Wednesday, August 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

 It is an unhappy day today.  The #2GS has decided he can't live at his mom's home anymore (he's 17) and has gone to his dad's.  Of course, it is difficult for the DD and we are not sure how he is going to handle school in these uncertain times.  He has not been the best of students and this will not help at all.  What are grandparents to do, but pray?

Am drying peaches this AM and need to go out and pick plums - there will be an enormous harvest.  I've contacted the BackYard Harvest folks to see if they can come and get some of them.

I am trying to focus on what I can do around here to make things easier for us; again uncertain times.  To be truthful, I am scared, very scared of what might happen.  Trying to hunker down and get through.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

It has been sooooo hot.  There are fires out on the prairie, but with a bit of rain last night and the hard work of the fire fighters, I'm praying they are under control.  The garden, of course, is in survival mode due to the heat.  The plums are ripening quickly, again due to the heat, and I'm sure the early pears will follow closely.         

I got the peaches (from the farmer's market) canned and am planning to get a few more to dry.  I picked the nearly last "mess 'o beans" which I plan to dry also: bean canning done for the year.  

I'm back working on the non-cooperating UFO quilt.  I got all of it "unquilted" and am starting the re-quilt.  It is not the best, but it will do.  

On Saturday we will have a dual birthday BBQ  - the DD's partner and the #1 GS's GF (msH's mom).  I'm hoping it will cool a bit.

Friday, August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020

OMG!  The low temperature in our back yard last night was 33° F.  I'm praying it does not keep doing that.  We have fruit & veg that is not ready for harvest yet.  We got very few berries due to the earlier intense heat.  I'm hoping next year is better.  

I'm engaged in "un-quilting" the work I had done on my latest UFO finish.  Somehow the fabric got out of line and was causing twisting, etc.  I plan on doing a different quilt pattern after I get it all straightened out. 

Mostly I've been just working around the home and keeping up with the garden, etc.  I've canned beans (ours) and peaches (from the farmer's market, drive-thru).  I'm getting some more peaches to can or freeze.  The plums are ripening and soon there will be pears, also (if the weather holds).

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020

 It seems we are going from shit to shitty as we go day to day.  

It's still overly hot & dry.  The mister's fishing trip with my brothers was cancelled because salmon season was closed early, but we still had to pay for the RV parking spot.  The DD's partner was fired from his job due to disagreement with his boss.  msH seems to have become an entirely different person, hurting me very much when she no longer wants to spend any time here.  I'm having a pity party today, I guess.  

OK, we need to be over that.  I got beans and peaches canned.  Now I need to get going on the new tool shed.     I have had better luck with my housekeeping schedule.  I can keep up with all of the inside needs and have time to do some crafting, too.  Much better for my psyche, I'll tell you !

Back to work for now.  Have to see if I can figure out why my bookkeeping app is not working today.

Monday, August 03, 2020

August 3, 2020

We have had a series of very hot days - about two weeks now - that is wrecking havoc with the gardens.  I’ve been watering nearly every day to keep things from burning up.  The peas got in just under the wire and we got three pickings; one to eat with new potatoes & two for the freezer.  There has been 2 cucumbers, but I’m hoping the heat does not kill the blossoms.  Also, thankfully, the beans started to bloom before so there are real bean pods setting & not just those empty sickle pods that set when the heat kills the pollen.  
Yesterday I canned 5 jars of snap beans from our garden & froze some more faba beans that I had purchased from the farmer’s market.
I also harvested all the rest of my cabbage heads before we went camping last week (yes, in the extreme heat) and stored them in our garage refrigerator.
Unfortunately while we were gone the birds ate all the black caps & some of the Cascade berries too.  The heat is drying up the rest of the Cascades, so it’s a good thing there was a really big harvest last year.
Soon it’ll be plum harvest & then early pear harvest.  It’s that time of the year.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020

We picked some cherries at the “local” orchard yesterday.  They opened on Sunday and apparently we should have gone then. (Never mind we had other obligations that day.). It looked like the locusts had come through !  We have never seen a shortage in any of the years we’ve gone to pick fruit.  A local man whom I spoke with - he was getting some fruit that day - told me that there had been a line of cars a mile long to get in at 7:00 AM.  
Something must be in the air ????😱😱😱
It has now switched to the HOT cycle here.  There seems to be no happy medium.  I’m having to water the gardens a lot to keep from wilting plants and the poor peas were blown out in a few days.  It’s a good thing it waited to come until we had gotten most of the good harvest.  I may get pumpkins, squash & corn after all if I can keep them watered.  
Ah!  the Palouse - “gotta’ love it to live here”.

Monday, July 13, 2020

July 13

msH & I went to the Grazing Hills Fiber Festival yesterday.  I contained myself and bought only an handmade orifice hook.  msH got a crocheted unicorn - very cute, but a bit spendy.  It was a nice day, not like the day before when it was HOT!
Today I'm just doing a bit of house work and trying once again to get to the bottom of the photos & memory books.  This is a huge chore.  If I can get it done, then I can go on to down-sizing a number of other things, too.

Monday, July 06, 2020

July 6, 2020

Here are my delphiniums.  I only have two, but so pretty, I had to share.                        

Sunday, July 05, 2020

July 5, 2020

I know it has been some time since I have blogged.  Sometimes it just gets too hard to focus and get all the things done.
Enough whinging for now.

It was a quiet Fourth, no parades, no big fireworks, etc. due to the CoVid.  So the mister & I had an inside BBQ & went to Johnson in the late afternoon to watch some WWII warplanes from the Lewiston air museum make a fly-over; there were 5 different fighter planes and one bomber.  It was awe inspiring for me and made me sad at the same time.  Somehow it seems that we have all just lost our way and the things from the past just emphasis that.  Not that war, at ANY time is a good thing, just the pulling together of folks is what I mean.  It seems that even in these horrible times people just can't get it together to do what needs to be done.

The garden is picking up a bit, but it is still too cool at night, only a few days without rain, too.  I'm not sure if we'll get much from the warm weather loving "guys".  There's peas set on and the beets & carrots are "cooking along", so we'll get some there 💖.

I'm just putting a picot bind-off on the shawl I've been working on.   I've started to quilt the latest UFO project, too.  Not as much time in the warm weather to do inside hobbies, though.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

I will not comment on the unrest in our country right now.  It seems I am past the point of trying to deal with the stupidity of so many people.  It is too frightening to try to look into the future.  I am generally an optimistic person, but I find the present problems too daunting to try to do anything but withdraw myself from society.  That does not mean I do not raise my voice in defense of what I believe is right, it just means I feel so hopeless in the face of these terrible things.  Who would have thought that the population of this nation could have let themselves be deluded so much?

drMolly, the BeanQueen