You never know what you’ll read about when you stop by here. In September we covered plants, gardening, maintenance, knitting, harvesting, winemaking, decorating, and moving on. Sometime I wish I were a little more focused.
We’ll get knitting out of the way, since that’s the MR’s least favorite part. Sometimes he just skims those posts, but they really speak to truths that relate to other areas of life. Knitting Weather talks about learning something new. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a class, or listening to a podcast, we can all benefit from another’s expertise. The Power of the Block encourages you to take that extra step that turns something from good to great.
We all want to finish well in knitting and in life.
There’s nothing like homegrown produce. We enjoyed Tons of Tomatoes on our trip to Chelan in quick and easy pico de gallo. They also attracted a ton of fruit flies, but that’s another story.
In other harvest news, we’re trying our hands at The Age Old Art of winemaking. After letting the “must” froth for a few days, we ran it threw the juicer. That may not have been the wisest choice. We had seeds flying everywhere and some fairly thick wine.
But we had this whole plan. The MR ordered pie weights, since we didn’t have enough wine to fill our container.
We boiled the weights, while we were removing the skins and seeds from the must. Then we put them all in our special jug with the cool valve on top.
Sometimes things just don’t work out. It was time for Plan B. The MR drilled a hole in the lid of our old jug, and the wine went back into the 2-quart container that we started with.
The directions say you don’t want any air in the container, so we made sure it was good and full. So much so, that the gas valve on top was filled with wine by the next morning. I don’t think they meant that full, so we drained off a bit. And now we wait. In another nine months, we’ll see what’s what.
The MR planted some Russian sage along the base of the retaining wall across the stairway from this beauty. Next year, we’ll have flowers and plants to soften the edges and start taming the overgrown hillside.
Rain can be a major pain. We had A Gully-Washer early this month requiring plenty of raking.
Rain also seeps into all the cracks and crevices on the deck. In order to ensure Firm Footing, we had the deck recoated and those soft spots fixed while we were on vacation; my apologies to the housesitter. We did get back in time to chase the dogs away from newly painted stairs. Just look how the deck sparkles in the sun.
Our Baby Girl has left us for the joys of college, and we’re all entering New Chapters in our lives. I know she’ll be learning amazing things this year.
And me and the MR we have big plans, too. While I didn’t talk him in to buying a Lake House, I just might talk him into some new deck chairs. These adirondacks were so nice to lounge on in the afternoons.
They might be a bit too traditional for our place, but we’ll find something. I’m tired of moving chairs from one side of the deck to the other all summer chasing the sun or escaping the heat, depending.
What were the highlights of your September?