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November 15, 2008

The bumper sticker says it all! 

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I thought I was done picking tomatoes and peppers.  Now it is official, these are the last, I turned the sheep in the greenhouse to eat as much plant residue as possible.  I found these beauties, sometimes after frost the peppers and tomatoes get bitter, but these are pretty good.

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Trace gets this look on his face when he is planning something.  Sometimes it is just stealing socks and gloves, which he does when he wants attention.  But, sometimes he gets the look and disappears, and is quite secretive…

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Like when he gets in the pepper box and helps himself.  Usually we smell the peppers or hear him smacking, or sometimes if it is a hot one he has a funny look on his face.

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Somehow staring at the pepper never seems to cool it enough. 

What?  Your coat rack doesn’t have tin coats, down vests, hay scales, cow halters and feed sack strings hanging on it?   I save the string from any feed sacks.  It is good strong cotton and perfect for – you name it.  Today I used it for stringing my peppers.  I’ve been putting it off, but Trace seems to find a way to get in the peppers no matter where we put them. 

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He is pretty interested in this project.  I don’t really think he wants to learn how to string them, he is just hoping he can snag a pepper while we aren’t looking. 

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I have a hard time getting the peppers to dry completely if I make a traditional ristra, so I string them with about an inch or so gap between peppers.  Just using a tapestry needle and some of the saved feed sack string, I’m in business.  I make two passes through the stem to make sure the pepper is secure. 

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When I’m done with a string of peppers, I crochet the end into a chain to make my loop for hanging, stronger.  It is also easier to handle than one single strand of string.

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Just crochet to the end and tie off and make a loop. 

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Nerves of steel.

The next project was for Hang Dog, he mends all the pants, and work clothes around here.  :O
Hard to believe isn’t it?  I have sewn literally miles of thread, making clothes and quilts, but mending is man craft around here.  He used to get mad, because I wouldn’t patch his jeans for him, and he finally gave up, and taught himself how to sew a mean patch.  Now since he is so good at it, and we have all that pesky resentment behind us, he patches my jeans for me.  He can now scold me for waiting too long to get them fixed.  You know, that “stitch in time” thing. 😉 

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Don’t ask – barb wire and jeans just don’t mix…


Donor pants.   

He used to sew the patches, now he has found this.  It actually works very well and is great to have around.  Some things that get torn, just can’t be sewn easily.  It works great for patching leather gloves and coats, too. 

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Cut the patch, and apply the Tearmender to the pants.  Smear it around real good.  (his instructions) 


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The directions don’t say you have to iron it, but Hey, any time I see a man ironing in my kitchen, I don’t do anything to stop it.  In fact, this is now a part of history.  I had to take a photo. 

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All done, and good for who knows how long.  Someday these will be donor pants.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2008 5:16 am

    Okay, I am so glad to learn I am not the only person on the planet who saves the string from feed sacks. Thanks, though, Nita, for the tip on that tube of patch: I absolutely hate mending work pants, but it’s something that seems to happen with some regularity! That patch stuff would save a lot of aggravation.

    Oh and I got a big chuckle when you wrote you “have that pesky resentment behind us.”

  2. November 15, 2008 5:33 am

    I have jeans that look just like your donor pants and I still wear them around the garden. Perhpas I’ll look into patching them.

  3. November 15, 2008 7:12 am

    El, I can’t bear to throw that perfectly good string away, I’ll use it for something…right?

    Headline reads: Tearmender saves marriages. Just kidding, I finally had to be blunt with the comparison thing. Quilting equals working on 55 Chev, mending jeans equals working on the haybine in 95*F weather. He got my drift.

    Susy, that good denim is useful for all kinds of stuff, but sometimes all that ventilation feels pretty good in the summer. 😉

  4. November 15, 2008 11:29 am

    Wow, saving the string, who’da thought (you and not me apparently!) Will do from now on.

    Love the photo along with the caption, ‘somehow staring at the pepper never cools it down’…my ‘little old gal’ Tatra would eat hot peppers too, and without the need for ‘cooling’ time! She would eat the hottest mexican and Indian food I could stand (which is pretty hot according to my hubby and dinner guests), without missing a beat. Anything too hot for guests got recycled through ‘little old gal’.

  5. another sue permalink
    November 15, 2008 1:58 pm

    Hm. . . Tearmender. I’ve always mended my leather gloves with duct tape. Somehow I wear through the fingers on my right glove long before the left. Sometimes 3 or more applications of duct tape before! Anyway, thanks!

  6. November 15, 2008 2:19 pm

    Wow, I needed to borrow those beautiful photos for that ristra post I did! My peppers are still piled up on the counter waiting for some stringin’! I also never thought of saving feed sack string (thanks for the tip!) for them.

    The mending tip is also timely and great. My husband, for whatever reason, tears the crotch out of all his jeans. Hmmm, perhaps it’s a male thing 😉

  7. November 15, 2008 5:13 pm

    I have that bumper sticker on my van, but mine is so worn it is now a light green and curls up at the edges, probably time to replace it, but I love it’s sentiment, and I am not a bumper sticker kinda girl!

    I will have to try that pants mender the iron on patches I use always seem to be coming off and need to be reironed, which is a pain in the butt! Where do you get that glue stuff?

  8. Judi In PA permalink
    November 15, 2008 7:23 pm

    Dang gum, I thought I was thrifty and frugal but you are officially the “gal” in the fru!

  9. November 15, 2008 8:16 pm

    HDR, that string comes in handy, even for knitting. 🙂
    That’s funny about Tatra and the hot food, these guys love cumin and curry – go figure. About the only things they steer clear of are catsup and lettuce. Their favorite snack is hot Daikon radishes.

    Another Sue, that stuff workds pretty good really, it smells at first before it dries but it really holds well. A bottle of it last along time too.

    Gina, your post made me feel guilty, I finally had to string them up or the dog was going to get them all.

    I have to confess – those are my pants. My height is in my legs, so I tend to step over hog panels and barb wire fences, sometimes in too much of a hurry I guess…

    Robin, Hi, I just got my new bumper sticker, my old ones were shot like yours.

    I did an internet search and stores like Walgreens and JoAnn Fabrics carry the Tearmender. Thanks for stopping by.

    Frugal in PA, where you bin – I saw you were learning about peanuts 😉 How’s MilkCow?

  10. November 16, 2008 4:34 pm

    Love the doggy photos … you can just see the wheels turnin’ in his head. Those jeans would have been all the rage just a couple years ago with everyone wearing their see-through jeans. I haven’t seen button fly’s in a long time, too. That mending product looks terrific. What a guy … I can see why he makes your heart go pitter-patter! 🙂 I love that he wears his wedding ring … don’t see too much of that these days.

  11. November 16, 2008 4:36 pm

    Great job on the peppers! I have a great deal of difficulty growing them. Not enough heat I think. Last year I finally got some decent ones but was unable to repeat that this year.

  12. November 16, 2008 4:40 pm

    I love your blog! I have just been reading your past few posts and love them! I am going to raise some turkeys next year and your photos and discussion were very helpful!

    Keep going!!

  13. Karen permalink
    November 16, 2008 5:29 pm

    LOL! Oh that Trace! Graidy is the pepper and tomato eater around here. Kiera is more of a pea popper.

    Thanks for the tip on the Tear Mender. The other cheat I love is the button attacher. Great gadget.

  14. November 16, 2008 5:56 pm

    I am absolutely heading straight to JoAnn’s for some TearMender! Me & my husband’s ripped up pants crotch thank you ever so much.

  15. November 16, 2008 7:54 pm

    Great patch job. I’m gonna have to try that stuff, I always have something with a hole in it. I really like the way you string the peppers too, but I’m not gonna crochet them. My girls would have me making all kinds of stuff if they knew I could do that. lol I always feel like I’m right there at your farm when I read your posts, feels good too…


  16. November 17, 2008 6:32 am

    Paula, we miss those Lee button fly pants, when they changed the design we were sad. 😦

    It’s funny watching Trace think about something, it usually is so obvious what he is up to.

    As for the wedding ring, we have one out in the yard somewhere, that cost a lot less than the replacement! Note to husbands – don’t lose your ring when the price of gold is high 🙂 I never wear mine, Della doesn’t like it.

    Walter, Hi, peppers and toms were a crap shoot here too, until we built the greenhouse. Our nights in the summer are cool, so it takes forever for ripe peppers.

    Don, thank you, and good luck with your turkeys. You will like them as poultry – they are quite engaging.

    Karen, these guys like peas too, and the cherry tomatoes, last night it was rutabaga’s and parsnips. They eat more vegetables than my best friends kids. 🙂

    Oooh maybe I should get someone a button attacher for Christmas. he he I’ve been using pearl snaps on all his shirts, that way my shoddy buttonholes don’t even come into play.

    Aubrey, you’re welcome, it is great stuff.

    Chris, aww come on, if you can, can, you can crochet! Not really, I can’t crochet either. Maybe you should take up knitting? he he

    That tear mender comes in handy, some things are just to hard to sew. Thanks for your always nice comments. 🙂


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