Errands and food prep took my day. As soon as my helpers got here this morning, I had them unload the 4’x6′ stall mats that I had purchased. These are made from recycled tires and are they heavy! Each weighs close to 100 pounds. We put them down in the stalls which the former owner decided needed concrete. It keeps the moisture and cold from coming up through the concrete. That way our babies will stay a bit warmer when they are very young.
As soon as they were unloaded, I drove off to the feed store for a dozen bags of grain. Home again and unloaded. I took a brief half hour to make and serve lunch and went back to get the other stall mats. That was a lot of driving around.
These little shell socks are finished. I love them. Plus this yarn is so good about being tossed in the washer and dryer.
I made a batch of tomato sauce (including processing) with the tomatoes and zucchini in the garden. The string beans are cut and ready to cook. There aren’t enough to run a canning batch, so I’ll just partially cook them and put them in the freezer. There was a pound and a half of blueberries and another huge bowl of cucumbers wanting to turn into pickles, so tomorrow – maybe. I have been sharing the zucchini and cucumbers as much as I can. I really do love all the fresh food from the garden, but I think I just plant too many after a long winter.
The geese love their fresh drinking water. Remember how small they were this spring.
Between picking blueberries and cucumbers, watering, working on the tomatoes, etc., I finished this little fellow. He will finish at 8″ square and will get a mate sometime in the next week. I do enjoy getting a chance to work on projects, but often during the summer, they have to take a back seat.
There is another double batch of cucumber relish now in the refrigerator. In the morning, I will rinse it, put the rest of the ingredients in and can it.
Beau, the dog in the foreground spent some time at the vet’s on Friday. He had to have stitches in two places and they updated his shots, which were way out of date. In two weeks we go back to have the stitches out. The window that he went through to cut himself now has fencing over it. He didn’t go through glass, it was a cutout, but had a nail where screening had previously been. However, we don’t enjoy spending money at the vet’s, so have that covered.
I also went to the grocery store that day and had a physical. When chores were done, I just lay down for a bit and went to sleep and that is why no blog post.
This week, the garden has to catch up. Our youngest and her DH came over and I turned them loose in the hoop house. So I will not have to deal with zucchini or cucumbers unless these missed some. And that is okay with me. It appears there are enough tomatoes to keep me making paste and sauce all week and there are still cucumbers and zucchini in the refrigerator. So my plan this week is to catch up with using the produce. And we have planted more lettuce this weekend. The weather is promising 90-102 degree temperatures. So we probably won’t be moving much mid to late in the day. But we will be doing a lot of watering.
This morning (forgot to take photo) I picked 9# of blueberries. 5# will fill a gallon Ziploc bag FULL. I’m not as fast as I’d like to be as that took 2 hours. My mind and body are not on the same page. My mind has not connected with the fact that my body thinks it is older than 50. So it often times runs way ahead of what the body is willing to do. Next year maybe the blueberries will be higher on the plants and there won’t be so many at ground level.
Sock Progress has been slow, however, this afternoon I sat and knitted for a bit and turned the heel corner. I like this particular pattern which is a 7 stitch repeat. It is “Little Shell Socks” at http://www.knitting-and.com/knitlistgifts/2000/little-shell-socks.htm. My goal is to finish them before the end of August, maybe while enjoying the sun.
The relish I started last night turned into a lovely product. I made a double batch and canned 11 cups of relish. DH can’t have sugar, but can have honey. So I substituted 1 cup honey for the cup and a half of sugar. Next time, I may go down to 3/4 cup of honey. It does have salt, but I’m hoping that if he eats a little once in awhile and we aren’t using salt other places, he can get by with it. If he gets swelling in the legs again, I’ll be sharing it with the children instead. If you are interested in the recipe, let me know and I will share. Thank you so much Dar for sharing with me.
Harvest today, included more blueberries, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, basil, and potatoes. The summer produces so much bounty that it keeps me busy. That’s why you see very little creative work then. In the winter, we live off the summer’s bounty and I have more time for the fiber arts. Maybe some of you can send me some photos of your work and I can help you enjoy your creative arts.
Even so I need to use fiber just to stay sane. I thought the month was nearly over, but I just looked at the calendar and I still have most of a week. Maybe I can sneak in another finish this month.
Sunbonnet Sue quilt #1 FINISHED – well no label, but whether that happens will depend on who eventually gets it. The batting said it was good for a 10″ spread and these squares are 8″, so I decided not to mess around inside the square. It is backed with a pink flannel that matches the light pink on the front and is soft and cuddly. The finished size is 52 x 63″ – just perfect to wrap around a young lady and/or have as a bed covering.
The weather for the next 10 days is saying daytime highs at 80 and full sun, so we will be out there with hoses going. Fortunately we have about 6″ mulch on the blueberries and grapes, so they will probably be able to go a week between waterings which will help. This is absolutely beautiful weather and I don’t want to be inside sewing, cooking, or cleaning. I’m soaking up as much Vitamin D as possible. I’m thankful that I can sew/quilt from January through April when it’s too wet and cold to be outside any more than necessary.