Yes,  I’ve missed a couple days of sharing my make-its for October.  I have been busy making stuff though, so without further ado, here we go…

Sunday my big creation was roasted purple potatoes with fresh rosemary.  The rosemary was from the garden; the potatoes were not, despite my best efforts. I tried to grow several varieties of potatoes this year and they were doing well until it came time to need more dirt and containment.  I don’t think the containers were big enough.  Or maybe I smothered them with too much dirt.  In any case, the potatoes were a failure.  But whatever, that’s what grocery stores are for.

In retrospect, it was a weird garden year. Here is what happened:

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I planted all that stuff and more. The delacotta squash, zucchini, crooked neck squash, pumpkins, and most of the cucumbers were a big flop because of the blasted stink bugs.  The only squash that worked for me this year was the acorn squash, which I hid from the smelly bugs in the flower bed between the hibiscus, roses, and black-eyed susans.  The acorn squash is still producing actually.  It was a great year for green bell peppers, berries, lettuce, okra, and sunflowers. The tomatoes did ok.  This was the first year I grew beans and they made me happy.  They are still making me happy actually…

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The sunflowers were planted from the seeds my sister gave me in the garden journal she made  – the gift that keeps on giving…

 

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Ok, ok….enough with the pictures….I could bore you with  garden pictures forever. Wait! Just one more thing about the garden:  ground cherries. They surprised me by growing this year. I never had them or heard of them or anything until last winter when I was flipping through the seed catalog, but there they were being all sexy and mysterious. I read up on them and found out they were related to Chinese lanterns, which are so neat looking, but which I’ve never been able to grow despite multiple attempts. I figured the ground cherries wouldn’t grow either, but the idea was too irresistible not to try, so I ordered them and I planted them and didn’t write them on the grid and then I promptly forgot about them in the planting frenzy that ensued in the spring.   Then one day last month I went outside and they were like, BAM! Going all crazy between the dill and the mint and I was like, ‘um what the hell is happening here?’  and then I remembered: ground cherries. So I ate one and it was not everything I’d hoped it would be, but it was something.  They are curious and cute, so I put them in a jar until I could figure out what to do with them. I think they belong in an arugula salad with lemon poppy seed dressing.

Monday I made space in my closet for warm clothes and I made time in my life for self-care. Not particularly exciting, but it needed to happen.

Today, I worked on a new choreo.