It’s the little pieces that make my day. I finally purchased a new flannel backed tablecloth so hopefully my quilt pieces will stay up better. The last one was up for 2 plus years and had many extra threads on it. The cost was 1.50 and should have been done last year.
I had to go south to pick up the x-ray disc from the doctor there to take to the ankle doctor in Seattle next week. I asked them to forward it by computer which is what they usually do. They didn’t have what I thought a good reason that they didn’t want to do this. So I got to spend two hours going after the disc.
Now, since there is a wedding the end of the month, I need a dress, so Nordstrom’s Rack was my next stop. It’s amazing. I had this little talk with God, telling Him my needs and that I didn’t like shopping and wasting that time, would He please help. He did. I found exactly one dress that fit and that will work great for this purpose at a very low price. So half an hour was all it took to take care of a chore I dislike. I frequently have these talks with my Heavenly Father and am still amazed that He cares so much. No, I don’t always get what I ask for, but many times I do.
After checking in on the sheep and feeding them a bit early, I planted the tomatoes and peppers that I had started last month. I am hoping for enough energy to keep this garden going. So far, I have lettuce, sugar peas (which need stringing), garlic, and onions in as well as the winter crops that aren’t quite done. I have beets and zucchini that are started and are ready for planting – maybe tomorrow. I try to get just a half hour including watering in 3-4 days a week. I hope that will be enough to get everything growing and the weeds down.
My neighbor came over today and we spent a good amount of time skirting fleeces for the show in 2 weeks. We first put them on this table which is made from spaced PVC tubes. Then we take off all the bad parts around the edges, neck, rear, all around. We checked to make sure there were no breaks in the fleece and removed as much of the hay, weeds, whatever they embedded in their fleeces as we could. We then rolled them up with the cut side up, and slipped them in plastic bags, ready for the judge to look at as well as the buyer.
We have many more fleeces to go through, clean and advertise.
I did get some more tomatoes started today. I’m hoping for a long summer so they will get ripe.
My cooking/gardening day began in the kitchen. I found another 10 jars of pear sauce to turn into pear butter since we eat the one, but not the other. So I filled the slow cooker with the sauce and will cook it down to a bit less than 1/2 what it is now. Then I went out to the hoop house. The weeds have started growing again with this warmer weather as well as the plants. So I spent time removing them and picking produce, I pulled the rest of the Brussels sprouts which were starting to flower. I picked then pulled out half of the winter broccoli which is basically done. The winter cabbage is still there along with half the broccoli plants.
I washed and stemmed the parsley. When I was done I had these 2 full gallon bags of parsley ready to use. I washed, cooked, and froze the broccoli. Winter broccoli is very different from spring broccoli in that it doesn’t have the nice big clusters, but rather many shoots with buds which are very tender. So between weeds, harvest, and cleaning, I filled the day. It seems to take as long to prepare some of these foods as it does to plant and water them.
It seems my life is currently measured in 4 hour time blocks.
6 AM: feed babies, check everyone, and let them outside for the day.
Home to a selected project for an hour and a half before prepping breakfast
10 AM: feed babies, sheep check, and give mothers food and fresh water
Home to normal daily activities such as laundry, minimal housework, etc
2 PM: feed babies, again the check on everyone
Usually by this time, I need to take a rest or at least find an activity that sits me down
6 PM: feed babies, feed adults plus water and close the doors for the night.
Family time, worship, and maybe knitting time
10 PM: feed babies, last check on everyone plus any needed water
Home to drop until 5:30 AM time to prepare bottles again.
Bottles babies are a lot of extra trouble, and it only lasts 2 months, but on the other hand, one does have to delegate the time blocks so they don’t get away. After the first feeding, I try to use that hour plus to sew, quilt, plant, or check on my seed growing for the hoop house.
Since we are still doing renovations to the barn, that takes supervision and choices as well during the day. Today, Mary came over for some quilt help and we were both tired enough, we rested while visiting after feeding babies.
Tonight after the 6PM feeding, I was able to get some knitting done, but at this time of day, I am slow. I am knitting this lovely pattern found on Ravelry, using the yarn at the top of this page. It has a 20 row repeat, but only on 12 stitches on each sock. The rest is all knitted and therefore goes quickly.
usThis morning we had the privilege of introducing our sheep and dogs to two exchange students who had not been to visit a farm before. Beau insisted on being in the photo as he firmly believes each visitor is here to pet him. The girls’ hostess is a friend so it was fun to visit with her while they were here, plus she brought us lovely shortcake to go with the strawberries that I had thawed.
We chose a time the lambs would be hungry so the girls would get to experience feeding them as well. It looks like they enjoyed the experience.
We enjoyed their visit and hopefully they will get a chance to return and watch the lambs as they grow.
This morning the peas were sprouted, so the plan is to put them in the hoop house Friday when the weather is warmer. Perfect timing! This will give us early peapods as well as peas.
Looks like winter has arrived today with a lovely snow day. The forecast is for more this week. The biggest problem with snow is when one has to go out into it several times a day. However, it is beautiful.
Queen Esther arrived wearing a lovely white crown. She is posing with her mother Estelle behind her. She gives us the count of 5 ewe lambs with 3 ram lambs.
Here are the two being raised in the house, complete with Mickey Mouse diapers. They love following us around, but when tired, quickly go back to their bed.
One variety of tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, and cabbage are up enough to transplant into individual pots. I forgot to buy beets, so they aren’t started. And I want to get some other tomatoes going. It’s all a matter of time and space. I planted snow peas and sweet peas today. Fortunately as soon as they are up, the cold snap should be over and they can go into the hoop house to grow.
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!
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
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.
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.