Wednesday, May 24, 2017

And a good Wednesday to you all

It is sunny for the third day in a row!!! 😂

I got some of the veggie starts into the ground and some of my flowers are now in pots out front.

And, I plan to get more out there.  I see some of the beans in the little pots are poking their heads out so we might get some of them, too.
The wind is blowing hard today and my little peas are being tossed about and knocked off their trellis.  The are too small to have had a good tight hold.
And we are further blessed by the fact that there were those 2-3 days of interspersed sunshine during the rain-rain-rain. The cherry, plums & pears have little baby fruits set on 😍 so there will be some fruit this year.  The apple is blooming now so it most likely will set some too due to the warm sunny days right now.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Happy Birthday to ME ! 🎂

Today I am 69 - well into "old batdom" 

I have had some BD wishes and the DH gave me some very nice gifts.

I plan to do what I want today (barring, of course, the things that MUST be done everyday)  and enjoy the day.  

AND the sun came out for my birthday - I AM really special doncha' think 😍😍😍

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It's Tuesday

A long weekend with grands; something we enjoy so much, but get S O O tired.

Could not get much work done as of course it was wet. Methinks we've changed sides of the mountains when we weren't looking.

Worked on a bit of knitting.  I finished one baby monster but for eyes & mouth.  Did a tiny bit of spinning, but when grands are here we are often doing something with them.

All-in-all a good weekend and I'm trying to catch up as much as I can today.  

We did have one sad event.  One of the young chickens - of course it was one of the colored egg laying pullets - seems to have disappeared into thin air.  No feathers, no broken fence, no sign of her anywhere.  One of those mysteries of nature. 😢😢😢

Sunday, May 14, 2017


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to all of the moms related to me (living, passed on, fur-type): my own dear mother Katherine in heaven; my aunts-Mary, Sue-in heaven, Pat, Barb; my sisters-Libby, Carol, Annette; my sisters-in-law-Ellen, Donna, Joan; my daughter-Katie; my daughter-in-law-Keesha; my neices-Jennifer, Stephanie, Nora; my neice-in-law-Kyla; my grand daughter-in-law-Melinda.
And to all of the mom's of the world.  
We all deserve a BIG thank you and a collective HUG for all our work and our love.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

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I've been busy in the garden & starting plants for it.  I try to keep busy as I am still having many issues with grief. The garden, of course, makes me think on mom & dad.  They so loved to garden.  I can see in my mind's eye all of the veggies and my mum's lovely flowers.  My gardens are not nearly as good, but they are beautiful all the same.  All of the fruit trees are blooming now and we shall see what fruit we get this year.

I've given myself a challenge of using my handspun yarn & have spent the morning - after doing my outside chores - looking on Ravelry for patterns suitable for my yarn.  
Here's my project page so you can see what I'm up to and check out the progress on my challenge: my projects.  

Here are a few samples of yarns I've spun on my wheel & spindles.

  DK wt yarns

   worsted wt yarn 

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tuesday today here on the Palouse

A fairly decent day.  I got some housework done.  I got some yard work done.  I got some crafting done.  And an emergency repair for my daughter on her way between meeting for work and work place. 

All in all OK.

I finished the wheel spun yarn, ie. it's spun, it's washed, thwacked,  and dried & it's measured and skeined up. 

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Satisfactory (VERY) Sunday


I was able to figure out how to repair my wheelbarrow.  It took some planning, some pipe strapping & nuts and bolts, and a lot of work, but we're "back in business".  

I planted a couple of rows of potatoes using the starts that had been in the frig so they were not sprouting yet. The sprouted ones are in peat pots and I am waiting for all of them to come out of the soil before planting them too.  

The peas are doing well and I have beets & carrots up in peat planters.  The first sown need to be thinned and I got the second flat sown today.  I got a few lettuce plants at the farmer's market, planted them in the cold frame, and plan to put more seeds in some pots, too.  I also want to start some more kohlrabi.  The few I started are in the garden in front of the peas, but I think slugs have gotten some of them.  Guess it's time to get out the slug bait.

The fruit trees are blooming, but with all of that horrible rain the last couple of days I'm not sure if they will set anything.  Remains to be seen, I guess.

I started the first shawl in the Shawl Society II using a couple of colors of fingering weight yarn and some transluscent pale pink beads.  I'm only about 5% into the shawl.  That is one of the great things about HellsBells' patterns; she has the percent of completion in the patterns, plus there are written & charted directions.  A great pattern.  

Fairyhill Shawl     by Helen Stewart   


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Sun today

It is forecast to be "hot" today - up to 81.  We shall see what happens.  

I have much to do outside.  But my wheelbarrow has been broken and I'm not sure if I can fix it.  Moving soil takes a barrow so it is going to be difficult for a while.

The plum trees are blooming, the cherry is nearly there, the apples and pears will be later.  Today will be good for pollinating.

I'm a bit tired, but the weather helps me feel so much better.  And I count my blessing every day - we have so much to be thankful for.

And I finally remembered to include a photo of the Asana Shawl from Helen Stewart's Shawl Society I.  Here it is.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

And another Wednesday

It stopped raining long enough for me to put out my pea starts.  I got the pea trellis from Garden Supply and got it set up, too.  It should be easier to pick peas this year.

I'm afraid the potato starts are not going to grow.  I put them in pots as I can't get the ground tilled in the "spud patch" yet.  No sign of sprouts as of yet. 😒

The Shawl Society shawl #3 is blocking now.  It looks very classy with all of those beads.  Photo soon.
I'm working on UFOs in other areas.  
And I hope to get the embroidery machine up and going soon.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Working on Wednesday

I'm doing my best to catch up.  
A bout of shingles DID NOT help.  I got some anti-viral from the doc & it is helping.  
I found out everyone who has had chicken pox should get the shingles vaccination, even if you have had shingles (& now I've had it twice) because the virus can cause permanent nerve damage & pain.
So as soon as I am well again off to the pharmacy I go to get one!

In other areas the weather is finally looking like it will be stable for a bit and the gardening can get going.  I'm thinking that this will be a spare year due to the late start time.
I've peas inside in pots that are up so they will have a better chance of getting something on them before the HOT weather.  I've also got the potatoes in pots as they were all sprouting and we can't work the soil yet.
Out in the orchard/berry patch I've lots of work to do. The new apple trees have arrived plus a replacement blueberry.  I will need to plant them all this weekend and get the rest of the berry canes pruned and tied up.

Hobbies are being delagated to the evenings so not much progress at this time.  

But I'm not complaning - I love, love, love the sun now.

drMolly, the BeanQueen