Category Archive: Life

2017
06/07

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Dentist time

I didn’t take a photo, because I think all of you are acquainted with a dental office (or you should be).   An hour drive each way and 3 hours in the chair produced a new crown.   This dentist uses porcelain so is able to make the crown while one is there.   I do like having the job done in one visit instead of 2.    I’ll go back in 10 days to do the “little fillings”.   Unfortunately this state is well known to produce “teeth with problems” and I am a product of this state.   Jen came to visit with her father so he wouldn’t do anything that would cause a fall as that is what they seem to be most concerned about.

The public heath nurse called this morning and wanted to visit.  DH told her we were doing fine and she didn’t need to come.   Do you hear my big sigh of relief on that?  If any of you find yourself in a situation where the “powers that be” feel they need to send people into your home to give you services, be aware, that nothing – not one room is off limits.   They go through the house as if it is theirs, looking in closets, under beds etc. – oh, and they don’t ask.   I am really hoping this ends soon, so we can get back to living.   However, the nurse yesterday, did say she thought she needed to do med checks for another three weeks.  DH is really doing quite well, though still a bit tired.

After my big morning, I prepared meals, went to get some potting soil, took a nap and did a bit of knitting.   So I had a rather relaxed afternoon.  Tomorrow we are back on the road.

 

2017
06/06

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farming
Knitting
Life

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Knitting again

Knitting again:  It’s not much, but here is my second cast on for these socks.  I miscounted the first time.  I now have a cast on and one row knitted.  It’s a start and all I need is more time.   I like this yarn as it goes through the wash and dryer with all the other clothes – no special care and yet it is 75% wool.

Today we had  a visit from a pair of visiting nurse with  the  threat    assurance one will be back next week.   Then then a daughter came to visit for a short time and was followed by the PT.   This time she gave DH  3 exercises to work on gaining back strength.    She will be back Friday.  Tomorrow, the daughter that was here Monday will be back because I have a 2 hour dental appointment which is an hour away and we are not comfortable leaving him alone that long – at  least not yet, even though he is doing quite a bit better.

There was a lot of bleating in the pasture at 5.30 this afternoon, so I went to see if we had coyote issues or ? even though the dogs were unconcerned.   There was nothing wrong, but the sheep had had enough day and wanted their evening treat and to be put to bed an hour early.   Who would have thought they could get together and plan this.  They were all there waiting.

2017
06/05

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farming
Garden
Life

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Tidying up and Occupational therapist

 Right inside the back door is the fertilizer and seed that we use in the hoop house.   It is kept there during the summer  because the hoop house is too humid to keep it in there and we don’t like to run through the house to get it when needed.

The visiting PT wants it moved and she is coming back tomorrow, so now it is restacked.  I’m hoping she will be happy with this arrangement.   I agree that it does look neater,  which is something that gets thrown by the wayside when one is always in a hurry.

The lambs received their first shot this morning and the geese received leg bands. Then one of the new geese vanished.   I do hope he shows up, but don’t have high hopes.    I’m very thankful for help today as now the strawberries are weeded and netting over the top.  She’s good at catching sheep and geese as well.

The occupational therapist was here and put DH through the hoops.   The way he is being questioned, you would think he became disabled at the hospital.   I asked how long this would go on and was told “until he has been released”.   That’s an answer?  OK.

These 4 bags of food have been in the car for about a week and a half now, so I decided to roll them up to the barn (animal cracker are for treats).

Look at the reception party!  The whole gang turned out.  Anytime they see me, they think grain or treats of some sort.   But then, there might be a reason for that.

 

2017
06/04

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Life
machine embroidery

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Jeans embroidery

DH is feeling better, so I took part of the day and embroidered these jeans. Each design takes about an hour and a half stitch-out time.  These designs are from Hatched in Africa (HIA).   The one on the left is “Pink Jumbo lilies” and on the right is “Iris Jumbo”.   One just can’t go wrong with their designs as they are so well digitized.

And I thought you might want to see the clowns take a “selfie”    the one on the right is our youngest and the other young one is her DH.

2017
06/01

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Life

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Medical Invasion

At least that’s what it feels like here.  This is the schedule so far.

  • home health RN yesterday
  • PT in home today
  • PT coming back Tuesday and Friday
  • OT coming sometime next week

And that wouldn’t be so bad if they just came and left, but the house has to be company clean, because they go up and down the hall with him and into the various rooms to see how he does.   She has him do things like get into and out of the bathtub, sit at various places and on various chairs – all to see how he does.  That is making extra house cleaning.    Yes, I am grateful they offer these services, well offer isn’t the right word as there was no option.  I have some seeds and fertilizer by the back door and today I was told to move them because he cannot turn the walker around there. I pointed out how it could be turned around as I’m an ace at that walker, but she didn’t want to hear it.   I’m not sure where they want them moved, but maybe, just maybe, they should include a cleaning person with these requests.    Oh, yes, she would also like a different height bed, so could I take the wheels off this very heavy king sized bed?  We have wood floors and I need to be able to move the bed or the dust bunnies will take over more than they already do.   Wow, was I glad I got them out from under there before she came.   Enough whining!

I made a recipe for Ezekiel bread which was a batter bread today.   It tasted very flat, but the chickens liked it.

OK, now a question for you:   Since it looks like my world will be upside down for ?, would you rather have me continue the blog as is, on a weekly basis, or just when I am doing a fiber item?    I enjoy sharing with you and have made some really good friends with this blog, but don’t want to bore you.

 

2017
05/31

Category:
Life
quilts

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Chores, shopping and some sewing

This morning, I went shopping for this orange construction fencing to keep sheep and hay apart until winter.  Then I took care of some mundane chores like vacuuming and other cleaning, watered the hoop house, and found a

little time to sew.   Because I am not in the middle of a project, I chose to sew mindlessly.   These 4″ squares were already cut out so I paired them up and sewed just over 125 pairs.   I only need to cut another 20 pair to make 2 lap quilts with them. Of course there is still a lot more to do before they become a quilt, but they are started!

 

 

2017
05/30

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farming
Life

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The body knows and geese

So often we hear that we should listen to our bodies as “the body knows”.   I’m not sure about that now.  This morning, I got up and went through the normal routine, then decided to clean a couple shelves in the pantry.   By 8:45, I was ready for a nap and took an hour nap.  

After lunch, I went shopping (mostly unsuccessfully) and came home at 2.45.   This crazy body wanted another nap.   I  need a reset button for when it pulls this.   But I don’t have a reset button, so what does one do?A photo of our second set of Pilgrim geese.   These came to us already have grown, but as you can see they are in “flight” mode.   Now I need to catch them and leg band them so next year, I know which ones to put together into pairs.

2017
05/29

Category:
farming
Life

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Hay, hot wire, OMG, and company

Today was busy with hay, hot wire and company.   We first had to take a partial wall and flooring out before the hay arrived. This corner holds about 3 ton.   There is more stacked at the back of the barn and another half ton in another building, a total of 6 tons.  I will have to put some 2 x 4s across the front to keep little mouths from making a mess as we won’t be breaking into this until after the first of the year.   It is beautiful, second cutting,  organic, grass hay cut this week.

We just finished stacking this, when the fellow came to work on the hot wire on the perimeter fencing.   This is taking way more time than it should because he has a full time job elsewhere.   So when school is out, he will have more time and can give hotwire and the cross fencing more time.

The home health nurse came to check on DH who is doing much better, and apparently he will be making another visit on Friday.   He was followed by our daughter, her DH and 2 sons.   It was lovely weather to sit on the deck and just enjoy the weather.  I know you’re wondering if I’ll get  back to sewing or quilting, or something involving fiber.   Sheep count, don’t they?  Rain is forecast for Thursday, so if we have no further life interruptions, I plan to get started on a new project then.   I am so itching to make something again, but the sun compels me to be outside since it is such a short season.

Meanwhile, I  am linking up to Elm streets “One Monthly Goal”  with this rabbit I finished earlier this month.

I hope you had a lovely memorial day weekend and remembered those to whom we owe this holiday.   We are blessed to have this freedom.

 

2017
05/28

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Life

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Recovered and visitors

We want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers during our mini-crises.   DH has recovered nicely and has enjoyed the visitors.

One daughter helped get him all settled at home Friday, and another came with her DH yesterday to spend a few lovely hours.

Then eldest son came with his friend today and we had another delightful day of visiting. He had been in Morocco during my birthday and Mother’s day, so also came bearing gifts.  These hand painted plates don’t show well.  They are beautiful and since two sons were on this trip, they each brought me a lovely plate.   His friend brought me some lovely skin care products as well.

Not to be outdone, a yellow jacket got into the house and gifted me with a swollen finger.   So with hospital visits, guests, and a holiday weekend, no sewing or crafting has happened.

 

2017
05/25

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Life

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Liver cyst and hospital

The last few months DH has been complaining about his side hurting a lot.  He had been to the doctor on at least 2 occasions and they only found liver  cysts which are water filled and many people have them.  Since they rarely ever cause any issues, they are ignored.  Very, very early  Tuesday morning I was awakened with complaints of severe pain.  We went to urgent care and he had a CT scan with iodine.  Again,  they only found the cysts.   But his abdomen was so extended, he was weak and couldn’t walk, and one cyst was as large as a large potato and crowding other items that belong in there.     They had to put him in the hospital to do surgery.  Did you know that hospital beds are becoming very VERY difficult to get?  They spent 5 hours finding a hospital bed – while I got to have some fillings at the dentist.   Finally after 7  that evening, we had him in the hospital.  Then it was another long wait for the admitting doctor to show up (after midnight).

We are so blessed to have several children as they came to help while away the hours, as well as take their turn at night, so DH wasn’t left alone.  This morning, the doctor came and talked to all of us about two procedures that he could do.    One was surgery and the other was to aspirate all the fluid from this cyst and then monitor it to see if it stays empty,   All of us thought that sounded like the best option.  So this afternoon at 5, he was rolled away to be worked on.   They removed 2.2 liters which is about what a large soda bottle contains.  He was back in an hour and said that he felt better than he had in awhile.    Now he needs to gain his strength back after all of this.   Hopefully he will be coming home Saturday and life will return to normal or somewhat normal.

 My aim is to get back to normal by the beginning of next week.  And since I will be at the hospital most of tomorrow, there won’t be a post.    Thanks so much for understanding why I have not been here.