What Do You Do With Yarn Cakes?


Once upon a time, I was at a craft store and bought one of those yarn cakes.  They are so popular I wanted to give one a try.  And the colors were pretty.  I’m a sucker for blues.


I brought the yarn cake home and it sat in a prominent place in my yarn closet.

What are you supposed to make with these things, anyway?

The weeks turned into months before I picked it up, determined to use it.

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Vegetable Garden: July 2017

I skipped the bales this year.  We were supposed to get the house painted in early May and I wanted the garden as open as possible for the painters.  Unfortunately, frequent, heavy rain pushed the painting back into June and they’re still finishing up.

Inside the Garden

We have: 15 types of tomatoes, Many types of sweet peppers, 2 types of hot peppers, 3 types of eggplant, 2 types of cucumbers, lots of beans, brussels sprouts, some sad broccoli, some herbs, and a couple of artichokes as an experiment.  We will have zucchini and summer squash once the painters are done so I can move the pots back to the deck and use the space where they are currently standing their ladders.


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More Spiders

First a story:

I actually used to be a bit scared of spiders, until I realized I was really just scared of getting bitten by a venomous spider (not that we have many of those around here.)  I started taking photos of them and learning to identify them as a way to overcome my fear.  I still dislike suddenly finding a spider, or any arachnid/insect/bug on me, or finding a spider I can’t identify, but I feel like I have come a long way.

I did happen to get bitten by a spider last year.  It was a big, black, beast of a spider, and it was hiding in the finger of my gardening glove.  The gloves are a little big on me, so I didn’t notice the spider when I put them on.  I planted two blueberry bushes before it got fed up and bit me.  Unfortunately, when I got the glove off, the spider was a bit squashed, so I wasn’t able to definitely identify it (but my money is on a female Hacklemesh Weaver.)  I was able to confirm it wasn’t venomous.  It hurt kind of like a bee sting when it bit me, but the bite never swelled or anything.

In retrospect it wasn’t a terrible experience, and the kids think it’s funny when I stomp on my gloves now before putting them on.

Fast forward to today:

I was out picking raspberries and spotted something interesting.

raspberry nursery web spiders  (81).JPGLooks like another nursery web

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