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Monday of week 15, 2021

Last week was an awful week of not getting everything or hardly anything done! I take that back. I got stuff done, just not much from my last Monday post.

There continues to be way too much to do and not enough time. In reality there’s just enough time, I just put way too much on my to do list and other things keep sliding to the top of that list pushing my crafty and garden items to the bottom. I really have to give myself some credit. Days have passed and all I can think about on this Monday post is that I didn’t get this stuff done. But, I got my first shot earlier in the week and I had to take it easy. I had the normal symptoms, sore arm, some nausea, and some tiredness. That explains it all. By Thursday I was feeling better, but that was 4/1 and the start of the new quarter which means I have quarterly tasks for work to do and I worked long hours both days. I made it on to knit night. So, what did I do from my list…

Monday – Last Monday my goal was to finish the hand stitching on the cushion project and I did! It was also my goal to plant the 2nd blueberry plant and I did! Today, my goal is to finish the cushion project! I have my minigroup, Nimble Thimbles, meets and I’ll be able to spend a few hours on it.

Tuesday – Last Tuesday, my goal was to plant the last blueberry and attach the welting/cording onto the front and back piece of the cushion. I did plant the last blueberry and I spent some time on the cushion but I only had enough energy to look for the fabric I wanted to use for the welting/cording. I may have pressed it, cut it and got it ready to attach. But the attaching did not happen. This Tuesday, I want to do some cross stitching. I haven’t cross stitched in a month and I want to get back to it.

Wednesday – Last Wednesday, my goal was to plant my last tomato plant and it didn’t happen. I did plant it on Saturday so that did get done eventually. A win in my book. This Wednesday, I’m hosting a new minigroup for newer members of my quilt guild. Those who have joined since the last part of 2019 have not had a real opportunity to meet our members because of the pandemic and I find joining mini groups the best way to form friendships in a guild.

Thursday – Last Thursday, I didn’t plan much because it was knit night and the start of my next busy season. This was smart on my end. This Thursday it will be knit night again, so my goal is to work on my knitting projects.

Friday – Last Friday, I was supposed to buy more potting soil because I was expecting some of my gardening purchases to have arrived by then. And they didn’t. At least not the item that needed the potting soil. So we didn’t go to Green Thumb nursery. They are supposed to arrive this coming week, Tuesday and Wednesday, so I’ll be needing to buy the soil this week. I could have gone to buy the soil last Friday but again, busy with work so I opted not to. I will need to go this Friday. On the quilty, crafty front I still have my orange top that I’m preparing for quilting. This is now the third weekend in a row that this has been on my list to do and I want to knock this thing out this week. There are so many quilts I need to quilt (I think 6) and I just need to do it.

Saturday – Garden – feed the worms, turn the compost, put together the new compost bin I purchased from the city (because I didn’t do this last week) and plant more of the seedlings I have to be planted. And, set up the garden purchases that should have arrived. I want to work on my Jan Krentz quilt, the Grassy Creek quilt, and my long term UFO, Dancing with the Stars by Linda Ballard. Linda will be at our guild sometime in 2022 so I want this quilt to be done for me to show her.

Sunday – We normally zoom from 10-1 every Sunday but I’ll probably spend most of the day in my sewing room finishing up the cushion project and reacquainting myself with some of the other projects on my list – most notably, Grassy Creek, my Jan Krentz top that is really almost done, and possibly Dancing with the Stars (a Linda Ballard UFO from 2012).

Happy crafting, friends!

Melanie

Monday of week 14, 2021

I didn’t get my homework done for my cushion class in time for our Sunday class. But it’s okay. I’ll go over the details another day as it’s Monday and it’s time for this week’s plan.

Last week went well in that I did the things I planned to do. There was just too much to do and not enough time to do it all. So this week, here’s the plan. This is garden heavy because it’s spring and in Los Angeles, spring is a short time before the full heat of summer.

the loan blueberry waiting for its friends

Monday – I’m still hand stitching the Jasmine blocks for the cushion project. I’m almost done and hope to get this done this day. I also want to spend an hour in the garden as its spring and I’ve got a lot of planting to do. Right now I’ve got a couple of blueberries to plant and my goal would be to do one on Monday and the other on Tuesday.

Dragon fruit has been planted and placed in it’s home

Tuesday – We have a number of home projects that are happening this day and I’m not sure how much of that will spill on to me and my time. I do not know if I’ll be able to do anything. But I hope to get an hour of gardening in so I can plant the last blueberry as well as spend an hour on the cushion project. By this point all 3 pieces of the cushion should be ready to go and the next step is to attach the welting/cording to the front and back pieces.

more plants waiting to be planted

Wednesday – So, I think I’ll have enough soil to plant another growbag with my last tomato plant that needs planting. I have 4 currently planted. My mom thinks that’s too much and she’s probably right but I love home grown tomatoes and it’s been years since I’ve been of the mind to plant them. I’m trying 2 new to me varieties that I purchased at TomatoMania. Next step in the cushion project is to make the handle, zipper pieces and attach the strip of flying geese. And if the time is available, connect that piece with the front.

Cala Lily found in my front yard

Thursday – Knit night so nothing else is planned. This is also April 1st and the start of my next busy season. I’ve got quarterly reports and tasks that I need to get started on and while I don’t like working long hours or even on the weekends, I’ll be working overtime and over the weekend to get some of these things done and out of the way.

One of the pepper plants waiting to be planted

Friday – Head out to Green Thumb nursery before they close at 5 to buy more potting soil for my remaining growbags. I am expecting some other gardening purchases to arrive by this point but we’ll see if I’ll be able to do anything other than buy more potting soil. On the quilty, crafty front – I still have my orange top that I’m preparing for quilting. Last week my plan was to spray baste it and I didn’t have time to do that. So I hope to get that done this Friday.

Saturday – Garden – feed the worms, turn the compost, put together the new compost bin I purchased from the city, plant more things, set up the garden purchases that should have arrived, etc. etc. And on the crafty front, pull out my cross stitching for a bit. It’s been almost a month since I’ve touched these projects and I’m itching to get back to these.

a close up of the blueberry plant

Sunday – We normally zoom from 10-1 every Sunday but I’ll probably spend most of the day in my sewing room, finishing up the cushion project and reacquainting myself with some of the other projects on my list – most notably, Grassy Creek, my Jan Krentz top that is really almost done, and possibly Dancing with the Stars (a Linda Ballard UFO from 2012).

One of my favorite pictures from our trip to Fresno’s Blossom Trail

Happy crafting, friends! Wish me luck with the gardening as this is something I’ve not done in many years. Now that we have a forever home, the gardening bug is stronger than ever.

Melanie

Got my tomatoes planted!

Yesterday was a wonderful day for eating.  For his birthday, the boy had waffles for brunch and his favorite dinner, rib eye steak grilled by his dad.  Me and the girl enjoyed ourselves too.  The little ones are growing up fast.  Despite the food and other errands ran, all the boy really wanted to do was play his favorite video game.  He didn’t spend all day playing (we had errands) but he was able to get some good game time in.  That allowed me to go to yoga, plant my tomatoes and start the binding on Scrapitude!

Scrapitude trimmed just needs a binding on it 3/16/2016

Scrapitude
trimmed
just needs a binding on it
3/16/2016

I had a hard time finding my binding supplies.  I remembered seeing the little bag of stuff out and about and then me putting it away so I won’t lose it.  That was last week.  All weekend I kept looking for it and couldn’t find it.  I was VERY frustrated.  Finally, yesterday, I looked in a box, that I looked at a million times before but suddenly, my little binding supply bag was in that box.  Of course, right?  Well, thank goodness because I was finally able to get the binding started!

Scrapitude Starting the binding 3/21/2016

Scrapitude
Starting the binding
3/21/2016

And here are some pics of the garden getting started.  It felt good after 2 years of not gardening to play with dirt again. I can’t wait to see these start to come up.

The potatoes planted 3/21/2016

The potatoes planted
3/21/2016

I don’t want to put these in the ground so I’m keeping the tomatoes in the half barrell.  I plan to put sticks all around and wrap string around them to keep them from going out.  I’ll do that part as they start getting bigger.

The tomatoes planted 3/21/2016

The tomatoes planted
3/21/2016

And I started something new.  We’ll see if it works.  I’ve been seeing a bunch of different ways to grow strawberries on Pinterest and I always thought they looked cool.  I’m never too sure they will work so we found some old closet hanger shelve thingies lying around (the official name for those things) and for this one I planted strawberries on the top and the third baskets.  The plastics and boxes lining the baskets have holes in them.  I don’t know what I’m doing so we’ll see how it turns out.  I’ve only grown strawberries in the ground so I’m experimenting here.  If it works, I may plant more stuff on the 2nd and the 4th shelf.  I also have a second hanging closet thing that I’ll pull out and use for herbs or something.  I’ll take any advice from gardeners! 🙂

Strawberries 3/21/2016

Strawberries
3/21/2016

And since we’re talking about gardening right now, here’s my lazy composting bins:

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These were here when we moved in and the dirt inside the pots were dry and rocky and half full if memory serves.  So, I dumped old coffee grinds in them every morning and the veggie pieces that get thrown away, egg shells, etc.  The dirt is nicer now with worms and other insects.  I toss the contents around and try to cover all the new stuff with the dirt.  It’s my lazy way because I don’t want to buy real compost bins again only to leave them when we move again.  I think I’ll dump new stuff in one container and let the other one compost completely so it will be ready to move into another barrel when I’m ready to plant again.

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~Melanie

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