THE LADY WITH THE BUN-COSMO-THE MOURNING DOVES

17 08 2016

GREETINGS

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Finally cooler weather with less humidity.  Even a cool breeze this morning.  Yesterday was dreadful at the Farmers Market with high humidity and rain.  We still need rain but not the down pours a gentle rain for a few days would fill the coffers.

THE LADY WITH THE BUN

I usually take the back road to Greenfield.  It use to be dirt but now its paved.  On the way into town I always passed this white house with a woman with her hair in a bun. She was always busy in her garden or sitting in her lawn chair.  She would often put things out for sale on a little table.  Bouquets of flowers  from her gardens, raspberries, chestnuts grapes and antique glassware.  I never knew her name but would often stop and we would chat.

Passing her house lately I have had an odd feeling.  I haven’t seen her out  for some time.  On the way home from the Farmers Market I saw a huge green dumpster in her driveway.  In it was her beautiful furniture and all her things almost tumbling out.  A great sadness came over me although I never got to know this woman she became part of my life.  I always looked for her on my way by..  I imagine she has passed on and this made me think of all the people who have come and gone in my life.  I appreciate them for all the gifts and lessons I have learned from them.  

I also felt sad that all her positions were headed for a land fill instead of given to a charity.  This has happened with my Grandmother’s things.  All were thrown in a dumpster  and tossed  without a thought to my Mother who lived far away.  By the time she got there it was gone and I remember her tears.

So to the woman with the bun I thank you for showing the passers-by endurance, kindness and hard work.  You will be remembered.

COSMO

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Cosmo had a doctors visit yesterday.  He has been having problems with one of his legs.  It usually happens with attempts to jump on or off the bed.  The first time it happened he recovered but happening again I wondered if he had something wrong with his leg.   I really didn’t know how I was going to get him in the carrier and down the stairs but it wasn’t as hard as I had thought.  He weights 15.1 pounds and is a hefty cat.  He also has a small lump near where his eye was taken out.  That was worrisome too.  He had an x-ray and pain meds were given..  He had a pedicure and will return in 6 weeks for a repeat x-ray to see how it is progressing.  No brakes so that is a relief.  He is now on a bone supplement which will help him and I will no longer succumb to his pleas  for a 3rd or 4th Fancy feast.

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THE MOURNING DOVES

I am happy to say their are now flying higher with confidence.  But they still remain close to their nesting spot and are still occasionally under the watchful eye of their parents.

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SOME PICTURES FROM THE GARDEN

The pumpkins are forming in the most interesting places.  I wish I had grown more of them but there is always next year.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this day with cool breezes.  It will take this cement house a few days to cool down.   Carole

 





BEACH TOWEL INTO A TABLE PAD-MAKING GINGERBREAD MEN AND STARS

3 12 2015

GREETINGS

It looks like its  a spring day instead of an almost winter day.  Mist is thick in the woods and the temps in the 40’s

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My Mom had this wildly colored beach towel.   It was always taken to the beach in Florida.It was surprisingly unlike my Mom.  Inside her house was all painted white, she just didn’t like a lot of color, she was very conservative.  Of all the things I kept from her this one is precious.  But I had to do something with it so it could be used.  So its been sitting around for a few years.  Finally in the summer I cut it up.  It was a little fragile and there was little pieces of the towelling material all over.  I tried to crochet with it to make a bath mat but it raveled more.  Finally this week I decided to braid it.  Now its a table pad.  I do like it and it will go with my primitive red dining room.

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In one of the houses I lived in all the rooms were painted white too.  Now I have moved on from that and am making my house so colorful. The kitchen is coco brown and mustard, one of the bedrooms is a pumpkin color and the dining room is primitive red and mustard trim.   This weekend a few friends and I are going to  an open house in Leyden.  Kristen Nicholas, a famous knitter and crafter extraordinaire is holding it in her very colorful house.  We are all hoping to get some new ideas for our worlds.  An exciting thing to look forward to.  And she has lots of sheep.  A kindred spirit.

GINGERBREAD MEN

Today I have made these Gingerbread Men and stars.  I will be bringing them to the Pop Up Shop that is coming up in Turners Falls.  I have made then before and sold them they are not edible and will last a long time.

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 Most of the stars will be used in swags which I make.  There will be bay leaves, cranberries and the stars.  The whole kitchen smells wonderful

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It saddens me on this night to see more gun violence in California.  I hope and pray that we can stop all of this around the world.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this rainy day.  I hope that you enjoyed the day.  Carole\

Shorty and Willie

Shorty and Willie





MORE HAY-GOODBYE CHRIS=OPEN HOUSE AT THE FIREHOUSE-SAM

10 08 2015

GREETINGS

The whole house and yard is encased with the smell of skunk.  Its as though he was in the house!

The weather is still nice and cool but more humidity and some needed rain will be here in a day or two.

Chris left yesterday.  We got so much accomplished while he was here.  He will be back in October.

MORE HAY

Cindy met us in Greenfield and we put 18 bales of hay in her Mini Van!!!!!!  And loaded 4 bales in my car.  The total in the barn is now 42 toward my goal of 100.I won’t start using the 100 till mid march to insure that when I run out the new hay will be ready.

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 Thanks so much Cindy.  Chris and Charlie got it into the barn in no time.

SAM AND MOM

Sam the man has been here a year.  He was two yesterday.  He has changed so much and come into his own.

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 I am so happy that i got he and Owen  Although Owen didn’t have a long time here he to came into his own before he passed away.

Yesterday was another anniversary.  It was one year since my Mom passed.  Time has flown by.  I miss she and my Dad so much. If you still have parents  be sure to ask them things about your family and their lives.  I have so many questions unanswered.  When Cindy got home last night she has an old clock which belonged to my Dad’s family.  It’s never touched or wound up yet yesterday it was ticking, how interesting.

THE FIREHOUSE OPEN HOUSE

My son so enjoys being a volunteer fireman.  It’s a rewarding job   Yesterday was there annual open house.

Good friends and family  Lil meets Sparky here new hero

Good friends and family Lil meets Sparky her new hero

 Food was served, all the equipment was out and there was a smoke house that you could go into.  What a fun and educational day for adults and children alike.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you had a lovely day.  Carole





HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL -THE WRINGER WASHER AND HANGING CLOTHES OUT-FRANCIS

10 05 2015

GREETINGS

We had a shower yesterday morning but do need lots more rain.  Everything is popping up and the birds are out in full force

SADIE'S PLACE

SADIE’S PLACE

THE WRINGER WASHER

My Mothers family lived in Maryland.  We would visit a couple of times a year staying with my Grandmother. SHe had an old, 2   story Maryland style home with a large front porch.  There was a walk out cellar that always had a little puddle of water when you took that last step into it.  All laundry and canning was done in that cellar.  I can still remember the smell of it.  The house stood facing some railroad tracks and the Susquehanna River.  Oh what wonderful times were had there.  From my quiet life in Massachusetts to large family gatherings, a dog named Joe, lots of cousins and fun on the river.  At night the sounds of trains far away and boats with music and people partying on the river would lull me to sleep

IMG_5008The above hand painted picture is of my Grandmothers house.  Painted by my Cousin Gary. 

I loved helping my Grandmother with things and her washing machine was so different from ours at home.  She reluctantly instructed me on how the wringer worked and repeatedly told me how an arm can be broken in one of them.  One day she said I could send the clothes through to her and for a while I paid close attention to what was going on and then my arm went in with the clothing.  Luckily she had an emergency release on her new machine.  What an experience.

I come from a long line of women who hung their clothes out to dry  I have had a clothesline every place I have lived.  Although I do use a dryer occasionally I do love the feel and smell of freshly dried clothes.  Thanks to my blogger friend Eliza for reminding me of the wonders of hanging laundry out.

FRANCIS

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Francis is 13 years old this year and it summertime and she has started laying her beautiful blue eggs again.  The other day she was in the nest box and for a moment I though she was dead.  SHe was just taking a nap while laying her egg.  It’s not easy laying an egg when you are old!

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I hope that Mothers Day is a delightful all, 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





MOM

9 09 2014

MOM

Today with great sadness I must tell you that my Mom passed away yesterday.  She had been ill and we knew that this was coming but it’s still a shock.   SHe was in Florida with loving people around her.  There was a Hospice Nurse and Mary who lovingly took care of her were by her side.

MOM AND ME AT EASTER, THANK YOU FRAN FOR SENDING ME THIS

MOM AND ME AT EASTER, THANK YOU FRAN FOR SENDING ME THIS

My Mom was a strong, hard-working woman. She cooked and cleaned, made lots of my clothes, gardened and put up vegetables and had a successful career. She had beautiful blonde hair with very fair skin always dressed  to perfection.  She took me to dancing school, piano lessons, art lessons and the occasional horse riding lesson.  She and her friend GIl would  get together often and remained friends for all of their lives..  She taught me so many things in my life and I was truly blessed to have such great parents.  It’s hard to say Good Bye but memories will always be with me and my family.  She had a wonderful life and many people who loved her.

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RAIN AND BARN FLOODING-A GIFT FROM MOM-TURKEY VULTURES

27 06 2014

GREETINGS

Beautiful clouds and a view to New Hampshire

Beautiful clouds and a view to New Hampshire

RAIN AND BARN FLOODING

We had lots of rain the night before last.4.65 inches here in Colrain 4.95 inches the nearby town of Heath.  We did need rain but not the heavy rain we got last night.  The barn was totally flooded and all the downstairs coops need to be mucked out yesterday and refreshed.  The rain washed  at least a foot of mud from hill down in the trough I dug and then the water flowed through the barn.  Chris mucked out most of the barn while  Ricky  put the fan up to help dry it out and he made Pasta sauce for supper.  Yesterday was a long clean-up day.

A GIFT FROM MOM

We started cleaning the attic Wednesday.  I love the fact that things will finally be organized there with marked boxes and things that I don’t want  will be given or thrown away.  In a Christmas bag in one of the boxes was a pair of slippers which my Mom had given me many years ago.  I took them out of the bag and an envelope slipped out.  A treasure from my Mom.   My Mom loves getting presents but  sometimes the presents she would get for family members were way out there, these would have gotten recycled.  I am glad that I finally looked in the bag because the real treasure was the envelope in the bag.  My Mom’s Mom was  great crocheting, even with severe arthritis in her hands she kept going .Everyone in the family got pillow cases with crocheted edges.  I still have a few of them.  In the envelope was edgings that were made.

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 And on the envelope were instructions from My Mom on how to put them on.

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 A priceless small gift from the past.

TURKEY VULTURES

I had never seen a Turkey Vulture until I moved to Maryland.  Wednesday while taking a back way home from Greenfield, Ricky and I spotted one on the side of the road.  We were lucky enough to get some good shots of him.

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  They are one of those animals that are ugly/cute.  They have a job to do and seem to do it well.  I am so glad that we were able to see this wonderful creature close up.

Many thanks for reading my blog, visit us at The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market today if you can and tomorrow and Sunday at Johnson Hill Lavender Fest in Buckland..  Hope your day is wonderful.  Carole

An organic dairy farm nearby.

An organic dairy farm nearby.