2018
10/15

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food
Life
spinning

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Land of living

After 2 weeks of some type of bug, I feel that I’m back in the land of the living.  I was not completely without something in my hands though.   Here are two  fibers which I plied

 

And I was given a sour dough starter which did very well the first try.

The weather forecast is for a week without rain, so there is much to do around here in that week to get ready for the rainy season.  And I am loving the new tractor which is making some chores possible to get done.

2018
10/07

Category:
farming

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Black sheep

That’s me – the black sheep – the one who is different.   Both of my parents grew up on farms, both wanted to be away from them.   City life was easier and more to their liking.  But something went wrong when I came along.   I like the animals and the work – which of course is not as hard as they had one hundred years ago.

Today I spent some time learning to operate this machine.  I think I live in the best of both worlds.   I do not depend on farming for my livelihood, but can enjoy the benefits of the exercise.

2018
10/04

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Knitting
Life

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Softest scarf

Between bouts of Montezuma’s revenge this week, I was able to finish the softest scarf ever.   The white in it is angora rabbit and the black is a very soft wool which I spun a few years ago.  It finished at 8.5 x 48″.  On a #12 needle,  I cast on 30 stitches and knit every row.  I will not bother to block it as its intended use is to keep me warm during the cold months when I go to the barns to care for animals.

2018
10/01

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farming
Knitting
Life

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Tractor has arrived; new scarf

 

The tractor has arrived!

 

Yes, I can get up there.   Grandma Moses started her painting at 76.   I bought my sheep as a business at 76.   I think I have a good model to follow.   So now when the sun shines again, I’ll take a driving lesson on the new machine.   There is so much it can do, that I would never have been able to do without it.   I’m a happy camper today.

 My sprained ankle is not healing very fast, probably because I don’t stay off it, plus there is this knee the doctor would like to replace that has been troublesome, so other than feeding animals, I spent time knitting, which keeps my leg out of trouble.   This is yarn that I spun maybe 30 years ago.  Black wool and white bunny, then plied together.   It is extremely soft and cuddly.   There is enough left to make a scarf for barn duty when lambs arrive and it is freezing out there.   I have about 24″ knit, using a large needle and garter stitch, which goes fast.

 

 

 

 

2018
09/30

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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Chicken coop

We have a new chicken coop for the dozen babies we bought a short time ago.   They have grown so fast and needed a bigger, safe home.   So my neighbor put chicken wire and a door on this 3 sided structure which he finished tonight and we have moved the chickens  into it.

I also spent a several hours convincing certain sheep that they wanted to leave their comfortable ewe companions and spend to two months with a lovely ram.  Sheep get used to each other and don’t like any upsets.   If one moves, they feel they have to go as a group, which was not my plan.  However, bribery with treats and lots of time, convinces them they should chose what really want them to do.   So we now have 2 breeding groups set up to have March lambs.

In addition to all this fun, we had the fence man come to see why the hot wire is malfunctioning.    He fixed several places, but I see tonight, one of the dogs is back out, so that still needs work.

You’ve probably noticed the gaps in messages.   I have been fighting for a bit now with passwords and being locked out of my websites.   Today, my 3 sons were here and think they have solved the problems.  I have strict instructions to email myself with every password I choose to use so I don’t get so confused and locked out of my own sites.   It took these 3 master programmers about 2 hours to get everything solved and me back to my sites.   So I will try very hard now to remember to send myself emails when I make changes.

2018
09/26

Category:
sheep

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Sheep photos

Please enjoy the sheep photos today: First ones in get prime real estate.

Eventually everyone finds a place – even this baby has learned to squeeze in when hungry.

The look on these faces makes me think they got in and ate fast.

2018
09/25

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farming
Life
sheep

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Sheep housing

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This is our latest sheep housing, which will protect about 7-8 sheep from the weather if needed and that thing in the middle is a feeder for winter.   We will put a breeding group in this area for two months.  We take a cattle panel which is 18′ long, bend it and attach to 4 x 4, railroad ties or whatever on each side of the bottom.  By attaching several together we can make the house as long as we need it and covered with plastic or a tarp, it will last 2-3 years before needing a new cover.   It makes a great chicken coop or just a storage shed as well.

We are still making applesauce and apple butter and will be for the next few weeks (on and off),   The apples are picked and the potatoes are harvested and we are making some slow progress.  But winter is getting closer with each day.

 

2018
09/23

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Life

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Locked out

I tried to post on Friday, but was locked out, so tried again today SUCCESSFULLY.

I made a brief visit to the fair.  Mostly I went to visit with sheep and their shepherds, but took a few minutes and hurried over to see what was new in quilts.  My neighbor took best fleece in her division.   Next year I will have to hold back a fleece to enter.This one grabbed my eye.  The quilter has a marvelous picture of a loved one.   Someday, I tell myself, I will do a portrait.

And it’s not a fair unless you see the grange renderings.   They are always so beautifully done with the fresh fruits and vegetables.

2018
09/19

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food
spinning

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Applesauce and plying

   Over the last two days I’ve canned 24 quarts of applesauce  plus 2 pints.   But if I could say 50 pints, it would sound more impressive.   They are cull apples because we didn’t get them sprayed with anything so, I’m losing about half of each apple to insects.   Still there are plenty of apples to go around.   I’m canning the sauce now and when it’s ugly and cold, we can make apple butter.

And in between batches, I’ve decided it is past time to turn some of my spun singles into plied yarn ready to use.

 

This is the soft luscious wool from our dog, Beau.  I am so pleased with the way it spun up, but don’t have a project in mind yet

 

 

 

 

  A pretty red wool, probably destined to be a scarf as there isn’t enough for a sweater.   I think I fell in love with this color, so purchased the roving.

 

 

 

 

I’m guessing this was one of our Babydoll sheep.  But when I don’t label things, I forget.  Since there isn’t much wool, that’s my best guess.

 

 

 

 

All of these are now washed and ready to wind and use when I decide what to knit.   Plus I am plying a lot of – maybe 2# of brown yarn I have spun singles.   It looks as if there is enough for a sweater.   Maybe I can show that tomorrow.

2018
09/17

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Knitting
Life

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Chicks moving day

Chicks moving day finally happened!.   They are now in the barn in a safe cage and out of the sewing studio.  I know they weren’t in here very long, but they don’t belong in here.   They belong in the barn and now that they are feathered, that’s where they are.  They also have perches and more room, so win for all.

We picked up the building permit to be able to double the size of the barn roof, picked up a gift for a friend and went to the feed store.

Many of the apples are ready to pick, so I spent some time picking 5 grocery bags full.   I don’t climb ladders, therefore I tried to shake some down.  I will pick more tomorrow and then the rains will be back.   It seems at this point, I’m running out to do what I can on the days that it doesn’t rain.   And it wasn’t that long ago that we were wishing for rain.  It would be nice to have alternating days.The last three days, I worked on this scarf during appointments and free time, but decided there are things, I don’t like about it, so raveled it and will start again.   The white is angora rabbit plied to black wool, so it is very soft and warm and I anticipate wearing it during the cold this winter.