2017
12/04

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SCRAPS

Today I tackled the three overflowing boxes of scraps.  Two are empty now and one of them the scraps are cut or in some other way put away to use.   The second box has a pile of ironed scraps waiting for me to make the cuts and third box is patiently waiting.   I’d love to show you, but the phone and the computer are not talking to each other today.

2017
12/03

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Life
Schedules

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December 2017 list

The garlic is in the ground!   Yay!

December 2017 list

This looks like a lot, but some of the items are here to remind me to get others to do them – like the hay and the feeders.

  1. Elm Street’s OMG project — bowl cozies

  2. Make HIA project – critter baby items

  3. test quilt due Jan 8

  4. Make sweet pea pods for gifts

  5. Make some Bendy bags

  6. Sell Imagine serger

  7. Sell Ovation serger

  8. Get hay delivered in barn

  9. get sheep registrations sent in

  10. Sell 4 Shetland rams

  11. Sell 3 fleeces

  12. Ready 3 lambing jugs

  13. Put salt tubs up

  14. Build 5 more sheep feeders

  15. Get small house rented

  16. get up to date on EQ lessons

  17. sign up with new gym coach

  18. make  American girl dresses

  19. Bonnie Hunter mystery up to date

  20.  check and replace sheep coats

  21. plant garlic

  22. make sheep chute

  23. mud control in front of lower barn

  24. update accounts

  25. Fill in farm forms for taxes

2017
12/02

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Life

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Today didn’t happen

Today didn’t happen in my book.   Does that happen to you?   You get to the end of the day without ever getting to the things you had planned.

This morning, after breakfast, I had an eye doctor appointment.  We went from there to the bank to get a paper notarized, then to the Office Depot to get 4 copies make and to the post office to get it mailed off.

We got home about 1 and paid the fellow who occasionally washes our windows as he was in the process, fed the ram lambs and DH wanted to eat at Panera’s.  (Does that say something about my cooking?)   We went there and came home in time to feed the sheep.  And it was sundown and time to leave our daily lives for some rest time.

The day is gone and I barely had time to blink.   This is why I need to make lists and work on them all week.

November is also gone and the list I had made;

  1. Continue with gym

  2. Make apple butter   done

  3. Add more quilting to the “Twinkling snowman” quilt to make it hang right and put a hanger in it.   done

  4. Find an execute a HIA (Hatched in Africa) project   done

  5. Take label off Hummingbird quilt and repair binding   done

  6. Finish Sunbonnet Sue #3 quilt for Elm Street’s OMG project   done

  7. Make bowl cozies for gifts     8 done and more started

  8. Make 4 American girl dress

  9. Make sweet pea pods for gifts  6 done and more started

  10. Make some Bendy bags

  11. Sell Imagine serger

  12. Sell Ovation serger

  13. Get hay delivered in barn

  14. Sell 6 Shetland rams

  15. Ready 3-4 lambing jugs

  16. Put salt tubs up

  17. Build winter sheep feeders    one of 5 done and works

  18. Find 3 recipes for Thanksgiving dinner   done

  19. Clean and rent the house next door   all cleaned now to run ads

  20. There may be from 10-20 items that get squeezed in here

6 out of 20 is better than nothing and there were 4 other projects that I made headway on.  I’m happy with that for the month.   I will continue with the list during December and add OMG and  HIA projects.   I calculated my yardage used this year and have used 111 yards of fabric.   Since I only used a third of  my goal, I think that should add 2 more years to my life span to get a chance to use the rest of it, don’t you?

2017
11/30

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farming
Life
machine embroidery

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HIA challenge and a feeder

These were my HIA challenge (Hatched in Africa).   We use one of their designs monthly.   These are their “velvet birds set 3”  It’s not seen on the photos but after embroidered, one cuts some of the threads so they pop up like velvet.   They are really cute.

This 8 foot feeder is perfect to feed 6 sheep with much less waste.   They don’t like to eat food they’ve been trampling any more than we do.   This allows them to keep it for food instead of bedding.  I was so happy to get this made and will have more done soon.

These snow people look so happy hanging for the holidays and twinkling away.’

 

2017
11/29

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farming
Life
quilts

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She’s finished!

She’s finished and I’m very happy with how this one turned out.  My sister did all the little Sunbonnets and I put them together and quilted them.  I have not yet labeled it, but that is in its future.   I’m linking up to Elm’s street One monthly goal.

After this I went to the barn for a good workout.

2017
11/28

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farming
quilts

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Sunbonnet #3

Sunbonnet #3 is now ready to bind.   I’ve been looking back and it seems I have not done much sewing or quilting since late spring.  This felt good to get on and off the machine.

Here is a close up of one of the blocks.   This one received loops in between the blocks.    Hopefully it will get a binding finished before the month is over.

The bad hay is gone and good hay is scheduled to arrive tomorrow early evening.

2017
11/26

Category:
food
Garden

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Hoop house remnants

I haven’t shown you the end of the garden yet.   Well, that might be because the hoop house remnants aren’t finished yet.These are the only two pumpkins/squash that survived this year, though other produce did very well.

After all the stems were removed, there were 2 gallon sized bags of parsley to be dehydrated.

I brought in a few beets, greens, carrots, and onions.

Standing at the door, this is what is still growing.

Here the small stuff is corn salad, along with a few carrots and other greens on this side.

a few volunteer potato plants which I’m hoping will give spring potatoes,

Swiss chard which was picked Friday and onions, both of which will continue throughout the winter.

Winter broccoli or cauliflower, now I’m not sure which, but won’t be ready until early spring.

Kale that badly needs picking.

And my very own Tonka Truck – well, not really mine, but he has really been chewing away at the blackberries and cleaning the place up.

2017
11/24

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food
quilts
Sewing

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Apples and bowls

Black Friday and I no longer have dates, so I moved on to other things.   Did you brave weather and crowds for a special priced item or two?   If you did, I’d love to know about it.

100# of apples are now all sauced and about half of that is now finished apple butter.   It seems to take longer than I remember it taking a few years ago.  Then there was a major cleaning job in the kitchen as I made some of the sauce each of several days without totally cleaning each time.   But now all is finished except the applesauce becoming apple butter in the slow cooker.

I was able to move on into the sewing realm.  These bowls are coming together one seam at a time.   Today I finished half the darts and then moved on to getting  this quilt on the machine.   My goal is to get it quilted and maybe finished before the end of the month which is this coming Thursday all ready.   Hard to believe isn’t it?

 

2017
11/23

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Life

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.

Our prayer is that you enjoy the company of loved ones near and far – knowing some may be by phone.

Our blessings have been too many to count this year.

We have a marvelous caring family and you, our friends.   We think of you often which at times gives us the energy to keep going.

We have freedoms, a roof over our heads, and warmth in our homes.

We have the enjoyment of pets and other animals, along with the luxury of being able to care for them.

We are daily thankful for the dirty dishes, dirty stalls, and messy house.  It means we have them.  And we’re thankful for the ability to clean them.  Each are blessings.

But most of all we are thankful for a Heavenly Father who has the hairs on our head numbered as well as wants the best for us.  He holds us when we waver and are weak.   He still holds our hands even when we don’t realize we need Him.  We pray we will honor Him in our words and actions.

We pray this next year will be one of Blessings for you and your loved ones.

 

2017
11/22

Category:
farming

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Citrus trees and hay delivery

The Meyers lemon tree is blooming.   I’m hoping it has lots of lemons to go with These wonderful looking limes.  There is also an orange tree which is just sitting and looking at us.  The citrus trees share the dining room with us during the freezing months.

These funny hens apparently want to be shelved.

And finally the 8 AM hay delivery arrived at 6 PM.  However it was not what we ordered and when opened, only about half was good hay.   They are returning on Monday to pick it up.   Hopefully, we both learned from this.   He will be more honest and I will open the bales and look in the middle before any are unloaded

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL AMERICANS and those from other countries, have a great Nov 23rd.