Summertime…

The livin’ may not be easy for everyone, but up here in the boonies it’s not too bad. The garden is thriving. I picked peas this morning. There is something so satisfying about shelling peas. The one chore I actually look forward to.

  Shelling peas.

Big bowl full

The zucchini are in full stride too, of course! Tomatoes growing, beans- bush, climbing, and lima- blooming. I’ll be sweating away in the kitchen with the canner soon. Not a chore I really look forward to, but the results are satisfactory.

I am weaving, too, a couple projects I intend to offer to magazines so won’t show those yet. But I was doing some stuff with Log cabin that turned out pretty well. They’ll make nice coasters or, well, about anything else you might want to make!

  Diagonal weaving on the weave-it loom. Plain and log cabin.

Same thing in Green. This one done of the Multi 4″ square.

Still hoping to make it up to Sis’s this year, but will be a couple months yet, it seems. I’m getting a new knee middle of this month and then there’ll be some visits to the Torturer to learn how to use it, but I hope to get though that part quickly. I go in the 13th to get my lecture from the surgeon on being too heavy, but I have actually been losing. We’ve been walking up the hill every morning. Made it to the top again with only one stop to pant , this morning!

So I hope you all have a sense-able 4th of July weekend. I want you to all stay safe! Both heath-wise and fire-wise. There’s been a lot of air traffic around here this morning that I am hoping is just precautionary. We can save our fireworks for New Years when there is snow on the ground. They look even prettier then anyway!

Meantime…Happy Birthday USA-I hope you are around for another one!

It’s already June!

Yes, I know it’s been 6 months coming but it sure seems to have gotten here quickly. I suppose some of you stuck at home don’t see it that way, but I hope you’ve been able to stay busy and moderately happy. All this has not changed our lives much here in the country. Both of us retired, more or less, and pretty much stay at home people anyway. We do miss going to the fiber fairs, all of which have been canceled this summer. But I hope we can get in one trip up to visit sis a little later.

Meantime, I just turned in my two projects for Handwoven Mag so am taking a bit of a break but getting out a knitting project I started a year or two ago! It’s tee for myself. Cotton, top down, all stockinette, what they call mindless knitting. I can sort of watch a movie or listen to Himself talk and still knit without getting lost. Hope that Vee is not too deep for an old lady! It’ll have elbow length sleeves.

Other than that it’s the garden. Himself is doing most of that this year, the physical labor anyway. I’ve started a lot of plants. We lost our first cukes and cantaloupes to a lot of rain and a late frost. We’ve been in the 90’s all week and now they tell us we may get more frost Sunday night! Yikes! What is Mother Nature up to?!

   Long shot of most of the garden.

Beans. Bush and the Limas just coming up. Pole bans are a couple inches up there 6′ trellis, too.

If we make it past this week end we’ll be okay, as what’s out there is looking pretty good. I potted up sweet potato starts yesterday but they’ll have to live in pots probably for another month. That should give them time to develop nice roots. And (knock knock!) he has managed to get carrots (so far) growing this year! Something for some reason we have not been successful at the last few years.

Carrots & Radishes

I guess that pretty much covers it for today. I walked this morning by myself as Tsuneko says the earliest she can go is 11 am, she usually goes at 1pm! That’s way too hot for me! It was over 80 the last time we walked and I just can’t deal with that. So I went about 7:30. It was not quite 60 by that time but I worked up a sweat!

So I guess I’ll knit a little more and maybe read. Himself says they are knocking off for about 4 hours mid day as it is too hot to work on that deck project during that time, too. They’ll start up again about 3 as he says it’s in the shade by then. Seems like we old folk just can’t deal with the heat.

Hope all you are doing fine with whatever temperatures you have!

 

May already

Not much to talk about. Been staying home. Gardening, a Weave Along with Gabi, Daughter sent me an Instapot for Mother’s Day so I’ve been learning how to use that appliance. So far all the summer shows have been canceled. Still  to be decided is OFFF and Lambtown in Sept & Oct. but they aren’t looking good, either.

DH complains he needs a hair cut but does not trust me to do it. I did Ex’s and son’s and Dad’s and a couple non family members. no one complained. Did my own for years but have a hard time reaching behind my head these days. I did manage to trip my bangs as I can’t stand it in my face. Looks like it’s back to the pony tail age! lol My Gramma used to wear her long thin grey hair in a bun, could be I’ll be following in the ancestral foot steps.

I finished the WAL. Not sure what its good for.  Am working on projects for magazines, they won’t be seen until next year, tho.

 

We have a robin’s nest just above the deck door. Does not seem a great place for it but I guess they settled on this spot while the weather was still cold and wet and that door was not getting much use. Busier now but they are sticking with it. We try not to be to riotous. You can see her here. I took this from inside , it’s a glass door.

The pea bed  a week and a half ago. They are double that now. The board is over germinating carrots. They all come up but as soon as i removed the board they were all but two eaten off by something. We did have two peas each for dinner last night from the volunteer eatable pods in the bulb bed! lol But these and the shelly peas in the garden are now blooming so it won’t be long.

Have a group of friends and relations  I’ve been sending jokes, puzzles and inspirational stuff to, trying to help keep people cheered up a bit. it gets difficult to keep chin up sometimes. But I am usually of a optimistic frame of mind. There are times, tho…

    My apologies for the bit of pessimism. Here’s a bit of Happy!

 

Looking though some old photos….

I found this top which is made with some really nice Blue Sky cotton. But it, as you see, was a fashion fail! I think I’m going to frog it and find a better use for this nice yarn. In fact,  any ideas?

It’s just as well that it’s a fuzzy photo! lol  But you have to admit it is not flattering. Maybe if it was sewn instead of crocheted together and the sleeves were smaller, not so baggy…

Or how about this one. That goes way back! In fact, I think this one was woven on my first triangle loom, and adjustable 7′ tri. It’s supposed to be a cowboy style jacket. Not even sure what happened to that or whether it’s still around.

Another bad idea. Saw a picture of a knitted “cocoon”. Seemed like a great idea so used some nice alpaca to weave a bunch of 12″ squares and put them together into the same shape. Knitted about 100,000 rows of ribbing around it. Nope- definitely not. So I frogged the ribbing and ended up with this. It looks better on my ‘dummy’ with a belt. And has since been washed and pressed, which also helps but it was a hit on her at the last show.

So, anyway, just  a few examples of how things don’t always work like the ideas in your head. So then you look for another idea and try again! Sometimes you just have to give up in the end, but I won’t show you those just now. I hope to be able to show you the new cotton project sometime this summer.  It’s going to take awhile to disassemble this one and figure out just what can be done to save this lovely cotton yarn.

Hope you’re all getting some nice weaving done! And starting your gardens, of course. It almost May!

 

The Essential Practice of Doing Nothing

We all have different words for doing nothing. Some of us putter, potter or tinker. And then there is the Italian, “Dolce Far Niente” – the sweetness of doing nothing.

I feel like doing nothing today
I recently became a proud member of the Do Nothing Club. Of course, this isn’t an actual club. I’m an introvert and don’t join or start clubs, but I do like the idea of doing nothing with you … together but alone.

Some people didn’t understand my desire to do nothing. They assumed do nothing meant do nothing all the time.

Doing nothing gives us the energy to do something.
The thought of doing nothing can be scary. It was for me.

When I was focused on doing it all, I rarely took time to do nothing. I ran at an unsustainable pace, multi-tasking my way through the day, and enjoying or being present for very little of it.

Because I measured my worth by what I accomplished, doing nothing was a luxury I could not afford.

I learned my lesson though, slowed down and began to embrace …

The Essential Practice of Doing Nothing
Now I do more nothing. Not all nothing, but more nothing. We have to stop assuming never, aways, none or all. There is so much in between.

Here’s how to implement the essential practice of doing nothing into your life.

1. Schedule it. Put (at least) a tiny block of “do nothing” on your calendar every single day. You don’t have to determine how you’ll spend your do nothing time in advance. This “do nothing” time will look different for everyone. Read a book, take a bath, stare at the stars, or simply rest. Do what helps you refuel and recover.

2. Say goodbye to guilt. You aren’t choosing to do nothing because you are lazy, but because it’s essential to your health and happiness. You are choosing to do nothing because you are not a robot and because you’ve done enough already.

If we want to have energy to show up for the things that matter to us, we need guilt-free common sense to rest in between.

3. Recognize the difference between nothing and numbing. Escaping your busy life with substances and activities that help you numb out does the opposite of intentionally doing nothing. It drags you down and continues to deplete you.

4. Do the math. If you are thinking, I don’t have time to do nothing, remind yourself that you’ll spend less time doing other things if you approach them with ease and clarity. You can’t do that when you are worn out. Good work doesn’t come from someone who is overworked.

By taking time to do nothing, you’ll be more present for the people you love and more engaged in work you care about.

5. Change your measuring system. Measure less by what’s on your calendar and more by what’s on your heart.

Do Nothing Club
Do you want to join my club? 😍

There are no fees, meetings or obligations.

All you have to do to join is schedule some glorious nothing on your calendar.

Who’s in?

xo,

by 

I think it’s springtime!

Did I say that before? Well, I think it really is this time. Our lows have been in the 40’s and the garden is already growing. the early guys anyway. Flowers, too. And the trees are leafing out. All but the oaks, but they are always last, not really trusting kind of plants. Kinda like my Pop, he said don’t plant out until the Oak leaves are as big as squirrels ears. Yes, for most things but the peas like it early! And the daffies have been blooming, they never want to miss the last snow!  But the tulips are now blooming on my new bulb bed, too.

    

And Grandmother’s favorite wild flower. She said they look so cheerful in the lawn, the first to bloom in her yard. They always make me think of her. She was Randy’s grandmother but we cared for her in her last 20 or so years and I was closer to her than to my own grandmother so I just leave the in-law part off. A great lady. Too bad the new owner does not like them and has killed them all off, along with the wind flowers and English daisies. Only hawkweed left out there now. I suppose it is pretty too but way too invasive.

And The PUD says the power will be out from 8am to 4pm on Tuesday so I am designating Tuesday as Weaving day! Got my bins ready!

 

The Mystery Weave Along using the 3.5″ Quilt Weaver Square and a couple projects for patterns I’m writing up. I think it’ll be enough to keep me busy all day!  But weaving today, too, working on some color designs for the big triangles. And I badly needed a haircut so I figured I may as well re-dye it, too, as I cut most of the pink off. Himself & dog have gone firewood cutting, you’ll see why I like to do this when everyone is gone! Now, while the Kool Aid is doing it’s thing, I’m going back to weaving!

Whopee!

The new Little Looms magazine just came out and I’m in it! They wanted my little Onsie, woven on the 4″ square Multi loom. This is only my 2nd time being Published. A few years ago Handwoven had one of my doll dresses in it. I  think I’ve caught the Bug! lol I’ve got a list of subjects and dates for projects and am busy planning!

But here’s the Onsie.

If you have a new baby coming, child, grandchild, friend, you might like this one. It’d make a great shower gift, too! (Link above to magazine, or check your local book store-if you can do so safely.) I used the 4″ triangle, too, but I think you could use the square and just fold it. However, we would be happy to sell you a 4″ triangle, they are very handy! The theme was Animal, Vegetable, Mineral. Mine is named after a flower so in the Veg category. This magazine only comes out once a year but I’ve already submitted & had accepted my project for next year.

Hey! Remember… You knew me when!

 

 

Looks like we’re staying home for Easter.

I was thinking about that and remembered I had woven some bunnies in days of yore so headed out to Le Shed to see what I could find. The lavender bunny was the first one I made and that back in the first year we were making looms. Back when I was doing a newsletter. I’m not sure where that went, just kind of faded, I guess. But this 20 year old bunny is still hanging in, looking a bit worn but still identifiable! He’s pretty simple so I think you  can probably figure out how I did it by this little sketch.

This sad little guy came sometime later. He does have real rabbit ears tho drooping like they are here they look more like bear ears in this photo. The back view shows them and how I gave him a tail. It’s just a cotton ball sewn on. He’s also made with two triangles but I just tied off his ears and gathered his neck a bit. The rest was playing with some needle sculpting. Wasn’t very good at it but he does sit up and shows a bit of legs and arms. His nose is a big French knot, and I gave him glued on goggle eyes.

The third bunny is the newest one, only a few years old. I used some fuzzy yarn for him and a square and a triangle. As it happens, I did write this one up! It’s a downloadable pdf file. Hope you enjoy this one!

Bunnies

 

February Nearly Over….

It’s been a heck of a month. Way too much going on, things that were not what I was hoping to see in the new year. But this too shall pass… I hope.

And speaking of passing… Winter seems to have passed us. My son in Georgia was telling me his yard is flooded and now they are predicting snow for his area. Meanwhile we have to turn on the sprinklers, the yard is drying up! We had a nice snow just at Thanksgiving, but hardly a drop of anything since.  It’s going to be a hot dry summer if something doesn’t change fast. And there’s no sign of it doing that. But we may get the garden stated early. Is that looking on the bright side?

I mentioned (for the umpteeth time) to my sis that I really need to post to this blog, but nothing worth writing about has been happening. She said forget writing about the exciting, just write about your life, what you do. Or something to that affect.  So: I have no loom project going. Well, one old one that I’ve been ignoring. I just can’t seem to come up with any ideas that get me excited about anything. Have not knit a doll thing in over a year. I started knitting a sweater for myself last summer and it’s been idling in a bag by my chair. But I found a new project today. It’ll be also one that takes years but this one I start off knowing that. I’ve saved my bits and pieces forever. Every now and then I get the box down and tie them together, making some interesting yarn. And I just happened to see a pattern that is perfect for it. So I have cast one for my Waste Not Sweater Tee.

Official title of the pattern is Fresh Berry Tee by Universal Yarn Co.

Other than that I have moved all the bulbs from misc pots scattered around the yarn into the deck bed. I intend to move my best iris into that bed as well and will also plant heat loving annuals there. Veggies moving to the garden spot out in the sun, as none of them seem to thrive here anyway. And I redid the rhubarb bed and spread manure on it and the asparagus bed. I weeded it first,  some strawberry plants were taking over. Don’t know what they were doing there to start with. There’s couple other raised beds out there that are mostly weeds that need to be taken care of. I hope I get to them.

Well, I made bread, cooked rice for the dogs dinner, walked a lap this morning, did dishes, made the bed, labeled the storage bins in the pantry. You see what I mean about excitement! lol

I can tell you about Randy’s hike the other day. He told me he’d probably be back before 4 pm. It was after 6:30 when they showed up. He said they’d misjudged the route and he figures they ended up hiking 10 miles up to the Twin lakes& back, labeled Ponds by the USFS. He says they are Frog farms! lol But scenic. However, both him and Dog were mighty sore next day. Neither in shape for a hike like that. Stella spent most of the next two days laying in her bed, but she’s up and around today, seems to be feeling frisky again. Himself isn’t quite frisky but not so sore. But here a couple pictures.

This pretty much shows how she felt by the time they reached the little lakes!

One of the “frog farms”.

The ice on the right gives you an idea of temperature. He says it’s about 5000′ elevation. The reflections are vivid!

So that pretty much covers life in Coffee Creek in February.  I hope you are not too cold and wet or too cold and dry where you are!

Happy New Year!

I do hope you all have a safe and comfortable start to a prosperous and reasonably happy 2020! A little verse we should keep in mind.

 

But now is the time for Resolutions! Right? Like maybe changing a few, well, shall we lay less desirable habits? Like being a little more Organized. I know that it is not literally a 4 letter word, but has been pretty much in that category for me for most of my life.  Looking for a loom this morning, I found this stuff in the basket by my chair. All but the jar of Ricolas, the new Territorial seed catalog & His shoes and newspapers. Needless to say, the loom was not in there! Not in my loom case, either. So I guess I’ll start this morning putting all this in it’s proper place. If I can find that place. Trouble is they are not projects., just experiments. I think he gave me a new shoe box, I suppose I can label that Weaving Experiments. Then that leaves me to find a place to store the box. Hopefully where I can find it again when I need it. Like I apparently did not do with the missing loom!

Ah well, I guess the other fun thing I get to do on new years Day, is bills. Oh well, it’s my 1st of the month job. He does the taxes and is a great wood worker but he really sucks at financial matters beyond that.  We all have out strong points and he is Very Organized. It’s rare that he can’t find something no matter how long ago he had it. I, on the other hand, have to rely on luck when hunting something.

But there you go. I think the weather wizards are using the same system for forecasting the weather. And Mother Nature is using a roulette wheel to decide! We go from a huge surprise snowstorm right before thanksgiving, I mean nearly 4 foot, to rain ever since! Temperatures have run from 14 degrees F to nearly 70! And it’s raining this morning and 38 degrees on Jan 1. I don’t even want to think about Australia while I am whining about our weather. I would happily send them our rain and the foot of snow that’s left if I could.

Well, on the brighter side, trying to heed the advice picture I posted above, we are looking forward to adding a new loom to our line up this year. It is our 20th year in the loom business! It’s has been an interesting 20 years! We’ve met some wonderful people and done more traveling that we ever thought we’d do. It’s been fun for the most part and we’ve both learned a lot! Our only disappointment is not being able to interest the kids in the business. Well, they have their own lives, our parents were not delighted with our choices, either, but we all manage to make it work to our best comfort. Anyway, keep an eye out for our anniversary announcement sometime later this year!

And I hope your year is starting off the way you wanted it to! Best Wishes!

Hazel & Himself

Just the two of us!