with friday marking the launch for the first chapter of our 2012 fall in full color club and all which that entails, i was more than ready to take an actual weekend away from my desk. all work and not play makes anne a dull girl.
i had my chapter finalized the night before, but we still had a few steps to go before the eBook went live and as soon as i knew it was in the hot little hands of our clubbies, i headed off for other horizons.
the first order of the day was to get out in the garden to pick—it had been three days and i was almost afraid to look at the green bean plants. well, they were pretty heavy with overgrown beans—about five pounds worth, but not so overgrown as to be inedible. actually, while we do like more delicately-sized string beans for the table, these would do very nicely for freezing, to be used in soups and stews later on. i would put them up that evening after supper.
which reminded me to dig up a few new potatoes to roast—they would be excellent with some green beans and salmon for a nice friday dinner. these are the fingerling potatoes that were coming up all over the garden in the spring and which i transplanted into one spot as an experiment. well, they took just fine and now we are eating them.
next on my agenda was to get out for a much needed bike ride to clear my head and have a look around. haha, i had been out running only the day before, but it felt like eons had passed since i’d been up for air. bike riding is the best cure for that. friday is also the day we do errands, so i got two bike trips in that afternoon.
back home and showered, i put my feet up in my favorite knitting spot, and got to work on wasp and rose while i waited for david to be ready to do errands. of course, i promptly fell asleep and ended up having a nice (and much needed) nap instead. i’d have to revisit this project after the errands, after supper, and after the green beans.
i will admit i stick to the schedule better with the produce than with my knitting at times; i think it’s because certain knitting will hold if i can’t get right to it, whereas the produce will become an all-consuming tidal wave if i don’t keep up.
and i’m not wrong—the next morning, before i went to knit with debby and susie, i went out to check on things and came in with another basketful. these i brought to the two of them to split; i didn’t have the heart to commit to them myself. and i know there will be more . . .
in fact, haha, on sunday i just happened to go out to pick basil and another basket of beans came back in the house with me. well, good to know we’ll be well-stocked for winter, eh?
that evening i started the new sweater i was talking about in the indigo dragonfly polwarth/silk blend. i’m beginning with a sleeve as usual, in order to make sure my gauge is ok, but also because i haven’t quite decided whether i’m going to knit this in one piece or not. i know i said i wouldn’t and it’s not my preferred method BUT, it may be the best strategy for the design i have i mind, which has cables at each seam.
for certain it won’t be top-down though—too difficult with all the sizes to explain the placement of the seam cables simultaneous with the setup of the pattern. it’s much easier to go about it from the bottom and decrease them out.
anyway, it’s looking lovely in this yarn (colorway curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal)and knitting up a treat on needles bigger than what i’m used to—what’s not to love?? though i said in my swatching notes that i was definitely, absolutely going with the tighter fabric, i changed my mind. i kept feeling the fabric over and over and finally realized that the looser one would be better for this particular sweater style because it has a nicer drape.
so saturday morning i headed for susie’s with my sleeve in tow and knit away. i had gotten through the ribbed cuff the night before so i launched into the pattern and got maybe six inches done while we all chatted and had breakfast. what a nice way to begin a weekend off, right?
halfway through the morning, we all decided that when knitting was over, we should go out to a local fruit farm to buy peaches. i also wanted some corn to freeze and maybe some tomatoes. our plants are full of fruit, but it isn’t ripening—i wanated insurance, since we are wiped clean of tomatoes at the moment.
as usual, i got carried away—i did come home with beautiful fruit for the table, but i may have also brought home a boatload of additional work for myself.
three dozen corn for the freezer.
a big basket of peach seconds, also for the freezer—and oh, those would not wait; they already had some spots. plus, a half bushel of rip tomatoes. what was i thinking??
actually, what i was thinking was that next weekend we are heading for a visit with my mom, so if i didn’t do it now i would miss out on the opportunity to have this stuff at all.
and who in their right mind can resist the perfume of ripe local peaches?? or fresh-picked corn? i planned to run home and get that corn done right away to preserve the flavor.
what i forgot was that we had a party to go to that night, so it would have to wait and i’d have to do all that work at once on sunday. that’s ok, it was a fun party—and just across the street, too. with live music and dancing—irresistible and it wasn’t likely i’d get any quiet work done at home anyway, haha. it was a good chance to spend time with our neighbors
sunday morning i got up early and tackled the messiest job first—the corn. i steamed it for just a few minutes, iced it down, and then cut all the niblets off the cobs
SO pretty! and sticky—corn kernels can fly an amazing distance, just sayin’.
ten big quart bags in all—plenty to get the two of us through the winter. and good incentive for eating more corn; it’s SO much better than store bought.
i went out for a run and when i came back, i put up the peaches next—another messy job, but more easily contained to one countertop space. these i just peeled and sliced—still a lot of work, but at least there’s no heat involved.
i like the work of the kitchen, especially since i make a habit of listening to music or a book while i work. it’s completely different work from what i do at my desk all day and really refreshing. even when the hours are long, it’s a good tired at the end, not stressful.
and watching the freezer fill up with neat stacks of bags is rewarding—we are going to eat well for the whole year. i’m actually going to get some more peaches; they weren’t all that much trouble to do and they are leaps and bounds tastier than the store bought frozen ones. plus, i’d like to maybe make some pie filling to freeze.
ok, one more thing to go and my work here would be done (and our kitchen clean again). but first, just a little nap—i really needed it. the tomatoes could wait til after dinner.
i got to work cutting them up while david did the dinner dishes. i cut them in big chunks with the skin on and only cook them very briefly, so the prep doesn’t take long at all. when they’ve cooled a little bit, i puree them in the food processor and box them up.
some i will use to make sauce and pasta dishes or pizza—for these, i add a pile of fresh basil leaves on top so i have it handy when i’m cooking. others will be used for all sorts of other favorite meals, like indian curry, chili, soups, and stews; for these, i leave the basil out.
by the time all that was done, it was after 11 pm and monday morning was right around the corner—wow, that went fast! now the new week is underway and i’m already looking ahead to preparing next months book chapter. my goal for the next few weeks is to put together the next few installments so that when i’m traveling in september and october, i won’t have all that much to worry about.
this week we’ll have nice meals, thanks to our garden and the efforts of the weekend.
mmmm, cheese goes so well with fresh fruit . . . i’m eating manchego and sharp provolone with my peach.
so with that, i think i should skedaddle; i’ve got class this afternoon and a few things to finish up before they get here. see you next time . . . enjoy the last of the summer.