TORRENTIAL RAINS-THE KITCHEN-TICK BITE-CRAFTS OF COLRAIN

6 11 2017

 

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GREETINGS

Getting ready for winter, shows and The trip has kept me busy   The weather has remained reasonably warm so getting things cleaned up in the yard has been possible  Not to say that I am done but I am not wearing mittens and

 

TORRENTIAL RAINS AND WIND

There are still people who don’t believe in climate change, to me its astonishing .  I never remember having rains like we have had this year  It comes down in bucket fulls  I am so grateful that the grading of my land in back of the barn has worked, although several times this summer I have had to remove dirt  Last week alone we have had two storms with winds and torrential rains  Trees have fallen and electric has gone out, rivers rising to their banks and in a few days it’s all normal again      We have done it to ourselves and now have to accept what is happening   I do hope that we can figure out a way to not use fossil fuels

THE TICK BITE

The weather has been perfect for tick breeding and there are tiny ones all over the place   On a Friday night several weeks ago  my arm ached and when I went to look at it I found a tick deeply embedded with swelling and redness around it.  My son tried to take it out but it was in deep so a trip to the ER was necessary   I have been holding onto a RX of antibiotics and hoping to start them after my trip  Taking antibiotics for  long period of time is a balancing act.  Probiotic’s have to be taken either two hours before the antibiotics or two hours after  Who wants to be thinking of that while on vacation.  Well I will be doing just that and glad that I found the tick and hope that I started the med’s in time to avoid symptoms.  I really wish that Lyme’s disease would be addressed seriously  One doctor at the clinic I go to told me antibiotics was a waste of time obviously he has not had lyme’s disease or he wouldn’t say such a thing.    Anything you can take to alleviate  the symptoms is worth it

CHICKEN CATCHING

Last week Charlie and I spend an hour trying to round-up 5 Bantams and on regular size hen   What a calamity  The ground was muddy and very slippery from torrential rains from a few days ago.  The chickens decided that they want to remain in the caravan.  Finally we got them all and they are safe inside the barn.  There area is temporary but safe.  They look like a bunch a sad sacks for a while but now have gotten  adjusted.

THE KITCHEN

The plumbers came last week and within three hours I had a water connection and new forgiving pipes from the cellar.  The new to me door is on and the drywall is up.  It is snug and warm in there for the first time in 19 years!   The counter top is here  and the faucets will be bought this week and the stove comes on Thursday.   It certainly is an experience putting in a new kitchen, not for the faint hearted, but now I can see an end and its coming out quite nice.  Family and friends have gotten me through.  Soon the plants will be back in the windows and everything will be easily accessible and in working order.  

CRAFTS OF COLRAIN

Come visit me for the Crafts of Colrain next Saturday and Sunday.  You will be greeted by a sign explaining the kitchen and the porch will be loaded with boxes of kitchen things and cabinets etc.  But this is real life on the farm and the dining room and living room will be inviting and cozy.  Hope to see you here.

COSMO TESTING THE NEW CAT TOYS

Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day.   Carole

LAST ROSES OF SUMMER

 

 

 

 





SPICED HOT PADS-THE BLUEBERRY CONNECTION-COSMO

6 11 2015

GREETINGS

It has been such beautiful weather and it continues for another day or so, before some cooler but not cold weather comes.  Then another bout of warm weather next week.

HERBAL HOT PADS

These few are done and ready to tag.  I sold them some years ago and are fun to make.  Used to put hot dishes on the pad is full of  fall and winter spices.

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BLUEBERRY CAKE

In 2011 I went to Nova Scotia to take a class from Deanne Fitzpatrick.  It was a wonderful drive.  I took the highway to Bangor and then took the scenic route from there.  Up and down  evergreen covered mountains, passed fields of low bush blueberries turned crimson and scenic ocean vistas.   I fell in love with Nova Scotia, the people and the land.    If I was younger I would have moved there.  

The class was exciting and Deanne was wonderful to each class member.  We did short travels around Amherst and went to PEI for a day.  On our travels I picked up this Cookbook.  There it has sat on my bookshelf full of cookbooks.  I go through my cookbooks every year sorting out ones that I don’t use and finding new homes for them.  This year I had to move the bookcase and put the Blueberry cookbook to the side.    When I had time I looked the book over.  The author told stories of how she came to write the book, it as so interesting with lots of tidbits about Nova Scotia scattered throughout it..  This gem is full of blueberry recipes, I know you will enjoy it.  The Blueberry Cake recipe was great.  You can get it on Amazon.

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COSMO

Here is a blurry picture of Cosmo with his very own cat nip toy.  He was having a great time and no one was gong to take it away from him!

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this warm day.  Carole

 





MISCHIEVOUS CATS-POD CAST FOR KNITTERS-DYEING WOOL

17 09 2015

GREETINGS

Warm days and cool nights are perfect.  The leaves in the back mountain are ever so slightly showing changes.  This summer has been a funny one.  With torrential rains and cool enough temperatures to warrant a wood stove being lit.  Terrible fires in the west with flooding everywhere.  Climate change is here to stay and we have to learn to live with the abrupt changes.

MISCHIEVOUS CATS

Packing up for the show I found my Cat Pincushions.  Well should I say what was left of two of them.  The cats found them and thought that they were cat toys and ripped them open only to find that there was no catnip in them only walnut shells.  I will have to make sure that the new ones I make are in cat proof boxes.

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PODCAST FOR KNITTERS

I have found a great Podcast for knitters called KnitBritish.  The pod cast are many and they want British people to buy wool grown and spun  in Britain.  I love it and encourage all you knitters here in the states to follow suit and buy only wool grown here when you can.   Not enough is done to encourage that but I do know that Liz of Sheep and Shawl carries many wool’s grown locally.

 I love listening to the podcast for he  helpful hints and interesting facts about the wool’s she finds.  It inspires me while I am working on my projects for shows.

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DYEING WOOL

I have been getting another order ready for Camp Wool in Kennebunk, Maine.  I have finished the purples today and am onto the flesh  and pumpkin colors .

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Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog today.  Carole

lunch today

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A CHICKEN MYSTERY-OWEN-CHICKEN LITTLE- SHELBURNE FALLS AUTUMN MARKET

21 11 2014

GREETINGS

Yesterday I was without internet for most of the day, I didn’t realize how much I would miss it.  Eventually my Son found the cause the phone line had become unplugged!   Its cold here this morning but will rise up to the 40’s this afternoon.  Then bitter cold tonight.   The people in Buffalo could get another 3-4 feet of lake effect snow today on top of the 4-5 feet they already have.  No one can really be prepared for that amount.

THE CHICKEN MYSTERY

This picture is of  a rooster and a hen or two roosters, not sure.

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 I thought they were both roosters but Chicken Little now looks like a hen.  No eggs though which leads me to think that he is a he.  Strange though.

SHELBURNE FALLS AUTUMN FARMERS MARKET

Shelburne Falls has its autumn farmers market this Saturday from 11 am till 4 pm in the elementary school.  It’s a wonderful event where you can pick up some locally made items and still buy some wonderful produce.  

CAT TOYS

I have been busy making cat toys for the farmers market

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and some to send to Ahimsa SHelter where my two new kitties came from

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.  It’s such a nice shelter where loving care is shown to each animal and great care is given to find just the right owner.

OWEN

Owen had his doctors visit yesterday.  He certainly doesn’t like going anywhere.  All numbers are good so he won’t have to go back for three month.  He gained 2/10’s of a pound.

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The Thursday Spinner met at Jane’s today.  Everyone had an interesting project.   Many thanks for reading my blog today.  Its going to be a bitter night and the wood stove is keeping the kitchen nice and warm.   Carole

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ANGUS

3 08 2014

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GREETINGS

The day started off overcast with some rain but ended up sunny and slightly humid.

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Angus is back on antibiotics as his UTI wasn’t gone.  He has now gotten use to going upstairs and now spends most of his day upstairs with Willy.   I think now since he has adjusted to his schedule he will gain back the pound he lost. Today he is very happy.

BREAKFAST FINALLY

BREAKFAST FINALLY

 For a while I didn’t think he would get better.  With better liver tests and not quite half way through his liver medication I expect a good outcome.

FELTED CAT TOYS

I have been making felted cat toys for an order.  They are fun to make and cats enjoy them.  Shorty especially loves them and has many around the house, he carry’s them around in his mouth.  

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FAVORITE MOVIES

My Friend Deb reminded me about the movie The SHipping News.  SHe was watching again.  I have movies I like to watch again and again.  SOmetimes it the scenery sometimes its just the movie.  I watched The SHipping News again this past week.  The scenery of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia are breath-taking and I love the story and acting.  Another movie I just love is Dancing  At Lughnasa. It takes place in my favorite county in Ireland COunty Donegal. The story is beautiful with laughter and tears.  The scenery spectacular this is one you won’t want to miss its uplifting.   And lastly I love watching Under The Tuscan Sun. The scenery of the Amafi Coast is wonderful.  It’s an uplifting movie with wonderful characters in it.

SAMANTHA AND ROSIE

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Samantha and Rosie are doing well.  They are still on antibiotics and will be on them for a while.  Samantha has had a hard time leaving her Mother but now with her new friend, Rosie she is adapting.    The boys are really doing well and are going to be big roosters.  They don’t mind being handled and are friendly.

Everyday there are more and more morning glories opening and they are so beautiful.   I have decided to leave them be, they love it there so it must be the perfect spot for them and if they reseed themselves again that will become The Morning Glory bed and I will move the Herb Bed somewhere else.  The Tansy have set flowers and are getting ready to blossom which means I will have to start gathering them for fall arrangements soon in Charlemont.  When Chris comes back we will trim the willow, and crab-apple trees.  Many branches are rubbing against the house or the roof.  I still have wood to cut up but it seems every day it rains.  I hope we will have a sunny week and I will get that chore done.

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