Wednesday, January 31, 2007
And in this spot, maybe more wind. He says the pallets are to help give the plants some protection. The gourds seem happy with the arrangement.
And the pallets allow for walking among the vines.
Brother cannot visit every day, so he leaves the gardener in residence in charge. Remembering this visit warms me up. I wonder if the garden is under snow now?
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Here is one little alleyway of houseboats (of many). Near one such community (& maybe more) there is a community garden used by those who cannot garden on their roof. The community gardens in Seattle are called P-Patches, named after the first one at Picardo Farm which also has the most wonderful soil in town. I haven't posted pictures of it yet, but here and here are two others I visited last April.
I liked the combination of big and small watercrafts we encountered.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
All I want to do now is have a warm dinner, almost ready, and curl up with a quilt. First, here is the quilt I mentioned at the end of this recent post. Grandma G made this for me when I was quite small and I used it for a long time. It is thin and frayed in spots and I've had it tucked away with other treasures in this nice chest made for me by DH's Dad (seen also in this post of the Winter Garden runner). Grandma often tied quilts rather than quilting them. I would hunt the quilt for the strings that needed retieing, especially when I was sick or not sleepy.
The back of the quilt has fabrics I recognized from Grandma's dresses, curtains, aprons and other projects. I loved looking at the different fabrics.
I had a dress made from the red and white fabric with little hearts, used as an edging for the quilt. I think I had a dress or doll dress from the bright green fabric near the bottom right corner above. Its design is little lettuce heads!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
In Dec., this pot and its dead(?) plant were quickly shuffled from the front porch to the garage. One day, I noticed a few new leaf stalks so I sat it on this bench by a window in the garage. Tonight, I happened to see it was really growing. I'm not even sure we've watered it since moving it inside.
And there might even be some flower buds developing! This was a sweet May Day gift last year. It bloomed and bloomed last summer, even on the shaded front porch. I'd love to have it around another year! Guess I should trim up the dead stuff and let it do its thing.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Maria came with her name from a kitty foster family as she purrs loudly, meows and has all sorts of funny little vocalizations. She was named for Maria von Trapp, the singer. She is now laying in my lap, purring, as she often does when I'm at the computer, or the table, or the sofa...
Emily is the only one that goes outside (an outdoors cat that likes to come in sometimes). Maria, though, can find a cut flower anywhere you think you've hidden it. Depending on what it is, she may then decide to eat it. So a little care & putting away can be required.
I just happened to run across this photo of a younger Maria in 2002 and some of our garden at the former house.
Monday, January 22, 2007
The Rouge vif d'Etamps pumpkins were on my list, after seeing them last fall on other blogs. And nicely named Jeanette F1 hybrid (organic) carrots, too.
And now I need to start the seed & planting organization lists others are writing about. And then get some seeds started and then, oh my!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Dad's taped stories are typed, but I'm making the edits he gave me the last time he was here, as well as looking for the missed "s" or "ed" or "is" where it should be "it" that spell catcher just doesn't notice.
This is my not always so helpful assistant.
I hope he won't mind me sharing this story from the 1920s-1930s: "We always had a garden out in the backyard. The only thing that would grow in in that dumb garden was GREEN BEANS. We had to spade it, plant them, weed them, water them, pick them and snap them. Mother was never happy until she had 200 quarts of them canned and down in the fruit cellar. Then we would eat green beans all winter long. I have violently disliked green beans ever since!" Although, later we learn he continued to eat them until the last child (my husband) moved out.
So, helping the garden grow a variety of vegetables is a good idea.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
This is the other silk piece I am posting for Anita. It is a quilt top and it isn't from family. I found it at my favorite 2nd hand store and felt honored to give it a home on my library wall. You can see 4 complete squares in the middle of the picture. There are 20 of those squares in total and each is about 17 inches by 17 inches.
Unlike my other piece, this has the same stitches throughout, just in different colors. You can tell by some of the shapes and designs (see the top picture) that ties were definitely a fabric source. And any other silk scrap found, I suspect. The silk is sewn onto squares of old cotton fabric and then the squares where sewn together. It does not have a quilt back and the edges are unfinished. I turn them under and the bottom hangs behind the couch back.
"From the last winter hat mother wore 1902-1903"
This was pinned onto one piece of fabric.
My grandmother would often do a coordinated quilt top design and then a crazy quilt back from all sorts of cotton scraps. As a child, I loved looking at all of the fabrics she used, some I recognized as matching clothes she'd made. I have the quilt she made me when I was very young. Hmmm.... more winter posting ideas.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
But not too long from now, they'll look like these as seen on April 5th, 2006. And here is what they provided in Nov.
The yard is still white, but melting is underway. So this may be the last snow picture for a while. I think today was the first mail delivery at our house since Jan. 10th! This is our view from our kitchen window and the patio. I'm recording it for reference in case we have another hot and dry summer.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
With Wednesday's and Saturday's snow still on the ground, more may be on the way tonight. But by tomorrow night, it could actually rain again (and be above freezing, thank goodness).
Some herbs are checking their contacts and pointing out that this isn't what I promised them. I'm sure I'll pay for it later.
I shall now go cuddle up with a warm blanket and THE catalog.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
It is made from silk, satin and velvet pieces. Scraps I'm sure, some from ties. Maybe coat and hat linings, dresses and who know what else. My G-Grandmother said the plain center was a place for the things usually found on a table. I wasn't willing to do that, so it is adding color in the living room instead.
I have another piece I'll share later in the week. The days past are also on my mind as I have some time to spend with DP's stories today.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Wonder who all visits when we don't have snow to record the event?
Thursday, January 11, 2007
2) I'm sitting here with a bit of a black eye after having a little "eye work" done on Tuesday (well, on the mogul that developed under my eye). DH is afraid you'll really think it is a nip & tuck, but it's not. No exciting results; hopefully, just no more bump.
3) My garden has its own blog (oh wait, you already know that. I use that for outside-of-the- internet games). How about my secret daytime life is spent in a corporation working with taxes. Who knew?!
4) I did spend one summer working at the Grand Canyon - one lovely daily commute, I can tell you that. Sort of like the old Harvey Girls (but I handled the money, not the food) - I really did answer an ad I saw in the newspaper and I worked for the Fred Harvey Company (or its successor). Dear Boyfriend (i.e. DH) also drove out to visit that summer & proposed!
5) We're really keeping the moles as pets, but don't tell the neighbors.
(If that last one doesn't count, I'm also a transplanted Wichita State University Shocker.)
Now it is your turn, please:
OK, Homesteaders - you've been FISHED, I mean TAGGED
Clodhopper - will take a break from vacation to play too?
Mike, his Allotment and photos-my first garden blog discovery.
Anita and her frosty Country Cottage Garden plus creative sewing.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
PG: "It must be the furnace. Is that the furnace?"
DH: "No... don't think so."
PG, going to the window: "It's snow!"
Well, snow pellets to be exact. Just surprised to hear it in the house when there wasn't even any wind blowing it against the windows.
Now it has turned to quiet snow but doesn't seem to be slowing down. I & many others hurriedly left Seattle about 4:30pm due to the snow falling there and the fear of being stuck for hours on the way home like many were in the November storm. I encountered about 3 areas with snow my way home tonight and 3 areas with no moisture at all. A few hours later, and now it is here.So the poor winter pansies and cows are back in the snow again (and you can just see that they did have purple flowers on them even after previous winter weather). Here are the cows & other pictures from Nov. (after a night of snow, not just barely an hour). There were other sound effects with that November snow too (per the Nov 30th post). It must be a NW thing.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
The seed packet & my usual catalog says they are thought to be an heirloom variety brought to the US by European immigrants. The catalog also says, though, that they've been observed as a wild desert variety. I didn't research further.
So if you are making your list, maybe you have room for this dainty sunflower.
Monday, January 08, 2007
I hope you did see this post here some time ago too.
Enjoy the day - PG
Sunday, January 07, 2007
DH sounded like a professional fisherman though: "Just wait... not yet... just wait... let's see what happens." Hmmmm..... I'm not so good at that.
Then came the call. DH: "Our tree lights aren't on? You want to take a picture? I'll go check." After he has them working, the neighbors come over.... hmmm .... could it be? They HAD heard all of our tribulations of getting the lights to the top, and then the wire incident. Maybe they knew the tree still needed some tlc.
YES! A few laughs and then a confession. How does DH know this waiting technique will work? Turns out the neighbors had received them as a gift some time ago, had packed them along in a recent move and thought it was time for them to be back in the water, so to speak. (If you want to give them a "way to go" or "better watch out" note, you can visit them at Homesteading in the NW.)
And, yes, the water (err, tree) is fine. No more nasty boxes for them. They need to stay out where they can breath. But when will their time come to move on? Just wait... not yet... just wait ... let's see what happens!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Dear Husband's (DH) Dear Parents (DP) have each been working on sharing stories from their childhood and adult life. One wrote out pages and one made tape recordings. We've been working on getting each of their stories typed and organized into computer files. This has been a long, long term project... and we all hope to wrap it up in January (of course, their stories are still in progress, so wrap it up for now, anyway).
So, I've heard that writing down goals really helps make them happen. Sharing with others even more so. I hope you'll stick with me this month as I try to focus on this project. I also hope it makes any of you even remotely interested in writing your own stories to get started. Sure, our blogs document a lot, but what about all those years before blogs?
I have loved learning about DP's lives especially as children and young adults in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Day to day life has always fascinated me. Have you seen Carol's (May Dreams Gardens) Grandmother's diary? I also have a box of letters between by Grandparents and my Dad when he was in the Navy, and others who sent cards and letters to my Grandparents. That box is where my Christmas card sentiment and the New Year's card came from.
If you are interested but aren't sure about how to start, there are many resources and tools out there. Some are simple questions to spur ideas, some are examples of how others wrote theirs. If you want to know more, let me know. Most important, is just to start writing it down. Computer files let you go back and tie up loose ends as you need to later.
DPs have some garden related stories included too. Maybe they'll let me share a few to keep Petunia happy in case she checks up on me.
Friday, January 05, 2007
For this 12th (or is it 11th) day of Christmas, below is another of the villages. It's difficult to photograph the details, but you get the idea. Even the back side of this had scenes going on, and this one had several parts in motion.Happy Twelfth Night!