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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Well, it's nearly official

my folks homestead has been sold and it will be divided into those 5 acre parcels.  No more family farm, no more lovely woods for animals to find refuge, just people, people, poeple. I will NEVER go back there!!!  I would not be able to stand it. 

The world around me is crumbling even as we speak.  I don't understand why people can let these thing happen.  Where are those idealists of my youth?  Why do people just worship money and power now?

I'm so disappointed in people.  Why do they have to be so selfish?  What will our grand children do with a world that does not have its priorities in the right place.  There is so little that we as people who care can do.  I hope that all of you are doing what you are able.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

Some thoughts.........I am having some closure on my parent's passing.  We did "the last supper" and my sisters & I finished dividing the things left when the folks died.  I do not plan to return to the homestead again; it is just too sad for me.  I am having such a bad time with grief that I do not want that added burden.  And to see it cut up into little 5 acre parcels will be too much to bear.

The peas were ready to pick when we got home and I got enough fresh peas for 2 meals.  The strawberries were ready, too, so we will have some fresh ones & some for the freezer.  Of course the weeds are going crazy.  
AND to top things off I got a summer cold so I feel very miserable and have no impetus to go out and work in the heat.  And, boy! is it hot now.

Crafts are slightly on the back burner now with gardening, etc. to deal with, but I get a little done. Several projects in the works: shawls, socks, quilts, & sorting through pictures so we don't leave the back log to the kids like my sisters & I had.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Long HOT days of summer are here,

finally - although I do think I could do without.  There's not going to be much of a garden harvest this year.  First it's too cold to get things in and then it just cooks them.  
We have to be gone from Wednesday through Sunday and I'm afraid the few peas that are there will be too old when we get back.  The beans had such a slow start and they just can't seem to get going even with the heat.  It is depressing all the way 'round.

We're going for "the last supper" at the old homestead.  The sibs figure it will be the last time we can all get together before the property is no longer in our family.  I'm so sad, even when I KNOW that it has to be.  We'll be bringing back some things that we get from the homestead stash.  WE want everyone to take as much as they are able to as the rest will be going to charity.  We thought we might have a estate/yard sale, but it is just too difficult to co-ordinate with everyone so far away.

I've been slowly getting some quilting done and a bit of knitting & spinning.  When I come in from working out in the heat I am too tired to get much done.  Ane today I need to make bread - something I do enjoy, but does take time.

drMolly, the BeanQueen