After an especially busy weekend ending with our little butchering project on Sunday, yesterday didn't seem to slow down one bit.
I know I'm a stickler for it, but Monday is my laundry and ironing day so I was up and going at 6 a.m. getting that started.
It was my turn to have my handwork group here at 10 a.m. There are seven of us gals but, of course, not everyone can make it each time. Yesterday six of us crowded into my quilt room (hey, I did spend a couple of hours in my quilt room!) and, per usual, the chatter (and the handwork, honest) was non-stop along with a lot of laughter and very good natured giving-of-a-hard time to one another. (What else are good friends for?)
In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, I made a (Tootsie Pop and kleenex) ghost for each of the gals and had the bunch of them in a jar as a centerpiece on the table. (The ghosts, not the ladies.)
In the afternoon, Papa Pea asked if I would do a couple of errands in town so after changing yet another load in the washer, off I went.
Since I was there, I couldn't resist stopping in at the library (I love our library) to pick up a couple of novels. No real need to do so as I'm not even 1/3 of the way through the one I'm currently reading. The only time I read is if I manage to get into bed at night before my better half, and then I usually can read maybe 10 minutes before I conk out. I'll bet I've brought about 100 books home from the library in the past year, but have managed to actually read through probably only four. Sigh. (That's gonna change this winter though.)
When leaving the library, I remembered our local resale shop has already gone to their winter hours and is open only three days a week, Monday being one of those days. And, boy howdy, am I glad I took the time to go there!
We've been looking for some long-handled tongs for a while now for grabbing birds out of the scalding pot prior to plucking the feathers. This set was just what I've been looking for.
I also found a brand new insulated coffee carafe exactly like the one I already have. (New one on the left, old one on the right.) Yesterday morning for my handwork group, I first served from a pot of coffee, then they drained the one carafe filled with more coffee, and I definitely could have used more. Well, now I'll have a second back-up carafe next time they're here!
Okay, that just about took care of yesterday. Did I mention I was in bed asleep before 9 p.m.?
This morning we dug our potatoes. Not the best crop we've ever had but we guesstimate we got between 125 and 130 pounds. The number of Yukon Golds were a bit of a disappointment (the light colored ones in the picture), but the ones that did grow were quite big.
All of the potatoes that were very small or had holes in them where slugs had munched will be cooked up on Papa Pea's garage wood stove and fed to the poultry.
This afternoon we harvested apples. No, not from the paltry number on our trees this year. Those same few apples that Blue Jays have nearly decimated. Is that sad or what?
These apples are from a tree in the yard of good friends of our daughter. It's a very big, old tree that was planted by the husband's grandfather. No one remembers the variety, but it is a beautiful, healthy tree that had about a gazillion apples on it this year. It isn't sprayed with poisons or insecticides, yet the tasty apples are unblemished. What beauties! Countless people had already come to pick as many apples as they wanted from it and only the ones on the very tip-top were left, but we were offered them if we wanted to take the time and trouble to pick them. Did we ever!
With the combination of an apple picker on a long pole and an extension ladder, we got about 3 bushels of them. Considering we thought we were going to be darn near apple-less this year, we're so very appreciative of this couples' generosity.
Now I'm trying to do my weekly ironing (okay, I'm fluffing off getting this post written) and heating up leftover soup and making some garlic bread for our second meal of the day.
And that's why I'm not in my quilt room yet! (As said by Lily Tomlin in her "Edith Ann" voice from Laugh In. Anybody but me old enough to remember that?)
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