Category Archive: Life

2019
06/23

Category:
Garden
Life

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June 2019 garden

Here is a photo of the outside garden boxes.  Onions in front, with squash and corn at the other end.  The next two boxes are potatoes and the 4th box has beets, peas, green and yellow beans.  Each box if 4′ x 32′.

The upper hoop house has sweet potatoes (experimenting) and tomatoes fill the other half.   There are some unhappy banana plants on the potting bench and some citrus that are recovering from sunburn.

On the left the empty spaces are harvested greens, then purple Chinese cabbage, a green bok choy, carrots, radishes, salad onions, lettuce seeds, and the raised part at the end is strawberries.   On the right, the cabbage and celery  got burned due to my misunderstanding of the on and off buttons and we had a hot day and the fans were off.  They are starting to recover.   There are some healthy weeds at the far end and up front chives, harvested “cut and come again” lettuce and parsley.

The hanging basket has tomatoes, another experiment, while there are red, orange, and green peppers below.  There are beets and broccoli at the far end.   On the right, the cucumbers didn’t make it, so have some squash in the back and some melons in front    There is another box on the far right which is not yet filled with new dirt and a box across the back from which we have harvested some garlic.   The garlic is only okay, so will find a new location next year.

The upper hoop house, outside boxes and two of the lower hoop house boxes are new this year and we started late.   Hopefully next year, I will be able to start planting at the proper time.

 

2019
06/17

Category:
Life
quilts

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Quilt that didn’t want quilting

 WOW!  I’m sorry for neglecting this blog so long.   I started this quilt a year ago and put it on the quilting machine early June.   I had plenty of time to get if quilted for a gift, but it didn’t happen.

First, I lost power and had to find the pattern again and set it up to fit as I was in the middle of a row.

After that, the computer on the quilting machine died and I had to get an upgrade as that one was no longer supported.   When that arrived, I had the machine serviced and the new computer adjusted.

Then I had to have the technician return as the program was not behaving correctly.  Even now, the thread wants to keep jumping out of the tension disc.

Then I ran out of the correct color of thread.  I bought more of the thread the end of February and tried to avoid going into the studio because this quilt just kept looking at me very accusingly.

The only sewing accomplished this winter was mending sheep coats.

Finally, enough is enough, and in order to get over this mental block, I took myself in hand and finished the quilt.   I had issues with thread jumping out of the tension disc and took the quilting out each time it did that and started over.  However, it is quilted.   As soon as I took it off the frame, I squared it up and bound it.   It is now on the way to its new home, and at last, the studio is once again calling my name.

2019
04/30

Category:
farming
Garden
Life

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Crazy day in crazy week.

Crazy days and crazy weeks leave one a crazy life.

Yesterday’s went like this.  When DH got up, he reminded me that I was to take him to a Dr. appointment in Seattle, which is a one hour drive each way, so  I called the girls that are learning to garden and asked if they could come in the morning instead of the afternoon.

I then called our friend to ask about the water system and he told me he had taken his truck to have work done and he was stranded half an hour away.  So off I went to rescue him.  When I got back the girls were here so we worked on fertilizing and planting beets.   When they were comfortable doing that, I came in the house and had a quick breakfast and DH and I headed to his appointment.  We  were blessed with good driving conditions and the appointment was short.

When we got home, the lady who does fence work was here to see where our fence problem was.   I did not know she was coming.   We went over what she found and she will be replacing some very old fence posts

I don’t even remember lunch so it was probably left overs.

I changed into farm clothes and another friend that I invited over the day before showed up.   She is such a delight and we enjoy her company so very much.   She wanted to see the babies that were  born Friday morning – a surprise – because I didn’t that that breeding was successful.  So we visited while she took lots of photos as I fed the sheep    I felt refreshed when she left.   Yes, it was a crazy day, but a very good one.

There are other appointments and the girls are coming back 5 days a week, to help and to learn.  They are unusually polite and attentive teenagers.  Today they learned to drive the tractor.

DH and I spent 3 hours this morning and got the stalls cleaned.   I don’t like to let it go more than a week, because it gets hard to clean.

This is the 4th set of black twins this year.  Both are ram lambs and will be sold as fiber pets.   Apparently this hen wanted to be in the photo and if this is what it takes, she is willing.

In between the craziness, I have been altering sheep coats and spinning.   I’ll update you on that soon.

2019
04/10

Category:
Life

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Lambs and socks

Lambs:

Ondine had her lambs, but her daughter was Zelda was not far behind.

 One more mother this month and two next month, will finish our breeding season.

 

Socks

I wore these socks one time and something happened in the washing machine.  I tried to repair them, but they were too far gone.   I set them aside for months.  Finally, I had to face them.  I cut off the foot of the socks and raveled it back to the heel turn.   Then knit them back to the end of the instep and kitchener stitched the two halves back together.   Not perfect, but feel good and not noticeable.  I can wear them again.  Since I spent time waiting for people this week, my options were going to the kitchen and find something good to eat.   Sorry, I didn’t buy anything really good to eat because what comes in the house, gets eaten.   My other option was to keep my hands busy.   Look what I finished!

And because you need a photo of the geese, here they are taking the babies to the pond.

 

2019
03/31

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Life

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Infrastructure

The weather has  been marvelous, so we have been working on infrastructure.  And that included canning various kinds of beans and split pea soup for quick meals.  I think we did about 80 pints.

These little ones had their limbs mixed together and had to be pulled on Friday.

I wasn’t at all sure they were going to make it, so made many trips to the barn helping them figure out how to use their constant milk supply.  Here they are this morning, bright and perky.

Here is the walk up to the barn.  You can see the garden boxes we are putting in off to the right.  The road has more gravel and been regraded.  The compost piles have been turned.

The sheep are off to the left just waiting for the pastures to get tall enough for them to enjoy.

Laugh of the week!.  Bracken does not understand why this sheep is not moving when she asks her to.   I finally just put the sheep in a closet.

My forecast says two more days before the rains set in.   Let’s see how much we can get done.  Hopefully at least the garden boxes as I am late with planting some of the produce.

2019
03/16

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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More babies are arriving

 

I miscounted, thinking all the sheep were in for the night.  When I went out in the morning this one was freshly born.

 More babies are arriving on a fairly regular schedule these days, which means more cleaning, and other duties.  So far 7 ewe lambs and 3 ram lambs.   We will be seeing new ones over the next month.   These are all Cormos.   When they are done, the Shetlands will start.   One never tires of seeing new life happen.

Did I mention more cleaning?

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is what happens if you just can’t wait your turn for the nest and don’t want to go find another.  The hen below was just a bit smarter and used a lamb jug.  It didn’t bother her one bit that there were lambs there as she only needed a small corner.

Sometimes the work is hard and one is usually very tired at the end of the day, but I love that this is a very rewarding way to get my exercise.

2019
03/03

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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A ROOF!

We ordered this 30 x 40′ roof in August.  It has had several promise dates.   But now it’s here and erected and the animals will have more dry  space and less mud.  I am so happy to have it, but it is the worst company I have ever worked with.   So this was Friday’s excitement.

Working backwards, my friend, Mary and I went to the Sew Expo Thursday for 3 hours.  We wore our feet out shopping fast and spent very little    However, I did find a company to process my wool that I can drive to instead of paying those horrible shipping costs.  Plus she specializes in fine wools, which I have.   We will try to get to her shop this week and see what she can do.   Her yarns at the Sew Expo were incredible!

Wednesday, Beau went back to the specialist to have the eye with glaucoma removed.  He is doing very well, except with the E collar, he runs into things that won’t bother him when it gets removed in another week.   His first two days, he was hurting a bit and really wanted to be babied, but he’s over that now, and wants to be outside telling off the coyotes that come to near his property.   We will hear when we take him back what they found in the eye.  The vet said he doesn’t see this breed with glaucoma.

Tuesday, I mentioned the new babies who are now growing so fast.  We may get another one or two tonight.   The ewe was acting a bit off and shows signs of wanting to birth soon.

And did I mention the snow is gone and the sun is out – though cold – and I am appreciating it.  Spring is coming and we are so ready!

2019
02/26

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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Jonquille’s lambs 2019

Jonquille’s lambs of 2019.  I went to the barn to let the girls our to enjoy the sunshine today and heard these darling little baby sounds.   You will see the cinnamon color on the one which means it was a more difficult birth.  It fades fast.   I’m just thrilled that mom was able to produce them without complications.

2019
02/22

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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Sheep shearing 2019

Sheep shearing 2019 with Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is so good with the sheep, some appear to fall asleep while she is removing their fleeces.  It probably feels very good to get that heavy wet fleece off.  She spent from 9-5 and sheared half of the sheep.   The end of April we will get the other sheep shorn, (boys and some lambs).   The fleece is gorgeous and I will be putting it up for sale on Massena Meadows facebook and blog pages as we get it ready.

Back tracking a bit to Monday.

(in this photo, he was caught misbehaving)

Beau (dog) was crying when I went to the barn to feed the sheep and dogs. I petted him and he quit.  But it was the first time I had ever heard him cry.  Tuesday, he wouldn’t eat and as he is very food driven, there was no question that something was wrong.   We took him to the vet to learn he has glaucoma in the left eye and it is bleeding.  They kept him overnight to get the pressure down.  As they were unsuccessful, the next morning, we had to take him to an animal eye ophthalmologist.   We spent all day Wednesday at that clinic having tests run to find the problem.   Next Wednesday, I take him back to have the eye removed and eyelid sewn shut.  He can’t see out of that eye now.  The technician told us dogs compensate very well. Until surgery we have lots of eye drops and pain killer.   After surgery, we will see.

That took care of Monday through Thursday, but I had Friday to get something done.   Well, that didn’t happen as first I had no energy left, which must have something to do with age.

One of the barn cats had a very swollen jaw Thursday evening and couldn’t open her eye.  Our son was good enough to take her to the vet Friday.   She had 3 abscessed teeth removed and she will be fine.

The roof people called to schedule the roof addition to the barn for this coming Tuesday. (they thought they could put it up by Thanksgiving, but for sure by Christmas)  With everything ready for them, they called yesterday and rescheduled for Friday.   I think I’ve been chasing my tail this week and I’m   happy to come to near the end of it.

2019
02/18

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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Eating frogs

Mark Twain said “if it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thin in the morning.  And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.

 

So before the month of February is over, our information is ready for the tax man.  I will try to drive it up there this week

There are still at least 4 frogs in line.

  • 1. The people who took our order to extend the roof on our barn to keep the sheep dry don’t appear to want to get it done.   I did make the order in August.  So I will be looking for another source.

  • 2.  The sheep need shearing.   I think we have that lined up for some of them on Thursday with people to help.  But this year, we will have to do it in two sessions.

  • 3.  Babies are expected to come anytime now.  Their actual due dates start Friday, but most of us know that nature doesn’t read our books.

  • 4.  This quilt that I have on the quilting machine needs to be finished to give as a gift.

  • It was sunny today!  The snow is finally on it’s way out, I think.  Yes, there is more in the forecast, but with 40 degree weather, it won’t stick.  February is our worst weather month, and it is on it’s way out as well.  I’m ready to start eating the second frog in the morning.