Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquakes, Harvest and Butterflies


That's a strange title for my post isn't it?


Today here in North Carolina, we felt the earthquake that was centered in Virginia.  It lasted about 7 seconds here...just long enough for me to run down the stairs out of my studio and outside.  All the stacks and stacks of dishes on my studio shelves were rattling and shaking!


On to the "Harvest" part of the post...

I spent the morning in my veggie garden, planting a fall crop of peas, lettuce, spinach and yellow beans.  Then I pulled some of my leeks...I think we are having potato leek soup tonight.  Yummy!

While gardening, this sweet butterfly landed on my leg and decided to visit me for about a half hour before it flew away.  Every time I put it down on a flower, it flew back to me!  I guess it was trying to tell me to stop and enjoy nature....

p.s. new project finished on Flea Market Makeover...to see it click on the link on my sidebar :-)
Welcome Home,
Penny

36 comments:

Vee said...

A very sweet, and persistent, visitor. Ahhh, so you felt it, too. I didn't, but I'm listening to the radio so know the news. It must've been kind of exciting in your studio for a few seconds there.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Penny I just heard about that on the news. Hope nothing broke. What a sweet friend you have there. That is funny that it kept coming back to you. That soup sounds wonderful. What time??

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my, I'm glad it was just a little quake! Your garden has certainly done well this year, and I love potato leek soup! When Earl and I were first married we got "The Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child and potage parmentier was the first thing we tried. We have made it many time since and it remains one of my favorites.
I have been watching the butterflies and hummingbirds on the buddlia as I sew today. They always make me so happy:>)

NanaNor's said...

Hi Penny, So glad the earthquake didn't do any damage to your dishes or to you!! I was surprised when I heard about it; I lived most of my life in Ca. and I hate quakes; so glad they are rare here in Colorado. Hopefully you won't have any more. Love the bounty from your garden and the butterfly-so beautiful.
Hugs, Noreen

Beverly said...

We felt it here, too. We had two tremors. Our office building shook. My pictures on the walls and items on my furniture, too.

I like your butterfly friend much better than moving earth.

Michele Smith said...

We felt the earthquake here in Goldsboro, NC too. Scared us for a bit...my husband thought something blew up (since we live on a military base) We were sitting on the couch watching tv when the house started shaking.
Love the butterfly, I agree he must have wanted you to stop and enjoy nature!
Have a great day!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Yep, heard all about that earthquake..my cousin felt it in Ohio! I hope you avoid the hurrican Irene...beautiful butterfly!

Bonnie said...

I heard about your quake on NPR driving home from school about an hour ago. Glad to hear you didn't have any damage, other than to your nerves. The butterfly is lovely. How special!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Penny we felt it here in NY too. I was sitting at the computer and it felt like the room was swaying back and forth. Made me a little dizzy, five mins. later we see on the news Washington DC got hit with a 5.9 earthquake. Very scarey! What a pretty butterfly and potato leak soup sounds yummy!! Martina

Snappy Di said...

So you felt it too, eh? Took me a few seconds to figure out what was going on. Whole house shook.

Donnie said...

We had a bit of a rattle here too. Your garden has really been good to you all this year. Love the little butterfly. He must have thought you were the sweetest thing in the garden.

All That Glitters said...

I bet you did freak out with all of those dishes of yours! I felt it too! I thought I just drunk to much coffee! lol!

Kat said...

Pretty unusual for that area! I did not feel it, too far south, I guess. A little excitement, huh? The leeks are gorgeous!

Maria said...

We felt it here in Fayetteville, NC. And because I work on Fort Bragg, I thought it was an artillery exercise but we heard no sounds. It was weird because I have not felt an earthquake since I left Puerto Rico decades ago.

The leeks look beautiful and love all the fall crops you planted. A beautiful bounty you will have. :)

Maria @ Linen & Verbena

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

shook pretty good in greensboro too.. havent heard anyone here say theres damage...

what a pretty butterfly. I'm sure he stopped by to say everything will be ok..

Pat said...

I wondered if you felt the quake when I heard about it. We live just on the northern part of the New Madrid Fault (pronounced mad rid) and have quakes now and then.

The leeks look wonderful. We love potato leek soup.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

We didn't feel it over our way. Must have been scary for a moment.

Just as we were worrying about Irene hitting our old home and friends in the Bahamas, our BIL called from NY saying he felt the quake at his bank in Queens. Mother Nature is sure strange lately. Lucky you to have leeks. They are so expensive here compared to France.
Sam

Lorrie said...

So glad to hear the earthquake was minor. Still, it's a helpless feeling.
Leeks are wonderful vegetables and yours look great.

Blondie's Journal said...

I would have hit the floor in a New York minute if my dishes were rattling! How upsetting this is...just too many earthquakes all over the world of late.

That pretty little guy liked you! Were you wearing perfume? I have attracted bees that way!! lol!

Best of luck with your fall plantings!

XO,
Jane

Jojo said...

We always say when a nutterfy comes to you it's good luck. Lucky you!

Jojo said...

That would be BUTTERFLY!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It was a scary half minute, wasn't it? I actually heard people screaming with fright.

Your soup must have been comforting. Love your butterfly friend!

Eileen said...

Earthquakes are no fun. Your leeks look great and the butterfly is beautiful.

Pondside said...

I'm so glad that all my blogger friends down your way are alright!
That little butterfly is surely a harbinger of good luck!

Sue said...

Oh to have a garden! How wonderful to have all that bounty, Penny. I felt nothing on Tuesday- of course with all that heavy machinery tooling around my backyard, I most likely missed it, because other people said they felt it. :-) Sue

Penny said...

We did not feel it at Lake Lure. Glad your dishes were not broken unintentionally. Cute butterfly and love, love your leeks.

see you there! said...

Glad you are ok after your shake, rattle and roll.

Your leeks are beautiful.

Darla

Comeca Jones said...

When animals talk we should listen.

Sherri said...

Penny, we felt the earthquake here in Charlotte too! I actually thought I moved my co-workers cubicle I was leaning on. I just apologized to her when one of the other girls said we had just had an earthquake!

Enjoy the butterflies and all your garden harvests!

Mimi Sue said...

Glad nothing got broken. Coming from California earthquakes are just part of life. But when they happen elsewhere it's kind of scary. They say when a butterfly lands on you it's good luck. So lucky you! Mimi

Bonnie said...

My daughter is living in Virginia just outside DC and I called her just as she was sitting in her car rocking side to side. So glad I wasn't there. I am so jealous of your leeks. Potatoe leek soup is my favorite. I have never grown them before but maybe I should give them a try.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
Beautiful leeks..I love potato leek soup..and I love the butterfly, its suppose to be good luck when ones lands on you..I always think they tickle when they land. We have been to two indoor butterfly gardens where the butterflies were flying around , it was beautiful to see all the different colors...it was so cute when we took are baby grandson with us, one landed right on his nose...
The flowers in bloom are so pretty...
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth
Now I am off to see what you have created.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I heard about the earthquake, living on the other side of the country where they are more common we felt shocked, rather then feeling the shock. I had simply no idea that it would happen out there.

Hope everything is OK.

Your soup sounds wonderful.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

EnJOYed your posting. Hope the earthquake quit!

Must admit I've always wanted to try a recipe with leeks... they sound so exotic. Do you have a favorite recipe that you'd be willing to share?

That butterfly experience... that is so beautiful. Talk about catching glimpses of heaven in unexpected places.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That butterfly is amazing! What a photo! And yes...we all shook just a little, didn't we? Enjoy this beautiful weather! You sure have had a wonderful garden this year! ♥

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Potato Leek Soup....sounds devine! Love the story of your visitor - yes, it's good to sit back and just enjoy sometimes, isn't it?!!