Category Archive: farming

July challenges and Elm Street’s OMG

I didn’t quite finish all of June as I didn’t get the Sparkling snowmen done for Judy’s challenge.   The others I did finish.   Now for July is seems there are more that I want to get done, but there is strawberry jam to make and pickles to start preserving, the tomatoes are starting to ripen,  the garlic will need to be pulled in about two weeks,  and the garden is needing watering 3 or more times a week.  Plus there are 4 birthdays.   However will I fit all this into a month that is always shorter than I need.   Summer is here and I am loving it.   So I’ll do what I can.

July challenges:

 

  1.     Linking up to Elm Street OMG with the Winter woodland paper pieced fox.


  2. Patchwork times #12 will be to finish the binding on the sunbonnet Sue that has been quilted.

  3. Washington state quilters to finish the Sparkling snowmen

  4. My Hatched in Africa challenge will be to use one of their designs on something, but as of yet, I haven’t decided.

Have you committed yourself to some challenges this month?   If so, I’d love to hear about them.

2017
07/02

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farming
Life

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Wonderful day

What a wonderful day this was!    This great blue heron was waiting his turn at the bit of water left in the pond.

Then John showed up to put the posts in the ground for the blueberry netting, but we messed up.  He thought I had the poles and I thought he was bringing them.   So instead he brought the lumber for a room he is closing off in the barn.

Our daughter and two grandsons came over to visit and have fun.  They loved finding these tiny frogs as we were cleaning branches etc out of the pasture.

First they each pull tiny of a row of blueberries and then after some treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then a most wonderful day for the boys.   They were allowed to drive!The older boy is 13.5 and the younger one will be 12 later this month, so this was a real big treat.    The older one even mowed this section of the pasture as the sheep left the stems and chose to eat only the greens.  They both did a terrific job and I can’t wait for them to come back again.   By next summer, they could be real help here on the farm.   I hope they continue to enjoy helping

 

2017
06/25

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farming
Garden
Life

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Another broken weather record

This is an interesting year.  We had a record rainfall this spring and now another broken weather record with today’s heat.   It reached 96 which beat the 86 record 11 years ago.    Many in this area don’t have air conditioning because it would only get used maybe 5 days a year.   For us, that isn’t worth the expense.   Beside which if you have a daylight basement which is common in this area, it is cooler there.   My studio is on the lower level, so I spent some time there today, and actually had to come up to the main floor to warm up.

Between the rain this spring and the early and higher temps, the gardens and weeds are not on a predictable cycle.   In fact, this is the most out of control weed season we have had.   Some of us have had trouble with a few seeds not germinating and/or growing as we are used to them doing.  Nature likes to keep us guessing.   Yesterday, we did pick our first tomatoes from the hoop house.   They were a smaller variety, but oh, how good the vine ripened tomatoes are.

For lunch today we had a red, white, and blue potato salad.   The blue are potatoes from the garden this spring.  Red peppers were in the freezer from last years harvest and the white was tofu.  It was good and there will be enough for another meal.

We do enjoy sitting in the pasture with the dogs and sheep.   At least when we aren’t trying to keep everything watered.   It’s a lost cause with the weeds.

 

2017
06/23

Category:
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

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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.