We are getting warm weather! Summer has come and I really want to enjoy it. Plus we have 3 days of appointments this week, so I am planning to take the week off and enjoy it. If something comes up that I think you’ll enjoy, I’ll pop on my computer and share, but mostly it looks like we will be in the car a lot, driving to appointments.
Hunter Star: I now have 25 of the 150 blocks I need for the quilt.
It is such beautiful weather that it is almost impossible to stay inside and sew. And this is the forecast for the next 10 days! I now have 60 of each of these triangles ready to put together to complete a square.
While out shopping today, I did get this refrigerator and microwave for the barn, so now I am ready for baby feedings if we have a mom who can’t for some reason. I can also keep the medicines in the refrigerator. There is even room for cold drinks when we are up there working on hot days.
Today we had a different, but very good reason to halter tie the lambs. They needed their last baby shot. I do not have the skills yet, to hold a very squirmy, escaping, lamb and put the needle in the right place. When I halter tie them, I eliminate the escaping and if I hold them sideways to the feeder, they don’t have much squirm room either. So the whole process goes much smoother for both me and the lamb.
I took so many photos of them enjoying this. Here they are coming down the hill from the barn on the right. They are so excited about the green, they must stop to taste on the way to the pasture.
Some of them have made it to the far side of the nearly dry pond.
After a rest and cud chewing time, they explored even more of the area that we had prepared for them. When it was time to come in, I had to have the neighbor come over with her border collie and encourage them to come back to the barn, safe from coyotes for the night. This will soon be routine for them and they will come back easily.
Since earthly immortality is out, it was time for a garage clean-out. You know all those things we save because we might need them someday, etc. Or the things that we don’t want to deal with. Today, those things were dealt with. There will be two 3/4 ton pick-up loads going to the dump in the morning. One from the garage and one from around the farm. And that does not include the items which will be recycled. It was a long, hard day – hard because some things still might have some use. We will probably go back through this pile in the morning to see if more can be recycled. But it is out of the garage, which is now amazingly tidy, and not returning. There are still shelves to clean, but one can only deal with so much in one day. There were so many decisions to be made.
I now have 30 out of 150 of these blocks complete. They are not difficult, but it does require I sit at the sewing machine. I would like to get this quilt done by the end of summer, but I’m going to have to spend more time sewing for that.
Today I pulled 2/3 of the garlic. It is early, but we had a good spring and because I didn’t have an outside garden ready, I put them in a corner in the hoop house. They will lie here for a week curing before I braid or otherwise store them.
I picked these zucchini while they are smaller so I can use them raw.
Have you ever eaten the big leaves that grow around the cabbage head. We have found them to be very good – much like collards – only better. DH likes them better than the cabbage head.
After washing and stemming them, I slice them the long way
then crosswise. You could just slice ribbons if you prefer and sometimes I do. I then boil them for a few minutes and we like them with vinegar over them.
We had to try out our new car yesterday, so went to visit my sister who lives about an hour away. The weather obliged and we got to drive through rain and sun, giving me a good feeling of how it handles. .
This dogwood is at the end of her driveway. Her yard is beautifully blooming and she knows the name of each plant – something to which I never pay enough attention.
Since we were going, I went out to the hoop house to see if there was a gift I could take. Look at this beautiful 5 1/2 pound cabbage. I did not weigh the zucchini, but they were nice and long. The garden is doing well, except for the green beans which I will replant tomorrow.
Today, I had plans to make a quick trip to the auto repair shop to get an estimate for a cap that was broken. Then i would stop at the grocery store, pick up a few items, come home and clean the sheep pen that i didn’t get done yesterday.
God laughed because He had other plans. I did go to the repair shop for the estimate. In fact, I was there just before my 8.30 appointment. Once the mechanic got the car up and the wheels off, he found the car unsafe to drive and would not let me leave with it until they had the dangerous items repaired (They have known us for over 30 years so we trust them).
At 11.30, I went straight home, and talked with my husband. I relayed to him that the shop thought that 27 years and nearly 300,000 miles on that car was enough. They explained the things they felt had to be fixed in the next few months if we kept driving it as the main vehicle. This was not good news to me as I hate having to deal with cars and though I enjoy the fact they get me where I need to be, I don’t enjoy buying them. DH has been after me for the past 5 years to replace this one and I kept putting him off.
So to better deal with all this, we first enjoyed our favorite Mexican restaurant’s offerings. Then we set out to look at cars, really not knowing whether it should be a car or a small truck. We did know we needed something easier for DH to get in and out of and possibly carry a lot of feed bags or a dog.
Since we have had Hondas for years and years and years, we started and ended there. We chose a used car – 2015. Then instead of my car we traded in his which was only 17 years old and opted to buy this CR-V as a “family” car. We will keep my old car in case we need to haul sheep or ? until we do get a small truck. (I’ll try to get a better photo outside the garage when the sun shines again)
I am so thankful that God cares about these little parts of our lives. He had this car waiting for us at the price we were willing to pay. I never did get to the grocery store or get the sheep pen cleaned, and this was certainly not my plan for the day, but He knows what I need and when I need it. Before I knew what I needed, he set it all in motion. What an awesome God!
No, I don’t yet know how to drive this 4 wheel toy, but we have a farm helper that can do anything. He will be using it to seed, fertilize and in general do what we need done that we can’t do ourselves. Our piece of property is a lot of uphill/downhill terrain. I will learn to drive it, because if a sheep gets in trouble a way from the barn, I am not able to carry it, but I could load it and get help.
Where does one start with a room like this? These are mostly fleeces that I need to go through, pick out the vegetation and put up for sale. Only a matter of time to get all this done. And it needs to get done, because somehow the year goes quickly and there will be more fleeces that need this space.
So I picked a place to start and when it was filled, I quit and decided to tackle more of this later. Instead I sewed a few seams on the Hunters quilt and then decided to study more for my website formation class. Some messes are just too much to handle all at once.
This Euro style scarf is finished. It was a fast and easy knit, however, I did learn that if I’m not paying attention, I don’t count accurately. The pattern is a multiple of 5, which isn’t hard, just had to pay attention. This is very, very soft in the Cascade yarn. I will block it later.
This is another suggested way to wear it, which I won’t be wearing as I don’t go to formal events.
After finishing this, i spent 3 hours cleaning barn stall floors, so did not start anything else. And I will admit to wanting to eat something totally off program, but I won’t.