Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Rh and I will leave on Friday morning for her cabin up north. We will take the long route, through the fall color (hopefully) and local quilt shops. In the afternoon, we will meet P and the 3 of us, along with the artichoke dip and chocolate that H bought tonight and the weekend supply of chili, will sew all weekend long. I am taking the CWBQ applique, the dresden plate appliqued border, the crazy quilt and the wedding quilt to work on. Any of these projects would keep me busy for the next 2 months so I shouldn't have any problem filling up 2 days. H has plans too, he and the dogs are watching football and eating pizza all weekend. I actually think he may be as excited about the weekend as I am. I won't be here reminding him that the grass really needs mowing... hopefully I will have photos early next week.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Ok, I'll save you the photos. I spent 4 hours yesterday learning how to knit, well not really, but I did spend 4 hours putting yarn on a knitting needle. Nita, if you are reading this, stop laughing. Nita gave me a lesson on Thursday night and sent me a youtube video. She said "make a dishcloth"...and made it look absolutely idiot-proof... I spent most of the time stopping and re-starting the video. They should make a slow-motion button for youtube. Why hasn't anyone invented that yet? Do they really think that you can get your hands in the right position and wrap the yarn around your thumb that fast? And don't even talk about making the stitches. First off, the video had several lines of knitting already done. How does the first row get on the needle? That's a different video...it was amazing how many videos there were on youtube showing one how to knit. However, if you didn't already know how to knit, most of them are useless. Actually the truth is, I can now caste on and knit (hopefully after 4 hours). But purl...you have to be kidding, my thumb doesn't seem to want to go there. I need another lesson before I start the socks.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
My friends that own the land where I garden told me tonight that I had a beautiful Victory Garden and invited me back next year. Grandpa would have been pleased. I finished the harvest tonight, dug the carrots, potatoes, and onions and picked the rest of the tomatoes, peppers, and zinnias. Harold will take the Garden Salsa peppers to work tomorrow to try and give them away. They are so hot that I can't get anyone at my work to take them. One of my friends used one in salsa and then had to use 3 times as many tomatoes to dilute it so she could eat it. I'm going to mix the onions and the bell peppers in with the tomatoes and can the whole mess together tomorrow night. I don't think that I will bother with potatoes again, the seed potatoes probably cost $3 or $4 and I ended up with a little less than a bushel. I can buy potatoes here for about $3 a 20 lb bag so I don't think it really paid off to grow them, and they taste the same.... I have at least a bushel of beautiful carrots tonight and have been eating them all summer. It turns out that two 20' rows of carrots is a lot. And tomatoes! I have another 2 bushel tonight, that makes about 5 bushel from my 34 plants of big tomatoes (I inadvertantly planted 5 cherry tomatoes too and could have fed a small army off those 5 plants). I learned my lesson about heirlooms though, next year, back to the hybrids. I can't taste any difference, any of my tomatoes from the garden tasted much, much better than from any store (and I know that I have eaten more tomatoes this summer than maybe in my whole life) but the heirlooms rotted like crazy and they are pink (not a good thing according to H). I didn't mind that most of the varieties ripened over a long time period, and a lot of them are still green on the vines, but based on the rot, I'm going to Big Boy and Early Girl next year. We'll see if it makes a difference. I also picked the rest of the zinnias tonight. I will miss them, they are the best variety and the one that I started from seed, so we will definitely have those next year. I stopped and told him tonight that I was done, so I expect my garden will be plowed over by the weekend. Though the garden has been a really good time, I bought Michigan apples today (Galas-wonderful) so it is officially fall now. I'm going bittersweet hunting tomorrow.