Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Greenhouse

First assembly was a failure. The greenhouse lasted a whole 21 hours. Strong (70mph) winds demolished the aluminum framework.

We recycled all the panels and the roof structure, re-building the frame with 2x4's. Just experienced another bout of strong winds and it held it's ground!

The seedlings are all doing well. I put a small space heater in just to keep things above freezing. The tomatoes wilt over night but perk up by 9am. Snow peas are growing by leaps and bounds, broccoli and cauliflower are doing ok, not great. Peppers haven't sprouted yet. I will plant some more and keep them in the house until they sprout.

Rooster Counted Cross Stitch Project

I bought this about 2 years ago. Never could get the hang of this, but... well.... I loved this rooster. I struggled and struggled for nearly a year. Then I discovered a great cross stitch forum where I learned a lot of hints and tips and was instructed on adding a thread grid to the fabric. Doh! It works wonderfully! I still have little free "quiet" time to work, but I am working on it daily for at least 10 minutes.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Doily Finished

Recently finished this doily.

From the "Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies" book of patterns designed by Patricia Kristoffersen.

Pattern #1 - "Park Avenue"

Easy pattern to follow. I am daunted by some of the more difficult patterns, but have just started working on #16 - "Majestic", on round 8 of 33.

Other news, the greenhouse is withstanding 70mph winds again. We got a dusting of snow last night, don't think the heater kept the greenhouse warm enough though, the tomato plants look droopy.

Swimming is going great. We go 3 days a week. Indoor pool and hot tub!

Will post progress pix of the Rooster counted cross stitch project (2 years and counting!!).