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

 

 





DYEING YARN-OWEN-HOOKED RABBIT FINALLY FINISHED

4 03 2015

GREETINGS

It’s not as cold today and we are suppose to get snow, sleet and freezing rain in the evening.  I am worried about the barn and will be putting sandbags u in front of the door later in the afternoon.  The chickens are laying more eggs and the sheep are getting rammy (butting each other) so spring can’t be far away.

MAUDE

MAUDE

DYEING YARN

I have a good amount of Bartlett yarn hanging around and decided to over dye it and sell it at Sheep and Shawl.  Tomorrow if the weather is good I will be bringing things to the shop for my hooking class and to sell. Liz is back from her wonderful time in Maine and I am anxious to hear all about it.

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OWEN

The house is much different now without him in it.  Thank you all for all you words of wisdom, you will never know how much they helped me.  I realized  in Owen’s death my calling always was animals.  I love them.  Sometimes they are here for a short time and others for a long time.  Even the naughty ones like Marley and Mr. Peepers are loved.  Thank you all.

HOOKED RABBIT FINALLY  MOSTLY FINISHED

I am trying to be a better finisher in the rug hooking area.  Lots and lots of unfinished projects.  I finally got this rabbit piece finished just in time for Easter.

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WINTER WINTER GO AWAY

This has been a horrible winter for so many folks.  Tonight was the last straw.  I went up to give the sheep water and the faucet came off in my hand.    I have been pretty good about all the broken pipes and hard work but I am now done.  Hope the melt is slow though I really don’t feel like doing a major barn and coop clean up.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this sunny March day.  I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 

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HELEN-SNOW-EGGS-MAPLE SUGARING

1 03 2015

GREETINGS

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HELEN

Helen is improving slowly, these things take time.  The vet said that she will be prone to these problems in the future so she will have to be watched closely.  SHe and Eddie will be together in the dog/chicken house on the side yard.  The bantams will be in the other  enclosed yard on the side.  I am going to change things around there so that I have a little more garden space.

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 SNOW

6-8 inches is expected  and its started as flurries .   I was suppose to go to a Mass Sheep Show meeting in Hadley.  Even though its only 20 or so miles away it can be a world away in a snowstorm.  So I have decided not to go keeping safety at the forefront.  Our higher elevation tends to get more fierce driving conditions and going home could be dangerous.

eggs

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The days are getting longer and the chickens have started  laying  more eggs.  Yesterday I got 5 eggs from the outside coops. There are 12 birds outside, 2 of them are roosters and Francis is 12 years old and is in semi-retirement (although this past summer laid a wonderful blue egg every other day) so 5 out of 9 is a great number for mornings that start out with 10 below temps.

MARIGOLD

MARIGOLD

MAPLE SYRUP

The local sugarhouse is open for pancakes and more but the sap is not running yet.  Its still frozen in the trees.  We need some above freezing days and freezing night to get things going.

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The sky was so blue yesterday with no clouds.  I may complain about the winter and summer weather but I do love New England.

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





-15 BELOW-MORE SNOW-FROZEN PIPES-DEEP LITTER METHOD FOR CHICKEN COOPS

21 02 2015

GREETINGS

Last night was brutal, and this morning I had a burst hot water pipe.  I had left the water running too.  Ice dams abound on the house.  The picture below is of the back of the house where ice always collects in the winter.   David had to come over and dig out my dryer vent I had dug it out from the last storm but the winds put 2 foot drifts over it and the snow was piled up against the door out.  I will have to put a board there or something next year.

The dryer vent is between those two windows

The dryer vent is between those two windows

 

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MORE SNOW

Up to 8 inches is expect from noon today to noon tomorrow.  SOme parts of Massachusetts may get rain at the end they say not here and I truly hope so or there will be flooding in the barn.  This has been a wild winter.  Chris has got the sand bags up in the back and I hope today I can place them so the big melt from the mountain won’t enter the barn.

Chris

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Chris left yesterday and by this time today he should be ice fishing on Dudley Pond with his friend Alex.  Good luck.  He finished cleaning the barn and brought those heavy sand bags up to the back of the barn.  Thanks Chris.

The plumber came.  Its’s a two-man job something he did last year so he did a quick fix and then he will be back on MOnday.  But later in the day when I went to refresh the chickens water I found that I had no water in the house.  My Son will see if its something I didn’t turn on or he put a fix on the whole system.  I need water to run the boiler so if it’s the later he will have to come back.

DEEP LITTER METHOD

I put new shavings in and then covered them with a good layer of straw.  Everyday I will turn under the straw and add more as needed.  I tried this once before but used hay as recommended.  It really didn’t  work well as hay gets wet easily and it made a stinky mess..  Straw is much better for this deep method and will compost nicely.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this snowy day.  I hope you have a wonderful day. Carole 

 

  





A BOOK FIND-A WHOPPIE PIE DAY-CHRIS COMES-ANOTHER STORM

14 02 2015

GREETINGS

As I write this snow is coming down heavily and I can’t see the mountain across the valley.  The temps have been brutal with 15 below this morning. Winds are suppose to pick up and temps will go even lower.  They still aren’t sure how much snow this storm will bring.  It will be a surprise.  Things are already being shut down in Boston.  I am glad that I don’t have to be out in it but my daughter Cindy has to go to classes today.   A BOOK FIND

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Amongst the books that were in the pile from Belchertown was this oldie.  Printed in 1909 by the Connecticut Valley Historical Society.  The History of Springfield in Massachusetts its called..  The book is filed with historical facts not only of Springfield but of the surrounding towns.  I am looking forward to reading it and learning new things about our area.  The following are a couple of pictures from the book.

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A WHOPPIE PIE DAY

It’s a great day to make Whoppie Pies  They are taking that winds could get as high as 60 miles an hour tomorrow so having comfort food around is a good thing.

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CHRIS IS HERE

Chris came last night and its nice to have him here.  We will be catching up on barn chores and a few other things while he is here.

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

 

 

 





ELLIOTT-THE STORM-MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL

9 02 2015

GREETINGS

My son shoveled off the porch roof which had a foot and a half of snow on it and Charlie and Tyler put most of the wood on the porch..    It’s so wonderful to have those two things done.  I do not have to worry about the porch roof  anymore and the wood is easier for me to get right off the porch.

Taken by my neighbor CHrista during the last storm  Thanks Christa

Taken by my neighbor CHrista during the last storm Thanks Christa

ELLIOTT

Elliott is recovered from his ordeal and is getting up and moving around..  Things are back to normal for him.

THE STORM

They are calling for 18 inches of snow starting this afternoon through early Tuesday morning.  This kind of storm reminds me of winters we had  when I was a child.  There was always enough snow to build an igloo . The snow along side the roads was much higher than our car when going  to see family in CHesterfield.   Kids will have to make up snow days now.  And at the end of the week we will have below zero temps again.  The days are getting longer and winter won’t give up without a fight, spring will be here soon.  Hope springs eternal.

MRS. BROWN AND HAZEL

While I was cleaning up their winter quarters a few days ago Mrs. Brown laid and egg and immediately started to make a nest.

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 Hazel gave her a hand flicking some hay her way.  It was exciting but then I though it will probably be another rooster.  Oh No,   I have 4 roosters and enough is enough.  I did leave them and came back later and the nest was scattered and the egg cold and it was buried under some shavings.  She had her couple of hours thinking about being a Mom again and thought against it.

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

 

 





THE STORM

4 02 2015

GREETINGS

THE STORM

Well we got a little over a foot of snow so today I got the roof shovel out and will have to do the porch roof.  Right now its a balmy 0 outside, my dear friends in Florida enjoy that sunshine I wish I was there.

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This cold is supposed to hold on for at least this week with highs in the teens.  I have frozen pipes again the same ones as before.  I have lots of issues to address this coming summer.

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Even with this cold the snow is beautiful and in another month things will be different. Ice cycles are everywhere.

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The woodpecker even came to the feeder today.  And the whole family of blue jays were there too.

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Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope the weather is better where you are.

Carole

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