Category Archive: farming

2017
06/23

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farming
food
Life

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Gym, dogs, groceries and heat

I was off to the gym this morning and when I returned, it was to a mind exercise.   I had to trick the dogs into going into the upper pasture that is now secure so they would be with the sheep.   They’d so much rather be close to the house.    So I felt that I had exercised both the body and the brain.

Then it was time to read email and download the grocery freebie.   Our grocery store offers a free item every Friday.   It can only be downloaded on Friday.   Often it is something we don’t use, so I pick it up and it is always welcome in the food collection basket at the church.   Some of the items are things the grandchildren will enjoy – like the gummy bears.

By then it was  lunchtime.   So that accomplished, I went to the grocery store and bought some petunias for the front yard as well as the few groceries.   Petunias always look so happy.   I will try to get them planted Monday, because it is forecast to be in the 90s for Saturday and Sunday.   So I’ll leave them in the shade until I plant them.

Does heat encourage you to take a siesta?   We did and then it was time to feed animals again.  I am not complaining about the heat, but I do go just a bit slower.   The weather is certainly not typical as June is often a very rainy month.   These are August type days.  So I just keep watering and try to keep up with the most important things and my sewing/quilting has to take a back seat, just as the plants did during the winter.

2017
06/22

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farming
Garden
Life

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Grandson’s visit

The grandson’s visit was a treat.     The weather was perfect, with the sun shining,  and for a bit we sat on the deck and visited with our daughter while they went into the pasture to visit with the pond, the geese and the new ducklings. (tragically, there are now only three).    Then I took them (they are nearly 12 and 13+). up to the barn so they could help catch sheep and read number tags.  They had a lot of fun doing that.  Of course whenever we have to catch sheep, it is a circus which the boys enjoyed.   The Cormos don’t mind, but the Shetlands do not want to be caught.

The tomatoes took some time, because they haven’t had all the attention they needed, but they now are standing straight without suckers.  The cucumbers are trying to take more space than I have allowed them, so they need at least every other day attention.  The rest of the plants in the hoop house are doing what they are supposed to do, except for the beans which need to be replanted.  I’m not sure why they didn’t want to grow.

Later today, the fence was electrified and the dogs tested it.   No, they didn’t get shocked as they are smarter than that, but they pushed over a weak fence post.  It is now repaired and time will tell how long it will take them to figure out a new way to go visit neighbors.

The garden is watered and has the added attraction of slug bait, since the slugs have eaten all the squash and pumpkin plants.  Sometimes It is difficult to keep up with everything that needs doing.

2017
06/21

Category:
farming
Life

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Summer solstice

Summer Solstice!    My life seems to run in cycles – crazy fast and hectic at times.   At other times, like now, it is a bit more restful.   Today, I attended a class on beekeeping.  Yesterday, I spent  time relaxing outside.   It’s too nice to be in the studio, and it seems summer doesn’t last very long.  By mid July, it will be time to start the winter vegetable seeds.   The watering season may be about to start although it is still a bit early for that.

2017
06/20

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farming
Garden
Life

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Tranquility, ducks, and hoophouse

The pond is drying up, but I still love being on the deck taking all this in.   The last two days, this scene has been a place of tranquility for me.  The temperatures have been good, with just the slightest bit of breeze as I sat on the deck and took this in.   It is so peaceful in a world that isn’t.

Mother duck did a great setting job and today she was off the nest just long enough to show me these 5 cuties.

And then it was time to pick a few strawberries for DH.

I got a bit carried away planting lettuce this spring.  It’s the first time I actually planted enough and then I planted too much.

And once again, there is a tomato jungle.   I only put in 12 plants and then the volunteers started coming up like crazy.  I have a difficult time throwing them out, and the next thing I know is there a jungle in there.

Here is some Swiss chard, celery, and walking onions.

In the front are watermelons, then individual sized cantaloupe.  Further back, are the zucchinis.  On the other side of this row we will be planting winter broccoli and cauliflower and cabbage.   Across the back are currently some potatoes, that will be coming out soon to make way for the beets and carrots.

2017
06/19

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farming
Garden
Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet Sue #1 is quilted

Sunbonnet Sue #1 is quilted and ready for binding.

In this photo on the left, you can see the daisies.   I used this Rainbow thread from Superior for the top and a prewound So fine for the bottom.

It was a gorgeous day, in which I was able to be outside part of the day just enjoying the lovely weather.   The new sheep are all coated and the baby shots are finished for this year.   The garden is fertilized.   It was a wonderful day.

2017
06/15

Category:
farming
machine embroidery

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Retro watering can, geese

Embroidery Library had this fun retro watering can on sale.   It was so fun looking, I felt a need to purchase and embroider it.   It was a nice interlude to all the “normal stuff”.  Hop on over to their site and see what a wonderful selection of designs they have.

Just look at how big these geese have grown and so fast!   They are over much of their shyness now as long as it’s only me and the fence is between us.

2017
06/13

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life

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surveillance cameras

Surveillance cameras were on our shopping expedition today.   We looked at several, but did not make a decision.   We still need to figure out if our modem will reach to the barn which is about 150 feet away.   The barn is where we need the cameras.  Reading the pros and cons of people who have purchased them is educational as I am learning about things I would not have thought to ask.    If any of you has a system that works outside, I’d love to hear about it.

I’ve also been having “fun” with my wireless mouse.   It doesn’t want to work anymore.   After getting spoiled with it, the plug in mouse feels awkward.   I’m going to have to look for a solution to this as well

I did get some knitting done, but not much.

2017
06/06

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life

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Knitting again

Knitting again:  It’s not much, but here is my second cast on for these socks.  I miscounted the first time.  I now have a cast on and one row knitted.  It’s a start and all I need is more time.   I like this yarn as it goes through the wash and dryer with all the other clothes – no special care and yet it is 75% wool.

Today we had  a visit from a pair of visiting nurse with  the  threat    assurance one will be back next week.   Then then a daughter came to visit for a short time and was followed by the PT.   This time she gave DH  3 exercises to work on gaining back strength.    She will be back Friday.  Tomorrow, the daughter that was here Monday will be back because I have a 2 hour dental appointment which is an hour away and we are not comfortable leaving him alone that long – at  least not yet, even though he is doing quite a bit better.

There was a lot of bleating in the pasture at 5.30 this afternoon, so I went to see if we had coyote issues or ? even though the dogs were unconcerned.   There was nothing wrong, but the sheep had had enough day and wanted their evening treat and to be put to bed an hour early.   Who would have thought they could get together and plan this.  They were all there waiting.

2017
06/05

Category:
farming
Garden
Life

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Tidying up and Occupational therapist

 Right inside the back door is the fertilizer and seed that we use in the hoop house.   It is kept there during the summer  because the hoop house is too humid to keep it in there and we don’t like to run through the house to get it when needed.

The visiting PT wants it moved and she is coming back tomorrow, so now it is restacked.  I’m hoping she will be happy with this arrangement.   I agree that it does look neater,  which is something that gets thrown by the wayside when one is always in a hurry.

The lambs received their first shot this morning and the geese received leg bands. Then one of the new geese vanished.   I do hope he shows up, but don’t have high hopes.    I’m very thankful for help today as now the strawberries are weeded and netting over the top.  She’s good at catching sheep and geese as well.

The occupational therapist was here and put DH through the hoops.   The way he is being questioned, you would think he became disabled at the hospital.   I asked how long this would go on and was told “until he has been released”.   That’s an answer?  OK.

These 4 bags of food have been in the car for about a week and a half now, so I decided to roll them up to the barn (animal cracker are for treats).

Look at the reception party!  The whole gang turned out.  Anytime they see me, they think grain or treats of some sort.   But then, there might be a reason for that.

 

2017
06/02

Category:
farming
Garden
quilts

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Sheep coats and June projects

 

 What a relief it is to have the sheep wearing their nice new coats.   It is a project with which I need help.  We are getting better at this.   With the crook, they are held at the neck, then the coat is slipped over the head and the crook adjusted to over the coat.  Then each hind leg is picked up and put through the strap.   That sounded easy, didn’t it.  And it would be if the sheep wasn’t struggling so hard to get away and back to her friends.   Only with Ava is this easy because she wants to please me and be with me.

June projects:

 

  1.  Linking up to OMG (one monthly goal) to make these paper pieced magpies, which are in the bunny series.

2. Patchwork times #7  will be this cute little wall hanging which includes little lights in the sky.   This will be interesting and a new technique.  I bought this pattern some time ago and it is time to make it.

3.  WA state quilters will be #   – this snow cabin in the woods which needs some stitching around the cabin, then quilted and bound.  This was a pattern I tested last year and then somehow lost this little quilt, so it didn’t get finished.

4.  Hatched in Africa will be a pair of jeans embroidered with their design.  For every three consecutive month we use their designs on a project, they give us $10 of free designs.  I love their designs so have many in my library that I haven’t yet used.   That someday is here for some of them

So it appears that I will be getting a jump on Christmas in July.   And this year I’ll get to use these two hangings that have been sitting here waiting for their turn.