Category Archive: Life

2017
10/01

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Life

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Dragonfly hand towels

I embroidered the Hatched in Africa “dragonfly jewels” on these hand towels to make a lovely gift.

We enjoyed the company of our daughter and grandsons this afternoon.   It is so interesting to watch them grow and not have any of the parental conflicts.   The 8th grader is still enjoying the violin and the 6th grader is taking up the bass.  He has a lot of growing to do to grow into such a large instrument.

2017
09/29

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Life

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Yom Kippur thoughts

Yom Kippur starts this evening at sunset.  Although this is not a day most Christians celebrate, I think it is a good time to reflect on the early times of Judeo-Christianity.    This was the one day of  each year that the Israelites were to meet with God in a very special way.  They were to have totally clean bodies and homes.   Any wrongs they could remember must be made right and any sins forgiven.   Nothing was to be left to distract them from the meeting with The Almighty.   This God is so holy that anything left undone would cause the death of the Israelite who was negligent.  Their entire year was geared to being ready for this most special day when they were to be “At one” with  God – The day of Atonement.   This was the day sins were physically removed from the  camp via the scapegoat.

They understood what reverence for God meant.    I remember as a child when we stepped into the sanctuary, we were not allowed to even whisper.   We were to be absolutely quiet in the house of the Lord.   It’s so different today.

And my house is rarely spotless. I have “company clean” areas, and “the rest of the house”  I make excuses, but I wonder how uncomfortable the angels are with all these piles of things I want to get to and that take up so much space – physical and mental.  Yes, I know that I am loved anyway, but am I showing my love and appreciation for Him by not being ready for His presence?  Or am I taking advantage of His love and longsuffering?   I can  assure you that if the Queen of England were going to visit, I would not find this measure of cleanliness acceptable, so then why do I find it okay when the King of the Universe wants to visit with me?  If I want to be ready for the next visit, I should start immediately after this day is over and probably best by reducing how much there is to clean.  I don’t want to be too busy to be ready for the King’s visit.  And I want the angels to be comfortable here.

I’m not looking for anyone to answer, but rather am thinking out loud and would like to cause others to think.  What better day to pause and consider these things than the anniversary “Day of Atonement”

2017
09/29

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farming
Life
quilts

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Elm Street OMG for Septemer

OMG for September – Hooking up with Elm Street quilts with my finish for their One Monthly Goal.   Finally the snow people have noses.

Plus there is the little pouch for the transformer to hang on the wall behind the snowman to take the weight off the quilt. This little quilt measures 27 x33 and is done in time for the this year.  It is “Twinkling Snowman” by “aquiltingroadshow@msn.com

The neighbor and I spent too much time getting all the sheep into the proper pastures for their breeding season.   The ewes will be reunited in another month.

And here is the news from today’s paper    “Expect rain and cold temps until July 5, 2018”.  I truly hope this is wrong.

2017
09/28

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farming
food
Life

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sheep/grapes AGAIN

 

Grapes – bucketsful turning into grape juice.  I pick the grapes off the stem and then steam them.   It will be wonderful this winter.

Sheep:   He wanted a selfie.   I was trying to get this

photo of the wool on his neck, but he insisted on the selfie as well.  I wanted you to see all this crimp and this is on his neck.  For those who don’t know, this crimp is what gives the wool the ability to remember it’s shape after being worn.   This wool is next to the skin soft and lovely, sometimes referred to as buttery.

This is how guard dogs pass the day.   Should anything – like a coyote rabbit, strangers – show up anywhere near the fence lines, they would be instantly awake and taking care of the problem.  But don’t they look relaxed?   At night, they make fence line rounds, just looking and watching for trouble.

Today, I spent some time rearranging sheep in preparation for breeding.  Tomorrow, I should get that finished and the sheep will be in their new groups for the next month.   In November, all the girls can form one nice big flock, the Shetland boys will be separated once again and the Cormo ram will go back to his owner.

This big fleece (larger than a screen door) now has the soap rinsed out of it and is drying in the barn.  My hope is that it will be a nice big rug once felted.   And that ends another day on this fiber farm.

 

2017
09/27

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farming
food
Life

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sheep/meetings/grapes

Today consisted of showing the various sheep to a woman who is interested in marketing some of my wool, then meetings with the sheep coop, and lastly picking grapes off stems to make grape juice.   Apparently not  everyday can be exciting.     But I’ll try again tomorrow.

2017
09/24

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farming
Life
quilts

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Daisy and “Ribbons” table runner

On the left is Daisy at 4 months  (I know -not French, but she said that is who she is) and Beau on the right when he was 2 months.   I find it interesting how long those little noses grow.    Daisy has become quite playful.   She gets so excited when I come to see her that her whole little body wiggles.  However, today, Lacey let her know that she (Daisy) is at the bottom of the totem.  She didn’t hurt her, just rolled her over.

Here is the “Ribbons” table runner for which I tested the pattern.   It is available from the Quilt Pattern Magazine in their October issue.   It measures 20 x 53 and is easily made larger or smaller.   It looks so very different in different color combinations and it would be fun to have a different holiday on the reverse side.   I love testing for this company because I can choose which ones I want to test and the colors.   Therefore I can make items that I can use.

2017
09/22

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Life

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Sheep show

I was given a ticket to the fair so I could watch the sheep show.   And I planned my week accordingly.

I enjoyed watching them ready the sheep for the ring and

enjoyed watching the judge choosing the winners and stating why he chose them.

My friend placed some first, some seconds, and some thirds so was very happy.

After the judging, I went over to the wool area.   I think I should enter some wool next year.

After the show I hurried home as I had a large bunch of grapes to turn into grape juice.     At least these were the plans for today.   Instead, I received a phone call asking if we could have lunch with family members here tomorrow.   Ok.  I could hurry home and be ready.   When I got home, I turned on the stove to continue steaming the grapes, then went to feed the animals.

Remember the sheep that stuck her head in so far, she got stuck?   Yes, she did it again and it took 2 hours before we finally got her out.  She should remember the headache from this and not try it again.  Oh and the hot wire we put up yesterday, we had to put a portion of it back up today as the sheep found a short in it and took some of it down.

At this fiber farm, life is interesting and we are never bored.   I hope I will sleep in tomorrow – at least an hour.  Happy Sabbath to each of you.

2017
09/20

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Life

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Snowmen work

I spent some time today tacking this all together and just have to buy some orange felt for the noses and then decide where to put all the holes for all 100 little flashing lights to go through the fabric to shine on the front.   I have the feeling cutting the holes will take time.

2017
09/17

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food
Life
quilts

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Twinkling snowman and raisins

Twinkling Snowman is now basted together so that I can spent bits of time here and there sewing it down.   I am pleased to get this far.

Remember the 4 gallon bucket of grapes we picked?   This is what they look like dehydratedAnd this is the total amount of raisins from a 4 gallon bucket of grapesThey are horrible to pick off the screen, so I’m hoping not to do any more of these this year or else find a better way to do them.

‘Strive for the Peace of Progress. Not Perfection”.  I found this on Busy Gal’s Homestead blog  this morning.  I have been thinking about it today realize that often I feel defeated because I don’t measure up to my own expectations.  The star I hitch to is way out there.  This summer has been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to get caught up.  I’m going to try to remember the progress made instead of how much is still to do.

2017
09/15

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farming
food
Life

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All day dozing and winter food prep

Today was more food prep for winter and for the weekend.  So the applesauce was canned, rice cooked, greens cooked, and split pea soup made.   Laundry was washed and that’s about as domestic as I could handle today after the gym.

lt’s difficult to see in the shade, but this little fellow and his great big brother worked in the pasture all day.   The day started with someone not closing a gate, so all the Cormo

sheep decided to form one group in the pasture without a fence between them.   Fortunately there is only one mature ram here so they are just getting the chance to breed a bit earlier than had been planned.   It could have been a disaster if we had had more than one mature ram.   I will mark my calendar for 150 days from today though I don’t think any of the ladies were ready.  There is always some type of excitement and that doesn’t even include having a dog that got out and was checking out the neighborhood.

Sunday, the plan is to seed the pasture that is ready and possibly finish dozing and seed the rest of the pasture next week.   These things always take longer than expected and don’t seem to go exactly as planned,

Shabbat Shalom  Enjoy they day.