Monday, November 25, 2013

Gone Gleaning

I feel like I've been gone from Blogland for ages.  Blogging?  What's that?  Quilting?  ditto.  I've got nuts on the brain, and they seem to be all I have time for.

I showed you a picture in my last post, of the nuts on the ground.  There are 3 nuts in the photo.  Almost worse than where's Waldo.  With Waldo, he's usually visible.  With the nuts?  They're often under piles of leaves.
Gleaning is a tedious business.  But, with the price of nuts this year, and what we paid to produce them, I can't stand to leave them on the ground.  Over the past three weeks, I've gleaned about 1/3 of the property.  That number is depressing, until I convert it to acreage.  I've gleaned about 5 acres, for the most part, by myself.  I've picked up 700+ lbs of nuts.  Again, for the most part, by myself.  I have a crick in my neck and a hitch in my gitalong, but I also have some money in my pocket, so it balances out.

Quiltwise?  I've limited myself to projects that are short and sweet.  If it takes more than 30 minutes of focus, it hasn't been touched.  The following projects were all done in bits and spurts.  Some of the postcards required 6 interludes of attention before finishing.  I'd put down a layer then run off to more pressing chores, none of which, by the way, involved pressing.

I also finished piecing a second strip quilt.  The level inside the box finally receded.  I didn't even have to keep the light on in the Studio overnight.  :)

Tomorrow's goal?  To take the day away from the nuts and focus on finishing a quilt.  If I don't finish, I hope that I get very, very close.  Wednesday?  I'll be back to gleaning.  What a nut!


Barbara Sindlinger said...

I have one tree in the back yard that needs some gleaning if you have time! :) Glad you're taking a day off of walnut picking to sew. I hope it gives you some peace and joy.

Quiltedtime said...

That's amazing! 700 pounds! I think you deserve a day off after all that work.