Sunday, June 13, 2021

June 13, 2021

 Another sunny, warm day (unfortunately) as our drought continues.  We’ve had only a few rain periods and we’re not enough to help much.  I give thanks for them none-the-less, but always pray for more.

The garden is patchy at best. Although we have potatoes, peas & fabas that appear to be thriving, the carrots, beets & coles had such poor germination I am going to try again and see if I can have a small autumn crop.  Onions, garlic & shallots appear to be fine, too.

One pear tree set fruit, but it appears the winter pear will be bare this year and there will be but a small plum crop.  Since I replaced my straw- and rasp- berries and the Cascades suffered a cold snap setback there will be but a few of those, too.  It is a good thing I have a good backlog in the freezer & canning pantry πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’•.

I finished one pair of socks in May πŸ₯° and started a pair for June (not sure I’ll get them done in June, though).  I also got the “Elephant Stomp” quilt all and wished and quilted-just need label and binding-for M & L s coming baby πŸ‘¨‍πŸ‘©‍πŸ‘¦.   I used flannel on the back for a good snuggly “blankie”.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

May 18; 2021

 Now it’s one day before my 73rd birthday.  For some reason I’m sad today.  Not the age, but how fast it’s going.  There are so many things I wish to see that may not be able to be experienced.  I have to stop it and get on with my life.  But sometimes it is so hard.

We went camping last weekend, taking msH with us.  She had a great time with some children she met whose family was camping too. We had a lovely peaceful time away from all of the “ should do’s”!  We hope to have many more times like this in the coming summer months.

I’m progressing on the challenge quilt; I’ll get it done in time, but my two pair of socks will not be finished by end of May; I have the first one not quite halfway.  These are quite complicated patterns.

The garden is slowly coming along.  There are other seeds germinating now, but potatoes and peas have not appeared yet.  There is still plenty of time though.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

May 10, 2021

Today is my “baby” sister’s birthday (56) - well we were all babies once!  Happy birthday AA.

Part of the garden has been planted and I see the peas are germed enough to go into the ground.  Busy day today, so it will be tomorrow for that.  We plan to do the maiden camping voyage this weekend, so need to “get ‘er done”.  Still lots of work to do outside when we get back.

I’ve finished another bear for Mother Bear, but fo the face-trying to get that done today.  The fisprst pair of challenge socks are coming along, but it will be a race to see if I can get them both done in one month πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„.  I am also rushing to get the quilt for the show done-due June 1!  Busy time of year, too.

I got some nice plants for Mother’s Day and some yummy strawberries dipped in chocolate.  Missed my own mom, though.

Monday, May 03, 2021

May 3, 2021

 Well, see what I get for thinking it would no longer be freezing temps πŸ‘Ž.  Of course woke up this AM to 27 F!  Lucky for me I’ve not quite gone crazy and put out plants.  I still have to get the coles in the ground, although they would survive 27.  

I’ve spaded up the soil for peas, just need to break up a few soil clumps and add the compost before planting.  I have been adding compost to all the garden beds and am nearly done.  I need to start the flower seeds for this year soon.  The tender plants will be a bit later.

I finished the holiday socks just in time to start the sock-along hosted by the Countess Ablaze Community on Mighty Networks.  I’m doing the toe-up pair first.  I am plugging along in the quilting room, getting ready to do some quilting on the two “sandwiches” I made at quilt camp.  Am also working on a few other projects as well as keeping up with the house AND Spring cleaning.

Today am making a pot of chili 🌢 which will serve for supper and provide some freezer meals too.  My favorite cooking style; take care of several days at once. I’ll serve some french rolls and salad with.  

I am, though, very happy Spring is here with its light, blooming flowers and general “new start” feeling.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

Well, it’s trying to be spring, lots of flowers & birds, but it still freezes at night.  I’ve uncovered the protected plants but an unexpected “hard freeze” may have gotten the rose.  The Cascade berries seem to be growing back, but not as well as I would like.  

I’ve planted the new raspberries & strawberries and shall see what will happen there.  Hope they all do OK.  Am waiting to plant seeds, etc. until a bit later, but the potatoes are cut up & drying.  The mister roto-tilled for me as he’s off on a bike ride this coming weekend.  I’ll get those “spuds” in on Saturday.  I plan to start some coles and flowers then, too.  

I have been working at the hobbies daily if I can; I’ve a flexible schedule that I try to use to get all that I wish to get done.  Sometimes I do well, but other times....................  Well, one can only do what one can.  

I have finished several quilts, a crochet griffon mama & baby for msH, knitted some fingerless mitts as a test knit for a designer who try’s to make patterns accessible to those who might have various problems, and am trying to finish a pair of socks.  All while attempting to keep our home in order, too.  

Less than stellar  keeping up with this blog, but I do my best.  Off to get on with my day.  Be blessed. 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

March 21, 2021 - IT'S SPRING!

 Well, on the calendar, anyway.  It is getting warmer and some flowers are blooming in the garden.  We've lovely Siberian Iris and crocus of many colors showing off.

I'm fully vaccinated ! so we're safer in this household.  We still follow all of the protocols when going out, but feel better about being around others.  And today I'm scheduled to teach a knitting class to my Wool Gatherer friends.  It will be safely conducted with masks, etc. BUT it will be so good to see my friends.

I'm working on the following: crocheted griffon baby, crochet doll accoutrements'; knitted mitts for a test knit, knit socks; sewing underwear for myself & msH, planning sewing projects; binding a quilt and setting up others to be bound; spinning on my spindle and planning other spinning on my wheel; getting seeds ready to be started in the greenhouse and finishing cleaning out in the garden.  To top it all off I'm going to start my spring cleaning next week, too.  

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY keeps me sane and in better shape I am hoping πŸ‘©πŸ’–

Friday, March 05, 2021

March 5, 2021

 Well, our snow is nearly gone, perhaps we can start to move into Spring, BUT on the Palouse one never knows ??

I've received nearly all of my seed orders and now just have to wait until "real" spring to get some things started.  The DD & I are planning to order the chicks in April so we only have to buy 15.  She has someone who will order with us so we don't have to deal with all those chickens we really don't need, LOL.  I also have to start looking up where I can get some new raspberries and strawberries suitable for our climate and disease levels.  One thing after another, as per usual.

I'm still buckling down on the quilting Area 51 UFO's as well as some newer projects.  The knitting and crochet is coming along, too.  I've started some "Mother Bear bears", the baby griffon and a pair of socks for me!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

February 27, 2021

 And February is nearly gone!  We're still having snow and wind, although not too cold of temps-AH! the Palouse.

Yesterday I got my first dose of Co-Vid 19 vaccine; I go the Pfizer-Biontech version and go back for #2 on St. Pat's Day πŸ‘.

I finished the socks for my son and have them packaged up to mail on Monday.  Also finished the '05/'21 QS Stars quilt (washed & labelled).  I've cast on a pair for me using the WYS Christmas yarn from 2019.  I'm also nearly done quilting the '06/'21 QS Batik Stars quilt - more sandwiches and quilting to go on other UFO's & new projects.

Hmmmmm, photos from iCloud not so good.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

February 20, 2021

 Well, so far February is not being the best month.  We've finally received our snow and then some.  Climate change certainly is messing with us.  We are so short lived that we just can't roll with the punches - and of course, some of this is due to our own selfish behavior.

And we had a very sad day yesterday; our msDaisy is now across the Rainbow Bridge.  I am so sad and I will miss her every day-especially when I go for my walk.  But she is so much better off now, no longer sick and suffering so.  The mister and I feel as if we will not adopt another fur baby as it is so hard to part with them. 

I'm working on an amigurumi griffon for msH - 😲😲😲 what a chore it is.  It is not hard to do, but such a complicated bunch of parts to do and then put together.  AH!!!! what one does for love.  I am also nearly half way through the feet on my son's socks.  I want to start a pair for myself, but I'm holding out for finishes before I do.

The quilting marathon continues as I work though the area 51 stash and try to complete some other challenges with quilters in my area.  I do love sewing and it takes my mind from the seemingly endless times of tribulation.

OK, enough whinging; let me get on with life and perhaps do some baking today, too.

Monday, February 08, 2021

February 8, 2021

 We go more snow last evening, now we've had about 5".  This is no where near enough for the upcoming dry season, but we will be thankful for that which we received.

Of course, not much going on as the Covid still rages.  Today, again, msH has dance (abbreviated and virus-safe as possible) and I will drop her off to get a bit of exercise.  I'm worried that she is not getting enough active time as she has started to gain weight.  I hope that when they return to full school week that the phys ed will help.

I've started working on an amigurumi griffin for her.  She picked out the pattern, the yarn and asked me if I could do it for her.  I'm not that much of a crocheter, but I guess I'm going to learn.

I am still slowly working through the quilts UFOs and the knit projects, too.  When home most of the time I get lots of time after the house maintenance.

drMolly, the BeanQueen