This autumn flimsy is finished and will go on a hanger until I have time to quilt it. See how far ahead I am. I know that I can finish this before next October. The corners were a bit of a challenge because I really wanted to use another fabric, but I didn’t have enough of it. Well, I guess that’s why so many are “scrap” quilts. And yes, for the most part I did use scraps. I’m happy with the way it turned out. Apples, corn, leaves, pumpkins = all speak “end of the harvest.
Keri, who is in the plaid on the left is having a birthday, so her friends invited us to celebrate with them at Panera’s. We really had a great time, and I can’t wait until we can get together again. Keri, please invite them over in April/May when the lambs show up or you can just send them to this site.
Speaking of lambs, today we witnessed a little play between these two. I wonder if their lambs will be black or white. Fortunately, he is very sweet and will stand between you and his girl friend, but that is the limit of his aggressiveness. So I mark my calendar for 5 months from now.
Today I spent some time doing my seed inventory. Some I have left over, some were from an end of the year sale and some I saved from my own plantings. It seems January 1, the seed catalogs start finding their way into my physical mailbox as well as my computer mailbox. And their offerings are so pretty that I tend to forget that I have any seeds at all and then ….you know the rest of the story. So this year, I’ll be ready. I don’t need many seeds – only perhaps some paste tomatoes and some foods I haven’t grown before. I still need to decide how much of each to plant as this year we will be planting for two families. I need to find out what they want to plant – this is new for them. The other thing for which I want to be ready this year is to replant the spring crops in the late summer again – things like broccoli and cauliflower. It seems we use a lot of them so it would be nice to have extra in the freezer.
This was the largest pumpkin we harvested this year and was too large for the oven without cutting it into several pieces. It baked for 4 hours and tomorrow the plan is I will put it in the food processor, freeze some and make some pies. However, when I have to spend 1.5 hours walking to get my steps done, and go to the gym to maintain the ability to do what I want to do, and then a birthday lunch, I’m not going to guarantee anything else except a rest will get done. These dark, rainy days – which I know we need – do not increase my energy level.
We had a busy day, but mostly running around to the gym, to the chiropractor, and two stores. No we did not purchase anything, and yes, my back is better. But that didn’t leave as much time as I would have liked for sewing. I wanted to finish this flimsy, but that will wait. I have one more row and then borders. I’m thinking I want to put something in the border corners, but that hasn’t come to me yet.
Last night I was looking through my 2014 goals for knitting, sewing, etc. I did not make one quilt on that list. However, in 2013, I achieved 10 out of the 12. I think much of my quilt problem is like the one above. I catch an idea from someone/somewhere and it soon morphs into something else. This one started with a Christmas quilt I saw, but didn’t need a Christmas quilt, so I changed the colors to autumn and then I was off and running with an entirely different quilt. So the lack of getting something on that 2014 list done, isn’t because I didn’t make quilts. I didn’t make those quilts, but I made many quilts. Yes, I’d still like to make them and I have another entire list to add to it. Perhaps next year, I can put one a month on my list the first of each month and actually achieve some of them. Too many busy days.
The same thing happened with the machine embroidery. I have plenty on my list, but nothing was done this year. It is time to clear everything off this desk except for the notebook with all the lists. Then maybe I can check off some of the items. I would love to check off more than I add. But I know that the neighbor lady and I are planning two gardens this year to feed both families. I’m not sure if that will give us more or fewer busy days.
These are the Mock Crock socks started October 9. Am I really that slow? I have about 4″ of the foot done, so I’m hoping that another week will see these finished. For those of you doing several pairs of socks each month, what are you doing? How do you knit so fast? The detail on this pair of socks is Cascade Farms Heritage Paints and these are hand painted. The pattern is a Knit Picks (free) pattern. I like how the yarn works up in this easy pattern.
Isn’t this one of the cutest puppies going? She is also a sweetheart who thinks everyone should pick her up and love her back. At 8 weeks of age, she is the newest member of the neighborhood and no, she’s not ours. She belongs to the neighbors next door.
Yes, I did get a menu done for a week and a half, which will help me get food on the table without too much thinking. Today we had pumpkin soup, based on a recipe on the Territorial Seed Company.
Pumpkin soup recipe:
I started with a 3.5# sweet pie pumpkin, cleaned out the seeds and strings, then salted the inside. I then blended 3/4 cup of cashews with a quart of water and 3 cloves of garlic plus a teaspoon of ground sage. I put this in the pumpkin. All went into the oven in a casserole dish for 1.5 hours on 375 degrees. The dish was in case the pumpkin didn’t hold up. It was collapsing as I removed it. So I skinned the pumpkin, put the milk and pumpkin in the blender until smooth and served. It was a good thick soup and was enough for the two of us for 3 meals. I served it with a salad. It was so easy and so good, it will be served again and again this winter. The plan was to have the pumpkin be a fancy serving bowl, but it didn’t hold up. Maybe if I had cooked it a bit less or if I had had a larger pumpkin, it might have held up better. – I don’t know. I am sure one could use other milks with this.
Organization is usually very easy for me as I like to organize and can think better when things are organized. One issue comes when other people in my life get involved. If I have to leave something unfinished or someone moves things, does not put them away, etc. it is easy for me to just give up on organizing.
Another issue comes when I have overloaded myself which is common. Right now the sewing table and the ironing board as well as other surfaces are covered as I try to decide which pieces I want to cut out for this quilt. When the cutting is finished, I can put much of this fabric back and clear surfaces.
That being said, the following blog, by Sherri, on time organization came to my attention today. http://www.aquiltinglife.com/2016/11/time-management-for-quilters.html It is very much worth taking a moment to read. If I actually did #2 and limited myself to high priority each week, I would feel less scattered.
Then there is #3, meal planning for 2 weeks. I fallen so far down on that. Today, I went to the pantry,
which is well stocked this time of year and couldn’t find a thing I wanted to fix for lunch which is shameful in view of how full it is. We ended up having roasted potatoes, roasted squash and kale. It was taking time to think that was throwing me – (and some don’t even have that privilege). Had I taken the time to create a menu, it would have been easier.
#6 Being realistic in how long something will take me, is something with which I will always struggle, especially when I don’t count interruptions into the plan.
#8 is absolutely true. If I do that, then I don’t waste those little moments. This week my knitting has been sitting out, so that if I have 5 minutes, it is easy to pick up and knit a row.
Growing sweet potatoes this past summer is providing me with an education in how “not to”. First of all, I have never seen them grown and wasn’t sure what to expect. When I would dig a bit like with regular potatoes, I did not find anything.
I read that if the sweet potatoes are allowed to get below a certain ground temperature, they get hard spots that don’t cook soft. So today, I dug them. I really should have waited as they are still so small. (lesson learned) This is how they look underground and the roots manage to grow very deep. Next year, I will buy some starts of sweet potatoes that have a shorter maturity date because I did enjoy growing them. They took a good month to do anything and then they went crazy.
Here is a photo of my helper. He is about 3″ across. I wonder if he is the same one that was in the garden last winter or if he has many cousins living there with him. Look how much he looks like the ground and I might have missed him had he not moved.
Just a tad early for Thanksgiving, but look how beautiful it is.