Category Archive: Life

2017
10/17

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Life

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Sunbonnet Sue #2 done!

Sunbonnet Sue #2 is all bound and really to go greet a little girl who will enjoy the snuggles.

The floors are now swept and mopped and I am ready to tackle the laundry.

2017
10/16

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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Mind out of gear; Pumpkin heads

Have you ever been so busy  that your mind is “out of gear?   Today, after the gym, I needed to purchase gas and go to the post office.   I was being very efficient and making one trip or so was the plan.  Gym done, gas in car and off to the post office.   I parked, picked up the package to mail and realized that I had not addressed it, nor was I able to get the address from where I was.   So, I went back home, addressed the box and sent it out later today.  Sometimes efficiency is not efficient!

We finished changing coats on the Cormos who have outgrown their coats and this fellow really seems to be enjoying the dogs bed.

 These two Pumpkin heads are 13″ wide and 20 and 21″ high.   It feels so good to have finished them after having started them so long ago.

2017
10/13

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Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet sue #2

I have a home for Sunbonnet Sue #2, so have started quilting this flimsy.

It’s rather difficult to see, but these are leaves  in the pink area.   The darker red with have feathers.

Because it didn’t rain today, we were able to do mundane farm chores like moving hay, etc.   So tonight it feels good to be able to sit down and rest and know that tomorrow I won’t be working.

  My prayers are with those in disaster areas and especially in burning California, where we have friends.  But my prayers are also for each of you who feel a need that the need will be met.  Happy Sabbath to you my friends.

2017
10/12

Category:
Life
quilts

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October Sewing Day

First October sewing day, where more than half of the day was spent actually sewing.  What a treat that was!   The applique on this scarecrow is all sewn down, the binding is finished and all the little clips are now off.   I have never used the little Wonder clips instead of pins before.  Now I believe I will have to invest in more and also some of the larger size.   They hold so nicely and they don’t poke the fingers.  The Pattern is “pumpkin head” by Rachell Pellman

2017
10/11

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farming
Knitting
Life
Shopping

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Coats and shoes

Look how pretty those white coats show up.  Give them two weeks and they will no longer be white until washed again.

Today the coats that we took off yesterday were washed and marked with the size ready for wear next time.And we went shoe and boot shopping.   This is all we came home with.   Is it really necessary to have all those psychedelic colors on street shoes?   It was difficult to find comfortable shoes that were “plain”.   I utterly failed on the boots as I need something very “farm” practical that zips up.   Another day, I’ll look again.

I was going to make red socks, but since we’ll be doing some travel, I decided on something happy that would have an easy to remember pattern.   So this is what I have chosen.  I haven’t started them – only selected the pattern and yarn.   I made this yarn up last year in another pattern.  I absolutely love the way it wears and washes and dries in the regular wash.

We received word that an acquaintance in Santa Rose, CA was burned out yesterday in the “out of control” fires.   They had to leave with what was on their backs.  Two of their married children in the area, also lost their homes and everything inside.   Fires are so devastating because so many tangible memories are turned to ashes.  We are very thankful that all members of the families were able to get out safely.

 

2017
10/09

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Life

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Grain and a hanging sleeve

Wild Turkey Photo

To our Canadian friends:   Happy Thanksgiving!

Today my neighbor (who has the truck) and I brought home 1000 pounds of grain which will last the rest of this year.   Even if the bags were only 40# bags, by the time we unloaded all of them, it seemed like a big job.

 

 

 

 

And I did get the hanging sleeve on this quilt/wall hanging which made my day.

 

 

 

 

 

2017
10/08

Category:
food
Life
Shopping

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Grapes and shopping

The grapes are all cleaned with another 6 gallon bags of grapes in the freezer waiting until we need heat.  Then we’ll put them in the dehydrator and make raisins. And we made 10 quarts of split pea soup.

Mid-morning it was off to Whole Foods shopping for items unique to Whole Foods.   This is a half day trip for us as we spend an hour getting there and then a couple hours looking at everything and another hour getting home (usually).  Today we stopped unsuccessfully at a shoe store.

And of course since we were gone over lunch time, we treated ourselves to an oversized burrito.  They are huge!   Then it was home for a rest and time to feed animals.

However, today we were special.   We have a rental where someone is imagining things and acting on them.  So I tried to put out fires that weren’t burning.   Just because one thinks something, does not make it so.    Rentals are NOT fun.  I’m hoping for a better tomorrow with perhaps some creative work.

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
10/03

Category:
farming
food
Knitting
Life
Sewing

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October 2017 “to do” list

October TO DO list

  1. Continue with gym 3xweek

  2. finish grapes

  3. Get apples

  4. get split peas

  5. sell 4 Shetland ram lambs

  6. sell 5 Cormo sheep (possibly the  15th)

  7. Build 3 sheep feeders for winter

  8. Build 2 sheep jugs in each barn area

  9. Take care of main floor paper piles

  10. take care of  sewing studio paper and fabric piles

  11. Put hanging sleeve on fall larger wall hanging/find hanger

  12. Finish small fall hanging linked up to Elm Street OMG

  13. add quilting to twinkling snowman hanging

  14. add hangers to above hanging

  15. sell  2 imagine and evolution sergers

  16. get alfalfa in barns

  17. knit red socks

  18. make a food inventory (canned & frozen)

  19. make menus for trip

  20. mini vacation to visit son

  21. get to bed at 9.30 each night.   except for vacation parties scheduled.

2017
10/03

Category:
farming
food
Life
Shopping

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Is responsibility obsolete?

After the gym yesterday, I decided on a trip to the chiropractor, which I had been putting off.  I was able to get in quickly because someone cancelled.   I texted my Monday helper asking her to feed the puppy and give hay to the sheep as soon as she arrived, only to find out that she had no plans to come.   She has arranged to do something else for the next few Mondays, but she would be happy to make it up another day.   (I really don’t think the animals want to wait)

Now I use this as an example, but it is not unique.  The plumber, the fellow who is clearing out some of the blackberries, and so the list goes on and on.   Appointments are made, work is to be done by a specific time and nothing happens.   I am told this is the new reality.  Don’t expect anything, because people will get to it eventually when they have time .   Then why do they make appointments or think I should pay immediately?   Using this logic, shouldn’t I be able to pay them when I get around to it?

Is this unique to where I am because there is a shortage of people wanting to work? OR am I just way behind in reality?  I  learned that when people are waiting for you and you don’t show, you are stealing their time.

I did the chores that I could and DH and I made a quick trip to Costco before I came home to a one hour phone conference that lasted 2 hours.   Finished the animal chores and had no energy left to make an October “to do” list.   But then maybe that’s okay.  October will be for catching up – cleaning piles that have been building over the summer and house cleaning that had to wait until gardening and canning were finished for this year.

I still have grapes to pick and apples aren’t here yet.   We made over 50 quarts of grape juice and while we enjoyed some, there are still more than 40 quarts for the winter.  The rest of the grapes will go into the freezer to be made into raisins as we have the time.   We are out of split peas which should be in by the end of the month and then I can process those.  Meanwhile, we will take a week off for traveling this month and I will work on finishing bits and pieces of projects nearly done.    With some extreme luck, I may tuck some knitting into the month.