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.
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.
Surveillance cameras were on our shopping expedition today. We looked at several, but did not make a decision. We still need to figure out if our modem will reach to the barn which is about 150 feet away. The barn is where we need the cameras. Reading the pros and cons of people who have purchased them is educational as I am learning about things I would not have thought to ask. If any of you has a system that works outside, I’d love to hear about it.
I’ve also been having “fun” with my wireless mouse. It doesn’t want to work anymore. After getting spoiled with it, the plug in mouse feels awkward. I’m going to have to look for a solution to this as well
Knitting again: It’s not much, but here is my second cast on for these socks. I miscounted the first time. I now have a cast on and one row knitted. It’s a start and all I need is more time. I like this yarn as it goes through the wash and dryer with all the other clothes – no special care and yet it is 75% wool.
Today we had a visit from a pair of visiting nurse with the threat assurance one will be back next week. Then then a daughter came to visit for a short time and was followed by the PT. This time she gave DH 3 exercises to work on gaining back strength. She will be back Friday. Tomorrow, the daughter that was here Monday will be back because I have a 2 hour dental appointment which is an hour away and we are not comfortable leaving him alone that long – at least not yet, even though he is doing quite a bit better.
There was a lot of bleating in the pasture at 5.30 this afternoon, so I went to see if we had coyote issues or ? even though the dogs were unconcerned. There was nothing wrong, but the sheep had had enough day and wanted their evening treat and to be put to bed an hour early. Who would have thought they could get together and plan this. They were all there waiting.
Project for January: Zigzanular socks are finished. These socks are a Prairie Girl Design by Suzie White. I knit them with Knit Picks Felici. The colorway is Bubble. It is a nice variation to the striped socks.
The day also included more run around chores. This evening I spent too long looking for a program disc that I may have downloaded. So I need to check on that. However, I did turn up other things that had been missing or that I forgot that I had.
No photos today. We had to go out this morning and take the tax information to our tax accountant, then other mini shopping stops. We did get home in time for lunch and then crashed. I think I’ve been pushing myself a bit too hard.
After the nap, I cleared the cutting table, took out the next pattern I plan to work and decided I don’t have enough energy to choose fabrics today – so it will wait until tomorrow. (I did choose some and they are in the dryer now). I cleared off a book shelf and now need to decide which books to give to which people or places.
The animals are fed. It’s cold out there! It is still pouring rain and my phone weather app promises the same for the next 10 days. So I’ll make supper and knit on my socks that didn’t get completed in January, which sounds like a nice way to spend an evening.
The red potatoes aren’t holding as long as the while ones, so we either use them fast or we toss them. This is the use them fast method. My Bosch has a French fry cutter and I attach a bread bag on the shoot for ease of cleaning as well so it doesn’t shoot to far.
I add a teaspoon of salt to the bottom of the jar. Then from the bread bag, they go into the pouring container and into the jars. The lids are in water waiting.
They only have to process in the pressure canner for 40 minutes, but then it takes that long to heat up and again that long to cool down. That makes 21 quarts take longer than it seems it should. If I can round up another few jars, I’ll be canning some of the white potatoes that are thinking spring.
And of course, some potatoes had to become fries for lunch. Why is it that potatoes, which are great tasting by themselves, get so doctored up?
I had to blur out the pattern on these because the designer is not ready to distribute it. But I wanted you to see the colors. I have pulled all this out, because once again, the second skein was started at the wrong end. I thought I could live with it, but I can’t. So they are taken apart and when I have recovered from having to undo them, I’ll make another pair. All 4 skeins have now been checked and 2 were skeined reverse at the factory.
12 More roses are now up on the board. I think I may be half done. I need to dive into my scraps and even whole pieces for more colors. But it is looking so much better.
I also had to get the emission checked to license my car. They told me it is old enough now that I don’t have to get another on this car which is nice. Now I just have to keep it running.
Then off to get a new battery for my watch which stopped. These kind of trips just seem like a waste of time, but necessary. Oh, yes, and then the grocery shopping. Please tell me why we women can get all this done inside a couple of hours and our DH think we have just scheduled an entire day.
It is still raining, and we are threatened with snow on Monday, but there is a bright light ahead. A week from Sunday, the sun is scheduled to shine.
And I did get a bit of knitting done. This particular stitch is a bit challenging, but I will press on. Who knows I may learn to get faster.
Have a Happy Sabbath and a great weekend
PS For readers who knew her, Alice Kirkman passed away this week.
I think this really matches the day or maybe the month. Twisted Madness sock is the knitting chosen for a competition on Ravelry. The way I understand it is that you must knit as much as you can of this pattern in two weeks and then they group those that have finished at least half of it, into groups according to how fast you accomplished this. I am not a fast knitter. This is the qualifying round. There are 7 rounds after this, probably with each getting more difficult and less time. It looked like a fun thing to do with all my free time. Or maybe it was the 4 loads of laundry including the king size sheets that twisted my mind into thinking I should knit these. Whether or not I qualify, I will still be able to get the patterns for the other 7 rounds.
I thought this was interesting. This is from the two balls you see above. I would not have guessed there was that much blue in it. And perhaps that is how much of each color is in the ball. It will be interesting to see it develop.