FIRST SNOW-FLEECE LINED MITTENS-REPAIRING THE SOCKS-OUTSIDE PROJECTS

29 12 2015

GREETINGS

Snow on the ground this morning with sleet falling now. Temps are suppose to go up above freezing today so it may be mostly gone by tomorrow.  Chris and I hope to cut some small trees down tomorrow.

FIRST SNOW

I topped off the feeders and made more coconut feed mix yesterday.  This morning I added a peanut butter/seed and nut mix to a feeder that a neighbor made and within 5 minutes one of the neighborhood squirrels was there.When I lived in a city squirrels were everywhere there are not so many here.  I enjoy their antics.

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FLEECED LINED MITTENS

I love making these mittens and they are so warm.  I took a class in Connecticut in the early 90’s and have been hooked since.  The fleece layer eventually felts and makes these mittens double layered.  The yarn is from my first flock of sheep (Border Leicesters) and my goat Timmy.  I plan on making a few more pairs this winter.

REPAIRING THE SOCKS

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I am repairing these socks again.  I have had them since the 90’s and they have been repaired many times.  The stripes are from my first cat Fluffy.  They are warm and comfortable like an old pair of shoes.

I have lots of unfinished knitting  projects lying around and want to get caught up this winter.

OUTSIDE PROJECTS

Chris and I managed to finish most of the outside projects since he arrived.  First he did the barn window which needed to be put up and then yesterday he put the piece of plywood over the dryer vent.  For some reason ice forms on the attic roof and piles up so that I have to dig out the dryer vent every so often.  This will make things easier.  We got the last of the chicken coops covered and stuff put away.   Just in time for today’s storm

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The cats have settled in, they love dark, snowy days but Cosmo has decided to venture out of his rooms,maybe someday he will join the other cats.

Sammu in his hut on top of the radiator

Sammy in his hut on top of the radiator

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Willie and Shorty in their places on the sofa

Cosmo exploring today

Cosmo exploring today

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





JEWEL WEED-DEMO AT NOFA UMASS

16 08 2015

GREETINGS

Shorty cooling off on a hot morning

Shorty cooling off on a hot morning

Another heat wave, temps soaring into the 90’s and humidity is at the oppressive level.  We have a had rain so the garden won’t dry out.

JEWEL WEED

I am still pulling up jewel weed  It’s over 10 feet tall in many place.  Thank goodness the sheep and chickens love it.  It attracts bumble bees and humming birds so I am enjoying that outside my computer window.

Jewel week through the barn window at least 12 feet high.

Jewel week through the barn window at least 12 feet high.

SPINNING AT NOFA

NOFA is the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and every summer it has a conference at UMass.

members camping out by the pond

members camping out by the pond

Under blazing sun and humidity I did a spinning demo  yesterday afternoon. I met a lot of wonderful people and was busy for the entire time, showing people how to spin and explaining  the process and sheep and wool types.

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It was a lot of fun and i hope to return next year.  Lots going on including a demo on working dogs rounding up ducks by my friends Jim and Jill Lyons.

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Jill

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Jim

Jim

An unexpected stop on my way home

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this sultry day.Hope its cooler where you are.  Carole 





AFTER THE FLOOD-SHORTY-HOT PEPPER SALVE

4 06 2015

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GREETINGS

AFTER THE FLOOD

We had torrential rain on Monday night, plants toppled over from the weight of it.  Water and mud came into the barn but only got just past the gate so no damage downstairs, the clean up won’t be too bad.  No matter I am so glad that we ended the drought we were having.  It would could  have rain once a week it would be perfect.  I garden the Ruth Stout method so once the plants are started they are fine during a spell of no rain.  

SHORTY CAT

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He is now 19 years old and doing very well.  He is the king of the household and the oldest cat here.  He was born in Maryland and his Mother and siblings moved with me here.    He has a larger than life personality and in the middle of the night I am awakened by his MEOW as he walks around the house with a felted bell toy in his mouth.  He doesn’t play with Sammy and Willie but prefers resting and observing.

NEW SALVE

I made the hot pepper salve putting some peppermint oil in  it.  I love the color a nice yellow.

IMG_5154 I am going to give out a few sample jars to friends to try.   If they like it then I will make a full batch .

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 I used it last night and found that its subtle not like the ones you buy in the store that goes on very hot.

  I hope to get the Rose/Calendula salve made soon.  I will have to blend some essential oils first to see which one is right.  I am thinking of making a peppermint salve soon.  I do love making these and have getting quite a following.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and hope the day was wonderful for you.   Carole

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SHEEP NEEDS A HOME-SPRING PILLOW- REPURPOSING- ROSIE

11 04 2015
GREETINGS

I am feeling better the weather is nicer and yesterday I saw signs of tulips pushing up through the dirt.  The robins are back and even pulling up some worms.  Its been a long winter and even though yesterday we had enough snow to cover the ground it will be gone today.

SHEEP NEEDS A HOME

He is a friendly ram, who has lived with
three other sheep, and three 
goats.  He is looking forward to being in a flock
again, as the other 
sheep passed away and now he is just living with my three
goats.

attached here is the flyer on him.

Thank you

Liz Scheffey
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SPRING PILLOW
I started these sweet small pillows before I got sick and there they sat.  My friend Fran and I  are the Easter Bunny for each  other and I wanted to put it in her basket.  Her basket will finally be mailed today.  Yea.  A month ago I was proud of myself getting an early start.  We never know what life will bring us and I am now glad to have it finished and on its way.
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I found this sweet doily and decided to make a pillow from it.  Its hand stitched on linen done primitively.  I love it      .since doilies and such things are not popular now I need to repurpose  and use them.
Shorty testing the pillow

Shorty testing the pillow

ROSIE
Rosie is such a sweet girl.  This morning I found her in the nest box softly talking to herself.  Like myself on most mornings.
IMG_4818Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day   Carole




BACK TO THE LAND OF THE LIVING-SAMMY AND YARN BOMBING- SHEARING DAY

7 04 2015

HAPPYIMG_4804GREETINGS

I have been under the weather for the better part of a month.  First with a torn muscle in my arm and then I got the flu again!  This flu is like no other and is spreading around the area like wild fire.  It last for approximately 3 weeks with debilitating symptoms.

During the bout with the flu i encountered problems with my bad knee and could hardly walk on it. After another visit to the doctors it left us both questioning if this was lymes disease which is a possibility or the joint wearing out or an infection in the knee itself.   I do have inflammation in my knee at all times and with some of the tests coming back good it seems that may have been the culprit.  I am taking a new inflammation herbal treatment and hope that will help reduce this problem.  The lymes test has not come back yet but this Test always comes back negative on me  I have asked my doctor to do a more specific test 

It will take some time for me to get back to my old self.  Thanks to family and wonderful friends for keeping the farm going. keeping me cheered and dropping off goodies.

SAMMY AND YARN BOMBING

Sammy resting after a night of yarn bombing and Shorty is resting after a piece of atkins cider donut

Sammy resting after a night of yarn bombing and Shorty is resting after a piece of atkins cider donut

While I was so sick Sammy had a wonderful time yarn bombing the whole house.  There is yarn from from upstairs to downstairs, around the dining room table and chairs and into the living room and back up stairs.  It will take me days to get it all wound up again. He had a wonderFul time.

SNOW IS ALMOST GONE

The snow is almost gone with little coming into the barn this winter.  Thanks to a slow melt all went well.  We will be seeing temps in the 50’s and 60’s during the day this week.

SHEARING  DAY

I have called Steve and he will call me the beginning of next week to set up a time when Chris can help him.  It will be complicated this year with Elliott so we may do it in the hay area.  I a glad that I didn’t get around to getting it done at my usual time mid March.  We still had plenty of cold and snow then.

lots of wonderful eggs

lots of wonderful eggs

Thanks for reading my blog and the well wishes, I hope you are all well.  Carole





TWO MORE CHANCES OF SNOW- SHORTY-VIOLETS FIRST EGG-HELEN

18 02 2015

GREETINGS

The last snowstorm left us with 4 inches.  It snowed for almost 36 hours so I was sure we would get a lot.  A pleasant surprise.  Its going to snow tonight into tomorrow with 2 – 4 inches and again over the weekend.  But today after temps below zero its suppose to get into the mid twenties.  On the good side of things oil prices are low so that helps out in the heating department.

This is how Shorty handles snowstorms

This is how Shorty handles snowstorms

VIOLET”S FIRST EGG

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Morticia is eating and Violet is waiting for her turn.

Violet laid her first egg yesterday.  Its small but shaped like her Mom’s.  I have included a picture of VIolets egg, her Mom’s and Mrs. Brown’s.

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Violet’s egg with her Mothers on top.  Mrs. Brown is on the bottom.  Mrs. Brown’s eggs are always plumper.

 .Eggs are interesting and if you purchase eggs in the store all the time they all look the same.  But buying from a local farmer or raising your own you notice how each eggs is different and in families the egg shape stays the same.  I wonder why in the U.S.  eggs and fruit have to be perfect.  In nature and on organic farms they are not.  They are just as good though.

Chris and I are working on cleaning the barn.  It’s really too cold to spend a lot of time in there.  We have been spending and hour or so a day.  Today we are getting 10 bales of hay from Joe.  He doesn’t have much left.  I have shoveled the to the top of the small hill in back and plan to get sandbags to lay across it.  HOping that will make a difference in water coming into the barn.  I hope we have a slow snow melt.

Looking out the downstairs bathroom window.  There is a stone wall in there somewhere

Looking out the downstairs bathroom window. There is a stone wall in there somewhere

Helen

We brought Helen in last night, she has an impacted crop.  Some hens are susceptible to this.  SHe was getting beat up on by the rooster who  is kind to the other hen.  He will spend next winter in the barn by himself.  I am massaging her crop and hopefully moving things through and she is getting only yogurt and boiled egg for the next 24 hours.  I will massage her crop tonight too.  She is a sweet girl hope she can get through this..  This is the last cage I have so I hope that everyone else can stay in the coop!!!!!!!!!

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this sunny winter day.  I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole