Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #25 (captions added)

Part of my harvest from yesterday, 6.23.10. We've got fresh snap green beans, pink eye purple hull peas (AKA black eyed peas, Southern peas, cowpeas), and some tomatoes.

Bloom on one of my okra plants. They're so pretty! I wish they stayed open for more than a few hours. Such a pretty soft butter yellow and burgundy throat.

Lemon cucumber plant on the left going hog wild and a cherry tomato plant on the right. The tomato plant is at least 6' tall!

My smallest cantaloupe. It's so fun to watch it grow day by day. It's gotten longer. The other two on the vine look fatter.

Pink eye purple hull peas, fresh shelled, and cherry tomatoes.

Daylily 'Persian Patterns'

Computer chair thief!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday # Whatever (LOL)-Captions added

First harvest of okra, cherry tomatoes, and lemon cucumber.

My start on Caroline. It's stiched on 28 ct. Vanilla Bean linen from Crescent Colours using Crescent Colours fibers.

My last caterpillar doing the "comma" and going into his chrysalis stage.

My new, low flush toilet! The previous toilet was the same color as the tile on the floor and the wall. This was installed by my husband. There are 2 buttons on the top that you use to flush. No more using the elbow to flush the toilet for me!

One of the lemon cucumber vines blooming like crazy.

Dahlia flowered zinnia.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Stitchy Post (& Some Vegetables, Too!)

Robin, my non-blogging, now retired so she has time to start a blog friend received her Bent Creek exchange piece! This was the piece that I had such a block on stitching. I loved the piece and it wasn't a difficult stitch, but I just had no mojo to sit and stitch on it.

Blessings Abound
Design by Bent Creek
Stitched on 32 ct. Rustic linen using DMC and GAST threads


I stitched on my LHN Seasonal Saltbox piece yesterday evening. Here are before and after pics.

Before:

After:


In the garlic today, I harvested my garlic. We planted it last October. It survived the snows and cold weather and now I have this:

Total harvest of garlic and bulblets. We'll plant the smaller bulb on the left in the fall and it should grow as big as the other bulbs.

Bulblets that were attached to the bottom of the bigger bulbs. These are like seeds and if planted, will produce a full size elephant garlic pod in two years. This is what we planted the most of last fall.

This full size pod will be broken apart and the individual cloves will be planted in October. We'll have lots of garlic next year!

I also harvested my first bunch of cherry tomatoes! They were yummy!



My plan this week is to stitch daily, even if it's only 10 or 15 minutes. I'm starting a little ornie, so hopefully I'll have a quick finish.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Wordy Wednesday #23



I know, I know. I usually do a Wordless post on Wednesday, but I'm breaking free from the rut and actually posting a wordy post today. I mean, after all, I've been very quiet lately.

The husband and I have been busy in the garden. As of today, we've harvested carrots, potatoes, and onions. The beans are getting ready to harvest, the black-eyed peas are beginning to flower, and the okra has taken off and is putting on pods. The strawberries are producing another round of berries, the watermelons have taken off and are flowering, the cantaloupes have also taken off and are flowering like crazy, the cucumbers are setting fruit, and the tomatoes are starting to ripen. The early bloomers are going to seed, bees are buzzin' and the weather's turned hot. How many days til winter sets in?? LOL

My first lemon cucumber baby!


Blackberries


Radish seed pods ripening


Borage flowers and baby strawberries (bottom)


Emerald Green Velvet okra pods


Contender green beans (bush)


In my personal life, I've been struggling with neck spasms and tight/sore muscles in my upper back. That has really put a cramp in my stitching. I was diagnosed last week with a urinary tract infection (fun!) and the medicine they prescribed makes my vision blurry. Do you know how much more difficult blurry vision makes it to see the tiny holes in 32 count fabric?!? My neck, shoulders, and upper back are getting better and I'm learning to cope with the blurry vision.

Last night, I came home from work to see my Callie-girl cat in the front window, but she didn't stand up to come greet me at the front door. The first thing out of the husband's mouth was, "She's hurt herself and won't get up. She can't put a lot of weight on her back left leg." This is my 14 year old baby girl cat. I made a little "nest" for her in the den with some twisted towels (she loves towels!), a litter box, and a bowl of water. She's doing better today, but is still very sore and gimpy. She's still limping terribly, but able to put more weight on her leg. Of course, when I called the vet, they have no appointments for today, so I'm waiting for a call back for a plan of action. I think she probably pulled some muscle doing some kind of cat thing, like jumping down out of the chair, as her muscles seem a bit inflamed and tender to the touch. It's times like these when I wish animals could talk!

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010