Monthly Archives: July 2018

2018
07/13

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Garden
sheep

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Sheep and produce photos

Please enjoy these sheep and produce photos

Beets, tomatoes, cauliflower

 

 

2018
07/12

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Garden
Life

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Neglected garden

This neglected garden has been on its own this summer.   DH goes out faithfully and waters, and I go out and grab something for a meal, but it has not been weeded.   Volunteer tomatoes and weeds have been having a heyday.  The first beets planted are ready to pick and pickle and preserve.  Then I need to get more in the ground.

After two hours of work, it is starting to look like a garden once again.   I had not taken the time to tie up plants and they were acting like ground cover.  The little plants in the left foreground are winter broccoli.   We particularly like the greens in late winter.  But they are far to close together at this point.

I am half done.   Somewhere I need to find time to do the other half and space these plants.   Maybe, tomorrow, I’ll take the time – oh No, how did it get to the end of the week already.  That means a run to the grocery and perhaps a bit of floor sweeping and preparing meals for the next day.   Maybe the garden will get fit in, but it’s a huge maybe.   It is difficult to get everything into the week that wants to get done.

2018
07/11

Category:
Life
quilts

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Interesting email

This is not yet pressed, but it is together and when I have time, I will put borders on it.   The finished size will be 70 x 80.  Getting all those stars to come together properly took good pinning.

Interesting email  with your laugh for today

Really? How am I supposed to text him since I am no longer on this earth.
From The Desk Of Dr. Jerome Powell,
USA Federal Reserve Bank Chairman,Alabama Branch
Office.524 Liberty Parkway Birmingham, Alabama USA
I received an email from Mr. William Michael, he called me yesterday with this telephone number: +1(202) 860-2105 informing me that you are dead and he said that i should send him your fund to his home address: usa 94102, because he is your next of kin beneficiary to you, and he also told me that you instructed him to claim your properties including your money in case because you are no more to be found on earth.
I am very sorry to hear that you are no more to be found on earth and i don’t know that this is the reason why you have not reply the message i sent to you regarding the delivery of your fund. this is my promise to you that i am going to do everything within my power to make sure that your fund will be delivered to him as your next of kin beneficiary to you, may your soul rest in perfect peace and may god grant you internal life on the last day to come i am very very sorry.
He did also said he knew he was going to spend some money to get the fund because you told him some thing like that and i should let him know the cost, i told him to hold on and let me verify if this is true or not because i am confused now about this claims,
Yours sincerely,
Dr. Jerome Powell.
Wait for your urgent text message.
Tell phone number ((619) 537-7115)
The Current Chairman Federal Reserved Bank

2018
07/11

Category:
Life
quilts

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Hunter star update 7/10

Hunter Star update 7/10

The piecing is done and it is ready to have the rows sewn together.  The trickiest part is getting those little stars to meet properly.   So I’ll grab a few minutes in the morning before it gets warm enough to pick blueberries and get started.

2018
07/08

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life
sheep

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Sheep migration; autumn socks

Sheep migration:

Today was migration day – time to move to fresh forage and grasses.  It was really great that the neighbor brought over her border collie herding dog, because these sheep will stop for every blade of grass and without the dog, this job could have taken hours.   Because they are going into an area where already many weeds have gone to seed, I wanted each to have a coat on first.   Seeds are nasty to get out of wool.   They will spend about a week to 10 days taking down the new area and then will need to be moved once again.  Without rain, the pastures are not growing back.

Autumn socks

Autumn socks

Lorna laces hand dyed sport yarn

I have been a couple of weeks without a knitting project and it is really warm outside, so I need something that doesn’t take too much thinking to do in the middle of the day.  Using a Lorna Laces hand dyed sport yarn and number 4  needles, I cast on 56 stitches for a simple sock.   My lofty goal is to get it done by the end of the month.

With the warmer weather, animals to water, a foot to pamper, and blueberries to pick among other things, I’ve slowed down a bit, so I’m just going with the flow and not pushing myself.   Life will continue even if I don’t get everything done that I would like.

2018
07/06

Category:
farming
Life

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Challenges

Challenges seem to be dominating my life lately and usually that’s good.   But right after I posted yesterday, I got a text from DH to come help him by the potato patch.   He had gone out to fertilize it because we were expecting rain today.  Apparently he felt weak and reached for the fence, but wasn’t strong enough to stay upright and went down.  He texted me to say he needed help outside by the gate.   When I got there, I found him in turtle position.  With Parkinson’s, it is easy to go over backwards.  He had been trying unsuccessfully to get up   I helped him to his knees, then called a neighbor to help me get him into the wheel chair.   The we got him into the car and off to urgent care we went.  Fortunately, he only hurt this arm and the doctor glued skin back together.

Challenges again this morning when two of our dogs escaped when the UPS man came.   After looking for them for an hour, I had to get DH to his hearing appointment , so just had a talk with God.   Interestingly enough my Bible reading this morning was about Mary telling Jesus they were out of wine.   She didn’t send someone to buy more.   In fact, she didn’t tell anyone her problem, just simply told Jesus her need.  So having to get DH to the doctor, I remembered to talk to God about my distress and yes, he used human neighbors to get the dogs home, but within half an hour of when I gave him the problem, they were back inside the fencing and a neighbor let me know they were safely back.

How many times does God help us and we don’t realize it?   My guess is,  most of the time.   I’m so glad He cares about the little things like a parking spot when desperately needed, or dogs so they don’t get hit by passing cars, and yes, even us when we fall.    I have so much to thank Him for on a daily basis.

We have an incredible God!  I am aware that many times I don’t hear Him and that sometimes because He sees more than I do, He decides to act differently than I ask, but even then, His answer is because He sees the future and cares about me.

And so now as the Sabbath draws near, I am looking forward to time He created for my renewal and our friendship.

And my prayer for each of you is a wonderful, peaceful weekend.

 

Surprise vacation

I was given a surprise vacation this week.   Wordpress updated automatically and a number of us have not been able to get into our blogs and websites.   I have spent hours upon hours this week.   I am tiptoeing in here, because things aren’t quite right yet

At any rate, I hope you had a marvelous Independence day, whether Canadian or American.  This usually indicated summer as officially here in the Pacific Northwest, although it was early this year.

As you can see from the above photo, I haven’t made much quilting progress.  Maybe tomorrow, my machine will be ready to come home.  If so, I can pick it up when we get the hearing aids fitted and ordered.

Most of the sheep have fresh coats on now and will move Sunday to a new field of weeds.

We have been picking and eating blueberries and other foods from the garden, and most of all, we have been watering and watering and watering.

So my plan is to be back to blogging again on Sunday to fill you in on life on a mini farm near the city.

2018
07/01

Category:
Garden
Life

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July first garden produce

July first GARDEN PRODUCE

 Starting the second half of the year today, we harvested

A large bowl of beets and greens

three large zucchini piled on top.

The kale is way ahead of me.

I put 4 trays of parsley in the dehydrator because we are not keeping up.

Then I picked 5 1/2 pounds of blueberries for our first picking.   It looks like we might be picking for 3 weeks, but of course that will depend on the weather.

 This little fellow was so happy to get a bath.   He didn’t even need much water. Just the bit that the deck collects in the dips.

PS.  For you who were trying to lose 5# last month.  Did you have success?    I only lost one pound, but better than gaining.   I’m trying for more this month.