Thursday, May 29, 2008
Final addition of early calves was born yesterday. Pure black little heifer. We turned her and Mom out into the pasture and then moved the rest around. That's all the calves until fall when we should be getting 2 more.
I did manage to organize the stash a little--major stash reorganization will be when the boys move out and Hubby and I fix up their room. Need to do some work on the ceiling and then I can start moving in tubs of yarn and roving and books and patterns. When I peeked into my sock yarn tub, I was amazed at some of what I have. I need to make it more accessible.
I also snagged a few purchases --a cone of red Zephyr, by Jaggerspun. Now I will be all set when the Maidenshawl book comes out. Also a wonderful little basket by Lantern Moon, with a silky red and gold brocade lining and drawstring top. I even bought a Forrester drop spindle that its owner didn't care for, but I love.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Right now, the current batch of barn kitties are making their way out and about in the real world. Erect tails, fuzzy hair and those enchanting blueberry eyes.
Old Mama Cat lost two at birth, but has 2 more in the back room behind some boxes, a deep yellow “Garfield” color, and a gray tortoise color. (Keep in mind we have a drafty old farm house with nooks and crannies allowing cats access to the warm basement in winter, as well as the back room, if the door to basement is left unhooked.) They, as well as all the other kittens I’ve seen this year, have a slightly longer than normal coat. One cat, having her second batch, chose the cavity between the outer and inner barn walls to give birth to her five. The only way out was at the top of the inner wall, 8 foot up. Hubby finally took pity on that mama and lassoed them each inside the wall and brought them out for her. Another fairly wild calico chose the basement wood-box to hide her brood. They also have been venturing out through a cat sized crack in the door from the landing to the outside.
All of these cats are descendants of Highway, a yellow half grown stray I adopted when doing roadside cleanup many years ago through the “Adopt A Highway” project. (I adopted Highway---yeah, I know, lame joke.)
And even though my 12 pound poodle thinks he needs to protect me from each of them, I love them all.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Oldest Son called to ask me to look for furniture for him at yard sales. Seems he may actually be moving in next few weeks, now that corn planting is nearly done. I found some sources, including a friend who had a 3 piece bedroom set for only $100. He was just going to buy a mattress, so this will be much better. He thought so too.
Youngest Son took his final Final Exams today. YES!! I now need to design some post cards for announcements with the note that party is in July with details to follow. Better get working on that later tonight.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Hubby is still driving the big bomb truck but remains hopeful that the repairs on little red won't be too painful. I am just hoping that it works when I want to get a lawnmower lamb. (Hey Angie--are there any little ones at Chickasaw that look promising? Or a rescue sheep. I want to stay with Shetland though, they are smaller.)
I heard through the grapevine that I may be able to interview soon for the part time job at the local library, in the Local History room. I worked there before so that should help and I loved that job. As a matter of fact, while I was blogging in there Thursday, a patron came in with a question. Since the regular person was on vacation, instead of asking the substitute, he asked me. Just maybe I have a shot at that. And for now, until the other job ends, I could work there on my Thursdays off from my other job, and an evening if necessary. Maybe there is a future there yet.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Angie, it is 4 ounces. Colorway is, as I've said before, Luther Burbank Rose Garden. I purchased it from the Royale Hare, from Santa Rosa CA, at the SOAR Marketplace. I do love the way it plied up with some tweedy areas but some plain green and plain pink.
After all the gloom and doom in my last post--some good news. The other kid who alternated milkings with Younger Son at the farm he works at just quit/was fired. And the new guy, who my son recommended LIKES to work nights. No more getting up at 2AM Sunday morning.
And maybe I can stay awake for the entire Saturday night NASCAR All Star race this week.
By the way, today's title is taken from my favorite children's book--Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Still no news on when the job will be ending. Getting more nervous, and pricing insurance for good measure. I suppose I will need to sign on for some for me at least. Best price with at least some coverage is still $167 a month. Big bite when on unemployment. And living in Michigan, not sure what will be living on when that is gone, since there are no jobs around here.
And just to make things more wonderful, Hubby's truck had a major oil leak. He discovered it after dropping Younger Son to his 2nd job. Later we found oil spills and a steady line of oil all the way down the drive, so he must have driven about 5 miles as it leaked away. Not good and sure to be very expensive. Yikes.
Happier note--Younger Son still on target for graduation. I heard rumors that John Berry MAY possibly be the speaker/musician for graduation. Haven't confirmed yet though. That may take away the pain of sitting in the broiling sun for 2 hours or so.
I finally plied my super wash last night. I have been really spinning away on this, since I figured I could use it as part of the Ravelry Spin Along for May, in one of my groups. It was finally getting to be more than my bobbin would hold. It looks very nice plied. I will post a picture. This morning, when I wanted to take a picture, it was too cold and frosty where I wanted to display it. Only got about 117 yards though, but it is a little heavier than fingering weight. I have to check my wraps per inch, but am guessing I can make socks if I use a size 2 though. Hmmm. Maybe even an after thought heel. I haven't done one and now that I can graft, I may be willing to try it. Time will tell.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Then crafting fun. I dug out the drop spindle and spun quite a bit. Teresa brought in Crystal (red eyed white) and Godiva (chocolate) Angora bunnies. I fell in love. They hopped around and Jane decided she loved them so they made the trek home with us.
I decided to investigate the sheep angle Hubby was talking about. I found a farm that sells summer lawnmower sheep--Shetland wethers (castrated rams) for a reasonable price, ready in a little over a month. I love the idea. Hubby suddenly not so much. But I have time to work on him before they are ready to come home. I guess I better start pricing movable fencing and stake outs. Probably a halter too.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
I left just in time to get soaked as I did my shopping--dog and cat food at the farm store, and then groceries. And after I got home and the car unloaded--dry. Naturally.
I need to get my knitting sorted out. I want to take the Cinnamon Wave Wrap tomorrow to work on at the retreat for Daughters of the King. I have emptied a sizable bag, so I can include my handbook and Bible, as well as note paper. And of course the shawl with some spare yarn.
Well I got to go, Nationwide race at Richmond and I want to catch the rest.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Any way, we offered to deliver it. He couldn't leave the field he was in, but told us how to get in and we gave ourselves the grand tour. Not bad, fair sized rooms, 2 big upstairs bedrooms and 2 small downstairs one. Big eat in kitchen and decent living room. Even a laundry room. All he needs is furniture. I told him he could use one room to set up all his Ertl tractors up in. Spread out a couple sheets of plywood on a couple saw horses and make it all fancy. He has done this for a friend's son and I am sure he has plenty of tractors and implements to make a sizable farm.
Then when my great nephew brought his parents up/over here a few weeks ago, I got this great picture. Its the one I call: Crapping on Grampy. I think it is a classic. Look close and you can see the smirk on the baby's face.
I also purchased some yarn for my cousin's prayer shawl, as I think I mentioned. The yarn is Lions Brand Homespun, alas not my own homespun. Since she is in isolation yet I can't give it to her yet so that project is on hold until the shawl I am donating for the church kitchen fund is finished. I really like the color, what do you think?
I think that catches up most of the pictures I promised. Maybe more next time.