Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunday Morning Update

Actually this should be called "Sunday Morning Avoidance of Household Chores".

A slightly blurry picture of the Market Bag I crocheted. It's one of the Lion Brand Yarn free patterns. If you look carefully, you will see a couple of needles sticking out of the side. This is the reason for the lining/no-lining debate going on in my head. My only concern is if Iline it, even leaving gathers in the lining, it won't be as expandable. Decisions, decisions.

Posted by Picasa One of my favorite times of the year has arrived in North Carolina.....STRAWBERRIES!!!!

I have already made one batch of jam and have a couple of baskets to make some more in the next day or two. Besides just eating them and "jamming" them, I have gotten on a strawberry margarita kick. Of course, under Goth Daughter's harsh eye, they are without rum. But we are all enjoying a refreshing slushy drink every couple of days. But I don't think Trumpet Princess standing on the front porch, with glass in hand, hollering out to her friend who is being dropped off by her father "Hurry up! Mom has made margaritas!" is quite the impression I wish to make, or explain to the parent, offering samples as proof there is no "proof" in them.

And here is the garden as of yesterday (and part of the camera case). I got the other 3 tomatoes planted, laid down newspaper between the plants and covered with a thick layer of leaves. Good thing as it got down in the high 30's last night and as off 9am this morning was still very cool and breezy. But my garden area is in a very low part of the surrounding area, so very sheltered.

By the way, this picture was taken before I mowed the back yard yesterday afternoon.

One of the benefits of gardening down here is the scent of the honeysuckle that forms a wall on one side of the area.

Posted by Picasa So I listen to numerous podcasts and garden and am quite content. I have found that I can listen to the podcasts and still hear the birds and other "nature" sounds, but it sure helps cut of some of the car noise, crying baby noise and other irratating sounds.

I'll list the podcasts and hopefully the links that I am listening to shortly. Try to have a "Podcast" blog entry.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Spring Time Catch-up

This is a little bit of everything to play catch-up.

Knitting-wise.......this is what I have been working on. Originally the pattern is for a duck and from Lion Brand. However, it was going to be for Easter, so I made them into chickens. Please don't go into a craft store and ask if they have "chicken legs"....they look at you very strangely.
So I made legs out of pipe cleaners. And then, instead of having them lay down like roadkill, I had them sitting up and with some funky feathers coming out of their heads. These were to be Easter presents to all the girls, etc. instead of candy. And it worked....only have a few ducks and chickens left in the "flock". Did make a couple of skunks, fox, and a hedgehog, but didn't get a picture before they left. Batteries for the camera were in various CD players!

Who can resist this face?

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There is a sleeve-less sweater vest that I just needto sew the frogs (as in closures) to and it will be finished. Pictures on that later.

This is the clavia that a co-worker gave me a couple of years ago from her plant. I have been

waiting and waiting for it to bloom. It has been sitting in a corner, fairly forgotten. I decided last week the temperatures were fine now and was going to set it and some orchids on the back steps. Picked it up and what did I see but orange!
Thought the flowers would be on longer stems, but who's complaining. It's blooming.

Also on the gardening front. What feels like 6 million tomato plants are in. Dug 3 2' x 50 foot rows. Told myself that was it. Until I got back from Farmer's Market yesterday with 3 more plants, so 1 more row.....after all I need the exercise!

These are the first 3 rows. Dug and weeded before we had any rain. The area between the rows is wide enough for the mower to go down.

I now need to mulch the plants with the ton of leaves I have.

This is the Better Bush that I planted in a pot about 3 weeks ago. Before I got my other tomatoes from NCTomatoMan (who is called a tomato guru and quoted in the April/May Organic Gardening). I have achieved fruit set!!!
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This is today's project which pointed out several things...

1. I have no arm tone/strength. So you are safe to duke
it out with me....a couple of punches and my arms are

2. When hammering, the fat doesn't swing around all
that much.

3. Even with all the space around them, it is so different
feeling to walk down the row with stakes in the ground
than without. Like walking down a hallway.

So for the rest of this Sunday.....

1. Make strawberry margarita's without the "rita". Have to do something with the berries!

2. Later this afternoon, start putting mulch around the plants. Too much sun now (for me, not
the plants).

3. Sew some on Carolina's costume/suit.

4. Clean up the kitchen and fix a big chef salad out of the fresh lettuces and spinach I got
at Farmer's Market yesterday.


Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Small Update

Ok, I must be doing something right. Or more than likely, not doing something wrong. But notice baby sprout on orchid. This is actually a few weeks ago. The "sprout" is now about 4 inches tall. I have a couple more orchids putting on new growth, so am hopeful of having several in rebloom. I can't wait as some of these I have not seen in bloom, having bought them as young plants.

New Orchid Growth

But today's job is getting the garden redug and underway. I have a ton of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants from NCtomatoman to get into the ground. I already have a Better Bush and a Bush Golitah in pots. Yesterday was spent with the lawn mower, having gotten it back from being repaired....clogged fuel line.

Knitting-wise....a ton of chickens and ducks. Will try and get a picture before they all departure for Easter.