Monthly Archives: July 2017

2017
07/20

Category:
Garden

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Mid July garden update

I am delighted with the netting that has finally been installed over the blueberry bushes on the left and in the middle.   Grapes on the right were not properly pruned, so will get netting next year.   So far in addition to eating about 5# of berries, I have also put 15# in the freezer.   For an idea of volume, I can get 5# in a gallon freezer bag and it barely zips.   There are many more berries out there and the birds (who got them all last year) lose this year.

In the hoop house starting at the left, the celery, Swiss chard, and walking onions are doing great.   At the end, are planted one of the carrots, I think.   I don’t remember now which is where.  But they were planted today.  On the right nearest is watermelon, with no fruits set yet, cantaloupe are next down the line with zucchini at the end.

On the left are basil, and bits of this and that, including kale and parsley at the far end.   The right is tomatoes from one end to the other.  The far end consists of the second planting of potatoes.

Another full row of tomatoes, mostly volunteers plus 6 cucumber plants.   On the right , the rest of the lettuce which bolted in the heat has become chicken food and lettuce and beets have been replanted.   There are a few beets half way down the row, which were too crowded by the lettuce.    Winter cauliflower,  broccoli, and Brussel sprouts seeds were started today as well.

The garden on the hillside did not fair so well this year, with all the rain that we had this spring.   Even though we have to water the hoop house frequently, it is nice to be able to have some control over the amount of water.

2017
07/19

Category:
Life

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Slow sock progress at hospital “hotel”

We saw so many doctors and DH had so many tests that when there was down time, I did more resting than knitting.   So only a few rows were added.   I’m hoping now that we are home, that can change.

Saturday evening, the doctor did a marsupialization on the liver.  We are hoping that will end the liver misbehaving.   The heart is in need of something, although, we still aren’t sure what they have decided there.   But that is a month away and will be either medication or 2 stents.

Usually the hospital had a cot, or a chair that converted to a bed, but I thought you’d enjoy seeing this unusual “cat perch” which was the only available place one night.  On it one never really goes to sleep because it is too narrow.  With a family this large, we had the luxury of always having someone with DH.   The service was excellent and it was great to have at least two pairs of ears whenever a doctor showed up.   The surgery waiting room was fairly crowded as most of the family and in laws were there.

MEANWHILE back at the ranch………….

  I have a young lady that has been helping me with the gardens 2 days a week.   It was marvelous to be gone all that time and not have to worry about the watering or picking.The top shelf is now nearly all cucumbers.  I put 5# of blueberries in the freezer (we have been eating them a lot of them as well), there are also zucchinis and tomatoes.

We thank each of you for your prayers and thoughts and though there will still be doctor appointments, maybe by next week, life will be normal again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017
07/14

Category:
Life

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Very fast update.

DH is still in hospital.   Dr. is planning on doing the liver surgery in the next 3 days.  Unclear when heart surgery will be.   Thanks for being so understanding.

2017
07/10

Category:
Life

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7/10/17 update

Update for Monday  7/10/17 is that I spent the day sitting at the hospital.   His cholesterol is about 150, which should indicate no heart problems, however, because he has autoimmune issues and has meds for that, he may have small blockages, so tomorrow he will undergo more testing.    Therefore, I have not done much and may not have a post tomorrow.   That will depend on how all this goes and when we get to come home.   Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.

2017
07/09

Category:
farming
Life

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Farming can be interesting

Farming can be interesting.   Last night Lacey dug out of the pasture she was in with sheep { but if needed she could have gone back in through the same hole}.   I forgot to put the chain across the gate where Beau was supposed to be attending sheep, so he was not in that pasture (though again, the door was open so he could get in if needed.  5 of the sheep went through a door to get the grain put out for them, but somehow, one of them backed into the door and closed it so the other sheep couldn’t get in and they couldn’t get out.   Did I say “Farming can be interesting”?  And just look at these predicted temperatures.

Guess where we’ve been again.   DH is spending the night there for observation.   He had some chest pressure and better safe than sorry.  He will undoubtedly come home in the morning.

2017
07/07

Category:
Bees
farming
Life

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Bee watering and moving sheep

The boxes on the left are the best thing I’ve seen yet for the bee watering.   They are coated so that they hold liquid, yet they have the slatted boards inside so the bees can land and not drown.   They are meant to be able to feed the bees sugar water in times of drought, but since bees need water all summer, I think I can just put water in them and the bees can easily find it.  The screens are for on top.  One can just pour the liquid through them and not have to open the bee box and get the bees upset.  So these came home with me.

The spent most of my day with a friend going through the wool that I have here.   She showed me how to clean the finest wool and we looked at the sheep which her husband brought to me.   It appears he didn’t find the list she left him and brought some of the correct sheep and some will be replaced.   After she left, I moved the Cormo sheep to the big pasture behind the house, which has been empty for 4 months and left the Shetlands where they were.   There are plenty of blackberries for them there.   The Shetland rams are moved up to a hot wire enclosed acre.   We also decided which ones should be sold.   It was a very productive day, but I’m ready for the Sabbath.

I pray that each of you will have a restful Sabbath and happy weekend.

 

2017
07/06

Category:
farming
Life

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Another day in the sun

We were delighted with another day in the sun through children’s eyes.  They found a beautiful garter snake down by the pond, which after showing us, they took back to be with his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More learning to drive.   They brought a cousin with whom to enjoy the day and to teach the new skills they had learned.    So there were two 13 year olds and a 12 year old.   What sheer joy they have!

And after all the hard work of driving the mower tractor, they need a refreshing dip, which the neighbor willingly shared.

  Yes, other things were started, but other than a lot of weed whacking and watering, nothing else was finished.

2017
07/05

Category:
Garden
Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet Sue #1 finished

Sunbonnet Sue quilt #1 FINISHED – well no label, but whether that happens will depend on who eventually gets it.  The batting said it was good for a 10″ spread and these squares are 8″, so I decided not to mess around inside the square.  It is backed with a pink flannel that matches the light pink on the front and is soft and cuddly.  The finished size is 52 x 63″ – just perfect to wrap around a young lady and/or have as a bed covering.

The weather for the next 10 days is saying daytime highs at 80 and full sun, so we will be out there with hoses going.   Fortunately we have about 6″ mulch on the blueberries and grapes, so they will probably be able to go a week between waterings which will help.  This is absolutely beautiful weather and I don’t want to be inside sewing, cooking, or cleaning.  I’m soaking up as much Vitamin D as possible.   I’m thankful that I can sew/quilt from January through April when it’s too wet and cold to be outside any more than necessary.

2017
07/04

Category:
food
Garden

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Happy Independence Day

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Summer and it’s produce have official arrived.   We are scheduled for an 80 degree week and we have started picking zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes.    The tomatoes and zucchini, I’m fine with.   And I can make some pickles, but these plants are loaded.  Besides pickling and eating fresh, how else does one save cucumbers.

And we now have 12 cups and 1 pint of strawberry jam.  In this house, it’s not good to run out of strawberry jam or peanut butter and we ran out of both.   Therefore, tomorrow must include a run to Costco for their Kirkland brand organic peanut butter.

That was the limit of our work today.   We enjoyed a bit of sun and are listening to all the crackers that are popping while still daylight.  The noise scares the animals, so they are locked up for the night.    Enjoy the sights and sounds tonight.

 

July challenges and Elm Street’s OMG

I didn’t quite finish all of June as I didn’t get the Sparkling snowmen done for Judy’s challenge.   The others I did finish.   Now for July is seems there are more that I want to get done, but there is strawberry jam to make and pickles to start preserving, the tomatoes are starting to ripen,  the garlic will need to be pulled in about two weeks,  and the garden is needing watering 3 or more times a week.  Plus there are 4 birthdays.   However will I fit all this into a month that is always shorter than I need.   Summer is here and I am loving it.   So I’ll do what I can.

July challenges:

 

  1.     Linking up to Elm Street OMG with the Winter woodland paper pieced fox.


  2. Patchwork times #12 will be to finish the binding on the sunbonnet Sue that has been quilted.

  3. Washington state quilters to finish the Sparkling snowmen

  4. My Hatched in Africa challenge will be to use one of their designs on something, but as of yet, I haven’t decided.

Have you committed yourself to some challenges this month?   If so, I’d love to hear about them.