2017
10/04

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farming

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Joys of farming

This morning my neighbor sent me this photo which sent me into a panic for a moment.   He is such an escape artist and I thought he was over at her house.   But I looked and he was actually on the back deck.  She enjoyed my moment of panic as she had taken the photo last week when she was here.

The vet came to make a farm visit today and Billy, the pygmy goat should no longer be butting me in the back of the legs with those horns and I won’t have to worry about Betty having babies.   He will now be a nice little wether.  In this photo, he has just been given the sedative, so is looking a bit sleepy.   The funny thing was this vet is the same one who used to do the work here 25 years ago when we had cows.  We had not needed services in a long time.

Oh, the joys of farming!

2017
10/03

Category:
farming
food
Knitting
Life
Sewing

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October 2017 “to do” list

October TO DO list

  1. Continue with gym 3xweek

  2. finish grapes

  3. Get apples

  4. get split peas

  5. sell 4 Shetland ram lambs

  6. sell 5 Cormo sheep (possibly the  15th)

  7. Build 3 sheep feeders for winter

  8. Build 2 sheep jugs in each barn area

  9. Take care of main floor paper piles

  10. take care of  sewing studio paper and fabric piles

  11. Put hanging sleeve on fall larger wall hanging/find hanger

  12. Finish small fall hanging linked up to Elm Street OMG

  13. add quilting to twinkling snowman hanging

  14. add hangers to above hanging

  15. sell  2 imagine and evolution sergers

  16. get alfalfa in barns

  17. knit red socks

  18. make a food inventory (canned & frozen)

  19. make menus for trip

  20. mini vacation to visit son

  21. get to bed at 9.30 each night.   except for vacation parties scheduled.

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
10/01

Category:
Life

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Dragonfly hand towels

I embroidered the Hatched in Africa “dragonfly jewels” on these hand towels to make a lovely gift.

We enjoyed the company of our daughter and grandsons this afternoon.   It is so interesting to watch them grow and not have any of the parental conflicts.   The 8th grader is still enjoying the violin and the 6th grader is taking up the bass.  He has a lot of growing to do to grow into such a large instrument.

2017
09/29

Category:
Life

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Yom Kippur thoughts

Yom Kippur starts this evening at sunset.  Although this is not a day most Christians celebrate, I think it is a good time to reflect on the early times of Judeo-Christianity.    This was the one day of  each year that the Israelites were to meet with God in a very special way.  They were to have totally clean bodies and homes.   Any wrongs they could remember must be made right and any sins forgiven.   Nothing was to be left to distract them from the meeting with The Almighty.   This God is so holy that anything left undone would cause the death of the Israelite who was negligent.  Their entire year was geared to being ready for this most special day when they were to be “At one” with  God – The day of Atonement.   This was the day sins were physically removed from the  camp via the scapegoat.

They understood what reverence for God meant.    I remember as a child when we stepped into the sanctuary, we were not allowed to even whisper.   We were to be absolutely quiet in the house of the Lord.   It’s so different today.

And my house is rarely spotless. I have “company clean” areas, and “the rest of the house”  I make excuses, but I wonder how uncomfortable the angels are with all these piles of things I want to get to and that take up so much space – physical and mental.  Yes, I know that I am loved anyway, but am I showing my love and appreciation for Him by not being ready for His presence?  Or am I taking advantage of His love and longsuffering?   I can  assure you that if the Queen of England were going to visit, I would not find this measure of cleanliness acceptable, so then why do I find it okay when the King of the Universe wants to visit with me?  If I want to be ready for the next visit, I should start immediately after this day is over and probably best by reducing how much there is to clean.  I don’t want to be too busy to be ready for the King’s visit.  And I want the angels to be comfortable here.

I’m not looking for anyone to answer, but rather am thinking out loud and would like to cause others to think.  What better day to pause and consider these things than the anniversary “Day of Atonement”

2017
09/29

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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Elm Street OMG for Septemer

OMG for September – Hooking up with Elm Street quilts with my finish for their One Monthly Goal.   Finally the snow people have noses.

Plus there is the little pouch for the transformer to hang on the wall behind the snowman to take the weight off the quilt. This little quilt measures 27 x33 and is done in time for the this year.  It is “Twinkling Snowman” by “aquiltingroadshow@msn.com

The neighbor and I spent too much time getting all the sheep into the proper pastures for their breeding season.   The ewes will be reunited in another month.

And here is the news from today’s paper    “Expect rain and cold temps until July 5, 2018”.  I truly hope this is wrong.

2017
09/28

Category:
farming
food
Life

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sheep/grapes AGAIN

 

Grapes – bucketsful turning into grape juice.  I pick the grapes off the stem and then steam them.   It will be wonderful this winter.

Sheep:   He wanted a selfie.   I was trying to get this

photo of the wool on his neck, but he insisted on the selfie as well.  I wanted you to see all this crimp and this is on his neck.  For those who don’t know, this crimp is what gives the wool the ability to remember it’s shape after being worn.   This wool is next to the skin soft and lovely, sometimes referred to as buttery.

This is how guard dogs pass the day.   Should anything – like a coyote rabbit, strangers – show up anywhere near the fence lines, they would be instantly awake and taking care of the problem.  But don’t they look relaxed?   At night, they make fence line rounds, just looking and watching for trouble.

Today, I spent some time rearranging sheep in preparation for breeding.  Tomorrow, I should get that finished and the sheep will be in their new groups for the next month.   In November, all the girls can form one nice big flock, the Shetland boys will be separated once again and the Cormo ram will go back to his owner.

This big fleece (larger than a screen door) now has the soap rinsed out of it and is drying in the barn.  My hope is that it will be a nice big rug once felted.   And that ends another day on this fiber farm.

 

2017
09/27

Category:
farming
food
Life

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sheep/meetings/grapes

Today consisted of showing the various sheep to a woman who is interested in marketing some of my wool, then meetings with the sheep coop, and lastly picking grapes off stems to make grape juice.   Apparently not  everyday can be exciting.     But I’ll try again tomorrow.

2017
09/25

Category:
quilts

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Nearly finished snow people

It turns out that putting all those little lights into the fabric is hard on the hands.

First I had to lay out where the people were and reverse that pattern to lay on the  back of the hanging.  Then it was time to mark all the light positions

With an awl, I poked all the little holes through and then tried to get a little light into each of those holes. Rubber gaskets go on each side of the fabric to hold the lights in place.

This package has 108 lights.   I still have to make a little holder for the transformer to sit behind the snowman  and they will get orange noses

2017
09/24

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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Daisy and “Ribbons” table runner

On the left is Daisy at 4 months  (I know -not French, but she said that is who she is) and Beau on the right when he was 2 months.   I find it interesting how long those little noses grow.    Daisy has become quite playful.   She gets so excited when I come to see her that her whole little body wiggles.  However, today, Lacey let her know that she (Daisy) is at the bottom of the totem.  She didn’t hurt her, just rolled her over.

Here is the “Ribbons” table runner for which I tested the pattern.   It is available from the Quilt Pattern Magazine in their October issue.   It measures 20 x 53 and is easily made larger or smaller.   It looks so very different in different color combinations and it would be fun to have a different holiday on the reverse side.   I love testing for this company because I can choose which ones I want to test and the colors.   Therefore I can make items that I can use.