CRAFTS OF COLRAIN-TICKS-MISSING COSMO- SURPRISES-SHEEP SHENANIGANS -LOCAL RUG HOOKERS

12 11 2017

 

 

 

GREETINGS

Winter winds were blowing off the mountain a few days ago and bits of snow-covered some of the branches.  I think the cold weather is here to stay.  I still have the coop to finish winterizing.  It will get done this week. 

CRAFTS OF COLRAIN

The tour started yesterday and the crowds came .    What a delightful day seeing old customers and friends and meeting new ones.  Today is the last day, stop by and visit, see  how the kitchen is coming and Eddie (the rooster) will give you a greeting too.

TICKS

Yikes, Sammy and I both had ticks embedded in us a few days ago.   It’s so funny that the other cats don’t get any on them.   I have decided not to hang my clothes out as I think this is where they are coming from.  And next spring I will find some spray for the side yard. 

MISSING COSMO

The vet felt that the cancer had spread throughout his body.  For the first time in well over 20 years I only have three cats.  Shorty who is 19 (and the last of the Maryland cats) ,  Willie who was abandoned in  a house in my neighborhood and he is 10, and Sammy who is 4 and still is active like a kitten.  Shorty will have nothing to do with his shenanigans but Willie gets caught up in the chasing and playing.

  Cosmo lived upstairs and wanted no part of the other cats.  I think this was because of the loss of his eye which happened right before he came to live here.  It took him some time to adjust he loved sleeping on a blanket that was my Dad’s.  I hold a special place in my heart for him. 

  Another cat or two will come my way when the time is right, they always do.  They never replace ones that have gone on before them but serve as a memory of them.

YESTERDAY’S SURPRISES

Life does hold surprises.  Yesterday Cindy and her friend Nicole came  as they always do and brought a package for me from my Son in Law Rick.  A beautiful  hundred year old map of Ireland,  Beautifully framed.  Its perfect and  its up in a perfect spot . 

 

Ricky stopped by and helped me too.  He is in college and working so time is precious and I loved him stopping by.  The day ended with a lovely meal with my son and his family.

SHEEP SHENANIGANS

Charlie went up to feed the sheep yesterday and found them all together.  Somehow, Sally, Carol K, and Lucy got into Maude’s area.  It looks like things may work out after all this time so we will take  it day by day.  It sure does make it easier.

RUG HOOKERS IN MY AREA

A wonderful Lady new to Greenfield but not new to Rug Hooking wants to get together with other hookers.  It would be wonderful to have a group in Franklin County.  Please e-mail me wspines@aol.com and we will try to get something going.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this chilly, November day.  Hope you can stop and visit today.   Carole





SHORTY AND WILLIE – BREAD MAKING TIPS

21 01 2017

 

 

 

The Man EDDIE

The Man EDDIE

GREETINGS

We have had more snow and warmer weather but still not enough to melt the ice that is outside the barn door.  Maybe this coming week with temps in the 40’s it will happen.  

SHORTY AND WILLIE

Willie the elusive Baby and Shorty resting on the sofa

Willie, Shorty and a good shot of the elusive Baby aka Marion

 

Both had had an appointment at the vets.  Willie was quite the ham and loved all the attention given by the Vet and the Vet Techs.  Shorty on the other hand hated the whole ordeal and screamed and snarled which is so unlike him. When animals get older one has to make decisions for them.    Shorty is almost 20 and is entering into kidney failure.  The vet suggested he be on the kidney food and so far I have not done anything about it.   It would mean moving him to his own room and away from everyone else.  He enjoys his life with his friends.  Morning naps on the sofa and afternoons spent eating and relaxing on my bed.  I see taking him away from all this and him going down hill very fast.  I am giving myself a little time thinking about this and would appreciate input from other older cat owners.  Willie is being treated for his respiratory problems that he has had ever since he came here.  He will be on antibiotics for a time and then he is scheduled for a dental procedure.

Because of his age Shorty isn’t taking care of his fur as well as he should, so constant combing and brushing is called for.  At the doctors they had a battery operated  mustache/beard trimmer and off came the mats that I had spent so much time on .  I will be getting one of these soon.

BREAD MAKING TIPS

 

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I love making bread and have been doing it since my children were young.  I just learned a new tip.  I use normal  bread pans and my bread never seems to look like the pictures .  In looking up bread recipes on the King Arthur Four site I found that using a smaller pan will cause the bread to rise higher in the pans thus the beautiful large loaves!!!!!  Learn something new every day.  I will be looking for slightly smaller pans soon.

I am planning to start my hyacinths today.  Looking forward to the sights and smells of spring soon.  The chickens have enjoyed going out most days this winter, which is great for them. Many thanks for reading my blog today and for all the kind comments.  I really appreciate them..  Carole

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THE POP UP SHOP-HELEN-EDDIE- SHIELS SPINNING WHEELS

15 12 2015

GREETINGS

The weather here has been wonderful,  for the past 5 nights it has not gotten below freezing.  I can’t remember a time in mid December that it has happened.  the temps will dip this coming weekend but then warm up again for the holidays.  

Last week I got the flu shot.  I have been doing it for years.  Now having Lymes disease it seems more important to keep myself away from the flu. There are two flu shots one for people under 65 and the other for people over 65.  I got the one for over 65 and have not felt well since.  I will think twice next year and check with my clinician at The Wellness Clinic before getting it.

THE POP UP SHOP

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What a wonderful idea from Christa.  Its worked out so well for all of us.  People just love a place that sells locally made things..  Everyone’s things are different and wonderful.  Wish  we could do it every year.  Thanks Christa for setting it up.

HELEN

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She is laying eggs again and is perky and bright.  Its been a long haul but so worth it.   It will be great for her to be outside this next summer.  I will be changing all the side area around.  The large tree was cut down and a new tree to give them shade will be planted in one of the chicken yards.  Which means that another yard must be made.  A fun project.  

EDDIE

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Eddie has been showing his powerful (so he thinks) rooster self lately.  He is only about 8 inches tall!!!!   Yesterday he jumped out of the coop and was flying around the bottom of the barn.  he had gotten himself stuck between rolled up chicken wire and dog crates.  It took me about 15 minutes to find him.  I am more cautious now when opening the door.

SHIEL’S SPINNING WHEELS

I had a delightful surprise in the mail the other day.  I small package from Ireland.  It was a handmade wooden tree made by Johnny Shiels.  It is so beautifully made and will go perfectly with my Christmas village.

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He is hoping to see where all the  Shiels Spinning Wheels are located.   Do you have one???   I will be trying to locate owners here in the states and in Canada.  If you own one of these wonderful wheels please let me know.


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PRIM SANTA’S

I am making more Prim Santa’s for the Pop Up Shop and for gifts.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this spring like day.  Carole 

MURPHY AND THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY TO BE OUTSIDE

MURPHY AND THE GIRLS ARE SO HAPPY TO BE OUTSIDE

 

 

 





USING UP OLD YARN-ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN-MORNING GLORIES

7 08 2015

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day today.  Lots to do and cooler weather to do it in.  Blanket weather at night.  Sometimes the hens have to lay eggs at the same time it does cause some space problems when they both want to do it in the same space.  Their are two more nest boxes!!

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Matilda  is kind of upset with the situation!

USING UP OLD YARN

Years and Years ago I was given a trash bag full of very thick yarn.  It sat for years in the bag then I used some to weave a rug, then more to crochet a rug and now I am working on the last of it.

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 Made this cat bed while on the river.  One more to go and the yarn will finally be gone.  The cats will love them.

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ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN

Yesterday while letting the side chickens out I noticed that Hazel was holding his little leg up and hopping.  Immediately brought him in and soaked his leg,  I couldn’t see anything visible and it seems to be better today.  I also brought Mrs. Brown in as they can’t stand to be separated.

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I will keep them in for  a little while to watch him and bathe his foot daily.  When they go out they will go in the dog house as the new hen is working well with the others.  Now that this has all happened Eddie can finally go out with the girls that will happen this evening.  What a day for him.

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I never get sick of seeing the beauty of morning glories.

 

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Hope you have a wonderful day.  Many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





WEAVING REPAIR-MEMORABLE CLOTHES TO RUGS-EDDIE AND HELEN

13 03 2015

GREETINGS

Another chilly morning with the temps going up this afternoon..  Rain coming tomorrow so I will have a busy day cleaning up things in the barn.  A little water has tricked into the sheep area I am hoping I can keep it at bay.  Rain is coming in for tomorrow we will see what happens.

WEAVING REPAIR

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In the late 80’s I took  the 4 year weaving course at Hill Institute in FLorence, Mass.  I had never woven before and during the first class when the teacher was taking about warp and weft I wondered what she was talking about..The class was tough but I learned how to weave.  Opportunities came  along to take special classes and a Transparency class came up and I took it. This was another thing I didn’t know much about.   I had just spent some time in Maine my Mother-in-Law had to have some serious heart surgery and at the time I was making baskets and wanted to make some out of cat tails.  Everyday My Father-in-Law and I would drive up 95 to visit my Mother-in-Law and he would pull over on the side of the road and I would get out and pick cat tails.   The whole back seat would be full  of them, at night I would braid them.  What came out of the cat tail  adventure was a few wonderful baskets and this Transparency.  Its been hanging in this window since I moved in some 18 years ago.  It is made of linen and has stood the test of time.  But this past fall the threads which attached the picture to the frame had come apart.  I finally got it fixed and back up.  Each time I look at it reminds me of those days in Maine.

NEW LIFE FOR A CHEER LEADING SKIRT AND A JACKET OF MY mOM’S

In my teenage years I was a cheerleader.  I have kept the skirt and decided that it needed to have a new life.

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The lining is silk and I separated that and dyed some of that to use in my Blueberry Jar rug and the skirt itself is wool.

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 I also found this old wool work shirt that my Mother would wear in the fall. That will go into some rugs too.

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EDDIE AND HELEN

Eddie is such a delight.  Every day I have him out, he love to watch what is going on outside the window.

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 Sometimes it is my Son using his ATV to clear the driveway and other times it the birds bringing the seeds they get from the feeder up to the roof to eat them.  Today he saw his first Blue Jay and he squealed.  He will have so much fun outside this summer.

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IHelen is better but not cured.  I will have to do more research.  SHe still has some of that stuff in her crop and I work on her every day.

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She stopped eating the eggs and yogurt so she is back on regular food with some oatmeal and blueberries too.  She follows me around when I am cleaning the cages and talks and talks.

Hope you have a wonderful day and Thank you much for reading my blog.   Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





REPAIRING A MARKET BASKET-ELLIOTT-EDDIE-SHORTY AND SAM

30 01 2015

GREETINGS

Its gently snowing today and won;’t amount to much.  Its much milder but the bitter cold is coming back tonight and lasting for days.  More wood will be brought in and stacked on the porch today.

This is how Shorty handles a blizzard

This is how Shorty handles a blizzard

REPAIRING A MARKET BASKET

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I made lots of baskets.  I found a kindred spirit in basket making, spinning, weaving and now rug hooking in my friend Deb. We have had many adventures over the years and I especially remember one such adventure in the wilds of New Hampshire where we learned to pound ash.  It was something we both  remember with laughter and wonderful baskets.  

This market basket was on the porch full of wool in a  sad state of disrepair.

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 I brought it in and luckily I had the materials I needed to fix it.

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It only took an hour or so and now I have a usable basket again.

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In the spring I plan to make some willow baskets from my willow.  

ELLIOTT’S NEW DIGS

Thought I would show you Elliott;s new area

Sally would love to get in there to eat the grain.

Sally would love to get in there to eat the grain.

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I have renamed Morticia’s son Eddie.  The name suits him.

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 Yesterday I purchased a mirror for him.  He had to be separated from his sister and Mom, he was getting so unruly.  In many articles I have read the mirror will entertain him.  He is enjoying it and talking to it.

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 When Chris comes all will join him in the box room in separate cages .  In the summer Eddie will rejoin his family outside.

Sammy is enjoying is favorite activity, bird watching.

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