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The Heat Is On!

July 13th, 2019 at 02:35 pm

This spring was cool and wet. Well, July is more than making up for it! It is 90, high humidity and after all the rain we received this spring, you wouldn't know it because there are cracks in the yard. DH is out watering his garden and I know it will be another round of very sweaty clothes to deal with.

One advantage of the sun and heat is we are getting tomatoes. DH brought in quite a few today. We will be enjoying them. Not enough to can or anything at this point, but there is nothing like a fresh sliced tomato with a little salt and pepper.

We have had issues with Dutch Elm Disease in our town and many trees are succumbing to it. Our neighbor has a huge tree in the front yard. He's out there today trying to cut down big limbs by himself. One limb he cut was probably the size of a small tree. It's a good thing he's handy -- he put on the roof a few years ago -- they have the biggest house in the court and it took him three years to do the whole roof by himself.

I have a chuck roast in the Crockpot with potatoes and carrots. Kroger had a sale on them this week, buy one, get one the same size or less for free. So, we are going to enjoy one and the other is wrapped up in the freezer. I think we are going to have two or three meals from this one. Better to use the Crockpot than to heat up the house and oven.

I have been reading a series called "Needlecraft Mysteries" and it is by Monica Ferris. The main character is Betsy who inherits a craft shop from her sister called "Crewel World." Betsy is an amateur sleuth and helps solve murders while running her craft shop. I've learned a lot about different things reading this since she uses information on cross stitch and embroidery as well as knitting and needlepoint. I am currently embroidering a dresser scarf and I am thinking I'm going to go crazy before I finish it -- the flowers have three different colors of yellow! But, I bet it will turn out nice if I get it done.

Last year my knitting group at church made 1202 hats total. As of Thursday, our total is 1214 hats and here it is the first of July. We have 41 scarves and 60 baby hats too. It won't be long when we will be looking at places to donate the hats and scarves. Last year I looked up the poverty rates at our local schools and we did the schools that had the highest rates. I imagine I will do that this year. We also, as a church, adopted a local school and we made sure they had hats and gloves for every child as well as some scarves and we are donating to the food pantry for the school too. We feel it is a good way to help others around us in our town.

5 Responses to “The Heat Is On!”

  1. Lots of Ideas Says:

    Rob, when you are out and about in your town, do you ever see children wearing a hat you or one of your friends made? My mom used to knit very distinctive sweaters that were sold at a local charity bazaar and a few times she spotted a child wearing one. That always made her day.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Yes, we have seen kids with some of the hats and there was even a photo in the paper of some kids doing eomething at school, and they were wearing the hats so we know they are appreciated. You are right, I'm sure seeing one your mom made did make her day!

  3. Amber Says:

    Oh how I wish I had the space for a garden.

    The book you are reading sounds interesting, I may check it out.

  4. Lucky Robin Says:

    My tomatoes are about the size of a quarter and very green, but they are starting to come. I am glad you have some already!

  5. Bluebird Says:

    Wow! You ladies have really made a lot of hats and scarves so far! You'll be helping so many people!

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