If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I'm Still Here

Since I last written it has been a whirl wind of activities around me.




I had the garden to prep and plan and have it hooked up to an automatic timer (my new toy for this year for the garden) for watering while gone but it's been so wet and cool since I left I had "The Man of the Place" turn it off for now. With that rain come the threaths of tornados and that is one thing I do not miss. 
I'm at my daughters now visiting and enjoying my Grandsons. They turned 3 and they are so sweet but they are also typical little 3 year olds. Full of energy and talking a mile a minute.



You can guess that when evening comes this Grammy is pretty tired. 
Now I did bring some piecework to do and have done some. 


I did finish the last two blocks of Rubys Garden before I came, so I hope to work on getting those set when I get back.

The drive was a very pleasant one and I did get to listen to a couple of books on the way and 
I liked them both. The first one was "Life from Scratch" by Sasha Martin



She has a blog that she has her recipes posted on that is called Global Table Adventure



and the second book is "Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
By Ron Hall




I did start "The Girl on The Train" and so far it is very interesting and I am looking forward to finishing that one. I have also downloaded "The Blue Zone" and "Crying Blood" by Donis Casey her 5th book of the Alafair Tucker Mysteries.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Spring Check Ups

Last week the "Man of The Place" told me that it was time to work the cows. Now what he calls working the cows - I call their spring check up - cause its a lot like giving my cat's their annual check up
So last weekend and today we did our herds.




We round them up 


and will seperate the cows from their calfs 


so we can run them threw the chute. This is where we give them a good look and take notice of their overall health and if there anything that needs to be attended to.
Like this old girl who had  a back hoof that is growing oddly and  needed a pedicure.



You can see that her hoof is growing upward, forgive how gross looking it is. It does not hurt her now but it could become a problem and she could go lame.


It should look like the other back foot


Remove the odd hoof - or just a part - and off she went after she was dewormed and given her vaccines. We vaccinate to prevent sexual diseases and the prevention of birth defects. Thats it, keep them healthy and the calfs to come.



Also ear bling if needed. The "Man of the Place" knows each of the cows by site, but not me, so numbers are very helpful for me to identify who is who. Plus with record keeping too.


My father-in-law can still get out there at 84 and help work the cow.


And myself beside helping - I got to break in my new mud/poop boots.


When done with the girls they are united back with their babies.
And boy are they happy to see each other.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sewing with a Kitten

If you have cats and especially a kitten, you know what its like to try to sew at times when they are present.


Bob my kitten loves to be around when I'm sewing - so one day when he was up on my table I just had to take some pictures of Bob being Bob.
At this time he was really into chewing on everything or try to pick it up and take off with it.
Hope you find them as amusing as I did. He was really being a pest this day.







All this activity wore him out.


He has grown some since then but he is still a really cute cat.

Can be your best friends



Friday, May 1, 2015

Straw Bales for vegetables

I am trying something new for me. Its been around for a while now but I just now decided to give it a try and that is growing veggies in straw bales.
I have a friend who had done this and she had great success and I hope to too.
So I started by laying down some landscape fabric to help prevent weeds from growing underneath the bales. 
Being where my garden is located it is a never ending battle fighting weeds.


Then I postion the bales on their sides 



and started conditioning them with blood meal (doing it the organic way)


I apply 3 cups of blood meal per bale on day 1, 3, 5 
watering everyday. 
Day 7-9 I'll put 1.5 cups and continue to water it in each day.
Day 10 I'll apply a organic fertilizer.
Should be ready to plant 2 - 4 days later.
I'll keep posting pictures and updating. I'm on day 5 now.
You want to know more than what little I have written go to these site to know more and they are the ones I following the "Hows To".

The rest of my garden is doing good. I have 2 beds left to clean up and one of those beds I have to replace the old boards that have been rotting and falling apart.



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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Binding Finish


Yeah, I finished the binding just in the nick of time. I wanted to be able to have anoher one on my list to be completed and checked off.



I was able to make this completely from scraps I had, what a great feeling to know that I use up somthing that could of been tossed.



I used the Creative Grid Curvy Log Cabin ruler, I know that it can be done without it but I had it and like how easy and prefect the blocks work up. 



The quilt is 90 x 75
Hobbs 80/20 cotton batt and was professional machine quilted on a longarm Gammill using the Methodist Fan Pattern
Beside Bob my cat,
Elmo and Grover had to inspect my work.


Im linking up on the 1st to
Binding Blitz


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More of Dallas Show

Okay I said I'd  probably have no time to sew any but I just had to work on something. So I added the binding to my Log Cabin. 


Trying to finish this by the end of the month so I can add it to the list of finishes and link it here
 Binding Blitz



So enough of my simple quilt 
on with the beautiful ones from the Dallas Show























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