|Three out of four seasons finished.|
It's been a busy week here at the homestead. This has, in many ways, kind of been my ideal week; lots of creative projects, all of which were fairly low-budget.
First off is that the barn quilts are finished and are just waiting for Big Ag and Groceries to hang them. Correction: Big Ag and Groceries have been ready to hang them for awhile now, but their days off have unfortunately coincided with rain, so we've waited. But here's a preview (above) of three out of four of them. The "fall" quilt was under construction when this photo was taken, but has been completed since that time. They will hang on this wall as a way to remind me of the cycles of the garden -- winter, spring, summer, fall.
The quilts came out so nicely that the owner of the winery where I work commissioned me to do two more for the outbuildings there, which I'm looking forward to doing. It will add a welcoming touch for visitors to see from the road, for me it will be something I can always look at when I drive by and say, "I made that," even after I'm retired. I love where I work, and so this will be a pleasure to do.
|Sit down and stay awhile!|
The other big project has been the cleaning and reclamation of the former Homestead Room, the glass-walled mystery space and, for us, storage room, where we stored All Things Homestead..that is, until a few weeks ago, when all the homestead accessories moved into the garage, leaving a big glass room with no clear purpose.
I have repurposed it as a quiet retreat for myself, complete with a comfortable futon with a throw blanket and pillows, a nice rug, and of course lots of plants. It will still be a functional greenhouse, growing not only all my spring seedlings but also a dwarf Bearrs Lime Tree and a dwarf Meyer Lemon, plus assorted succulents and other tender or frost-sensitive plants. But it will also be my place of quietude, perfect for when Big Ag wants to watch his crime/war/cheesy nature-reality shows and I want to be outside (but not in the direct sun) watching the birds and wildlife.
We have other news as well, but it will have to wait until it's official in a couple more weeks, so until then my lips are sealed. But it's something very good. The other good thing is that spinach and snow peas went in the ground yesterday and the lettuce crop is giving us salads each and every night, so we feel very thankful.
|My tender babies.|
Good news and plenty of creative projects seems to be the key to happy, happy days. At least it seems that way to me. I know most of the country is battling a killer winter, and you've been in my thoughts. Wish I could send some sunshine your way.