Got myself into a bit of heat exhaustion early in the summer, coupled with accidentally exposing myself to chlorine gas when trying to fix the pool pump. So I've spent most of the summer sort of dragging my tail feathers with little energy to care for the homestead, or write, or can tomatoes. God was watching over me, though. The chlorine incident could have been much worse. And I'm feeling better now.
The garden this year was Not Good. All was going well, even though I didn't know for sure exactly what plants I had in the ground, due to an unfortunately windy day and a failure on my part to properly secure my little greenhouse. I came home from work to find it toppled over, all the little transplants tumbled in a heap. I was able to re-pot many of them, however in the jumble it was impossible to know if I had Mortgage Lifter or Amish Paste, yellow squash, or zucchini. But everything rooted well and grew quickly. This little greenhouse was only $20.00, and was perfect for hardening off my transplants. Properly secured against the wind I'd say two or three of these little portable units would be a great investment for folks with a small garden. I've seen them in garden catalogs for well over $60.00, so make sure you shop around.
|Some of the survivors.|
Coming into the fall and winter I'm glad to finally have one of my on-going projects completed. The window quilts for the living room are done, and hung in the windows. I completed the pieced front, and then got blanket fleece in hunter green for the backs. A friend at work used her long-arm quilter to do the seams for me, and I sewed rings along the outside edges for the cording. It runs through the rings and across the top of the window in small eye bolts screwed into the trim. When I pull the shades up I simply wrap the cording around a cleat screwed into the wall to keep the shades at whatever height I like. I didn't want rings right down the center for a cleaner look from the outside, however there was an un-expected bonus - when I pull the shades up, instead of staying straight across like a roman shade, they 'pouf' into an attractive arc in the window.
Well, that's the updates, my friends. I hope all of you have plenty of food put up for the winter and that you see God's blessings every day.