Friday, June 27, 2008

Garden update

I took these pictures last night. I have eggplant growing on the japanese eggplant and one flower and at least one more bud growing.





Here is the Satin Beauty Eggplant. It has one bud that hasn't opened yet, but the plant itself is growing well.


Here are my bush tomatos. There are 5 or 6 in this bunch of tomatos and there is another bunch starting to develop. Not sure how much more they will grow, but I should have plenty of tomatos for me and maybe too many for me.



Chocolate mint is growing well.

Snow pea pods are doing well too.

Here is a volunteer marigold from my marigolds from last year. I have another one or 2 in my bush tomato pot.


No pictures of my grape tomato, it is pretty spindly and sad looking. It only has about 5 little tomatos on it. My flowers are doing well too, but would probably be doing better if I were better about dead headding them.

I am getting ready for my camping weekend. I was able to find some 100% deet at scheels.....hopefully that will keep the evil bugs away. Plus I am taking zinc, I read that it is supposed to make bugs not like you, but I've already had a few bug bites this past week. :(

I have been knitting on my latest sock, am almost done with my first sock, just have to decide how long to make the cuff.

I think Meghan and I are ready for our dyeing. Last weekend I spent most of sunday at her house skeining up a bunch of yarn. We made 60 (?) skeins of about 23 yards each and got most of them mordanted, so things should be all ready for tomorrow, just heat and throw in. We are also doing some indigo dyeing and I am taking a couple tee shirts to throw in there that have stains on them.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

forgot one more thing....

Found this quote online and thought it was kind of cool.....

"He knew one of the women well, and had shared his universe with her. They had seen the same mountains, and the same trees, although each of them had seem them differently. She knew his weaknesses, his moments of hatred, of despair. Yet she was there at his side. They shared the same universe." ~ Paulo Coelho, The Valkyries

Lack of Motivation is the name of the game....

I've been on a low motivation spree the last few weeks. Its amazing, but I haven't touched the sewing machine in probably 3 weeks!!! I even have sewn objects that just need the final touches put on them (snaps and weaving in serged ends) and haven't touched them either!

The first weekend of the month was the Siouxland Renaisance fair. The weather was great! It hasn't had that good of weather for the last 3-4 years at least. The turnout was pretty good, not great, but it was a good number from what I saw.

Last weekend I spent in Omaha, I'm proud to report I didn't get lost getting their or getting home. It was a good weekend, but entailed alot of work. So next time I am there I expect to have.....fun. I will be going back for the weekend of the 4th (can I just turn the calendar ahead and pretend it is here already?)

This weekend, so far I have done laundry, looked at my sewing machine (and then turned away from her), worked on some stitch markers (don't need much concentration for those) and just got up from a nap.

Tomorrow I am going to my friends house in Parker, we are going to get our dyeing ready for next weekend. We need to reskein the yarn and premordant it, so next weekend, we just need to wet it and throw it in (if it really were that simple). I know she has said what we are going to dye with, but for the life of me, I can't remember what she told me....darn memory.

Next weekend we are having our Mad Dogs event in Parker, so I won't be around yet again. I do have friday and monday off though. But friday I have a Dr appt and so does the monster. Then we are camping that night through Sunday. Monday I will recover, do the camping laundry and who knows what. Then I only work tues and weds, then have a 4 day weekend again (I love vacation time).

Now to the part many of you actually want to see....the pictures of my container garden.




My japanese eggplant bloom, dog head for scale of course.










Other eggplant prebloom thingies (I'm sure theres a real name for these, but I don't know it)






This is a flower I got for Social Work Month from the place that hosted our luncheon in March. Its amazing I haven't killed it and it has actually bloomed since I got it. It is a Kalanchoe. I've never heard of them but they are pretty. When I got it it was covered in flowers. They actually last quite awhile.







Sweet Pea Blooms. I actually have several blooms and hope to have better growth this year even though I have less number of plants overall.







Chocolate Mint....anyone know what I should do so it isn't so spindly (i.e. more leafy)?






I'm loving my bush tomato plant. It already has at least 4 tomatoes growing and maybe more I haven't seen. And tons of flowers. My grape tomato plant is doing ok, but nothing compared to this baby. Next year I think I will be getting 2 of these.....and some carrots and who knows what else?








And thats the end of the garden pictures.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Fun at the Renassance Fair!




Polar Bear Forge tent. Meghan is knitting and that is the back of Jamie.





Some of the fighting pictures I captured.







































Those were all the pictures I took. I need to just carry my camera more at these events. I saw some cool things, but the camera was conviently not in my evil little hands. And of course no pictures of me....oh well. The monster stayed home this year for the fair, it was to hot for him.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away!



















It has been rainy and icky here all day today. And we have a tornado watch. :( And it sounds like it is going to be like this for the next few days. Here are some pictures of the clouds.








This is the yarn for Meghans sleeves for our UFO swap. I have cast on and knit the first 8 rows.