Mid November

It’s Monday, and we’ve hit the middle of November. How did that happen? It seemed like fall just got here, and now we are 41 days from Christmas morn.

There’s not a lot of gardening going on here. The deadheading has been done, the leaves have been raked and acorns have been shoveled. The wind blew so hard over the weekend that the leaves that littered the yard blew into the woods. Thank you Mother Nature.

LydiaRightI did take on coordinating a new MG project – Lydia’s House of Hope. It is an old boarding house being redone as  transitional housing for single women and women with children. One of their goals is gardening so we will be helping them with foundation plantings, raised beds and a hydroponic system to be used to grow veggies during the winter months. It is exciting when you can be a small part of helping women and children get back on their feet.

Since the outside work is done, the sewing machine has been getting a workout. I made a small wall hanging as an Ireland remembrance using a cute tea towel I bought there with sheep on it. I cut the sheep up into squares and filled it out with a range of greens. I took it to the long arm quilter where she is applying shamrocks in a variegated green thread. Photo to follow.

Speaking of photos, my Dropbox quit syncing with my laptop. Hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth. OMG I now have a phone paper weight. I have logged out and shut down both several times. If anyone has any words of wisdom, please share.

I also committed to three blankets for our linuslocal Linus project. I have one done, one ready to quilt, and one cut and ready to piece. My challenge is that the seasonal sewing is creeping up, and I’m conflicted about what to do first.

On Saturday, we went a little dumpster diving at the Habitat for Humanity Restore and picked up a solid wood kitchen cabinet with no doors for $12. I painted it, and now it is ready for my husband’s shop to hold containers of screws and nails. Perfect.

I tried a new product – Wet and Forget. I saw it on an HGTV show and thought it might work on our white plastic fence and some white plastic lattice work all of which was in the shade and getting a nice tinge of green. Usually, I get out the bucket, cleaner, and hand wash it twice a year. I have to say, it worked really well. I sprayed it on, and that’s it. It rained a couple of days later and took all the green off except in one place that was really bad so I’m going to respray that this week.

This week I’m back to the sewing machine. Hope you have a good week planned. Eleven days until Thanksgiving, but who’s counting, right?🦃

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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40 Responses to Mid November

  1. Joyce says:

    I’m very anxious to see your tea towel Irish memory quilt! Your Linus project ones are very sweet! I am an advocate of any project that offers a safe haven for women escaping violence. I commend you for offering to assist in the gardening project. This is an empowering skill; your help will educate and uplift!

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  2. Annie says:

    Love this newsy post… especially the project your master gardeners have adopted with the transitional house for women and children. What a strong and positive group of volunteers! With the leaf duty gone, you are keeping as busy as ever with sewing, projects, and repairs. No ideas for your dropbox fix!

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  3. Love those Linus project quilts. So adorable and you must get such satisfaction thinking of the comfort they can provide. Hope we get to read more about your Lydia’s House of Hope project. We all have problems, but what an especially hard situation it must be for women who must start again, on their own, with children to bring up.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Your energy is inspiring, Judy. This post motivates me to getting things done – only 40 days ’til Christmas – oh, my!

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  5. Dawn says:

    I love the ways you so generously share your talents, Judy! What joy you will bring to the women and children at House of Hope! There is nothing sweeter than sharing the gift of gardening! Your beautiful quilts for the Linus project will be truly treasured.

    We just returned from two weeks in Arizona helping my parents. While we were away, our wonderful neighbors surprised us by raking and bagging all of our leaves for compost pickup. We were so touched by their kindness! My garden projects are complete for this year. Lots more changes planned for Spring, as I continue to ‘right size’ my perennial beds. I’m rooting cuttings from my herbs to have a little indoor herb garden in our sunny dining room over the winter. This week, I will dig up my favorite Rosemary plant to overwinter inside. Can’t wait to see your Irish memory quilt! Have a wonderful week, Judy! ♡

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    Always interesting to read about your projects. The boarding house makeover is a great one. So glad you mentioned Wet and Forget. I spent half-hour scrubbing my plastic fence the other day with little effect for the effort. Will give that a try.

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  7. Just finished a staggering amount of administrative work, and peeked in my reader for relaxation and entertainment…perfect post of New England’s coziness! xo Johanna

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  8. Sounds like you are making excellent use of your time.

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  9. I’m so impressed with all your charitable work and the recipients of those pretty quilts will be very fortunate. Well done, Judy.
    It only seems a moment ago we started Term Four at school and suddenly we only have four weeks to go until the end of the academic year. We’ve also now been home again longer than we were away in England. Luckily there is always another holiday to look forward to.

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  10. So sorry about Dropbox! I have had great success Googling every technical issue I encounter. (They are myriad.) If you use the proper words to describe the issue, there are always answers out there. Good luck!

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  11. This post was like reading a friend’s latter. What excellent choices you’ve made for spending and donating your time and effort! It makes me happy to read about them. No idea about Dropbox, but my IT husband’s first response is always to Google, so I’ll go with that. I had some issues with my iPad and iPhone recently that cost me over 2 hours on the phone with two someones at AppleCare until I more or less found out the answer. 🙂 Sometimes the human touch is needed. Best of luck with it!!

    janet

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  12. How lovely to catch up with you here and what a lot of positive news too. Gardening has slowed here too and the sewing now that I have made two baby carriers for the refugees. I have two projects on the go now, knitting for twin Grandbabies due in January and making a ‘piece for peace’ to join a huge quilt being contributed to by women all over the world. All the best to you and your projects – and to success with your Dropbox.🙂

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    • Twin grand babies? You hit the grandparents lottery. Congratulations. 🙂 Your baby carriers sound like a wonderful project, and I can only imagine how much they will be appreciated. Piece for peace sounds like a wonderful project too. No grass growing under your feet. 🙂

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      • Didn’t we! They are a boy and a girl but sadly will be in Barcelona which means we won’t see them as often as we would like though it is a very beautiful place to visit!
        Piece for Peace is an amazing worldwide project working for peace in the Middle East. 🙂

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  13. Murphyslaw says:

    The Linus quilts are amazing! I envy your talent. And hats off to you for participating in the Lydia’s House of Hope gardening project. It will serve these women and children well. You are such a busy bee….. I feel like a slug!

    Have a great week. We all know you won’t be bored! 😍

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  14. Between one thing and another, I’m stunned by events and the speed of the passing year. Not ready for the holidays, but I never am. Even less this year. Our leaves are still awaiting cleanup but there are fewer this year. The defoliation in June cut down the fall by at least half. Maybe more.

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  15. joey says:

    Me! I’m counting!
    I’m glad you liked the Wet and Forget stuff. I may give it a whirl 🙂

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  16. What a wonderful program for homeless women! The house is beautiful. May your garden there flourish!

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  17. Ogee says:

    What a wonderful project for Lydia’s House of Hope. I’d say that I don’t know how you find the time, but I’m convinced there are 36 hours in your day while we suffer along with 24. That must be it!

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  18. prior.. says:

    Eleven days – whew !
    And the sewing project sounds fun with sheep –
    Also side note – ack in 2001 I worked helping women who were getting their children back – taught life skills classes and other workshops like managing anger, handling loss, and making up new holidays for new family traditions .

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    • What you did your work in 2001 and this project goes beyond just helping, and reminds me of “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Thank you for your efforts. 🙂

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      • prior.. says:

        Well that was an ice thanks to get! And Judy – I was the better after that one year job! I got the job because of my education background and the workshops would then be billable for the company – and I did not know it was going to be in that department and truly learned a lot – I actually have a
        Small book in draft about – a little about the experiences with clients – but also about learning boundaries and then just some culture talk relating to that area.
        Side
        Note- did U hear
        Jennifer Garner just won an award for her work with “baby2baby” and so a big thanks goes her way too.
        We can all make a difference in our own ways!

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      • prior.. says:

        Oh and love the fish quote
        And maybe a third part is
        “Enjoy fish together and make bonds that last a lifetime and cross social boundaries”

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  19. Nadezda says:

    Judy, you’re so busy and talented, you have time for all your projects. I respect you! I especially love this one of the house for women and children. They need in help indeed and your knowledge in gardening suits perfect to this project. I also liked your blue-pink-hearts blanket, well done!

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  20. Brenda says:

    I can’t wait to hear how the House of Hope project comes along. I often wonder how many people would fall in love with gardening if only they were exposed to it. You may help change the life of some small child–you never know. We are still working outside here and will be all winter. We have brush clearing, stone collecting, and–in early spring–lots and lots of pruning of the old wild apples. I’m sure your weather has been like ours–freakily warm. The ticks continue to thrive, so I won’t be unhappy to see the first snowfall.

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  21. Dan Antion says:

    I am always amazed by your energy level, Judy. I have stiff I’ve bought with the intention of restoring or repurposing but it’s still being stored.

    Our leaves are finally, mostly down. I’ll get some bagged snd some mulched this weekend.

    I have to add a funny note. When I saw “MG” project, I immediately thought “they bought a Britsh car to restore!” I used to own a Spitfire, so my mind goes there by default.

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  22. Summer Daisy says:

    Love your quilts ♥

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  23. Nancy says:

    Such wonderful energy you have! Beautiful,quilting!

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  24. Oddment says:

    Wow. What a joy to read all you are doing — ditto the visitors above. I’d love to be able to offer advice about Dropbox, but I haven’t even the remotest idea of what it is. But anyone who can do as much as you can is going to figure it out. Thanks for the inspirations!

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  25. KerryCan says:

    It sounds like you’ve made the transition from outside work to inside work very nicely! I am always a little relieved when the leaves are raked and I don’t need to worry about gardening any more until spring.

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  26. These quilts are so cute and I look forward to seeing the memory quilt. What a wonderful project you have in the works for the MG project. That will be fun to follow along with next year. I’ve pulled up most dead annuals, etc but I think that I am going to let the large dead marigolds stay right where they are in the little vegetable beds…might be less room for the spring weeds next year prior to starting all over again 🙂

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  27. germac4 says:

    I think I’ve got quilt making envy! I can’t believe you can put together such lovely quilts so quickly. And wonderful to donate them to charity…here in Australia, quilts sell for a fortune. We’ve been away so it is nice to come home to your newsy post.

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  28. Grandma Kc says:

    I am so far behind and tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful one. HUGS!

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