Spring ReGardening of 2014

We had a garden last spring (apparently it was so forgettable I didn’t even blog about it). A garden that produced a grand total of 2 edible tomatoes. They were far from being full-sized but I ate them anyways. This year we’re going even smaller thanks to reduced space and the underlying thought that if it fails at least it wasn’t a huge investment.

We’ve got 2 tomato plants instead of 6. Both are Roma variety. 3 Lettuce heads, which I think were Paris or something like a romaine. I don’t remember anymore. We’re also trying something a little different and planted 2 Bush Baby zucchini plants. They’re supposed to be more bush-like than vine-y so we used a teepee rather than a big lattice for it to climb around. WP_20140328_14_36_54_Pro

We refilled our sectioned herb pot and ended up with an extra cilantro in the green pot. Also shown: Honeybun with their outdoor picnic bench, umbrella, and my laundry washboard.

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When I was taking pictures I nearly forgot about our orange bell pepper plant. We had tried for jalapenos last year and only got 1 bud to fruit completely. It was abnormally bright red and wrinkled while still on the plant so I opted to toss it after a while.
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That’s the entirety of our garden this year. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep it in mind. The wet days we’ve been having seem to be taking care of that for me this week but I will definitely have to step it up once the hot weather moves in next month.

This Week Is a Week

Had a really crappy week. There was a lot of this… WP_001273

Which meant cranky kids and a not so nice environment. I seam ripped all of the bad stitching in Kiddo’s quilt and I’ve started straight-line quilting in “the ditch” ((Most of the stitches are TOTALLY not in the ditch)). I’m not too far in but I wanted to share my lovely quilting clips… WP_001275 Finally a use for hangers that have been removed from their heads :)

That time a Verge article made me cry…

A year ago (Holy crap, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long) Paul Miller left the internet, The Verge paid him to write about his offline life experience after having his life be so entrenched in the tech world. Yes, I realize I’m blogging about a blogger who blogged–sue me. He came back to the internet on the 1st. Within the article there was a video documentary sort of interview thing. That’s where I got this quote from him:

I’m kind of depressive, for me that means that just sometimes it kind of hurts to be alive, it’s just like-it’s just AH, you know, it sucks that you gotta kind of do each day and keep doing the next day and, it’s just, moments hurt sequentially and when I’m bombarded, you know, with information and stimulation and I can always fill that need every time. I feel like I’m getting bored and I’m not happy so I can go and do something really quickly to kind of fill that need. I think I can confuse the issue and confuse the subject and kind of not quite understand the way I was feeling was deeper than just ‘I’m bored right now.’ It had something to do with ‘I’m deeply stressed that life goes on.’

It was something that absolutely rang true when I was watching the video that I had to transcribe it and put it somewhere safe. I don’t know that my blog is a safe place but I needed to share it.

I also teared up when his niece thought he just didn’t want to Skype with her for a year. So sad how kids take things so personally but generally never talk about it.

Finish Up Friday – April 19

I have a lot to cover this week and I thought it would be best to just do one big post.

Finished Honeybun’s quilt first. I mixed hand quilting, freemotion, and tying to get this one together. Instead of a separate binding I went ahead and just rolled the backing around and straight stitched it. I was eager for her to be able to use, play and cuddle it so I rushed it a bit. WP_001164 (1)

I’m also nearing the end or am forced to since the baby shower is on Saturday but I’m trying so hard to get this quilt done that I’m thinking of skipping sleep tonight. It’s a very simple quilt based on the Ragged Squares tutorial by Amanda Jean. I’ve done it for my last shower quilt as well and it feels like it came together a lot nicer this time around. Might have also had a lot to do with a new machine and a LOT more experience with sewing than I had more than a year ago. I’m still not super happy with the freemotion quilting I did on it but it’s better than nothing.WP_001165 (1)WP_001166 (1) - Copy (yes it still needs thread trimming and all the rest of that stuff)

Really hoping to sit down and seam rip Kiddo’s quilt, I know that’s been on my todo list for a few months now but with doing the podcast, raising kids, keeping house, and all the rest it’s been pretty impossible to not neglect something in order to work on something else. I saw a some e-card thing with a man on the phone saying, “So-and-so is quilting today so you might want to bring paper plates, food, and a table to eat if you’re coming over.” That’s what basically happened last weekend when I was at my machine for the majority of time. Funny stuff.

Current Projects: April Week 1

It’s kind of depressing how little progress I made in March. Mostly because of PAX and being sick. I finished Kiddo’s lap quilt finally. Sadly he doesn’t seem too crazy about it. Honeybun’s quilt is still being hand quilted through a spiral sort of pattern. Kiddo’s twin size quilt is still in a state of needing to be seam ripped. The baby quilt I’ve been working on is sitting on top of my machine and has been for about a month :(. I wish I had more time to devote to my projects but I feel like I’m way too busy with work and kids to do anything. Images below the more tag. Continue reading

Procrastination Central

I should be working on other things today but I wanted to blog to share how completely procrastinate-y I am today.

I started another quilt, well actually, I planned out two more quilts and started on one of them. This one is just a simple sandwich of two 1-yard cuts as a lap quilt for Kiddo. He’s still in love with Busy Town so I thought I’d go ahead and commit. This is my first attempt at free motion quilting by machine so I thought I’d do some “simple” loopies. Yeah, not so easy lol This took me about 2 hours because of interruptions and such. I haven’t started back up on it since I need to refill the bobbin and so on. WP_000904Some progress on the hand quilted baby blanket. I’m going slower than I need to be for scheduling reasons so I’ll probably start working on this as often as I can. WP_000910The problem is, I know the loopies should only take me a few afternoons at most to finish and it’s so much easier to focus on a project that’s fast. I hope I can turn my head a bit and pour myself into the most urgent one as opposed to the easiest.

Point of Contention

It’s been at least a few months since the last episode of Doctor Who was aired so I feel somewhat okay about talking about a few things. SPOILERS, SWEETIE!

They went so far as to declare The Statue of Liberty as a weeping angel. Okay. Then every image of her is an angel, based on the Crash of the Byzantine episode and the canon that came with it. Why, then, is the Lady Liberty poster in the elevator in the weeping angels’ hotel not an angel? The Doctor ignores the poster completely whereas he should be staring at it to keep it from coming off the poster. That would’ve been a VERY easy end to The Doctor. The weeping angels are after time, that’s why they were stealing time from these people in the hotel in the first place. So why wasn’t this poster an angel? I just don’t get it. It’s a plot hole that was left in set dressing.

Yes.

I am a nerd.

Yes.

This sincerely bothers me.