Saturday, August 13, 2016

Shopping instead of working


Poppy and I worked outside, mowing and weeding, in this awful heat and humidity yesterday from 7:00 am to noon. We both looked like we were just before having a heat stroke when we decided to call it a day and finish the yard work early this morning. 

Well, early this morning Poppy said, "how would you like to ride to Henderson instead of working in the yard"? Oh gosh, that sounds good to me! We needed a few things from Walmart anyway, and a bale of hay for the goats...I was tickled to death to get away for a while.



After all my complaining about the tomatoes, all of a sudden the vines are loaded.



These are called blue beauty. All of the tomatoes in the teeny tiny garden were grown from seeds sent to me from the blog "Texan". It's fun seeing the different varieties, most of which I've never heard of.


 these cute ones are Pomodoro.

Anyhow, don't you love blogging? I saw this Dottie Angel pattern on Pom Pom's blog and fell in love with it...so I ordered one for me. 



I really really love the three different calico prints in "View C", but thought I would try making the little tunic in solid white, from a piece of fabric I found at the thrift store for a quarter. Here's how it turned out...



It's nice and cool to wear around the house. Now I want to try the calico.

Finally, after all these years of sewing, I  broke down and bought one of those cardboard cutting things that open up...I have accidentally cut a slit in many a bedspread or comforter trying to cut out a pattern on the bed.



of course, Dumperoo thought I brought it home just for him.


Now how am I supposed to lay out a pattern!

I'm seriously thinking about getting a pillow and joining Eli on the other end of couch. He has another teddy bear too...



I'm hoping to be back soon!

Love,
Henny










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  1. Loved your post today, and I'm glad you had a respite from the hot yardwork! Sewing that nice shift probably didn't take you very long, and now you can try other fabrics. I envy your tomatoes, I hope mine start to color up soon, probably have more $$ in my plants and tomato food than they are producing! Your tiny farm is looking great. Take it easy.

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    1. Thank you Pam! I was beginning to think there would be no tomatoes, then they all turned red at the same time. Isn't that the way it is? Good to hear from you!

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  2. Those tomatoes sure look different from the ones I used to grow when I lived where I could have a garden. I was curious about the pomodoro variety and looked them up. Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato! I'm glad you took some time off to do something besides work. My mother in law loved to sew; she make lots of clothes for anyone and everyone and lots of quilts. She used a twin bed with a cardboard cutting board like that . She had my father in law cut some pieces of a 4x4 into blocks and put them under the bedposts to raise the bed so she didn't have to bend over so far. Something like that might help your back. Have fun with your calico.

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    1. Hey Peg! How about that! Now I know an Italian word. I love the idea of putting a block under the bedposts. That is a pretty high bed anyway, but my back starts hurting if I stand there long. Thank you!

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  3. Strange looking tomatoes. Do they all taste the same? I like the tunic. It looks comfortable. Much more fun to ride to town and shop than work in the yard.

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    1. Hey Melanie! The tomatoes do taste different different. All of them are good but I still think the garden soil is too acid. It was fun to ride to town! :)

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  4. What a lovely variety of tomatoes, I bet they taste so good !
    I'm loving your new top, it reminds me of my scrub top, which even though I've since retired, I still like to wear around the house. The pockets come in so handy.
    Enjoy your ride to town, sometimes we just need a little change of atmosphere :)
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo! The top reminds me of a scrub top too, especially since I left off the little ties that tie in the back. I do love the pockets!

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  5. My dog was given an old teddy bear when she was young. She tore it up

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    1. Hey Adam! I've had to sew up Eli's bears lots of times too, and sew the ears back on.

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  6. It's always a good thing to every now and then get away from all the "things that need to be done around here". Physically removed from the scene we can relax and enjoy just messing around and not feel guilty. I'm all for it.

    A nice thundery, rainy day here today. So nice not to have to water out in the hot humid yard, or do any weeding or mow the lawn. But with all the rain we have had lately I may need a tractor to get through the grass since there is either definite rain or scattered thunderstorms forecast through till next weekend here. Maybe a scythe would be the thing to use if the grass gets too tall. I do have one that my husband found at an auction but I've never been able to get the right arm motion down to use it effectively. Probably from lack of trying, you think?

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    1. Hey Vic! It really does help to leave everything for a while! After all the rain we've had in the last several months, now it is dry as a bone here. We really need a shower. Just before dark I need to water all the potted plants up at the garden. I think we have an antique scythe hanging on the back porch for decoration. I've wondered before how in the world anybody could actually use it. It looks so awkward!

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  7. Oh Henny...it has been so hot here in the mountains! But I try to work in the garden really early before 8:00 AM, then I am able to come in and enjoy the cool air of the air conditioner :0)

    I have the same Dottie Angel sewing pattern...I have not tried to make it as of yet...but yours looks lovely and I am sure it will look beautiful in calico :D

    blessings,

    mari

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  8. Your yard looks great! It is terrible working outside in the heat and humidity. All your garden produce looks yummy! Smart lady to take Poppy up on his offer to go to Henderson. You are such a lovely seamstress! The tunic does look nice and cool.
    Have a good weekend!

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  9. Your yard looks great, and your tomatoes are amazing. Mine are finally producing nice red ones but not nearly as many as yours. We planted ours too close together and now we really have to search for them in all the leaves. Which we're starting to cut away.
    Isn't it funny how you had so much rain and now the dirt is dry again.

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  10. Glad you two took a morning off and enjoyed some shopping. We did the same thing today. Your pets are so precious. You know IF you had bought the cardboard cutting board FOR the cats, they would not touch it! lol

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  11. Your home is just lovely, and your pets are adorable! I love visiting your blog and seeing what's happening on the teeny tiny farm!

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  12. What a lovely mix of tomatoes, glad you have had success. My little garden has not done as well as previous years. Eli always makes me smile. Love the pattern.

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  13. Your yard looks great! I am envious of all your tomatoes, they all look yummy! Yes the Calico should look great! :)

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  14. What wonderful tomatoes! I bet they are really tasty. Mine succumbed to the heat about a week ago and now I have to buy them at the farmers market but they aren't as good as those right from the garden.
    I have to wait until my cat is sound asleep to cut out a pattern. She just can't resist playing with everything. I think you will like your cutting board. It makes things easier.

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