Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday fragments


in which our plucky heroine shares some of the news from the little urban homestead

young fruit is coming along in the backyard "orchard"... there are young apples; these have several more months on the tree to go, as they are usually ripe sometime in September. (I really should have thinned to one of these, but they both had such lovely red blush that I was weak and left the two best looking ones... the original cluster had six apples) In addition, there are young feral Italian prune plums, actually looking more colorful in the photo than in the actual tree, where they still look very green indeed. I need to find someone taller than me to do some pruning on the upper parts of the plum thicket.
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The garlic planted late last autumn is almost ready to pull from the ground, as the green leaves are turning browned on the ends. This coming autumn I will do my best to get garlic into the ground earlier, as this batch didn't go in till November, and the extra time really makes a difference in the size of the harvested bulbs. I pulled one to see how it was doing and it looked good, if small... Still, some homegrown is much better than not!
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The custom curtain commission (say that one three times fast) is done, and I have dived right into putting together the wool SCA coat for Drusa, which is well underway. Indeed, I am now at the stage of stitching the binding on all the edges - using some more of the very beautiful striped handwoven wool...

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June SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 pickled garlic scapes Isabel apron dress trimsmall crock pot
2 seven baprons Drusa hat trimcracked iron pot
3  undergown Genievievepruned sage yard waste bin
4 undergown for Isabel
pruned forsythia -
5 Norse apron dress Aesacontinued pruning apple -
6 Aelflaed pinafore "brooches" for Aesa -
7 blue curtains x -
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

wishful Wednesday - MOAR fan arrays

in which our plucky heroine laments ignorance...

This is a vertical fan array, built by Godwyn, which I designed to fit the sliding windows here at Acorn Cottage, to bring in cool night air all night long whilst also keeping home security unimpaired.

Since he doesn't want to build more of these, I need to learn how to DIY the fans/switch/plug combination to make more of them; if I had three more, I could run fans in all the vertical windows all night long, which would significantly help keep the house just a little cooler in the beastly heat of summertime. The lacy wooden framework, while pretty, is not part of my design specs, and would not be necessary. I just need to figure out HOW to assemble the actual fan guts, and where to acquire the necessary parts/tools/supplies.

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Going to make sure that no more of my physical therapy appointments are in the middle of the day (today was at noon-fifteen) but instead early mornings. The difficulty of dealing with transit crowded with workers on the way to morning jobs, and getting up at 530 AM would be less debilitating than riding the bus in the deep heat, and either waiting for transfer in no shade, or walking 10 blocks in the same deep heat. And then doing it again an hour later in reverse. I was foolish, and forgot to take the weather into consideration, and paid for it by losing most of today once I got home again
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June SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 pickled garlic scapes Isabel apron dress trimsmall crock pot
2 seven baprons Drusa hat trimcracked iron pot
3  undergown Genievievepruned sage yard waste bin
4 undergown for Isabel
pruned forsythia -
5 Norse apron dress Aesacontinued pruning apple -
6 Aelflaed pinafore "brooches" for Aesa -
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday tidbits


in which our plucky heroine keeps beavering away...

with all good hope of getting the curtains sewing project finished soon. HomeDec is my second least favorite kind of commission sewing, and I only rarely take them on.

Finished pruning the apple tree, and concerned about the plum thicket which is still far too tall for me to reach. Managing to keep all the baby trees watered in the newly extra-hot weather.
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June SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 pickled garlic scapes Isabel apron dress trimsmall crock pot
2 seven baprons Drusa hat trimcracked iron pot
3  undergown Genievievepruned sage yard waste bin
4 undergown for Isabel
pruned forsythia -
5 Norse apron dress Aesacontinued pruning apple -
6 Aelflaed pinafore "brooches" for Aesa -
7 x x -
8 x x -
9 x
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10 x x -
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x