2016
05/04

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Life
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Birthday

Now that I have arrived at the 3/4 century mark, I am middle-aged.  I have so very many blessings for which to be thankful—in fact, too many to mention and then I have all of you as friends.    I am very VERY blessed.

We didn’t do much before noon.   Then DH wanted to take me out to lunch so did that.   When we came back, I decided to get some of this applique done.   I can’t find the block I showed you last month, but these are the ones I have done this week.   There are a total of 9.

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And this is what happens when supper time is at 6:30 and you are still getting the dog food ready at 6:35.   I can assure you that animals arrive having little clocks inside those bodies.IMG_4480

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2016
05/03

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Life
quilts

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The owls await a new baby

IMG_4475I love the way this quilt turned out.   It is 36 x 39 which is a great size for a new baby.   I used a flannel with an owl print on the back.

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There are several of these blooming

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IMG_4471These iris are from a cousin.   They are just starting to bloom and so beautiful.  Another wonderful thing about them, is that once planted, they can stay there for two or more years.

 

 

2016
05/02

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farming
quilts

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Sun and another giraffe quilt

IMG_4466This was our view as we ate lunch outdoors today.   The weather was beautiful!  The extra dark “bushes” are really nettles that the sheep won’t eat, so we will have to weed whack them.

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I’m having a bit of trouble pulling myself away from the new babies.  They are just too tiny and cute and spots are developing on them, which was unexpected.

IMG_4468We went to Yoga this morning, but I did get this quilt finished this afternoon.   It is small – only about 38″ square.   I mostly did stitch in the ditch on the straight lines and added a few clouds.

 

 

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2016
05/01

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farming
Life
quilts

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Stash report and May day gift

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The May day gift I received this morning was these two darling little ewe lambs.   They are so tiny, but then so is their mother, weighing about 50#   Dad weighs is a much larger sheep

I am so far behind my goals, but I’m going to blame it on surgeries – both foot and eye and now it’s gardening time.   It may be that I don’t catch up this year.   And if I don’t, that’s okay.   Without goals, I get nothing done.

Used this Week:                                16.00 yards

Used this Month (April)           30.00 yards

Used year to Date                             36.00 yards
Added this Week:                               0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:                          0.00 yards
Goal:                                                   300.00 yards

Yards to goal:                                   264.00 yards

New Yards to quilt goal:             264.00 yards
Net Used  2016                                  36.00 yards

2016
04/29

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Garden
Life

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Hoop house tour

First, before I forget,  I got a question about the granola, so if you read the comments from yesterday, you will find how I make it.

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The raspberries – though not in the hoop house are off to a running start.   We had to put the little fence around them as the sheep LOVE raspberry leaves and will totally strip them.

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As one enters the house, on the left are various types of lettuce, Swiss chard, Chinese cabbage and other greens.   Down near the other end are cauliflower and broccoli.

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This is the left center row.   In front are zucchini (marigolds to go outside in middle there), a few wayward potatoes, cucumbers and space for melons on the other end which still needs weeding.

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This is on the right of the doorway, and is technically my tomato spot.   In the front here, I am trying to grow some sweet potatoes.  This is a new experiment for me, so we will see if they do well.

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This is farther down the tomato row.   Though we covered this row for the winter so we wouldn’t have to weed, the volunteer tomatoes are coming up.   Some I left as they were because they were in the row though not straight and many others, I moved over to the rows.  I planted and left 52 volunteers and on my way out, I saw I missed another 10 or 12.   So Sunday, they will get moved.   It will be a surprise what is where.   Last year I planted 12 or more various types of tomatoes.

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This is looking from the other end of the tomato row.   I have started planting beefsteaks that I grew from seed this year.   The seedlings didn’t do very well, and it looks like I am keeping them too wet.  Maybe they will do better in the ground.

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This row has beets, kale, more that I don’t remember.   I still want to put carrots and cantaloupe in the ground.   Maybe Sunday that will happen.IMG_4450And across the back are some potatoes which need hilling.   I think I will cut them back before I hill them.

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2016
04/28

Category:
food
Knitting
Life

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Blue/grey socks finished

I started the day by removing the 4 quarts of granola from the dehydrator trays and putting it away.    Now there is at least a minimal breakfast for those hot days when I won’t want to cook or for an evening meal.

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Then it was off to the chiropractor.   Even though I’m done, it helps if there are two people in the car as we can use the express lane, so I went along and worked on the knitting in transit.

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Besides there is a Whole Foods store there and I love looking through the store.   I find things I don’t find in other grocery stores and their produce always looks so good and fresh.

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And before the day was over, these socks that I thought I was setting aside are finished.   They are done in Elann’s superwash “Sock it to me collection” style “puzzle”    I used #2 needles, cast on 64 stitches and knit 6, purl 2.

Tomorrow is my day to catch up on house cleaning and work in the hoop ouse.

2016
04/27

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farming
Life
quilts

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Latest squares quilt finished and a run-about

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This quilt is 54 inches square and finished.   It is now in the laundry room waiting to be washed and then will be put in the charity pile.    It seems there are so many requests end of summer that I like to get ahead.

And the dentist and the ophthalmologist are now behind me.   Yes, I get to go back and have a couple small fillings in June, but the eyes are no longer swollen and the eyesight is 20/30 in one eye and reading distance in the other.   So now I’m a happy camper.

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And just to have a bit of fun, these two decided to go investigate the neighborhood today.  They got about 1/2 mile away when a neighbor called.  They love the game “catch me if you can”.   But fortunately that doesn’t last too long, and they are ready to get into the car and come home.

2016
04/26

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farming
Life

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A play day?

I started my morning by announcing to DH that I needed a day to play and wasn’t planning to do anything “because I had to”.    So the first thing I did was sweep all the non carpeted floors – because I wanted to, which made me feel better.

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After breakfast, I realized that all the stuff piled on the table and night stand was bothering me.  Therefore, that’s what I wanted to take care of – which I did. And which took me until time to go to the gym.  Now there is very little on the nightstand and these are organized.   Plus I now have a spinning area once again.   Somehow, papers and “things” get tossed on top of each other until I feel I have no room to breathe.   Still this was play because I didn’t have to do it – I wanted to.  And we have been in the car so much that neither of us wanted to go anywhere.

The class we attended at the gym was strength training with about 30 seniors.  It started out easy.   The others have been attending for some time.   We copied what the leader was doing – or tried to.  Apparently this will get better as our strength isn’t up there with the others.   So now, we have signed up for one day of yoga and two of this strength training (at 11am – which kills my day and maybe me.)   This was not on my “play” list – but was on his.  I keep thinking that someday I will learn to like exercise, but it still hasn’t happened.

After lunch, we rested while he read more James Harriot stories.  Those stories will never grow old.  We really just lazed around most of the afternoon which was very pleasant.  After supper, we put the animals to bed and look what I found when getting the hay.

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Do you see her way up in the back.   I’m not too concerned since we no longer have a rooster.  Tomorrow is the dentist and the eye doctor, so we will be out all morning, have a late lunch and I always need a rest after the dentist.   I like the dentist as a person, but I so DISLIKE going to the dentist even for a cleaning.

 

 

 

2016
04/25

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Life
quilts

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Yoga and another quilt

Today we went to the senior yoga class at the nearby gym.  It was supposed to be easy and some of it was.   There were also many of the balance stretches that weren’t so easy for us.   So we decided we will go each Monday until they are easy.  Then we hurried home, had lunch and went to the chiropractor in Bellevue – think 60 minutes each way.

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Even so with good time management today, this quilt is now quilted.   It still needs trimming and a binding, which I can’t find.  That is the strangest thing, because I would think that orange would be easily seen, especially since I used it very recently.

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Here is an up close of the clouds I quilted

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and the backing.

2016
04/24

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Life
quilts

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A wintry day and a quilt

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Now we don’t have Texas type hail, but we had a lot of our little hail today.   In fact, it happened twice, which is the first time I can remember that happening.   You can see the tiny little icicles on both the chair and on the deck behind it.   Just little tiny ice pieces, but it went on and on.   It was enough like winter that I spent some time in the studio, quilting.

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This quilt is now quilted.  It still needs trimming, a label and binding.  I am delighted to have it off the machine.  By the end of the week, it should be finished.

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I then started this quilt.  The back is sewn and the quilt is mounted.  However, there was a programming error and I ended up removing all the stitching that I put in.  What takes 10 minutes to put in, will take two hours to remove.   It was very helpful that DH was willing to read some of James Harriot as I picked stitches out.   That was an excellent place to quit for the day.