Friday, August 5, 2011

Once more domesticated

At last, I finally stopped leaving my fur on the furniture, stopped soiling the carpets, and have learned to keep the food in and over the bowl, oh, and I started quilting and making jam again.  My sister has an apricot tree loaded with the delicious fruit and she’s given me two bags full to use how I will.  I made jam and syrup (the syrup was a mistake but still functional and tasty).  The jam turned out perfectly and the first jar is nearly gone.  I can hardly wait for the tomatoes to get ripe for salsa.   I’m really a beginner when it comes to vegetable gardens and get such a thrill when things ripen for the picking and really peeved when I find a bug treating my labors like his own open market.  Along with dealing with the demise of bugs, I learned you need to plant several rows of corn together so they can help each other in the pollinating process but, miraculously, even my two short rows have 5 red silk topped ears growing out of the stalks’ sides.

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As for the quilts, I am in the process of using up the fabric I already have.  It’s been so fun, trying to see what will go with what.  I’ve been working on a scrap quilt, soooo fun and soooo easy, and will show it once I finish it.  My sister Dani just had her birthday and I was able to put together a  nap/throw blanket for her.

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I loved this one so much I almost kept it for myself.  Don’t those fabrics just say, “happy?”  Who could possibly have a nightmare while cuddled up napping in this garden of poppies, hibiscus, lemons and polka-dots (I’m sure polka-dots could be found somewhere in a garden)?  Sweet dreams Dani and Happy Birthday!


The DeGiulio's said...

Love the quilt it turned out beautifully. I'd love to learn how to make home made jam its so delicious. Every time we walk by your house I admire your garden. We finally finished our garden area & we've only been in our house for almost 4 years now. Im excited to plant next Spring so you'll have to give me some tips.

Deanne said...

Cute quilt. Can't wait to see your scrap quilt. I love the idea of quilting - picking out fabrics and creating a pattern, but have never actually assembled one from start to finish. I'm impressed (especially when you have two 1 year olds running around). I only have Archer and I feel like I can't get a thing done. Good for you!

mommymuse said...

So jealous of the quilting! I miss that! Dani's quilt is gorgeous. I agree--happy is the right word to describe it! And now jam making, too. You're making me feel hopelessly inferior in the domestic goddess arena, Becky :).

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