Weekend update, photo-free again

It isn’t that I don’t want to share photos with you, it’s that I don’t have any to share! The knitting moves along steadily, especially since I went to Whorls and Purls on Saturday and did a couple of rows (I am over 400 stitches per row now) but is not photo-worthy.  It will be, soon, though!  Only 4 more rows to go, then the bind off, then the blocking and you will get to see the Moon and Sky shawl complete!  I should have that ready for camera by the weekend.

I did some spinning!  A few hours total, about half a bobbin full.  It looks just like the bobbins I bored you with in July as it is still that same spin.  I think when I finish filling these three bobbins I will be more than half way done with the spin.

I did the last big step of the secret fiber project, just one small step left, and it is done.  I have taken loads of photos of this project, so will be able to share with you later in all its glory.

I moved three wagon loads of dirt, and that finished filling the raised bed garden box that will house the garlic for next year.  I pulled this year’s garlic – the bulbs are smaller this year than last, not sure why, but I hope that fresh dirt will help.  It’s drying now.  Some will be saved for fall planting, the rest will be eaten.  Yum. I also ripped out the strawberry plants.  They likely will be back as I doubt very much I got all the roots, but I did enough that I could add some dirt to that box and plant the rhubarb mom gave me.  I think I will call that the pie box.  🙂

And I cleaned up the box that housed the garlic this year, got it ready to plant some seeds.  I am going to scatter some poppy seeds and wildflower seeds.  This is when Ma Nature would plant them, so this is when I will plant them.

I planted my newest heirloom primrose in the front yard near the rock.  I hope it will be happy there, it will get a lot of sun morning and midday, but then it will get nice shade.  So it likely will go dormant in the summer, but I am hopeful that it will love being by that warm rock in the spring.  The last one Mom gave me did not survive in the back yard, I don’t think ( unless it went dormant in May!) so I hope this one likes this spot.  Glad Mom is able to keep hers growing and thriving so that it constantly needs dividing.  I have to check with her whether it was her grandmother or great grandmother who brought the original plant over from England, but I know it was a LONG time ago, and the women of our family have been cultivating and dividing and sharing the plant ever since.  I would hate to be the one who can’t grow it.  🙂

I have less than half the dirt pile left to move, but now I have filled all the boxes, I have to figure out what to do with it all!  I know I want some to go on the lilacs out back, that might be two more loads.  Then what?  I could have A build me another box or two, and expand my gardening out into the back yard, but that would have to happen pretty fast or the crabgrass will win the war for the dirt.  I also could build the garden I know I want along the west side of the house, but that would be another major undertaking like the front was. And it would mean relocating a kayak, which I guess I could do if I had to.  🙂  I should start collecting newspapers again, I guess. If nothing else, I could move the dirt out back, cover it with newspapers, weight them down and leave it until spring.  That might be it.

This is the really big event of the weekend, though – I VACUMMED the screened porch.  A made some new cat perches so the cats can hop up and down to the rafters from almost anywhere in the room.  Then she asked me if I would vacuum when she was done.  She knows that this was a major request.  I foolishly sweetly agreed and it was down right awful.  I think this is partly because I don’t just vacuum the floors, I vacuum all the nooks and crannies where cat hair gathers, and I vacuum the furniture.  It was sunny, hot, and humid out there.  It took two sessions, with lemonade and knitting in between, but I got it done, got the furniture back where it goes and it looks lovely.  I rewarded myself with a nice swim.

The cats love their new perches.  Now they can more easily traverse the room at ceiling height.  They always could go from one end to the other, but crossing was tricky due to the way the rafters and supports are constructed.  They have some boards A put up there to help, but the sillies hop along next to those.  These perches are staggered throughout the porch, and so they can be anywhere, look out any window.  I told them if they don’t use them, I am putting plants and candles on them, so Allie immediately hopped her way up and around, rubbing every corner she came to.  that meant Zumba had to do the same.  No plants and candles there!

And A said that while I am away, she will work on her storage closet shelving upstairs, and THE BOOKCASE in the loft!  It will have been worth it to vacuum the porch if those things happen. She is doing it to get her office FINALLY cleaned up and sorted out so she can use it.  That might inspire me to really work on the craft room when I return.  Or it might not.  🙂

It was a busy weekend, but I still feel rested and like I had enough down time.

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Weekend update, photo-free again”

  1. Seems like you had a similar weekend to mine! Lots of projects needing to get done, and actually getting done, and yet still plenty of time for other stuff. I could have another of these weekends in an instant! It was very nice.

    1. I agree!! Things are getting done, and there is always more to do! But the things that are finished are starting to show. Yes, more weekends!!!!

  2. Love the idea of a pie garden! There is no such thing as too much pie. 😍

    I have so much yard work to do and I am too busy, at my desk, to even spare an hour. I read your posts and dream of when I can work on my outdoor projects. It’s a good thing I have vacation time coming up.

    1. I hear you! The reason we have so much and it is so overwhelming is that for the first several years I did the bare minimum because all energy was focused on finishing the house. Then I spent two summers sifting the sandy gravel to create a spot for the pool. Last summer i just did nothing outdoors. So this summer there is just too much to do, it is pretty grim! I should take some wider view photos so you can see the scope of what still has to be done, you will feel better. 😉

      And yes, vacations are great things. I hope you get a break from the office type work and get a chance to work outside. Every accomplishment there feels good!

      1. The yard work never ends! I have enjoyed your photos…at least someone’s yard work is getting done.

        I had surgery last November which meant 8 weeks not working in my practice. It has been quite the challenge to make up the missed weeks of work.

        My yard work has been getting done in short spurts which is not enough to tackle the brush that needs to be cut and my large area of garlic mustard.

        This fall and next spring, I will be moving plants around and planting the beds and the areas of the yard that need attention. Hopefully, by next year, the garlic mustard will be under better control so I can put down grass seed. Then eventually a patio and a fire pit.

        1. wow – you are going to be very busy! I am not familiar with garlic mustard, but presume it is an annoying invasive thing. I have blackberries that fit that bill. I look forward to seeing your progress photos as things unfold – hope you get caught up at work and can come out and “play” soon!

  3. I don’t care what you say, you get way more done in a weekend than the average person!
    Oh vacuuming is evil. When I pull out the hulk of a machine I use I want every tiny bit in the room sucked up but once I put the vacuum away I’ll find an area I missed. It makes me scream every time.

    1. lol productivity comes in spurts! Vacuuming is exceedingly evil. I swear I get everything, move furniture, etc. then a breeze blows gently through and the dust farm animals come out of hiding. It’s usually A’s chore to do, but I can usually handle one room every 6 months, lol. I would much rather use a dust mop or broom!

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