I was in town today for my book club plus a myriad errands, which included fresh tomatoes from the Hmongs at the farmers market. I realized that I had about 45 minutes to spare. I had queried on Facebook for places to buy cheap cotton. I remembered that someone had suggested Mill Ends. With time to spare I came away with ten pounds of cotton at $1 a yard. I cannot wait to start my next rug!
I'll be back in town tomorrow for a haircut, to pick up a donated loom to our guild and to see if the folks at the cooperative extension can help us find what's eating our potato plants. Ian's relocation program is now up to 6 packrats and 9 squirrels, but I don't think either of them can eat nightshade plants. They've asked me to bring digital photos and samples of the damage. They also suggested that I go out in the middle of the night and see if I could find munching insects. I'm still recovering from the night I went out twice with camera and flashlight, to no avail.
We are so excited to see these ripening tomatoes. We have another month of growing season and might actually have tomatoes enough to preserve. I'm holding my breath because tomatoes are also nightshade plants, and if it turns out the potatoes are being eaten by insects, these guys are next in line. How did anyone ever homestead here and thrive?
And then there's this - someone some-
where left the gate open. These fellas are walking down our road just past our gate, so not where they're supposed to be. Oh boy, is someone in trouble - somewhere.
That driveway? It's a house for sale that apparently is hot because there are a half dozen cars checking it out a day, at least that we've seen. Just mosey on by boys, nothing to see.
And there they go - up Steve's driveway. He had some bales of hay leftover from decorating last Halloween. Total cow bait. What was he thinking??
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