I’ve got 19 posts started – all waiting for images, things to be found and photographed, projects to get underway or completed, or thoughts to round out or solidify.
Ongoing, but sometimes intermittent, wrist pain has substantially curtailed my knitting, and brain fog has kept me from working on a couple of sweaters that are both at the point of needing close attention to the pattern and/or modifications and deviations… But I’ll knock out a few rows on the thick socks, and regular socks, and wash cloths from time to time.
It’s looking less and less likely that I’ll participate in the Tour de Fleece this year – the last few were failures anyway and the room I keep my wheel is hot as balls. But I started a little bit of spinning a month ago – one or two of you might recognize the significance of the colors – but now I’m not sure I’ll finish more than a bobbin or two – it was a flash-in-the-pan idea for bringing in a little cash, but I’m not feeling it on various levels anymore, and again humidity and wool don’t mix.
The last month was pie/cake/italian ricotta tart season for both of us and that was a happy diversion.
(Sadly, these weren’t our own blueberries – we’ll need another couple of years for a pie’s worth.)
And with that came a new tablet with an okay enough camera for Instagram participation, so join me there – it may or may not relate to things here, and will likely have an excess of garden pics…
Of which will also be here – the garden is getting the lion’s share of my otherwise making something time for better or worse – some of it squishing bastard cucumber beetles, some of it trying to keep up with picking the bounty – most of it good times.
(Unfortunately the spring carrots didn’t take well, so our beets will have to be paired up with another farm’s carrots for some tasty fresh juice.)
I threw in some peas for shits and giggles expecting them to get scorched too soon, but now I wish I’d planted more…
N’s garlic crop has been good overall – he tried 5 or 6 different varieties with mixed results.
The basement utility room now smells lovely, or like a giant head of garlic (and we’ll consume all of it well before next year’s appears).
I love good old trustworthy basic (Provider) green beans. My worst gardens have always produced enough of them to land at least some extra in the freezer – but we won’t be pickling and canning anymore ever again – I absolutely abhor a mushy bean.
I also hate that picking them always gives me a rash and I’m at times too lazy to go back in the house for a long-sleeved shirt before doing so…
There are a few more friendly catbirds keeping me company in the garden this year – let’s hope that they’re taking care of some of the peskier bugs and not just warming up for a potential fruit harvest.
And I’m slowly assessing and cleaning and repairing my old sewing machines – turns out one was a different model than I’d thought which doesn’t mean much except that I can’t use it for parts after all but the condition is good after all too, I’m attempting to turn another into a hand crank, and one or two others might leave the herd.
I’ve got a bit of a garment sewing fever building, so let’s see if anything comes of it…
3 responses to “Randomly at the start of another July…”
Beets. I miss those. Roasted and with a side of sour cream horseradish dipping sauce. Your pies and tart look beautiful! Any chance you’d be willing to share the recipe for the latter?
Ooo, good idea – I just got some horseradish for a sauce for zucchini fritters. And thank you! N made the tart – he said it was mostly based on NY Time’s recipe: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017401-ricotta-tart-with-lemon-poppy-crust
Thanks for the recipe! Ooolala zucchini fritters. I should make those too. God I am hungry.