I took a good chunk of this weekend just past "off" and spent it getting in some hand work time. Felt good.
Papa Pea's third pair of socks is coming right along. I'm just turning the heel on the second sock. The yarn I'm using for this pair is so nice. It's Cascade Yarns Heritage 150 Multis, 75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon and is a slightly heavier yarn although nothing like a boot sock would be. So soft and a dream to work with. A pair of socks for Chicken Mama is next on the agenda and she's picked out a skein of the same yarn but in a different colorway.
For fall house decorations, I've never had a definite fall-themed table runner for our coffee table so I've just finished this one. (Well, almost finished. I still have to complete sewing the binding.) Simple, made up of three nine inch Flying Geese blocks with borders.
Seems I've mentioned before that our fall colors are being mighty pokey in arriving this year. It's the middle of September, fer cryin' out loud, and I still have my summer decorations up because so much green, green, green is still in evidence outside. The decorations I put up for the autumn season in and outside the house are my very favorite of the whole year (even compared to the Christmas ones) so I'm more than eager to get them displayed. I think that just may happen this week whether the colors outside look like fall or not. This means the still blooming impatiens in the window boxes will have to be yoinked out and the (artificial) fall leaves, real pumpkins and gourds added.
Doing more cleaning up in the garden is still first and foremost in my mind, but I'm kinda at a standstill right now. Can't do anything with the Brussels sprouts yet, the cabbages are better left in the ground until our root cellar is cooler, same with potatoes and carrots. The onions are just about ready to be pulled and spread out to cure for a couple/few weeks. The three raised beds they're in will probably be the next ones vacated.
The zinnia bed is so colorful I can't bear to pull them quite yet.
Chicken Mama wants me to leave the Scarlet Runner beans on the tepee trellis longer so the bean pods will have time to dry so she can harvest and save the seeds.
Somehow, I ended up with a few Swiss chard plants in two different beds and the chard stays wonderfully nutritious and delicious right up to (and sometimes through) a couple of frosts.
Great news, we got windows washed inside and out today! I really didn't think it was going to happen, but a wonderful, hard-working young man that Papa Pea had as a student in grade school years ago gave us the day to help out. He's pleasant, polite, articulate, funny, and a delight to have around. He did the outsides and I did the insides. We even tried to coordinate our arm movements a couple of times, but weren't too good at it. Now the windows are so clean we'll be able to actually see out of them enough to enjoy the first snowfall!
And, lo and behold, the humidity has broken today, the temperature is dropping and the forecast for the rest of the week is more of the same. Oh, it feels so good!
Have a wonderful week, y'all!
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