Friday, October 16, 2015

It's fall!

The leaves are changing, but the wind is taking them before we can enjoy them very long.
And the cold is coming.  My Mother's Day flower baskets are still hanging on the porch and are full of flowers but that may all change after tonight's freeze warning.

I was late getting a garden in this spring but blessed with enough vegetables that we will eat well this winter.  Beans, corn, and potatoes have been stored away until we need them. I grew celery for the first time this year.  It was amazing!  It was nothing like the pale stuff that comes from the store.  It was dark green and had so much flavor.  I'll definitely grow it again next year.
 The standing corn is almost dry enough to cut for bird and squirrel food.

 I was able to get out by the campfire while my family was at work and school to do a bit of hand piecing.  The temperatures are too cold for that now!  I'm glad I set time aside from chores to enjoy something special just for me.
My new dog Missy.
She's five months old now and never leaves my side. Now if I could just get her to lay next to me instead of wanting to be in my lap when I try to hand quilt.

I stumbled upon a sweet little white Singer featherweight sewing machine from the 60's and couldn't resist. A couple weeks later I found this repurposed Singer treadle base.  I had been sewing on an old piece of furniture and I kept bumping my knees.  The new table is a perfect fit.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

garden 2015

These photos are now two weeks old and we've had so much rain and warm weather that the
plants have nearly doubled in size.  I was so late getting my garden in this year but I think it might give us a bit of food yet.  If not, we have a great little farmer's market in town and I love stopping each week for vegetables that I don't grow in my garden.
We had a bad thunderstorm with heavy wind and rain on Sunday night.  When I went up to the garden to check for damage I found my corn, pepper and bean plants laid out flat.  I think I'll be able to recover them but a few cool dry days would certainly help.


I'm heading out to finish putting in the supports for the pole beans.  I struggle each year trying to keep them from becoming a tangled mess. I'm thinking shorter rows this year might make a difference.  We'll see...