Category Archive: Garden

2018
02/06

Category:
Garden
Life
sheep

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Mind over matter

 When we got up this morning, we were 20 years older, than we are tonight.  At breakfast, I decided we were not getting enough done and DH was doing nothing other than the gym and the dishes and napping.  Well, that’s because he retired without hobbies.   So using the phrase “mind over matter”, I told him, he is now 64 and that’s how he gets to act and think.   WOW!   I should have come up with this earlier.  He actually did act younger.   And since he is 20 years younger, I also am.   So the greenhouse beds are all weeded.

I still need to clean the weeds near the entrance.   I brought in a load of the cabbage leaves we love for our cooked greens

I washed them and stemmed them, then he cut and cooked them, freezing some.

 The barn stalls are cleaned, 3 primroses were planted and a load of laundry is done, plus a half hour of sewing. After a snack, I sat down to catch up on the computer (where I dozed off for a few minutes) and he took a short nap.   It is amazing how much we can get done when we drop 20 years off our age!

2018
01/30

Category:
Garden
quilts

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Winter or spring?

 

Is it winter or spring, or perhaps half way in between?   The Christmas cactus, that actually bloomed at Christmas,  is once again blooming.   Today though the winds were cold, the hoop house was warm.

The garlic in the left photo is coming up nicely.   I planted it inside last fall because we weren’t sure if we’d get to an outside garden this spring.  In the right photo, the kale at the back is still doing great.   I weeded this much today – which is about 1/3 of it.   Just trying to get the weeds out before they really get a start which in here is very early.  And I want to get the greens started as well.

I’m trying to squeeze a few minutes of sewing into each day, with some days being more successful than others.  I’m ready to start putting this quilt top together now.  It is “Spool Souffle” from the Fat Quarter Shop

 

2017
12/15

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Life
quilts

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Ram and new quilts

This hole was put into this new piece of plywood by thisram head.   He managed to get the hole large enough by ramming it to fit that whole head including the horns through it.  The neighbors asked what the sound coming from our barn in the middle of the night was and we didn’t know.   They said it sounded like firecrackers or a gun and repetitively sounded 4 times.   It was across the driveway from the barn, but this is what all that noise was about.   It certainly seems like he should have a large headache.   This is the reason one never turns a back on a ram.  He simply doesn’t need a reason.   He was head butting the cedar trees later in the day.

The other news is that I cut out the fabric 2 new quilts.  

These are the fabrics for the Sherlock Holmes New Year Mystery And these are for the Bonnie Hunter mystery “On Ringo Lake”   She just put out the 4th step, so I’m a bit behind, but now the pieces are cut for these steps, and I just have to find time to catch up.

Though the garden is not growing very much or fast, we did get a sink full of kale today.

2017
11/26

Category:
food
Garden

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Hoop house remnants

I haven’t shown you the end of the garden yet.   Well, that might be because the hoop house remnants aren’t finished yet.These are the only two pumpkins/squash that survived this year, though other produce did very well.

After all the stems were removed, there were 2 gallon sized bags of parsley to be dehydrated.

I brought in a few beets, greens, carrots, and onions.

Standing at the door, this is what is still growing.

Here the small stuff is corn salad, along with a few carrots and other greens on this side.

a few volunteer potato plants which I’m hoping will give spring potatoes,

Swiss chard which was picked Friday and onions, both of which will continue throughout the winter.

Winter broccoli or cauliflower, now I’m not sure which, but won’t be ready until early spring.

Kale that badly needs picking.

And my very own Tonka Truck – well, not really mine, but he has really been chewing away at the blackberries and cleaning the place up.

2017
11/17

Category:
Garden
Life

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A birthday and Friday

It’s Friday already and I am a bit  much behind this week.   We are already past the middle of the month and I have not achieved much on my list.  And my house keeping skills are now in question.  Maybe Sunday, I can visit the sewing studio again.

The hoop house is now watered and the Swiss Chard has been picked.  Next week I’ll pick the parsley and the kale.  Since the weather is staying mild, foods are still growing.

 We did get 3 loads of laundry done and the floors are swept and mopped.   The animals are fed.  Sabbath has come and the rest will wait.

We are truly blessed that we even have a house to be concerned about when there are so many without.  In addition, our children have blessed us with their extra caring and company throughout this past week.  We realize once again how important our loved ones are.    Hug yours often.

We had a wonderful time at the birthday party at Paneras. – Of course, I was having such a good time that I forgot to take photos.   But the ladies all loved the bowl cozies and the zucchini relish that I tucked inside.  And we had a good visit.   We only get to see each other annually, so have a lot of catching up to do.

Shabbat Shalom to each of you.

 

 

2017
10/30

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Life

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Autumn, are you tired of sheep?

Autumn:  These lovely ears of corn are turning into these kernels.   I had thought they might be popcorn, but they are not.   So they will be ground as needed in recipes.   Aren’t they pretty?

 

We woke up to piles and piles of dead leaves.  They are so crunchy as we walk through them.

Are you tired of sheep yet?   I hope not.

He’s beautiful!   In fact, they both are, but here is why they are called rams.

They quit fighting each other just long enough to do some barn damage.  They were inside this stall, and the girls were outside.   What is the fastest way to get to the girls?   Right through the wall!  Ram! Ram! Ram! and he almost made it.    I called the neighbor who has an electric cattle prod which did get their attention.   They are now across the driveway from the ewes and still contending to see who is the dominant ram.  The prod only gives them a bit of shock to get their attention and to keep the person behind it safe.   If it really hurt them, they wouldn’t need it several times in the space of a few minutes.

Here come the mellow ladies for dinner.   We only had two get stuck in the electronet today.   I’m hoping tomorrow to get the power back up, so they will stay away from it.

  I’m not tired of sheep talk yet and I hope you aren’t either.    Oh, there is another beautiful thing about sheep.  They keep me going fast enough, that I don’t have time to get older, which is another wonderful reason to love them?

2017
10/05

Category:
farming
Garden
Life
Sewing

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Grape clean up time

In Costco on October 1st.

Today my favorite sewing machine refused to work, so I tried the next favorite and it didn’t like the fabric, so that means a trip to the hospital for repair.   I hope that I find the time tomorrow.   It also means I didn’t sew today.

The grapes are finished for this season and

this crew was very willing to clean up the leaves and any left grapes that weren’t suitable for humans.

2017
09/19

Category:
farming
Garden

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Stuck sheep/garden update

This stuck sheep showed some real talent in getting her head in here.   She had to move forward while turning her head sideways.    However, getting her out took 2 of us.  One to pull her backwards and the other to twist her head.  She just kept pushing forward.  There are always lessons to be learned from these sheep.Once we helped her out, she was very happy to join her friends in a meal of grain.

The garden is giving us very large cantaloupe this year after starting out with giving us personal sided melons.   These are two people melons.   I am definitely saving seed from these.

This is the end of the cucumbers though there are still a few more zucchini and peppers in the garden.   This week, we will clean out some of the beds.

No photo as it seemed dangerous, but the honey bees are battling the wasp who would like to rob the hives.   Next year we will be putting up wasp traps.

2017
09/11

Category:
Garden

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Garden update 9/11/17

Garden update for 9/11/17 begins with these grapes.   They are the beginning of the harvest.  This was a 4 gallon bucket.   I will be making some juice, some raisins, and some frozen grapes.  If the birds stay out of them, there may be about 5 times this many.

We have eaten a number of small personal sized cantaloupes.   This one is a larger one that isn’t yet ripe.

I’m not sure what happened to the watermelon.  Lots of leaves, but no fruit – it really fizzled.

I’m tired of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers and they are dying back, so we have started pulling them and putting in the winter vegetables.   We still have a very few squash ripening as well.   The weather man says cooler weather for the rest of the year.  That is good.   When the harvest comes, it doesn’t give you much rest.   But it is so very welcome.

2017
09/07

Category:
Bees
Garden
Life
quilts
Sewing

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Devastation and a scarecrow

Devastation is the only word to describe what is going on in the path of Irma.   We have been to some of these islands and the people were very poor before this storm.  I can’t even imagine not being able to get clean water.  The sadness of it seems to bog me down.  So after picking up my co-op order of rice and dates, feeding the bees which has become a daily need, and dealing with the garden produce,

I decided to start work on this happy scarecrow.  It was designed for turn under applique which is not going to happen here for a small seasonal wall hanging.   So I am putting seam-a-seam on the back of pieces and re-cutting them.   This has a lot of small pieces, but it should go fairly fast.  There are enough pieces cut for two hangings so I’ll have one for me and one for a gift.