Category Archive: Shopping

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
10/08

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
10/03

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.

 

 

2017
09/06

Category:
Bees
farming
food
Life
quilts
Shopping

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Ankle brace and long ago

I spent two afternoons getting this ankle brace fit.   I somehow injured the tendon that goes by the ankle and so for at least the next 6 weeks, I will be wearing this.   It does slow me down some.   But hopefully it will give the tendon time to heal.

This afternoon, I was looking for felt that I think I have to finish the twinkling snowmen wall hanging when I found a box that was put away long ago and I wasn’t even missing.   In it were some unfinished projects. Imagine that!  One was labeled as a quilt that a daughter was going to make.   However, she only chose fabrics and didn’t actually start.   So that was easy, I just put the fabrics back with the other fabrics.   Project done.   Then there was this Fall pattern with pattern pieces pinned to it and not put back together very carefully.   So I will try to figure out what was going on here and possibly finish it.   The pattern is dated 2001, so I know that it is not older than that and might be 2-3 years younger.

I did make a trip to the grocery as it has been so very dry that we are having to supplement this for nectar from flowers so the bees don’t starve this winter.  Then I went to the bee supply store.  The item on the left is a “J” hook to use when looking inside the hive and the thing on the right is a “bee protein patty” which I’m guessing has peanut butter in it.  The screen is for making the entry hole smaller to keep the yellow jackets from storming into the hive and stealing.

We froze a few more bananas for “nice cream” which we enjoy on hot days.

And, because you asked, this is what the cucumber chips look like when they are ready to eat.

 

2017
08/18

Category:
farming
food
Life
Shopping

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Boredom?

Boredom?   Doesn’t happen here!

This knocked me off my chair late last night.   I really thought he would never find the right woman.   He’s nearly 40 now, so he’s met a few and no one appealed to him enough to make him pop the question.  Now he has done it!   And we are happy for them.   No date has been set yet.

I took Beau (dog) to the vet this morning to get the stitches out and he gets so excited with all the new smells, it is difficult to hang onto him.  We came home from that and Bill and I went to the grocery store.  I had a short list, but, even so, they didn’t have half the items on my list.

The UPS man dropped these 40# boxes off at the gate to the barn instead of at the front door.  When DH went to get them, one of the dogs slipped by and did a neighborhood walk about.   So I put the boxes in the back of the car and then went dog chasing.   And this is why I go to the gym 3 days a week.

I made stuffed Rigatoni for a company lunch tomorrow.  I simmered the tomatoes to half the amount and added vegetables to that.   The filling for these is a vegan ricotta/spinach filling.   Then I did get some basic house cleaning done and 5 pints of green beans canned.

When I went to feed the sheep, I found one with his head stuck in the fence and he didn’t want to pull back, so I called a neighbor to have him help me push the head back through.   How is it these sheep can twist their heads to get to grass on the other side of a fence, but can’t twist it to get back out?   Boredom on a farm?   It doesn’t happen.   Sometimes I wonder what I did for entertainment when we lived in the city, and then I remember.   We had little children and music lessons!

Every day this week, I had allocated the afternoon to sewing, but every time an afternoon came, there was something else more pressing.    I only have a week and a half of this month left and still have not completed any of my August sewing/quilting challenges, though some are started.   The knitting challenge is finished.   I just looked at next weeks and find that Monday, we go to the heart doctor and my helper that usually comes for 5 hours on Monday is taking the day off for eclipse reasons. Tuesday, the people are coming with the excavator to dig the hole to put a large water tank and a propane tank.   Lines will be dug to connect the water to the house as well.  Maybe Sunday, after I water the gardens, and Wednesday I can work on some of these projects.  I don’t do well missing sleep, so that is not an option.

Boredom?   I don’t even know what that is.

Right now, I’m ready for the Sabbath rest.   You are welcome to join us.

2017
04/28

Category:
farming
Life
Shopping

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A good day includes pretty flowers

I took one of our daughters shopping with me today and  because a good day calls for pretty flowers, we came home with these pretty plants to grace our front yard.  And while we were at C0stco, she found some shirts she liked.

We visited another three stores and came home with a few groceries as well.

And these hydrangea came home with me.   Now I must find them a permanent home in the ground as they will become large.

These bleeding hearts have popped back to life and will soon take over the entire corner and will need staking as well.

Spring must be ready to appear as the azaleas are also blooming.  Then why is it still so cool outside?

We didn’t grow worms last year and the year before, they didn’t make it through the winter, so this year we are starting over.   Their castings are so good for the garden. We picked these up on our morning excursion

After lunch I skirted two more of the fleeces.   This one is a very pretty silver.   Look at the lovely crimp!.

And this lovely brown is now soaking to clean.

Recap of yardage used this year.

Used this Week:   Apr 28                 9.0 yards

Used year to Date                          89.00 yards

Goal:                                                   300.00 yards

Yards to goal:                                   211.00 yards

Added this Week:                               0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:                          13.00 yards

New Yards to quilt goal:                 223.00 yards
Net Used  2017                                      77.00 yards used by the end of the 1st    third of the year, is a bit behind, but I can live with that.

2017
04/11

Category:
Garden
quilts
Shopping

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Monster truck blocks

These Monster truck blocks are applique designs from Hatched in Africa.   They have marvelous designs that stitch out so very good.   It takes me a little over an hour a block if I count the stopping to trim between stitchings.    I marked the fabric so they will stitch far enough apart to get 8.5″ blocks for a great boy quilt.  There are 13 different trucks, so I may make 2 or 3 of them twice.

Of course this was done after returning some of the pants to Costco and getting the short size instead of regular.  Why should I bother to hem pants, when I could just buy the right size to begin with.   Interestingly enough, the lighter colored pants were very few yesterday as the table was covered with the dark blue pants.   Today, there wasn’t a dark blue in sight.   But the light blue was abundant and had sizes there that were not there yesterday.   Do they have little fairies that come in the night time and change everything?

On our outing, I was able to get 12 tomato plants, which are now in the ground.

2017
03/24

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Life
quilts
Shopping

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Jelly Forest quilt

The floors are swept and mopped, the laundry is done and the rest of the morning was filled with errands: taking DD to get prescription, delivering some items, and grocery shopping.    All done for another week – maybe.

I was able to trim and bind this quilt, called “Jelly Forest” from the book  STRIP YOUR STASH by Gudrun Erla.   It measures 55 x 81, perfect for covering one for a nap.  I quilted it with the design called “Whisper” by Anne Bright and used a permanent marker to put my name and year on the back of the binding.   I will probably keep this one.

I then cleaned the bobbin area out of the three machines I used this week, so they are ready to go again.

   Then I cleaned off the cutting table and mounted the purple hummingbird quilt ready to quilt.  I’m hoping to get this quilt finished as well as the snowman quilt.   Soon, I  have to process the scraps into their homes until used.   I only did half of my walking each day, but I feel good about the accomplishments.  It seems to take so long to get the preliminaries done, and then POP, one gets several finishes.

 

Here are the new girls (left) of which I promised you a photo.   They have integrated well with the fowl we had.

Have a blessed and restful Sabbath.

 

 

2017
03/03

Category:
Knitting
Life
quilts
Shopping

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More Roses

12 More roses are now up on the board.   I think I may be half done.  I need to dive into my scraps and even whole pieces for more colors.   But it is looking so much better.

I also had to get the emission checked to license my car.   They told me it is old enough now that I don’t have to get another on this car which is nice.   Now I just have to keep it running.

Then off to get a new battery for my watch which stopped.   These kind of trips just seem like a waste of time, but necessary.   Oh, yes, and then the grocery shopping.  Please tell me why we women can get all this done inside a couple of hours and our DH think we have just scheduled an entire day.

It is still raining, and we are threatened with snow on Monday, but there is a bright light ahead.   A week from Sunday, the sun is scheduled to shine.

And I did get a bit of knitting done.   This particular stitch is a bit challenging, but I will press on.  Who knows I may learn to get faster.

Have a Happy Sabbath and a great weekend

PS   For readers who knew her, Alice Kirkman passed away this week.

2017
02/03

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Life
quilts
Shopping

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Quilt found plus shopping day

 

IMG_0070I started this cute little wall hanging last fall and then it disappeared.   I looked everywhere I could think of and didn’t find it.   Last weekend when I was rearranging in the studio, I found it had slipped between two stacks of drawers.   So now it is all together, but only held with a thin layer of glue.  I need to applique all the pieces on and quilt it.   That will happen in my free time because this little quilt didn’t even get found in time to put on my ufo list – though it belongs there.

Today was run around day after gym.   I went to Nordstrom’s rack to return a shirt I purchased before Christmas and found the black pull over shirt (with long sleeve) that I like for 5.00 a piece.  They had 2 of them left, so both came home with me.   Then off to the hardware store for an idea of how to feed the sheep salt in a way they won’t spill/waste so much of it.   I failed on that score, so went to Fred Meyer to do minimum grocery shopping.    Late this afternoon, I picked up chicken I had ordered to feed the dogs.   So the day was complete and now I am ready to enjoy the Sabbath.   Tomorrow we will have company and Sunday we will again have company, so it will be a wonderful weekend.