Here is our new arrival, still wet, and having her first meal. We thought McKenzie and the other Shetlands were all bred earlier, so were not concerned and put all the ewes together with our Cormo herdsire. Dumb idea which won’t happen again. This was a bit of a surprise as we thought we were done. And again, we think we are done.
These are the blueberry bushes that I am becoming very acquainted with. See on the right how the berries will ripen 2-4 at a time/place. So the same bushes are picked over and over again. It seems slow as I only get about 5# or l gallon an hour. However, I now have 50# in the freezer. We love blueberries in various ways during the winter.
My design wall is not as big as needed for this flimsy. I have finished and the border you see on the bottom is all the way around. Next, I will pick out the backing and get it on the quilting machine where I will look at it for 2 weeks and then decide I need to get it done right away. And the frenzy will begin, but it will get quilted and bound in time for gifting.
And in between the other fun stuff on this farm, with this heat, we are fighting fly strike, which is no fun for humans or animals.
We are having unusually hot weather for July as are many of you. Because this is unusual for us, we have not invested in air conditioning. So we have a single fan – why buy another when we use it so seldom? Does it slow you down as much as it does me?
In the morning before the heat, I pick blueberries for a couple of hours – 4 days a week. If you haven’t picked blueberries before, you should try it. Our berries are on a hillside, meaning the hill goes downhill both ways. Therefore when picking, not only does one do the gymnastics of picking high berries, berries on the ground, berries inside the bush and berries hiding behind the leaves, but this is all done while trying to stay on your feet. The benefits are fresh air, sunshine and exercise at no extra cost.
I just put my gorgeous Shetland rams on the market. I need new blood and they have done a marvelous job here.
I’ll spare you the photos, but Saturday, we had the vet visit to pull a lamb that died before it arrived in this world. The vet told us that when it gets this hot, many times (across species) mothers give a couple pushes and decide it’s too hot for that and quit.
The Autumn socks are now up to the heel flap. So a bit of progress is being made.
I haven’t done much besides just trying to maintain in this hot weather – making sure everyone, everything has plenty of water and food. So until things cool off and return to normal, posts will be more sporadic.
How are you doing? Keeping up with life or slowing down in heat?
This neglected garden has been on its own this summer. DH goes out faithfully and waters, and I go out and grab something for a meal, but it has not been weeded. Volunteer tomatoes and weeds have been having a heyday. The first beets planted are ready to pick and pickle and preserve. Then I need to get more in the ground.
After two hours of work, it is starting to look like a garden once again. I had not taken the time to tie up plants and they were acting like ground cover. The little plants in the left foreground are winter broccoli. We particularly like the greens in late winter. But they are far to close together at this point.
I am half done. Somewhere I need to find time to do the other half and space these plants. Maybe, tomorrow, I’ll take the time – oh No, how did it get to the end of the week already. That means a run to the grocery and perhaps a bit of floor sweeping and preparing meals for the next day. Maybe the garden will get fit in, but it’s a huge maybe. It is difficult to get everything into the week that wants to get done.
This is not yet pressed, but it is together and when I have time, I will put borders on it. The finished size will be 70 x 80. Getting all those stars to come together properly took good pinning.
Interesting email with your laugh for today
Really? How am I supposed to text him since I am no longer on this earth.
From The Desk Of Dr. Jerome Powell,
USA Federal Reserve Bank Chairman,Alabama Branch
Office.524 Liberty Parkway Birmingham, Alabama USA
I received an email from Mr. William Michael, he called me yesterday with this telephone number: +1(202) 860-2105 informing me that you are dead and he said that i should send him your fund to his home address: usa 94102, because he is your next of kin beneficiary to you, and he also told me that you instructed him to claim your properties including your money in case because you are no more to be found on earth.
I am very sorry to hear that you are no more to be found on earth and i don’t know that this is the reason why you have not reply the message i sent to you regarding the delivery of your fund. this is my promise to you that i am going to do everything within my power to make sure that your fund will be delivered to him as your next of kin beneficiary to you, may your soul rest in perfect peace and may god grant you internal life on the last day to come i am very very sorry.
He did also said he knew he was going to spend some money to get the fund because you told him some thing like that and i should let him know the cost, i told him to hold on and let me verify if this is true or not because i am confused now about this claims,
Dr. Jerome Powell.
Wait for your urgent text message.
Tell phone number ((619) 537-7115)
The Current Chairman Federal Reserved Bank
The piecing is done and it is ready to have the rows sewn together. The trickiest part is getting those little stars to meet properly. So I’ll grab a few minutes in the morning before it gets warm enough to pick blueberries and get started.
Today was migration day – time to move to fresh forage and grasses. It was really great that the neighbor brought over her border collie herding dog, because these sheep will stop for every blade of grass and without the dog, this job could have taken hours. Because they are going into an area where already many weeds have gone to seed, I wanted each to have a coat on first. Seeds are nasty to get out of wool. They will spend about a week to 10 days taking down the new area and then will need to be moved once again. Without rain, the pastures are not growing back.
Lorna laces hand dyed sport yarn
I have been a couple of weeks without a knitting project and it is really warm outside, so I need something that doesn’t take too much thinking to do in the middle of the day. Using a Lorna Laces hand dyed sport yarn and number 4 needles, I cast on 56 stitches for a simple sock. My lofty goal is to get it done by the end of the month.
With the warmer weather, animals to water, a foot to pamper, and blueberries to pick among other things, I’ve slowed down a bit, so I’m just going with the flow and not pushing myself. Life will continue even if I don’t get everything done that I would like.
Challenges seem to be dominating my life lately and usually that’s good. But right after I posted yesterday, I got a text from DH to come help him by the potato patch. He had gone out to fertilize it because we were expecting rain today. Apparently he felt weak and reached for the fence, but wasn’t strong enough to stay upright and went down. He texted me to say he needed help outside by the gate. When I got there, I found him in turtle position. With Parkinson’s, it is easy to go over backwards. He had been trying unsuccessfully to get up I helped him to his knees, then called a neighbor to help me get him into the wheel chair. The we got him into the car and off to urgent care we went. Fortunately, he only hurt this arm and the doctor glued skin back together.
Challenges again this morning when two of our dogs escaped when the UPS man came. After looking for them for an hour, I had to get DH to his hearing appointment , so just had a talk with God. Interestingly enough my Bible reading this morning was about Mary telling Jesus they were out of wine. She didn’t send someone to buy more. In fact, she didn’t tell anyone her problem, just simply told Jesus her need. So having to get DH to the doctor, I remembered to talk to God about my distress and yes, he used human neighbors to get the dogs home, but within half an hour of when I gave him the problem, they were back inside the fencing and a neighbor let me know they were safely back.
How many times does God help us and we don’t realize it? My guess is, most of the time. I’m so glad He cares about the little things like a parking spot when desperately needed, or dogs so they don’t get hit by passing cars, and yes, even us when we fall. I have so much to thank Him for on a daily basis.
We have an incredible God! I am aware that many times I don’t hear Him and that sometimes because He sees more than I do, He decides to act differently than I ask, but even then, His answer is because He sees the future and cares about me.
And so now as the Sabbath draws near, I am looking forward to time He created for my renewal and our friendship.
And my prayer for each of you is a wonderful, peaceful weekend.
I was given a surprise vacation this week. Wordpress updated automatically and a number of us have not been able to get into our blogs and websites. I have spent hours upon hours this week. I am tiptoeing in here, because things aren’t quite right yet
At any rate, I hope you had a marvelous Independence day, whether Canadian or American. This usually indicated summer as officially here in the Pacific Northwest, although it was early this year.
As you can see from the above photo, I haven’t made much quilting progress. Maybe tomorrow, my machine will be ready to come home. If so, I can pick it up when we get the hearing aids fitted and ordered.
Most of the sheep have fresh coats on now and will move Sunday to a new field of weeds.
We have been picking and eating blueberries and other foods from the garden, and most of all, we have been watering and watering and watering.
So my plan is to be back to blogging again on Sunday to fill you in on life on a mini farm near the city.
We are praying that God will use this bad news day to His glory. Our oldest son, J has been undergoing chemo for some time now and the doctor believed they could remove the tumors by surgery. When they opened him today, they found tumors they were unaware of and since the cancer was more invasive then they thought, they closed him back up and will be doing more chemo.
We had 3 young men here today putting up more fences and doing several hours of weed whacking. We are starting to get caught up on that, especially since we’ve not had rain to encourage the growth. We are trying to get animal ready for winter this year BEFORE winter comes, We are trying to get dry pens ready for rotation yet this summer and breeding in the fall. This last spring we had a huge mud issue and it hurt our fleeces. We are aiming to avoid that this year.
I have planted green beans twice this year and now have 6 little plants started. 6 plants out of total of 4 packages is not very good. I may be visiting the farmers market for my canning needs this year.
There isn’t much more to report since I spent most of my day off my foot and working on a new website. But I have made terrific friends here and I miss you if I don’t blog. Therefore, I continue to share my life with you.