Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Yard Work so far this spring

So I thought I would share some of what I've done so far this spring.

Last year we had removed 3 arborvitae trees from this corner of the house.  This spring, it's taken me about a month, with a little help from Rob .. to clean the rocks, lay down rubber mats under the trash cans, move the edging by those mats out to make it better. and regraded the ground in the corner, so that it will slope away from the house instead of to the house.  Here is what it looks like now.  Still needs a little raking and putting down more grass seed right on the lawn part here, but it's much better than what it was.


And here are the two pots that I put in the corner to add some interest and camouflage the drain pipe a little bit.


And then I added a couple of large pots around the patio. Still need a lot of work on the rocks to clean them. but I'll get to it eventually. 

Here are my two pots of herbs ...



And a few pots with flowers that I just planted up tonight.


 This one below, will hopefully have some morning glory climbing up the trellis ...
with petunias around the edge.


My bulb bed is getting ready to bloom ... Don't have flowers for the large blue pot yet .. still working on that.



And here is one of our trees in full bloom tonight ...


I have purchased a few tomatoes and green peppers this year.  I'll try to get these in the garden tomorrow night after work. There just wasn't time tonight before it got dark.



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Postcard #4 - Yeah!

So I received another postcard yesterday!  This is fun seeing the postcards from all over.
This one is from a state park in Alabama. Laurel Falls, DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama.




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Postcard Swap 1

Here is a postcard I just received from a postcard swap I'm participating in on Ravelry.com.  I should get a total of 5 since I sent out 5.  I know 3 of mine have reached their destination so far.


The other side says that this is from Chandelier Drive Thru Tree in the Redwood Forest of California, but that the postcard is decades old as they haven't allowed cars near here in a very long time! So neat!

Here is a newly opened Hibiscus bloom from a plant that was a cutting from my larger hibiscus plant.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stash Dash 2017

So there's this thing called "Stash Dash".  It's a friendly competition, mostly with yourself, which is hosted by a couple of women who call themselves "The Knit Girllls".  The Stash Dash runs from 12:01am on May 26th and will run through 11:59pm August 20th this year, and the goal is to finish as many projects as you can. You then count your finished meters, and you then post at Ravelry the number of meters you accomplished. I accomplished 7750.6  yards or 7085.6 meters. I'd say that's pretty good. Here are the items I've done. It includes knitting, crochet, and spinning.







Monday, June 19, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spinning - I learned!

Well, I learned how to spin on a drop spindle.  Here are two small skeins that I finished today.

Here's pictures of them before they were soaked and set...





Here is a picture of the finished "skeins".  Look nice?




The blue/cream one is 8 yards and is two different fibers plied together - the blue is silk, wool, & mohair, and the cream of this skein is wool/silk.  Both of these fibers I received in a drop spindle class that I took last weekend in Madison from the Madison Knitters Guild. This is close to a worsted weight I think.

The all white skein (off-white?) is 25ish yards and is a corriedale fiber (wool) that I purchased at Bahr Creek Llama & fiber shop in Cedar Grove, WI.  It turned out a bit lumpier and more "homespun" that I wanted, but, hey .. it's my first skeins! Definitely a heavy worsted or chunky weight yarn.

Here is a closeup.