OK. I’ve been challenged to lose weight in June. I’ll take the challenge for 5#. It won’t be easy with my schedule. How many of you want to take the challenge with me, say so in the comments along with the amount you think you can remove, then July 1st we can see how we’ve done. You don’t have to give your weight and really 5# might be only half a dress size, but it would be a start. Let’s hold each others hands.
My fall seeds are in the ground now for cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. I planted a few green beans bush style on the left side. I think this year we will forget the pumpkins and squashes as we just didn’t get them done. I’m very happy with this now. The peas on the sides are nearly done, and I will replant for the fall. In the outside area (no photo), the potatoes and onions are coming up nicely.This little lady greeted me when I entered the hoop house this morning.
I picked this up when we were at Costco in their fresh food area. It is cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, chicory plus a dressing package and some cranberries and seeds in a package. The creators meant it to be a salad. But today, I put aside the dressing, lightly steamed the greens and served them over rice. It was a super delicious and fast meal. We put the cranberries and seeds on top.
I tired of making socks for the minute so looked on the website for something different to make with this yarn which is Cascades Heritage Paints sock yarn. I found this very simple pattern for Euro Style cowl. However, I am used to using #2 needles with this size yarn and this is done on size #8 needles. It may work, but time will tell.
In addition to this, I have signed up for a class on making a web site which requires class time as well as practice time. I’m hoping I didn’t take too big a bite with this.
Haltering babies: So much easier to tie them to the 2 x 4 and let them learn they aren’t in charge, than to let them pull you around.
Feed dogs at both barns
Drive DH to gym and wait
Ordered bird netting for berries
Made day’s list
Went to grocery store
Went to office store
Came home, made lunch
Picked up co-op order
Went to feed store to get more sheep collars
Cheated and Napped
Spent 2 hours working sheep with halters
Put coats on some of them
Fed, watered all sheep
Watered in hoop house
Picked and washed kale
Picked and washed 2# cabbage and leaves
No one gets between these pushy, shovey, 150# girls at mealtime!
I still have a few things left on my list that didn’t happen – maybe tomorrow. But then some of these same things will appear on tomorrow’s list – like the sheep. This gives you an idea of why I don’t get much quilting or other hobbies done.
Early to bed tonight. I have 2 young men coming in the morning to help with the weed whacking (I think/hope they’re coming).
Did you know that you need to periodically clean out the little hole where you plug into your smart phone. I didn’t which caused me a trip to AT&T to find out why it wasn’t charging. It had too much dust and dirt to connect.
I am feeling hemmed in by the weeds which have grown as tall as the flowers, so today, the weed whacker and I spent some time together. But it is so overwhelming and really very difficult to find help.
And because today the computer is somewhat behaving, here is a photo of the green and cream colors that I cut for the quilt, plus the picture of 4 blocks put together.
Other than that, I cleaned a stall in the barn and worked on more lamb halter training. They do not like those lessons.
Using my Accuquilt GO cutter, I have cut out enough pieces (1088) to make a 72″ square Hunter’s Star quilt. Since my computer is getting more and more cranky, here is their website photo. The fabrics I’m using are in darker green and a cream.
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The “Impossible Girl” socks (Pattern by Madeline Gannon) were knit out of the Madelinetosh BFL (Blue faced Leicester) sock yarn. I did not realize until I finished that they are 100% wool without nylon. They may be a bit less sturdy, so I will use them for special instead of everyday. I really enjoyed working with this wool and like the depth of color. And next time I may reinforce the toe and heel with nylon – or maybe not. It is sock yarn and may wear very well.
eseDH went to the gym alone this morning. Beau wanted to go for a car ride, but settled for a good brushing and a treatWhen we were through, this office waste basket was full of discarded dog fur and he was happy with his treat of string cheese. And I bet he feels a lot better in this warm weather.
Even mini farm life is busy, and especially so with this beautiful weather we have had. There is always so much to do. And the dogs don’t get brushed often. There are the lambs that need to be halter trained and the stalls that each need cleaning at least twice a week if I want to keep the work doable for me. There is the fencing, and the weeds, thistles, nettles and most of all, we need a garden, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, and an herb garden in addition to the hoop house we have. This year we are moving the garden that has been on the hillside up to a flat area, so that means creating new beds. There are hanging baskets to water and flower bed weeding to do.
These are all extras in addition to the normal feeding and household duties. I have accepted that I cannot do it all without help.
So today, I hired two young men to layout the new garden beds and plant somewhere around 300 potato starts and one hundred onion bulbs. It feels so good to have them in the ground now. Sometime in the next the two weeks, we will plant corn, green beans, and squashes in the rest of this area. They will return to help with the nettle, thistles and weeds on the fence line
While they were doing the new garden area, I was able to get the tomatoes tied up as well as weeding in the hoop house. It should have been done 2-3 weeks ago, but it is done, and now, I need to keep up with it. Already the kale is getting out of control. I picked the parsley and it is time again to pick the peapods and once again, I managed to plant more lettuce than we can eat. But neighbors, chickens, and sheep are always willing to help.These are called Egyptian walking onions. The little white bulb lets on the end bend down and plant themselves into the soil, thus reseeding themselves over and over. They are a hot onion, so I use them in cooking.