Friday’s chili sauce marathon yielded eleven and a half pints – the half pint went into the refrigerator to use immediately! We haven’t had Grandma Clark’s chili sauce since Bill’s sister-in-law sent some home with us in 2006. I can’t wait to cook up some burgers tonight (a black bean burger for myself) and see if the sauce tastes as good as I remember.
We had a quiet weekend, laying low, studying, crocheting, and generally trying to stay cool since our evaporative cooling system was not working properly. It seems like this always happens on a long holiday weekend. It was cool and rainy last night, so it is nice a cool inside this morning, but if the sun comes back out and heats it up outside, the system will simply by blowing hot air throughout the house. I sure hope they come fix it soon.
Saturday I made two more Embroidery Floss Granny Square necklace and earrings set and wore one of them Saturday evening when we went out to dinner with friends.
I received several compliments at dinner on my jewelry, with one of the ladies requesting a closer look at the necklace. No comments on my hair, though. Maybe they didn’t notice the cut, with the fantastic jewelry I was wearing!
Excuse the blurriness. I need to set up the tripod and try to take a decent picture, maybe even one with a smile.
Today I have zucchini squash pickles brining (another family recipe) and will process them this afternoon. Other plans are filing some receipts so I can see the top of my desk again, some more website work (more Alabama church school information to update) and more crocheting.
Since I needed to rest this weekend and did not really have very good mental concentration, I decided to tackle a simple granny square project. Earlier in the week I had purchased several skeins of embroidery floss in a variety of colors in anticipation of making some Granny Square Necklaces. Granny squares are so simple to make, but I had never thought about using embroidery floss. I made this set to match my favorite green skirt.
They were quick and easy to make. The necklace was made with all six strands of floss, while the earrings were made with three strands for each color. Fewer strands caused them to turn out a bit smaller than the necklace granny square, which was the intent. The next earrings I will try with only two strands, as these were still a bit larger than I’m used to wearing. And these still need to be starched so they don’t fold in upon themselves.
This set was also very inexpensive to make. The black cord necklace was the most expensive part of the whole project, costing slightly less than $3.00. I figure the whole set cost me under $5.00 to make and that is only because I bought the embroidery floss at the locally owned craft store, where it was more than double Wal-mart’s price. With the numerous colors available for embroidery floss, I can easily make sets to match every outfit I own!
Lately Wednesdays seem to be the day I end up with the car in order to run a gazillion errands. Some days I make as many as 10 stops around town in between taking Bill to work in the morning and picking him up in the afternoon. Today has been a little less rushed, with only 4 stops so far and just 1 more to go on my way back in to pick Bill up.
One stop was at the local craft store to pick up some embroidery floss for a couple of different crochet projects. I had never thought about crocheting with embroidery floss until I saw a blog post that showed a Granny Square Necklace crocheted with floss. Of course, I have to try this! With that in mind, I picked up some embroidery floss and a few other items that caught my eye.
I also learned of a Beginner’s Beading class being held at the craft store this coming Saturday. I may just have to sign up for that, what do you think?
Isn’t it always something when you are gardening? I have this lovely tiered planter in which I have lettuce growing on the top tier and some radishes growing in a couple of the lower sections. As you can see from the picture, it is now covered in bird netting.
I noticed over the weekend that many of the yummy green lettuce leaves that were present in the morning when I watered were snipped off down the stalk by mid-afternoon. BIRDS! I thought birds ate bugs? It seems they like tender green shoots too!
This section of radishes shows the damage the birds can inflict:
And here the other section of radishes is beginning to quickly recover once the netting was put over the whole unit:
I think birds were also eating the basil that you can see on the lower left section. I may have to transplant some flowers, though. These in the second tier look like they are budding:
I’m not exactly sure what flowers they are, as they were in a bunch of “cut flowers” seedlings that I transplanted into this tiered planter. They may want to grow taller than the netting will allow.
Hopefully I’ll be harvesting lettuce leaves soon instead of just growing them for the birds to enjoy!