Phew, the bulk of the garden harvesting and preserving is done. All that is left is waiting for winter squash and pumpkins to mature (fingers still crossed) and the carrots, potatoes, beets and mangels to be dug.
This has given me a bit of a breather, and I gotta say, it has felt so good. Just having the time and space to tackle some of the very much neglected inside household tasks has been welcomed.
Besides that, believe it or not, I've been finding time to do some handwork. (Hip-hip-hooray!) The one glitch with this is that when I get into my quilt room, I tend to get so involved in what I'm creating that I forget what time it is or if I should be making a meal or returning a phone call or doing the necessary things that are piling up on my desk. Or, for that matter, going to bed! Fortunately, life goes on and my husband continually encourages me to take this time for myself. As he says, I'm much more pleasant to have around when I do so. (Should I be looking for a negative side to that statement?)
This is the top of a summer themed wall hanging (28" square) I've just completed. Ain't gonna be done to be displayed until next summer, but I'm still enthused about finishing it. First step is to mark the quilt lines (I want to hand quilt this one) which will take a couple of hours, then sandwich it with batting and backing before the quilting can begin.
While the above piece has been on my design wall for me to think about and decide just how I want to quilt it, I've worked on a counted X-stitch decorative piece to use when I put up my fall decorations . . . which will be soon now.
It measures approximately 6" x 8" and will sit on a shelf somewhere. With ears of Indian corn and a couple of small colored gourds around it, possibly.
That's all for today, friends. Papa Pea is outside setting up for making more kindling to fill our kindling bin for our winter's supply, and I need to get ready to join him. We're a smidge late doing this chore this year, but we have some dry (but crooked) rough-cut 2 x 4's that are magically (if only) going to be turned into kindling sticks. That will be a good thing, and another project to cross of the list.