Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fresh From the Garden

I went to the Community Garden to plant some lettuce seeds for fall. This is what I came home with.

Bok Choy, pickling cucumber, lemon cucumber, Italian squash, crook necked squash, spaghetti squash, early pumpkin, purple tomatillos, pear tomatoes, salad tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes and an English cucumber.

I didn't plant any of these! They were given to me by a woman who said it was her first time trying to grow anything, she didn't know what she was doing. I say, Keep it up, you're doing great!

Community Garden

I still wanted to get in the dirt this season, so I joined the Brooktrails Community Garden. They have a 12 foot fence surrounding the raised beds and for $10 a year, they provide all the soil, water and plant starts. I provide time watering and weeding and we share the produce. What a great way to get into gardening! These pictures are from July..

One Saturday we met and dug potatoes from the communal bed. We had a youngster helping and it was like a treasure hunt, turning the soil looking for yellow, red and purple potatoes. I think I had as much fun as the little one!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Singer Treadle

One of my closest friends recently lost all her material possessions when her house burned to the ground. She fled with her cat, purse, checkbook and her car. She's being taken care of by family, friends, previous co-workers and the local community. She is full of gratitude and happy to be alive.

But one of the things she sorely misses is her vintage treadle machine. It was all she ever used to sew - a hard item to replace.

I found this gem at a garage sale about two weeks after the fire. Imagine how unglued I became when I found out they only wanted $25.00 for it!

It's a reproduction made in 1973, but that just means it's in mint condition, there isn't a hint of rust on it and the drive belt isn't even worn. The pictures don't do the decals justice, they positively glow and the cabinet is in great condition. It came with an attachment box of bobbins and screwdrivers and a manual! She says it looks just like the one she lost. She feels like she's living in a state of grace...