Monthly Archives: July 2008

Janice Holt Giles

I’ve been struck by the reading bug this summer. Specifically, I want to read(and buy) all of Janice Holt Giles’ works. I first read Hannah Fowler when I was 13, and it has become a tradition for all of my daughters to read, and own this book. Hannah Fowler was really only supposed to be a “bridge” book for Mrs. Giles. She had a book in mind, The Believers, and needed a sort of prequel to it. Hannah became, for readers, her most loved book.  One summer, when Joni was still living at home, we got all of the JHG books we could find out of the library to read. I would like to do that again, and have been looking online for original copies of the books. The University of Kentucky has reissued her books in paper back, but I want to find the old copies of the books. If I was ever to be told I had to give up all but one of my favorite novels, I would keep Hannah.

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Time to learn something new

I just got a drop spindle and some roving in the mail today, and can’t wait to try it out. I love fiber, and the idea that I could make something go from roving to yarn is exciting to me. Of course, I still have to learn how, but that’s what youtube is for, right?

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Todays canning

This morning I went out to Green Acres U Pick and spent almost an hour picking black raspberries. 6.7 pounds! I’m thinking about picking blueberries on Thursday, and just canning the fruit for wintertime desserts. Sound good?

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Cubbies yarn!!

It’s purtier than I imagined it would be! I can’t wait to start knitting with this yarn…it’s my favorite yarn dyer, and it’s beautifully dyed.

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Canning season is upon us

In between all of the traveling(which I promise I will blog about), I have been trying to get some canning done. I got 8 pints of strawberry jam(with the help of Ian). Today I got up bright and early and went to the public market on the LAST available day for cherries. I came home and got out my handy dandy Kirschentkerner, but this time I had no helpers. Next year Laura and Molly will be home to help, but I sure missed having all of the “big” kids take a turn at it. I was able to get everything set up for canning, while they kerned kirschens. It looks like I will be getting 10 or 11 pints out of the peck, somewhat more than I thought I would. Monday, I will be out picking black raspberries for more jam. In August, there will be more raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes, beans, then the tree fruits. I’m hoping for at least some peaches and applesauce, maybe some apricots as well. I’ve missed canning season.

ETA: pickles….can’t forget to do pickles.

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Completely Pointless and Arbitrary

My favorite group on Ravelry. Well tonight someone posted this. You must see.

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