Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Mug Shot: 7/21/14

First and foremost, the obligatory Monday Morning Mug Shot:

Drink: French Vanilla Cappuccino
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted (velvet grapes colorway)
Pattern: Molly
Dog: Milo (A photobombing genius. Also, who can say no to those eyes?)

I had a very busy, very fast weekend. Saturday was spent in the garden and kitchen, picking veggies and getting them prepped for freezing. I shelled peas for hours. But it is so worth it.

I also managed to get decent pictures of some finished projects:

Yarn: Silky Merino, Malabrigo (wisteria colorway)
Pattern: Miles to Go

Yarn: Black Trillium Spectrum Gradient Kit in Pink Ladies colorway (though this is just the purples to pinks)
Pattern: Fiar

Both patterns are designed by Irish Girlie Knits. I love her patterns.

I'm prepping myself for a hot and humid week here in northwest Iowa. The garden is ready to survive on it's own this week so I can relax inside with a good book and my knitting.

We're going camping this weekend. My go to camping project is socks. We'll see if I keep that going this weekend or not.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In the Garden: July 17

I have a never ending supply of greens coming out of the garden these days. I could easily spend an hour out there harvesting. Unfortunately, I haven't been feeling the best, so yesterday was my first day getting my greens out of the garden in about a week. And I was only out there for about 20 minutes. Hopefully I can get more done this evening.

It is so nice, when faced with the "What's for supper?" dilemma, to just go to the garden and pick it right off the plants. Last night I had salad. It was amazing.

I also shelled those peas and prepped those beans and they are now in the freezer, ready to feed our hungry bellies throughout the year (soon to be joined by their friends still in the garden).

My corn grew overnight (I'm not kidding about that at all). I don't have recent pictures of it, but plenty of stalks now have tassels, which is super exciting for this first time corn grower. My zucchini is flowering, so hopefully I'll be able to make zucchini fries before long. Here's hoping my cucumbers follow suit so I can start on some pickles. (I planted them late, so they still have plenty of time). The onions are doing wonderfully, as always. The potatoes are holding on (as far as I can tell, anyway). And plans are in place to grow this garden exponentially next year and I'm so excited about that prospect!

So here's to summer nights, fresh greens, and wine (which went deliciously with last night's salad).

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Morning Mug Shot: 7/14/14

Pattern: Miles to Go by Irishgirlieknits
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino (wisteria colorway)
Cup: Gevalia Cappuccino

I finished my Fiar this weekend. It's currently blocking. So I naturally started a hat. Hat's are nice little summer projects. This one is for my sister (just like that Fiar that's blocking), except this is for her birthday, not Christmas.

I swear, I'm going to make something for myself soon.

Though I may just keep this hat.

And her Fiar.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In the Garden: July 9

I spent hours in the garden yesterday. Hours. And I only managed to weed a little section of it (the corn, carrots, lettuce, and onions are pretty much weed free). I hadn't been out there to do any serious weeding in a few weeks, mostly due to time and the blisters on my hands that refused to heal from the last time I was out weeding in the garden. At least I'm making progress.

I also forgot that expanding the garden also means I have more of it to weed. So weeding the garden can no longer be done in an evening. It's a constant battle, usually cut short by the lack of wind and increase of mosquitoes (as happened last night at 8:30). 

While looking at my peas and deciding if I needed to weed them right then or if I could wait and take care of them in a few days, I realized that some of the pods were ready for harvesting, so I now have about a cup and a half of freshly shelled peas. I'm so excited! 

We finished eating the last of the leaf lettuce that I harvested at the end of last week, so I'll need to get out there tonight and get some more. I love being able to walk out to the garden and get fresh lettuce. I'm definitely expanding the varieties and amounts of lettuce for next year (and the garden, as well). 

The crazy thing about gardening, is that I dread going out there and weeding (especially when I don't notice progress for a while) but I love the process. Once I get going, weeding isn't such a chore. Plus, I feel so accomplished afterwards. Accomplished with the weeding, accomplished with the veggies growing. 

So while a larger garden is daunting, I am really looking forward to it. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. There's a lot left to do this gardening season.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Morning Mug Shot: 7/7/14

Progress is being made on my Mulberry Fiar. Depending on whether I knit this evening, I should start the next (and last!) color in a day or two.

This weekend was a whirlwind of fun and productivity. I finished a Christmas present for my aunt:

The pattern is just a simple, basic, fingerless mitt pattern from my head. The yarn is Patons Grace, a sport weight cotton, which made it the ideal yarn to knit with over the hot Fourth of July celebrations (they knit up in a day and yes, I did knit them while watching the parade).

This weekend was all about crafting (I even quilted a wall hanging for my grandma's upcoming birthday), hanging out with family, and relaxing.

I have some decent leaf lettuce up in the garden, and cut some yesterday to go on our burgers last night. Delicious. There's nothing like fresh lettuce on a nice burger.

I also have the beginnings pea pods and beans, and I couldn't be happier.

Here's to a pleasant Monday. (I fully believe that by starting my week with coffee and knitting, nothing can go wrong.)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Morning Mug Shot: 6/30/14

I have found that unless I start my day with a warm cup of coffee or tea and my knitting, I am just not on top of my game. So I started posting my Monday Morning Mug Shots to instagram. I figured I could also incorporate this into the blog, for some added visual stimuli.

This morning, I drank a cup of caramel cappuccino fresh from my brand new Keurig! (A lovely anniversary gift from my husband.) Actually, I may have drank 2 or 3 cups. And I'm knitting on my second Fiar, this one, a gift for my sister for Christmas.

Brian did so well this year for our five year anniversary. He even sent me flowers and kept it a secret. They are gorgeous. He did well (and he remembered that I'm not a huge fan of roses).

We spent the weekend enjoying ourselves and the outdoors. We mowed the yard and grilled a bunch. It was an amazing weekend. Here's hoping next weekend is much the same.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Before the Storm

A week ago (exactly...last week Monday), we had a pretty brutal storm system move through the area. These photos show the sky about two minutes before the rain and wind picked up. And boy, did the rain and wind pick up. We got anywhere from 3-7 inches of rain Monday night. And winds straight from the West. In town, power lines and trees were down everywhere. The last picture shows a tree down on a dock. We lost limbs out on the farm, and lots of sticks.

We had a bunch of other systems move through last week, which made clean-up pretty hard. On Thursday, there was a tornado warning just south of the farm. We lost even more (and bigger) limbs in that storm.

Needless to say, this weekend was spent picking up sticks and limbs and working in the yard. A huge shout out to my parents who came up for the day to help me since Brian was working and that was the only nice day we'd had in a while (yesterday turned out fairly decent too).

All that said, we still have mowing that needs to be done, but seeing as how the mower got stuck in mud, we need to wait for things to dry up a bit more.