The saga of our poor tree continues. Remember last week I showed you the damage that the big storm did to our 100+ year old sycamore tree? Well, the tree trimmers came and… took care of things. They cut almost everything out of the tree- way more than we thought that they would (and much more than we had been told beforehand.) They assured me that it would grow back… but I don’t know if I’ll live to see it as it was before. (Don’t be fooled by that tree behind it- that stick coming up out of the ground on the right is all that is left of it!!)StormDamage2

I haven’t done much in the studio lately in the way of sewing or painting. But whatever I do, rest assured that Alfie is on the case and supervising to be sure that I get all of my work done:

Alfie the Chihuahua in my studio- Jacquelynne Steves

Speaking of Alfie- we went to the beach over the 4th of July weekend, and Alfie had a really great vacation (as you can see from above photo, he was desperately in need of some respite). This Chihuahua is Captain of the kayak! Lol.

Alfie at Beach

We returned home to find that we will have a bumper crop of blueberries and blackberries this year (apparently, all the rain we’ve been having is good for something):

BlueberriesBlackberries-Jacquelynne Steves

And the oregano has completely taken over the garden. The bees are just loving it- you wouldn’t believe how loud the “buzzing” is in that section of the garden!


Hubby and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary last week. It fell on a Wednesday, so we opted to just go out to a nice dinner in the city. Here is the view of Philadelphia from our table:

Anniversary Dinner-Jacquelynne Steves

And, of course, the obligatory dessert photo:

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Then we walked along the riverfront. The weather was just perfect that evening:

Summer Evening In Philadelphia- Jacquelynne Steves

Totally random thought… I saw this in the grocery store the other day. I thought they had stopped making it about 30 years ago. Weird. Did you know that they still make it??Parkay

So that is basically my first week of July! Now I really need to get into the studio and get some work done!

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