I have been declaring war on thistles in the yard in the past few weeks. I have discovered a very effective yet easy and non-toxic way of getting rid of them. This is tomato season, and when I've taken the last jars out of the water bath, I remove the rack and then lug the entire pot of just-recently-boiling water outside and pour it splash by splash onto the thistles in the yard. We have such a lot of thistles growing about. I've tried digging them, I've tried poisoning them (eww, roundup- I was desperate!) but this is by far the most effective (and easiest!) way I've found. They start to turn brown immediately (they've been cooked!) and it seems to kill them by the root because none have tried to come back.
Today was a busy, busy day of transformations. I started the day off early, up shortly after 6 making five quiches to take to our 4th annual pie sale at church. I even made one with a gluten free crust. And they all sold- three of them as whole pies- the other two pieced out by the slice. With all the pies there, we brought in $539 that will go to the Common Fund at the Crisis Center. This is the fund that keeps people's power on and the water flowing. Sadly, all that money will cover less than a week of need. sigh...
After church and clean up, I headed home to pick tomatoes and peppers. Then I started the transformations.
I may also take a trip to Kalona tomorrow to check out the quilt shops there to see if they can be any help for needles for my treadle machine. Plus, there are always cheese curds to be procured....
I'm sure my day off will be a usual Manic Monday. So, I must sleep. V has had a stomach malady so my sleep was interrupted overnight Friday into Saturday and then last night Mandy was being a pest and woke me up shortly after 3 and I had a hard time falling back to sleep. And having worked this weekend and getting up early to make quiche today, I didn't get a chance to sleep in. I don't ever really sleep in (I'm usually up by around 7 or 7:30 at the latest) but I do love at least one day on the weekend where I can sleep until I wake up. And I won't get that until next weekend.