My winter hat is finished and a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I have enough yarn left to make a band to go over my ears when I don’t need a hat.
This morning we went to the heart Dr. The news was very good. DH elected not to have a stent put in last year and the doctor was surprised that he hadn’t had any pain in that time. He told us that 95% of the people that he recommends having a stent ended up having to have one within two months. But DH is in the 5% that didn’t need it. We credit it with having changed his diet, but the Dr. wasn’t interested in that. So we will continue the way we are eating and enjoying the results. Dr. did remove one medicine from the list and cut a second one in half. If nothing changes, he will remove the second one from the list. That is all good news. We do have a Divine Physician who designed our bodies. We are trying to follow His ways and are thankful for each day He gives us.
With the appointments and the heat, I am progressing nicely on this hat. I have about an inch to finish and then the crown. It changed from a beanie to a hat with a nice flap for cold weather. So I am now using from the second ball.
For those of you wondering. The hearing aid looks like this. The technician takes a mold of the ear to have the plastic piece made to fit. This is to solve the problem of it falling out and getting lost. He did wear it today and life was better.
Want some really quick cookies that aren’t overly sweet? Take one banana and about 1 cup oats. Mash the banana and start with half cup of oats. Keep adding as you continue to mash. I added a few raisins this morning. If you add too many oats they will be crumbly. Bake 15 min at 350F degrees.
A good share of the rest of the day was spent getting DH’s new hearing aids fitted. Now if he wears them, I should not have to repeat things 6 times and he should enjoy being back in the world where he can hear what is going on around him.
I found this Rowan tweed in my small stash of skeins. I doubt that I purchased it, but I don’t know from where it came. There are two balls of it and one is enough to make a beanie. Since it is hot, that’s my latest project. I have no pattern yet. I cast 100 stitches on size 6 needles and am doing a flap of 4″, then will decide if I want to get fancy or not. I may just do a stockinette stitch since I plant to wear it to work with the animals when it gets cold.
Just look how much these ducks have grown in a mere 3 weeks. Last year the baby ducks all drowned. It turns out that infant ducks don’t have the oil in the feathers to keep from drowning for 2-3 weeks. This year, our son has been giving them a lot of attention and has gradually been giving them deeper water. They have enough oil on their feathers and are very good at swimming, so he doesn’t have to worry about them, but now he has become quite fond of them.
While someone wasn’t watching, the grapes grew right through the top of the netting. No use cutting them back now. We will wait until they die back and next year have a better plan.
It’s just too hot to do much besides lie in the shade, so other than coming in to eat, most of the day is spent lying in the shade chewing cud.
Though it’s difficult to see from this photo, I filled a 5 gallon bucket about 2/3 full of potatoes this morning. We planted quickly in bad ground about 8″ apart in long rows. I am delighted that we have so many potatoes. They are so near the surface, however, that we will either have to cover them for the winter and take as needed or take them from the ground before freezing and hope the garage will be cool enough.
Our daughter came to visit today and left with 5 large zucchini (possibly to share), kale, tomatoes, and some orange peppers. In this heat, the garden is watered daily, one can almost see the growth of the vegetables daily.
Yesterday, our son and his wife picked up their new Abyssinian kitten. He is 3 months old and they have been a bit impatient to be able to take him home. He is the cutest thing, and has some growing to do to grow into those ears.
CLOCKWORKToday went like clockwork with all the appointments happening right on time. First Bracken and I spent two hours picking berries. Then the fellow I hired to help me catch up on some barn cleaning showed up.
NEW WASHING MACHINE
We decided to purchase a washing machine with an agitator spindle because we have not been happy with the way the clothes were being cleaned, plus we like the tub fill of water at times to soak the clothes. Since our last machine lasted just over a year, we decided to roll the years back and get one like we had a few years ago. This is a 4.2 GE model. The installers were here 5 minutes early and were done in 20 minutes, taking the broken one with them.
Butler needs some health tests before he can join the other boys, which he so badly wants to do. Here he is watching them while waiting for the vet and his long needle to draw blood.
And after all that, I had a 3 hour phone conference as we are setting up a new sheep registry. It has been a very busy day.