Friday evening I came home to a notice in my mailbox that I had a package being held hostage at the main post office. I had no idea what it would be, but I hightailed it there in the sluicing rain on Saturday morning (after a stop-off at the cleaners). It was fabric I had ordered for a new winter coat.
My old coat is closing in on twenty years old and has been relined a number of times. It is hard to find a coat long enough for me. I am not a fan of winter, so I want a coat to reach mid-calf. I am 5′ 8″, and even if the coat purports to be long, often it isn’t.
I loved this coat, it’s shape, the pattern and color of the material, but it had lost its nap (someone else might say it was threadbare) and even though it still got lots of compliments, I had been looking unsuccessfully for something like it for two or three years. I have long used Highland shoe repair and alteration shop in my neighborhood and I asked Lina, who has taken up many of my dresses and slacks over the years, if she would consider taking my old coat apart and using it for a pattern for the new one. She was amazingly agreeable, especially as she’d have the whole summer to work on it off and on. I used part of the rainy Saturday to run to a fabric shop and pick up shoulder pads, thread, and trim material. Now it’s all in Lina’s hands, along with the lining. I’m already plotting what I might make with the old coat material…
Earlier on Saturday, I boiled some beets from my garden. Heaven only knows what I planted this spring; they are all colors, even white!
When I was done and all their jackets were off, I made beet salad, adding scallions and parsley from my garden.
Sunday I got into the garden and harvested even more. More beets, more carrots, the first basil and parsley, kale, and…believe it or not, some salad greens. The rabbits must have had their fill.
I’m also incredibly pleased with my garlic bulbs, which are drying in their new basket home.
Cucumbers, squash, okra and beans to come! Tomatoes are ripening. Woo hoo!