Today we started by “eating the frog”. Our frog was cleaning out some long overdue bathroom drawers. One should not be able to find medicines dated 2004. Now you can’t. And there is room for what should be there.
Then I tackled changing coats on two of the ram lambs. They would rather run and play games than stand there and have a coat changed, but just look at this wool! It is gorgeous! It has lovely crimp and length. I am very happy with it and hope these boys find the right home with someone who appreciates it.
After some barn cleaning, Bracken and I came back to the house so she could chick sit. She loves that. Just standing there watching their every move.The 8 kennel quilts are finished. I will wash them and they are ready to donate.
The ground where I wanted to plant potatoes was hard this spring but I had 2 helpers for part of the day. I strung string so they would know where the beds were. I asked them to dig a hole deep enough to cover the potatoes about 3″ and about a man’s hand width apart. The ground was hard, but the weeds had not yet started. The rows are 32′ long and there are 8 of them. I needed to plant many potatoes because we didn’t have time to prepare the soil. So they put the potatoes in the ground and I did fertilize maybe 3 times in the early part. We planted white, Yukon , red, and blue potatoes, in uneven amounts. I just needed potatoes for the winter. When it was really hot, I watered weekly for half an hour each row with drip hoses. We never found time to weed them. The dogs dug holes in the potato lie in and be cool.
I have dug maybe a total of 35+ feet (there are 250 feet of potatoes and some onions) of potatoes and filled 1.5 of the 4 gallon buckets. It is not easy getting the ground to give them up either. I cannot get a pitchfork in the soil, how does that bit of soft potato with an eye manage to push into the ground. And many of these potatoes are very large.
These are small kennel quilts. The photo is the front of one and the back of another to better show the minimal quilting. The people who rescue small animals during a crisis such as floods or fires use many of these in the small kennels. Finished 12 x 18″ is the only size they accept and are so easy to make. Cut two pieces of fabric 12.5 x 18.5″ plus batting. I used an old mattress pad to give it more cushion on these. Put the bottom piece right side up, the top piece upside down, with the batting on top. Pin as needed and sew around the entire sandwich minus 4-6″ to get your hand in to turn. Turn right side out , press, and if you topstitch a bit less than 1/4″, you may be able to catch the opening in the top stitching. On one I did a big x from corner to corner and on the other, just 3 lines on a diagonal. The part that takes the longest is choosing scraps that are large enough, but not so large as to waste fabric, and cutting it out. If you click on the red “kennel quilt”, you will find more information about these. They are extremely easy and if you don’t sew exactly perfect, the small pets won’t complain.
In order to get the sheep to respond better, I was advised to take a chair and some treats and sit with them. Bad idea – sheep mob! They know me as the food bucket. They have no fear of me, but would rather not have a halter put on, so choose not to let me put it on them. They don’t know others who come and there is that “stranger danger” mind-set that takes over.
After some other chores, we decided it was time for haircuts. He wants his cut monthly, but it had been a few years since I’d had mine cut. So now it’s considerably shorter.
I can now share this test quilt that I made. Bears was a fabric from mother’s small collection. I really had no idea what to do with the fabric until this “Sparkle in pink and white” pattern by Valerie Le Pont, came along and it worked quite well in this form. The flimsy finished at 46 x 57. and is very easy. It is offered by The Quilt Pattern Magazine this month.
The young boys are moved away from their sisters and mothers. One here seems to think the trip was just too hot and tiring. They and their mothers have “baa-ed back and forth all day about how evil we were to separate them. Such is life on a farm
The hoop house has been overrun with growth plus the fact that I haven’t had time for it for over a week. After a number of foods were nearly done, I poked some “delicate” squash plants along one side. Well that’s what the label on the plants at the store said. They are not Delicata, but they are squash and at least one pumpkin. They are threatening to take over the entire place. It’s near enough to the end of the season, I won’t pull them, but neither will I believe labels next year. Squash plants are now forever banned from inside the hoop house. They are just too happy in there.
This morning I picked tomatoes, onions, parsley, cantaloupe, cucumbers, red and orange peppers from the hoop house. Now they all have to be dealt with.
Then I picked some overripe apples as I’m out of applesauce and it makes a great sweetener in baked goods. I was able to can 10 pints. I picked a lot more apples – or rather shook them out of trees. I’m not sure how ripe they are. I’ll test them tomorrow.
While the apples were processing, I cooked some quinoa in broth. In another pan, I sautéed onions and added broccoli until just cooked but still green. Then I made a cheese sauce. I mixed it all together, reserving half the cheese sauce, put it in a greased casserole dish, topped it with the rest of the cheese and that will be our casserole for the weekend.
After lunch and a rest, I had to sit down and pay bills.
And this is why you have not seen sewing or quilting. When the rains start, and days are shorter, there will be time for sewing. “To everything there is a season”
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.
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.
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.
Using the above two blocks, I am making one block.
Which becomes one quarter of this block
Here there are two sewn together and you see the flower starting to develop. I am ready for this step with all the blocks now.
Then I will be creating rows like this and
pressing the seam between blocks open, so the middle of the flowers won’t be bulky.
Last week was spent in the car. Somehow we managed to put 6 appointments into one week. There were eye exams, hearing tests and doctor (on different days) as well as the second stem cell treatment and a chiropractor visit. I’m going to be careful to not let that happen again – at least not in the near future. That is all that I got done. So today, I took the day and sewed and sewed and sewed. What luxury! I really hope this week will be a normal week. Normal is good.
We are getting warm weather! Summer has come and I really want to enjoy it. Plus we have 3 days of appointments this week, so I am planning to take the week off and enjoy it. If something comes up that I think you’ll enjoy, I’ll pop on my computer and share, but mostly it looks like we will be in the car a lot, driving to appointments.
Hunter Star: I now have 25 of the 150 blocks I need for the quilt.