Tuesday, May 21, 2013

a little of this and a bit of that...

One of my favorite sayings is "a jack of all trades and a master of none."  I like it because it defines me.  I do a little of this and a bit of that.  I am far from being a master in any area.  I just like to dabble.  Since it has been raining for 3 days, I figured now would be the time to be overview of my dabbling. 
 It is too nice to be quilting, but along those lines my father-in-law is a great woodworker and a wonderful man.  He made me this perfect quilt display.  I am so happy, because I am able to display one of my very first quilts, that otherwise would still be sitting in a closet.  Thank you Gene.

I pulled out the fruit press and we crushed some grapes to sweeten the buffalo berry wine.  It has taken a while to figure out how to get the most out of this press.  Currently, I am racking a Chokecherry/Saskatoon  combination, two Buffalo Berry batches, and my favorite Red Letter Raspberry.  All I have left in the freezer to make into wine is Oregon Grape.  I will start that this weekend, because rhubarb is on the way.  I must say I really enjoy making wine.  I doubt it would win any awards, but I find it palatable.

 I wish I could say gardening was going great.  I am afraid that isn't quite the case.  I planted my pumpkin seedlings in the outside garden.  It hailed the next day and took them out.   I planted the tomato and jalapeno seedlings in the greenhouse, it is now flooded.  We have had over 6 1/2 inches of rain in the last 3 days.  I'm thinking I may have to replant for the 3rd time.  With such a relaxing hobby I don't know how I will keep occupied this summer. 

The weatherman predicts sunny days ahead.  I guess I will wrap up in a quilt, drink some wine, and go through my seeds to see if I have any seeds left to replant.  I hope everyone else is staying safe and keeping busy.


  1. Oh my...the weather sure has been giving you a hard time! Here's to some sunshine! And by the way...your quilts are beautiful! :)

  2. Such bad luck with your garden..but you did make me laugh with what you said about a "relaxing hobby". Gardening can most certainly be a challenge at times.

    Hope your weather improves soon. xo

  3. Your quote defines me perfectly. I have been out in the garden these last few days and all me work has been also been getting drowned. Nice to come is cooler weather. Sometimes I just give up:)

  4. Your quilts are beautiful and the quilt rack is perfectly beautiful.
    The weather is frightfully unpredictable but I am sure you will get it in and have a great bounty as long as you do not mind planting over and over:)Jack of all trades that is what I am also. B

  5. Beautiful quilts and quilt rack! Another saying is "third time's a charm"... so your next seed planting will thrive! :-) In the meantime... enjoy the quilts and wine!


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