Something old….kitty cat that had been dropped off on our property 7-8 years ago; caught her sleeping on the back porch.
February 17, 2014 at 3:41 am (Uncategorized)
I am not sure why it took so long, but I have decided that if I am putting myself into a project, then it needs to be done right. This means I may be using a seam ripper, making a swatch or frogging my knitting/crocheting. I didn’t make New Years’ resolutions but I did make some goals and two of them were to improve my quitling with better quarter seams, better rotary cutting and better pressing; and to be more accurate in my knitting/crochet projects with using swatches and better yarn tension. So far I have frogged two hats and a headband, and have them in the remake mode.
I am much happier now with the end results of my crafts – I am not a perfectionist but do enjoy being closer to it.
February 5, 2014 at 2:35 am (Uncategorized)
When there were small kids at home, there were many times I felt like a cruise director – managing everyone’s schedule by planning events and knowing where everyone should or should not be. When grown and able to manage their own time frames, my time became my own which turned into a juggling act especially since being on the farm.
Some events are seasonal such as the garden, goat babies, shearing llamas and worming everyone. But then the every day tasks of when feeding (weather and sunlight dependent) and who gets grain fed just adds to the juggling of personal time (knit, read, sew/quilt) and house time (dishes, vaccuum, laundry) not to mention men time (meals). So it crossed my mind the other day when I added one more project to my personal time that may be I have enough to last awhile and that I should concentrate on finishing something!
Projects in different states of progress:
- reknitting a hat (and will remake the first one)
- finish a knitted baby blanket started last spring
- get the right yarn for my shrug so I can continue to finish it
- finish two granddaughter quilts as well as the farmer’s flannel quilt
- catch up on the guild’s monthly half square triangle blocks
- continue and finish reading my latest book
- added a crocheted spiral vest
I heard February is going to be treacherous weatherwise so I may be just juggling a couple of personal projects at the end of the month – will let you know!
February 2, 2014 at 2:14 am (Uncategorized)
Weather was a little warmer during the day, but the nights still had temps dropping to the 30s. We have our heater set to 67-68 during the night – we all seem to sleep better- and during the day the house stays @ 70ish. Sometimes the thermostat is turned up if the wind is blowing; otherwise, inside it is 70 with a sweatshirt.
Because we harvest soybeans in late November, we aren’t able to fill out propane tank until the check comes from the grainery. This year it seems we hit the jackpot in timing….we paid $1.74 a gal for propane in November. The end of January saw the price skyrocketing to $4-4.50 a gallon! and there is a 200 gallon limit! Why you ask? I have heard two theories: 1) we exported too much overseas and 2) farmers used more to dry crops than years before. I tend to lean towards the first one as it is the one I have heard on recent news reports. I know our heating needs are covered – we haven’t run out of propane in past winters – but there are families that aren’t, and I worry about it.
Just can’t figure out why a majority of our population is always shortchanged when the government makes deals overseas…..
January 28, 2014 at 3:23 am (Uncategorized)
Soozi is still with us….sleeping more, still wants to get on the couch – sometimes needs help. She hasn’t given me to look that says “enough is enough” so we will take it day by day.
Weekend weather has been pleasant and makes one think spring is very close. But we know the weather is changing this week, and its been rumored February is going to be brutal. With propane expected to be $5/gal, my thoughts are with those who don’t have a crop that fills the tank once a year. Windows are bubble wrapped and door stoppers are in place. Quilts are doubled up on beds and livestock getting extra feed to keep the fat layer on. Bring it on Mother Nature!
A knitted hat was finished as well as a scarf for the state of Washington’s Special Olympics team.
The laugh of the week is despite stating on his jury questionaire that everyone in jail and/or on trial is guilty, the farmer was called for jury duty this week! Will wait in suspense to see if he is picked! LOL
January 6, 2014 at 1:10 am (Uncategorized)
Living in small spaces tends to either make you creative or do nothing. I haven’t been as creative as I could have regarding my sewing space….I did buy a portable cabinet for one machine instead of using TV trays and I did maintain small stacks of projects instead of spreading out into the living room. But a tip i received in a quilt seminar has kept me doing nothing….I am not set up to sit down to sew for 15 minutes. The time I find to sew gets used up just getting things ready and together, and then its time to put it all away. I had a small room in the garage when living in San Diego where I could walk in and start creating, and then close the door to return into the house. Current living quarters aren’t real conducive to allow that – the one extra room we have is the living quarters for the house cats (3 of them). During their Thanksgiving visit, Christine suggested making the travel trailer into my sewing area. With the machine on its own table, the dining table would be the cutting table and the kitchen counter would be the pressing area. So when the ‘sewing room’ building was cleaned out and reorganized to be a multi purpose storeroom for holiday decorations, seed and planter boxes, all my San Diego sewing room boxes were moved into the travel trailer – in an organized fashion…meaning I can walk/work around them as I either sew or organize my stuff. Today i felt the pull of a sewing project. So I went to my new room, worked awhile and then had to write about it. Let’s see what I accomplish in 2014 in my new sewing digs! That next generation – so smart!
(this was written on 1/1/14 but have had blog site issues.)
December 21, 2013 at 2:03 am (Uncategorized)
A few years back while visiting with Christine and family, I asked her about the slippers she was wearing. They were from Big 5 and she could wear them inside and outside! So shortly after moving to MO, I ordered a pair for the farmer, the farm hand and myself.
I would wear mine spring and fall inside and out – so much easier and quickly to feed the flocks that to take the time to find a pair of shoes to wear for this short task or anything else that just needed a quick trip outside.. I don’t wear mine during summer – that’s flip flop weather. Nor do I wear them when the snow is more than ½” – the tops to do get wet!
After 6 years, I have finally concluded we needed new ones – mine are literally falling apart; the farmer’s have puppy made holes and the farm hand left his in CA while on his hiatus a couple years ago.
So L.L. Bean got an order and the new ones have arrived!! Yipee!! Toasty feet again – inside and outside.
December 9, 2013 at 1:04 am (Uncategorized)
I was very excited to have all my kids for Thanksgiving this year. A couple of years ago, I had all three together but this time was more special because all three (Christine, Wayne and Lee) along with spouses (Dave and Heather – Lee isn’t married <yet>) and 5 grandchildren (Savannah, Austin, Ethan, Averi and DeLayni) were all in my single wide mobile home eating turkey together! What a good time!
Then the big day arrived as well as my mom and younger sister from CA walking in my door!!! OMGosh!! what a surprise!! Only the two older kids knew; the farmer didn’t know!! It was a great visit with my CA visitors – had enough time and decent weather to show off the farm and surrounding towns.
Lots of good memories of good times!
December 2, 2013 at 3:33 am (Uncategorized)
This year’s Thanksgiving was awesome in MO. All the kids and their kids were here – the CA family were here the whole week which was great for the cousins to reconnect. The trucker son was able to be home for turkey day. We had lots of food, fun and laughter. I so enjoyed it.
We didn’t do much during the week – tours of the farm, Neosho, Granby and Monett. The grandsons (Austin & Ethan) stayed with us on the farm while mom and dad (Christine and Dave) had a break staying in town. Christine would come out for most of the day while Dave worked on his writing. Wayne and family came for tacos on Friday so it was a bonus as he was suppose to have been on the road.
Saturday was my big day and I couldn’t make a decision of what to do. But that decision was waylaid when my mom and younger sister walked into my house! OMGosh was I shocked! The tear faucet turned on. The big kids were in on the surprise but the farmer wasn’t so he was as surprised when I called him at work as I was! Man oh Man…what a secret to be kept!
Dinner Saturday was great with the whole family again (minus Mr. Pinson) with lots of teasing and laughing. My gifts were wonderful with a couple of surprises from my sister Kathleen and the Pinson family; the card from the farmer touched me. Thank you to all for making this a great holiday week/birthday!
November 12, 2013 at 3:14 am (Uncategorized)
I almost got caught! But the flashlight was bright enough to get the straw around my lantana pots. Since I worked hard to keep them alive during the heat, I sure am going to do my darndest to keep them alive during our winter. The CA fruit trees and Saga palms are in their winter housing for the next 4 months. At least it’s not 8 months long as it is for the Kilcher family!!
I think everybody/everything is as protected as best as it can be right now. I had an idea that the farm hand is going to work on during the warm hours of the day, over the next few days. The weather man is calling for more 20 temp nights next weekend - we will be prepared!