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:

garden stuff


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…


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



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.