2014
11/21

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farming

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New ducklings on the block

ducks at 2 weeks nov21 2014Today’s addition to the family.    The woman who had these has to find homes for nearly all her animals and was having trouble finding someone who knew how to raise ducklings this small and who would not eat them as adults.    You know who was chosen.      So these darling, messy little ones, who will be 2 weeks tomorrow,  have come here to live.  Now I’m praying for an early spring so they can go out with the other ducks and enjoy grass and the pond.

 

2014
11/20

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Life
quilts

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Quilt #3 is blue and quilted

I spent most of the day on the quilt and ended up taking out part of the last row because I didn’t check tension after putting on a new spool of thread.    I am learning many things – like how to find positions after breaking thread, after running out of bobbin thread, out of running out of upper thread, and a myriad of other things.     I have people tell me that I am cheating using a computer with my quilting machine.   They have no idea how much learning that comes with it.

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My goal is to get them bound and off in the Mail by Tuesday.

2014
11/19

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Life
quilts
Sewing

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November Quality Sew Fun infomercial

And now it is time for our special infomercial lcourtesy of Debbie Boyce, at Quality Sew Fun

Look at these darling “Mixed mutts”  from Lunch Box quilts.   They are machine applique that can be used all together as a quilt, or individually on various items.    Adding scraps that are out of the ordinary really make them “pop” and uses some of those extra pieces

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And aren’t these “winter mug rugs” cute?   They are so fast and easy to put together for a perfect gift.

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Set the Table is a fantastic book that  has 11 quick and easy holiday and everyday quilted runners for your table.   This one looks so fast and easy and the quilting done on it is straight lines.

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The following quilts were all done with Strip Smart quilts and there special ruler, though I don’t think the ruler is all that necessary.   The double triangle specialty ruler was available.   These are fast and easy quilts as well.

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Holiday Cheer wine tote has a darling little elf boot pattern that holds a wine bottle or other sparkling cider for a delightful hostess gift.   Only the toe has stuffing.

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These Cutzy Cupcake placemats from the “Sweet Tea Girls”  would make a terrific gift,  One could have all kinds of  fun decorating them and without a single calorie.

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Available were other items like a Kai scissors, chaco liner markers, frixion pens – which you really night like to have, and machingers for quilting on a domestic machine.    I hope this gives you a few ideas for your Christmas list.

2014
11/18

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quilts

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“I spy” #2

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The first quilt took me 5 days to complete.   There was a lot of learning involved with this new program.    This one took only one and a half days.   Still much learning involved as I used different features.    Handiquilter instructors much be the most patient people on earth.    Below is a close-up of some of the quilting.

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Tomorrow is the Sew Fun informercial day

 

2014
11/17

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Knitting
Life
quilts

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Crispy day

 We had another lovely, crispy, sunny day.   At 7 this morning, the temperature was up to 28 degrees.   However, midday it did get to  the early 40s..  My brother sent me a photo of his snow laden car in Ohio earlier today.    I hope all of you in other colder parts of the country are enjoying the cold and snow and getting a chance to stay inside and create fun things .

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Nothing is going very rapidly.   I did get a quilt half quilted  and then spent some time spinning wool.

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Then I pulled out these socks to work on.   Size one needles make very slow progress, but if I keep knitting a bit each day, they will get done

 

 

2014
11/16

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Life

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Nighties for the girls

It really amazes me how long little doll gowns can take.  I could make a child an outfit in the same length of time.   Yes, this is for a child, but for her doll.    And today, I made two of them.   I need to speed up the sewing between now and mid December.

 

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While making lunch,  I spied this fellow walking on ice.

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Along with a good multi-vegetable soup for lunch, I tried a new zucchini muffin recipe in which I used Bob’s gluten-free flour, EnerG egg substitute, coconut oil, and coconut sugar.   We really enjoyed it and used it as the shortcake with our strawberries.     You can find the recipe here

 

2014
11/15

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Life

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Ancestors

My brother and I are working on our ancestry.  He is currently in Ohio where we hit a stumbling block and is talking to people and looking at the landscape, etc.   It is interesting when you think that our ancestors had no stores or phones or modern life as we live it, when they first arrived at their new locations.   They had to grow all they ate. sew what they wore, and make their furniture etc.     Yes, eventually a store would arrive, but only bare essentials were available.  What they did have and  many of us don’t, were a circle of friends that worked together.  If a major event happened, like butchering and/or canning day, or harvest time, or house building, they all pitched in and worked together.  Even church with a potluck was an opportunity to get together.

If a joyous event or a disaster happened, they shared it.  I remember going to see my grandparents in South Dakota in a very small town.  It was big news and announced in their weekly paper that we arrived at 2 AM.  All news there was big news.  And every Saturday evening – at least during the summer, many of the surrounding people met in the street in front of the local soda fountain for visiting.  I can remember them out in the street, chatting, while the children were allowed a 10 cent ice cream cone.   (I also remember asking my father for a dime for ice cream which he gave me and then asking mom, which she gave me – but I had enough sense to know better than to use both.  After we got home, I was asked for the other dime back)  And no one seemed particularly concerned where their child was as the children were all mingling.  It seemed all business was everybody’s business.

Perhaps the lack of  comradeship today is causing many of our social problems.  We often don’t know our neighbors and certainly not most of their joys and sorrows.  Today we would consider this  nobody’s business, but our own.  However, then you knew who your were and that you were needed.  And you knew that whatever you did would soon be known by all your family friends and their friends.   That’s so very different from texting someone.   And certainly today our children aren’t needed in the same sence they were in pioneer days.

I’m on a couple lists where people are going “back to the land” and interestingly enough, this is one of the things they are finding to be so very helpful.   When a big job is to be done, they schedule it and several families work together.  If there are children involved, one may assigned to watch them while the others work.   They enjoy a potluck meal and the work is done so much faster and more enjoyably.

It is food for thought.

 

2014
11/14

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farming
Life

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Chicken freezer camp

Yes, there are a number of photos, but unless you request them, I’ll spare you .  I took the 20 chickens over to a friend’s place this morning and five were traded for 5 extra roosters that he had.   He wanted to keep the younger hens for layers.  The others were processed and are now in the dog’s freezer.  You might be interested in the fact that he pulled fully formed eggs with shells out of some  of the layers and behind this egg were 4 yolks in descending size waiting to have shells and be laid.

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I bought some feed for the animals and came home.   We put all that away and headed off to get the last of the dog bones from the wild venison that will be available unless we find a new source.   I was pleased to get it as the dogs can spend a lot of time chewing bones instead of destroying other things.

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We got home about dark and put the bones in the freezer.   It’s been a long cold day and we are very much enjoying the Sabbath rest.

Sewing/craft show

Mary and I attended the sewing/craft show today.  This year there were a lot of fabrics, patterns, machines, and notions for sale.   There was also the required embroidery designs and a bit of thread.  Here is Mary shopping.

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It seems that each year there are fewer vendors and fewer things in which we are interested.   We each bought tweezers and that was all.    I’m not sure if that is because there are fewer things of interest, higher prices, or because we have what we need.   I took photos of a couple of booths just to prove that we were there this year, though we may not repeat this.   Our time would have been better spent making items and using some of what we have instead of out gathering more ideas and tempting ourselves with more product.

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We did see these rather nifty little beads that swell up and are very pretty in vases.   They come in colors and are so pretty.  They hold a good measure of water so you can actually grow some houseplants in them.

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Then it was off to pick up my co-op order.   If several of us order together we get better prices.  Today I had ordered apples and cauliflower.   DH would like some applesauce since he finished the last of what we had.   Perhaps next week, I can work it in.

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And the last project was capturing 20 chickens to take to a friend’s house tomorrow morning.   They are spending the night in cages as it is far easier to catch them roosting than running around the yard,

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2014
11/12

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Life

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Speed bumps

Speed bump #1.   WIND

The skylight windows were blown off the entrance and front patio last night with all the wind we had.   Here are the photos I have to share with you     In this first one, I’m standing under where the windows should be.

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In this photo, you can see that one of each of the left three was blown up onto the roof

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And the partner of each of these three was thrown to the ground and broken.

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The poor Bantams had no covering over their heads at all.   Fortunately, they found refuge in the garage for the night or rest of the night.

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Speed Bump #2   CRASH

That’s my computer hard drive that crashed and hopefully will be up and running again in a week.

Speed Bump #3   Quilt error

I started and got about 1 square foot of quilting done when the cord must have caught on something and the machine jumped out-of-place and I had the privilege of taking all those little stitches out.

I’m calling these speed bumps because I am very blessed.   The windows that broke were all outside the living area and we remained dry and comfortable.    I thought of all the people who didn’t have shelter and warmth last night and counted my blessings.    The contractor came by this afternoon and we will see how long the backup is for the insurance adjuster    But no matter how long, we are blessed as we DO HAVE WARM SHELTER for which I am very thankful.

For the chickens, tarps are inexpensive and they will be sheltered once again.   I’m thankful they have feathers to keep them warm.

For the computer issues, I thought about how incredible it was that a mere 20 years ago, I didn’t even know how to work one.   Now it seems that I am dependent on one to stay in touch with a bigger world.     And the words “Knowledge increases, men run to and fro” enter my mind as I type.     Again I am blessed that the repair shop is only a half hour away (when there are no trees across the roads) and that people there can help get me back in touch with all of you.

Quilt error:    I am so very, very thankful that I am not making these quilts by hand.   It just wouldn’t happen.   I pray for the recipients while making them, hoping they will feel warm hugs when they use them.

So the day only had minor bumps.    Maybe sometimes we just need to slow down and isn’t that the reason for speed bumps.