October TO DO list
Continue with gym 3xweek
get split peas
sell 4 Shetland ram lambs
sell 5 Cormo sheep (possibly the 15th)
Build 3 sheep feeders for winter
Build 2 sheep jugs in each barn area
Take care of main floor paper piles
take care of sewing studio paper and fabric piles
Put hanging sleeve on fall larger wall hanging/find hanger
Finish small fall hanging linked up to Elm Street OMG
add quilting to twinkling snowman hanging
add hangers to above hanging
sell 2 imagine and evolution sergers
get alfalfa in barns
knit red socks
make a food inventory (canned & frozen)
make menus for trip
mini vacation to visit son
get to bed at 9.30 each night. except for vacation parties scheduled.
Errands and food prep took my day. As soon as my helpers got here this morning, I had them unload the 4’x6′ stall mats that I had purchased. These are made from recycled tires and are they heavy! Each weighs close to 100 pounds. We put them down in the stalls which the former owner decided needed concrete. It keeps the moisture and cold from coming up through the concrete. That way our babies will stay a bit warmer when they are very young.
As soon as they were unloaded, I drove off to the feed store for a dozen bags of grain. Home again and unloaded. I took a brief half hour to make and serve lunch and went back to get the other stall mats. That was a lot of driving around.
These little shell socks are finished. I love them. Plus this yarn is so good about being tossed in the washer and dryer.
I made a batch of tomato sauce (including processing) with the tomatoes and zucchini in the garden. The string beans are cut and ready to cook. There aren’t enough to run a canning batch, so I’ll just partially cook them and put them in the freezer. There was a pound and a half of blueberries and another huge bowl of cucumbers wanting to turn into pickles, so tomorrow – maybe. I have been sharing the zucchini and cucumbers as much as I can. I really do love all the fresh food from the garden, but I think I just plant too many after a long winter.
The geese love their fresh drinking water. Remember how small they were this spring.
This week, the garden has to catch up. Our youngest and her DH came over and I turned them loose in the hoop house. So I will not have to deal with zucchini or cucumbers unless these missed some. And that is okay with me. It appears there are enough tomatoes to keep me making paste and sauce all week and there are still cucumbers and zucchini in the refrigerator. So my plan this week is to catch up with using the produce. And we have planted more lettuce this weekend. The weather is promising 90-102 degree temperatures. So we probably won’t be moving much mid to late in the day. But we will be doing a lot of watering.
This morning (forgot to take photo) I picked 9# of blueberries. 5# will fill a gallon Ziploc bag FULL. I’m not as fast as I’d like to be as that took 2 hours. My mind and body are not on the same page. My mind has not connected with the fact that my body thinks it is older than 50. So it often times runs way ahead of what the body is willing to do. Next year maybe the blueberries will be higher on the plants and there won’t be so many at ground level.
Sock Progress has been slow, however, this afternoon I sat and knitted for a bit and turned the heel corner. I like this particular pattern which is a 7 stitch repeat. It is “Little Shell Socks” at http://www.knitting-and.com/knitlistgifts/2000/little-shell-socks.htm. My goal is to finish them before the end of August, maybe while enjoying the sun.
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.
Knitting again: It’s not much, but here is my second cast on for these socks. I miscounted the first time. I now have a cast on and one row knitted. It’s a start and all I need is more time. I like this yarn as it goes through the wash and dryer with all the other clothes – no special care and yet it is 75% wool.
Today we had a visit from a pair of visiting nurse with the
threat assurance one will be back next week. Then then a daughter came to visit for a short time and was followed by the PT. This time she gave DH 3 exercises to work on gaining back strength. She will be back Friday. Tomorrow, the daughter that was here Monday will be back because I have a 2 hour dental appointment which is an hour away and we are not comfortable leaving him alone that long – at least not yet, even though he is doing quite a bit better.
There was a lot of bleating in the pasture at 5.30 this afternoon, so I went to see if we had coyote issues or ? even though the dogs were unconcerned. There was nothing wrong, but the sheep had had enough day and wanted their evening treat and to be put to bed an hour early. Who would have thought they could get together and plan this. They were all there waiting.
No photos today. We had to go out this morning and take the tax information to our tax accountant, then other mini shopping stops. We did get home in time for lunch and then crashed. I think I’ve been pushing myself a bit too hard.
After the nap, I cleared the cutting table, took out the next pattern I plan to work and decided I don’t have enough energy to choose fabrics today – so it will wait until tomorrow. (I did choose some and they are in the dryer now). I cleared off a book shelf and now need to decide which books to give to which people or places.
The animals are fed. It’s cold out there! It is still pouring rain and my phone weather app promises the same for the next 10 days. So I’ll make supper and knit on my socks that didn’t get completed in January, which sounds like a nice way to spend an evening.
12 More roses are now up on the board. I think I may be half done. I need to dive into my scraps and even whole pieces for more colors. But it is looking so much better.
I also had to get the emission checked to license my car. They told me it is old enough now that I don’t have to get another on this car which is nice. Now I just have to keep it running.
Then off to get a new battery for my watch which stopped. These kind of trips just seem like a waste of time, but necessary. Oh, yes, and then the grocery shopping. Please tell me why we women can get all this done inside a couple of hours and our DH think we have just scheduled an entire day.
It is still raining, and we are threatened with snow on Monday, but there is a bright light ahead. A week from Sunday, the sun is scheduled to shine.
And I did get a bit of knitting done. This particular stitch is a bit challenging, but I will press on. Who knows I may learn to get faster.
Have a Happy Sabbath and a great weekend
PS For readers who knew her, Alice Kirkman passed away this week.