Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

We've been busy starting to get the homestead ready for the cold season. I believe it has begun as we now have temeratures in the 60-70's as opposed to the 90's. 

 All of the fruit but for the late pears has been harvested. Today I finished applesauce and a bit of apple butter. The local Backyard Harvest got quite a bit of the abundance this year as we really did not need to preserve much. The applesauce was using the fruit not fit to share with others - I hate waste !!! 

I entered several things in the Palouse Empire Fair last week and won lots of blue ribbons, plus a First & a Third overall for the Knitting class. This week is the Latah County Fair and I have enteries there, too. We will find out results on Sunday when I go to work for the Palouse Patchers as we "take care" of the displays of "home arts" - the quilting, knitting, crochet, lace, spinning, weaving, etc. 

 I have been very busy the last few weeks and it is taking its toll on me - I am pretty tired by the end of each day. No trouble sleeping, but my! how much energy is sapped.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

(not so) terrific Tuesday

The western fires are still extremely bad.  Smoke covers our area, making it dangerous for outside work.  Folks are being evacuated from endangered areas - it is heartbreaking the destruction that is occuring.

I've made 3 Qts. of dill pickles this AM.  Yesterday was spent entering things into the Palouse Empire Fair - aka the Whitman county fair.  I entered spinning, knitting, felting, quilting, and some food preservation.  On Saturday our group, the Wool Gatherers will be demonstrating fiber crafts and we will have a shearing & spinning demonstration.

Prayers for all our fire fighters and our distressed Nature.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

more Hot
and more Hot
plus throw in some smoke, too.

I'm outside in the mornings trying to get ready for autumn and winter in the gardens.  Harvested the early pears and was able to share 2 boxes with the local Backyard Harvest.  Plums are next and there will be PLENTY to share.
Veggies are coming to a close; need to dig potatoes and harvest beets & carrots.  There will be a little corn, but the beans were a total bust as the heat killed the pollen, so bean pods with no beans inside.

Getting my entries ready for the fairs; I am entering in both fairs this year.  Entries in the Latah County Fair as an answer to a joint challenge between one of our Palouse Patchers & myself, and entries in the Palouse Empire Fair because our Wool Gatherers participate in demonstrations there and I want to share my work, too.

I find if I work hard and try to keep occupied it helps me with the grief process I am still going through.  I guess one never does "get over it", but I am trying to make it less of an effect on myself.
When I lost my dear friend Lynn a few weeks back it just brought it back into primary focus and I'm trying hard to fight back.
On a positive note; after the third try I got a replacement lamp shade for the Ott light I inherited from mom & dad's home.  The people who did the shipping just could not "get" the idea that they had to pack the shade with lots of protection and label it fragile.  I'm sure they did not make much money on that purchase.

Blessings on all today and always.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Working on quilts & shawls: to whit, the Craftsy 2013 BoM quilt I've named "Don't tell me there are still scraps left" and the "WheelSpun Delight" shawl made from yarn I spun & plied myself.

Working outside on end of summer, beginning of autumn clean-up.  Today I potted some strawberry plants for my new berry bed and began ripping out one of the old strawberry beds.  I moved around some dirt, too.  

The pears are not quite ready to pick, but close.  The prune-plums are starting to change color and we will be overwhelmed with fruit.  It's a good thing I have Backyard Harvest on call, LOL.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sum it up on sunday

Kathy & I finished the shophop on Friday.  Boy were we tired!
Yesterday we went to a memorial service for our friend Lynn - very moving and so good to see all of the folks who loved her.

It has finally rained!!!!!!  HURRAH !  And it is cooler today.

I am working around the house, bit of housework, bit of knitting & bit of quilting.  It is good to relax some and the cooler temps make one feel so much better.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crazy 8 Quilt Shop Hop

In memory of our dear friend Lynn, my friend Kathy & I went on the first leg of the shop hop today.  
We went to 6 shops in 3 towns - tomorrow we do 4 shops in 4 towns.
We had a good time, spent some money - BUT we did not get carried away, we want you to know !
We got goodies, some great patterns and some good chat with fellow quilters. 

Tomorrow is another day 😍😍😍

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Tune-up on Tuesday

Still hot, still smokey, still difficult to get outside work done.  

I picked some plums yesterday and took a box down to the post office in an effort to share the bounty. I dried some green beans that I got from the post office by someone else's bounty 😄😄😄.

Here is Charlie bear #45 for the Mother Bear Project
I also finished up a pair of shortie socks for myself.  They were of cotton/wool blend yarn and I think I need to use a smaller number of stitches in my cast on when using this yarn.  The socks are stretchy and a bit too large, I think.

On Sunday the mister & I took the grands, great-grand & DD to the water park for early/late birthday celebrations and a cool-off time in the water.  It was fun and I know the kids enjoyed the water very much.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sumptuous Sunday

It was a fun day and now I smell like sheep, LOL.

At our Wool Gartherers meeting we felted fleeces to make a rug. As in any time one "plays" with wool right off the sheep, one gets to deal with lanolin.  A smell I find very nice.  So, OK, take out the poo and deal with it,😁😁, but the lanolin makes one's hands soft and smell so good.

My rugh turned out very nice.  I have to do some rinsing and some more felting, but it's going to be good.  It's very pretty too.  
I enjoyed myself, plus our usual potluck was really good, too.

Tomorrow I'm planning on getting some more outdoor work done when I can before it gets too hot.  HOT is in the forcast again, but the work does need to be done.

Otherwise I'll work in doors and get some quilting done, I think.  I'm not going to spend all my time doing housework!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

finishing on Friday

but, very little.

I made bread: 2 loaves of apple-blueberry quick bread, 1 loaf of cinnamon raisin yeast breard and 1 loaf of cracked wheat yeast bread.  

I picked the few fava beans and put them in our salad for supper tonight.  Also I got some chard which I will serve with supper tomorrow.

The berries are nearly done - it is just too hot for them.  I hope when it cools off for autumn that there will be some later raspberries that manage to ripen before the frost.

I did a lot of weeding in the gardens - a hard job in all of this heat - it just exhausts me.  But the corn and bean plants appreciate it I think.

During the heat of the day I stay inside with the air conditioning and work on housework or some crafts. I've put in some rows on the socks, some squares in the worsted weight blanket, and some rows on the handspun shawl.

I made a plan for completion of the UFO quilt I am doing now.  I wanted it to be bed size and the top was no where near that size.  So, I made a "map" of what to do to increase the size.  This is the 2013 Craftsy Block of the Month.  YES, I am slow, but I do get there eventually.  
And, this is not the oldest UFO in my stash, LOL.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Making it on Monday

Some of the heat has backed off, for which I am truly greatful!

I've been picking berries; the strawberries are done, the black caps nearly done, the cascade berries about half through and the early raspberries about half also - late ones to come in September.
There are not many veggies, but a few will be able to make their maturity, I think.  There WILL be potatoes as they did not seem to be bothered by the unstable weather.  The garlic is nearly ready to be pulled and onions, too.  A few fava pods are in show and the corn plants are finally "knee-high".  Few beans are on the horizon as the hot weather just did them in.  There will be some carrots and a few beets.  The cucumber plants are finally taking off, but we shall see if there is enough time to get any of them.

I'm making bread today and plan to try to get a pie made, too.

I've completed the main freezer clean and now have to catalogue and return the contents to the correct freezer. It will be nice to have one for meats and one for fruits & veggies.

I've photographed the TSS II shawl #1 "the Fairyhill Shawl" and posted on Ravelry.  I even got it together and entered all of my on-going projects in there, too 😇😇.  I finished up the stabilizing of the bedspread that my mom asked me to do so many years ago.  Sorry it took me so long mom;  I hope you can see it now from Paradise.  I'm working on some UFO quilts, too.

OK, on to the rest of the day.

drMolly, the BeanQueen