Monday, October 25, 2010

36 days to go!

    With the changing of the seasons it seems our motivation has started to change as well. The plan of moving upstairs by December 1 is looming over us (literally) but cuddling up in the cold rainy windy weather is more comforting.
At least the garden, which has been a major distraction is ending. Or at least it is dark outside (at 730am as I write this!) so I cannot see the garden. The weather has turned to crap so Travis cannot continue working on the patio and now we will soon be forced to focus solely on finishing our projects and moving on up.
But first--whilst we ponder what it is like to cuddle in front of the fireplace let us see what we have been up to.

Seeds! I saved my first seeds! I have never really thought about what seeds of different plants look like. I was sorta shocked when I opened my first package of sunflower seeds, and it was truly sunflower seeds in there! Oh my! I have only ever eaten these before. Toasted with salt of course, I doubt those would grow.
So here is my bell pepper that I remembered to save. Our 2nd biggest, because I was completely consumed with making dinner with the first and hadn't a single thought of gardening in my mind at the time.

And here are my cilantro seeds. These I actually cut down all my aging cilantro and have been with out fresh cilantro for months now. These were in a bag in the garage drying out. I have replanted, but not from my own. Maybe Ill try these indoors this winter.

Now this is a curious sight. Saturday we were hanging out in the garage and noticing the unfinished mess of the previous owners. I often ask why around this house. Why did I find during our original viewing of the house but a frying pan ON A PILLOW in the garage? This one is right up there with that. In the crook of this beam you will find... Carmel? Asked Travis. That's impossible I said. It has got to be sap.. on the wood beam right?

Nope. It was gum. Bubble yum? Extra? Who knows... it smelled like wood. Travis sniffed it, but I didn't confirm. Gum! 6ft high in the garage. One would hope a child climbed up and put this here, but I have my doubts.

And with the fall forcing its way in to my life as much as I'd like an endless summer with large harvests and sunflowers as far as the eye can see.. this isn't Kansas. And I lost another sunflower in the storm.
 But I saved it! And now I have true fall decor gracing my window sill. Funny I hadn't thought once about cutting down my ginormous sunflowers for a vase previously.
Change is in the air! And this below HAD TO CHANGE.  I really wish we had done so before every person I ever liked has been over to view it... in the main bathroom. And now I feel OK showing the world because it is in the trash!
 And this one was pretty high up on the list. It reminds me of the TERMINATOR.
The rest of the sockets that were almond colored and filthy also got changed, not because I'm a white socket snob, but these came in a 10 pack for a way better price than buying just 2. And we are all about saving money!

This one below has absolutely nothing to do with anything. It is the plant that does NOTHING.
It started small, and grew and grew... and here it is. Still doing nothing. I was told it was a Cosmo of some sort but no flowers. A tiny bud or 2 I have seen, and they haven't done anything either. It is taking up a large space in the garden, and without it I will see the peas that are about I leave it.

So that is what we have done here on Weekend 31. Seed saving, fall lamenting, 10 outlets and 10 switches. There WAS a great party with lots of girls and a pee wee little league game in the rain, a couple fall walks and some relaxing though. No more progress on the window sills(the bane of my existence), kitchen(what will be the bane of my existence come December) or the beam(the bane of Travis's existence)
Time to get a move on!


  1. Any progress on home repairs is good. We have asked why many times in our house as well. There are things in the kitchen that still perplex me but will remain until we can gut it.
    Beautiful sunflower and good job saving seeds! I mostly save flower seeds although for the first time, I let some lettuce go to seed and have a little jar of them for next year.

  2. Good job saving seeds! Do you know that cilantro seeds are coriander? So any that you don't sow, you can grind up and use in your cooking.

  3. Goss ~ I'll give saving some flower seeds a try-I'll wing it and see how it goes! Mostly I don't know what the seeds look like or when to find them!
    Alison ~ I will also give coriander a try soon since I have so much of it, but I knew about it at least :)

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! That's wonderful that you're saving seeds. I tried growing cilantro a couple of times and it didn't grow. Your sunflowers look amazing! I hope that large plant is not a cosmos. I hate cosmos I decided. I grew it this year and it grows so bushy and yet the flowers are so small. Not worth it in my opinion.


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