Saturday, October 01, 2016

Simply Saturday

The mister had to drive the school bus for the team down to OR last night and got home REALLY late.  Thus, he slept in while I went to the market.  I got some nice squash & pumpkins, plus some peppers and more honey for the winter.
Today I plan to put the potatoes in some big bags for storage.  I hope they will last well enough in the garage as they are somewhat "early" type spuds.  We shall see.  
Then we will take the extra straw to the compost site and the mister will rototill up my gardens for the fall.  I hope to get some manure to put down too.

I'm working on my sweater, msH's socks, my socks as well as some quilting.  Slow, but sure, I hope.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thoughts on Thursday

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Happy Autumnal Equinox to all.  Autumn IS my favorite season - who knows why as it is the time of nature hunkering down for winter - but there it is.
Bone Density Scan today, then back to work on preparing for the coming cold season.  I hope to get some apples done today - maybe make some canned apple slices as I've not done that in quite some time.  Also hope to do some sewing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

terrific Tuesday

It's cool & cloudy today.  Had to go to doc to have my shoulder checked.  I had an x-ray & will do some physical therapy.  If that doesn't help & the x-ray shows some stress from my arthritis I may be able to have some surgery that will relieve some of the pain.  Hope the PT works as I hate surgeries.

Planted my garlic today.  But not much else got done out there due to time constraints.  Hope to do more tomorrow.  Have to go on Thursday to get a bone density scan.  This getting old stuff is a "pain in the patoot!" is what I have to say.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Making it on Monday

It is difficult to get back into the swing of things, but "tempus fugit" & what must be done, must be done!  I've the calendar of things to be done for winter in the making and am starting on some things that can be done this early.  Garlic planting is first on the schedule and then on to other needs.

I've started a pair of socks for msH and am continuing on my sweater, my own socks and bears for TMBP.  I want to start the next shawl in the Shawl Society set - I've only completed one of six, - see a sad, but very busy knitter here.

My grieving is still putting a damper on my progress, but the work helps me lose myself so as not to feel the hurt so badly.  One way of coping, I guess.
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I'm making veggie fritatta for supper.  When the mister gets home from work we'll have that and some of the last of the fresh corn. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Home and preparing for autumn & winter

Frost touched down a bit here last night.  "Kissed" the cucumbers & the dahlias so I know is was here.
I'm beginning the preparations for the cold.  Before I left for my dad's service & such I got the berries pruned, but need to tie them up for winter.  Today I dug the extra tulip bulbs so I can separate & gift them to my friends.  Next year those out front and the daffodils will be divided.
The early corn is past its prime so I shall have to turn it into soup corn.  I've not tried the later variety yet, but hope there may be some to eat fresh.
I've a few tomatoes to pick and some beets & carrots to dig, but they can wait a bit.
I've cleaned the craft room so now I can begin my quilting projects again.  I still have to clean off the cutting table as that is where I have placed pictures & things from my dad's place.  There is, of course, more to come when we finish up over there, but for now I have to deal with that which I brought back this time.  I have hung a couple of the quilts I took down while there, tho'.
I crocheted 3 bears for TMBP while I was at the homestead; they need stuffing & faces, but then will be ready to send.
I'm trying to keep busy so as not to lose myself in grief, but it is ver hard.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A time of Remembering

Will be gone for a couple of weeks to the old homestead to deal with the passing of the last member of "The Greatest Generation" from our family.

Memories and tears.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Rest

Yesterday I discovered (AGAIN) that I am not the energy-filled young one I used to be :~(.

I came home from my weekly shopping trip absolutely exhausted. Now I know that much of that is due to the stress I've had due to my dad's passing.  But, "boy-howdy" it was still a shocker.  I had to sit down as soon as I got here & wait to unload the car - luckily no perishables. Then pretty much the rest of the evening was "trashed".  

I took mrD out to supper before I brought him back to his mom, then I came back home and just read or played a game on my phone - OK I know, what a waste of time! - until I went to bed early.

I got peaches yesterday from the farmer's market and will dry & freeze them before I go to the homestead for ceremonies & much clean-up work.  We may not get much of our corn this year due to the absences, but I hope to find it a good home before it is wasted.  Don't have to worry about the potatoes, though, as they will stay good in the soil until they are dug.

I finished off harvesting the onions the other day and they are now dry & ready to be put away.  Not a great harvest, but useful all the same.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Getting on with life

As my dad would say, crying just makes your eyes red, get on with living!

And, so to the best of our abilities we are doing so.

This week I've processed 2 boxes of pears = 11 Qts canned, 2 Qts frozen, and 10 trays of dried pear quarters (which will shrink down to small volume, but are OH SO GOOD!

I also tried drying some beans - first time for that & I shall see how they are when rehydrated.  May be an easier way to process than canning as one must use a pressure canner.

I see the apples are ready to pick, but I'm going to try storing them for a while in the refrigerator - not too long as they are not keeping apples, but maybe until all of the doing for my father's passing are completed.  

His interment at Willamete National Cemetary is on Setptember 1 with full honors.  Then our family will have a life celebration on September 10.  In the interim we will be trying to get everything on the place sorted, boxed and given to family members or sold.  The rest will be donated or have to be thrown out.  There is a LOT of things there.  My folks lived on the farm for over 65 years and as children of the depression there was not a lot of things that were just thrown out.

I shall miss them for the rest of my life !

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Again with the Murphy

only this time it is more than hard !

My father passed on Thursday - out in his garden, doing what he loved at the last.  He had been in good spirits; m&m3 visited with him on the way home Wednesday, they said he was in top form: "Grampa is there anything we can do for you before we leave?  Yeah!  You can pick up all those apples under the Gravenstein tree".  The #2 & #3 sisters spoke to him that evening and he was his regular self.  We still don't know what was the cause.  But, I guess now he can meet mom and stop missing her.

Then today, my #3 sister's family dog died.  Sarge was a good old boy and he will be missed, too.  It's a hard blow for her family on top of the loss of dad/grampa.

We are home from our camping trip - it was mostly good, if one discounts the bad news.  The weather was hot, but we have air conditioning in the trailer so can sleep at night before it cools down to the mountain night temps.  The yellow jackets were bad, but we ate inside to avoid problems from them.  


I got started on the sweater I'm knitting for this fall, but WHOO-WHEE that is a difficult pattern to follow.  I've had to do so many do-overs that I can't even remember how many.  I finally wote down the directions in my own hand just so I didn't get lost so much.  Still having problems, but not so many.  Well, as they say, you get what you pay for and the pattern WAS free.


OK, I think this is all I can deal with right now.  Grieving is a really heavy duty job.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Busy-ness overwhelms me

Picked two boxes of pears from one tree yesterday, finished picking the plums I could reach today.  Few pears on #2 tree and apples to go.  There may be a few fall raspberries, too.
Canned 3 more jars of beans & I'll pick them again tomorrow morning before we go camping.

It's been hot again and forecast for hotter yet this week. Luckily I can have the DD come & water the garden.  The chickens will be taken care of by the neighbor kid.

I had to tear out the beginning of my sweater.  I got the pattern wrong and I thnk it may be too small. I'm going to go up a needle size and it should work.  I am also going to write down the pattern in my own hand so I can keep better track.

Busy-ness overwhelms me

Picked pears yesterday, finished plums today.  Few pears on #2 tree and apples to go.  There may be a few fall raspberries, too.
Canned 3 more jars of beans & I'll pick them again tomorrow morning before we go camping.

It's been hot again and forecast for hotter yet this week. Luckily I can have the DD come & water the garden.  The chickens will be taken care of by the neighbor kid.

I had to tear out the beginning of my sweater.  I got the pattern wrong and I thnk it may be too small. I'm going to go up a needle size and it should work.  I am also going to write down the pattern in my own hand so I can keep better track.

drMolly, the BeanQueen