Monday, August 29, 2016
Being attacked by a flying bundle of teeth & claws is hard to get used to, but we're working on it.
These are just a few of them. To be totally honest, my camera chip is full and I've been either too lazy, too tired or too forgetful to take care of it.
Call me ignorant (but not to my face!), but I found out the hard way that the little memory disc/chip that goes in my camera has a teeny tiny little lock on it that slides up or down.
We spent a couple days camping at the beach and I couldn't take a single picture because I couldn't get my camera to work. Of course I would have Googled the solution if I'd been home, but we had no Internet service while camping.
Hard to live without Google, lol!
Today we canned a dozen jars of green beans and started the applesauce. I'm aiming to can about 48 pints of applesauce, maybe a dozen apple butter and then a bit later, apple pie filling. We're working through the Gravenstein apples at the moment and waiting for the Kings to get ripe for pie filling. We will not starve this winter.
One can only accomplish so much, which is quite a bit, but then we run out of gumption. Wonder where you can get a nice big pile of gumption?
The next day, this little beauty showed up in the kitchen at our building with my name on it! What an unexpected blessing!
When I was a kid we would gather in costumed groups and stop at as many houses as we could to Trick-or-Treat and gather up as much candy as possible. I remember many happy moments spent later in the evening, our bags dumped out on the floor in front of us as we all examined and compared our loot! The neighborhood was a safer place back then. Oh good grief! Here I am, talking about the 'good old days'...and me so young! (DO NOT LAUGH AT THIS POINT!)
It's a tiny chainstitcher machine. Isn't it cute? It's very small.
My hubby has a nasty cold (at this time of the year!) and I have to go to the dentist tomorrow for a night-guard fitting because I clench my teeth. Life is full of such things, but God is good and blesses us every day. Until I write again, may He hold YOU in the palm of His hand and may you know Him better!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Have you ever lost someone you loved so very dearly? Almost 9 months have somehow passed since we lost my mom and still some days I am shocked and heart-broken anew. Did she know we loved her so much? I still dish up too many plates for dessert sometimes and a few days ago I stood in the room that was hers and cried. I miss her company. Sigh. More time. More time will ease the ache and loss, though never the hole.
It seems like our summer was here and now gone.
First, it was day after day of HOT, unseasonably
so, weather. Up in the 80s, the 90s...Way too hot
for us Western Washingtonians! Like boneless chickens, we lose all ability to do anything useful as we wilt. Too hot to do any more planting or weeding outside. Just when I finally had gone through my closet and found capris, short sleeved shirts, sandals.....South it went! Now, the low temperature tonight may supposedly reach the upper 30s and it's been nothing but gray skies and cloudbursts and gullywashers!
I LOVE IT!
What else have I been up to? Hmm. I had loaves of onion mustard sourdough and Italian Hersbs & cheese breads in my freezer, left over from the Farmer's Market & Spring Festival, so I sliced & diced & dehydrated them!
It's going to be a 'fruit' year for sure, if the pests don't get all the goods. The apple trees are loaded with little apples and even though Dave hard-pruned the pears, there are quite a few of them, too. The Italian Plum is loaded, but one huge major branch split and needs to come down, so not as many plums as we thought. What can you really do with plums, anyhow? I mean, you can eat SOME, but boxes and boxes?
Mama Deer has twins this year. She's very flighty and we only catch an occasional glimpse of her.
The perfectly pretty peonies pleased Pam. There. Say that 5 times real fast!
Hobo Dinner. THAT is not a new thing and it is so easy that you'll want to run to the kitchen right now and fix yourself one for dinner. Or lunch.
Yum, what a feast!
NOTHING is better than this bean dish. Try it. You'll thank me.
It's great for potlucks, too.
I realize that a lot of women go to work and spend many hours away, but with a chronic illness like Lyme Disease, it was a hard road to travel and none of us has recovered very well yet.
Well, I'm sure more stuff has happened than I have remembered to write, but I'll stop rambling for now. God has been good to us and I thank Him every day for His love and blessings to us. This farm is my happy place. All those years when I was a child, living in duplexes in the city with my single mom, I dreamed of living on a farm. Well, I also dreamed of eating all the whipped cream I wanted, but never mind that! Until next time!
Sunday, May 22, 2016
A couple weeks ago, my husband & grown kids and I camped at Ft Stevens in Oregon for 4 days. It is the first time we've been camping all together in a couple of years.
The wreck of the Peter Iredale rests on the beach there. If you Google it, you can find pictures of when it was newly washed ashore in 1906.
Now we're back to our usual chilly and damp sort of late Spring days, waiting for the sunshine to reappear!
We didn't do anything extraordinary, but we walked a bit and the kids rode the bike trails. I'm pretty much a homebody and the third night was just a bit too long of a stay away from the farm for me, so I was glad to get on the road and head back.
We had a hot dog roast in that campfire ring during one of those nice weather days recently.
So far this month, we've been vendors at a two-day craft fair and just a few days later camped in the next state for 4 days. We had another vendor space for our annual Spring Festival at our local grange (for which I baked 18 loaves of bread and my daughter baked 18 pies) and then we spent 5 hours sitting at yet ANOTHER
vendor space (Farmer's Market). That one was outside under a canopy and the weather cooperated NOT! It was rainy, cold and windy! Took me hours to finally thaw out!
The Spring rush on the farm is slowing down a bit. We just weaned Pinky the calf today and now we're down to once-a-day milking! A great relief for the hands. We're still bottle-feeding the last two kids for another couple of weeks.
I've been totally frustrated with my computers. Both of them are older, reconditioned creatures. Both of them downloaded Windows 10 WITHOUT MY CONSENT and now my craft room computer is STUCK on the download and awaiting....well, someone to come and figure it out. My laptop now seems like a stranger with its new operating system and I can't get it to cooperate very well with my camera. I feel like an old dog trying to learn a new trick!
One should always console oneself with dessert, so I picked Rhubarb and made this lovely cobbler.
I got the recipe from the Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) and you can find it here:
With a dollop of whipped cream on top and a steaming cup of coffee alongside, well, you could practically conquer the world. Or maybe even Windows 10.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This is our first time to vendor at this event and I've been making primitives and stressing about it for weeks! My girls are working with me and both have items ready as well.
We walked around and checked out all the other 'seasoned' vendor's spaces, filed away some great ideas for the Fall show and came home.
I think we're ready...All we have to do is get up in the morning, have the milking & feeding done by 7 or 7:30 and then get ready to jet off for the day! I think I'm tired in advance, lol!
I'm definitely going to need a few quiet days to recuperate from all the activity but I think it's going to be fun and hopefully profitable.
I'm off to rest up until tomorrow and then I'll check back into blogland next week...or when I recover :-)
See you there!
Friday, March 25, 2016
Incubator #1 - 28 live chicks 16 no-hatch
Incubator #2 - 36 live chicks 8 no-hatch
Conclusion: We now have a bazillion cheeping chickies! Good grief, whose idea was this?
Oh. That's right.
AND THEN THE SUN COMES OUT!!!! And I must go outside and do MORE THINGS!!!!!
And so it goes!
Actually, I don't mind milking at all. It hurts the hands (arthritis), but honestly, the milk is worth the effort. No chemicals, it's fresh every single day and it NEVER tastes like goats. Honest.
My daughter bumped a vat of oil off the shelf in my pantry and so I cleaned my pantry, too. Do you know how hard it is to clean up (cooking) oil when it has splattered/pooled/soaked into many items in your pantry? It's very clean in there now.
I do a lot of craft work and sewing nowadays, but I haven't actually tried any drawing in years. It's on my list of things to do before I die....but the list is long and I don't have time yet.
My husband and I are dreaming of a solarium off of our dining room onto the porch. We can't afford it, but that doesn't actually mean that we won't figure out a way to do it anyhow! He's a builder, so the labor is free ;-) We do have a greenhouse, but it would be so much more fun to have a warmer, heated solarium attached right to the house..right? Probably we wet Washingtonians think of these things more than other people.
This guy is a keeper. We've been married for over 36 years and I still like him. He's down the hill at his bee house right now. He had a dentist appointment earlier, sold some honey in town, came home and got right on the tractor and headed down the hill to work on expanding the bee house. There are six hives full of a gazillion stinging insects down there. I personally could not be convinced for any reason under the sun to BUILD SOMETHING NEXT TO THOSE BEES!!!!! But he is a braver man than I. Especially since I am not a man!
That's a bit of what's going on at the farm. We're keeping close to home most of the time. When my mom was so sick, we spent many hours in doctor offices and cancer clinics and passing the time of her treatments in town. We're catching up on things we let go around here and just trying to get our bearings & strength back. This is the first Spring without her and I miss her with every bloom and every ray of sunshine. We used to play this little game every Spring to see who could spot the first trillium (wild flower in our woods). Dave & I went for a walk in the woods the other day and I spotted that first trillium of the season and it makes me cry every time I think about it. She was my biggest fan and I miss her so very much.
Ok, now that I've cried all over my keyboard, I'll buck up and think about something else!
A friend came over today to talk about Lyme Disease. We shared, we laughed, we even cried a bit. I think we encouraged each other on this difficult road of life and agreed that it draws us closer to the Lord and more fit for His Kingdom!
May each of us be drawn ever closer to Him as we travel this road with its joys and sorrows! Off to live more life on the farm until I sit down to blog again!
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The farm is still hopping. We've got another calf, but this one is struggling for life. He's got scours and probably pneumonia, but we're giving him everything I've got in the barn medicine chest and we've got him tucked in a cozy, hay-filled stall with a heat lamp to protect him from the wind & rain. It's a big job to take care of animals. Normally we feed calves a bottle (goat milk) twice a day after we milk. While this little guy is sick, he gets his normal bottle (with many added meds) and then a bottle of Re-Sorb (gatorade for calves) midday and just before WE go to bed. We give him Penicillin shots, too. We're hoping and praying he turns the corner and gets over it.
My new chickies came in the mail today, too. I've got 6 baby pullets (girls) and two baby roosters - an old English breed called Speckled Sussex. I've made more trips to the barns and up and down the driveway in the last couple of days than I can count! Did I mention it's raining? Can you say....drowned rat? That's what I've spent most of my time looking like, lol!
Well, time to call it a day. There'll be more chores tomorrow and I think I need to make bread again, too. Pleasant dreams until next time!