Sunday, October 31, 2010

Winter Parka Project

I found this old electric blanket at a yard sale for a buck. The controller was not the correct one so no big loss. I really liked the pattern and material however. Two Acrylic/Polyester blankets whip stitched together with a great deal of air mass area in between. It is a small blanket (58"x50) so it got me thinking about making my first parka. I washed it first, then removed the wire from the inside through the connector hole, and I plan to cut a slit in the middle of the blanket and learn how to whip stitch the edges. Will post more as it progresses.

Fall Lettuces

For a fall lettuce this year I planted Bonnie Buttercrunch, And I am very pleased with how they did. I did about 18 plants in a 100 gallon water trough with some chicken wire to keep the deer out. We had some today with Sunday Lunch and it was nice to have it fresh from the garden. Sends the right message to the kids as well. Things just don't magically appear on the grocery shelves! It takes work and effort for even a small harvest. Sarah Grace came out to pick with me today before lunch. It is a beautiful sunny 75 today, but we badly need rain. It has been months since we have had a good rain in East Texas!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October in Texas

Here is the first post on the new blog. I am new to this and want to keep it light and have fun with it. The blog will have an outdoors focus but I intend to explore and post on many interests. The cool nights are finally here in East Texas, and it's a fun time to be in the woods. I will post on some excursions into the Texas Countryside soon.