2018
02/02

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Life

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Slow and steady progress

Progress is slow and steady on this Spool Quilt.  However, today, I was able to add a trip to the gym, cleaning in the barn, a casserole for tomorrow’s lunch,  and several phone calls with the stem cell doctor’s office.

We now have an appointment mid month to go and learn if/how they can be of help.   It is a medical Doctor who is working with FDA and one’s own stem cells and Parkinson’s.   While I’m trying not to get my hopes up to high, I’m praying it will be helpful.  We live in an interesting age where “Knowledge increases, men run to and fro”

Shabbat Shalom to each of you

2018
02/01

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Life
quilts

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Spool soufflé row 1

Spool Souffle’ row 1 is together.   Most of the day was spent researching stem cell for Parkinson’s.   One has to dig and make many calls to learn much.  And that means much time on the phone.   So I’m linking up to Elm Street Quilts in the hope that I can get this done as my “OMG” for February http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2018/02/one-monthly-goal-february-goal-setting.html

Then a neighbor who doesn’t understand sewing machinery, called this afternoon and has a bridesmaid’s dress that needed to be shortened 2″ by this evening.   Wasn’t going to happen here.   Her comment “you do have a serger as JoAnn’s said that how to do it”.    Yes and without time, how does that happen?  She’s a lovely woman and I hate to disappoint her, but I need more time than that to get a full dress and overskirt hemmed and I’m not really good with the rolled hem.

2018
01/30

Category:
Garden
quilts

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Winter or spring?

 

Is it winter or spring, or perhaps half way in between?   The Christmas cactus, that actually bloomed at Christmas,  is once again blooming.   Today though the winds were cold, the hoop house was warm.

The garlic in the left photo is coming up nicely.   I planted it inside last fall because we weren’t sure if we’d get to an outside garden this spring.  In the right photo, the kale at the back is still doing great.   I weeded this much today – which is about 1/3 of it.   Just trying to get the weeds out before they really get a start which in here is very early.  And I want to get the greens started as well.

I’m trying to squeeze a few minutes of sewing into each day, with some days being more successful than others.  I’m ready to start putting this quilt top together now.  It is “Spool Souffle” from the Fat Quarter Shop

 

2018
01/29

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farming
sheep

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Lambing supplies

Normally, sheep take minimal care-just feed, water, and cleaning.  I’m hoping that the birthing process this year doesn’t take any more care than it has in the past.   However, since there should be between 15-20 birthing, it was essential to purchase some emergency lambing supplies for insurance.   There are some supplies that are needed for each birth, like the iodine, syringes with needles, etc, but other things are just for emergency.   I think I have everything put together except to grab some old towels and purchase some more buckets.  $250.00.   Fortunately one lamb will pay the bill.

And to add to the fun we have around here, Beau tried to get through this gate as I was trying to keep him from getting through.  Now the rotten post is being held up by the latch.   Just another something to keep us from getting too comfortable.   I think this summer will include replacing many posts.

And the skies just keep dripping – no, today, they were running.   I am so ready to see the sun.   But the forecasters are telling me that is still at least 10 days away.

2018
01/28

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Life
quilts
sheep

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New year mystery quilt finished

The New Year mystery quilt is totally finished at 42 x 60″ for a lap quilt.  I’m linking up to Elm Street OMG http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2018/01/one-monthly-goal-january-finish-link-up.html

If January is any example, this year will be a much slower year than the last two years.  It’s not that I don’t work, but I’m trying to get some barn cleaning done daily, instead of waiting until it gets too deep and really hurts to get it done.  Plus it seems as if some of my drive has gone without me.   I need to catch up and get that back.

 

2018
01/26

Category:
farming
Life
sheep

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Heated gloves

My fingers get so cold when working outside that I purchased these heated gloves from Amazon.  There is a place in the cuff to put batteries which will heat the fingers.   I was so happy with them for about an hour as they actually were warm.   After an hour, the batteries died.   I really need gloves that will keep my fingers warm for longer than that so will do more research.  But while they worked, they were wonderful.   Today I cleaned stalls for more than 2 hours and it is important to have warm fingers.  Otherwise, they hurt too much when I come in.

No, I didn’t do any craft today, just relaxed after the barn chores and the lunch – oh, and had some company.

We went to Paneras for our 55th anniversary lunch.   Interestingly enough, the area where we sat had 7 tables, 5 with people at them.   There were mix ups in the meals of 3 of the tables.    Eventually everyone did get what they ordered.  Does that mean the caliber of people being hired has gone down?

What did we discuss at lunch?   Why of course, the ups and downs, the left and right turns and in the end we are glad we stayed the course.   The roller coaster ride has been interesting.

Shabbat Shalom

2018
01/25

Category:
farming
food
Life
sheep

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Juliette won!

Today, DH felt a real need to go to Costco, because we hadn’t been there this year yet and this Parkinson stuff makes him worry even more than before.  So while he was putting on his shoes, I started out to the car.   You don’t have to guess who bolted past me and past him, going from one end of the house to the other, with a pause in each room as if looking for something.   Juliette won!   She toured the entire floor (without mishap) before I could get her turned around with animal crackers.   Then out the back door and up to  where the other sheep are, she followed.   She is now a sheep again, in the pasture with the other sheep.  Grain does wonders.

And we did our damage at Costco.   It is amazing how much one can spend without buying much food.   We did buy raisins and figs, and some dog treats.   The bulk of our buying was things like toilet paper, dishwasher soap, jeans, etc. and it added up fast.     I was glad I had made mashed potatoes, with falafel patties and green beans to fill up before we went to a grocery store.  It does save money.

 

2018
01/24

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Life

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Pe(s)ts help with taxes

Juliette (a Ouessant sheep) thinks she is a dog, having been raised that way.  And apparently DH thinks that I need pe(s)ts help with the taxes with which he is not willing to help.   Twice today, I had to leave what I was doing to usher Juliette and Beau out of my lap.  When the dogs get in, they head for Mom – who spends more time with them and provides for their stomachs.   They know!  Juliette got in once, but was ushered back out before any mishaps.   I’m not willing to find out if she is potty trained, but have you ever seen a sheep that was?  She doesn’t want to be a sheep today, so she can spend the night with Beau and go back to being a sheep tomorrow.   It’s the little things that make farm life interesting.   The taxes are progressing nicely and one more day should finish them, and then I have promised DH a trip to Costco.

2018
01/23

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Life

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Taxes and rain

 

Taxes and rain – the two just seem to be friends.   All this week the forecast is rain and all week until done, I must work on the taxes, so I may miss a few postings unless I speed up on this paperwork.

2018
01/21

Category:
Life
quilts

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New Years day quilt fun

 

This was my New Year’s Day quilt and what fun.   I didn’t measure because I was so sure I knew how wide it was.   When I got to the last row, I realized I was 2″ short, so took it off the machine, added the fabric, and put it back on to finish the quilting.   I know, measure twice or thrice.

Here is a photo of the overall pattern I quilted on it using a pantograph.   I hope to get it bound before the month is over so I have at least one quilt finish this month.

 

Check this out – at Thanksgiving, we were the same height.   He turned 14 the week before Thanksgiving.   Looks to me like he is going for tall.