Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sadness on the teeny tiny farm

Gosh! It feels like a week since I sat down here at the computer!  Maybe I can get a quick post done.

Yesterday was sad. Our sweet little Shae, better known as Baby Goat, died during the night, Sunday night. In September of 2009 we drove almost to the South Carolina border to buy two little goats...a birthday present to me from Poppy.

You know, Shae has been sick, even though the vet could find nothing wrong with her. Her blood work came back normal, no fever, no worms, but she has steadily gone down hill since I noticed something was wrong. 

She was about a year old here. Both goats were young when we brought them home. 

I buried Shae on the hill just above where she is standing in the picture...just outside the goat lot.

I've been calling around and looking on Craigslist for another small goat. Little Asa, also better known as Baby Goat will be mighty lost and lonely without Shae.

Thank you all so much your comments and ideas for the living room windows. I went shopping on line and Penney's is having a really good sale right now on Roman shades...free shipping, and 25% off the already marked sale price! Poppy said, order the shades, if that's what you want. I'm thinking I will do just that but keep the curtains too. Changing things out occasionally is fun anyway.

I like the idea suggested too of having a longer curtain rod, but since we have wall to wall 'stuff', deer heads and turkey tails, there is not enough room to move all the brackets further out.

It is a constant struggle here...I lay down a lace tablecloth and he covers the lace with guns and camo gloves. At least the camouflage coats and bags hide the dust and scratches on these old dining chairs.

Late Sunday afternoon I went into a cleaning frenzy in the teen tiny sewing room. What struck me to clean out was a piece of blue fabric that came off the bottom of a stack. It had such a musty odor. I've had some of those pieces of fabric seemingly forever. Even kept several pieces of old ugly polyester double knit...really ugly stuff. Why it had almost become a challenge to see how much fabric I could collect.

Gosh, what a difference! Lots of these fabric pieces were really small, and most of the pieces were just plain ugly and I was tired of seeing them.

Once I saw a bumper sticker that read, "The one who dies with the most fabric wins".

 While cleaning out, this turned up. I started embroidering these squares years ago. This would make a sweet little quilt.

Maybe I will get busy and finish this.

Better get things done. Tomorrow...should be extra busy! We have company coming for Thanksgiving and I want to get a lot done tomorrow.  Thank you for listening again. I'll be over to visit and catch up. 


Friday, November 20, 2015

Really strange skies, and, I need your opinion

Late yesterday, at the edge of dark, after that storm front moved east of us, the sun began trying to shine through the clouds. Everything outside took on this strange pinkish, orange glow...with fog forming low to the ground. Take a look...

I went crazy with the camera,
taking sixty some pictures. Please don't go, only a few are posted here. :)
Aren't these wild!
It was a little depressing to me. I'll take normal sunshine and blue skies any day.

Okay, enough of this gloom...

This morning I took down the living room curtains and from the back porch gave them a good hard shake to remove the dust. The sun beamed into the room and oh my, put me to thinking. You know how dangerous that can be!

How would it look to hang roman shades, or even regular shades, but with a valance? I love the light!
Here's the other option...back to the normal look with my homemade curtains. I also like the warm feeling that curtains give. What do you think?  I really would appreciate your opinion.

These are the bedroom windows with fabric roman shades and valances.

You may remember  several months back when I took down the big full curtains from off the french doors in the dining area and hung those bamboo shades. I hated that look. Hated it! I felt like I had moved to Panama. Not for me!

This is the other living room window behind Poppy's chair.

Okay, I'm off the hang our newly painted sunshine face to our newly painted shop...

Thank you kindly! Something new to worry and stress over now...curtains or roman shades. Decisions, decisions, decisions! :)


Thursday, November 19, 2015

A little visit with very little news

The rain started here last night around bedtime. Pouring rain, and wind. The pier is under water again and we have muddy water running down the side road and into the pond. Just once, I wish we could go into winter with a not so muddy pond. Since July the pond has been dark and clear, clear enough that we could feed the fish and watch them. That's okay though, no big thing.

I should be busy scrubbing the kitchen cabinets or painting the hallway or shampooing the carpet. After all, this is what I've been waiting for...another rainy day. A day that I can't work outside. So, here's the rainy day, and look, I am so beat and worn out from raking and dragging off sheet loads of leaves...and from sawing and cutting trees and limbs across the road that my energy is zapped!

We have company coming for Thanksgiving. Poppy's nephew Josh, and his two sweet teenage daughters. So you see, I need to be cleaning!

I seriously feel like curling up in a big soft chair somewhere. Getting out of bed at 4:15 these last few mornings has taken it's toll too. Oh, speaking of crawling out of bed...as I did again this morning...it was dark, it was raining, it was chilly. I fumbled around in the dark for my socks and my two hair clips, then slipped on my sweater, which I leave hanging on the back of the chair in the bedroom. As I shuffled toward the front door to let the dogs out, OUCH!  I felt a terrible stinging on my right arm, then another painful sting. I ripped off the sweater, and of all things, out flies a wasp! A big red crispy slow moving wasp! If that alarming clock didn't totally wake me, that doggone wasp surely did.

Actually this is Bickett's bed in the laundry room. After Bickett gets up, Dumperoo takes over the warm spot.  

Okay, I am seriously getting busy now. Out shopping early this morning a big bottle of heavy duty "Mr. Clean" made it into my buggy. Sure wish I had that big fellow dressed in white here to help me scrub. I like "Mr. Clean". :)


Oh my...Miss Ann has asked that I let you all know that she now has a blog. It is called... bobbyanddash2boysblog.wordpress.com

Thank you dear friends!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Horses in the neighborhood!

Have you ever heard the old saying, "if you dream about snakes, you've got enemies"? Well, last night I dreamed that as I walked around the side of our house, there lay the biggest black snake I've ever seen. My neighbor Ann killed the snake by stabbing it to death with a knife. I was sad for the snake. I simply must stop eating chocolate/peanut butter ice cream before bedtime!

I was sitting here wondering what to post today when the phone rang. It was Kristine, calling from from the path. She and Robert had stopped in front of the house to show me their newest horse, and darn it, I can not remember his name. You met Josie, the white horse, in an earlier post.

Look at this sweet face, and I love the shape of his head! I've been afraid of horses forever, well since I was about sixteen anyway. It was back then that a horse ran away, with me on it's back. A frightful experience!

Yep, that runaway horse gave my entire family something to laugh about for years. There's a post written about that very nightmare called 'horseback riding'. That was the end of  my riding horses! 

Horses are such beautiful creatures. Kristine talked me into walking up really close to these horses. Close enough even to rub their noses and smell that horse smell. I love the way horses smells, the same way I love puppy breath.

Robert and Kristine live in a neat little place much further down in the woods even than where we live. These are good neighbors.

I was excited about raking leaves again today, and got started around 10:00. Poppy worked at the deer processing plant so when he got home at lunchtime I stood the rake against a tree and we ate lunch together. We were up at 4:30 this morning so I am feeling pretty worn out right now.

I dumped three loads of leaves inside the garden and still have more to add. Oops, somebody closed Eli up inside the garden. I'm mighty tired tonight, but there is absolutely nothing that makes me as happy as working outside. 

Okay, it's feeling a whole lot like bedtime right now so I will say goodnight.

And, a special thank you to my newest follower, 'Happyone'. Thank you!


Monday, November 16, 2015

More chickens

On Saturday, a friend from up the road a piece brought us three young hens. Aren't they pretty?

For the time being, or until they feel at home here, I've put them in with the little hillbilly couple inside the bantam lot.

We were actually in need of a "few good hens". Okay, why do I find that funny. Anyhow, our bunch of chickens are getting on up in age and have just about stopped laying.

Our little Jewel, bless her heart, has added eight chickens to the flock since May.

This was the chick she hatched back in May.

Then in September she hatched eight more baby chicks. Hopefully, all these will be hens. That's not very likely though. Isn't it funny how all of her chicks turn out to look like their dad, Mr.  Rooster and none look like her.


I have now raked the first leaf...

I really meant to rake just the path. That was at 10:00 this morning...I was still raking up leaves when Poppy got home at 3:00. What a mess!

Guess I had better get busy and find something to cook for supper. Hope to be back soon. 


Sunday, November 15, 2015

A fresh cedar garland!

Eastern Red Cedar...for Christmas!

I love this pretty, green, good smelling, Christmassy cedar, and after all that cutting and sawing I did, clearing the road side across from our cabin, I am left with three big piles of fresh cut cedar. Enough to make everybody in the county a garland.

Actually, I do want to make several cedar garlands, maybe even sell a few, if they turn out, or at least make one to go over the mantle and fireplace in our cabin for Christmas.

But you know how most of my plans turn out. Remember my big plan to fence in the back yard and around the pond, and then get two donkeys? Why, I laid awake one entire night planning this project.  I finally gave up and pulled up the posts and stored them under the shed. Sometimes my dreams are too big to tackle alone.

Anyhow, I found a neat website on "'how to make a live evergreen garland". It's at craftthyme.com and looks pretty simple. 

Eli helped me move a good part of the cedar limbs to the pond to keep them fresh.

I still haven't raked the first leaf yet. It's a little overwhelming, but once I get started, there will be no stopping me.

and now back to why I did all that cutting and sawing trees and limbs across the road. The folks living out here kept driving closer and closer to our front yard. Why I used to mow grass out to where the dark brown stops here on the left side.  It's crazy! Trees and long overhanging limbs had totally filled in that right side, all the way to the ditch, so gradually the road curved into our front yard. See how clear it is on the right side now? I did all that...by myself! I even cleaned out the ditch so water would drain.This used to be a straight path in front of the cabin.

Anyhow, that's my news for now. Gosh, where do the days go?  Thank you for visiting. 

A special thank you to my newest follower! Thank you!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

A cracked rib??

It was bound to happen. It was quite a fall I took...in fact, was even airborne for a few seconds, as my feet came completely off the ground before landing kerplunk on my left side in the wet grass.   It was all my fault, really it was. Eli is the sweetest, most gentle, kindest dog ever! 

We had been romping and playing in the back yard early yesterday morning. This routine is daily. Eli goes in the goat lot while I feed the chickens, let the rooster out, carry BunBun to his play pen, feed the ducks and guineas, let Jewel and her chicks out...then Eli goes for a walk and we play for 30 minutes or so in the back yard.

Poppy came walking down to the pond. All this rain has put the little pier under water again, see the picture with the chairs sitting out in the water, so his plan was to clear the packed leaves from the drain pipe which would let the water flow again.

I clipped Eli's leash on and we walked out on the dam to watch Poppy...the leash was around my left wrist and wrapped...I was relaxed, not conscience of the fact there was a 140 pound animal tied to me. When little Weetie came walking out of the woods at the far end of the dam, Eli, also forgetting that we were tied together, bounded off to meet her. That's when I went airborne and landed hard on my left side. What a sight that must have been. Are you alright, asked Poppy, while I'm half way laughing, moaning and groaning with poor Eli licking my face. It's a scary feeling...that feeling of being all broken up inside. 

Poppy got my hand and helped me get to my feet. I could stand, I could walk, I could almost take a deep breath.

My left side, hip bone to my shoulder is sore, maybe even with a cracked a rib. It hurts to take a deep breath, but really I'm fine. 

Yesterday turned out to be the most productive day I've had in a long time. The sun was shinning!! Yay!! With a bucket of warm soapy water, I got the greenhouse washed and sparkly clean. Then using the extendable tree limb saw/cutter, I cut down every tree except for three big ones, and every overhanging limb from the ditch and road side across the road, the entire length of our 5-acre property. My reason for doing all this is a story in itself. 

Thank you for listening, once again!