A table runner is the next project. This one will take a bit more time because I’m doing it between several non-quilting chores.
I have it cut out and have a dozen of each of these sewn together.
The fruit flies were so horrific this morning after all the canning, etc. that I bombed part of the house. I hate doing this, but I also hate those flies in everything. How did our grandmothers manage this and they not only had fruit flies, they had horse and every other type of fly to deal with in the summer. The directions tell you to leave the house for 4 hours. So what should I do while not in the house, why go shopping, of course, and I did.
I have a 2 young citrus trees to bring in for the winter, so needed to keep them up off the floor. These were half price, so they came home with us.
And I was so inspired by my daughter’s shelving this weekend, that I decided I needed some shelves to hold my spinning supplies and some of my knitting supplies. So 4 of these shelves (36″) also came home with me. Lowe’s had only 2 on the shelf, so I asked for more. They had them in the inventory, but can you believe, it took over an hour for them to locate them – high next to the ceiling – and then to find the lift thing and someone to bring it over and go up in it to bring those shelves down. And look what I found OCTOBER 12, while I was waiting!
So much of the Christmas supplies are out. We haven’t even had Halloween yet!
I laid this fleece preparing to skirt it (take all the junk off it) when I realized, I need help determining how much to remove. It seems a bit matted to me. So I will wait until I find someone more knowledgeable to help me. There are three of these fleeces. By that time, I should have learned how to skirt them.
And the sewing I thought I would get to do today, didn’t happen because we needed potatoes. This is a 44′ row and I had dug just about half of it two weeks ago, but we ate all those potatoes and needed more. So I removed these red, white, and blue potatoes. Interestingly, I found the red potatoes to be the most prolific and robust.
Then we planted these bell peppers which were waiting for a spot in the hoop house. There is a double row of them. I hope they grow fast because it is already the first of July and I am late getting them a home.
This is where the tomatoes have gone. I’m going to have to coax them back down. There are tons of blossoms, some fruits, but no color yet. And today the sweet potatoes opened their first blossoms.
Then we needed to go shopping for a garden hose. Our back garden is on 3 levels and to make it easier to water, I want to leave a hose on each level and a lightweight hose to drag up and down the steps which we can then connect to the hose that goes down the row we want to water. (DH had trouble understanding that as well)
A trip to the feed store and a quick in and out at the grocery completed out day. I love going into the produce section and seeing all that food, thinking that I don’t need to buy any of it – well except for bananas and avocados. And I did need vinegar for cleaning. I have found vinegar and baking soda does a great job on toilets and vinegar cleans most everything else.
And that was the day, I was going to have just for sewing. But guess what, Mary is scheduled to come on Sunday and that will be a fun treat, though we haven’t decided on a project.
But for the next 24 hours, I’m entertaining Heavenly guests and listening to what they have to teach. Happy Sabbath and have a great weekend.
No photos today as I make a vegetable soup from what I found in the refrigerator. Then I made a bulgur wheat dish with miso for flavoring. It doesn’t look like much, but it tastes good. I made cashew milk and cereal for breakfasts. We make steel cut oats for 3 days at a time and then just heat them. I have the Quinoa cooling to make a salad for Sunday.
In between, I supervised some yard work and did research on AI on sheep. It turns out that it is much more difficult than on cattle. There is also the expensive proposition of bringing in the semen and all the paperwork that involves. After talking to Washington State University, it doesn’t look like something I can afford.
So near the end of the day, I decided that I needed something fun and started this dish cloth. The yarn is pure Peruvian prime cotton from Juniper Moon Farms. It’s a simple K and P pattern from Janet Nogle
Do you see those small white pieces along the front of the bags and garbage cans? Those are the iris popping out of the ground. And inside the house two potatoes that we missed are through the ground.
We totally cleaned this side and the back today, then put in two types of kale, Simpson black seeded lettuce, endive, and escarole
In this photo, the clear areas are where there was cardboard. Any where we didn’t put it, we have all this spreading low ground cover for which we don’t have a name.
These are some of the vegetables that went in too late last fall to get good growth, but we’re eating them now. I do a good job of starting early, but somehow peter out mid-summer.
These potatoes really, REALLY want to be in the ground, so we planted them along the west (back) side of the greenhouse. (we just didn’t have a cool enough place to store them all winter.) It will be an early crop which will delight us. We will plant others outside for a later crop which hopefully will do better at lasting through the winter.
This is a look at the entire hoop house with still lots of work to be done, but for most of it, we are still a month away.
We laid this blanket over the new seedlings as it is supposed to make the difference of a zone in temperature. We’re trying it.
So the day went like this: 1. filled the freezer with another box of bananas, then worked in the greenhouse weeded one side and the back, planted, fertilized, put down slug bait, watered, and then laid the blanket over the greens. After supper, we bagged those bananas. (the rest should be ready to freeze and dehydrate tomorrow. My Fitbit registered over 10,000 steps and I am ready for bed.
I’m quite sure that groceries are going up, up, and more up, which is why I really want to have a good garden with loads canned, frozen and otherwise stored. We started at Costco and yes, I know that it is difficult to come out of there with just a few things. However, with what we purchased there today, I don’t think we need to visit the food part of the store for at least two months. To follow that up, we went to Fred Meyer for the items that Costco didn’t have. I have definitely learned that only one of a couple should go to the store, but I don’t know how to put that in practice, when he likes to go with me. When the two of us go, it seems to me that we come out of there with three times as much as either would have purchased. The only consolation was that most of it was long term items, some for the freezer and some like sunflower seeds that I use to make humus. Some of it was for the big Super bowl game Sunday where several are getting together to enjoy the game.
After lunch I made zucchini patties for the freezer and for tomorrow. Then I put the rice and lentils that I soaked this morning for flatbread into the blender with salt, onion and garlic powder until it was thick and smooth. I saw this recipe this past week, but I really don’t remember where and since I couldn’t refer back to it, I baked it at 400 for 20 minutes on a silicone pad on a baking sheet, then flipped it for 5 more minutes. If I had used two sheets, it would have made wonderful crackers. Bill cut it into some small pieces for dipping and some larger pieces to eat with meals. This is a great and easy recipe for gluten-free menus.
Then to add some humor to my day, the geese wanted to be herded into the night enclosure. So I put the rest of the birds in and went after the geese. They came to the door which I then opened and the latest three ducks ran out. OK, ducks are out and geese are in. I managed to corned one duck and got it back in and the other two ran off to the pond. So I went into the house. About 1/2 hour later at sundown, I went outside and these two were giving me the what for because they were locked out. So I went down there and told them that’s what happens at night, they better stay in next time. They were very happy to get back in. One just enjoys the animals even with their quirks.