Friday, January 15, 2016

Getting it done...

That 27 degree temperature yesterday warmed up to a  high of about 58, with sunshine! I simply HAD to get outside and move some pine straw and rake a few leaves.


got a lot done too, and it felt so good! I love having pretty warm pine straw spread along the front of the goat lot and down the path to the chicken house...keeps your feet nice and clean these rainy days.


Added some straw here too...


I had to leave the yard work early and get half way cleaned up to go to the grocery store at 3:30 when Poppy got home.  I've been without a car all week as "the little old lady" has been in the shop. You see, she is a 1998 model. She needed new door handles, a little paint touch up here and there, and a good cleaning.  That meant driving Poppy's truck. I'm telling you, I went to town in style...in the finest big silver Toyota Tacoma on the road today. Clean as a pen, sitting up high with wide tires, dual exhaust, and all the extras a man could want. I felt mighty proud sitting at stop lights looking down at people's heads with the deep-throated rumble of that dual exhaust..

Anyhow, supposedly, we have rain coming in around lunch time today, so I bundled up and went outside at 8:00 this morning and worked until 10:00. A rumble of thunder was mentioned in the forecast too along with the slightest chance of snow on Sunday. All kinds of ups and downs here.

I finished another apron...




and a bonnet...not too sure I like the fabric or maybe it's the pink ric-rac on the apron.



I found this pretty little can at the thrift store for only fifty cents...

why, the safety pins that were inside are worth fifty cents.

and while I am standing here at the desk...the sweetest little porcelain baby doll, a gift from Andee when they were stationed in Germany several years ago. 



Not much of a post here. I seem to have a blank mind today, but thinking good enough to know that I need to get up from here and get busy. I put off vacuuming and washing a load of clothes this morning, to work outside. It is really dark and gloomy looking here now, like the bottom could fall out at any time. :(

Hope to be back real soon.

Love,
Henny












39 comments:

  1. The pine straw looks good! Way to go, Henny!
    Your latest apron is VERY cute. I might make an apron soon.

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  2. I love the fabric you used for the apron and bonnet. You certainly have been busy shifting all that straw around, well worth all the effort looks good and will stop all the muddy areas. Great thrift shop find. Take care.

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    1. Thank you. Pine straw is wonderful! :)

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  3. Hello Henny, I was thinking of your bonnets and aprons this week as I began my new "job" as a board member of a historical museum in Long Beach. The old adobe home at Rancho Los Cerritos dates from 1844, and they tour 4th grade students in a living history setting with costumed docents. I am going to show them one of your bonnets, since I am sure the original Bixby family probably wore just such headgear. When I read all of your posts about your little farm, raking pine straw, feeding your animals, working in your garden, and dealing with the weather, I know that you are kin to the hardy pioneer women in our history.

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    1. Pam, that sounds like an interesting and fun job. I would love to tour along with those 4th grade students. With all that you have going on, and your art, your paintings...do you know how much I appreciate your taking the time to read my little blog? Thank you!

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  4. Personally I like the pink rick rack on your apron. I haven't used rick rack in years. I hope these days it doesn't have to be ironed. This is the time of year it rains almost every day in the Pacific Northwest. We will see very little sun before May. March seems to be hump month. We do fine until March when we don't think we can stand one more day of rain but we do, and somehow we make it to May when our world erupts into beautiful colors, plants & trees nourished by winter's rain.

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    1. Hey Linda, thank you! I like the old fashioned look of rick rack. When it rains for days and days I start feeling down and depressed, like most people, I suppose. It is usually in February that I get that feeling of not being able to wait another day for the sunshine and warm days.

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  5. I love your description of Poppy's truck!! The pine straw looks real nice. Very pretty apron also. I am glad everything is going good and the "little Old Lady" is getting some TLC.

    Love you

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    1. Thank you Vicki. That little car looks just like mama, bless her heart. That's why I can't trade for something new. Love you!

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  6. There's a LOT of hard work gone into spreading that pine straw, I admire your stamina and determination.
    It takes all of those attributes in keeping a farm running, because as most farmers and animal caretakers know, there has to be something cleaned or fed, every single day.
    Your aprons and bonnets are so lovely, and remind me of a slower gentler time.....
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo. Looking back, I should have married a farmer! :)

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  7. Hey, Mama! You did a lot. It looks great. The bottom fell out here today for sure. I had a good day though. Glad it's time for Friday nit and dinner out.

    Love you!
    Lynn

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    1. Thank you Lynn! Working five days sure makes Friday special. Love you too!

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  8. What a pretty photo the first one is. You certainly get your exercise with all the raking and spreading straw that you do. That's great...you can enjoy more muffins. lol

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    1. Thank you. You know, when I'm raking or working outside, I'm thinking about all those calories being burned. :)

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  9. Working outside in pleasant weather can be so refreshing! I love that first pic with the hen in the front!

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    1. Thank you Linda! Working outside absolutely cheers me up and gives me energy, and makes me happy!

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  10. What a gorgeous chicken! I have a very soft spot for chickens. Like you we had very warm day yesterday -- 50s, and the husband made good progress cleaning out one side of the garage so a car can be parked inside. Good thing too... temps are supposed to plummet. Wish I had the energy to have a beautiful yard like you do and the skill to sew... and.... great photos.

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    1. Thank you. You have a pretty name. Oh my, I wish I had your talent for writing. We have much colder weather coming too.

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  11. No rain here...yet. I was hoping for a clear weekend, but I am afraid we are due a bit of the nasties, too. I spent the day out with my mom and that always is a good day. I like the apron- the green fabric is pretty.

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    1. Thank you Terri. I remember days spent with my Mother and the fun we had. Enjoy every minute with your mom.

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  12. I like the little tin that came full of safety pins. I'll bet they're the good old ones not the new ones that bend if you try to go through several layers of fabric!! I got a not-so-cute box full of all colours of rick rack for fifty cents at a garage sale. Too bad I don't sew, huh?

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    1. I love to find sewing supplies at sales. Aren't pins made cheap now. Same thing with nails and screws. Poppy was putting up roman shades and the head of the screws actually broke off while trying to screw it into the wall.

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  13. That apron is pretty and you have a beautiful golden chicken! Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy. That big gold rooster is such a pet. He is always around my feet. Not a mean bone in his body.

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  14. Looks like the chicken is not happy being photographed.

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    1. Good to hear from you! This rooster does have stern look, but he has a very sweet nature.

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  15. I like the apron and I think the pink rick rack makes the rest of the apron colours "pop".

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    1. Thank you! So the pink is not too pink!

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  16. Hmmm that does not look like winter! :) Love the apron!

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    1. No, but we really are in winter! That chocolate vine stays green year round. The pine straw warms things up too. Our winters are mild compared to most, so I should stop complaining about the cold. :) Thank you!

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  17. I agree with Natalie. I would love your winter! Your yard looks great with all the pine straw spread around. Your apron and bonnet are lovely!
    Have a good weekend.

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  18. We couldn't stay inside today either! Sunny and 63 here. Your pine straw looks so nice and fresh. I bet it smells good, too!

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  19. I loved your description of riding to town in the truck, it made me laugh! That is a cute little tin, and the safety pins were a bonus. I buy most of my fabric now at the thrift stores. I've had some amazing finds.

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  20. I just read quite a few of your posts and had a delightful time ! A good day for you at home in this post I think... you got a lot done and having an old car spruced up just makes my day too.

    Pine straw makes everything so nice and pleasant in the farm-yard. We don't have it readily available around here but I love it.

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  21. You truly have pine needle! I love to use ours to mulch our blueberry bushes and azaleas. Your bonnet reminded me that I used to wear one all the time. I loved how it kept the sun out of my eyes.

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