Category Archive: food

2017
10/03

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farming
food
Life
Shopping

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Is responsibility obsolete?

After the gym yesterday, I decided on a trip to the chiropractor, which I had been putting off.  I was able to get in quickly because someone cancelled.   I texted my Monday helper asking her to feed the puppy and give hay to the sheep as soon as she arrived, only to find out that she had no plans to come.   She has arranged to do something else for the next few Mondays, but she would be happy to make it up another day.   (I really don’t think the animals want to wait)

Now I use this as an example, but it is not unique.  The plumber, the fellow who is clearing out some of the blackberries, and so the list goes on and on.   Appointments are made, work is to be done by a specific time and nothing happens.   I am told this is the new reality.  Don’t expect anything, because people will get to it eventually when they have time .   Then why do they make appointments or think I should pay immediately?   Using this logic, shouldn’t I be able to pay them when I get around to it?

Is this unique to where I am because there is a shortage of people wanting to work? OR am I just way behind in reality?  I  learned that when people are waiting for you and you don’t show, you are stealing their time.

I did the chores that I could and DH and I made a quick trip to Costco before I came home to a one hour phone conference that lasted 2 hours.   Finished the animal chores and had no energy left to make an October “to do” list.   But then maybe that’s okay.  October will be for catching up – cleaning piles that have been building over the summer and house cleaning that had to wait until gardening and canning were finished for this year.

I still have grapes to pick and apples aren’t here yet.   We made over 50 quarts of grape juice and while we enjoyed some, there are still more than 40 quarts for the winter.  The rest of the grapes will go into the freezer to be made into raisins as we have the time.   We are out of split peas which should be in by the end of the month and then I can process those.  Meanwhile, we will take a week off for traveling this month and I will work on finishing bits and pieces of projects nearly done.    With some extreme luck, I may tuck some knitting into the month.

 

 

2017
09/28

Category:
farming
food
Life

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sheep/grapes AGAIN

 

Grapes – bucketsful turning into grape juice.  I pick the grapes off the stem and then steam them.   It will be wonderful this winter.

Sheep:   He wanted a selfie.   I was trying to get this

photo of the wool on his neck, but he insisted on the selfie as well.  I wanted you to see all this crimp and this is on his neck.  For those who don’t know, this crimp is what gives the wool the ability to remember it’s shape after being worn.   This wool is next to the skin soft and lovely, sometimes referred to as buttery.

This is how guard dogs pass the day.   Should anything – like a coyote rabbit, strangers – show up anywhere near the fence lines, they would be instantly awake and taking care of the problem.  But don’t they look relaxed?   At night, they make fence line rounds, just looking and watching for trouble.

Today, I spent some time rearranging sheep in preparation for breeding.  Tomorrow, I should get that finished and the sheep will be in their new groups for the next month.   In November, all the girls can form one nice big flock, the Shetland boys will be separated once again and the Cormo ram will go back to his owner.

This big fleece (larger than a screen door) now has the soap rinsed out of it and is drying in the barn.  My hope is that it will be a nice big rug once felted.   And that ends another day on this fiber farm.

 

2017
09/27

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farming
food
Life

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sheep/meetings/grapes

Today consisted of showing the various sheep to a woman who is interested in marketing some of my wool, then meetings with the sheep coop, and lastly picking grapes off stems to make grape juice.   Apparently not  everyday can be exciting.     But I’ll try again tomorrow.

2017
09/17

Category:
food
Life
quilts

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Twinkling snowman and raisins

Twinkling Snowman is now basted together so that I can spent bits of time here and there sewing it down.   I am pleased to get this far.

Remember the 4 gallon bucket of grapes we picked?   This is what they look like dehydratedAnd this is the total amount of raisins from a 4 gallon bucket of grapesThey are horrible to pick off the screen, so I’m hoping not to do any more of these this year or else find a better way to do them.

‘Strive for the Peace of Progress. Not Perfection”.  I found this on Busy Gal’s Homestead blog  this morning.  I have been thinking about it today realize that often I feel defeated because I don’t measure up to my own expectations.  The star I hitch to is way out there.  This summer has been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to get caught up.  I’m going to try to remember the progress made instead of how much is still to do.

2017
09/15

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farming
food
Life

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All day dozing and winter food prep

Today was more food prep for winter and for the weekend.  So the applesauce was canned, rice cooked, greens cooked, and split pea soup made.   Laundry was washed and that’s about as domestic as I could handle today after the gym.

lt’s difficult to see in the shade, but this little fellow and his great big brother worked in the pasture all day.   The day started with someone not closing a gate, so all the Cormo

sheep decided to form one group in the pasture without a fence between them.   Fortunately there is only one mature ram here so they are just getting the chance to breed a bit earlier than had been planned.   It could have been a disaster if we had had more than one mature ram.   I will mark my calendar for 150 days from today though I don’t think any of the ladies were ready.  There is always some type of excitement and that doesn’t even include having a dog that got out and was checking out the neighborhood.

Sunday, the plan is to seed the pasture that is ready and possibly finish dozing and seed the rest of the pasture next week.   These things always take longer than expected and don’t seem to go exactly as planned,

Shabbat Shalom  Enjoy they day.

2017
09/06

Category:
Bees
farming
food
Life
quilts
Shopping

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Ankle brace and long ago

I spent two afternoons getting this ankle brace fit.   I somehow injured the tendon that goes by the ankle and so for at least the next 6 weeks, I will be wearing this.   It does slow me down some.   But hopefully it will give the tendon time to heal.

This afternoon, I was looking for felt that I think I have to finish the twinkling snowmen wall hanging when I found a box that was put away long ago and I wasn’t even missing.   In it were some unfinished projects. Imagine that!  One was labeled as a quilt that a daughter was going to make.   However, she only chose fabrics and didn’t actually start.   So that was easy, I just put the fabrics back with the other fabrics.   Project done.   Then there was this Fall pattern with pattern pieces pinned to it and not put back together very carefully.   So I will try to figure out what was going on here and possibly finish it.   The pattern is dated 2001, so I know that it is not older than that and might be 2-3 years younger.

I did make a trip to the grocery as it has been so very dry that we are having to supplement this for nectar from flowers so the bees don’t starve this winter.  Then I went to the bee supply store.  The item on the left is a “J” hook to use when looking inside the hive and the thing on the right is a “bee protein patty” which I’m guessing has peanut butter in it.  The screen is for making the entry hole smaller to keep the yellow jackets from storming into the hive and stealing.

We froze a few more bananas for “nice cream” which we enjoy on hot days.

And, because you asked, this is what the cucumber chips look like when they are ready to eat.

 

2017
09/03

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Life
quilts

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September’s OMG plus other goals

 

ELM STREET OMG

 

This project has been in the making for 3 months and this is as far as it has come.   So this will be my primary focus.   I’ve stalled because this will take thinking and doing some unfamiliar things.   All those spots in the photo on the left are little twinkling lights. Perhaps linking up to Elm Streets One Monthly Goal will give me the push I need.

OTHER GOALS:  September’s sewing/quilting goals will be more modest as we have much work to get the sheep and pastures set up for breeding.   We also will be finishing up the gardens in the next two months.  Grapes are set to start picking in another week and tomatoes, cucumbers, and other items need to be harvested and put up.   Then there are the new greens for winter which are just peeking out of the ground.   Hopefully, we will get the water and propane lines finished that we started.   Then we are still waiting for the big dozer to come in and clear more land that will be put into pasture.   So the next two months will be extremely busy.

2.  I haven’t chosen a project yet, but there will be one for Hatched in Africa

3.  If there is time, I’d like to get another of the Sunbonnet Sue quilts quilted and bound.

TODAY:   I occupied my time picking up some bananas at the grocery and two 30 mile round trips to pick up the grain that I had ordered.   It comes in 40# bags and I was on my own today.   So I was pleased to find that I could handle the 26 bags and get them where they needed to be.

I am also doing a fair amount to studying to find exactly what these sheep need to produce the best wool.   It seems there is some controversy on this, so I’m doing some research.

2017
09/01

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farming
food
Life

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Kitchen work, fiber play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen work this morning included finishing the pear butter which has now been finished and processed, ready for the winter.   Then I sliced these cucumbers to dehydrate for chips.   They are so good with hummus, which is made with one can of white beans and one can of garbanzos.   I process this until smooth by adding a bit of water and then soy sauce and lemon juice to taste.   Oh, soooo good.

Then it was time fiber play time.   My neighbor and I changed coats on some of the lambs (can’t take a photo while holding sheep) and then we were joined by these lovely people from the Brooklyn Tweed company.   They came to touch and examine the Cormo sheep that live here.  They wanted to see how they are raised and how lusciously soft their wool is as they are considering a line of Cormo wools for their company.   We spent a delightful afternoon with them and then it was time to feed and water the sheep for the evening.  It was such a lovely way to begin September.

And now:   Shabbat Shalom and have a safe and wonderful holiday.

Whirlwind August

What a whirlwind this month of August has been.   I feel as if I have been chasing my tail.  Today is the end of the month and I did finish 4 sewing/knitting goals, but two were left undone.  A third,

is now put together with backing and batting, but when I have time, I’d like to add more quilting.

In addition to these projects, I have spent an incredible amount of time in the kitchen.  Today again, there was more pear butter canned as well as more produce brought in.   I have another dehydrator full of cucumbers for chips, the last batch of pear butter is condensing in the crock pot, the refrigerator is full of cucumbers waiting their turn.   I gave up and gave some raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes to the neighbor.   The grapes are starting to get ripe and the weather is so incredible, this scenario may continue for another month.   We have started new beets and greens for the winter and they have popped their little heads above ground now.    And we water, water, water, water.  Usually it rains a day or two when school starts, but not this year.

Today a neighbor came over and we wormed 1/3 of the sheep for the winter.   We will be dividing them and giving each group a suitor soon.   Then we count out 5 months to start the baby business.

In between all this, we have made time for doctors visits and a very few staples to eat.  (Today, I visited with the Geek squad so I could bring you this report – I love those fellows) And we have daily fed, watered, and cared for the bees, sheep, ducks, geese, and dogs – oh, yes, and for each other.   I am loving this crazy, out of control summer.

2017
08/27

Category:
Bees
food
Life
Sewing

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Male & Female cardinal, bee suit and naan

This is the female cardinal paper pieced.  It comes with two patterns and not thinking, I made the one facing the same as the male, so at some point, I will make the other so they can face each other.  I am linking up with ELM STREET Quilts “One Monthly Goal”

I finished this male earlier this month

This is my bee suit.   The bees like to crawl in right at the top of the zipper and sting me on the neck.   NOT a  lot of fun.   So I took a piece of fabric sewed it to the neck of the head piece and it will Velcro to the body part.  This is my effort to keep those bees out of there.

And then because I had time on my hands (and a bridge to sell) I made naan bread

to go with the apple butter that I also made.    If you have not made naan bread before, you might want to try.  It is super simple.   Much easier than making bread.  And the apple butter.   Fill your crockpot with applesauce and add cinnamon or what pleases you and let it simmer until it is half the volume you started with.   Yum.