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Tree-scaping

(I have so many many catch-up posts to do it feels overwhelming so I’ll try that at other times when quilting and farming aren’t so busy.)

Today we knocked one more thing off my list of house jobs that I need P’s help.  I’ve wanted this tree replaced for years!  Last week I talked to the landscape place and they don’t need much lead time so I said that today we’d take out the old one.

I guess P was on board with me as we got it done before rain came an hour later.   After not coming in all week until 8 or 9 p.m. I was sure he’d be too tired to do this job.

before B

Chain around the tree and a big tractor to pull…..
and the tree broke off at the ground.  Rotten.  I said it needed to be gone years ago!!

But huge roots and sucker trees coming up took a lot more work.  I moved rocks and bricks, pulled branches and roots, and hooked the chain off & on.

middle B

After this corner was put back to some semblance of life, we finished planting the onion starts.  We have 4 kinds and P counted 40 plants of one kind.  That is the only bundle with a few starts left so we probably have 150 onions.

We’ve had light rain for the last 5 hours so that is good for the fields and the garden.

Planting Set-Up

This is our set-up (as of now) for spring planting this year.

planting set up
The tractor came a week ago to replace the horrid one that we tried to buy last spring.  The seller continued to help P (albeit on the slow side of life…) and finally made the deal for this one and it was delivered.

A few issues P has had to work out but that is normal.   We only get used machinery so that is normal and why he wants things ahead of the season.  The planter is also new-to-us and he has redone some things on there to make it more for his liking and style of farming.  Tons of hoses and monitors and connectors to be installed, switched over, reprogrammed for both pieces.  Coulters, seed monitors, row wheels, I don’t even know half of it!

The current aim to to start planting the end of this week or next week.  We’ll see if our plans work out with the weather and all the equipment running well.

The Kitchen

The chairs are still in the basement!!
I dyed fabric – a c r o s s – the kitchen floor on Friday and Saturday so the table was scooted as close to the dishwasher as possible.  While the table was out of the way I thought I should clean.  So last night, I used my big steamer for the floor.
This morning, with a new breath, I asked P to shove the table to the other side of the room so I could clean the dishwasher side.  My rational was the steamer was already out so I should do it now.  Which led me to think the head of the steamer would fit under the stove drawer so I unloaded the drawer.  Cleaned the drawer so it looks like new.  Figured out HOW to get the drawer out and unscrewed it.  Saw a lump of something I preferred to not identify specifically under there, so I was glad Phil was inside for the proper removal.  I could then see it is not linoleum under the stove but just plywood so I only wiped it out with paper towels.  I reinstalled the drawer and put less things back in there than when I started.  Again my mother will “gasp in horror” as I threw away worn but “fine” pans.
By then the steamer was heated and I mopped half the kitchen floor.  (that part probably took me 8 mins after the preceeding 30 mins of prep)Later, there will be another breath to put away the steamer.
And next week I’ll go buy a new small skillet for the next time I want an egg…. over-not-easy-neither-not-quite-hard.There went the last hour.  Cleaning, setting the table, breakfast.  Now I have work to do…  hopefully this will suffice.  It is true.  I have dirt.  I clean it.  Sometimes.

Mini Design Boards

I’ve had this idea from Pinterest for awhile and just had the push and weekend to do it.  The final push is that the largest one will really help me with assembly of #5, the UFO challenge quilt.

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Tutorial part 1
Tutorial part 2

I’ve had the foam board for a bit and the price on the back was $5.99 but from Hobby Lobby.  I know I bought it when it was either 50% off or with a coupon.

The batting is from scraps of my quilts.

The binding edge is some of my first snow dyed fabric.  It is a Kona Cotton fabric and too coarse that I didn’t really want it on a quilt.  And this is all about free and cheap.  So I pulled fabric I already had to use it!

As much as I love my bias tape makers, they just weren’t right for this edging.  I followed the tutorial instructions with pressing and stitching the binding as written and really it was best.

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The edges are just anchored with the hot glue gun.  Easy!  My largest design board is 16″ x 32″ and the smallest is 10″ x 10″.

I’m sure you’ll see these in use in future posts.

Guild UFOs

This year for one of the quilt guilds, we have a UFO challenge.  Before our first meeting of the year (March b/c Feb we were snowed-in), we filled in a form with 5 UFOs we’d like to complete this year.  (UnFinishedObject… in this case, a quilt)   I wanted to participate but have clearly told myself that it may not be something I can accomplish every 2 months.

The program chair collected the forms as we arrived and then randomly pulled a number during her report.  This month (to start in March and bring to the meeting in May) is number 5.

I checked my form at home that night and my #5 is the only one that I put on the list that isn’t started.  Nadda.  I have pattern.  I have the fabrics.  I have the reason I want it.  Not started.

In 2 weeks, I have colored in the black & white pattern and cut pieces for 3 of the 4 accent colors.  Enough cutting to get my will power going so I’m eager to squeeze in work on this.

Outside the Box — pattern and a few pages of the “pattern from hell” and the most complicated one I have ever seen!!

page

I got a bum deal on the pattern.  Found the pattern and fabrics at a booth at a quilt show.  Looked over the pattern in my room that night and thought – what a nightmare!  Once home, I looked online for ways other people had made the quilt and found not. much.  Then I found the pattern writer and her website.  It is a download purchase so I assume in color.  And $2 less than I paid for the black & white at the show.  :(    I’ve tossed & turned about giving another $10 for the color pattern but one evening just colored A, B, C, and D fabrics with colored pencils for the cutting and assembly pages.  All will be well.

The cutting is 1 piece at a time.  Slow.  But steady and all has gone great so far.  The cut pieces are sorted per instructions into the 4 bags as I go.  Maybe but still no betting… it will be a top at least by the May meeting.  Hoping it is a good planting week and I can feed the men and get to the meeting.  I’ll take as much as I have finished.

04

The background is a light aqua from Kaffe and the 4 accent fabrics.  Who knows what color shows on your monitor.  It will be a large wallhanging…whenever finished.

I’m calling this project Number 5 (#5) for now for many reasons.  UFO list item #5, for our child #5’s room are a few things.

Saturday Road Trip

P took an afternoon off and we went for a drive and dinner out for his birthday.  We decided to visit a large but remote shoe store that carries a large selection of all sorts & styles but we were specifically looking for new work boots for P.

The store was packed as we expected for a nearly spring Saturday afternoon.  But midst personal service, foot measuring, getting sizes from the warehouse, and help with fitting & lacing, we were done in 1/2 hour!

We continued to wander as we aimed for our intended supper spot, as behind the Cheddar Curtain the back roads are paved and not gravel.  We could enjoy a different route & view and keep on good roads.

He said the roller coaster ride would only cost me $5… I get car sick and it was rolling & curving & much more than I wanted that day.

Supper was good enough.  No waiting but we could order off the dinner menu even at 4:50 p.m.

For his birthday, of course I knew he’d want some dessert.  They had lots of options!  He was getting dessert to go, so a great choice of apple-something ala mode was off the list.  First choice = Oh, we are out of that.  Second choice = (yells to someone to ask) No, we are out of that.   The waitress listed 3 options.  He chose the Sawdust Pie — something local (?) but coconut, graham cracker crumbs, walnuts, in a pie like the goo of pecan pie.

He wasn’t impressed when he had it later at home.  I took a bite and as much as I love coconut and a good cheat, I didn’t really like it either.

P’s boots are just great.
The local baby swiss cheese is yummy!

I took my camera and since we weren’t in a hurry, I thought we’d stop at various scenic places for photos.  Much too car sick for any idea like that!  So besides photos of pretty scenes you have also missed the sign for County Road K,  the double signs for “such & such” Cemetery –>  and 30′ farther was a county sign “Dead End”, and the dizzying effect of being underneath the wind turbines.

I love my shoes — $29 + $2 pink shoelaces = fun!!
shoe box

Water Repair

The deep water fixer and his backhoe came on Friday.  Thankfully The Farmer was home and did the back & forth to the basement with shutting off the well pump and turning it back on multiple times!  I could continue with my work and not to have to juggle the dog, the repair man, and my own work for the day.

Mar 7

The area around the faucet thing is packed in straw for now.  To help it heal?  I’m joking! … but it sure is a terrible muddy mess out there now.   That’s OK.  I like warm sunshine better than clouds and cold.  If this source of water works and the men can rinse off their hands before coming to the house, that is all good.

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