Wild lilacs...or a Butterfly Bush variety? Gorgeous, aren't they? And the scent is so strong for such a delicate flower! Aren't they pretty? I'll be digging some up from out back in the timber where they are growing relatively unappreciated, and try to transplant some up front where I can enjoy them in their season.
Yes, I did say I needed to start getting on the computer more often. I forgot. The netbook sits in the desk, in the drawer actually, and I simply don't think about turning it on and logging in. I should. Facebook is all fine and dandy, but I do have friends (with more common sense perhap?) who don't have time to follow my inane ramblings on social networking venues. They visit here, and while I'm hardly anything exciting, I'm sure they would appreciate my showing up once in a while.
Around here lately we have...checked the oil in the van. Exciting, I know. Dewey appreciates my checking it once in a while. It has over 203k miles on it and well,it drinks a bit of oil now and again. I forget to check it. I mean, I'm not an idiot...I can change a tire and change the oil and all that stuff if I have to. I just don't give it all much thought. It's just one of those things. That, and with vans like these, the dadgum oil checker stick thingamabob is like 2 yards long and it's just a nusance. But, I did check it...and added oil. I aim to please :)
We've also been collecting water. I get comments and notes all the time (surprise, surprise, I know) about how we live like poor, Third World inhabitants, how backwoods we are, how this, how that we are compared to the world at large...a decidedly not old fashioned world. Yeah. Ok. Our water district out here in the hinterlands, Blackland Water Association, has absolutely awful water. Nasty stuff. No, it's not "dirty" in appearance, but it's loaded with chlorine. Smells like the swimming pool at the Y when you fill a tub or the sink. Chlorine is a carcinogen. And it's heavy in our tap water. We prefer to collect water every of weeks at a local spring. On average, we fill anywhere from 22-26 3 gallon jugs every couple of weeks. We live rural...these are some of our roads coming home...
I've been sewing. Aren't I always? Well, no, actually, I always have it on my RMD list (Really Must Do), but it's always relocated to the next list. I am working on summer clothes. Summer...you know, that season that is upon us already? My plan is always Spring/Summer clothes ready by April and the Autumn/Winter clothes ready by October. It's just a plan. We aren't set in stone. Obviously.
However, in the past 5 days or so, I have whipped out 2 dresses for myself, 2 for Emily plus her bloomers and a couple pinafores, as well as 1 each for Abigail and KatiAnne, plus their bloomers. I have 2 mnore for Emily ready to stitch, and 1 more for the other girls with all the fabrics ready to go for more as well as shirts and pants for the boys. I'm behind. It's the story of my sewing life. I should stress over this lack of sewing, but I don't. Maybe I should. We cou ld all be running around here au naturale....
I've also been crocheting on things. The Bavarian Stitch (aka Catherine Wheel) afghan is about finished, and I think I might just send it along with Dewey on his work trips. Maybe a Father's Day gift :) Socks have been worked as well...yes, Mom, those are the ones I'm sending you. Dishcloths have been hitting the hook again as well. I sold or gave away as gifts most of last year's handwork so time to replenish. I'm working most of them in the Tunisian Stitch I have made our "house pattern". I've been asked alot about 'teaching' the stitch and it's variations, but I don't know the first thing creating a YouTube tutorial, or even a ebook for that matter, so unless someone out there wants to give ME some lessons, I'll just leave all this to the pro's who have already done the goodies.
Laundry. It's like my sewing....always on the list, always relocating because of a seemingly endless supply. Yes, we are a large family, and yes, this is a working homestead and we get dirty just living every day life here...but seriously, why does the flow of laundry grow instead of shrink? I have a fancy washing machine that takes longer per load and doesn't clean as well as we can do hand-washing. Yes, I'm talking buckets and soaking, scrubbing, and a modified plunger :) We get our clothes more clean washing by hand than that fancy "high efficiency" washing machine does, and it takes us alot less time to do it. We can have non-soaking loads of clean clothes ready to hang on the line with a couple hours of work, where each load in the machine runs 54 minutes if I'm filling to capacity. We are still washing blankets and bath towels in the machine, but I'm hoping to get a couple wringers set up for those. I'll post a pictorial of our laundry washing in the next post :)