2017
08/06

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Male Cardinal is paper pieced

Between picking blueberries and cucumbers, watering, working on the tomatoes,  etc., I finished this little fellow.  He will finish at 8″ square and will get a mate sometime in the next week.  I do enjoy getting a chance to work on projects, but often during the summer, they have to take a back seat.

There is another double batch of cucumber relish now in the refrigerator.   In the morning, I will rinse it, put the rest of the ingredients in and can it.

Beau, the dog in the foreground spent some time at the vet’s on Friday.   He had to have stitches in two places and they updated his shots, which were way out of date.   In two weeks we go back to have the stitches out.   The window that he went through to cut himself now has fencing over it.   He didn’t go through glass, it was a cutout, but had a nail where screening had previously been.  However, we don’t enjoy spending money at the vet’s, so have that covered.

I also went to the grocery store that day and had a physical.   When chores were done, I just lay down for a bit and went to sleep and that is why no blog post.

2017
08/03

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Bees
farming
Life
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More animal adventures

 

Animal adventures are getting a bit too time consuming around here.   The dogs managed to get out to the road and visit with a couple neighbors this morning.   Beau got out of one pasture into another 4 times before we figured out how he was doing it.   He also got a cut, so he gets to go to the vet for 3-4 stitches.   Tomorrow, the electricity will be moved lower on the gate.   Then we’ll let him test it again.

It was hot for here today.   At 95 degrees, even the bees came out to get cooled off.  See the mass of black on the gray box.   That is just a mass of bees.  I’ll check their box again tomorrow.   Maybe they need another box for ventilation.   See the fellow in the background?   If they see me, their is one thing on their mind:   FOOD.  Yes, I am the food dispenser.

After all that fun and running around this morning, I was able to spend a bit of time in the studio (where it is also cooler) this afternoon.   I think I will get this fellow finished on Sunday.

Tomorrow, there is gym, then picking blueberries, watering and another doctor appointment.

2017
08/01

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farming

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Fiber adventures

It was time for “Fiber adventures” with these 4 boys as it is time to leave their mothers.  They are getting old enough to be potent and dumb enough to catch any female in their area including their mother and sisters.

So I recruited a friend and her two helpers.   The lambs and mothers had the run of the property in the early spring, so these lambs knew their way around.   They knew there were two ways around the garage, two ways around the house and they knew the complete circle around the hoop house.   So they gave us all a good adventure.  These dogs were hot and tired.   Moving 4 boys 400 feet away from their mother so there was a complete pasture between them was a lot of work.   Here the dogs are getting to cool off after all that running.

These 4 beautiful boys are now in their new pasture where they will stay until sold.   They are beautiful with nice fine fleece.  However, many of the rams do not get to play the breeding game.   They are kept for their nice fleeces or become BBQ.

Every once in awhile, we get excitement around here and this was one of those days.   Another of those days, is when we have to change the coats on our ewes.  This day is overdue.   It is just too hot this week.  However, we did get to the feed store to get more grain.   Unfortunately, others shepherds had the same idea and we will go back sooner than if we had been able to get a full load.

2017
07/31

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Life

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August challenges and Elm Street’s OMG

  1. Patchwork times:   I will be trying to finish another one of the Sunbonnet Sue quilts.
  2. Washington State Quilters – this is the third month, I’m working on this small snowman quilt.  The number chosen was #2, but I’m a bit behind with this one.
  3. I’m linking up to ELM street’s one monthly goal with the winter Woodland pair of paper pieced cardinals.
  4. For the Hatched in Africa challenge, I am considering the “Scrappy hedgehogs”.  https://hatchedinafrica.com/detail.aspx?id=2686&c=&sc=  They are absolutely darling.  Now what do I want to put them on?
  5. Finish the shell socks I have on the needles.

What challenges or goals have you made for August?   Or maybe you plan to just enjoy the last of summer?

2017
07/30

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Garden
Knitting
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End of July Garden and sock progress

This week, the garden has to catch up.   Our  youngest and her DH came over and I turned them loose in the hoop house.  So I will not have to deal with zucchini or cucumbers unless these missed some.   And that is okay with me.   It appears there are enough tomatoes to keep me making paste and sauce all week and there are still cucumbers and zucchini in the refrigerator.   So my plan this week is to catch up with using the produce.   And we have planted more lettuce this weekend.   The weather is promising 90-102 degree temperatures.   So we probably won’t be moving much mid to late in the day.   But we will be doing a lot of watering.

This morning (forgot to take photo)   I picked 9# of blueberries.   5# will fill a gallon Ziploc bag FULL.   I’m not as fast as I’d like to be as that took 2 hours.   My mind and body are not on the same page.   My mind has not connected with the fact that my body thinks it is older than 50.  So it often times runs way ahead of what the body is willing to do.  Next year maybe the blueberries will be higher on the plants and there won’t be so many at ground level.

Sock Progress has been slow, however, this afternoon I sat and knitted for a bit and turned the heel corner.  I like this particular pattern which is a 7 stitch repeat.  It is “Little Shell Socks” at http://www.knitting-and.com/knitlistgifts/2000/little-shell-socks.htmMy goal is to finish them before the end of August, maybe while enjoying the sun.

 

 

 

2017
07/28

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Life

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Day off

Have a marvelous weekend

2017
07/27

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food
Garden
Life

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Relish making, watering, summer produce

The relish I started last night turned into a lovely product.   I made a double batch and canned 11 cups of relish.  DH can’t have sugar, but can have honey.   So I substituted 1 cup honey for the cup and a half of sugar.  Next time, I may go down to 3/4 cup of honey.  It does have salt, but I’m hoping that if he eats a little once in awhile and we aren’t using salt other places, he can get by with it.   If he gets swelling in the legs again, I’ll be sharing it with the children instead.  If you are interested in the recipe, let me know and I will share.    Thank you so much Dar for sharing with me.

Harvest today, included more blueberries, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, basil, and potatoes.   The summer produces so much bounty that it keeps me  busy.   That’s why you see very little creative work then.  In the winter, we live off the summer’s bounty and I have more time for the fiber arts.   Maybe some of you can send me some photos of your work and I can help you enjoy your creative arts.

Even so I need to use fiber just to stay sane.   I thought the month was nearly over, but I just looked at the calendar and I still have most of a week.   Maybe I can sneak in another finish this month.

 

2017
07/26

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Bees
food
Life
quilts

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July monthly goal link up + cooking

 

I am linking to http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2017/07/one-monthly-goal-july-goal-setting-link.html with this little fox.

I won’t make all my goals this month, but that seems to be the new normal.

Today, after going to the gym and picking blueberries, I tackled Lasagna from scratch, making a double recipe of marinara sauce.  It took two hours to chop and prepare everything for the marinara and “cheese”, then an hour in the oven.   It will be gone in two meals.   Something seems wrong with that, however, that’s goes to show how much being able to buy preassembled items affects our lives.  And I do have enough of the marinara sauce for another meal.

Dar, one of the readers here, sent me a relish recipe to try.   This is as far as I am.   Everything is cut and salted and spending the night in the refrigerator.   At least when I tackle that tomorrow, it will be half done, so it won’t seem like it is taking so long.  I am nearly caught up on the cucumber issue.   Next I’ll tackle the zucchini.  I can grate that and put it in the freezer to make items during the winter.

And I did get a chance to check on the bees who are doing just fine.   One hive received another box today.

 

2017
07/25

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machine embroidery

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Tribal cat Felix

This is the “Tribal Cat Felix” from Hatched in Africa.   It was fun making it come to life.  Their designs are so well done and make one look so good.   It took about 40 minutes to stitch out after I had decided to put it on this shirt and then the time to choose threads – so perhaps it was about 2 hours to alter the looks of this shirt.  And I love it on this little denim to;p.   I wish HIA had a small version with much less detail to put on the front and maybe in time, they will.

2017
07/24

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Garden
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No free fats, no sugar, low salt = blueberry muffins

Since DH is now on a no refined oils, no sugar, low salt diet, I am using my PLANTPURE NATION cookbook by Kim Campbell.   I have not been disappointed.   the recipes have been good.   Here is today’s trial.

Colin’s blueberry muffins;

1 T flax meal in 3 T warm water – set aside until thick

3/4 cup non dairy milk

1/2 cup applesauce

3 T agave or honey

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 T baking powder

1/2 teas sea salt

Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl and wet ingredients together in another bowl

Mix two items together only until moistened.   Then gently fold in blueberries and walnuts.

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

I used parchment paper cup cake holders.   Bake 400 for 20 minutes.

We picked about 18# of blueberries today – they take a long time to pick, but the taste is so worth it.   There were also more tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and a single bell pepper to pick.