Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer's end approaching

What a blessed week we have had. After temps in the 100* range, we are now getting a break from the heat and lots of rain. My garden is very appreciative. After a slow start with the garden, I now have my fall garden being planted so we will have a harvest in October & November. My beans are sprouting and the zucchini are in bloom. My winter squash seedlings are nearly ready for transplanting.

I have been canning tomatoes. I simply dice them and add a bit of salt & water to the jars before processing. I then use them through out the winter in my homemade soups & such. The tomatoes are nearly done, so I will be able to start working on something else soon.

Beloved and I are finishing up clearing out things we no longer find a need to have. This has been a long process. We found a local charity that will take everything we don't need. Each week, he will be taking boxes of items to them. We are starting to see the end of this task and are looking forward to it being done.

It is hard to believe that we are beginning the process of preparing for winter already. I am working on making quilt blocks to assemble once the weather is cool enough to not get overheated while having the quilt in my lap. I don't have a hoop or frame, so I am planning to quilt as I go and then assemble the quilt on the treadle once all blocks are finished. This method allows me to use the sashing to assemble the blocks.

I have started cutting out some training pants for Micah. I am going to be making 2 styles. Once being pull on and the other having snaps on the side. I am considering using the snap style instead of diapers. I am going to try a couple of pair of them to see how it works out before making him a large batch of them. Funny to think that I am already working on these for him. He is walking really good finally. He still is working on gaining the confidence to let go, but we can see he is nearly ready to do so.

I have been working on my monthly menus to allow for a cooler weather menu. This means lots of soups and stews. I am going to start canning them soon to stock the pantry. Beloved enjoys taking jars of it to work for his lunch and so I try to keep them available.

My next project is working on more holiday items. Decorations and gifts are needing to be made or finished. I am hoping to be stocking the tote soon with finished projects.

Lots to do and I am happiest when busy, so it works out very well. I find that I don't like to be idle for very long. That is one of the aspects of our lifestyle that I enjoy most! There is always something to be done.


Carrie said...

You are an inspiration!
I add some basil leaves in my tomatoes when I can them...I haven't done that for several years though...
I am trying to plan for busy work as well, but right now I am in the planning stages still...I also need to make plans for school much to do!
Your gardens sound fabulous...I am not much of a gardener and hope my children will be better at this than I am.


Mary said...

I've tried to use a hoop to quilt but find it easier to use nothing.
I can get the stitches smaller by moving the fabric with my fingers.

It hasn't really even heated up in NW PA so far this season. The tomatoes are green and small.

Oh well, there is still all of August for things in the garden to ripen up.

Linda said...

I am sooo enjoying reading how you are doing! I love the idea of your life off grid...

Anonymous said...

This past week we have had your 100+ temps. It is hard to believe in the beautiful evergreen state (on the coast, no less) it has been over 100 degrees. But my wonderful husband has helped us stay cooler. He put fans in the the doorways to outside to bring in "cooler" air and we have been spending our afternoons with our feet in tubs of cool water (quite refreshing). While sitting in the afternoons we read aloud, plan menus and write up grocery lists. So we don't feel we are wasting time when are just sitting.

Paula, you are such an inspiration. I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to each of them. Thank you for sharing your wonderful life with us.