Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Anyone that knows me even just a little, can tell you that I don’t enjoy a lot of piecing when it comes to making quilts.  But I did start this mystery and I plan to plod along until it is all put together.  Since coming home from retreat a lot has happened to keep me out of my den of good intentions, even with all of that I managed to finish the light/dark flying geese, all 144 of them.
144 Flying Geese

144 Flying Geese

 I even marked all of the 100 squares that will make the 50 all dark flying geese, the first half are pinned and ready to sew.

Dark/Dark Flying Geese

Dark/Dark Flying Geese

 Our weather turned chilly and there was a chance of frost so I stripped the vegetable garden, except for the hundreds of still too green tomatoes.  The harvest included a few bell peppers, several tomatoes and loads of jalapenos.  I see a day of canning in my near future.

End of the season

End of the season

 Around late spring, early summer we harvested all of the onions, we thought.  Then late summer an onion suddenly sprouted and kept getting larger and larger, then turned into 3 onions.  We now have onion triplets and they are going to be larger than any of the spring onions.

Onion Triplets

Onion Triplets

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Haven’t done a quiz in a while and found this one on another blog.  For the most part this describes me fairly well.  Not sure I like the idea that if people don’t “get” me, that they would think I’m incompetent.

You Are An ISFP
The Artist

You are a gifted artist or musician (though your talents may be dormant right now).
You enjoy spending your free time in nature, and you are good with animals and children.
Simply put, you enjoy beauty in all its forms and live for the simple pleasures in life.
Gentle, sensitive, and compassionate – you are good at recognizing people’s unspoken needs.

In love, you are quiet and sweet yet very passionate. You love easily.
You have an underlying love for all living things, and it’s easy for you to accept someone into your heart.

At work, you do best in an unconventional position. You express yourself well and can work with almost anyone.
You would make a good veterinarian, pediatrician, or composer.

How you see yourself: Sympathetic, kind, and communicative

When other people don’t get you, they see you as: Incompetent, insecure, and overly sensitive


On the creative side:

  • I’ve been knitting on a “Why?” project using a stash yarn bought on sale a few years ago.  I’ll post more about it later, when I’m further along.
  • Haven’t done much in the quilting area.  Mostly just trying to decide which of the many UFO’s I want to work on at retreat in a couple of weeks.  Skrappies decided that instead of starting on something new, that we would bring unfinished projects to work on.

The garden is planted, at least as much as can be planted until the onions are harvested.  We have 3 Roma tomatoes, 2 Bell Pepper’s, 2 Eggplant’s, 2 Jalapeno’s and an Heirloom Yellow Pear Tomato.  From seed I have, Summerlong Basil,  Cantaloupe and some (for front flowerbed) Red Hot Pokers that will be ready to set out soon. Surprisingly all of my herbs survived the winter, even the Italian Parsley and Salad Burnet.  I pulled the Salad Burnet up because it was a monster and crowding out everything else.  All of the Burnet I’ve had before went to seed at the end of the season and died.  I don’t think this one got the memo.

My Dad is in the hospital and if the test they are running today comes back negative he will be released.  So we are waiting for a call so Bill can go to take him home.

Edit:  I discovered that Salad Burnet can overwinter in certain climates and can be a perennial.  Strange that I’ve never had this occur before, since when I’ve grown it before, we were living in a slightly warmer climate south of here.

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When I walked in the kitchen this morning, I happened to glance out the back door and there’s a bunny munching merrily on my ornamental sweet potato plant.  Then I noticed Mrs. Cottontail further out in the yard making for the garden beds.  Then the smaller bunny jumps up in the pot where the 2 jalapeno plants reside, sniffs the leaves and tries to bite one of the peppers.  That’s when it decided that maybe jalapenos weren’t what it wanted and moved on down the row of pots.  I like watching the rabbits, but not while they are eating all my plants.  I can’t do anything about the petunias and impatiens in the front of the house, but hopefully when the extended driveway and sidewalk are put in later this month, the rabbits will no longer be able to get under the gate into the backyard.

There are only 3 more chapters left to read in Harry Potter #5.  Then I can start #6 which isn’t quite as long.  I think I’ll be finished before Saturday.  We have a lot to do in the next couple of days and Bill says he will wait until it comes out on DVD, so I’m going to go see the new Harry Potter movie Wednesday while he’s at work.  Kerry says it’s good.  She took the boys to see it at the IMAX in Tulsa ().  You would think that Oklahoma City would have an IMAX, but noooooo.

I need to get ready for our biweekly trip to the commissary.  Afterwards we are going to grill steaks, and then it’s back to the books.

Added 7/26/07:
Just learned that IMAX is coming to OKC in 2009.


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1344 more pages to go.  I made the mistake of watching “Severus Snape: Friend or Foe?” videos on the Borders website.  I evidently missed a lot of things or didn’t attach the same significance to certain events as other readers.  So now I have set myself the task of rereading Harry Potter books 5 and 6 before number 7 arrives on my doorstep, July 21st.  Sometimes when I’m reading, I get so involved in the story, that I miss little “red herrings?” that the author threw in.  So this time around I’m paying special attention to Snape’s worst memory and the unbreakable vow that he makes with Narcissa Malfoy.  There are other parts I’ll be concentrating on, but those are the 2 main ones.  Since I will have my nose in a book for the next week, there may not be many posts to the blog.   Nothing new.  Right? 

We had several days of sunshine which brought extremely high humidity due to the waterlogged soil.  But now the rains are back.  We have already received the equivalent of our yearly average.  The garden is struggling but it’s pretty much a write off.  One struggling eggplant got a bloom, but then it fell off a day later.  The only herbs that are doing well are the globe basil and the salad burnet.  Of course the rosemary and sage that I have in pots on the patio, are doing fine.

While the sun was out, we did get the big flower bed in the front weeded and mulched.  Looks good.  I’ll post pictures when I can.

A little knitting has been done here and there, but not enough to talk about.

I’ve found fabrics and patterns for my first blocks in the Progressive Blocks Round Robin.  Now I just need to get busy.

The other day, I drove across town to Oklahoma Quiltworks.  Didn’t find the fabric I was looking for, but that didn’t stop some other fabrics from following me home.  When I left Quiltworks, I walked down the sidewalk to “get the point…”.  It’s a needlework shop that Ann had told me about.  Chatted with the friendly ladies that worked there about Ann’s crazy quilting, and promised to bring some of my work when I go back.  Then I found some Needlepoint Silk and a skein of Silk ‘N Colors in the color “Monster Mash”, that I thought might work for my CQ seascape.

The rain has stopped and the radar isn’t showing any more coming for a while.  So I’m going to try and get to the grocery store and back without getting wet.



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At least the last 2 days have just been short showers and not torrential downpours.  The backyard has dried enough that it may be possible to mow later this afternoon.

On Sunday I got the smaller flowerbed in the front yard weeded, then laid down weed barrier and a layer of mulch.  Now it makes the larger bed look really bad.  Hopefully it will soon be dry enough for me to work on it too.  My Impatiens and Caladiums in pots on the front porch are doing really well with all this wet, cooler weather.  Just hope they stay looking nice when the hot, dry Oklahoma summer finally arrives.  I started some Viola seeds really early in the spring and they just didn’t seem to want to grow.  In the past couple of days they have really taken off and started blooming.  I’m going to try and take some pictures of the yard later today.  I’m not promising, because I have to start prepping for tomorrow’s big cookout.

We’ve invited family and friends over for a 4th of July cookout tomorrow.  So yesterday, while we were at the commissary, I bought a mosquito repellant lantern for the yard.  We have a lot of mosquitos this year with all the rain.  In fact the mosquitos are so bad, that we have squadrons of dragonflies patrolling the neighborhood.  I’ve never seen so many dragonflies all at once, and they are huge, almost the size of small birds.

I’m headed to the kitchen to make Spinach dip and Rosemary Asiago Foccacia.  At the commissary, they’ve put in an “Antipasto” bar.  You can buy different types of olives, marinated peppers and artichokes, etc…  I bought some of the mixed olives and some marinated veggie mix.  The mix has whole garlic cloves in it, that are so delicious, creamy and sweet.  Wish I knew how they were prepared.

Have a great Independence Day!

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Today is the 16th consecutive day that we have received rain.  Only lack 4″ of receiving the average yearly total.  I’m beginning to think it might be a good idea to turn the back raised garden bed into a Koi pond.   
Bill added 12 bags of topsoil last week and it still flooded.  The cantaloupe plants were swimming.  We are having a cookout on the 4th of July.  It would be nice if the sun came out and dried things up a bit.

Haven’t been doing much.  Friend Ann was on call last weekend so she stayed in the city.  Saturday we checked out the new yarn shop in Norman, it’s called Yarn & Loops.  They have a lot of really nice yarn, but sock and lace yarns were limited.  I did find some mottled grey sock yarn that pleaded to come home with me.  Then we went to Patchwork Place where I found the perfect fabric for the snowball blocks of my Tennessee Waltz quilt.  We checked out a scrapbook store and then to a nursery/landscape place.  I finally found some Rosemary to replace the one that drowned.  Oh, we fit Hobby Lobby in there somewhere too.

Yesterday I made a tablecloth for the 4th cookout.  Mindless sewing, just serged the edges and then topstitched.  Haven’t knit much in the past few days, joint pain in my fingers and wrists.  Also why I haven’t posted much either. 

I’m off to put the new Rosemary plant in a pot.  There’s no way I’m going to put it in the “swampy” herb garden.  At least, not for a while.


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 There has been a new type of bird showing up at the feeder.  He likes to sit in the middle of the dish.


This is what too much rain and soggy beds looks like.  In the back bed the onions are just black stumps and one poor jalapeno plant trying it’s hardest to hang on.  The front bed is in a little bit better shape.  The tomatoes are producing.  The bell peppers are a little yellow and water logged but hanging in there.  The tiny eggplants probably won’t make it.  We’ve bought 2 new jalapeno plants, 2 new eggplants and a cherry tomato.  But I’m not planting these until the rains stop.  The grass is even yellow from too much rain.


The herb garden is on a little higher ground, but is still too wet.  As soon as the sun returns for a few days the herbs should really do well.  It also has the African angel totem to watch over it.  The angel was a piece of original african art from the store I worked in, there was always something about it that spoke to me.  The original price was $86.00, I kept watching as the price kept going down.  It didn’t even sell at 75% off.  Then it got marked $5 and I grabbed it.  Everyone just laughed and asked me what I was going to do with it.  I told them it was going to be the guardian of my herb garden.  It has been doing a very good job for about 4 years.


Here is a pic of our new Pub table without the leaf extension.  We are supposed to have 6 chairs, but the warehouse messed up and sent 4 of the wrong chairs.  The four correct chairs are being delivered later today.  I’ll have to re-cover the chair seats, which means fabric shopping.


On the knitting front, I have about 1/3 of the leg of the second pink sock done, I need to hurry and finish them.  Still have to get started on Eve’s socks so they will be finished before our trip to see her in October.

7 Days til’ Josie’s visit.



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