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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Farm. Chores

I thought I would show some of the farm chores I do on a daily basis.
I tend to the chickens first thing in the morning to let the girls out, give a little scratch and check the nesting boxes. 

Woo hoo another egg this morning. 

This is the girl right there, in front.  She is the only one out of the eight that is laying eggs right now.
She deserves extra scratch if I can figure out how to keep the others out of it. 
Then I'll walk down to the barn to feed the heifers. 

We have 10 young heifers separated, which I feed 4 buckets of cattle cubes to every day. 

We have also 12 heifers who are going to give birth within the next couple of months in the pasture right next to the barn.
That is also where the container that holds the cattle cubes is located. 

And as you can see I have a group waiting for me to start dishing out the cubes.

I have to fill 4 buckets up, but I can only carry two at a time into the barn. 

That white spot is her tongue 

As you can tell it wouldn't make sense to fill up all 4 at once because the other two might not be full when I get back

They love their cubes. They are wanting to get cubes. But we do not feed the girls in the "maternity ward" ( that's my name for the pasture with the first time mommies in it) extra feed. We do not want to have problem birthing cause they are overweight. And that is one of my other jobs.... and that is tending to birthing heifers.

 And if you want to train a cow, just used a bucket with cattle cubes in it and they will follow you anywhere.
The rest of the cattle on the place I do not need to tend to other then daily watching, making sure everybody is where they're supposed to be.
The "Man of the Place" is the one who puts out the hay for the cattle.
After that I'll go in and tend to things around the house. 
 Today I'm going to finish my daughters pajama bottoms and then I'm heading towards Stillwater to help my daughter bake cookies. 
Along with everyone else on the road going somewhere for Christmas. If you are traveling too, be safe and have a great time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Three more Days

Three more days till Christmas. 
Yesterday I needed to get more of that flannel fabric to finish the PJs and I had bought that fabric in Tulsa. Which meant I needed to go back to Tulsa. I can never just go to Tulsa and come right back home, it seems to always be an all day affair.
So basically all I got done yesterday was a little cleaning and running errands
I also went by whole foods to pick up some nitrate free salt pork. But they didn't have any at the time. So the butcher suggested just buy some pork belly and use that. Which salt pork is, just salt cured pork belly. But I thought I would try making my own.
They were so nice at Whole Foods, for not having what I wanted they gave me a pound of pork belly for free.

Went home and looked it up on Google. 

Very simple as can be, has only 2 ingredients 

You mix the non iodine salt and some brown sugar together and coated the pork liberally. 

Then place it in a glass dish, cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator
It said to do this for two weeks. One recipe suggested after couple days to take it out, drain off any liquid, then turn it over and salt the other side and put it back in there in the refrigerator

Also while in Tulsa bought a few more Christmas presents.

 I did go by Michael's and they had some card stock on sell for $ $.49 purchased four sheets, enough to make four notebooks. Also bought a tablet of paper at Walmart for a 1.88. So for A total of less than
 $4.00  I can get four notebooks, which they go for 3 for around $10

Field notebooks are easy to make and would make a great gift to a child or somebody who has a Midori travelers notebook. 
I'm using 10 sheets of paper along with the card stock which will be the cover. 
This booklet will fit in the back pocket of the new journal

I'm going to use the sewing method. 
So what you do is you lay out your paper with the cover. 
I went ahead and creased mine so why would he have a registration mark to punch the holes.

I don't have an awl, so I'm using this ice pick to poke my holes and I'm spacing them an inch apart
It's recommended that you use waxed string. Which I do not have any and at the moment don't want to bother waxing up some of my embroidery floss or heavy string I might have. So I'm just going to use dental floss's.

You do what they call a saddle stitch. If you want see a demonstration of it. I'm putting a link here to a YouTube video that I had watched.
With it stitched up now I'm just gonna folded it back into a book shape. 

Put some binding clips on and trim up the edges with my rotary cutter.
I need to trim off about an inch of the length so it would fit perfectly into my journal folding file in the back
When's trim I'm just going to put a stack of books on top of it to weight down so it lays flatter. 

And there you go I travelers notebook insert.

If you want to see demo, here is another link to a DIYvideo on YouTube.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Last Weekend Before Cristmas

Well here it is just a few days before Christmas and are you ready?
I have a little extra time because my youngest daughter is unable to come home till next Sunday.
And with the rest of my daughters are in California and gifts need to mailed or order before now, so shopping is pretty much done for me.

I was working on one of the gifts for my youngest when I realized I did not purchase enough fabric. On the pattern it gave amounts for the top and bottom but I was only making the bottoms so I tired to guess how much would be needed.

But I guessed wrong. Could of used another yard.
Now I'll need to go get some more tomorrow.

Earlier, I finally got around to doing something with the apple I picked up last month at Apple Hill.
Made a pie and put the rest in the freezer for future pies.

And to my surprise there was another egg. The girls stopped laying when we had the groundhog and raccoon invade their house...that was 3 months ago. I just about gave up on them and was trying to figure out what to do with the little free loaders. 

At least one has redeemed herself, 4 eggs this week.

Lately I have been obsess with YouTube DIY video. Today I watch how to make washi tape and bind a field book. I want to make one because that is where my brain dumping is going and not my bullet journal. 

This evening I'm still quilting on the 30's Samplers. 

Quilting the last big block now and then its on to the border.
Being that it's Sunday I'm linking up over a Kathy's Quilt for her Slow Sundays 

If you haven't seen this yet please watch. The grandsons made me play it over and over with them laughing every time.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Five on Friday

My five will all start with the letter F

1. Fish chowder. When I was at my daughters this past year she made this dish hoping that "the little dudes" would like it. Now Grammy loved it but the boys they didn't care for it too much. I thought it was mighty tasty so I got a copy of the recipe and I have made it a couple times since I've been home.

2.  Fresh carrots. Now I needed some carrots to go in the chowder and I went out to the garden because I still have a 6 foot patch of carrots in the ground. 

The really neat thing about these carrots is I did not sow the seeds myself. I had let a couple carrots from last year go to seed over the summer and this bed self seeded itself. Have to say it's been the best crop of carrots I've had in... I don't  know how long.

3. Flannel pajamas. Since my girls don't read my blog very often I don't have to worry about them finding out about getting flannel pajamas for Christmas. But I'm going to make her a pair of pink polkadot flannel pajama bottoms. She loves pink

4. Finished circles. I have finished some more circles for that Quilty 365 over at Quilty Folks 

All of these are done in the Christmas theme and I believe this might be enough in count to get me to Christmas Eve. But I think I might need to double check that total and get back with you on that one.

5. Fresh start. Now this will be kind of a teaser, because I'm not going to say too much about it. I would like to do a full post on this subject.
But what I do want to share is I received in the mail my new notebook journal. I keep my list and such in a composition book right now, which works. But I would like to experiment with this book I've  seen so many use in YouTube videos. Others are saying how much they love this notebook. Like I said I will share more before the end of the year to show you how I'm going to set up my new year journal.

Linking up with Amy at love made my home

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Yarn Along

This past couple years I have had to deal with pain in my right hand when knitting. So I have been doing very little. The slippers I just made was taxing and so disappointing cause knitting is something I love to do and here it is more pain than pleasure. Knitting is the first thing I learned and has been my go to handwork.
even with that said, I will not give it totally up.
I had started this when in California for my daughter and I'm back at it. 

Mine is not in pretty colors like this.
Mines are in earth tone colors.
The cats will love it.

Now for the books.
I gave myself a goal this year of reading 25 books. 
Well I'm a little short of this goal.
Right now on number 23 and do not believe I can have 2 more books read in a couple weeks. But that's OK. there is next year

Presently reading 
A Light in the Window Audiobook

This is the second book in "The Mitford Years" series.
and so loving it. Its a sweet read that makes me wished I was there knowing those people in the book.
Here's the
 Publisher's Summary
(of the first book)

At Home in Mitford Audiobook

It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable.
Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.
Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich, provincial comedy in which mysteries and miracles abound.
Don't miss out on the rest of Father Tim's adventures in Mitford. 

Here is just the titles of the others.

The Art Forger

Hell with the Lid Blown Off


Of Mice and Men

Beyond The Pale

The Wrong Hill to Die On: An Alafair Tucker Mystery, Book 6

Go Set a Watchman

Tenth of December

Crying Blood

Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness

The Girl on the Train: A Novel


Prayers for Sale

The Blue Zone

Healthy Brain, Happy Life

Same Kind of Different as Me

I'll be adding more when I put them up at the top.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Funky Girl

I have gone five days without posting again. Seems like this year I have been in a bad funk
I hate it, I rather be consistent and have a set schedule to follow. 
But it seems like this year no matter how hard I try I can't seem to get into a rhythm. 
 I have to admit part of the reason is the past five days I had been working outside very hard, and by the time I was be done, I would be too tired to think or move.

Three of those five days I spent weeding and cleaning out some beds in the garden and mowing gathering and dumping tubs of clippings, 45 all together. 

Very little sewing went on. 

I did knit a pair of slippers for my sister which I will give her for Christmas

And what little sewing I did, was when it rained Sunday.
Started the snowman wall hanging.

And cut out some circles for Quilty 365.

Yesterday I wasn't able to get any sewing in because I had an eye appointment early in the morning and spent the rest of the day in Tulsa

Good news is my eye pressure is outstanding for someone who has   glaucoma. And the bonus is the cataracts have now gotten to a point (which happen to me very fast) where they can be removed and I can get corrective lens put into my eyes.
So excited because by February I will be wearing no glasses anymore.
The doc said I will be seeing  like I did when I was young.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

70's In December

Yes that's right, it's 70° and here it is December 9.
This is unseasonably warm weather, but I have to admit I am enjoying it because I was able to put in some outside time that I normally wouldn't of been able to this time a year.

Before I went outside today this morning, seeing how is it was in the 30's and 40's. 
 I worked on some of my Quilty 365 circles
I have been searching for Christmas fabric to add to the boys I spy quilts.

 And here are some of them that I found.

Christmas is such a fun one to do. 

I have a few more fabrics but not enough to go all the way to 25 December.

I'm not sure what I'll do.
 I'll deal with that when it when the time comes.

Then this afternoon I spent time on something I normally do the end of October to the middle of November but seeing how I was gone this year and when I got back we had a whole mess of rain that the ground was too wet to mow.

I like to do a real close to the ground cutting of my grass to pick up the dead grass and all the leaves that had fallen. They get all chopped up and then put in my vegetable beds
It serves a couple purposes, it decomposes overwinter and becomes a wonderful mulch in the spring
Second it also serves as a blanket during the winter that keeps weeds from growing and helps warm up the soil faster come springtime
Plus it just makes my yard look really nice and clean for the winter
Oh yeah can't forget it also helps with any fire danger we might have during the winter.  With shorter grass there's less threat of it coming close to the house

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