2018
06/04

Category:
farming
Knitting
Life
sheep

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Euro style scarf finished

This Euro style scarf is finished.   It was a fast and easy knit, however, I did learn that if I’m not paying attention, I don’t count accurately.   The pattern is a multiple of 5, which isn’t hard, just had to pay attention.   This is very, very soft in the Cascade yarn.  I will block it later.

This is another suggested way to wear it, which I won’t be wearing as I don’t go to formal events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After finishing this, i spent 3 hours cleaning barn stall floors, so did not start anything else.  And I will admit to wanting to eat something totally off program, but I won’t.

2018
06/01

Category:
Garden
Knitting
Life

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Euro cowl update

 I’ve been knitting this euro cowl as I really like how the colors are moving in the scarf.   I’m now about 1/3 done.   The other nice thing is that one knits until the last 4 feet of yarn and then the bind off, so when you are done, you don’t have left over yarn either.

This wisteria would like to claim the deck as its home.  These are last years branches and it has already started on this years.   However after researching their habits, we decided to stop that now.  so I cut the branches down and now we’ll put copper in the ground which is supposed to kill the roots.

And today I say a thank you to those of you joining the challenge to lose any amount of weight in June.   I went to the grocery store from the chiropractor.   It was 12.15 and I was hungry.   I picked up a goodie to eat on the way home, thought of you, and put it back down.  I waited until I got home for lunch.   Thanks for helping me by taking the challenge.    And there is still time for you to join if you are one of the ones who hasn’t yet taken the challenge.   You decide how much you want to lose during the month and we’ll check each week to see we are on task.   Our reward will be at the end of the month when some piece of clothing is not quite as tight.  (you never have to reveal your weight)

Safely enjoy your weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018
05/31

Category:
Life

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Nothing remarkable – but mighty important

Most of the days are like this for most of us.   Nothing remarkable – but mighty important to keeping the days going smoothly.

What if I didn’t change the vacuum bag or vacuum the rug?   What if the bird cage didn’t get cleaned out, or the animals fed?  What if the meals didn’t get made or the kitchen floor swept and the dishes done?   How about the laundry – how long before someone notices we didn’t get it done – or the bathrooms cleaned?

What if the weeds next to the house didn’t get cut back or pulled?   Or the plants – flowers and vegetables didn’t get watered?

What if I didn’t put gas in the car when it was getting low?   Or what if I didn’t stop to speak to a family member, friend or neighbor?

Life would be pretty colorless and stinky.   Yet, sometimes, when I come to communicate with you, I feel I have done nothing.   I’m betting you look at some of your days the same way.    Go back and answer the questions.   Realize how important you are to keeping the wheels turning in your loved ones lives.

We are essential!    Enjoy your specialness.  We are blessed to have floors to clean and dishes to do and food to assemble and cook.   We are indeed very blessed and I am so very thankful.

2018
05/30

Category:
Life

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Weight loss in June

OK.  I’ve been challenged to lose weight in June.   I’ll take the challenge for 5#.   It won’t be easy with my schedule.    How many of you want to take the challenge with me, say so in the comments along with the amount you think you can remove,  then July 1st we can see how we’ve done.  You don’t have to give your weight and really 5# might be only half a dress size, but it would be a start.   Let’s hold each others hands.

Are you in?

2018
05/29

Category:
quilts

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Hunter star block

This is the a picture of the beautiful block from which I am making a quilt.   It looks very complicated, but watch as I step through these steps.

 

 

 

 

Sew the piece to each side of the middle piece and press.   Take note that you do not do the following:

It is very tempting to match the sides and that’s not going to work.  So when you have them like the bottom piece, press and addthe top triangle.   There are only the 4 pieces.   Now reverse those colors to make the other half of this blockMake 4 of these simple blocks and you have a very complicated looking quilt piece.    It is assembled in rows.    Because it is summer, mine will be on the back burner a lot of the time, but it is really quite easy and I’d love to see in what colors you will make yours

2018
05/28

Category:
food
Garden
Life

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Update hoop house and a meal

My fall seeds are in the ground now for cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.   I planted a few green beans bush style on the left side.   I think this year we will forget the pumpkins and squashes as we just didn’t get them done.   I’m very happy with this now.  The peas on the sides are nearly done, and I will replant for the fall.   In the outside area (no photo), the potatoes and onions are coming up nicely.This little lady greeted me when I entered the hoop house this morning.

I picked this up when we were at Costco in their fresh food area.  It is cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, chicory plus a dressing package and some cranberries and seeds in a package.   The creators meant it to be a salad.  But today, I put aside the dressing, lightly steamed the greens and served them over rice.   It was a super delicious and fast meal.   We put the cranberries and seeds on top.

 

2018
05/27

Category:
Knitting
Life

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Euro Style cowl

I tired of making socks for the minute so looked on the website for something different to make with this yarn which is Cascades Heritage Paints sock yarn.  I found this very simple pattern for Euro Style cowl.   However, I am used to using #2 needles with this size yarn and this is done on size #8 needles.   It may work, but time will tell.

In addition to this, I have signed up for a class on making a web site which requires class time as well as practice time.   I’m hoping I didn’t take too big a bite with this.

2018
05/24

Category:
farming
Garden
Life
sheep
Shopping

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My day

Haltering babies:   So much easier to tie them to the 2 x 4 and let them learn they aren’t in charge, than to let them pull you around.

My today

  1. Feed dogs at both barns

  2. Drive DH to gym and wait

  3. Ordered bird netting for berries

  4. Made day’s list

  5. Went to grocery store

  6. Went to office store

  7. Came home, made lunch

  8. Picked up co-op order

  9. Went to feed store to get more sheep collars

  10. Cheated and Napped

  11. Spent 2 hours working sheep with halters

  12. Put coats on some of them

  13. Fed, watered all sheep

  14. Watered in hoop house

  15. Picked and washed kale

  16. Picked and washed 2# cabbage and leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No one gets between these pushy, shovey, 150# girls at mealtime!

TIRED YET?

I still have a few things left on my list that didn’t happen – maybe tomorrow.   But then some of these same things will appear on tomorrow’s list – like the sheep.  This gives you an idea of why I don’t get much quilting or other hobbies done.

Early to bed tonight.   I have 2 young men coming in the morning to help with the weed whacking (I think/hope they’re coming).

2018
05/23

Category:
farming
Life
quilts
sheep

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Weed whacking, phone

Did  you know that you need to periodically clean out the little hole where you plug into your smart phone.   I didn’t which caused me a trip to AT&T to find out why it wasn’t charging.   It had too much dust and dirt to connect.

I am feeling hemmed in by the weeds which have grown as tall as the flowers, so today, the weed whacker and I spent some time together.   But it is so overwhelming and really very difficult to find help.

And because today the computer is somewhat behaving, here is a photo of the green and cream colors that I cut for the quilt, plus the picture of 4 blocks put together.

Other than that, I cleaned a stall in the barn and worked on more lamb halter training.   They do not like those lessons.

2018
05/21

Category:
Life

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Hunter Star cut

 

Using my Accuquilt GO cutter, I have cut out enough pieces (1088) to make a 72″ square Hunter’s Star quilt.  Since my computer is getting more and more cranky, here is their website photo.  The fabrics I’m using are in darker green and a cream.

GO! Festive Hunter Star Quilt (PQ10293)