Monthly Archives: January 2018

2018
01/21

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Life
quilts

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New Years day quilt fun

 

This was my New Year’s Day quilt and what fun.   I didn’t measure because I was so sure I knew how wide it was.   When I got to the last row, I realized I was 2″ short, so took it off the machine, added the fabric, and put it back on to finish the quilting.   I know, measure twice or thrice.

Here is a photo of the overall pattern I quilted on it using a pantograph.   I hope to get it bound before the month is over so I have at least one quilt finish this month.

 

Check this out – at Thanksgiving, we were the same height.   He turned 14 the week before Thanksgiving.   Looks to me like he is going for tall.

2018
01/20

Category:
Life

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Advice needed

I’m looking for advice today, because I was uncomfortable with what happened.

DH will be 84 in another week and has autoimmune symptoms which means he has a compromised system.  We have been careful not to go out any more than necessary because the medical people are warning about the flu, particularly as one ages.  But what does one do when someone shows up at your house sick?   And then that obligatory goodbye hug?   Please tell me what you do to protect yourself.

2018
01/20

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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Unusual day

I started my day with a trip to the gym which was nearly the only ordinary thing about yesterday.

When I got home, my boomerang son met me with the fact that we “have a very limping big white sheep” which was the start of my unusual day.   I assumed she managed to get a foot caught in her coats  which happens occasionally.     Not so!   After some work, I managed to get her and another sheep into a partially empty stall.  It is at times like this, you find doors that don’t work and other “fun” farm chores needing attention.

Diagnosis:  prolapsing started.    Vet called.  Meanwhile I stayed at the barn since I had a stall that I needed to clean and had actually started the day before.  This stall floor hadn’t been cleaned in 6 weeks, so there was a lot of wet, matted, decomposing, heavy hay.   I worked on that until lunch, ran home, made lunch, mopped two floors, ran to the grocery for half a dozen items,  and came right back to the job.   Intermittently, I was keeping track on what was going on with this sheep.

The vet was here about 1/2 an hour and a friend came to help.  Now the two sheep will stay in this 10 x 12 stall until she lambs in 2-3 weeks (sheep always need a companion).  The extra hay has been removed so they have more room.  I will check on them 2-3 times a day.   It appears there will be 2 or possibly 3 lambs.   We don’t have long to wait.    This is why I always like to have another stall ready to go.   One just never knows.   I did finish cleaning out the other stall, and  have 5 more to go.   3 have deep winter bedding which means it is about 2 feet deep in places and will take a lot of time and effort unless I get lucky and find someone needing a few dollars.  Now that the weather is warmer, I need to clean the stalls every 2 weeks

Yesterday was definitely not an ordinary day, and I stayed and worked  there until 4.   I came home and fell asleep.   It has been years since I worked that long and hard.   As I continually point out to my DH, “the sheep will keep us healthy as they make us use our muscles and we have to get outside daily”

And if I didn’t have them, I probably would have done more shopping, or sewing, or even house cleaning.   There definitely would not be some unusual muscles complaining today.   And I would have had my blog done yesterday, instead of so late.

However, I love this way of life and am so thankful to be living here.   Enjoy the day.   Company will be here shortly.

Spool soufflé quilt start

Beau enjoyed riding out to the meat market to get bones for the dogs this morning, then he “helped” me do some cleaning on one of the stalls.

Because I tired of the other quilt, I started this Spool Souffle quilt.  I had it partly cut out, so cut out the background today andsewed the background onto the sides.   And guess what!.  The top and bottom of the spools have 144 lovely triangles that I get to draw diagonals on.   Not happening today and tomorrow I have gym and cleaning the house.    Maybe I should start another quilt – no, maybe I should finish something started.

Just for fun, my brother sent this site for me to add to my blog so you could be entertained.  It is a knit village – very interesting.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/entire-northern-ireland-village-knitted-wool-crochet-cloughmills-county-antrim?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=9c6bc42389-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-9c6bc42389-64485021&ct=t()&mc_cid=9c6bc42389&mc_eid=54eb2a57cf

2018
01/17

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Life
quilts

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Brown geese done

Does this happen to you too?   I went to the gym this morning and worked for an hour, then came home and went back to bed as my brain just wouldn’t engage.

I did go to the doctor appointment this afternoon and other than trying to convince me I needed a flu shot (didn’t buy into it), they think I’ll live another few years.  All the readings were very good.

And before and after all this the brown flying geese are done.   I’m a tad tired of flying geese at this point, so have packed this project into bags with the instructions.   It is now officially a ufo which I will pull out at a later time, perhaps in a week or two.   I want to actually work on something I can finish in a reasonable time.

2018
01/16

Category:
food
Life
Shopping

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A shopping experience

Today was sunny, so I forced myself to go to the mall which is half an hour away.    Why do I have to force myself to go where I once loved to go.  I think it has to do with the traffic –  both cars and people, plus I don’t need many things.  I had to return 3 items of clothing that didn’t fit DH.   The Nordstrom’s experience was absolutely delightful – the clerk there was so very kind and helpful.   I will not darken the doorway of JCrew again.  Maybe these clerks just see too many unpleasant people, or maybe they don’t care about their jobs.  A shopping experience like today makes me think about how I treat people with whom I come in contact, because like them, I represent Someone.

I finished processing the split pea soup and I will be contacting Amazon on that.  I just purchased a number of boxes of jar lids and had a 20% sealing rate.  I popped all that didn’t seal into the freezer, so they are not wasted, but I think I may have encountered a bad lot of lids.

I managed to land sitting on the floor a couple days ago, rather unexpectedly, so I also worked a trip to the chiropractor into my day.  What is it about an adjustment that demands a rest?   Does it affect any of you that way?

The sewing didn’t happen and as the day was just not long enough to include it.   But the laundry is done and the floors are swept..   Tomorrow is gym and a physical.

Did I mention that we did pregnancy checks on the sheep yesterday and we are looking at the first of February for lambing, which is good.   I can sneak a few more things into this month before then.

And because I like to end positively, the closet shelves in my closet are now put up properly (when I originally put them up, I used molly screws instead of finding the joists) and the underground propane tank has been approved by the city, so we can now move forward on that.    Life is good.

See  you tomorrow.

2018
01/15

Category:
farming
food
quilts
sheep

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Split pea soup

Somehow I didn’t get a photo, but we made two batch of split pea soup.   We canned 24 pints and the rest will happen in the morning. DH enjoys this EVERY evening for dinner.

  Some days, I run out of energy.   Maybe because I spent time in the barn changing sheep coats and cleaning out a stall that I left too long, so it was deeper than I like.   Tomorrow after I get back, I have more stall cleaning to do.  If I was really, REALLY smart, I would pick up the dropped hay weekly and then it wouldn’t have a chance to mat so badly and would not be such a workout.

 I did a minor amount of work on these brown flying geese.   I think these geese will take all week, because tomorrow I have to go up to the mall and return some items.   I keep putting this trip off.   Shopping is not a high priority anymore.  But eventually they will get done.

2018
01/14

Category:
farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Brown flying geese

 In finished the 200 flying geese for step two and since today was dry, I cleaned some in the barn.   It has been so wet, that it’s a real mess and the loads are heavy, so I’m cleaning that in increments.

I skipped over to step 5, since I noticed brown flying geese, and have one wing on each of these 200 geese.  As long as I’m doing geese, I might as well get them done, right?   There are a lot of geese in this quilt.

2018
01/13

Category:
Life
quilts

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More flying geese

Yesterday was a run around, shopping, returning type of day, so I didn’t accomplish very much.  This evening, I was able to work a bit on these.

These flying geese for “On Ringo Lake” are going slowly.   I now have 100 out of the 400 needed completed.   They are all cut now, but I still have the diagonals to draw on half of the 2″ squares

 

2018
01/11

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Life

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Sheep faces

Today we worked on sheep faces.  Not all are in the photo, but there are 22 of them. Tomorrow, they will be packed up and taken to her house for bodies and 3 coats of paint.   That will take until mid-week, and then they will start going to their new owners.