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.