritchey said...

I've been seeing the cotton blooms in our area too. I can definitely sympathize with the sewing troubles. I think ALL sewing machines are frustrating. I try to avoid them at all costs, which often ends up costing a lot. Good luck with your project. laurie

Sharon said...

No signs of autumn yet in our neck of the woods (literally). Still experiencing summer: hot and dry temperatures, lightning-caused fires, gnats and mosquitoes, and a very sunburned nose from driving in the Jeep with the top off (of the Jeep...)

Beautiful photos, just lovely. And can't wait to see the finished project. And hey, someday soon a decoupage fix??


Chatty Crone said...

Okay I am excited - I LOVE fall. Then cotton is a fall crop? I didn't know that. Have fun.

Debbie said...

Well first off, nothing quite as frustrating as a sewing project gone least in this gal's humble opinion, lol. I have had SOOO many! And the only answer is get up and get away, so glad to hear you did just that. And oh my...what a drive and sight to see. Now I had no idea cotton blooms in the Fall so learn something everyday. Soo pretty! As for signs of Fall here in sunny California? Nary a one. We barely have them in the Fall let alone late Summer. We gather speed here as September is usually are hottest month...sigh. I won't lie, I kind of dread it. And you know what's funny? I used to LOVE Sept. because the kids were going back to school and everything seemed new and fresh etc. Guess it's just another thing that changes with age. Now I prefer Oct for a "Fall" feel. Guess that's it for now...sorry, I am long winded as usual. Enjoy your week-end!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie, I love this post!! I can tell you've got your blogging mojo back. :)

Oh, these pictures of the cotton blossoms are gorgeous! That's just not something we see in our area, but I sure wish we did. I did not know that cotton blooms in the fall -- wow! The picture with the big field and the "cotton candy sky" is absolutely my favorite!

I laughed at your talk of procrastination (I'm the Queen of Procrastination) but I didn't laugh at your sewing frustrations. I probably would have said a few un-ladylike words if that had happened to me. :) I'm glad you went for a drive, too; what a beautiful sight awaited you. I haven't noticed any signs of fall here, except we've had some cooler weather. That is about to go away though, and it will feel more like a typical N.C. August.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Big Hugs,


Sooner Laura said...

No signs at fall in North Texas as far as I can see and 100s forecast for the weekend, but I know fall will be here soon and I'm savoring every minute of pool season, when I'm not working, cooking, cleaning, sewing, blogging, etc. I think it's great that you took time to appreciate the beauty and I bet it was relaxing. Sewing machine issues - never relaxing!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Ah, yes, there are signs of Autumn everywhere here. The farmers are harvesting Tobacco already too! Seems a bit early. Trees are changing color and so are my burning bushes. Crazy!

The weather is delightful, now. Usually it is blazin' hot, with humidity.


Beth, ...".E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i am sure yo know i love FALL. it is my most favorite time of the year ever. love it!! big big time!! we have lots of acorns falling ... but they are not full form ... only mini acorns or even only the caps. lots of leaves falling too. very pretty but seems early for this time of the year?? ( :

happy weekend to ya!!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Pretty blossoms, so glad you didn't miss them! It's been a pretty mild summer here in Philly, I think Mother Nature is trying to make nice for all of the snow last year:@)

Barbara F. said...

Not really, but I am always up for a pumpkin spice latte! And love the cotton field! Want to see one in person some time!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I haven't seen a cotton field with blossoms in many years, thanks for sharing with me! My computer has been down so, I've been kinda MIA for a while, but have read your recent posts about the house, rockers, etc. I LOVE the color of your beautiful house! And the rockers are perfect on the porch! Yep, your dh rocks!!

No sign of fall here in FL!


Miss Char said...

I've never seen a cotton field in bloom Debbie, thanks for sharing. I was "up north" for a few days and our leaves are starting to turn up there, way too early for me. We have yet to hit 90 degrees this summer.

Thanks again for the pictures they're lovely.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Dogwoods and maples are starting to show off here in E. Tennessee, and temps are dropping. David pulled out a light jacket to walk to work yesterday. Autumn is coming!

kitty said...

I've been into the sewing projects, too, Debbie. We all run into those sewing issues. I was a Home Ec teacher years ago and yesterday, while sewing a project, with my mind distracted, I sewed a right and wrong side together! Yikes!!
I'm glad you got outside and enjoyed the beautiful blue skies and the cotton fields. God was nudging you there! xo

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Oh I broke needles on my machine this week...ugh! But I like what you did better. I need to go for a drive, besides I have a new camera I need to use.
Signs of fall..well I am seeing them, but they are signs of school. We have one week left of summer and I am dealing with Benjamin going back to school. Neither of us are ready for this year...ugh!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOVE me some cotton fields... though it does bring back memories of long days hoeing in those said fields... then of course, there was the getting the cotton out of said fields. Still, I love seeing them... from a distance. ;)

Your rockers look wonderful on your fresh new porch! I'm not feeling fall here yet. But, soon... perhaps, soon.

blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Mevely317 said...

Out in Phoenix we're still toggling in the 104-107 range. :(

Still, I can daydream - remembering bonfires and gigantic mums worn at Homecoming and the sweet, sweet aromas of Fall!

Alycia Nichols said...

That what cotton looks like??!??!! I imagined something far different. I don't know what exactly, but not that! That looks more like what I would imagine tobacco to look like! I understand that it doesn't have the actual cotton ball on it yet, but still.....very different than what my mind's eye saw. And it turns into cotton in the fall??? I would have expected it to be a summer crop. Am I showing my obvious case of the Northerns? :-)

Sorry to hear about your sewing and piping problems. That's another area of which I know absolutely nothing, but I know it has to be frustrating when something goes amiss....especially if that thing is going to delay the completion of the project for an entire year!

Enjoy the cotton and the coming of fall!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love fall, but I'm not quite ready for it because the summer is just flying by too darn fast! I hope you enjoy your cotton season!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I find sewing generally frustrating because I don't do it often enough to really feel comfortable with my sewing machine. That last pillow I made I used hot glue!

Debbiedoos said...

Your chair project sounds like a few of mine I have going. I just put them away until I can concentrate. Which is NOW..the kids started back to school. I love Fall, and can't wait!

Sharlotte said...

I love these pictures! Isn't it funny how things work out?
No fall here...I'm ready!


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