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Monday, September 2, 2013

Harvest and Various Things!


Monday harvest was pretty good with cucumbers and tomatoes in the white strainer, some cherry tomatoes, few beans, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries!


That same day I also picked some lettuce and three teeny squash.  I gave up on them.  Would it be worth my effort to bake them or wouldn't they be good????  I am giving up on growing butternut squash.  They never do well and I really don't have the room.


I love my new chair pads!  The old ones were looking pretty sad!  The blue in them go nicely with our blue counter.


Monday was my lucky day as I received this in the mail from Emilysincerely!  She had said she would send me some celery seed from what she had collected but with it she included this wonderful bar of homade soap that she made and the beautiful card!  The bar of soap is made of Olive, Coconut & Palm Oils, Water, Lye, Essential Oils and Organic oats.  It is called Smooth Lavender.  Smells so good and I love it!  Thank you so much Emily!


I harvested my last cabbage and pulled the rest of the carrots out of the carrot boxes on the deck.  I have a few carrots planted elsewhere but they are not ready yet.


Pretty sad looking, huh!!!  I planted some patty pan squash late and they were looking good.  Then one day I went out and they were completely wilted!  Oh, well, I don't like pattypan squash very well anyway.  But my dog does!!!!!!


Lookie at all the peppers!  I didn't think I would get hardly any but a couple of my plants decided to produce.  I let some of them turn red before picking. They aren't real big but I am happy with them! Also picked lettuce and a couple spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, sungold tomatoes and a few beans that day.


It is back to Hobart Area Concert Band practice now and I will also be teaching a couple piano lessons.  Life has gotten busy!  The band has been invited to play at the 9/11 Memorial Service in Coffee Creek Preserves.


Our local quilt shop had a half off sale so I bought material for two lap quilts for each of the love seats in the living room.  This is the material I choose (with some help) for the one quilt.


This is a close up of the one material that I fell in love with and we built the colors of the other materials around this one.  I love the music notes and the hearts!


The other quilt will be all batiks and these prints were a stretch for me!!! I think I will really like it when it is finished!  Now I just need time to work on them!


Finished knitting some dish cloths.  This is my mindless work when I am too tired or lazy to think!!!!!  It really seems like fall in our neck of the woods to me and my garden is winding down and so am I!!!!  Christmas will soon be here!  LOL



26 comments:

Kathryn D. Duke said...

you are getting alot more from your garden than we are...but I did notice some gourds today but will wait on those for as long as I can.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Kathryn, I guess we can't expect things to produce for ever, can we! Thanks for commenting! Nancy

Annie*s Granny said...

Yes, do bake the squash! You might want to leave them out on the porch (any warm, dry, shady spot) to cure for a week or two, then they will be much sweeter. You can actually cook and eat them at any stage, but I didn't care much for the young green ones that are cooked like summer squash.

You make me wish I'd grown everbearing or fall bearing raspberries. Mine only bear in early summer.

nutmeg gardener said...

Nice harvest Nancy! You look like you keep very busy too with your music and quilting and knitting and gardening. It does feel like fall is here, doesn't it. It came too fast for me!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Annie*s Granny, Thanks for the info on the squash. I was thinking maybe there was no use but will try it now. Glad you could visit! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi nutmeg gardener, Sometimes I get too much going to keep up to! LOL I always lose my gardening enthusiasm about this time of year! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Shawn Ann said...

So much good stuff this week! What a treat to get homemade soap! Smells so good! And your right the hearts and music note material is just lovely. Can't wait to see what you do with it! Great harvest!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Shawn Ann, Thank you for your kind comments. Don't hold your breath till I get those quilts sewed up! LOL Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Daphne said...

Too bad about the patty pans. I'm sure your dog will be sad. I'll be getting a dog again soon. My daughter and her dog are coming home for a year. Last time they were back it took me two days to train the dog to mostly stay on the paths and out of the beds. So I'll be gardening with the dog, and maybe even my daughter. Though I'll believe that when I see it.

lynn said...

the garden goodies look yummy:) be sure to show us the quilt when done--i haven't made a quilt in 20 years, but, i love them! have fun with the lessons!

Hannah said...

Your red peppers and berries look great. I would like to get into quilting during the winter months but haven't gotten up the equipment yet. I had some quilts from the local county fair on some of my Monday posts. I also love music and am teaching 3 of my grandkids keyboard.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Daphne, Welcome to the furbaby club and good luck training him/her! My daughter has gardened a little in the past but is not into gardening right now either! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi lynn, Yes, I love teaching piano lessons so it will be fun. Don't hole your breath until the quilt is done as I don't have a lot of time to spend on quilting. I do love them though like you do. Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Hannah, How fun to find another piano lover that is teaching! I haven't done it for quite awhile so am excited about it. Looks like we have a lot in common! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Goodness you have so much going on! Great harvest and the peppers are fabulous. I love the fabric a girl can never have to much!

Carol

Audrey said...

You are one busy lady Nancy. Your harvest of fruits and veggies look pretty darn good to me this late in the season. Too hot and dry here for a garden ... maybe a Fall garden. I grew some tomatoes last year in late Summer/Fall and that was fun.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Polka Dot Closet, Thanks! I am good at thinking up things to do but then so slow at getting them done! Maybe I should just be a collector of fabric!! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Audrey, You leave such encouraging comments! Thank you! I hope you do grow a few tomatoes! Good luck doing it! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your fresh fruits and veggies look so yummy! It must be nice to know your food is natural and pesticide free.
Love your material, it's going to be beautiful!
Hugs,
Patti

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

HI Patti from Ivy and Elephants, Yes, it sure is nice growing some of our fruit and veggies. I hope my quilts will turn out pretty! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

Becky @ Becky's Place said...

I don't know if you've already eaten your butternut squash or not. But if you have the room and are looking to preserve them, butternut freezes nicely. Last year we grew more butternut than what we knew to do with. I cleaned, seeded and chopped into roasting size chunks and put them in the freezer. I'd wished we'd done more this way. This year we have a bunch of spaghetti squash, which I'm not too sure what to do with as it's not one that I like a whole lot. My goodness! I'd love to have a haul of blackberries - they're beautiful, you lucky lady! They just don't seem to grow well here in northern MN. At least not for us.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Becky, I have baked the butternut squash and frozen it but never just chunks. How do you use your chunks? I have never eaten or grown spaghetti squash. We are thankful for all the fruit that is growing in our little back yard now! Thanks for visiting me! Nancy

vicki said...

Hi,Nancy! Looks like you are picking a little bit of lots of different things too. Makes for lots of yummies! That is a lovely gift you received. And so thankful too! I think you picked out some wonderful fabrics that will make beautiful quilts. Christmas really will be here before we know it. I am actually almost done with my shopping. Even went to Walmart this evening for Christmas shopping. :) Good luck at your band practice, and IT hope you enjoy giving piano lessons. Have a great week! :)Vicki

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi vicki, Thanks for all your wonderful comments! I wish I could decide what to gift people and get my Christmas shopping done! Lucky you! Thanks for visiting! Nancy

emilysincerely said...

Hi Nancy, I hope you are enjoying the soap! Have a great day!!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi emily sincerely, Your soap is so special I didn't want to use it but I broke down and put it out for my guests the other day! I hope they enjoyed the specialness of it! Thanks for visiting! Nancy