Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday's chores - WAIWO - 07-30-13

Wow!  Just figured out - if I want to show as having used 100 yards this year in quilts - then I need to use 5.5 yards (slightly less, actually!) a week!  Backings - here I come!

Woke up early - was SUPPOSED to go to Sturbridge with son today to help move the rest of his stuff - but his job (he's on call 24/7) meant that he was up until 4 AM.  His bride is not going to be happy!  Their bed is still in Sturbridge (a case of each thought the other had it in truck/moving van, etc.  It wasn't!)  Can't blame her a bit though.  They were NOT ready to move - even though they said they were!  Or at least they didn't pack the way I would have (of course, I packed EVERYTHING = except for my clothes which I almost left behind!)

Went out to garden - wheezing and hacking the whole way.  I think powdery mildew has hit my cukes and my squash.  It happens when there is beastly hot weather followed by rain and super cooled weather. Which just about describes the weather around here.  I am NOT happy and may lose ALL the squash as a result - including the pink banana and the striped gooseneck that I have been so hungering for.  Worst yet - the mildew spreads - and will remain in the soil for something like 10 years.  I rotate - but not sure I can rotate crops well enough to keep out of the 10 year minimum areas.  Blast it!  If this is - I wonder how a strong vinegar rinse poured as hot as possible over the soil would do!  Researching disease now.

FINALLY one of the yellow pear tomatoes are ripe - well, ALMOST ripe!  seems silly to get so excited over something so small!

Sweet corn - the first batch is ripening too!  Had one ear yesterday - for some reason - was a very SHRIMPY little ear!  have 2 more batches to go.  Was supposed to be 3 (one even planted twice!) - but one batch didn't even bother to show up! (the one planted TWICE, of course!)  May have to forgo the organic part and go buy in sweet corn - hate to spend the price though!

Made some sweet tea of a combo of teas - Tetley black tea (2 bags) and 2 bags of (embarrassed grin here!) Celestial Seasonings' Sugar Cookie Tea (which actually is not too bad - IF sweetened!)

Ticked off at my last batch of bread though - which SUNK and was overly crusty (couldn't eat the crust - and I LIKE crusts!) as well as having supersized holes!  Think I will go back to my tried and true - WITHOUT the bread machine bread!

re housework - ummm - didn't do much yesterday except sew - and mostly listen to audiobooks (Giving quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini - LOVE that audiobook!)  so today - am STARTING with yesterday's list - and then proceeding to whatever I can do of today's!

GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - pouring rain off and on - no gardening today - looks pretty nice, actually!
  • Harvest
    • DONE sweet corn????
    • HAVE 2 LOVELY ONES, but didn't harvest them eggplant
    • DONE tomatoes
    • DONE cucumbers
STUDIES  - 4 days only (I figure I will be helping out at Lynn and Nathan's at least 1 day)
  • Religion - each day's readings/mini books
  • Read
  • Math - 1 lesson per day
  • Russian -
  • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
  • Social Studies - hold this week
  • Science - hold this week
QUILT
KITCHEN
MENU
DONE B: Homemade bread, toasted, with creamed cheese
DONE L: pasta fagioli soup
DONE D: cheese omelet with veggies of every description - was good

Monday, July 29, 2013

Design Wall for Week 30 - 07-29-13

Old swap
First of all  - to get the swaps double checked, addressed and mailed.  Also - to take final pix of each.
F8 Fruit Basket Swap
Summer Breeze by Kim Brackett
Hurricane Sandy - needs final quilting

Stash Report for Week 30

07-28-13 - Week 30 - So close - yet so far!!!!  Well - it's STILL far!!!!  
Oh yes, - need to get my SWAPS done!  Went to demo/gift idea day at the LQS yesterday - WOW!!!!!  Lots of ideas - although I'm still troubled by gift ideas for Sherry (dil's mom!) and for my dil as well!  Same for son!  Hmmmm!

Used This Week: 0 yard
Used This Month: 0 yard for July
Used Year to Date: 15.88  yds.

Added This Week: 0 yards
Added This Month: 0 yards for July
Added Year to Date: 35.59 yards

Net Used for 2013: - 19.71 yards

Focus for Week 30 - essentially - maybe so!!!

Long bed where peas were.
Butter peas and field peas still down at the end.  This end - I replanted with bush beans.
Dried pea plants mark edges of beds - divisions for each kind of beans. Will update next week
-HOUSE
  1. ZONE 1
    1. Back Stairs
    2. Side Porch - time spent with back stairs - 1 day's work
    3. Dining Area
      1. Declutter
        1. in process of Clear dining room table
        2. DONE Shelving in laundry area
        3. DONE Dryer - set up on laundry room shelving - flat board underneath to catch stuff.
        4. DONE canning stuff on above shelves 
      2. Clean
      3. make up list
  2. ZONE 2
    1. Kitchen
      1. Make a map of the kitchen and map out areas....
        1. DONE Food preparation
        2. DONE Food storagae
        3. DONE Baking
        4. DONE Appliance garage
        5. DONE Clean up area
      2. Declutter
      3. Clean
        1. DONE Dishwasher
        2. garbage 
          1. DONE cans
          2. DONE garbage area
  3. ZONE 3
    1. BATHROOM - WHB - 
      1. DONE clean
      2. DONE Scour
      3. DONE Floor
    2. LAUNDRY ROOM - WHB
      1. DONE Clean
      2. DONE Scour
      3. DONE Laundry
      4. DONE Floor
      5. DONE Move shelving in when floor is dry
      6. DONE Put stuff away
    3. Sewing Room
      1. Declutter
        1. DONE Make sure all fabrics are put away properly.
        2. DONE Make sure all projects are labeled properly - and have book/directions with them
        3. DONE Make sure all books put away properly
      2. Clean
        1. DONE Ceiling
        2. DONE Fingerprints on walls/woodwork
        3. DONE windows and sills
        4. DONE blinds
        5. DONE machines
        6. DONE shelving
        7. DONE floors and scrubbing
      1. make up list
    4. Study
  4. ZONE 4
    1. My room
      1. Declutter
        1. DONE Clean/clear closet
        2. DONE the CORNER!!!!  
        3. DONE although I STILL haven't found a permanent home for it! Exercise stuff - find better way/place for it - shelving????
      2. Clean
        1. DONE Closet - really scour as poss. 
        2. DONE Take bed apart - clean and SPRAY the derned thing!
        3. DONE Change sheets, bedding
        4. DONE Dresser - Clean/repair  Top should be EMPTY!!!!
        5. DONE Ceiling
        6. DONE Fingerprints on walls/woodwork
        7. DONE windows and sills
        8. DONE blinds
        9. DONE machines
        10. DONE shelving
        11. DONE DUST!!!!
        12. DONE floors and scrubbing
      3. make up list
  5. ZONE 5
    1. Living Room
      1. Declutter
        1. DONE Shelving (goes to laundry room)
        2. DONE Stuff on shelving - most of it - freecycle
        3. DONE Garden stuff
        4. DONE Magazines
        5. DONE books
      2. Clean
      GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - am Late with fall planting!  Still - only by a day on most - and still early for leafy stuff!
      • weed
        • DONE sweet corn/okra/squash
        • DONE tomato/eggplant/pepper/cucumbers
        • DONE green beans/peas
        • DONE potatoes/roots
        • DONE coles/salads
      • Other
        • DONE Tie up tomatoes - errant branches again!
      • Plant
        • Salad Section
          • DONE Greens
          • DONE Lettuce
      • Thin
        • DONE Radishes (winter)
      • Harvest
        • DONE raspberries
        • DONE green beans
        • DONE sweet corn????
        • DONE eggplant
        • DONE rhubarb????
        • DONE cream peas????
        • no butterpeas????
        • DONE tomatoes
        • DONE cucumbers
        • DONE Pea pods
        • only a few potatoes
      QUILT
      • DONE Stash Report
      • DONE Design Wall report

      It's Monday!!!! WAIWO - 07-29-13

      Garden - 2013 - re-planted blackberry bushes (needs fence), cherry and peach trees.
       Beans planted - second planting - first planting of peas left
       include butterpeas, field peas, pea pods at other end of long bed
          GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - pouring rain off and on - no gardening today - looks pretty nice, actually!
          • Harvest - not today - I'll dissolve - as well as spread soil-borne disease through raspberries, tomatoes, beans, cukes, squash
            • raspberries
            • beans
            • tomatoes as ready
            • cucumbers
            • early potatoes?????? (mixed bed- 1 of 3 - some potatoes dieing back in first bed!)
          STUDIES  - still working on catchup stuff!
          • Religion - each day's readings/mini books
          • Math - 1 lesson per dayIA
          • Russian - 
          • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
          • Social Studies - hold this week
          • Science - hold this week
          QUILT
          • DONE Stash Report
          • DONE Design Wall report
          • Swaps
            • DONE F8
          KITCHEN
          MENU
          DONE B: Biscuit, egg, frappe
          DONE L: Soup, tomato salad with vinaigrette, black pepper, crusty brown bread
          DONE D: tomato cheese puff, pilaf???, sweet corn????

          Friday, July 26, 2013

          Yeehaw! It's Friday Again - WAIWO - 07-26-13

          Nathan and Lynn at their wedding
          Sometime today my son is supposed to call me.  I was just over there - and he has been embarrassed to call me ("my mess and we'll sort it out").  Sherry and the girls have been over there to help and I haven't even been called (nor accepted when I went over there).  Frankly, I feel left out!  So - I took the bull by the horns, and went over there this morning and confronted my son - will go back around noon.  He is super busy with work (his office is at his home and he goes nuts with business calls and training people and resolving problems, setting up networks, etc. etc.).  Lynn has a concussion from a student falling on her last week (Lynn teaches acrobatics, dance procedures and choreography to college kids and her team is going to nationals.  She was "spotting" a kid who was off the ground to prevent them from falling and hurting themselves.  Instead the youngster fell on her!  Definite concussion!) and their little dog is NOT used to living on a busy street (they just moved) and barks at EVERYTHING! which of course gives her horrible headaches! and which means NO rest!

          Anyway - in terms of clean up at the old place - that isn't happening yet - no time, no good health.  In terms of cleanup at the new place - no time, no good health.  Sherry has been helping out as much as able.  And I want to help too - I'm VERY GOOD at packing/unpacking/cleaning up and scouring things and putting things away again.  Except for my house which is a whole other story!  But I DID the above for YEARS and raised my son accordingly - as well as put myself into and through college by scrubbing floors. (and then found out how much my college degree was worth - so for a time went back to scrubbing floors! that was before I landed my job in a different part of the country as a social worker.  Easier to scrub floors I think.) So - I will be doing that later on today.  And probably all weekend as well.  and hopefully Lynn will GET SOME REST!

          Until Nathan calls me and says come on over, however......

          HOUSE (will work on catchup stuff first!)
              GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - pouring rain off and on - no gardening today - looks pretty nice, actually!
              • weed

              • Plant
                • Harvest - not today - I'll dissolve - as well as spread soil-borne disease through raspberries, tomatoes, beans, cukes, squash
              STUDIES  - working on catchup stuff first
                • Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                • Math - 1 lesson per day
                • Russian - 
                • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                • Social Studies - hold this week
                • Science - hold this week
                QUILT I am so behind that I burst out laughing when I say CATCH UP things!  Summer breeze set aside - MUST work on Hurricane Sandy!
                • NEW quilt - Belize???? 
                KITCHEN
                • Freeze 
                • Dehydrate
                • Make
                MENU
                DONE B: leftover raspberry cobbler, omelet  (cobbler good - BUT too sweet!  I like tart! definitely too greasy!)
                DONE L: soup - the mystery one
                DONE D: Chicken and dumplings, green beans, some more of that cobbler, melon (finish 'er up!), challah

                MENU FOR SATURDAY
                DONE B: coffeecake, milk
                DONE L: stew?  veggies, either chicken or beef or eggplant parmesan,  challah, fruit
                DONE D:fish cakes, tartare sauce, boiled potatoes, peas, fruit

                Thursday, July 25, 2013

                Thursdays are a bit of a pain.... WAIWO 07-25-13

                Not looking forward to going outside although it is lovely and cool and would make working in the garden a JOY instead of mosquito battling!  Why?  Because it is so lovely and cool - I can definitely tell where every joint in my body is!  Oh well - I need the exercise and movement to free up those joints!

                On the schedule today - definitely the garden work here - and then I'm still working on a backlog of "catch-up" on this week's housework and study projects!  As for quilting - ummmm - well, most definitely that too!

                HOUSE - too bad they don't give awards for NOT cleaning the house!!!!
                    GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - am Late with fall planting!  Still - only by a day on most - and still early for leafy stuff!
                    • weed
                      • DONE Tomatoes
                      • DONE squash
                      • DONE rest of the herbs
                      • DONE corn/okra
                    • Other
                      • DONE Tie up the rest of the tomatoes
                      • DONE OR TRIED TO Move errant squash back INTO the squash bed - AGAIN!
                    • Plant
                      • Salad sections
                        • greens of various types
                          • ESPEC mustard
                          • Kale
                          • Collards
                          • I think all the turnip greens are done - if not, that too!
                        • Salad stuff - 
                          • lettuce
                          • mache
                          • endive
                    • Harvest
                      • DONE raspberries
                      • DONE tomatoes as ready
                      • DONE herbs
                    STUDIES  
                      • Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                        • Read IAM, Ch. 12, 1-3 read - consider
                        • Song we sing -  10, 23
                      • Math - 1 lesson per day
                        • Lesson 59
                      • Russian - 
                        • Lesson 15 - needs lots of review!
                      • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                        • 10-5
                      • Social Studies - hold this week
                      • Science - hold this week
                      QUILT
                      • I wish!  NOT DONE Machine quilting - Baby quilt 1 - Grid pattern
                      KITCHEN
                      • Freeze 
                        • would be DONE  except I keep eating them! raspberries
                        • Pea pods
                      • Dehydrate
                        1. Herbs
                        2. Cucumbers????? - or better yet - can pickles
                        3. Beans
                        4. Eggplant
                      • Make
                        1. Bread - regular weekday, challah on Friday
                        2. DONE Coffeecake????
                        3. Pancake/waffle/biscuit mix - BIG bin - and store with directions
                      MENU
                      DONE B: rolled oats with raspberries
                      DONE L: melon, lo casserole ???? OR pasta salad
                      DONE D: Blintzes - I keep putting these off - somewhat labor intensive mostly because they get devoured as soon as they are made~!!!  Anyway - will have cream cheese and raspberry filling (think crepes).  
                      May make melon sorbet - oh yum!!!!! and will freeze leftover juices too for future sorbets!  Need a bit of lemon juice though to pick up the flavor.

                      Wednesday, July 24, 2013

                      The ANTS who came to a picnic......

                      This is something I've been talking about for a while - and have waffled about back and forth quite a bit.  Actually - this is part of a children's book I'm writing (part of a series) and may have merit - or it may get buried so deeply that NO ONE will know any more about it.  And it takes time.

                      As for the quilt part - that's kind of a picture project part of it.  Which is one of MANY reasons I haven't shown any pictures.

                      Re the pictures - they are going SLOWLY.  VERY slowly - just about like the story - and then it has to go through editing - or re-write and all.  I think it will be cute.  Hopefully.  Mostly I hope it will appeal to little littles - or maybe even not so little littles! (Heck - I have another story I have to work on re-write that both my dd and I fell in love with one of the characters!)  Anyway - we'll see!


                      Wednesday - oh yippee! It's the MIDDLE of the week! WAIWO 07-24-13

                      Summer Breeze - still waiting for borders!
                      Rained yesterday - a LOT!  Waited and went out to weed this morning - STILL wet - or at least wet enough.  I did some weeding in paths, weeded some of herbs - and that's about it.  If we don't have a monsoon rain this PM - I should be able to weed the rest of the tomatoes (excepting those I did this AM before I decided it was too wet!) and pick beans, cucumbers (which I didn't touch this AM and which SOMETHING has walked through and may have infected the cukes with that powdery mildew - keeping a CLOSE eye on that.  If so - then OUT the plant will come - and NOT to composting either - to a trashbag and dumped.  Powdery mildew will spread to squash, melons as well as cukes - and similar virii (viruses???) will attack tomatoes, peppers and eggplants as well.  Ugh!  Wish it would extend to weeds - would almost be worth it - particularly if it wiped out crabgrass!

                      Still - romas are ripening - one "fell" into my hands - will eat at lunch along with my "pea-picker" cherry tomatoes.  Yellow pears are LOADed - just green as gourds!  Drat it anyway!  They're my favorite for eating out of hand with those grape tomatoes a close second!

                      Catching up on what I didn't get done Monday or Tuesday otherwise.  Hopefully will get caught up!

                      Haven't made kitchen map - BUT know where most things will go...... Some probs though:

                      1. Food storage 
                        1. OBVIOUSLY has to go on metal shelves - in dining area
                        2. Soln - a "curtain" to fit around inside of metal shelves - on rods so I can pull back or even tie back
                      2. Food preparation
                        1. See baking arrangement.  Also pots and pans - was SUPPOSED to go in a center island - which has not happened - and frankly, with table in there - it isn't overly likely.  Still would love to hang pots and pans - but then I'm not fond of headaches either!
                      3. Baking
                        1. I LIKE storing mixing bowls, etc. in drawers - may keep them there.  And obviously - flour, etc. in small amts can be stored above with major amounts (bulk wheat storage) over on shelves which are nearby).  Would prefer to move the canisters though.  Maybe a "shelf" arrangement? with something on top???
                      4. Appliance garage
                        1. don't know how much of a "garage"it is - BUT - between stove and sink below cab is a good possibility.  Also counter is small enough it is out of way of major mixing, etc.
                      5. Clean up area 
                        1. Obviously the sink/dishwasher area.  
                        2. Also holds glasses, plates, etc.
                        3. wish it would hold dinnerware trays.
                        4. SOLNs - 
                          1. Carry food to table - same with dishes, etc. - on tray.  Carry used dishes back to sink on same
                          2. consider moving towel/dishcloth bin to inside of laundry area.  That drawer can become new dish utensil drawer.  Not sure if big enough though.
                          3. Cups on double rack above saucers, etc.
                          4. Need new dish drainer and rack - needs to be DW safe
                      Also behind on studies - somewhat.  but pretty much as usual.  Will study then clean then study then clean, etc. until either done with studies or with housework - if such is possible!

                      Oh yeah - re the housework - the reason I have scheduled SO MUCH is because with the advent of heat and then monsoon rains - the blasted mosquitoes, gnats, and anythning else came inside where it is cooler and where there is live food (me!)  So in self defense (I don't LIKE mosquitoes, stinging/biting gnats! nor any other little critter that belongs OUTSIDE) this place is getting a major clean - and then hopefully son will spray!

                      Canning things - oh yeah - on my schedule - BUT have to wait until first of month (and check) for money to get lids, etc.  Until then - it is dehydrator time - which is my first choice on most things anyway - except for pickles/jellies, obviously!

                      Am "drilling" on facebook on list I belong to - getting some things done and out of the way.  Also drinking tea - a LOT!  Weather lovely out - just wish mosquitoes and allergies would LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!

                      Will be heading back out to harvest stuff in another hour - then dehydrator - here I come!  Who knows - I may actually get my refrig clean tonight!

                      HOUSE - ahhhhhhhhh - housework successfully avoided for another day!!!!
                          GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - am Late with fall planting!  Still - only by a day on most - and still early for leafy stuff!
                          • weed
                            • DONE Beans
                            • DONE - The Roma side anyway!Tomatoes
                          • Other
                            • DONE - romas onlyTie up tomatoes
                            • DONE Check out sweet corn SOMEONE - uh, some ANIMAL flattened!
                          • Harvest - on hold until PM - still too wet out
                            • DONE raspberries
                            • DONE beans
                            • DONE pea pods
                            • DONE - one Roma ready and maybe 5 cherry tomatoes (I harvested a bunch yesterday) tomatoes as ready
                            • DONE cucumbers
                            • DONE herbs
                            • DONE early potatoes?????? (mixed bed- 1 of 3 - some potatoes dieing back in first bed!)
                            • DONE Eggplant?
                          STUDIES  - 4 days only (I figure I will be helping out at Lynn and Nathan's at least 1 day)
                          • Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                            • Read It's a Mitzvah Ch. 12, 130-135
                            • Song we sing -  47, 63
                          • Math - 1 lesson per day
                            • Lesson 58
                          • Russian - 
                            • Lesson 15 - needs lots of review!
                          • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                            • 10-4
                          • Social Studies - hold this week
                          • Science - hold this week
                          KITCHEN
                          MENU
                          DONE B: Fried eggs with cracked pepper, toast and butter
                          DONE L: Cheese sandwich?  May make cheese spread which I dearly love - too much dearly love! Melon
                          DONE D: Leftovers - this is when my microwave (which replacement sits in a big box used for a coffeetable in my living room waiting for that "someday" when son will install.  Melon

                          Monday, July 22, 2013

                          Tuesday, Tuesday - What do I do? WAIWO 07-23-13

                          Summer Breeze by Kim Brackett from Scrap-Basket Surprises
                          Needs the rest of the borders - 3 borders (or 6" to each side!)
                          HOUSE - oh well - never said this was my favorite list of chores - do NOT like to clean!
                          GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - am Late with fall planting! And it has not only been raining - but DRENCHING the area - beans, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers do NOT like for people to walk in them when wet!  So - delaying until tomorrow!

                          STUDIES  - 4 days only (I figure I will be helping out at Lynn and Nathan's at least 1 day)
                          • Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                            • DONE Read Jewish Woman Ch. 4, 115-135
                            • DONE Song we sing -  22, 83
                          • Math - 1 lesson per day
                            • DONE Lesson 57
                          • Russian - 
                            • DONE Lesson 15 - needs lots of review!
                          • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                            • DONE 10-3
                          • Social Studies - hold this week
                          • Science - hold this week
                          KITCHEN
                          • Make
                            1. DONE Soups -  Cabbage potato soup???, Vegetable soup.
                          MENU
                          DONE and VERY good!!! B: Raspberry Fritters
                          DONE - yum - though traditionally a winter soup!  I just had the makings for it!!! L: Cabbage-potato soup
                          DONE D: Mac and cheese - used leftover odds and ends of cheeses, green beans, melon

                          Design Wall for Week 29

                          Hand applique and quilting - Ants come to the Picnic (aka Peggy's Picnic tablecloth)
                          will be putting this up on design board and showing pix later this week - hopefully!

                          Summer Breeze - started last Thursday!  only the rest of the borders need to be added -
                          THEN quilting - may do a tie with pink yarn - not sure!

                          Hurricane Sandy quiltlet - actually table topper - will get this one DONE right after I get Summer Breeze done!

                          Baby blanket - I keep thinking of adding more borders - yellows and greens???? It's AWFULLY narrow!
                          This one MIGHT be worked on by weekend - grid pattern I think.  Maybe.
                          This one is Child's Choice - will be appliqued toys in center of Child's Choice blocks.
                          My Scrappy kitty keeps choosing this one for me to work on - I put it away - she drags it out and drags it to me (still in the plastic bag! I opened plastic bag to cut some of the shine in the picture)

                          What on Earth Am I Doing Today???? WAIWO 07-22-13

                          Scrappy - who loves sunny yellow and bright pink fabrics
                          Hmmm - I had best get it together today for sure - this coming Sun is class again!  And I am NOT ready!

                          DONE NAP  - YUP and it was a mighty fine nap too!
                          HOUSE
                          • Bathroom
                            • Declutter 
                              • DONE Stuff under sink
                              • DONE Stuff on shelving
                              • DONE Consider dumping cosmetics - stuff is as old as the hills!
                              • DONE Perfumes - uhm - same as above
                            • Clean
                              • DONE Ceiling
                              • DONE  fan
                              • DONE Fingerprints on walls/woodwork
                              • DONE Window
                              • DONE blinds
                              • DONE Towel bin
                              • DONE Fixtures
                              • DONE Floor and molding
                            • DONE make up list
                          • Laundry Area
                            • Declutter - 
                              • DONE Laundry room - move shelving in
                              • DONE check out all stuff in there
                              • DONE set up shelving properly
                              • DONE set up thingy for hanging cleaning stuff
                            • Clean
                              • DONE Ceiling
                              • DONE Fingerprints on walls/woodwork
                              • DONE windows and sills
                              • DONE blinds
                              • DONE machines
                              • DONE shelving
                              • DONE floors and scrubbing
                            • DONE make up list
                          • Front Porch
                            • Clean
                              • DONE Cobwebs, clutter GONE!  
                              • DONE Set up place for Freecycle stuff
                              • DONE General thorough sweep
                            • List of stuff WANTED for improvement of front porch
                          • Entrance - time spent - WITH front porch - 1 day's work
                            • Clean
                              • DONE Cobwebs swept
                              • DONE Clutter GONE!
                              • DONE Upstairs rug CLEANED
                              • DONE thorough dusting - hand rails
                              • DONE thorough hand dusting - polished wood steps.
                              • DONE Clean windows, incl front door
                              • DONE blinds
                              • DONE thoroughly clean main floor
                            • make up list
                              GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - am Late with fall planting! 
                              • Other
                                • DONE Tie up fence posts for peas (posts taken up - BUT connected with those that aren't!)
                              • Plant
                                • Triangle (new)
                                  • DONE Parsnips??? alternating with summer radishes (Japanese - I want the seed pods) Parsnips - seed MUST be planted this year - or discarded!
                                • Cabbages and coles
                                  • NO - Waiting to see how yesterday's do Transplant the rest of the "babies" - water in WELL!
                                • 3 block "onion" bed plus along the side up to close to the grape vines
                                  • DONE Kohlrabi
                                  • DONE Radishes (winter)
                                  • DONE 4 ' x 4' bed of beets! (NOT 4' tall or 4' wide beets! LOL)
                                  • DONE - only maybe 5 turnip seeds left - but a LOT of rutabaga! Turnips/Rutabagas
                                  • DONE Carrots
                                  • DONE Fall Parsnips (usually a spring crop - didn't grow!)
                                  • DONE trial for fall - salsify (usually a spring crop - didn't grow!)
                                  • DONE trial for fall - scorzonera (usually a spring crop - didn't grow!)
                                  • DONE trial for fall - parsley root (usually a spring crop - didn't grow!)
                              • Harvest
                                • DONE raspberries
                                • DONE pea pods
                                • DONE tomatoes as ready
                              STUDIES  - 4 days only (I figure I will be helping out at Lynn and Nathan's at least 1 day)
                              • Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                                • DONE Read Jewish Holidays and Festivals, Ch 2 p. 17-35
                                • DONE Song we sing -  9, 38, 72
                              • Math - 1 lesson per day
                                • DONE Lesson 56
                              • Russian - 
                                • DONE Lesson 15 - needs lots of review!
                              • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                                • DONE 10-2
                              • Social Studies - hold this week
                              • Science - hold this week
                              QUILT
                              • DONE Stash Report
                              • DONE Design Wall report
                              • DONE- well, worked on borders - THEN went over to N and L's for a bit the NEW quilt - Summer Breeze by Kim Brackett ("Scrap-Basket Surprises") - get borders on - and it will be a flimsy (for a while!)
                              KITCHEN
                              • Freeze 
                                • DONE raspberries
                                • DONE Pea pods
                              MENU
                              DONE B:Rolled oats, butter, brown sugar
                              DONE L: cottage cheese, fried eggplant, tomato salad with Italian dressing, basil and Parmesan, watermelon - oh yum!
                              DONE D: uh- ate dinner OUT - McD - Buffalo Ranch McChicken and Caramel Frappe

                              Sunday, July 21, 2013

                              Focus for this week - Week 29 (did I say FOCUS????)

                              Because I want to focus on what I DID get done - and NOT on what I DIDN'T get done - at the end of the day or week - whatever - after I copy paste to a new day and fix that - I delete all the DIDN'T and keep the DID!  Trust me on this - I need the positivities!

                              HOUSE
                              • ZONE 1
                                • Front Porch
                                  • DONE Cobwebs, clutter GONE!  
                                  • DONE Set up place for Freecycle stuff
                                  • DONE General thorough sweep
                                  • DONE List of stuff WANTED for improvement of front porch
                                • Entrance - time spent - WITH front porch - 1 day's work
                                  • DONE Cobwebs swept
                                  • DONE Clutter GONE!
                                  • DONE Upstairs rug CLEANED
                                  • DONE thorough dusting - hand rails
                                  • DONE thorough hand dusting - polished wood steps.
                                  • DONE Clean windows, incl front door
                                  • DONE blinds
                                  • DONE thoroughly clean main floor
                                  • DONE make up list
                                • Back Stairs
                                • Side Porch - 
                                • Dining Area
                              • ZONE 2
                                • Kitchen
                                  • DONE Make a map of the kitchen and map out areas....
                                    • Food preparation
                                    • Food storagae
                                    • Baking
                                    • Appliance garage
                                    • Clean up area
                                  • Declutter
                                  • Clean
                              • ZONE 3
                                • Bathroom
                                  • Declutter 
                                    • DONE Stuff under sink
                                    • DONE Stuff on shelving
                                    • DONE Consider dumping cosmetics - stuff is as old as the hills!
                                    • DONE Perfumes - uhm - same as above
                                  • Clean
                                    • DONE Ceiling
                                    • DONE Ceiling fan
                                    • DONE Fingerprints on walls/woodwork
                                    • DONE Window
                                    • DONE blinds
                                    • DONE Towel bin
                                    • DONE Fixtures
                                    • DONE Floor and molding
                                  • DONE make up list
                                • Laundry Area
                                  • Declutter - 
                                    • DONE check out all stuff in there
                                    • DONE set up shelving properly
                                    • DONE set up thingy for hanging cleaning stuff
                                  • Clean
                                    • DONE Ceiling
                                    • DONE Fingerprints on walls/woodwork
                                    • DONE windows and sills
                                    • DONE blinds
                                    • DONE machines
                                    • DONE shelving
                                    • DONE floors and scrubbing
                                  • DONE make up list
                                • Sewing Room
                                • Study
                              • ZONE 4
                              • ZONE 5
                                  GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - am Late with fall planting!  Still - only by a day on most - and still early for leafy stuff!
                                  • weed
                                    • DONE Beans
                                    • DONE Tomatoes
                                    • DONE squash
                                    • DONE rest of herbs
                                    • DONE corn/okra
                                  • Other
                                    • DONE Tie up tomatoes
                                    • DONE or tried to Move errant squash back INTO the squash bed - AGAIN!
                                    • DONE Check out sweet corn SOMEONE - uh, some ANIMAL flattened!
                                  • Plant
                                    • DONE Triangle (new)
                                      • DONE Turnips/Rutabagas
                                    • Cabbages and coles
                                      • DONE mostly - have 1 "old" cole bed I'm debating about tearing up -= and putting in either roots or moving the last bed of transplant babies in there Transplant "babies" - water in WELL!
                                    • Salad Section
                                    • DONE Behind triangle and next to sweet potatoes and other roots
                                      • DONE Parsnips - seed MUST be planted this year - or discarded!
                                      • DONE Salsify
                                      • DONE Scorzonera
                                      • DONE Hamburg Parsley (Parsley root)
                                      • DONE Carrots
                                      • DONE 3 block "onion" bed
                                        • DONE Celeriac
                                        • DONE Kohlrabi
                                        • DONE Radishes (winter)
                                        • DONE 4 ' x 4' bed of beets! (NOT 4' tall or 4' wide beets! LOL)
                                    • Harvest
                                      • DONE raspberries
                                      • DONE beans
                                      • DONE pea pods
                                      • DONE tomatoes as ready
                                      • DONE cucumbers
                                      • DONE herbs
                                      • DONE early potatoes?????? (mixed bed- 1 of 3 - some potatoes dieing back in first bed!)
                                      • DONE Eggplant?
                                    STUDIES  - 4 days only (I figure I will be helping out at Lynn and Nathan's at least 1 day)
                                    • Religion - each day's readings/mini books

                                      • DONE Read Jewish Holidays and Festivals, Ch 2 p. 17-35; DONE  Jewish Woman Ch. 4, 115-135
                                      • Song we sing -  DONE 9, 38, 72; DONE 22, 83
                                    • Math - 1 lesson per day
                                      • DONE Lesson 56
                                      • DONE Lesson 57
                                    • Russian - 
                                      • DONE DONE Lesson 15 - needs lots of review!
                                    • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                                      • DONE 10-2
                                      • DONE 10-3
                                    • Social Studies - hold this week
                                    • Science - hold this week
                                    QUILT
                                    • DONE Stash Report
                                    • DONE Design Wall report
                                    • Worked on it - the NEW quilt - Summer Breeze by Kim Brackett ("Scrap-Basket Surprises")
                                    KITCHEN
                                    • Freeze 
                                    • Dehydrate
                                    • Make
                                      1. DONE Coffeecake????
                                      2. DONE Soups -  Cabbage potato soup???, Vegetable soup. 

                                    Stash Report for week whatever - 07-21-13

                                    Yes - there IS a peach there!  Only 1 this year - and I'm protecting it - at least until I eat it gone!

                                    07-21-13 - Week 29 - I started a new quilt this week - ALMOST got the flimsy done - but Tired is Tired - and, frankly, I was tired out!  So close - yet so far!!!! So - hoping to finish this Monday - the flimsy at least! Then on to Hurricane Sandy - easy peasy tie - but it sure would be nice to have swirls there - oh well!  Oh yes, - need to get my SWAPS done!

                                    Used This Week: 0 yard
                                    Used This Month: 0 yard for July
                                    Used Year to Date: 15.88  yds.

                                    Added This Week: 0 yards
                                    Added This Month: 0 yards for July
                                    Added Year to Date: 35.59 yards

                                    Net Used for 2013: - 19.71 yards

                                    What AM I Doing Today - Sunday, 07-21-13? Geesh! Who Knows!!!

                                    HOUSE
                                    • DONE Morning Routine
                                    • DONE Afternoon Routine
                                    • DONE Evening Routine
                                        GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - am Late with fall planting!  Still - only by a day on most - and still early for leafy stuff!
                                        • weed
                                        • Other
                                        • Plant
                                          • Cabbages and coles
                                            • DONE, well mostly Transplant "babies" - water in WELL!
                                        • Harvest
                                          • DONE raspberries
                                        STUDIES 

                                        • Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                                        • Math - 1 lesson per day
                                        • Russian - 
                                        • Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                                        • Social Studies - hold this week
                                        • Science - hold this week
                                        QUILT
                                        • DONE - well - not done - but definitely worked on - am up to the borders! the NEW quilt - Summer Breeze by Kim Brackett ("Scrap-Basket Surprises")
                                        KITCHEN
                                        • DONE Pick raspberries
                                        MENU
                                          DONE B: Omelet - of course! LOL - with jalapenos and cheddar and onions!
                                          DONE L: Grilled cheese sandwiches on homemade (and home ground) bread, refrig pickles, cole slaw, melon
                                          DONE - the EO was good - but NOT great.  Butterpeas - I'm still fixing them wrong - going to let them dry on plant - THEN cook down.  Don't care for them too much as green! D: Eggplant Orleans, butterpeas, melon

                                          Tuesday, July 16, 2013

                                          Tuesday - WID - 07-16-13

                                          Widget - working hard!  LOL  He's a BIG kitty!  maybe weighs close to 30 pounds!
                                          Tummy upset again today - not sure whether due to allergies/heat/water (which I'm drinking a LOT) or eating some of the solid foods I've been inhaling.  Anyway - tummy was upset and I managed to dehydrate myself somewhat.  Slept most of afternoon.  I think this used to be called the summer complaint (before that "complaint" became assigned to summer boarding tourists in an area).  Taking it easy this PM.  Did NOT do housework or really anything that involved high activity.  Try again tomorrow!

                                          GARDEN
                                          1. Harvesting - 
                                            1. DONE Daily picking raspberries - they aren't as tangy this year - sort of "washy" - all the rains????  Also harvesting herbs - maybe 2 plotches a day
                                            2. DONE picking cucumbers
                                            3. DONE picking of green beans, possibly squash
                                          2. Planting - 
                                            1. DONE STILL need to plant those flowers - or the money I spent will be GONE GONE GONE!
                                            2. Okra HAS grown!!!!  And more came up!!!!  I suspect it won't make it this year!  And okra is ONE of several reasons I am having not only some limbs removed - but also considering having major loads of manure/topsoil brought in.  DEFINITELY need soil tests to be done - esp. pH levels - may be too acid for okra.
                                          STUDIES - (SOME ON HOLD AT THIS TIME - AT LEAST FOR THIS WEEK!)
                                          1. Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                                            1. DONE Read this is My God, p. 57-69
                                            2. DONE Song we sing - 45, 47, 61 
                                          2. Russian - 
                                            1. DONE Lesson 14 toGroup 6 or 7
                                          3. Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                                            1. DONE Lesson 10, Day 1

                                          Yeehaw!!! First Eggplant this year!



                                          I was picking beans and weeding as I went - found a LOT of cucumbers (probably too big to pickle whole - so they are slicer pickles - hmm - quick lime?????  Yum!)  - and then came across (cucumber vine directly beneath!) my first eggplant this year!  And - of course when I went to remove it - got too excited and broke the eggplant below where I should have - but the plant was ok (thank goodness!) and I see I have another one growing - still in the very baby stages yet!

                                          Picked some beans - couldn't remember whether the Coco Rubico was a dry bean or a green bean - but they got picked.  Then I found the Vermont Cranberry - and I KNEW that was a dry bean!  So - went to the other side of the row and picked over there.  Soybeans (I pick green) are blooming like fools - no beans there yet.  Which is as well.  Picked a nice bunch of Dragon's tongue - although I THOUGHT from last year those turned yellow with red stripes, or maybe those are the green ones with the red stripes - hmmm - have to think on this - either that or look it up!  NEXT year - I want to make sure the beds are the appropriate width (this is a VERY narrow 4foot wide bed) so I can have more bush beans!  Pole beans still go right down the middle of the bed - accessible to either side - and divide the dried beans (put a SIGN POST there!) from the green/yellow/striped whatever beans!  As to kinds of beans - well, I've whittled it down to those I like the best - and maybe should run the dried beans in after the peas are done.


                                          Peas - Oh wow - the Asparagus pea is BLOOMING - 4 inches tall - and it has the CUTEST red bloom on the top!  Worth it just for the flower!  Although unless they taste wonderful - next year it gets PLANTED with the flowers!

                                          Peanuts - hmmm - I suspect I keep thinking they are a particular kind of weed - and pull them.  At present - out of 2 plantings - and much more densely than otherwise - I have FOUR plants left - this is NOT a good average!

                                          Herbs - I need to do some major harvesting - probably tomorrow!  By that time I will be ready to dehydrate  or freeze them!

                                          Squash - I have at least one that is playing Pinky and the Brain - and thinks it may take over the world - right now it has headed for the corn patch!  Definitely using those sapling trees for rungs in squash ladders - will be making up 8 of those this winter - 1 for each 4' area of squash - except, of course, the summer squash I usually have is a bush type.

                                          Oh - and one of the summer squash has BLOOMED!  Another is GROWING - FINALLY!  and of course the 3rd - is STILL 1.5 inches tall.  The 4th didn't even bother to come up!  And the seed is fresh seed!

                                          Sweet corn is still tasseling - I need to start watching it CLOSELY now!  And my poor okra is STILL 1.5 inches tall!  Oh - this is the TALL Clemson Giant which I've raised before in IL.  Definitely taking a master garden course somewhere this fall because I'm doing SOMETHING wrong!  And out of 2 dense plantings - still less than a half dozen plants spread over 12' x 4' section - and only 1.5 inches tall!  After 2 months! Ugh!

                                          It still amazes me how fast the weeds are growing - I weeded the pea bed just I am thinking last week - and when I picked on Monday - I gave it a quick going over.  There are weeds there already!  Of course - this is the first year THAT area is under cultivation!

                                          As for the mini orchard - I still have the one peach.....


                                          And maybe 4 pears.......

                                          I FINALLY got the bulbs and the peonies in - am NOT expecting ANYTHING - although I did see a couple of buds on one peony.  And - SURPRISE - a lot of the bouncing bet or whatever that one plant was - are STILL alive!  Most (not all) the Iris is also alive as well!  And the transplants of the day lilies seems to have taken hold.  Unfortunately - that fence row garbage weeds/brush has decided to grow again - so I need to get going on that!

                                          I left the transplants for the coles right where they were for today - I got out there LATE LATE LATE!  I was up at 4 AM - had breakfast and all - was running on too much strong tea yesterday and approximately 3 hours of sleep - and kitties that decided it was time for me to refresh their water bowl!  this would have been fine - BUT it was DARK outside!  and by the time it was light again - I had gone back to bed (545 AM) and instead of sleeping the 1 hour I expected (should have set the alarm, I know!) - slept until after 9!

                                          Monday - 07-15-13 - What I Did (WID)

                                          The closet in the second bedroom - uh... my sewing room!  Too narrow for clothes hanging or installing additional shelving and just right for rulers, my machine cover and my "machine go-bag"  And yes, there ARE some rulers I haven't used yet!
                                          GARDEN
                                          1. Harvesting - 
                                            1. DONE Daily picking raspberries - they aren't as tangy this year - sort of "washy" - all the rains????  
                                            2. DONE picking either peas (mostly pea pods at this point)
                                          HOUSE - 
                                          1. ZONE 3
                                            1. Sewing Room
                                              1. Declutter
                                                1. Worked on this one - not done Make sure all fabrics are put away properly.
                                          KITCHEN THINGS TO DO
                                          1. Freeze
                                            1. DONE Peapods
                                            2. DONE Raspberries
                                          2. Make
                                            1. Soups - 
                                              1. DONE chicken soup - skim.  Fat goes in one container for cooking.  Soup - freeze broth - 4 cup amounts - made 5 quarts - not counting what I ate!
                                              2. DONE chicken veggie soup - make a THICK soup
                                            2. DONE Salad - for tomorrow - chicken?????  
                                            3. Menues for week
                                              1. Had chicken veggie (green peas - yum!) soup for dinner, can't remember what I ate for lunch!
                                          STUDIES - (SOME ON HOLD AT THIS TIME - AT LEAST FOR THIS WEEK!)
                                          1. Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                                            1. Read 40 Things, ch. 9(DONE) ; this is My God, p. 57-69; Jewish Holidays and Festivals, Ch 2 p. 17-35; Jewish Woman, p. 115-135
                                            2. Song we sing - 44, 60 (DONE); 8, 19, 20(DONE)
                                          2. Russian - 
                                            1. DONE Finish up lesson 14 - going over rest of chapter's Russenglish!

                                          QUILTING/SEWING
                                          1. DONE Stash Report
                                          2. DONE Design Wall

                                          Monday, July 15, 2013

                                          Design Wall for Week 28 - 07-15-13 (already???!!!!!)

                                          This is part of a swap - the Fruit Basket Swap - Each of us sends a F8th to the next person on the list who adds a FQ and sends to the NEXT person on the list who adds.... and so on until it comes back to the original person.  This one is my F8.  Now to find out WHO is the next person on the list!

                                          Top left - the 4.5 inch 4 patches I swapped last Sun at SH quilts.  Bottom - the blue ones (I forgot to take a picture of all 50!) are the ones I traded with Wendy - scrappy blues - 2.5 inch 4-patches.  And the one with the yellows - are those she traded back to me!  The reds are also in that group - and this is perfect since I'm making the Bodacious Quilt - and that is one of the blocks in there!  This is a LE quilt.

                                          Another LE - or was this last week - I finished sewing a bunch of string blocks - then just HAD to sew them together into 4 patches!!!!!  This struck me as a fun thing!

                                          This is a copy of the Charity block I want to finish up today (I send 2.  One goes to Charity and one gets added to the "lottery block" group.  Once a month a name is drawn!)  The block I chose is Aunt Sukey's! (Clown't choice is the next one below!)

                                          No - you can't see my ants yet!  They are different sizes - and I'm embroidering them!  VERY unusual ants!

                                          Part of an old old swap - and this was sent off eons ago.  I still have a few - didn't get them sent out last week - this I want to get DONE this week for sure!

                                          Still designing WHAT kind of grid work and walking foot quilting I intend doing.  It isn't really as narrow as it seems - this is just the way I took the picture!

                                          The Hurricane Sandy Quilt - would love to have this one done today.  Probably won't happen though!

                                          Stash Report for Week 28 - 07-15-13

                                          Yardage out - yardage in!  This was part of MY swap of 50 "blues" 2.5 4-patches for Wendy's 50 2.5 mixed scrappy 4 patches!  All traded around yesterday while we were eating entirely too much at Fire and Ice in Boston!
                                          07-14-13 - Week 28 - I did use some yardage this week - and last Sunday - BUT - since they are swaps - block for block - it doesn't count!  Same amount coming in as going out!

                                          Used This Week: 0 yard
                                          Used This Month: 0 yard for July
                                          Used Year to Date: 15.88  yds.


                                          Added This Week: 0 yards
                                          Added This Month: 0 yards for July
                                          Added Year to Date: 35.59 yards

                                          Net Used for 2013: - 19.71 yards

                                          List of things to accomplish - hopefully this week....Week 28

                                          This is Button!
                                          One of two I adopted from a local shelter.
                                          They were just minutes old when discovered beside Momma who had been killed by a passing car.
                                          Especially if I'm superwoman!!!  I know that just posting this and hoping for me to pace myself won't work beyond the first day - still - it hopefully will help me to maintain focus.  Because I want to focus on what I DID get done - and NOT on what I DIDN'T get done - at the end of the day or week - whatever - after I copy paste to a new day and fix that - I delete all the DIDN'T and keep the DID!  Trust me on this - I need the positivities!

                                          I DO think I will have to be superwoman - because this sure is an impossible list!!!!  So - maybe SOME of this list will be done THIS week - and then SOME probably over the next year! LOL

                                          Besides - I could ALWAYS say - today I'm going to Garden (GH1d, GP2, etc.) - House - 2:K1 etc.   Think that will work???  NAH!

                                          OR I could copy paste - which is what I could do if I'm going to do the WAIWO thing (what am I working on) - which is sort of redundant!  OR I COULD go with what I have on this page - and just write a list SEPARATELY on (gasp!) paper - and go from there - then post ONLY what I HAVE done.  Which offers more possibilities.

                                          Or I could just forget the entire thing!  Which might not be a bad idea!

                                          Unfortunately that would give me a really good excuse to just ..... drift! .... and not really get anything done!

                                          I AM doing things - truly a lot of them - and have made quite a bit of progress (for me, at any rate)- just not the amount I had hoped for!  Which is why I am/need to shake things up a bit!  Hence this post!

                                          When Nathan and Lynn move - all else stops - and I help out!

                                          GARDEN

                                          1. DONE Harvesting - 
                                            1. Daily picking raspberries - they aren't as tangy this year - sort of "washy" - all the rains????  Also harvesting herbs - maybe 2 plotches a day
                                            2. Odd even day picking either peas (mostly pea pods at this point), cucumbers
                                            3. Or even odd day picking of green beans, possibly squash
                                          2. DONE Transplanting - 
                                            1. either cool of evening (preferable - and with major splash of water to cool them down overnight!) the coles for fall/winter harvest
                                          3. DONE Planting - 
                                            1. DONE STILL need to plant those flowers - or the money I spent will be GONE GONE GONE!
                                            2. Definitely root crops - am at tail end of fall planting for these in this area I think - beets, carrots, turnips, kohlrabi, maybe even rutabaga.  Also supposedly (don't believe it!) parsnips - which is wierd because NO ONE advises planting salsify this late - yet the "days" for salsify is almost same as for parsnips - PLUS they both like the same temperature/climate/seasons!  So - IF I have any salsify seed left - will plant that - and woe betide any energetic birds - esp. pigeons!! (always did love squab pie!!)
                                            3. Tail end for planting any of cole family as well - plant where short peas croaked!
                                            4. Considering planting greens or salad stuff - esp in area where peas were - or at the back end of the squash area
                                              1. Okra is GROWING and more has come up!  I suspect it won't make it this year!  And okra is ONE of several reasons I am having not only some limbs removed - but also considering having major loads of manure/topsoil brought in.  DEFINITELY need soil tests to be done - esp. pH levels - may be too acid for okra.
                                            5. WORD for the wise - stay AWAY from the corn - it's pollinating - and I truly do NOT like wheezing!
                                          HOUSE
                                          KITCHEN THINGS TO DO
                                          1. Freeze
                                            1. DONE Peapods
                                            2. DONE Raspberries
                                          2. Dehydrate
                                          3. Make
                                            1. Bread -
                                              1. DONE wwheat.  
                                              2. DONE Challah on Friday
                                            2. Soups - 
                                              1. DONE chicken soup - skim.  Fat goes in one container for cooking.  Soup - freeze broth - 2 cup amounts
                                              2. DONE chicken veggie soup - make a THICK soup
                                            3. DONE Salad - for tomorrow - chicken?????  
                                            4. DONE Grind wheat
                                          STUDIES - (SOME ON HOLD AT THIS TIME - AT LEAST FOR THIS WEEK!)
                                          1. Religion - each day's readings/mini books
                                            1. Read 40 Things, ch. 9(DONE) ; this is My God, p. 57-69 DONE
                                            2. Song we sing - 44, 60 DONE ; 8, 19, 20 DONE ; 45, 47, 61 DONE
                                          2. Math - 1 lesson per day
                                          3. Russian - 
                                            1. DONE Finish up lesson 14 - going over rest of chapter's Russenglish!
                                          4. Creative Writing - each day's lesson
                                            1. DONE Lesson 10, Day 1
                                          5. Social Studies - hold this week
                                          6. Science - hold this week

                                          QUILTING/SEWING
                                          1. DONE Stash Report
                                          2. DONE Design Wall
                                          3. NEW quilt - Summer Breeze **
                                            1. DONE Get fabrics together
                                            2. DONE slice and dice
                                            3. working on it Sew up flimsy

                                          Saturday, July 13, 2013

                                          July things to do

                                          Some thoughts on things I want to work on this week - MAYBE......

                                          1. Scrappy Stars - this is for a swap - 2 per person - so far only 4 people (including myself - and the "counter" says 5 - but no 5th person is listed!!!!  A fun thing.
                                          2. Mail out scrappy stars, the F8 (as soon as someone gets the list ready!!!) and the Charity Blocks (this one I have to finish - one anyway - had more 8-9 inch than I did 12.5 inch!!!  np tho!  Give Wendy her 50 4-patches!
                                          3. UFO - for this week anyway - probably Baby quilt #1 - have hit "snag" on picnic quilt
                                          4. Keep designing "ants"
                                          5. New quilt (I earned it - 2 finished or at least flimsy finished UFOs = 1 new = and I'm behind several so far!) - hmmm - possibly Road to Round Rock - although I really need black - and am OUT (almost) of the black.  More probably - A Piece of Cake - which is truly scrappy and I love it!  OR Evelyn Sloppy's Honeyberries from 2.5 strips which I also love - although I suspect my eyes might not!

                                          No pix yet - final decisions on Monday - and pix too!

                                          Wednesday, July 10, 2013

                                          Wednesday WAIWO 07--10-13

                                          And there go the fireworks!
                                          And yes, I invariably took the picture either right before the spectacular display - or missed it altogether!

                                          • Finished weeding the rest of the peas.  Blast!  only maybe 3 peanut plants!  NEXT year - I plant ONLY Mammoth Sugar pod, the yellow Indian pea pod and the climbing snap pea.  For short peas - I'm not sure what!  Maybe dwarf sugar pod????  or maybe a dwarf snap pea?????  Do love the shell peas - but so do the birds!
                                          • Harvested all the raspberries - which are starting in - ate more than I put in the bowl.  Gosh they're good!  Still and all - not that many - will need to buy in the raspberries ASAP (same for strawberries! And definitely the blackberries)
                                          • Think I will get one of those bird net tents this fall - maybe several - one for the cherry tree (they were GOOD!) and one for the peas next year and one for all my salad stuff next year!  Right now my backyard looks like a bird wildlife preseve - I've been feeding them so well!  Grrrrr!
                                          • Beans are coming in - will pick tomorrow I think - first picking - yum!  And the sweet corn is tasseling - which is why I'm all clogged up (I'm allergic to sweet corn when tasseling!)
                                          • Still need to get those poor flowers in - I think tomorrow is planting day since I'm done with this round of weeding!
                                          • Have moved pantry shelves into laundry room - setting up dehydrator there - not sure if that is a good idea or not - will try it.  It WILL give me back my dining room table though!  Now to figure out WHERE to stash that greenhouse thingy!  And what I plan to do with it for next year!  I may just go with grow lites inside instead - which only makes sense! And sell the greenhouse thingy which is in great shape - unless you check the guy wires - which are now a big mess!  OR I could pack it away for IF I ever move ------nah!  Sell the derned thing or give it away!
                                          HOUSE
                                          • DONE Morning Routine
                                          • DONE Afternoon Routine
                                          • Evening Routine
                                          • Quick and Easy
                                          • Detailed (the it's great cleaning!)
                                            • Zone 2 - Kitchen - Under the sink clean and clear
                                          • Declutter - 1 hour or 4 x 15 paperwork
                                              GARDEN - weed, re-plant, etc. - not that hot out - but have been coughing most of night - I do NOT like allergens!!!!  Even with inhaler and claritin!
                                              • weed
                                                • DONE rest of Peas
                                                • sweet corn and okra
                                                • squash
                                                • strawberries - probably final one for year - maybe 1 more weed session
                                              • Plant
                                                  • Triangle (new)
                                                    • plant in carrots - I will interplant with lettuce
                                                    • Plant Chinese cabbage type seeds for transplant
                                                  • WAS onion bed - now roots - set up and plant 
                                                    • carrots
                                                    • beets (LOTS of beets)
                                                    • turnips
                                                    • kohlrabi
                                                  • Flower beds - 
                                                    • Flower bulbs
                                                  • Transplant 
                                                    • Summer plantings coles - water in
                                                  STUDIES 
                                                  • Religion
                                                    • DONE Mini books - 41 Things - p.50-55
                                                    • DONE Songs we Sing - p. 17, 78, 69
                                                  • Math +
                                                    • Lesson 56
                                                  • Russian
                                                    • DONE was a test - did well!!!! Lesson 14
                                                  • Creative Writing
                                                    • 10-1
                                                  • Social Studies - Earth, the Beginnning +
                                                    • Life on Earth (LOE) Ch. 1 - 10-16
                                                    • UPW 4-5
                                                  • Botany 
                                                    • WOP 
                                                      • Ch. 3 - graphics
                                                    • CB
                                                      • plate 5
                                                    • Readings - 
                                                      • Swiss Family Robinson
                                                  (will add picture of Wendy's blocks later today)
                                                  QUILT
                                                  • Dear Jane - A-1 - finish up
                                                  • Picnic Quilt (Embroidery stuff)
                                                  • H. Sandy (see if I can finish it!)
                                                  • Back to Square One - catch up.  Post pix
                                                  • Sampler blocks
                                                  • Get Charity/lotto block ready to go
                                                  • Scrappy Star - find out when, where and who.  Begin constructing
                                                  • Check out Wendy's blocks - get ready to trade
                                                  KITCHEN
                                                  • DONE set up dehydrator
                                                  • DONE Herbs - harvest some - begin dehydrating
                                                  • DONE Make bread
                                                  • DONE Gingerbread?
                                                  • DONE Pick pea pods - Freeze
                                                  • DONE Pick raspberries
                                                  MENU
                                                  DONE Yup - I cheated - was SUPPOSED to be French toast! B: toast and cream cheese
                                                  DONE  L: Grilled cheese sandwiches, refrig pickles, cole slaw, melon
                                                  D: Leftovers - may add cheese sauce to strata - was good - BUT too bready - needs more!  COULD add tuna/cheese sauce over top of warmed lo. with green peas on side for more dressy meal, melon

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