Just ignore the cereal box in the background. I’m just practicing my blogging skills with a few photos from my life the past few days. I’ve been inspecting my veggie garden and tinkering with my old sewing machine. Is there a contest out there for the most boring blog post ever? Might have a winner here….
Fixing the stitch length
For fun I’m going to try a second time to fix the frozen stitch length dial on my old sewing machine. Of course I have no idea what I’m doing, but think I have a pretty good start just knowing which end of the screwdriver to use. As long as a hammer doesn’t end up in the mix, I think it’ll turn out fine. I’ve been digging around the internet for repair advice for frozen dials on sewing machines and it seems like just a hairdryer might be the answer, but I have to get this part out to be able to heat it up. Hey, if it doesn’t work I can just use this machine when I need to sew with the stitch length set at 2. Other than the stitch length dial, this machine is still glorious. It’s very clean inside, but it’d probably be smart to get it lubricated and get a new belt at some point.
My mom bought this machine for herself around 1980 from JC Penney (I think she thought she’d take up sewing, but she never did and it sat unused). It’s all metal and solidly built. I used it a bit for a sewing class elective in Jr. High, then she gave it to me when I decided to try mending clothes and stitching pillows and such in my 20s. It’s very basic, but I’ve always enjoyed working with it.
OMG! Where did I put all the screws!
Don’t think I’ll ever become a garden blogger, because my thumb is very pale green and covered in aphids. I’m just practicing a little blogging here because all I can do this afternoon is sit at my desk and look at Pinterest, and I thought it’d be good to practice posting photos and throwing some words underneath them. One of these days I’ll get around to posting about knitting.
But right now, I wanted to introduce everyone to Baby Artichoke. Say “Hello!”, Baby. I only do a bit of small container gardening, and prefer to plant useful things like herbs and veggies. Last year I got a tiny artichoke plant at Home Depot. It was just sitting there, and I picked it up on a whim and took it home and planted it. A year and a few months later and it’s finally produced an artichoke. Watching it grow is so exciting, that I tell everyone that I’m going to eat that thing bugs and all. I just hope the bugs don’t eat it first!
Growing onions for the first time
Pinterest. We all know the story. We’ve all seen the blogs where the little mug cakes are tested and shown to be ugly little inedible pucks fused to your favorite mug. This little Pinterest experiment was one I thought I could handle. Hey, if it doesn’t work it doesn’t matter because it was garbage to begin with.
So I took two sprouted onions from the kitchen and hacked them into pieces, then rather rudely shoved them in a bit of dirt right in front of my frost damaged lemon grass. They’re not even getting much sun and they’re growing like crazy! I’ve replanted green onion stubs before, and they are incredibly easy to grow. I’m still a little dubious that I’ll get big yellow onions to harvest, but it’s been fun at least this far.
Just to add something useful to this bland post… lemon grass is something everyone can grow even if they kill everything or have no space. The bugs hate it, the frost marrs the leaves but doesn’t kill it. Buy some for $1 and shove it in the dirt, it takes care of itself, plus it multiplies and divides faster than bunnies. You’ll always have pesticide free, super fresh lemon grass for cooking, tea, anything you want. You can see just a bit of my lemon grass behind the onions in that last pic. Every time I’m near it I pull off a leaf and crush it a little to smell the wonderful fragrance, it’s heavenly.