Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 11 & 12

October 11:  It was cold again last night & today.  I am trying to get to the veg left in garden - I hope it will still be OK.  I am worried about the pears; they may not have survived the hard freezes.
I finished up the quilt back today and hope to get it laid out for sandwiching tomorrow, but am not sure as I have much outside work to do.

October 12: Well, I got all of the carrots & beets harvested (they are waiting in the garage for storage tomorrow).  I found some onions that I had missed and put them in garage to dry.  Then I went out and picked or picked up all of the late pears - they look like they will be OK.  The parsley had survived the freezing so I dug & potted the plants for my family to have fresh parsley all winter.  I tell you I am exhausted.  Tomorrow I will store the veg and spend the rest of day just enjoying myself!!! 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 9 & 10

Oct 9: Today I was "gramma the taxi driver", taking the $1 GS to get the tires on their car changed for winter, taking the #2 GS to the doctor for a gastro-intestinal virus and back & forth, etc.
I didn't get much done at home but a bit of sewint.

Oct 10: It froze HARD last night.  I am not sure if the pears will be usable - I guess I shall see this weekend.  There are quite a few things I've to finish up this weekend.  Next weekend msH & I will be off to Fiber Camp with the Wool Gatherers.  I'm looking forward to the rest I will actually get.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

October 6-8

msH helped me harvest some of the beets and a few carrots.  I'm going to have re-arrange the 'frig so I can get the harvest in storage there.  We ate some of the beets for supper - there is nothing so good as fresh beets.  And, our small person loves them.
On Monday msH had to go to the dentist so there was no dance.  I did a lot of work around the house and got quite a bit of quilting done.  
I still can't find my camera so am unable to load all of the pictures I had taken of my new yarn. 😖😖
Today is TaiChi, I'm still so sore & stiff from the hip nonsense that I don't do it too well.  I've been giving it a go almost every day, along with the tendon exercises.  
I guess that trying is better than not at all.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

October 2-5

It's been a struggle here with hip pain, etc.  But I got all of the gardens/berries/orchards ready for winter.  I've left beets & carrots to harvest and garlic to plant, but am going to try to get that done this weekend.  I can store the beets & carrots in the 'frig for the winter (there are not a huge amount of either one).
I got the flannel quilt for msH done and am now working on finishing the scrap challenge quilt that msD from Grammy G's shop made for this summer.  (yes, I'm behind as usual)

October 5:  We did the farmer's market today and will start the beet harvest this afternoon.  I got the latest pair of socks done and will take a photo as soon as I can find my camera.  Hey!!! old age ain't for sissies !!!

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

October 1

So it's the start of the run to get ready for cold.  All of the "forecasters" of weather - you know the ones: fur on animals, berries on trees, "old farmers almanac", etc., etc., etc. - tell us it's going to be a hard winter.  And what with all of the now strange things going on weather-wise due to the climate change one cannot tell anymore so it's better to be prepared.
I've moved the chicken houses so I can put a tarp over them to prevent snow build up inside the pens.  I've set up the heated water dish although not plugged it in yet.  We've found 2 buckets for msDaisy so we can bring in and thaw one while she can drink from the other (until it freezes, of course).  
The kids & grands are getting their winter supply of pellets for the stoves (they heat with pellet stoves while we have a gas furnace).
I'm going to try to get in the beets and carrots during the week.  I can only work for a limited amount of time as my hip tries to give out and also causes me so much pain I can't work anymore.  Then I go in and rest.
Right now I'm trying to finish the purse in which I used the "ugly fabric" from the quilt group challenge.  The meeting is tonight & I wanted to take it & show it off, LOL.

Monday, September 30, 2019

September 30

September 30: end of September and the cold weather is coming in strong.  There's been snow and cold already & we're bracing for the freezing weather that has been predicted.
I've scheduled the furnace & water heater maintenance.  Already had the ducts cleaned.  We got very expensive "fixes" on the motor home & had it winterized.  It seems there is nothing but $$$$ going out & very few coming in.
A comment on today's living, I guess.
I'm going to try to finish my handbag before tomorrow night when Palouse Patchers meets.  I used the "ugly fabric" in the lining for our "ugly fabric" challenge.  I didn't show it at September meeting as I was in Scotland and it wasn't done anyhoooo.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

September 28 & 29

Sept 28: It's market day.  The farmer's market is winding down and although it goes into October the selection is starting to get smaller.  Plus, it was quite cold so I think many of the vendors are slowing down, too.
I did get some nice leeks for soup, some peppers for stuffed peppers this next week and some of the late fruits selections.
I came home and potted up all of my geranium starts and took in my fuschia and lavender plants.  

Sept 29: It was a good thing that I did the plants as we woke to snow this mornign and the forecast is for below freezing in the next few days. 
the DD, msH & I went to the "punkin' patch" to get gourds, pumpkins and native corn for autumn decorations.  The folks who grow all of these things also have a BEAUTIFUL dahlia collection and some dyers amaranth, plus millet & sorghum plants for sale.  It is such an interesting farm.  The small person had a wonderful time as she really loves the squash selections and there are gourd tunnels the folks make to show off the long shaped gourds.  One can walk under  the canopy of hanging gourds.  It is quite a sight.
I tried on the pants & shirt that I made for msH before grammaK took her home.  The clothes will be cute, but the shirt will not be good for as long as the pants.  I will have to make a larger size soon.  She picked out the fabric and the pants are a "Jack Skellington" print.  Ah well, soon enough she'll be into other things that catch her fancy.  
I feel so fortunate to be close to some of my family.  It is fun to do things with one's grands (or great grands as the case may be).  I am so blessed.

September 28 &29

Sept 28: It's market day.  The farmer's market is winding down and although it goes into October the selection is starting to get smaller.  Plus, it was quite cold so I think many of the vendors are slowing down, too.
I did get some nice leeks for soup, some peppers for stuffed peppers this next week and some of the late fruits selections.
I came home and potted up all of my geranium starts and took in my fuschia and lavender plants.  



Sept 29: It was a good thing that I did the plants as we woke to snow this mornign and the forecast is for below freezing in the next few days. 

the DD, msH & I went to the "punkin' patch" to get gourds, pumpkins and native corn for autumn decorations.  The folks who grow all of these things also have a BEAUTIFUL dahlia collection and some dyers amaranth, plus millet & sorghum plants for sale.  It is such an interesting farm.  The small person had a wonderful time as she really loves the squash selections and there are gourd tunnels the folks make to show off the long shaped gourds.  One can walk under  the canopy of hanging gourds.  It is quite a sight.
I tried on the pants & shirt that I made for msH before grammaK took her home.  The clothes will be cute, but the shirt will not be good for as long as the pants.  I will have to make a larger size soon.  She picked out the fabric and the pants are a "Jack Skellington" print.  Ah well, soon enough she'll be into other things that catch her fancy.  
I feel so fortunate to be close to some of my family.  It is fun to do things with one's grands (or great grands as the case may be).  I am so blessed.


Friday, September 27, 2019

September 27

Some eggs from “the girls” - they’re still laying well before cold weather.

It’s been hectic around here and I have not been doing too well with the pain thing.  I do not think the shot worked at all.  It puts a big wrench in works.

I have nearly all of the prep for cold weather done and am finishing up the fruit & veg storage, too.

I am working on some socks, a bit of spinning & some clothes for msH.  I hope to get some quilting in soon as the garage space is nearly mine 🥰.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

September 17 - 19

Sept 17: went to TaiChi class for the first time in a long time (being "broken" does not bode well for exercise).  Amazingly I remembered most of the beginning moves.

Sept 18: I had to take the Prius in to get tire inflation sensors checked & had to have 2 of them replaced.  Then spent the rest of day working on house re-order.

Sept 19: Today is more work around home.  I seem to always  be behind, but never-the-less I plan to take out some time for me to work on hobbies, too.  The fruit is not quite ripe enough to can yet, so I've a bit of time there.

Monday, September 16, 2019

September 14 - 16

September 14: It is market day.  I got some peaches to can and some peppers to put into stewed tomatoes.  I also got some honey & soap for the cold season stockpile.  msH & I did some shopping for dance clothes and extra long sleeve shirts.

September 15:  I'm working to catch up from all of the time I was gone.  I canned a few of the peaches, but most need to get riper.  I will also have pears and plums to do - they were stored in the 'frig while I was gone to Scotland. We measured msH for the new patterns for making shirts & pants - it's her favorite right now, Jack Skellington fabric for pants and a grey knit to make a T-shirt to go with them.

September 16: Now with msH back home & back to school I am getting into catch-up in a big way.  I've also decided to try to get into more down-sizing.  It's just getting "too crowded" around here and we also want to try to reduce our footprint, too.

drMolly, the BeanQueen