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I love to read.  Right now (actually, for the past few years) I’ve been reading a lot of creative nonfiction.  I decided to compile a list of a few of my favorites.  In no particular order:

-anything by Bill Bryson.  Especially, In A Sunburned Country, At Home, and Shakespeare

-Batavia’s Graveyard by Mike Dash

-anything by Nathaniel Philbrick

-The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

-The Lost Bank by Kirsten Grind

-anything by Steven Levitt, the Freakonomics books and podcast

My interests vary – if it’s interesting, I’ll give it a read.

In fits and starts is defining my creativity these days.  After a rough summer, a topsy-turvy fall, and with winter looming on the horizon, I just can’t seem to get my head in the {quilting} game.   Sure, I’ve worked on stuff, but it was in a half-assed fashion with my brain saying “Don’t fall behind on your own self-imposed deadlines.”

This is where I stand with quilting – multiple projects in the works, no gumption to work on them.  Self imposed deadlines and demands making my quilting time slant towards work instead of fun/relaxing/stress relief.

So, what is the logical next step?

Knitting socks, I guess.  Well, that’s what I’ve been doing with my {rare} spare moments of time.  I’ve finished two pair.  Started a third pair.  Turned a heel today and am looking forward to the seemingly endless rounds of knitting as I move up the leg.

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Garden Gnomes

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I grew Luffa Gourds in the garden this year.  I finally got around to picking them.  I was surprised with how many gourds I harvested.  They’re a tropical plant and they grew very, very slowly until late July when they really took off.  Now, I just need to figure out how to harvest the centers and what I need to do to prep them for use.

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Not much sewing has been happening.  The spring cleaning bug bit me (better late than never…although it’s technically still spring for another week).  The gardens are mostly all planted and weeding has begun in full force.  For me, sewing is a winter time thing mostly, but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep up on sales and the acquisition of pretty fabrics  🙂

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I bought a charm pack of Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma line and a charm pack of Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt.  I’ve never sewn with anything by Denyse Schmidt, so I’m very excited to give it a go.  I don’t have any specific patterns or projects in mind for these…maybe a super simple patchwork baby quilt or some sort of improv-y type thing.

I also bought a spool of Aurifil thread.  I had never tried this thread before until I won some in a giveaway.  And, I must say, all of the rave reviews are right on from my experience so far.  So, I’m slowly expanding my collection.

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Ahh, seed catalogs on a quilt! Two of my favorite things!

Garden planning has begun!  Even though its all in my head, seeing as there are inches of snow out there.  I think I’m going to run out of yard before I run out of enthusiasm for the weird, random stuff I want to grow.  Luffa gourds, anyone?  Also, quinoa is supposed to do well around here…

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found it at the dump…my quilt pattern drawing/making just got a whole lot more awesome

…berry picking (and canning of those berries) is in full swing.  although, i’m wondering if the recent and much needed rain managed to knock all of the ripe ones down

…canned 14 quarts of peaches over the weekend

…weeding the garden…constantly

…swimming in the river and watching the boys add water park features.  yesterday, diving board.  next up, rope swing.  i’ve also heard talk of a slide

…laundry…constantly

…giving up on a clean-ish house and deciding to embrace the indoor/outdoor living we are doing right now.  which includes sleeping outside then inside then back outside, cooking dinners outside and hopefully setting up some sort of makeshift canning kitchen on the back porch

…thinking i really need to set up a clothesline

…wishing i actually remembered to take pictures

…not much sewing at all.  although i did cry ‘uncle’ one unbelievably hot day in June and sew a quilt top together while sitting directly in front of the a/c.

…enjoying the easy, schedule free days of summer

…looking forward to starting to harvest food from the garden.  we’ve been getting peas, broccoli, squash and zucchini.  i’m ready for beans and tomatoes, though

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