Category Archive: farming

2017
12/10

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farming
Life

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Accounts

Today I spent most of the day organizing receipts into notebooks.   I was just that far behind.   Now I can start putting entering them into Quicken.   That would take the rest of the week and I don’t think I can take that much accounting, so I will intersperse with some easy sewing.  My goal is to get all the accounts caught up before the end of the year so tax time won’t be so stressful.

And while I was doing this, John was making another feeder for the sheep and a young energetic fellow was weed whacking the fence line.   There is also a tree to take off the fence (wind) and many branches, so he will be back in two weeks to help some more.

2017
12/09

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farming
Life
Sewing

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Hay delivered

Yesterday – 10 Tons of hay delivered.   This should keep us until spring fills the pastures with grasses once again.

I was shivering cold at the end of these 3 hours.  And I so appreciated the folks that helped get the hay off the truck and stacked into the barn.   This should take us into the spring when the pastures green up again.  When the truck left, I quickly went to get a few weekend groceries and then stayed in the house trying to get warm.

The following hat is very easy to make and has the pattern for several sizes.   I’m hoping to get 2-3 made for myself for this winter.

Fleece Hat with Ear Flaps FREE Pattern and Tutorial

This big outdoor dog may want to live a cat’s life.   That’s a room heater he is lying in front of.   When he went to the door, he poked his nose out, looked at me like “you’re kidding, it’s freezing out there”.   I persuaded him that he would be happier out there.  This same dog loves playing in snow.

Bowl cozies, scraps, and puppy

The bowls are now ready to top stitch.  However, I’m have to get the light above the sewing machine replaced first.   It seems the ballast is bad.

The cotton scraps are all finished though I will admit that the “large” pieces that went into the color buckets were getting smaller as the day grew longer.

Daisy is and will be a puppy for another year.   We are lucky she found an egg carton to destroy.   Even though she has bones, she still loves to shred anything she can find.  We know that and we are the adults(?) here, so if it gets chewed, we have ourselves to blame.

Yes, I did big damage at Costco and will not be going again this year.   But we have dog food and dog treats and sheep treats, and even some people food.   You didn’t know Costco sold sheep food?   That’s because you might not know how much they love the little animal cookies.

HIA challenge and a feeder

These were my HIA challenge (Hatched in Africa).   We use one of their designs monthly.   These are their “velvet birds set 3”  It’s not seen on the photos but after embroidered, one cuts some of the threads so they pop up like velvet.   They are really cute.

This 8 foot feeder is perfect to feed 6 sheep with much less waste.   They don’t like to eat food they’ve been trampling any more than we do.   This allows them to keep it for food instead of bedding.  I was so happy to get this made and will have more done soon.

These snow people look so happy hanging for the holidays and twinkling away.’

 

2017
11/29

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farming
Life
quilts

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She’s finished!

She’s finished and I’m very happy with how this one turned out.  My sister did all the little Sunbonnets and I put them together and quilted them.  I have not yet labeled it, but that is in its future.   I’m linking up to Elm’s street One monthly goal.

After this I went to the barn for a good workout.

2017
11/28

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farming
quilts

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Sunbonnet #3

Sunbonnet #3 is now ready to bind.   I’ve been looking back and it seems I have not done much sewing or quilting since late spring.  This felt good to get on and off the machine.

Here is a close up of one of the blocks.   This one received loops in between the blocks.    Hopefully it will get a binding finished before the month is over.

The bad hay is gone and good hay is scheduled to arrive tomorrow early evening.

2017
11/22

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farming

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Citrus trees and hay delivery

The Meyers lemon tree is blooming.   I’m hoping it has lots of lemons to go with These wonderful looking limes.  There is also an orange tree which is just sitting and looking at us.  The citrus trees share the dining room with us during the freezing months.

These funny hens apparently want to be shelved.

And finally the 8 AM hay delivery arrived at 6 PM.  However it was not what we ordered and when opened, only about half was good hay.   They are returning on Monday to pick it up.   Hopefully, we both learned from this.   He will be more honest and I will open the bales and look in the middle before any are unloaded

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL AMERICANS and those from other countries, have a great Nov 23rd.

2017
11/21

Category:
farming
food
Life

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applesauce and barn work

Today, I finished processing the first 60 of 100 pounds of apples.     This afternoon, I did rearranging in the barn to get ready for a load of hay, which is supposed to be delivered in the morning.   This is not too exciting for most of you.  However, having enough hay to get through the winter will be exciting for me.

2017
11/20

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farming
Life
Sewing

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Applesauce, raisins and darts

All the 40 of these have the darts cut now and are sitting at the machine ready to sew.40# of apples are now applesauce with another 60# in the wings.  I’d like to finish before Thanksgiving, but that won’t happen.

The crockpot is full as DH really enjoys the apple butter and that’s what much of this applesauce will become.And then the raisins!  I have had my dehydrators about 35 years and they have been very busy during those years.   One quit heating and the other got way to hot, so I now need to replace both of the heaters.   However the company has gone out of business, so I’m looking at other options.

For your enjoyment:  There are times the hay ends up on  someone’s back because they move just as I toss it.   As you can see, the one on top really didn’t care where the hay was as long as it was accessible.   She was quite willing to jump up on a back.

2017
11/06

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farming
Life

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Sheep help us live better longer

I told DH, we need the sheep to help us live better and longer.   They will help us because we will have to go outside each day and take care of them. 

That is true, we do have to get fresh air each day while we do the minimum maintenance.   But one can’t always do the minimum and today, was cold and sunny and this stall was really calling my name as the hay was getting too deep to easily open the door.

So 3 hours and 18 full wheelbarrow loads later, the stall is clean of hay and ready to start over.  This photo was of the half way point.   Tonight, I’m not sure if the sheep will help us go to the grave earlier or help us live longer.   They certainly give me exercise.  There was a lot of twisting involved in getting the pitchfork loaded and into the wheelbarrow and then I dumped the contents in mole town which gave me balance exercise.  But I do love the sheep.

Tomorrow, I will do a walk through on the rental and go to the farm store for a few supplies.   The sheep will get fed and watered, but I have no plans for stall cleaning, though there are still 3 to go.  The body changes over the years – have  you noticed – and it resents doing what it could easily do just a very few years ago.  I should have kept up instead of taking a vacation from physical work.