Friday, 20 June 2014

Time Flies

I'm not sure what happened here - seems it's been six weeks (give or take) since I've written anything (and honestly, I haven't read much either so I'll be going back and reading blogs that you've written too) but in my mind I've had piles of things to share with you. I know I think of posting something a few times a week and for one reason or another it just never gets done. A big part of that is because the battery in my camera always seems to be dead.

So here I am, forcing myself to sit down and show you what's going on.

There's been some travel - I went to Chicago on very short notice (like 24 hours notice) at the beginning of the month.  I really liked the city and would quite happily go back.

I stayed down on the river and was able to find time for the architectural river tour.  If you ever find yourself in Chicago with a few hours to spare, this is something worth doing.

I have part of the vegetable garden planted. Most things are growing well including the weeds. Curiously, squash isn't growing well at all. I made a decision earlier in the spring that I wasn't going to plant the entire space that I have available. It's too much and I can't keep it weeded and I end up losing produce and patience.  Last year, when I was dealing with depression I tried to get it all done and more than once I was in tears while planting something because I was just so frustrated with the space and how quickly the grass and weeds would take over if I so much as turned my back.  Couple that with the grasshoppers who moved in with the grass and I was ready to just plow the entire thing under. This year, I decided to be a little kinder to myself and reduced the size of the planting space. I have less, but the space is easier for me to maintain. So far, I'm enjoying it a lot more as well. The other thing I learned is that if you're going to plant purple fingerling potatoes, that you need to take them ALL out of the ground in the fall - even the little tiny blips of tubers the size of your finger tip, the half eaten ones the mice dined on and the ones you cut in half with the shovel while digging up the others. You know why?  Because these damn things can survive a winter - even a really hard, cold one like what we just had (remember this is a Canadian saying it was a long, cold winter) and they'll grow the next year. Currently I have "wild" potatoes growing among the onions and the lettuces....

I also spent some time working on the ornamental bed at the front of the house.  It's not all done, but I've gone from this:

to this.  It still needs some work and the edging needs to be cleaned up, but at least I can see what I'm working with now.

I've been knitting as well, although at a much slower pace due to the gardens.  I've finished a(nother) pair of socks.  These were knit using Lorna's Laces yarn.  The colour is Lucky Stripe.  I think I'm in love.

I've also started a new sweater.  I've decided I really like working sweaters in a rather fine gauge so I've cast on another one.  The sweater will have a folded hem and be very plain but is a shocking fuchsia - a colour I can wear quite well.

There are a few other things that have been happening too, but I need to save something for next time!


  1. Good to see you back! It sounds and looks like you've put a lot of work into the garden. As someone who knows little about gardening, but a lot about struggling with depression - it's easy to forget how much love and effort maintaining anything can require, especially when everyone else around seems to be flowering effortlessly. Reducing the size of your planting space sounds like just the thing. I love the vibrant colors of your socks, too! Are they a plain vanilla pattern?

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, there has been a lot of work go into the garden this year and I hope it's 'smarter' work. There's been a lot of effort on weed control by using barrier fabric and mulch so I'm hoping it works!
      As for the socks, yes, they are a plain vanilla pattern that looks good because of a great yarn.

  2. Nice to see you back at your blog! I'm glad you are enjoying gardening more this year. So much of life is like that - finding the right balance. Your socks are terrific!

    1. Hi Kristie,
      Yes, I am enjoying the garden a lot more this year and you are absolutely right about finding the right balance. I'm still tweaking it, but I think I'm closer now than I was before. Thanks for your kind words on the socks - a plain pattern from Patons, but made interesting by stripy yarn. :)