Jeans – one more thing off the list – well, not quite, because I still need to stitch up the inseam. This stitch out took 2.5 hours of stitching. The design is from Hatched in Africa called “Jacobean Jewels #1669″ It would be pretty to add the crystals, but I think they are pretty just the way they are. For each pant leg, I combined two designs to make the design go farther up the leg.
In addition to that, we visited a neighbor who is in the hospital. She is 91 and should have better care than she is getting. Tomorrow, she is being transferred to a hospital in Seattle. After heart valve surgery, we don’t know how long she will be there or where she will be transferred next. She’s been inpatient since the first of April and very tired of it.
Tomorrow, we will try to put more coats on sheep and then for the near future, I may be spending more time visiting with Alice in the hospital.
I am surprised I didn’t hear from more of you about how much you are getting done that you didn’t realize you are doing. Keep listing. You’ll be surprised.
What do I do when overwhelmed and understaffed? I make more and more detailed lists. At the top of the day, when I wasn’t sure which way to go, I started writing down all the things that were bothering me. I knew they couldn’t all be achieved today or even this week. On paper, they are not bogging my brain down. Having made these lists, I could then do a better job of prioritizing. And yes, more was added as the day went on. I mean who knew that
the washing machine wanted to die today? And who knew that when I went to REI to get a pair of gym pants, they would have nothing casual? Every pair they had were meant to show every wrinkle in the skin. So after an hour of driving to and from REI, I went to my list and added, “shop for pants and a washing machine” Costco is sending me pants to try and probably Sears will be delivering a washing machine (still deciding). Now that was so much easier and better than chasing all over the countryside, wasting time and gas. I do love some of these modern conveniences even though I believe that we should know how to be self-sufficient.
And who knew my neighbor would call trying to find another neighbor who was no longer in the nursing home (she was transferred back to the hospital)? Who knows what a day will bring, which is one reason I need my lists for a larger picture of what has to be done and what can be pushed off.
What did I achieve today?
made these muffins that we had with yogurt and fruit for dinner.
made a list of things to be done by the woman who periodically helps me with the garden and animals.
Called repair for washer and water under wood floor. Will run fan for 2 days to try to save floor.
at stated above made a trip to REI
researched which washer I want to buy and sent link to
checked bees water
went through fleeces and put a lock in that sheep’s folder
watered hoop house
paid the bills that were due
Copied the utility bills and delivered the neighbors for them to pay
Checked in with a sheep neighbor for info and to see she’s okay
contacted sheep person for registrations for sheep I purchased a year ago
ordered dog food
did two loads of wash before disaster
got lemon tree moved to hoop house
checked on Aunt and found she was moved to rehab today
sew a button on a jacket
and all the things we do every day and don’t count – sweep floors, make meals, feed animals, etc, etc, etc.
There will be more things done between now and bedtime that I can check off. But then again, I’ll think of more to add.
sewed on my bunny.
Did you notice how many of these items only took a few minutes? What did you achieve today? I’ll bet it was a lot more than you gave yourself credit for. Make a list of everything you do in a day. It will surprise you, because normally one gets to the end of the day and can’t think of much that was accomplished. At least that’s what happens here. When I make a list, I can see that something is done which in turn makes me feel better.
Okay, it’s your turn. GO make those lists. And I would love to hear how it went.
I’m starting to feel a bit tied to the kitchen, which is never good, because bites of food find their way into my mouth. We finished processing the soup between other jobs. Two students came to help me today in the rain. One of them cleaned stalls in the barn and worked in the hoop house, weeding, fertilizing, watering, thinning lettuce and planting carrots. The other cut blackberry vines and planted corn (I hope it’s not too early)
We harvested two crispers full of lettuce today. We need to up our intake or we will have a refrigerator full of lettuce.
Meanwhile, I got some basic house cleaning done and tried a new recipe for “kamut sandwich bread” – yes, kneaded by hand. It did not rise like I would have liked. I will buy fresh yeast and see if that was the problem. It does taste good and is not heavy, so I’m not sure if it is the yeast or that kamut doesn’t rise like the wheat I normally use.
I’m still a bit tired from our mad dash across the mountains Saturday to see my aunt who is in the hospital (8 hrs of driving), so I spent part of this afternoon sitting and plying some more of the wool for the sweater. Maybe, just maybe, tomorrow, I’ll visit the sewing/quilting studio.
The new bees arrived today. I hope they will be happy here. We will do our best to keep them comfortable. Maybe I can find a spot to put in a bee garden of flowers they especially like. We got them set up and then couldn’t find their water bottles so we called several stores. All were out of them, so we are improvising with chicken watering bottles. By the time, we had done what we could to make them happy, we had spent 3 hours. And that doesn’t count the hours, we go back out just to look and see that everything is good. Does anyone know if I have to fence around them so the sheep won’t knock them down?
We were out of split pea soup which is a big calamity around here. But someone forgot to tell me we were getting low, and I wasn’t keeping track. For him, it’s a staple. He likes about 5 pints a week. I made up 50 pints because that was all the jars I had available. I processed 2 batches today and will do the others tomorrow. That will give him enough for 2 more months. Then I can do some more just before it gets hot which will probably be about the end of July. However, it’s been a cool spring, so it may not get really hot this summer. It seems as soon as I get a few jars empty, there is something else to put in them.
It was a beautiful morning, so we decided to work outside. I finished skirting the fleeces and then we started to set up the beehives for the bees coming to live with us on Sunday. We bought new frames as the old ones were well used. The location is set and one hive is ready. The other is still here in the garage as the weather suddenly changed and we had a good blast of hail and a downpour. It is still raining.
A short nap and then spinning seemed like an excellent idea. I filled the bobbin and this is the swift that I put it on. The yarn broke at about the half way point on the bobbin, so I just wound off to that point as I think I can get the rest of the yarn spun on this bobbin.
From there it gets washed, dried and then a sample is made. I counted 460 yards in this hank. This is about a sport weight yarn or perhaps a bit less, so I should have enough for a simple cardigan.
This is a paper pieced rabbit. My theme seems to be “Rip it out” and do it over again and again and again. Or put another way: practice, practice, practice. The entire rabbit paper is 8″ x 8″.
Here is the ear section. This ear photo is close to actual size which is 2.5″ from the bottom point to the top midsection. Those pieces are VERY small and at this point, I have had to tape the pattern to hold it together while I rip it out over and over to get it right. It all seems very backward to me, but eventually I should learn this way of piecing.
Here is a photo of the roving that I have been spinning along with the spun wool. My memory failed me a bit yesterday when I thought I had 2#. I actually had a pound of this and a pound of the one on the right. I have finished the spinning, which took most of the day today. Next I will take these two spools and ply them together.
Other than that, I worked on skirting another fleece, but did not finish and I fell down a black hole called Ancestry. If you have ever gone to the Ancestry site, you will know exactly what I mean.
Remember the old joke “How does one eat an elephant – answer: one bite at a time.” That’s how I feel about the farm in the spring. I can only deal with one thing at a time.
Today I weeded the hoop house with Ava following me along on the outside. She is funny! So the weeding is done, the cucumbers are in the ground and the watering is done for today. Watering will be a daily thing for the summer. I also did the fertilizing and put down Sluggo for the slugs to enjoy.
For the lettuce I tried one of those preplanted items one lays on the ground and adds a thin layer of soil over the top. It was interesting and they are so thick that I need to thin them out as soon as possible. (I doubt I’ll buy one of those again). I am not pushing the hoop house to be full yet, because I want to save room to over-winter some foods this year.
The refrigerator crisper is full of delicious crisp lettuce and radishes with more to pick.
We put a new tarp on a storage building since the old top had shredded after 4 years and weeded the containers sitting in front.
I managed to skirt 2 more fleeces. I started a third, but that fleece was too felted so it will become compost.
This washed and dried fleece is waiting its turn to get carded and then wait to get spun. My goal is to make time for carding this in the next two weeks.
Right now, I’m finishing spinning some lovely roving that I started last year. I don’t remember when I purchased, but it must be at least 2#. Then I will ply it for a sweater.
In just two weeks these little tiny pieces of down have turned into these much larger Pilgrim geese. Due to not spending time with them, they are rather wild.
You know someone is walking really close behind you when they step on the back of your sandal. She does wait at the door when I come into the house, though I think if given any encouragement, she would love to come in. Her nose is frequently in my hand and sometimes checking out the pockets.
Daughter gave me this cute knitting bag. My guess is she was tired of seeing the Ziploc bags in which I was constantly carrying the knitting. So now this bag carries the beginning of a new pair of socks. Perhaps I can find the instructions soon and put them in the bag as well.
I also took apart the legs of 2 pair of jeans in preparation for adding designs on them. If you have ever had to remove the original stitching, then you know why they hold together so well.
Today’s frustration was that I hire people, tell them exactly what I want and after 1/2 day’s work, they tell me that they are done for today and will come back next week or later in the week for another day. Today, I was privileged to have 2 people help with the clearing and one to spray fruit trees and whatever else needed doing. The fruit trees are sprayed. She lasted 4 hours today and will be back to work more tomorrow. The others- one lasted 3 hours and the other 6 hours and they want to come back next week for a day. Is this something new? I mean the sun was shinning, which has to be better than working in rain. How does one hire people who are willing to work all day and several days until the job is done?
It’s hard to believe, but I spent the afternoon at this party and this is the only photo that I remembered to take. I think I was enjoying it too much to remember to take photos. It’s fun to have family get togethers. And this one was special because Bill’s brother and wife came to visit with all of us.
These flowers were gifted to me along with some lovely gift certificates and clothes.This is a lovely large fleece which is now skirted. One at a time, I’ll get them done.