MOM-FLORIDA-RIVERVIEW FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER

30 11 2013

Hello,

FLORIDA

FISHING BOAT OFF OF NEW SMYRNA BEACH

FISHING BOAT OFF OF NEW SMYRNA BEACH

Cindy and I  arrived in Florida on late Wednesday night and are happily staying at the Hampton Inn at New Smyrna Beach.  In my rush to leave I left my laptop in my car in Longmeadow .

MOM

We went to see my Mom before noon but she was asleep in the chair and it’s not her routine to wake up till around 2 pm so we decided to return after 4.   Mary the owner asked us for dessert but after the big meal at  Riverview we just didn’t have room.  Mom recognized us both and we had some pleasant conversations.  Mary’s family and friends were there and there was a family sing a long.  Mom enjoyed that.  It’s a wonderful place, full of love, family and pets.

MOM

MOM

RIVERVIEW

We had our Thanksgiving dinner at out favorite place .

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  Val was our waitress and had been for years.  The water was choppy today but there were still sailboats on the water. The time has slipped by fast and tonight we head to Orlando for an early flight home.  I will have more pictures of our visit when I arrive home.

Many thanks for reading my blog today from sunny Florida and I hope you day is wonderful.   Carole





HAY IN THE BARN-THE CURTAIN, THE CHICKENS-FLORIDA AND MOM

26 11 2013

Hello

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Hay in the Barn

50 bales of hay came into the barn yesterday.

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 The last hay from Josh Benson till next summer.  Next year I will contact him early for the full amount of hay  that I need.  He has his own elevator and it only takes 15 minutes or so to get 50 bales into the barn.  Less work for me and my helpers.  I will need hay again by the first of January.   It’s a hassle to be scrambling around for hay.  I do know of several places that will have some but probably no elevator.  

THE CURTAIN

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The curtain is done and is up, I had to fix the plastic on the door for the third time.  If I have to fix it again I will staple and tape it.  I am sure once I get the curtain for the window done the room will be much warmer.

 

 

 

 

 

The CHickens

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Mrs. Brown and Hazel seem to have adjusted to the new area.  They enjoyed their oatmeal this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA AND MOM

Cindy and I are heading to visit my Mom in FLorida tomorrow night.  I hope the weather holds so that we can fly out and fly back on Sunday.  It will be a short trip but I haven’t seen Mom since the spring.  SHe is doing real well in the new home that she is in. 

Many thanks for reading my blog, as I write the snow is melting some and we are expecting rain tomorrow.

AFTERNOON SNACK

AFTERNOON SNACK

I hope you have a wonderful day.       Carole





HAZEL AND MRS. BROW’S NEW HOME – DROP SPINDLE CLASS AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-SLIP COVER MADE INTO A DOOR CURTAIN

26 11 2013

HELLO

It’s a wintery morning here at the farm.  Snow is sticking to the ground and the windows are frosted.  One chicken waterer was frozen.  Luckily the sheeps water is heated to just above freezing  and is perfect.

Making a Slip Cover into a Door Curtain

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Tomorrow I am starting on the last door curtain project.  The house is old no matter what I do other than get new doors which are very expensive its hard to keep the drafts out.  Heavy curtains have proved so useful on all the other doors.  While looking for material I found this wonderful slip cover and I do have a matching sofa cover somewhere.

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 So today I will make the curtain for the door  and when I find the sofa cover I will make a pair of heavy curtains for the window and the computer room will be cozy.

SHEEP AND SHAWL DROP SPINDLE CLASS

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Patti joined Moira and Amy this week and caught up quickly, I will show her how to ply after the holiday.  Moira and Amy really got the swing of doing it and tried silk and Sheltand wool.  They plyed their yarn.  SHeep and Shawl may offer a dye class in June and they plan to come.  Its always a thrill for me to teach a drop spindle class.  When I teach drop spindling I feel like I am passing the torch onto another and they will inspire someone else to learn.  Making socks, mittens or sweaters to be able to keep oneself and ones family warm is a wonderful thing.

Mrs. Brown and Hazel’s new home.

I found just the right type of cage for the chickens today.  And tonight it was moved upstairs in the small bedroom.  But it has wheels and can be moved anywhere.  I have them in it and they seem content.  Now I can get the wood stove going again and get the cat carriers put away.

HAZEL IS CROWING UP A STORM ABOUT IT

HAZEL IS CROWING UP A STORM ABOUT IT

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope your day is wonderful.  Carole





COMPUTER WOES-THE SHOW-SNOW

24 11 2013

GOOD MORNING

SUNRISE THE FRIDAY MORNING

SUNRISE THE FRIDAY MORNING

COMPUTER WOES

For the past two days my computer has not worked, no mater what I seemed to do , but today I fixed it by going back in time.  I love that part of the computer and have used that in the past to get rid of things that have happened.  This time I think it my computer clean up was what caused the problem.  Don’t you wish sometimes we could go back in time and fix something we have done?

Snow

Its bitter cold this morning and snow is covering the ground.  The winds were wild for a time last night and one piece of my plastic has come off the door on the second floor..  I will fix that as soon as I can.  It looks like winter is already here.

THE AUTUMN FARMERS MARKET

It was a delightful small show in the elementary school in Shelburne Falls.  Music was playing through-out the day.  For my first time I did well, realized that I needed one more table for next year and some Vegan Salve.  There are many Vegans in Shelburne Falls and they are interested on how people care for their animals.  They took my card and I am sure to get some business.  It was a good networking day and I made money too.   There were so many wonderful things there for sale, veggies, garlic wreaths, felted items, meat and eggs, wool, soap  wonderful things made from old buttons, handmade clothing, maple syrup, jams and jellies, pickles and much more.   You could do all your Christmas shopping right here and have it all be local.

MY BOOTH

MY BOOTH

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A FARM NEAR MY HOUSE

A FARM NEAR MY HOUSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL SPINNER NATURAL DYER

LOCAL SPINNER NATURAL DYER

 

 

 

HER YARNS

HER YARNS

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMS JELLIES AND DRIED APPLES

JAMS JELLIES AND DRIED APPLES

 

 

 

 

NEEDLE FELTED ITEMS

NEEDLE FELTED ITEMS

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for reading my blog on this windy wintry day.  As I send this the wind is howling off the mountain.   Carole





MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL-THE FIRST PAIR OF MITTENS FROM THE OLD SWEATER

22 11 2013

Hello,

There was snow on the ground when I woke up not even a covering yet but enough to see it,  It was a cold day, I did manage to do some outside things in the afternoon.

Mrs. Brown and Hazel

Mrs. Brown seems better today and is eating more.  I let them out together this morning and evening.  It was quite endearing.  He called her over to eat and then broke up the pieces of lettuce and dropped them in front of her.  They were both so happy.  They have never been without each other until this illness happened.

I am still not that great of the video thing but here is a short clip of them together this morning.

The Mittens

I finally got the mittens done from the old sweater.  I thought there would be a problem on my machine because they were thick but it was fine.  I used my hand as the pattern.  The rest of the mittens won’t be as easy as there will be no cuff and I will knit one.  This pair came from the sleeves.

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Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole





THE SPINNING WHEEL-MRS. BROWN

21 11 2013

HELLO,

THE SPINNING WHEEL

Enjoy the sound of  the wheel.  This wheel makes one slow down.  It will not be spun fast, it must have a slow pace to spin the best yarn

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I love my Irish spinning wheel. In the mid 90’s a trip was planned to visit James Shield of Carndonagh, County Donegal to pick up a spinning wheel.  The arrangements were made by calling James and ordering one, the butcher shop took the call and got James on the phone, he only lived across the street.  He told me to come along, he always had wheels going and I could pick the color of wood I liked.

I had found his name in a crafts book I had picked up on an earlier trip.  In the book were names of three people making wheels including James but sadly James was the  only one left making them.  Now I found out that he was the last Master Spinning Wheelwright in Ireland.

The shop was in the back of his house, a wonderful well light shop with wheel parts everywhere ready to assemble . I met his wife and son and had a delightful visit and picked out my wood.  My wheel happens to be made of a mahogany Church Pew.   He scoured the strands (beaches) for parts of boats and wood washed up on shore  Two days later my wheel was done and I had spent those two days enjoying the time touring the Inishowen Peninsula and would do that for longer periods again on other trips.  WHen I picked it up you could still smell the polish on the wood.  Another visit and I was wisked off to the top floor of the house to visit with their son weaving on a large loom. it took up the whole  room.  He was weaving to sell to the local store.  Beautiful work.

In those days you could bring anything on a plane, the bottom part and legs were packed in my suitcase but the wheel itself was too large for a suitcase so I brought in onboard and put it under the seat. James is gone now but on my next trip to Donegal I plan to stop in the shop and visit with his son.  Check out their website at johnny@apinningwheels.ie

SPINNING THE WOOL

SPINNING THE WOOL

THE PLYING IS DONE

THE PLYING IS DONE

READY FOR A PROJECT

READY FOR A PROJECT

MRS. BROWN 

Mrs. Brown and I made a quick trip back to the vets to get some eye ointment and I watched Dr. COnnor give her the meds.  I was having such a hard time getting the meds into Hazel and Mrs. Brown.  I think I have got it now.  She is glad to be home.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole





A LIGHT IN THE BARN WINDOW-MRS. BROWN-EGGS-BLACK WALNUTS SHEEP

20 11 2013

HELLO

A LIGHT IN THE BARN WINDOW

Last night I put a light in the barn window.  When I first started my blog I was looking for something to call it and was going to call it Through The Barn WIndow.  The window is near the tallest part of this old post and beam barn.  It looks out to the western sky past my neighbors Hemlock tree.  In the winter snow glistening off the tree and the dark blue sky littered with starts is wonderful. Summertime brings a different view with purple, crimson, orange and yellow gold sunsets.  I look up and out of it everyday.  It’s a peaceful time in this busy life, time to just enjoy the beauty and hear the sounds of the sheep and Elliott happily munching away at hay and carrots.

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THE CHICKENS

Today I tried everything to get Mrs. Brown to eat, I think that the antibiotic’s kicked in because she is eating now and her eye is open and looks a lot less inflamed.  She heard Hazel making a ruckus like he does when he has something good to eat, calling the girls so she tried some of hers.  Yea.

SHEEP

I keep two chairs upstairs where the hay it.  I love sitting there listen to the sounds of the sheep.  The barn smells of a mix of wool and hay.

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THAT CAROL KINNEVAN IS SO CUTE!

THAT CAROL KINNEVAN IS SO CUTE!

EGGS

Today was a banner day 4 beautiful eggs.  I am so happy to have my own eggs again, nothing like eggs fresh from your own hens.

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BLACK WALNUTS

The black walnuts are finally dried.  I have already made two batches of dye with them and there are many more batches left in them.  Gary picked them up on his daily walks while he was here.  I also have a batch already made in the freezer.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole