OLLIE-PICTURES FROM THE CLASS-MOM

6 04 2013

Hello,

Ollie

Today Ollie crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  He wasn’t eating much and having other troubles so we went to see Dr. Funk this morning.  He really had gone downhill since Thursday when he was in.  Dr. Funk  affirmed what I thought and Ollie is gone.  The whole staff was saddened and instead of charging me they asked for a donation and I picked the Westfield Homeless Cats.  What a wonderful gesture on his part.  I will miss Ollie so, but am relieved that he won’t suffer.

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More pictures of the class and their yarn

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MOM

The news from Florida this week wasn’t good.  My Mother has slipped into another stage and is hardly eating, falling out of her wheelchair.  She will not be able to come in mid-May if anything she would have to come up immediately.  My house isn’t ready for someone in a wheelchair and bed bound yet so I guess that she won’t be coming at all.  Hospice feels that if she continues at this pace it will not be long.

When I think back to all my relatives that died in the 60’s and 70’s no one had these symptoms.  The got sick and died or had a heart attack and died.  Now we have all sorts of things to keep us going, flu shots etc.   Who wants to keep going like my poor Mother.  She would be horrified at herself.  SHe would never want this.   

THE SHEEP

Its chilly out today but with a lot of sunshine.  The sheep are all out in the pasture,  laying in the sun and napping.  

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





DROP SPINDLE CLASS-OLIVER-SPRING IS ON ITS WAY-MINNIE

4 04 2013

Hello

Drop Spindle Class

I have spent part of the day getting all the wool ready and writing a brief history of the drop spindle.

 I have also mentioned the Craggaunowen Project In County Clare, Ireland.  If any of you are planning a trip to Ireland  this place gives you a peak of Irish history as it was.  

I have a few different kinds of wool to take, looking forward to teaching 4 people how to spin on the drop spindle.

Oliver

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Ollie went to see Dr. Funk today.  The visit went well although he still didn’t see any cancer he does not rule it out.  He does see improvement in reduction of the swelling of his eyes and mouth.  He still as trouble eating.  We go back in a week.

Spring Is On Its Way

When coming into Colrain you come down a steep hill before turning off onto Main Road.  Yesterday when coming down I could still see the large outcrops of boulders in the mountain across the valley, today when coming down the hill they were not visible.  The warm weather has made the trees bud out more.  My bulbs  are up 5 or 6 inches and we are suppose to have temps in the 50’s through the weekend.

Minnie

I bought some antique cut up quilt pieces online and plan to make hearts with lavender in them to sell at a show I am doing soon.  Minnie liked them so much she napped on them this afternoon on my hooking frame.

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





SIGNS OF SPRING-TOMATOES-CPR COURSE -LIL AND THE EASTER BUNNY

31 03 2013

Hello,

HAPPY SPRING

First Signs of Spring

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Yesterday I saw the first shoots of Tulips and tonight for the first time this spring our neighborhood skunk sprayed around the entire house.   He may be the old fellow that would cross my son’s and my yard each evening last year around dusk.  But I did see him last night in the bottom of the barn.

Tomatoes

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Today I saw the first  of my tomatoes just peaking their leaves above the ground.   I am planting more, I planted Roma Tomatoes and some flowers.  I still have more seeds to get.

OLIVER UPDATE

Ollie is improving slowly, he is eating and drinking well in spite of his mouth issues.  He is inspiring to me, in the midst of all of this he loves to be petted and purrs. 

MINNIE

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Minnie was exhausted from all the hustle of shearing day.

CPR REFRESHER

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Yesterday the Colrain Fire Department offered a refresher course on CPR.  I took my last one 4 years ago.  Lots of things have changed.  It’s good to keep up with the changes.

LIL’S FIRST VISIT WITH THE EASTER BUNNY

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Yesterday Pine Hill Orchard had their yearly Easter Egg Hunt.  The orchard was to wet so they had it near the petting zoo.  Lil got to meet the Easter Bunny, she quite liked him.  I don’t know who the other little girl was but she wanted to be in the picture too!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will start today sorting although I need boxes in which to ship it off in.  All the wool is wonderful, but Maudes is especially nice.

 





SHEARING DAY – OLIVER

29 03 2013

Hello,

Today is a beautiful day for shearing sheep.  The temps are warm they were all dry (when the shearing started) and we began promptly at 9am.  

Sadie was the first to be done.    Her fleece won’t be the best but I will try to get enough from it to make some socks.  She was very good.

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Marley was the second one to be sheared.  He was hitting everyone and even me this morning, so it was time to take him down a peg or two.  With his fleece he appears so much bigger than he is and when it’s off he hides in a corner.  Everything went smoothly with him.

Maude and CK were so cute.  Maude is Ck’s mom and they stick together and are almost never apart.  Today CK got sheared first and Maude was quite concerned, staying right next to her the whole time.

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In the sheep world when one sheep gets sheared the others don’t recognize him.  So there was a lot of running around butting heads and the like.  Eventually CK ended up jumping in the water tub, well these type of things are to be expected but it made her harder to shear and now her wool will have to be dried out.

The rest of the shearing went well and we were finished by 11:30.  Steve gave me some tips on a new feeder which won’t waste as much hay and I am going to coat them in the fall.    This next week I will be sorting through the fleeces and get them ready to send out to have yarn made.

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OLIVER

Oliver is slowly improving.  He drank all the water from the tuna can this morning and is eating.  His eyes are improving a little and the swelling in his mouth had reduced some.  He will return for a check with Dr. Funk on Thursday.  


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

 





OLIVER-GETTING READY FOR TOMORROW-EGGS-NEW CAMERA

28 03 2013

Hello,

OLIVER

Oliver has been sick for a few days.  It kept getting worse and worse, so yesterday he went to Dr. Funk.  He had an infection in the only tooth he had in his mouth and the infection spread to behind his eyes.  He had to have some surgery.  That boy has been through a lot but still remains cheerful and happy.  He came home late afternoon.  He slept well only awaking once and quickly returning to sleep.  Today he ate a little and drank  a little.  He will return to the doctors next week for a recheck.  Although Dr. Funk saw no cancer he couldn’t rule it out.  Only time will tell.

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ONE DAY BEFORE SHEARING

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Tomorrow is shearing day.  They have been stuck in the barn since yesterday afternoon.  Because Steve will be shearing with Electric clippers the sheep need to be really dry to make it easier.  After this chore is done the barn has to be cleaned.

Yesterday’s Yield

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Yesterday was a good day for gathering eggs.

 

 

As you probably have noticed no black spots in the pictures.  I got a new camera.  A Cannon.  (Thanks Anne for the information)  I like it a lot, it is easier to manage more hi-tech (but easier to figure out) and I get better pictures.  It will take me some time to learn the ins and outs of it but it surely was needed.  I bought it at Staples and  there were few cameras there.  When I asked about that he said cameras have declined in popularity because of  phones and Ipads taking pictures.

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





CURTAINS FOR THE BATHROOM-OLIVER-NIGHT SKY-CAT TOYS

14 12 2012

HELLO

CURTAINS

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Today I was going through my material and trying to organize it.  I found this chicken material and thought that it would be good for a curtain.  I wish it was a little wider but it will do.  I lined it with heavy muslin to keep some of the cold out.  The wind  during a winter storm comes roaring down the mountain and batters the house. I want to finish painting the trim this coming weekend and  I am planning to paint the walls a cream color sometime in the future so the curtains will look better then.  My daughter Betty made the horse shoe toilet paper holder out of shoes from our horse Amanda.  The bottles are lavender in cider vinegar.  This is great to add to the bath if your skin is itchy.

LAST OLIVER REPORT

He has made a splendid recovery and seems happier than he has every been.  He had eggs this morning and of course his fancy feast.

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THE NIGHT SKY

Tonight there are meteor showers, I went out and watched while the sheep were eating.  The sky is so beautiful and I did see one meteor soaring through the sky.

CAT TOYS

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Today I finished a lot of cat toys.  Some for the jar and some to sell at shows in the spring.  Tonight I hope to fill them but will have to wait for the cats to eat.  Its warm in here so they all will konk out.

WILLIE AND SAM

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THE MANGER SCENE

Most of this Manger Scene is from when I was a child.  There are several pieces that are newer and the Kings and Camels are still in a box in the attic.  I decided last year to keep it in this small greenhouse, where it could be viewed easier and there is less danger of pieces getting broken.

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Thank you for reading my blog and hope you have a wonderful day.  If you have a chance check out the meteors.

Carole

 

 





TARGHEE YARN – WOOD STOVE – CHICKENS – OLIVER

13 12 2012

Hello

I plyed the Targhee yarn today.  I had forgotten how tightly you have to ply it and how springy it is.  I have decided to make a hat with it.  It’s such a soft yarn its the perfect thing to make.

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CHICKENS

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There are two nest boxes in the area Mrs. Brown lives in ,this morning she kept flying from one to the other just couldn’t make up here mind where to lay her egg.    Amelia the chicken who just got her feathers back is laying again so everything is good for her.

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The pot on the stove holds water and today I put some lemongrass oil in it.    If I feel a cold coming on I will use eucalyptus .The whole house smells of it.   I have a basket of Turf or Peat that I have brought back from Ireland .   I absolutely love the smell of it..

I had to vacuum the attic today where the stove-pipe goes through.  There are spider webs all over .  I do this every fall before starting the stove.  The stove pipes are clean and tonight the temps are supposed to go into the teens.  I would like this year to be the year without frozen pipes so I will have the stove on every afternoon till I go to bed.    With the ceiling fan that my son just put in it makes that room cozy.  The kitchen is built over a crawl space, I say crawl space but you have to be a kid to crawl into it.  I think at one time part of the kictchen was a wood shed.

OLIVER REPORT

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Oliver is doing better every day, his appetite is great and he isn’t hiding every time I come into the room.  He will never be a sit on your lap cat but maybe someday he will be not so afraid of me.

He does love his fancy feast!!

I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my blog.   Carole