In the Willows...

In the Willows...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tell me how does your garden grow?

Very well I would say. We lucked out this year by putting in the raised beds.   With all the rain, many of our friends and family have had all or parts of their gardens washed out.  

This may not be the case every year and I may have to do a lot of watering in years to come but for my first year I am pretty happy with the results.

Below you see my green beans along the side of the bed.

Lettuce, peas, broccoli, carrots and Garlic

Tomatoes, peppers and onions

More tomatoes, radishes and cucumbers.

Squash, watermelon, beans and cucumbers

My apple trees are loaded with little apples and I hope we can make more cider this year.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What's up Buttercup?

Radish's are up and Buttercup loves to eat the top's 

Oh, and please let me introduce Miss Buttercup, she is new to the Willows. She found herself on the verge of being homeless and not in a great situation.  There was an empty bunny cage at the Willows so we hope she will be happy here.

As for the radish's, Buttercup gets the top and Joel gets the bottom.  Sounds like a win win to me.

Monday, June 22, 2015

It's hard to sew with sticky fingers

but in between making delicious strawberry jam, I finished block # 2 

my freehand butterfly is wonky and I really had to work hard on this block.  The ideas did not just flow like they have on other blocks.

Using buttons was new, but I really like my little bitty forget-me-nots.

We have kind of a strawberry shortage in our area due to mold.  So I buckled down and bought some at the Amish market.  These were nice, pricey but nice.  I wanted to make strawberry jam for Fathers day.

My dad's eyes lite right up yesterday when he saw what I had in my hands for him.  So I got a two for one, I made Dad happy and I got to teach Samantha how to make jam and we had fun doing it.  We had a tense moment when we almost boiled the jam over the stock pot trying to do two batches at once but with some quick thinking we avoided a STICKY mess.  

It really is the best jam I have made to date!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Are you calling me chicken?

Well if the cluck fits.

I beg your pardon... Mrs. Chicken

I have been working on a postcard exchange...Not sure I am nailing this one, totally blocked.

So I came up with a seahorse, its beachy right?  Summer time? 

Monday, June 8, 2015

stitch here and a stitch there

and finally the Little Sheep Virtues are stitched.  I found the most adorable quilt pattern that I am going to incorporate them into the blocks.

See I told you some stitching was still going on.

I used the fabric that each pattern called for but I wish I had done them all on the Cocoa Linen (darker one).  I tend to not be as adventurous with my cross stitch and follow patterns off a cliff. I  don't change out floss colors and sometimes afterwards I wish I had.  Like the ones above due to the lighter fabric I feel like the sheep are washed out and I should outline them.  Any advise?

So I am trying something new and purchased some of these Mill Hill santa ornaments.  I have never worked with paper before, not sure how I feel about it yet...

Saturday, June 6, 2015

evening events in the willows

Usually have something to do with the 4-wheeler.  Last night it was tearing down the temporary sheep pasture.  It was temporary after all.  Thank goodness I purchased the post puller, I really pounded those suckers in there.  Yay, me, I think.

Chore time, calling everyone in from the field with the whistle I learned as a kid from my Dad to call in his horses.

Pete- aka " The Big Guy" came running right over.   The sheep seem to have accepted him as the leader and last night must have realized that he had left the pasture without them because the next thing I know the sheep came barreling in the barn like they were on fire and line up at the gate for their treat.

Mangus is wondering where the GOOD hay went and why I am feeding them this grassy CRAP.  Actually its not crap, but its not the alfalfa they were getting when they first came.  The Vet said you needed a grass hay.  Mangus doesn't agree... "Why should I trust the word of the lady that crushed my balls and cut my tail off.... I want the leafy yummy stuff, NOW!"  Poor Mangus, how about a bread treat?  "Ok, that's a start, we still need to talk about grain, The Big Guy gets grain."

Just a simple flower on the ground in the woods...

Friday, June 5, 2015

Just me


My mother in law snapped some photos of me doing my thing.

with the chickens....

the sheep and horse....