July 23, 2015

The black oil sunflowers are blooming at the farm.  The goldfinches are getting their fill.  We are also blessed with lots of garden produce.  John picked a trailer full of corn yesterday and has been busy shucking, cleaning, blanching, cutting them off the cob (some were left on the cobb), and putting them in the freezer.  We had some yummy corn fritters for dinner last night.  For breakfast this morning, we had some bacon, sauteed potatoes, carrots, red onion, and basil from the garden, along with some watermelon and honey dew melon.  Life is good! 

So far this year, we have canned roma beans, squash, and pickles.  We have frozen corn, bell peppers and blueberries, and we have put in the root cellar (basement) potatoes and butternut squash.  Our cup runneth over! Our tomatoes are just starting to ripen and have provided us with some sandwiches so far.  We have planted some sweet potatoes, carrots and squash. 

We have had plenty of rain.  In addition to all the garden duties, we have been gathering the remaining materials we need to start mounting the solar panels on the roof of the tractor shed.  My son, who is an electrical engineer, is helping us design the system which we hope to implement at the end of this month.  Additionally, I am getting ready for a visit from my mom, and I have finished my first slipcover on a chair. I am amazed at how well it turned out! The slipcover fits the chair so well, it is difficult to tell that it is not upholstery.  I don’t know why I haven’t tried this before.  I love the ability to take it off and wash it!  My husband and I also put the finishing touches on the sewing armoire, with the last coat of white semi-gloss paint and spray-painted the handles black.  It’s so pretty, you wouldn’t suspect it holds a fold down sewing table in addition to providing storage inside.


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