2018
01/15

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farming
food
quilts
sheep

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Split pea soup

Somehow I didn’t get a photo, but we made two batch of split pea soup.   We canned 24 pints and the rest will happen in the morning. DH enjoys this EVERY evening for dinner.

  Some days, I run out of energy.   Maybe because I spent time in the barn changing sheep coats and cleaning out a stall that I left too long, so it was deeper than I like.   Tomorrow after I get back, I have more stall cleaning to do.  If I was really, REALLY smart, I would pick up the dropped hay weekly and then it wouldn’t have a chance to mat so badly and would not be such a workout.

 I did a minor amount of work on these brown flying geese.   I think these geese will take all week, because tomorrow I have to go up to the mall and return some items.   I keep putting this trip off.   Shopping is not a high priority anymore.  But eventually they will get done.

2018
01/14

Category:
farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Brown flying geese

 In finished the 200 flying geese for step two and since today was dry, I cleaned some in the barn.   It has been so wet, that it’s a real mess and the loads are heavy, so I’m cleaning that in increments.

I skipped over to step 5, since I noticed brown flying geese, and have one wing on each of these 200 geese.  As long as I’m doing geese, I might as well get them done, right?   There are a lot of geese in this quilt.

2018
01/13

Category:
Life
quilts

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More flying geese

Yesterday was a run around, shopping, returning type of day, so I didn’t accomplish very much.  This evening, I was able to work a bit on these.

These flying geese for “On Ringo Lake” are going slowly.   I now have 100 out of the 400 needed completed.   They are all cut now, but I still have the diagonals to draw on half of the 2″ squares

 

2018
01/11

Category:
Life

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Sheep faces

Today we worked on sheep faces.  Not all are in the photo, but there are 22 of them. Tomorrow, they will be packed up and taken to her house for bodies and 3 coats of paint.   That will take until mid-week, and then they will start going to their new owners.

2018
01/10

Category:
Life

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Sheep collectables

My friend makes these darling little sheep collectibles using real wool.  She has several orders and is behind, so this morning

was spent making ears, legs, and eyes.   Tomorrow, we will make the heads to put these onto, and then she will finish them at home over the weekend.   They have several coats of paint, which take awhile to apply.  So these are labor intensive, but they do help pay for the hay her animals eat, so that is good.

These came today from Amazon.   They are battery operated gloves for when it gets below freezing.   As I’m adding years to my body, it gets less cold tolerant.   So I’m ready for the next freeze.

2018
01/09

Category:
quilts

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“On Ringo Lake” flying geese

This is part of the instruction page for “on Ringo Lake” flying geese which is the second part of this quilt.   Due to my inability to read the whole thing, I cut my pieces at 2 x 3″ leaving off the 1/2″.   After sewing a few wings onto the geese, then measuring, I figured out why I was short 1/2″.   Back to the beginning, I cut out all 200 new geese the correct size.

 I now have 10 of my 200 flying geese for this part finished.   I’m hoping to do better tomorrow.

2018
01/08

Category:
farming
Life
Sewing

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Seahawks tote

I got this idea for a Seahawks tote as I was getting ready for bed last night, so pulled what fabrics I have in these colors and laid them out for this morning.  And no, this is no on my list of things to do, it just seemed like a great idea.   Tonight, I am back to drawing diagonal lines on the little squares.   (In case you’re interested, this is the road to unfinished projects.)

It was such a beautiful day, I decided first to clean a stall.    Well, the sheep wanted to stand exactly where I wanted to clean so after 3 wheelbarrows, I called it quits for today.   Maybe tomorrow.   Or maybe just a bit each day.  It is difficult to move anything when a sheep is standing on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went back to the house and sewed the tote.   I used a pattern for the size to cut, however, did construct it a bit differently.  It finished at 5.5″ deep, 16.5 x 18.5″ for the front.   It has two outside pockets on the first photo and 3 on the second.   This seems so big to me.   What do you think?   I hope the recipient is okay with big enough to put the stadium blanket and other items in here.

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2018
01/07

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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Sunday, a funeral, a visit, some sewing

 

Sunday – a funeral, and then a lady came over to look at a serger for sale, but it didn’t meet her needs.  However, we have had and do have several animals in common, so we enjoyed a visit as well.   Our farm helper came to look at and repair the cords that Daisy chewed.  One will now be buried and the other put through conduit pipe since “puppies will be puppies”.

I spent some time cutting these 1000 – 2″ squares for the quilt “On Ringo Lake”.   Now I need to find time to draw a diagonal line on each of them and then sew them to a neighbor.

2018
01/05

Category:
farming
Life

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Daisy and cords

Daisy and cords do not belong in the same room.   She is an 8 month old puppy and everything is for chewing.   EVERYTHING!  Sunday I will be purchasing new extension cords and some tubing to run them through.  It seems while the power was off, she managed to chew through the cord that connects to the hotwire, so the fence is still not hot.   Then she chewed through the cord that heats the water for the rams so we don’t have to break ice when it freezes.   Yes, she is still a puppy, but is getting to be a rather expensive puppy.  And it is the human’s fault because we know she is a puppy and it’s our job to make sure everything is safe.

It appears the sheep didn’t take as soon as the male entered and we may be more like 4 weeks from lambing.  The sheep are in good condition so that’s good.

I went to the gym this morning and the trainer wore me out.   This new trainer is giving me my monies worth.   I came home, ate and took a nap.   He assured me I would be sore for the next two days and he may be correct.   But that’s the idea – get stronger, right?

Tonight, the tree frogs in the hoop house are singing with all their might.   They usually start at the pond the end of January.   So the hoop house must be about a month ahead in weather temperature.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

2018
01/04

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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We have power!

We have power at the barn again after 2 weeks without.   That means the hot wire is up and running again.   I had fears the animals would discover it was off and break through the fences.  But that didn’t happen, for which I am grateful.

These blocks are not only finished, they have been mailed.   It’s the kind of thing that if I don’t do it immediately, it slips my mind.  So it is now in the hands of the post office.

Other than these two events, grocery shopping, and a chiropractic visit, today was rather uneventful.