Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SMM swap; Midget morning & more gardening

Not gloating; not bragging, not trying to rub it in.....

But I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE my mornings this week and next week! I'm up by 5:30 (when I remember to set the alarm correctly for Paul----SORRY SWEETIE!) I forgot to reset it the other morning from 6:30 and he woke at 5:50, LATE. I felt so bad :0( But I'm up shortly after him with a cup of coffee in hand ready to start the day by reading emails and blogs. 7:00, the girls are wakened to eat breakfast and to get ready for summer school, which starts at 8:00, going through this week and next.

From 8:00 'til 11:30, the time is all ME time :0) Monday morning, sadly I had a dentist appt at 8:30, so that ate up much of my morning. Yesterday morning, I ran 6 miles after dropping the girls off, and this morning, I power-walked 4 miles before heading back home for some morning sewing.

I started this morning's sewing time by organizing my Smith Mountain Morning swap units; packaging them up all nicely to be sent to Judi.

Then after another cup of coffee and drink of water, I decided to have a Midget Morning and started paper-piecing Block #16. I only had an hour left before I needed to leave to pick up the girls; this is how far I got. I'll finish it up tomorrow hopefully.

Tomorrow's morning time: Speed workout: 5 miles, including 3x1600M @ 8:30. Gosh! I haven't done a speed workout in two years! 8:30's might just kill me when I've been averaging 11:00's. is taking SOOOOOO long to get back into running shape this year!

Just about every evening around 7:00, Paul, myself (and often the girls) head out to the gardens to tackle a little bit of weeding/cultivating/hoeing/watering..... This picture was taken at 9:00 tonight, quite dusky outside. Paul is hoeing up the potatoes in our lower garden which consists mostly of potatoes and corn, some carrots, onions, and three smaller garden plots that each of the girls planted of odds-n-ends.

I haven't shared any pictures of the upper garden, which I consider our main garden: carrots, celery, pepper varieties, 38 tomato plants, beans-beans-beans, cucumbers, onions, kolarahbi (sp?), peas, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, basil, dill, lettuce, bak choy......(I think that's it). Plus we have our raspberries that are about 1-2 days away from being picked for some JAM :0) YUMMMMMMM!

So, I have been loving my summer time. Truly and honestly.


Amanda said...

I always found that one of the good things about teaching full time was that I really enjoyed the holiday breaks and made the most of them. Time works differently now that I'm retired. Since you have to plant your gardens so late in the year do things like tomatoes still have time to ripen?

scraphappy said...

Sounds like you have gotten into the rhythm of summer. It is amazing how long it takes to get back into running shape though, it will get there. Love your tree block. I've been appliquéing each night and have three blocks done.

Pieces to Love said...

Your garden is beautiful, reminds me of the one my aunt and grandpa used to plant when they lived on the farm.

Patchwork Penguin said...

Your garden is amazing!!!! Do you freeze or can everything? How yummy to have home grown in the winter.

Quilter Kathy said...

Sounds like a great life :)
You have a HUGE garden my dear...tell me, how do you keep the rabbits and deer from eating your garden as it grows???

Dee said...

Glad you're enjoying your summer vacation. That's a lot of pieces in your tree for such a small block!