Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Guacamole and June Happenings

The month is absolutely flying by, so I better post an update while I still remember what's been keeping us so busy! :)

The weather has been just great this year. Only a few hot days that are just starting. Plenty of rain. We have been continuing to spend time working around the yard and in the garden, so things are really coming along. Dad has done a lot of transplanting, as we have plants all of over the yard. We've been able to do all of this changing to the garden, etc., without having to go to the nursery and pick up new plants. Plus, we have been able to move plants and bushes from some very inconvenient spots in the yard. Dad has also been laying some brick in some of the pathways, and we've mulched others. The grass is growing like hay with the cool weather and rain, so it looks like today is another mowing day.

About a week and a half ago, Dad had to do some "fix-it" work on the freezer. That meant that it had to be completely empty. Wow! It's amazing what you can find in there. We had frozen some strawberries, so we spent a day and made strawberry jam. It turned out very nice, and we were able to do it before it's terribly hot and sticky. So, that's a start to our canning year.

I am hard at work on a Captain Hastings needle-felted doll. He is going to be the best one that I've ever made --- it looks like. ;) He is really coming along. The questions is, can he "come along" in time to go to the State Fair. Entries are due in by the middle of July, so I'm hoping --- but we'll see, of course. This is the first time that I'm going to try making a doll with his hand in his pocket, so this is proving fun!

Lots of things to fill up the time of day. Before the heat of Summer arrives, we're trying to clean out the garden and the house. I am hoping to get into the attic and do some more work up there (e.g. getting rid of things). We haven't had too much time to work on inventory for our Etsy store with all of this going on, but we need to do that to have stock in time for the Christmas season.

Other than that, there's not much to tell. We bought some avocados on a good sale (big ones, too!), so Elizabeth and I made guacamole. We've had guacamole sandwiches, so that has been a pretty nice occasion. Can't beat that on a warm day! More later.

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