What a dismal day yesterday! It rained the whole live-long day, for one thing. I did some slow-stitching in the morning, and then did some housework. After lunch, I turned my attention to the binding for the farm quilt. I'm limiting myself to two lengths of thread, but still managed to turn the first corner.
It rained for most of the day yesterday. It makes me fear for things in the vegetable garden. We planted our first garden in many years last summer. Prior to that our last garden had been in 2012. The long gap was due to a gardening season like this one, when it rained and rained and rained right after we'd planted our seeds.
In 2012, absolutely nothing came up. It's a lot of work to plant a vegetable garden, especially one the size of ours. So we gave up on gardening for many years until last year when we planted one to fill about 1/3 the space. Everything grew and thrived, and we were happy. Here's a picture taken at the end of July last year.
Now, this year, we're having another wet year, and things are just too wet and too cold to do much growing. Most everything has come up, but not in the numbers I planted. And I've replanted several things at least twice. Sigh. When the rain came down hard last night, I decided we'd get what we get and be happy. At this point, we're planning a travel adventure for next summer. There probably will be no garden. Perhaps by 2023, we will have forgotten the disappointment of 2021. Time will tell. And maybe it's too early for such gardening despair. One can only hope.
It was a pain day yesterday. I had several things on my list to do, but it seemed my arm had other ideas related to sitting and being quiet. Some days are like that. My shoulder hurt, and my thumb was on fire for most of the day. No idea why, except possibly wrestling with And On That Farm may have taken a toll. Where slow stitching is concerned, I just stitch through it. I finished up the section I was working on:
It's a farm quilt right? When it's nearly finished, it would seem appropriate to start the harvest. And when it's all finished, the harvest will be in, right? It makes me think of that old church hymn, "Bringing in the Sheaves." So, yeah. I'm so old I've actually sung that song in church. It might even have been the day it was written, or certainly when it was still listed in the Top Ten.
So the quilting is finished. YAHOO!! I can't even tell you how much I dreaded this project. Now that it's finished, I'm wondering why I thought it would be so awful. Of course, my little quilting cat was by my side throughout, and I'm sure that made it easier. Certainly it made it slower.
Quilting on the farm quilt is coming to an end. I believe I'll get it finished today. Finishing off the quilting will be the day's top priority, although I have some other non-sewing things on my list as well. Yesterday I quilted in some clouds in the sky and some ripples in the hillside background.
It doesn't seem as if much was accomplished yesterday. Having PT in the middle of the day throws me off my stride. Obviously, no jury duty for me today. And thus ends my second week of jury duty without having to report even once. I'm pretty happy about that too. We have a trip planned for next week, and so I'm excused all week. I won't have to call in again until June 20th. No complaints here about my jury duty commitment.
Not much has happened outside for the last few days. Coolish and unpredictable weather have discouraged me from spending much time in the garden, but I'll get out and hoe some weeds today. There was time yesterday morning to finish off the second Heartland Barns block. These are turning out so pretty.
You can find the link to the recipe right here. They use crunchy taco shells and soft flour tortillas. You spread some refried beans over one side of the soft tortillas, then sprinkle them with cheese. The recipe has you broil them to melt the cheese, but I did mine in the microwave. When the cheese is melted, you carefully hold them around the outside of the crunchy taco shell until they adhere to the outside. Then you fill them like any taco. It was a little like eating a hand-held taco salad. Pretty tasty and different. The ground beef is cooked in some tomato sauce. It gave me a chance to puree some of the tomatoes I froze from last year's harvest.
I just freeze them, then thaw them, and puree them in my blender to make fresh tomato sauce.
So today I'll get out and so some more work in the garden. I have one housekeeping chore to accomplish, but I'm really hoping I can tell you the quilting is finished on the farm quilt by tomorrow.
We were up and out early yesterday to finish up our grocery shopping. We have a short camping trip planned for next week. Most of the food for that is already made, and so I'm hopeful we can get by for another week or two without having to make another major trip. When we got home and had things put way, we set free the cats, and I took a walk around to check in on the blooming things.
The Fairy Princess peony continues to thrill and delight. It puts on more flowers every day.