Thursday, July 23, 2015

Staying busy

Wow - it sure isn't hard to keep busy when we are home! We've been here a little over 3 weeks and the summer is flying by.

We've been to a few Farmer's Markets. I love Farmer's Markets! The dehydrator is running. This winter we will enjoy the fruits of my labor. We have green beans, wax beans, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, zucchini, tomatoes, kohlrabi, and more. Did I mention that I love Farmer's Markets?! I wonder how much we'll eat in a least it will keep if I have extra! Here is some of my bounty from the Dane County Farmer's Market (Madison, WI) last Wednesday.

Last time I showed you the beginnings of a Life Is Good t-shirt quilt; here is the pieced top. I think the back will be yellow Minkee and I might get to sandwiching it one of these days. There is quite a pile of tops waiting to be pinned.

I did pin one twin-size quilt and will begin quilting soon. I'm also squaring up pieces on a quilt two of our grandsons are making. They want to finish it so they can donate it.

We've also done a little time in the car. Sometimes for Farmer's Markets which I love! and also for photos. Today we were at Lock and Dam #13 on the Mississippi River. There are some sandhill cranes in that area and one family has a little one - we saw them for a couple of minutes but they went into the woods so no photos. The little guy is getting his flying feathers and exercising his wings - it won't be long before they are gone. 

I have been doing a little knitting. In fact, I was able to spend some time knitting and visiting with a friend on Tuesday. Here are my socks so far. I am making progress!

Now I need to get ready for a quilting retreat next week. I have a few projects picked out so I need to get things together and decide what to take for my meals. This place also has an outdoor in-ground pool so I'd better pack my suit. 

Maybe I'll have some retreat projects to show you next time.


  1. Those zucchini are beautiful. I'm sure dehydrating is perfect for them.

  2. Those sox are awesome!!!!! A retreat....lucky you!! Farmers' markets are the way to go, especially for just 2 ppl in the family. We have pretty much scrapped the large gardening idea.....for now, anyhow!!!

    1. Thanks! II would love to have a garden but that option was taken away with my back surgery over 4 years ago. The Farmer's Markets are wonderful - I wish we had a large one close by but when you live in a rural area...

  3. I guess we'll have to rely on Farmers' Markets this summer. The only problem is that there's only one locally and it features crafts more than produce. Our garden is petering out. About a month ago, our green beans and cucumbers were thriving, but now they are looking puny. I'm about ready to dig out the last cucumber plant and who knows what's going to come of our green beans. Our tomatoes are holding on, but with so little foliage, I don't hold out much hope that the tomatoes will be any good ... I'm afraid that they're all going to get sunburnt.

    I assume you're drying apples, too? The salad I had at Panera while we were out of town had dried apples in it and boy oh boy, they were yummy ... and a fabulous addition to the salad!



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