Tuesday, August 28, 2018

summer news




















It is difficult to acknowledge that summer is beginning to wind down. Parts of the garden are looking a bit forlorn; it has been a great year for pests--bad for the plants.  I have been busy in the kitchen eating/cooking/preserving what is good -- tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, many eggplant, zucchini, peppers, basil, and raspberries.  Delicious red haven peaches found at the Amish store have been frozen and baked into pie.  I planted two Red Haven trees this spring and can't wait to be able to pick my own! 

This is our third summer at our new-built home, and we continue to work on finishing things inside as well as adding to the outside landscape.  The limelight hydrangea are thriving and perfect for indoor arrangements.  This year we added a snowball bush, rugosa roses, a Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose, oakleaf hydrangea, bleeding heart, white pine trees, clematis, and more...  Inside, the pantry was finished and wall planks & a range hood were added in the kitchen.  A hundred year old beam from a corncrib was used to trim out the hood...still need to add crown molding.


We were happy to get away to the woods one weekend with our camper--we haven't camped since selling our previous home.  It was very relaxing, except for the night a large black bear decided to visit!  I've also been enjoying time spent with my first grandchild, a boy born to my son & his wife, and looking forward to another grandbaby my daughter and son-in-law are expecting in January.  Life is so good!

Whenever I could, I have squeezed in some knitting and sewing.  A sweater started for grandbaby no.2 and a dishcloth is always on the needles.  I sewed 4 tops for myself and a pair of pants, all out linen I had on hand--I was actually happy with how all turned out and have loved the coolness and comfort of wearing linen this summer. And most recently, I finished up a few zipper pouches for the shop.

It feels so good to be back here on the blog--please let me know what is new with you!!

Deb


19 comments:

  1. OMG, so glad you are posting. I love your home and your blog. I find your posts so relaxing to read. Thank you. Cindy Huxtable

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    1. Cindy - glad you stopped by, thanks so much for the kind words!

      Deb

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  2. Welcome back...your garden and house look perfect :-)

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    1. Thank you Suzie!..........Deb

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  3. Oh how I love my first grandchild. She is three and so much fun! I love your home! I wish mine looked like that and that I could keep it clean. It seems to be a challenge I will never win.

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    1. Thanks Carol! Keeping the whole house cleaned and organized is a challenge I rarely win :)
      Deb

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  4. Oh, it's so nice to hear from you! You have certainly done a lot of work to your land in 3 years. And your house looks so lovely! How nice that you have an old barn beam in your kitchen. It all looks so cozy.
    Another grandchild coming, soooo exciting! Your fingers will be busy sewing. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Melissa! I have saved the name of the book you recommended, which sounds great--can't wait to check it out.

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    2. Good. I've heard a lot of people recommending Wendell Berry books also, I have those on my library list.

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  5. Thank you for lovely post. Your home and land look beautifully established and cared for. Congratulations, too, on your growing family. It would be wonderful to see your knitting projects and the linen summer clothes you made. So nice to have you back posting....you have always been one of my favourite bloggers. Kind regards from Australia.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words! I will be sure to post some of my projects. Deb

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  6. Love this blog. So relaxing and beautiful.

    And your island in the kitchen. LOVE! Wher did you get that?

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    1. Thank you so much! The island was found at a yard sale. Not sure what the table had originally been, but the seller had added a beautiful wide plank of wood to the top of it. My husband added the old wood casters, which we found at an estate sale. Deb

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  7. Congratulations on your new grand baby!

    And goodness, I dont know how I would feel about camping with Blackbears. I suspect they would make me very nervous. Ill stick to Koala bears. ;)

    Your house is looking so very beautiful. We are coming into spring here and he warm air is just lovely.

    Xx

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    1. Thank you Emma! Have a lovely Spring. Deb

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  8. yay!!! you are back. I have missed your posts. your "new" home looks lovely. best wishes

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  9. Good to have you back..I've been checking off and on to see!

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