Sunday, April 5, 2015

'Tis the Season To Be Jolly

I know, I know, don't tell me.  That the song pertains to Christmas and it's true. Christmas is definitely a season for jolliness. However, I'd like to put in a pitch for spring to also be a jolly season. After all, do people ever say "you must have Christmas Fever?" Never!  

I don't know about you. I feel jolly!  How can anyone not feel jolly when collards, broccoli, kale and potatoes are coming up like crazy in the garden? The tomatoes will quickly catch up.

I feel jolly when the horse is weeding the tall grass right in front by our porch.

A Jolly Road Trip
We took a road trip the other weekend to Mt. Shasta. I think I've mentioned this before but I will mention it again that Mt. Shasta is a dormant volcano that rises over 14,000 feet in the middle of NOwhere so you can see her for a hundred miles before you ever even get close. She's quite a presence. Some people say she's the Queen of the Harmonic Convergence and full of spiritual energy. I'd rather call it the Harmonica Convention but I can see why they say this. She absolutely dominates the whole terrain.

On the day we went to her she was shrouded in clouds and it was raining. This was taken in the little community of Gazelle north of Shasta. Isn't it just stunningly beautiful? I imagine the snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Herds of elk, bison, deer.  

On the way back home we drove through a torrential down pour of monsoon proportions. It was fun and exciting because we have a good car and new tires and it hardly ever rains like this where we live.

Today the world outside looks glorious, a breezy, sunny day.  I sit inside and I complete my 7th rug. I will get up soon and go out. Crocheting  rag rugs suits me in a way that knitting does not. It's quick. My stitches don't have to be perfect and they're very useful!

Number 7; 100% cotton; flannel center, broadcloth edging, 33" wide x 42" wide.

Here's the one my cat loves best. 


  1. Good you had some rain! Do you have any facilities to catch anything that does fall?
    And what's with the overly colorful row of trucks??
    And I am not feeling jolly at all! I want to get busy, but have to wait until the ground has defrosted.....

    1. Yes we do. I instituted this under great duress from the husband who resisted it tooth and nail. But I prevailed and now I have two big tanks that are full of rain water and I'm using it on the growing plants. Another good thing about caught rain water is that it's neutral. Our ground water is heavily mineralized and very base. A lot of calcium carbonate that binds with nutrients in the soil and then are not available to the plants. Think about soil. Think about water when you start your cultivation! My dream is to have an old fashioned underground cistern. My tanks are above ground and they will get algae pretty soon. But Rome was not built in a day, was it? Must not overwhelm the husband with too much at once.

      Aren't those trucks jolly? I saw them as we screamed past on the highway. They were for sale outside of Shasta. Everyone should have a colorful truck, don't you think?

      You will be jolly soon. You will have plenty of water. You won't be suffering in 110 degree heat and dwindling water supplies. Keep the faith!

    2. Well, water isn't exactly a problem here, but the soil is. It is very rocky.
      I hope to be able to install tanks this year, but I do not like the thought of emptying them every autumn, because the taps would freeze up and break. I actually want a watertank in the foodcellar too. It would keep temperatures level all year round, since our groundwater is a constant 4C. And we'd have drinkingwater when the power goes down.
      A 110F?? I draw the line at 77F. Above that it becomes uncomfortable. Above 86 I stop functioning.

    3. Our soil is impossible. Not only is it rocky but it is heavy clay. I mean like concrete. You have to wait until it's rained a lot before you can dig in it. That's why I have old worn out stock tanks for a container garden.

      I had the idea for underground tanks where instead of digging a hole we would place the tank on top of the ground and then pile dirt around it to make a little hill. It's just an idea. One needs a back hoe/front loader which we don't have.

    4. You really should relocate.... ;)

    5. Boy Oh Howdy ain't that the truth!

  2. Oh my firefox just crashed and I had written the nicest reply! Hate that!

    OK now I'm too tired to do it again. (Sorry)

    Yes, we have rainwater catchment tanks, above ground, not enough to last the whole dry season but I'll take what I can get!

    Trucks were on a side road by the freeway as we drove past on our way to Shasta. So jolly!

    You will be jolly. You won't be suffering in 110 degree heat with dwindling water supplies. Are you starting seeds indoors yet? I'm working on hot season peppers (thai hot, japanese shisito and sweet bell)

  3. Your rugs are really cute. I would like directions for making these. I guess I could google for this. I enjoy your writings. Thanks for sharing. Mary Ann

    1. Hi Mary Ann, Thanks for the compliment. I just started crocheting a couple months ago and it really suits me. I just can't knit. It needs to be too precise. But the rugs. That's a different story.

      When I first started learning from my mentor I googled and I found a number of sites but they turned out to be too simplistic or overly complicated. I tried to tell how they are made by not being too simple or too complicated.

      I'm going to start you out by giving you a link to my Cappers Farmer blog. Sorry about that but I went into exhaustive detail there about how to make these rugs. That should get you to the point where you'll have a bunch of questions. I'll be happy to help you. If you've ever crocheted or knitted you'll have a leg up.

      It's in 2 parts:

      Part 1 -

      Part 2 -

      Let me know if you have any problems.