It has been so long since I posted any news, I am ashamed to write again. We have been very busy doing nothing different and trying to keep out of the sun. TN is in the middle of the worst heat wave of the summer but that is no excuse for me as we are here on Baker Mountain and while Nashville is sweltering at 97 and above we stay in the low 80’s. We are getting some of the humidity that has come up from the Gulf so when you try and work in the sun it is hot but most days have been partly cloudy and that keeps the temperature very comfortable. We haven’t even had to turn on the AC, just the fans are enough even in the heat of the day. I guess when the rush of canning and harvesting was over I just got very lazy and have not done much. Yesterday we canned a few more green beans. I still had a big dish of them in the refrigerator so could not use any more fresh so we canned 5 quarts. The beans in the kitchen garden are still producing but the ones in the lower garden are gone and Norman pulled those yesterday. Between the wind and the deer most of the things in that garden are done for the year. We still get all the peppers we could ever want and the parsnips are still growing and looking good but the summer squash got hit by the squash bugs and we will not get anymore of those. We are slowly pulling everything out and cleaning the garden up for winter. The last few days we have been pruning and cleaning up the raspberries. Norman helped me by going in and cutting out all the old cane. Every cane that bore berries this year has to be cut off right back down to the ground. Then you check each root and keep only the new strong, healthy cane and tie that up to the fence. Many had already bent over and rooted into the ground. Those bushes insist on going into the path or the clothes line area so any that had rooted there I cut and dug up and put into pot to grow. Next spring any of these plants that have caught and are strong and healthy, I’ll either plant in the garden, if there is a blank spot or give to my friend at the farmer’s market. She makes jelly and relish for sale at the market and she did not have a red raspberry bed so for the last two years I have given her my rerooted bushes and she is getting a pretty good bed. I have four rows of bushes and have tied up two of the four so will be out there the next couple days finishing that up. Then I have the flower gardens to weed and get dressed for winter. The poor hosta bed is so chocked with wild violet I’m afraid if I don’t clean them out soon the hosta and lilies will go the way of my strawberry plants.
This is a skirt for Dyhana. It is hard to see but it is a hip hugger skirt and has a blue blouse that matches and a short jacket with hood to match. The jacket is made of the material that the pockets are made of. It also has slacks to match.
Now I am working on a brocade sleeveless jacket and a ruffled skirt done in all the left over piece of brocade that Shirley gave me from a quilt she made. I don’t know how that will look but it will be a good one for a play dress-up skirt. I also took time out to order some new patterns. Both girls like the vintage dresses the best. They are the dressiest and most feminine and I like making those the best too but get sick of making the same ones over and over so I just went to Ebay and found a woman who had a lot of the old patterns in the sizes I wanted and have won about a dozen auctions, still waiting on one that is for a cheerleader’s outfit that I think the girls will love. I will spend my whole winter making dresses so I’ll be ready to work in the gardens again come spring. I guess that is enough confessing of my sins for today. I hope you have as much fun goofing off as I do! Have a great day.