Tying up loose ends and making do
The bumper sticker says it all!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just crochet to the end and tie off and make a loop.
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. 😉
Don’t ask – barb wire and jeans just don’t mix…
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.
Cut the patch, and apply the Tearmender to the pants. Smear it around real good. (his instructions)
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.
All done, and good for who knows how long. Someday these will be donor pants.