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April and May. There was a lot of cooking and crafting in these last few weeks, but they are still on the camera.

A wee little sweater, isn't it cute? I've since put it safely away somewhere for the fall. I wonder where it is.


The beginning of a twin-size quilt, now on hold, since #1 is doing fine in a toddler bed and we have NO ROOM for a bigger bed for him. Also hauling a sewing machine around during naptime is hard enough, but lately naptime has evaporated and it's all we can do to make dinner happen.


Amazing Raisin Cake, with cream cheese icing, for Easter. It was sort of a compromise between traditional carrot cake and proper amazing raisin cake, which has whipped cream icing. I was informed that three tiers were excessive. Nonsense.


Peas from our garden. We got several harvests. This past weekend we collected the dry seeds (it looks like August out there) and composted the shrubbery in the new compost tumbler from my husband's parents. Composting so far is exciting. Can this go in? What about that? What strange sights will I behold when I open the lid this time? A garden spider took up residence in the air between it and our house, so that twice I walked straight into a magnificent web. Very disconcerting.


Roses, from my husband's ancestral home. A parting gift from his parents who have moved north.


Today I weeded. I couldn't take it anymore; the grass in the flowerbed was as tall as I am.
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Spring demands flowers. We went to the nursery and wandered around picking out some color for the garden. But the rain has done some good even for the poor souls already left in my charge; things are blossoming and leaves are appearing all over. For a time, we can forget the drought. It has been 90+ degrees this week, though, so we'd best not forget for long.











I set myself too many projects lately, as ever; I think it was one of my new years resolutions to be more sensible about how long things take to make. Instead, I just try to work harder to get it all done. (Doesn't work.)







The flannel robe is finished, and lovely to wear... or it would be if it wasn't so hot suddenly. I look forward to it for November.

I tried making a skirt (maternity) out of jersey knit. It's going to work; I need to buy some more fabric to add a panel for more swishiness, and therefore remove and put the waistband back on (ugh) but this is the first time I've had so much luck with sewing knit fabric. The machine didn't eat it or make a terrible mess, or anything! Part of this is finally using the right needle, the right stitch, and patience. The rest is probably that I'm making a full size garment out of cotton blend knit instead of a doll size garment out of slippery polyester. I used to try those, years ago, and they never went well. I resorted to handsewing, no pins used of course, which wasn't much better. Pins are great. Nearly always worth the effort.
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The rain has come every week since sometime in December. It is the strangest thing, and the garden loves it. Peas are popping up in the raised beds. The staghorn fern is flourishing. My camellia is blooming.









I know it can't last, but I love it. It was 85 and sunny yesterday, but there is rain forecast for the weekend. I was so delighted with the weather that I bought a new camella on Saturday and we planted it against the back fence. It is the same color as the one above, but with a larger flower. Shell pink. Dorothy James was the variety. I think the one I already had was called Tiny Star. There are so many kinds.
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Both of us are sick with colds, so naturally it was the perfect time to get up early this morning and bake bran muffins.


Yum! Very sweet.

state of the garden and crafts )

Carrots

Jun. 5th, 2013 05:44 pm
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Trader Joes has flowers, you see. Lovely ones, right when you walk in to get groceries. Lately they've had peonies.

But this post is about carrots, and cake. )
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Tis the season for stone fruit blossoms. It always seemed backwards to me, for the flowers to come before the leaves. The poor trees have been fasting all winter, yet they go all out producing glorious blooms, like putting on an opera right before the end of Lent. Where do they get the energy?


Toasted rice tea with some of my handmade cracked wheat oatmeal bread. Bulghur wheat is delicious and chewy. It is better than candy.

Roses

Feb. 15th, 2013 12:28 pm
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Happy belated Valentines Day!

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