2015
01/28

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Garden
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A birthday

IMG_1239These beautiful flowers arrived for our anniversary and my husband’s birthday, which is today.    Of course a birthday needs a celebration, so we went out and used our free burrito coupon and then went to see Selma.  I see the pictures and I read the stories, but still I cannot grasp how people can treat others so horribly.

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At home, I fed the bees again and put some dirt and seeds together.    The four trays in the c (on the left in this photo)  have kale, celery, lettuce, broccoli and a couple other seeds. I don’t even know if they will germinate as they have been sitting on my dresser all winter.   I thought I would get them planted late summer, but it just didn’t happen.  So I’m hoping they are still viable.   The red and blue cups will hold tomato and pepper starts which seeds were in the refrigerator and should be ok.    They are not yet planted.

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2015
01/27

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Life

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52nd Anniversary

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We got up this morning, pulled the sheets off the bed and did all the normal dusting etc one does on bed cleaning day and decided we needed a new mattress and box springs for our anniversary gift to ourselves.  After breakfast we spent the rest of the morning looking and trying out bed sets.  By noon, we had enough of that as we hadn’t decided even whether we wanted to continue with king size or go down to queen size since we don’t have children invading in the morning.  Actually we didn’t have that problem last time we bought a bed set either.   It has been a long time since they were that young.

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So we wandered over to Panera’s and enjoyed  lunch.   Our decision was hampered by the fact that we have the frame and bedding for the king size, but we think we want a queen size.    We decided to come home, made the bed up with the fresh sheets and will think about it for another month or however long it takes as there is no rush.   Then we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon without doing much.   Tomorrow is his birthday.   We’ll see if we come up with anything exciting for that.   But don’t count on it as we don’t usually do exciting.

2015
01/26

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farming
Life

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Life on a sunny day

IMG_1226We had a beautiful sunny day, and look at the bees.  After being holed up for 3 months, it must feel wonderful to stretch those wings in 60 degree weather.  Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for rain, so they will be back inside.   It is only January and they won’t have many chances to clean house before March/April sunny days when they will be out looking for nectar.  The dandelions are the early ones here.  The are quite prolific in early spring.

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Meanwhile the moles have been busy pushing up dirt

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Not only did the bees take advantage of the sun, so did we, with a bit of outdoor cleaning.   It is so damp here during the winter that most everything outside turns green.  This is the top of the chest freezer where I keep dog food.   It sits under a deck, but still was quite green on top.  Even our entrance cement gets moss.   So we did a bit of cleaning.

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See that shiny part in the middle – perhaps I should have taken the photo before I put in the new light.   Can you explain to me why the designer had to make it so difficult to change a light bulb in the refrigerator?   Fortunately, I knew where the manual was, but it said “remove the screws” which at least told me that the cover didn’t slip up in there in some way.    This one has 3 screws that have to be removed with a hex nut driver.   How many of us women have those in our artillery?   I did have a light bulb replacement.  However, I tried several tools before I called the husband for back up.   Obviously, making it easy to replace this light bulb was not their priority.

And no photo with this but since tomorrow is our 52nd anniversary, and Chipotles was having a special, we decided to go there tonight instead of wait.  The special was if you tried their tofu special, you got a coupon for another burrito within the next month free.   I was anxious to try the tofu as I love tofu.  But they ran out before we got there.  We had veggie burritos and they gave us the coupon to come back as well.  I think we’ll try for lunch next time, then they shouldn’t be out.

2015
01/25

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Life
quilts

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Third is finished

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Today was totally lovely.   The sun was shining – probably about 60 degrees.  My delightful grandsons came over with their parents.   We had such an enjoyable time, I forgot to get any photos.   So I took this one, just as they were leaving.   They helped my husband get the new ducks down to the pond, had some lunch and went out to play football toss.  The 11-year-old is almost eye to eye with me.IMG_1225 And there are enough strips for 2 more.    I will be so happy to have these strips finished into something usable.  I had them hanging on hangars from which they just kept slipping off when I walked to close to them.   Tomorrow will be a garden day, so I’m not sure when I’ll get back to them.

I went out and checked my bees and they were out in the sun.   I decided to give them a bit to eat, since the flowers aren’t yet in bloom and I don’t know what their reserves look like.   I do know that when the days started getting longer, the queen started laying more eggs.   If I make it through this winter, it will be my first year of not losing a hive.   Yea, I only have two, but it will be exciting to actually get the bees through the winter.

 

2015
01/24

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Life
quilts

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The third is on its way

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I hope you aren’t tired of these yet.   The third one you see here is quilted, but still needs binding.   I can get 2 more out of these scraps that we were given.  That will make a total of 5 little quilts.   I’m putting the same frogs on all of them.  Do you know a child that would turn down nice soft frog fabric?

2015
01/23

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Life
quilts

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And then there were two

 

IMG_1217 I haven’t finished the seed order yet, but needed a break, so I spent half the day quilting the second striped blanket.   I just love the flannel with the bright frogs.  And it feels so cozy working on it.

2015
01/22

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Knitting
Life

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Starting a new pair of socks

FullSizeRender (4)Since I spent a good part of the day taking inventory of the seeds I have, and trying to decide how much we eat in a year so I know how many seeds to order, I gave myself the treat of starting another pair of socks.   They are self striping, so I think I’ll just go with the stockinette stitch and keep them handy for when I don’t have to think, such as when I’m a passenger in the car or have chatty company.

I love starting and finishing socks.   Sometimes I enjoy the knitting  between the beginning and end and sometimes I just do it unconsciously.   This color is “Puzzle” from the “Sock it to me” collection made for Elann.com   It is 25% nylon so will readily go through the washer and dryer.  Although it has the same number of yards in a skein as most of the other sock yarns I use, it feels lighter, so will make a great pair of summer socks.

2015
01/21

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Life

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Midweek

IMG_1211The long stretch under the apple trees is all barked now and looks so good.  It will aid in water retention and weed control all summer.  Item #1 checked off list.    The grapes and apples have been pruned and the grapes tied up.   That is #2 and #3 off the list.  The raspberries are nearly done.   We will finish them after this next rain spell.   It feels good to be on top of the game for once.  Tomorrow I will put together the list of seeds I have left from last year and decide what I need to order for this year.   Do you realize that it is nearly time to get out food plants started?

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A bit ago, I mentioned Mother passed away without finishing these pillowcases and I was going to learn to cross stitch.   After trying it, I decided that I definitely do NOT like to cross stitch and will not be finishing them.  They are going out in Friday’s mail to a friend who loves doing this type work and she will finish them.  Life is too short to get hung up on something I really don’t enjoy.   I won’t live long enough to do all that I do enjoy.

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I was given somewhere over 75 of these strips of various colors.  They are the end pieces when the factory straightens the roll.   Since I am in a “use it up” frame, I put these together and quilted it.   They are only 40″ wide, so it makes a nice small child size quilt.   Previously, I  used several of the pieces in other items, so still have enough to make a total of three of these little quilts.  That’s another finish and I love finishes as well as starts.

 

2015
01/20

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farming
Garden
Life

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Sun = work

 

We started our day outside by catching these now full grown ducks (at least by size).   Then we put them in this pen so the dogs and other animals could come get acquainted throughout the day.

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Chore #2 was to finish the pruning and tying the grapes.  There is a short row and a lengthy row.   I need to buy more grape plants to finish the second row.

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Chore #3 was to get the raspberries done.  They are now 2/3 finished.IMG_1209

Here the chickens are coming in for the night and want to make sure there is a bit of a handout.   The sheep and alpacas have already had their treats.

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By then the day (which started outside at 11) was over and the fellows wanted to collect their dues and go home.  And once again I am reminded why supervisors get paid more.    It’s hard work managing people.

 

2015
01/19

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Garden
Life
Sewing

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Grapes

IMG_1203It was a beautiful, warm day and the fellow that has been moving all these shavings for me told me that he knew someone who was very good with grapes and all types of berries.  I  was all ears.  Mark, the berry expert, came over at noon and he really does appear to know what to do.  He started with a mess of grapes that were desperately trying to hug the ground.   He added another wire, then pruned and tied.   The first row now looks really good.   Tomorrow he will do the other row.   I will be so happy to have the grapes doing the right thing.   This past year the chickens got all of them because that is the level at which they were growing.

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In between supervising, I pulled out a box that had a few of Mother’s things in it.   I found this pair of pillowcases started.   I can’t just throw them out – they aren’t finished.  So I decided I’ll just learn a bit of cross stitching and who knows I may even learn to do the crocheted edge like our mothers and grandmothers used to do.  Mary knows how and said after the Seahawks win the Superbowl in 2 weeks, she can help me.   I doubt the cross stitching will be done by then.