My Black Seeded Simpson leaf lettuce is just gorgeous right now - I can hardly believe I will get to eat something this pretty. The various green colors in the garden are fun but this is a very pale green lettuce and it really brightens things up when there aren't many flowers yet. (I can't wait for the okra flowers!) And of course I know how good those wilted leaf lettuce salads are. I've been cheating and making them all through the past year with red tipped leaf lettuce from the store but there's nothing like one from THIS lettuce. Grown in my own garden. Oh the heavenly delicate leaves. I have had two very delicious cherry tomatoes - both on different days - while standing in the garden. Why bother taking them in if there's only one? My garden is small. For my entertainment I suppose. And is very satisfying to live with the illusion (or delusion) that I could possibly keep a big garden and have so many meals from it every year as we did from my mom's garden when I was growing up. Oh the beans and tomatoes - we ate them all year. I have planted quite a bit of okra for such a tiny garden and hope it makes well. This garden is something that draws outside the lines for me. There are no straight lines - everything is sort of free form - lettuce fills in small spaces and circles one of my tomato plants. Okra grows with the sunflowers. I have also planted okra sunflowers and zinnias with the morning glories along the fence. One space has a tiny experimental potato crop. That will be fun to watch if they don't get eaten by bugs. The squash still has me holding my breath. It looks much better than last year but time will still tell. I probably won't trust that I'll have any squash until I'm eating it.
And I wanted this to be quick. I always WANT things to be quick but they rarely are. Why is that?? :)
My Hufflepuff sock #2 is in the home stretch - I hoped to get a little closer to the toe tonight but it is nearly midnight and I don't think that'll happen.
At some point this weekend there will be a marriage of pattern and yarn for my Sockapalooza pal's socks. They're having a very short courtship so let's hope they like each other. Wedding photos some time this weekend.
Daily Square Report:
Did I say Daily? How about the Wednesday-Thursday-Friday Square Report?! We got just a little each day and I was so wiped out from VBS that I didn't open any of it until this evening. And a very nice lot it is! Today we're adding 120 squares, 1 lapghan, and 6 yarn needles to the count! YAY!! We've started getting yarn needles!! hehe I'm so happy. :)
I know I haven't put up an official wish list but I think I'll be putting one together this weekend. I've come to realize that we'll need more yarn than my original estimate for seaming and that it won't all come from one source. Even though I am getting some donations from stores (did you know you have to write and submit a grant proposal at least 30 days in advance to get more than $50 of stuff donated by Wal Mart?), it won't all come from one place. SO... a wish list will be posted. And I will be tracking those items received in my sidebar along with squares.
With the squares we're adding today our total received is 2047 and we still need only 193 to reach our goal!! WooHoo!! And I won't be sorting for another MONTH YET!! My gosh. I wonder how many we'll receive. It's a fun thing to experience, huh? And we're over 2000. I remember when we had 14 squares. Amazing. Just amazing.
Today's squares and yarn needles and lapghan were received from the following people:
- Cheryl - El Dorado, KS (donated squares and a lovely lapghan! look for a picture of it on Saturday's post)
- James - Sacramento, CA
- Tracy and Emily (age 10) - Cary, NC (awww... same age as Suzannah - was this Emily's first charity knitting?)
- Iris - Peachtree City, GA
- Ariel - Ontario, CA
- Marko - Temple, TX (Hi Marko - do you know Alice? are you in the Lone Star Knitters Yahoo Group?!)
- Prioscilla - Bethel, CT
- Brandy - Winona, MN (for www.lovesmanycloths.com)
- Lynn - Saint Cloud, MN (for many years I thought this was a mythical town - long time PHC listener am I)
- Julie - Kettering, OH
- Wendy - Attica, MI
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! I can't wait to start showing pictures of a seamed afghan - just gotta get some of this sock knitting out of the way first! Oh gosh, and I'm knitting store samples for my future classes at Michael's right now too. I do so much knitting that doesn't seem to really count!!
Take good care of every little thing and have a happy fun safe weekend!! XOXOXOX