Archive for October, 2010

Apple scrap vinegar

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

By the way, nothing went to waste in this latest apple canning enterprise. We use a lot of vinegar around here, in homemade cleaning products and the like. I had just read about making apple scrap vinegar on a beloved blog I read, and a little Googling provided more (and widely varied) information. I figured […]

Apple season

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Fall is here, which means it’s apple season! We went pick-your-owning last weekend and brought home a half bushel… though I have to admit we didn’t pick them ourselves as the orchards were closed for a few days, darn it! Still, I wasn’t about to make the trip all the way out there and come […]


Friday, October 22nd, 2010

I had a little self-sufficiency hurrah yesterday. I had recently put in a spice order from Penzey‘s, but somehow I completely forgot to get oregano. I only discovered it halfway through a two-and-a-half-gallon batch of chili. I don’t use oregano a lot, but sometimes its flavor is crucial, so I started to fret – and […]


Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We pulled up the first of the peanut plants to see what was going on underneath. The leaves have been starting to yellow on some of them, but I wasn’t really sure when to harvest. After all, this was mostly an experiment to share with Sofía. We picked the scrawniest plant to minimize loss if […]

Bridal dress redo, part 4

Monday, October 18th, 2010

See part 1 here, 2 here, 3 here. The dress bodice is coming along very nicely. We had some false starts with the shaping as we struggled to find our path between historical accuracy and modern curvy lines, but by the third – fourth? – fitting, this is what we have: This is just the […]

Old-school pea trellis

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

The peas that I planted in the Fiddlehead beds are starting to grow – those that the deer don’t eat, that is. They’re starting to send out tendrils seeking upward support. So I took some of the Summersweet branches that I’d piled up neatly back when I did my afternoon of land-clearing, trimmed them up, […]

Birthday backpack

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

I made another birthday bag this past week, this time for a little boy who was turning 1! Sofía picked out three of the four colors. I was really impressed at how good she was at color-matching. Four fat quarters, some buttons, webbing and D-rings later, we have a genuine little backpack! Sofía got to […]

She loves peek-a-boo

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Sofía has finally started reciprocating and initiating peek-a-boo… and she’s really, really excited about it.

Lettin’ the light shine

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

This might actually be the longest-delayed home improvement project I’ve ever procrastinated on. See this light? It’s been here since we moved in last year and well, probably since 1964 really. But its carbon dating was a secondary issue. The main prob is that it was so dim, with its three little chandelier bulbs, that […]

Little letters

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Sofía’s been really into her letters these past couple of weeks, enough that I thought it merited a sort of “milestone” post. Y’all know she’s always been good with them; I mean she could recite the whole alphabet since she was 13-14 months old. But aside from grouping together all the alphabet fridge magnets by […]