Playing catch up, adding new projects, helping new people, wedding coming up--all has hit this lady. I actually tried to do a Row by Row quilt. Asking myself where are you going to find time to do this, I said, "no." Not an easy word for me, but it is necessary. Prioritizing doesn't work in this household. The hubster has his priorities which somehow outrank mine.....holding one's ground becomes tiresome. Has anyone else found this to be true?
Right now, it is a cool day in the Northwest. A great day for gardening. We won't be having any more cold nights so even tomatoes can be planted and will do well. We are expecting another very hot summer. According to our weather people, life will become normal next year. This translates to rainy and colder winters, rain throughout spring, summer and fall. Normal. Growing heirloom, large tomatoes may not work next year but we'll have our regulars which like our cooler summers. So my encouragement to fellow Northwest gardeners, plant like crazy and enjoy what you reap.
I am thoroughly enjoying some frozen tomatoes using a new method I tried last summer. Everyday we went to see our son in the hospice house. (We did not know how long our son would last: the cancer was consuming his body. He only had 9 days there before God took him home)
The garden was booming with tons of tomatoes. There was no time to can them or using the regular method of removing skins, etc. to freeze them. I pulled out the vacuum sealer, gathered lots of quart bags, chopped the fresh tomatoes into halves or quarters. They immediately went into the bags, vacuumed and sealed them and off to the freezer they went. I was told that there would be the fresh taste, color but the texture would change to mush. Who cares? They were going into sauces, soups, chili, etc. and would be mush anyway. Aah-the taste-fabulous. I'm doing this from now on. At that time, I was only doing the Roma and Amish Paste tomatoes. The larger ones were eaten everyday. Hubster loves tomatoes off the vine. :)
Sewing: busy perfecting a new pattern to make an apron specially designed to cover a lot of clothing while the wearer gets downright dirty. Sometimes we have to do this. Our chapter is taking up weaving an Appalachian egg basket. We like getting dirty. Makes us feel good.