Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Yes, I'll Take a Little Whine with My Cheese, Please

So far, it's been one of those weeks.  Did laundry, ironing and some errands on Monday, but felt like I didn't get much accomplished anyway.  Yesterday it rained heavily all day when I was all geared up to get lots done outside.  Funny how sometimes it's so hard to switch gears and feel good about it.

Today I did get outside and put in stakes with attached ropes to try to convince my trellis of decorative gourds to stay upright until the gourds can reach maturity.  Took more leaves off the Brussels sprout plants so the little sprouts could grow into big sprouts.

Neither Papa Pea nor I slept well last night because of high winds.  A couple more of the Brussels sprouts got laid flat along with all the remaining Ring of Fire sunflowers which I pulled out after thanking them for all the sunny bouquets they gave us this season.  Even the big heads on the cabbage plants didn't keep them from looking like someone gave them all a good push toward the west.  Although looking tipsy now, I think they're all still firmly attached by their roots.  But they do look a little strange.

I'm trying to figure out what to do about the big, awful, ugly, invasive dandelion plants that are growing smack dab in the center of so many of my strawberry plants.  Never seen anything like it.  Most of the plant will be destroyed by my digging out the dandelion.  Not that it's much better as it is now because the dandelions have literally suffocated out the strawberry plants in many spots.

I am going to take out the whole row of Earliglow strawberries and order new Cavendish (my best producer) plants to replant in that row next spring.  I've given the Earliglow variety a fair try (I think) and am not pleased with them.  No how, no way, nuh-uh.

I've been working on getting our winter's supply of kimchi made and stored away in the spare refrigerator.  I kept good records last year and know how many quart jars of the nutritious stuff I need for the winter months.  The veggies we like the best in the mixture are slicing cukes cut into chunks, sweet red pappers, carrots, onions and garlic.  Once I have those made and put by, I'm going to experiment making kimchi with mostly chopped cabbage.  Sort of like old-fashioned sauerkraut, but a little different.

Started another pair of socks for my husband and am turning the heel on the first sock.  Only problem is I tend to park myself on the couch at night and knit, knit, knit way too late, and have been getting to bed later than I should.  Then the next day, my wagon is draggin' and I'm a tad on the grumpy, grouchy side.  Just ask the man who's going to be the recipient of the pair of socks.  I'm afraid he's often the recipient of my foul mood.  From staying up too late knitting.  (But it's so addictive!)


Michelle said...

I know about that late night thing....

Goatldi said...

My you are busy. I am surprised that on the rainy day you didn't migrate to the quilting room. I am well tuned in taking advantage of any extra fibery moment I can find. But I must say you were productive even if a tad grumpy.
Don't know how you can stay awake while knitting. If I am at the end of the day and I start some knitting or spinning I quickly find myself snoozing in the case of spinning can we say "asleep at the wheel?"

SmartAlex said...

Do you have an asparagus knife? With those dandelions what I would do is go in deep from an angle outside the root ball of the strawberry plant with a good long asparagus knife and cut the tap root really low. Then if they have good leaves left they ought to pull right out of the strawberry plant.

Tim Inman said...

I use a fish fillet knife on dandelions like you're describing. Go in at an angle and cut the tap root. Then go away. Let the plant die in place - which it will. Later on, a few days later, you can just lift the limp deadish plant out of the ground with little disturbance next door.

wisps of words said...

I stay up too late, reading. And watching a series on Netflix or Prime. I understand, how it is so hard to stop!!!!

But next day, I can "do," at my leisure. Which makes a very big difference.

One of these years, you will retire, and be able to do likewise. ,-)))))

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - Yep, it feels so good to sit and do something you love and that is relaxing (knit-knit-knit, or in your case, perhaps spin-spin-spin!.) So why, being intelligent women (ahem), don't we find time for such enjoyable endeavors during the day?? Huh? HUH??

Goatldi - Believe me, I have been known to topple over sideways on the couch with the knitting needles still clasped in my hands!

SmartAlex - Well, you and my husband are both turning out to be a real Smart Alex!! That's exactly what he suggested I do . . .attack the roots with the asparagus knife. I've been trying to dig them out with my trusty trowel, but now I shall listen to both of you wise people and go at it that way.

Tim Inman - A method much like using the asparagus knife, I'm thinking. Thanks for commenting.

wisps of words - Watch your mailbox. I'm sending you part of my daily chore list to do!! ;o}

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

I am wondering to myself if I should start making kimchi. My boys love it, I do not because its too spicy for me. But. If I could find a not spicy at all recipe than I would give it a go. But sauerkraut....oh that's my fave :)

Mama Pea said...

MrsDM - I don't personally think my kimchi recipe is too spicy, but I know we all have our standards as far as what is spicy and what is not. :o} If you want to give it a try, go down to my Search box in the right hand side bar, enter Kimchi and you should find the post with my recipe in it. I do add the red pepper flakes, but you could leave them out, for sure.