GOODBYE SADIE

12 11 2013

HELLO IMG_0940 GOODBYE MY SADIE GIRL

  I used to think that Sadie’s Mom Lottie was my favorite sheep but now I know that Sadie is.  SHe has shown such grace, dignity, courage and the ability to adapt to any new situation that arose.  It was last year about this time that she decided that she couldn’t sleep in the pasture anymore and it was too hard for her arthritic ridden legs to go up the hill, so she stayed inside the barn still walking around.  I would take her into the hay section of the barn to eat and a few months later she just laid down in the hay section.  Another decision for her, she was tired of getting stepped on  by the other sheep.  Her world became smaller but she adapted.  About 2 months ago she lost some teeth and found a way to still eat and enjoy her food.  In the last 2 weeks she has gone downhill and yesterday she laid down. P1020514 We understood each other very well, she had certain baa’s for food and for water, an other baa for Cornelius is in the barn and a  baa saying she has toppled over and needed help getting up.  She would have been 17 February 2nd a very old age for a sheep.

SHE LOVED HER GRAIN

SHE LOVED HER GRAIN

On this farm its hard for me to lose any animal.  I love them all so dearly. they become members of my family.  Even as a child I was always an animal person understanding them much better than I could understand people.  I remember one time at a cousins farm he had two large draft horses, my love for horses got me into the pasture with them, talking to them, my parents and cousin were so upset and told me to stand still.  After the rescue my cousin said that the horses were dangerous and I was lucky that I wasn’t tramped on, I had no fear of them and I knew they wouldn’t hurt me.

  Today as I say my goodbyes to Sadie, I see her meeting up with her Mom and her friends and her sister Lana.  I know that I will see her again.  Carole                                                               





HAZEL-HOOKING PROJECT FOR THE NY SHOW-PIN CUSHIONS-SADIE

14 10 2013

Hello

HAZEL
Hazel is doing a little better this morning.  He was started on antibiotics yesterday.  This morning after his dose of meds and his dose of vitamins and minerals he enjoyed a whole bantam egg.  It’s good that he is eating.  By no means is he out of the woods yet bit he has improved.

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Hazel in his hospital room.

  Some members of my family dislike him but he is a good rooster to his girls.  He will call them to eat standing by the side making sure they all get their food before he gets anything.  He does attack people’s legs but he feels he is protecting his flock.  I am hoping his recovery continues so he can be back with the flock before I leave on Friday.

RUG HOOKING PROJECT FOR THE NY SHOW

I have been wanting to do a small primitive hooked piece.  I have taken many components from old pieces and put it into this piece.

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  I plan to hook it with a variety of yarns.  Spinners and weavers have such large stashes of yarn and this is a wonderful way to use them up.  I have decided to make the cat into a chicken.  I have a design of one in my head I will put it on paper tomorrow to see how it looks.  I just wasn’t satisfied with the cat.

SADIE

Chris and I cleaned the barn today.  In the middle of it all he went downstairs and I was outside distributing all the barn stuff.  In that short time Sadie decided to head over to where the sheep are now and laid down in her old spot.  It took us ages to entice her to get up and go back to her side of the barn.  After all it was her nap time.  Finally around 4:30 we managed to get her back to safety.  The sheep and llama were glad to get back into the barn.

Today I finally got the pin cushions started, 

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I doubt it I will have time to make more than these,  They were fun. tomorrow I will sew the backs on and fill them with the fine walnut shells that my son found for me in a pet store.   I hope to do some dogs and sheep pin cushions over the winter.

Many thanks for  taking the time to read my blog today and I hope your day is spectacular.             Carole





SADIE-TOMATOES AND BEANS-SURPRISE PUMPKINS

8 10 2013

Hello,

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SADIE

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Yesterday I though may be her last day.  SHe wasn’t drinking although she did eat.  NOt herself at all, she usually baa’s me her orders, like water please. more molasses on my food please. nothing but a few weak baa’s.  I called the local mobile vet in the late afternoon thinking that I might have to put her down.  Gave her some beet pulp with her food last night and this morning she was standing up greeting me and demanding water and her food asap.  It’s a little upsetting that the vet never called me back.  I guess I will use the New Hampshire vet for her too.  I know that at 161/2 she can’t live forever, but I want to let her decide when its time to go.  She still enjoys life, and will have these ups and downs just like i have them.  GO SADIE

MORE TOMATOES

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Of course, I was just thinking that I didn’t have enough.  I will pick them up this am.   I  picked more sting beans today to put in the freezer.

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Got some seed pods off of the purple runner bean and some basil.

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I also picked up  corn and more peppers to freeze at the Farm Stand.

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The FARM STAND also has a huge pumpkin patch where you can go and pick out your pumpkin.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful fall day.  I hope your day was lovely.  We may have a frost tonight, and the growing season will come to an end.

Carole





LAVENDER EYE PILLOWS-NEW SHOP-TOMATOES

24 08 2013

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Today was a busy day doing errands.  Sadie had a good day today, she is in good spirits and eating and drinking well.  After all my errands were done I decided to go and pick more Tansy.  Much to my dismay it was mostly mowed down.   I suppose to prevent a spark from the train causing a fire.  It was very dry.  I was able to get some along the road by the tracks so all was not lost.

LAVENDER EYE PILLOWS
Yesterday I sewed all the dark purple silk for the eye pillows.  I added the flax and lavender and sewed the ends and it came out fine.

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  The light is not good for sewing dark material so I will finish them in the morning and hopefully do that pillow top too.

Bags of dyed wool and roving

I packed 20 bags of dyed wool and roving this afternoon to take to a new shop that I will have a few things in .  These small bags are good sellers everywhere, great for hooking, needle felting and regular felting and many more things.

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 The shop is located in Deerfield.  I will have more information about it and pictures tomorrow.

 

THE Worst Weed for Sheep Owners

This is the worst weed for sheep owners.

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  Fortunately for me its growing in the garden.  Nevertheless I will have to dig it up and put it in a plastic bag and burn it when its dry.  Its spreads like crazy and embeds itself into the fleeces ruining large parts of them.

TOMATOES

The following are some pictures of the tomatoes which will be ripe soon.  I am going to have a large variety.  I did order a box from the local farm stand for Wednesday and plan to can them.  You can never have too many tomatoes in the winter.  Soups and sauces  Hmmmmmmm

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this wonderful, sunny day in Colrain. I hope you have a wonderful day wherever you are.  Carole

 





DRY AND FREEZING VEGETABLES AND HERBS-GETTING WOOL READY TO BE SHIPPED OUT-RICKY DRIVES THE ATV- BIRTHDAY PARTY

21 08 2013

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Freezing and Drying Vegetables and Herbs

This morning I have been putting corn and peppers and herbs in the dehydrator.

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The first layer is some string beans and peppers the second two layers are corn and the last layer is herbs.  I want to make a jar of veggie soup mix so I can make up a quick veggie soup when I am real busy in the winter.   Of course it won’t be the 5 minute kind that you buy in the store but I think it will reconstitute maybe in 15 minutes.    Later when my tomatoes come in I will also dry them and some shredded carrots and thin sliced celery. The dehydrator uses little electricity and it will be done in no time

GETTING SALLY’S AND LUCY’S WOOL READY TO BE SHIPPED

Yesterday I decided to start going through Sally’s and Lucy’s wool.

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 It should have been sent out ages ago.  Its one of those jobs that keeps getting put off.  Two reasons for that, it’s a tedious job and there is a big upfront money commitment.  A big deposit is required  and there is also the large postage fee’s which could cost upwards of $60. a box.  But the time has come to do it, its been sitting in the kitchen since the spring.  It took me over 2 hours to pull all the hay and separate the good fleece from the bad fleece. I have three more bags to go through and then they are off.  I usually sent it to a company in Canada which has made wonderful yarn for me from Wilbur’s wool in the past, but this year because of the shipping cost  and timeI am going to try an American Company I used before.    I hope that I can get the wool back before the New York Show if not I will have it for the shop and Crafts of Colrain.

ONE FLEECE DONE AND READY TO BE SHIPPED

ONE FLEECE DONE AND READY TO BE SHIPPED

The wool company suggested that I try and stuff as much wool into a box as possible so the above is one fleece and I will try and get another one into the box.  This fall I hope to put coats on the sheep for the winter.  The winter is really when all the hay and chaff gets into their wool and it can be prevented with coats.

RICKY’S 15TH BIRTHDAY  AND THE ATV

Monday Ricky was Ricky’s 15th birthday, we celebrated it with two cakes for both he and Tyler.  Tylers birthday was in late July.

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Yesterday Ricky  learned to drive David’s ATV.

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 He did a lot of hauling things for the dumpster and moved the hay from the front to the back of the house.  He had a great time and it helped me out a lot.   Today the two boys are leaving to spend sometime with their other Grandparents and take a trip to their Uncle Mike’s house in Long Island.  They will be back on Tuesday for their last week here.

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Sadie is doing well, of course at her age that could change at any moment.

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





THE CARROT RUG – SNOW STILL HANGING ON -SADIE

18 03 2013

Hello,

THE CARROT RUG

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I am pleased with the rug and hope to finish it in a coupe of days.   It is working up very quickly.  I am hand cutting the wool. 

SNOW STILL HANGING ON

The snow seems to be hanging on in spots .  Its melting slowly now that temps don’t climb above 36.    I have started the wood stove today, the kitchen is nice and warm and Shorty has spent most of the day there.

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SADIE

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I have called my Shearer Steve and he is coming on the 27th.  The sheep are all itchy and will be glad  to have their wool taken off especially Sadie.  She is looking for all sorts of scratching places lately.

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





HAPPY VALENTINES DAY – SADIE-MAKING A EASTER TREE

14 02 2013

Hello,

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

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It’s a beautiful day here, must be in the forty’s.  The sun feels so good.

SADIE

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Sadie is enjoying a wonderful Valentine breakfast.

ANOTHER ODD EGG

It’s all wrinkled!

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I do love collecting the eggs, you just never know what you will find.  There are explanations for all these off eggs.

MAKING AN EASTER TREE

My cement base has a piece of discarded foam inside and taped with masking tape.

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 Dried green moss gathered by my friend Susan was placed on top.

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I brought my Mother’s ribbon box and my ribbon box down and went through them both and found some suitable ribbon to hang the eggs with.  I also found some silk flowers in my Mom’s box from the 50’s which I put around the moss  just to add a bit of  Spring color.

I cut out a very whimsical  top for the eggs out of  old  wool scraps and then cut a  slit in the middle to put the ribbon through and glued them both on the egg.

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I want to add a few more colored eggs but will have to wait till Morticia lays some more

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Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day     Carole