Monday, September 11, 2017

We are still here!

Wow, that was a nasty hot Summer. I must admit the heat totally paralyzed me, our A/C was struggling, the cats were listless and I was unhappy. I don't remember ever having sweated as much as I did this Summer, yikes. Of course not much crafting happened either. I am working on two big blankets that are in the end phase now that it got cooler and I started a new CAL, the Kalevala Cal.
Here are the first three squares I finished. I am using different colors for the odd and even numbered squares (have not done #2 yet, it is rather complicated).

My garden showed a lot of promise in the beginning then took a turn when critters stole every single tomato. I had seven tomato plants and only got a handful of cherry tomatoes. I seriously need to come up with some kind of deterrent for next year. Back when we used to feed all the cats in the neighborhood we had no problems like that, but now, the girls having moved in with us and the toms scattered, rodents of all kind are running wild. I don't want to kill them, but I don't want them in my garden either. We even had mice in the house, both Mr. Moose and Mr. Frankie caught one each and were proud as can be about it. We use electronic rodent deterrents in the porch and the basement now and that got rid of them, no idea what to use in the garden. Most gadgets seem to be based on motion sensors which I don't find useful and the strobe light might disturb us and the neighbors at night (our bedroom faces the garden).

We are all healthy and right now waiting to see if "Irma" is going to cause any trouble for us. We prepared the hallway as a possible tornado shelter since it is the only windowless room in the house.

I am also overcome by a big urge to purge. I want to get to the point where I know what I have and where it is. What good is stuff that is stored and never used? I am only keeping things I actually use or love. And, yes, we really do need all these cats. :)

I got a new mug for my birthday!

I am trying to get back into blogging now that my favorite season is just around the corner and I feel alive again but sometimes I wonder if anybody is actually interested in my ramblings.


Susie Q said...

I don't always leave a comment but do always read your posts. I love hearing about other people's lives around the World and hope that Irma has not affected you. Hope the weather is getting a little better for you and the cats. Hugs, Susie x

Shirley Elliott said...

I am so glad to see your blog post and hear what has been happening in your world. The summer was brutal and I am so glad that it seems to be over. I live in south central Virginia so pretty much the same weather that you have. Summer was brutal and depressing. Fall is my very favorite time of the year and I love the fall colors, pumpkins, cool weather, wearing sweaters, etc. I love the color and patterns of the blocks for your new blanket. Looking forward to seeing the finished blanket. What a disappointment on your garden. I don't garden but have several friends who do and they had mixed results this year. We got so much rain at times that some plants went in too late and then it got so hot and dry. Like I said, summer was brutal. The mug is so perfect and, yes, you need the cats. I just cleaned out Christmas decorations and half of what I had is going. Actually, more will probably be purged but it was a good start. Hope you enjoy each fall day!