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Seeds

Seeds


I finally got seeds started, later than I had intended, but I have zero garden beds yet, and my bird bath was frozen this morning….. so I’ve got some time.

The plants I ordered arrived yesterday, a few sweet potatoes, some strawberries, a couple of yacon…. I guess I’m going to have to pot them until I have a spot for them.

Making Cat Food

Making Cat Food

 

I started feeding my cats a commercial raw diet a couple of months ago, because the one I adopted in July kept puking and I couldn’t figure out why. The raw diet fixed whatever the problem was, so now I get to figure out how to make it work for my CKD kitty. On the recommendation of my vet, I did a consultation with Dr Pierson of catinfo.org and got a low-phosphorus recipe for him. My grinder arrived today, so I just made up the food. We’ll see tomorrow if he eats it. 🙂

Growl

Growl

I am getting ready to do a consultation with Lisa Pierson (and my inner nutrition nerd is SO EXCITED). She wants specific test result values separate and in a chart organized by date, to see trends over time, so I’m having to pick through his (extensive) medical record to find them. What is amusing me is how often the word “fractious” is in there. And every physical exam says “respiration: growl (normal 16-40).” Ah Blitzen, you’re my guy.

Grainline Linden the first 

Grainline Linden the first 

I have been so itching to get back into sewing. I wanted to make something relatively easy, to get my sea legs back. During the years I’ve not been sewing I have acquired a new sewing machine *and* a new serger, so I needed to figure that out. I have been wanting something simple and warm to wear for my volunteer work at the animal shelter, but I didn’t want a hood. Enter the Grainline Studios Linden pattern. Not a lot of pieces, straightforward construction. The fabric is some french terry I found at Joann’s and it was not the funnest thing to work with. The cut ends kept curling under, which made the neck binding really hard to sew on to the shirt. I actually gave up about 2/3 of the way through and pulled if off the serger, but then when I looked at it I decided I could just stitch the seam allowance down and it would look fine. And it does. But I will not be showing what the inside looks like. 😀

I don’t have a lot of experience with knits so I don’t know if that’s how they typically behave. I have a cute printed sweatshirt fleece on the way, especially for this pattern, so I’ll get to try again, and if the same thing happens I’ll have to cut longer neckline pieces because I really do want to make a bunch of these.

My sewing room still needs organization but I am doing it between sewing tasks now which is actually fun. I have all this fabric that I bought for specific things and I don’t remember anymore what they’re for, so I’m going to pick something random and make a Butterick 5526 out of it.

Garden planning 2017 

Garden planning 2017 

Veggie seeds/plants I have already acquired:

  • Scarlet-runner beans
  • Glass gem corn
  • True black brandywine tomatoes
  • Rapini
  • Brunswick cabbage
  • Cosmic purple carrots
  • Black vernissage tomato
  • Arikara sunflower
  • Dwarf gray sugar pea
  • Yacon (2 plants)
  • Jersey yellow sweet potato (3 plants)
  • Old North Sea strawberry (3 plants)
  • Sweet potato rare collection (4 plants)
Seeds seeds and more seeds

Seeds seeds and more seeds

Last week I was listening to a podcast from Margaret at awaytogarden.com where she talks to the Associate Director of Gardens and Grounds at the Jefferson Foundation. Did you know that Monticello has an online gift shop? Where you can order seeds and other garden things? I’ve got a few things from them on the way. I also bought seeds from Baker Creek. This is a small problem because I don’t actually have any garden space yet. Although I’m hoping to get at least one, hopefully two raised beds in ASAP. March, maybe April? Still some time left to plan and dream before I can actually do anything.

I got a few houseplants to add to my living room slash greenhouse. What I have learned through this effort is that something like 98% of houseplants are toxic to cats. I suspect there are varying levels of toxicity and a lot of them would actually be okay with minor amounts of munching, but since I have the list, might as well use it. Knowledge is power, or something. So far I have a fiddleleaf fig (which *is* listed as toxic, but it’s on the kitchen island where the cats don’t go), a rubber plant, a lemon tree, a peperomia (birthday gift from my sister years ago), a Norfolk Island pine (which I’m hoping will function as my Christmas tree someday), a parlor palm (which has gotten chewed quite a bit), and a purple passion vine, which I had to put in a cat-free zone because it’s little and apparently very tasty. I also have five adult African violets and five baby African violets (which I actually think are at least ten plants…. I need to be more aggressive when separating them) that I propagated from the adults. I also have the world’s oldest pothos, which my cats *have* chewed on and suffered no ill effects. It’s a beginning.

New Year

New Year

It seems like 2016 was a weird year for a lot of people. I guess it was for me, too, although there was one very big positive in the resolution of a situation that has kept me in limbo for the past couple of years. It was resolved in my favor, which feels really good, after all the bullshit. It stinks when someone decides to take their problems out on you, but if you keep paddling, you’ll come out on top.

So I have a new house now, that I built. The benefit of having lived in a lot of different places is that you know what you like and what you don’t. I’ve lived downtown, and while it’s nice to be walking distance to stuff, your neighbors are really close. I’ve lived in super remote areas, and while the privacy is nice, having to drive at least an hour for everything gets old pretty fast. I’m in sort of a happy medium now, in a rural area but half an hour from a good-sized city. The city is big enough to have everything you want and small enough that you can find it.

I have a lot of space now, I have all the finishes I wanted, I have lots of natural light and some acreage.

I finally have a sewing room again and while I’m still unpacking I am looking forward to getting into some serious creating in 2017.

Acreage means there will be lots of gardening. Vegetables, flowers, trees, chickens…. so exciting!

So there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year. I traveled a lot this year and already have some booked in 2017. This blog is sort of a new beginning, as well. I don’t know why I am so drawn to the blog life, but apparently I am. Self expression is important and I guess this is one way I like to do it. I like documenting the results of my creative efforts, as well. If no one reads it, that’s fine. If someone reads it, even better. 🙂