In the Willows...

In the Willows...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In a relationship...

I am starting to feel like a floozy... I am really getting around.

I am in a relationship with:

The flower beds we meet on the side and as I walk by I reach out and grab some of its lush weeds yank and walk away satisfied (another bugger down)

The Garden and I have been hot and heavy for the last week and I see the relationship continuing for a few months, then I think I will dump him.  I did 10 quarts of zucchini last night and made a huge pot of veggie spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight.

The lawn and I hook up for a few hours a week, but I see this relationship going no where, we just go around and around, always the same story... I am right, he is wrong and I cut him down.

House work and I seem to be on the outs.  He has not needed that much attention since Joel has been out of town.  So I will just let him have his time alone, I know we will have to start working together and communicating as the year moves on.  He needs to get his priorities straight first!

NOW, I seem to be in a relationship with the Vet's Office.  I am so ashamed.  We have been meeting every Monday night for the last month and I have to see him again next Monday, then I think I will end it.  Everyone will be up to date with their shots and I will have no reason to continue (this year) its so hard to let go.

Last week during our time together I took some photos (GASP)

More paintings that my mother did while she worked there.

This one is of Noah, he was the clinics donor (blood) cat.  He ruled the place and lived out a very happy, loved life there at the clinic.  Mom immortalized him doing his favorite past time, watching out the window.


This next one makes me laugh and laugh.  Mom really put her sense of humor to work on this painting.  This is on the bottom of the door leading to the kennels.  This side you see in the exam room.


This is the other side.


I have been missing Mom very much these past few weeks.  Normally I would have called her a hundred times with canning questions and keeping her up to date on what is going on with the kids and all my RELATIONSHIPS but now I just maintain radio silence.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

paddle faster...

seems to be the theme in many areas around us.  More rain this week, but it is better than snow (don't ask Joel that question, he wants snow).

Having been involved in farming my whole life, I don't let the weather upset me.  I know that this year some of our fruit's and crops are in abundance, where some of our veggies and hay crops will suffer.  Every year is different and there is nothing I can do to change Mother Nature so I roll with it.

I did feel bad for my dad yesterday, he has a bunch of clover down and it will take a few days for the field to dry out.  He seemed truly bummed and that tugs at my heart strings.  He's been through a lot since we lost Mom.  He also decided to sell her car and cleaning it out was hard.


these chickens insist on staying outside and the roosters only go in the coop to harass the other  pullets.  Well, the roosters are hitting the road soon, I will make space in the freezer for their return.  Then I hope the two black pullets will join the red pullets below in the coop.


I may have a few more hens than I need and once they start laying will put a few up for sale.

As you can see the rain has kept the pond full and lush.


and as crazy as it sounds it's time to start thinking about cold weather and wood deliveries.  Gives me something to do instead of watching TV, right?


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mail call

My lovely postcard from Saskatchewan.  How did she know I love seashells?  Annette from institchesandseams.blogspot.ca sent me this card.  She said she was trying a sun dyeing process and it looks amazing.  My photo doesn't do it justice.  

I am sad to say that my postcard I sent Annette is not even close to being par with this lovely work of art.   I have a long way to go to keep up with these talented ladies.



I did get the borders on Bears in the Woods.  I know it looks like a Christmas quilt, not my intentions I am just trying to use fabrics I have on the wall.  I want to stay budget friendly.  I do have to go out and buy some black and red hand quilting thread....yes, I am going to hand quilt this.  Not sure why?  Maybe just to drive myself insane with a self imposed deadline.


Then I have my newest crazy quilt blocks that I have put together to embellish.


Oh and just for kicks, I started a new cross stitch, too.  Bonkers...totally bonkers but I am never lacking in something to do that's for sure.

Then there is the garden...and tonight I am going to my brother Todd's to pick more cherries.  They have a tree that is so loaded I am just in amazement of the mass quantity of fruit on this tree.  It would be stupid silly to not try and take advantage of it.  Every year you never know what you are going and not going to get when it comes to veggies and fruit, so you have to go with Mother Nature when she is in a good mood.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bear in the woods

is the name of the Bear Paw Quilt that I am working on for Dad.  Here is my progress as of last night.  Now to work on the borders. 


So I did mention 27 1/2 pounds of cherries in my last post.  Well this is what that looks like.


Then you take this handy dandy invention and spend 4 1/2 hours using it to get 


This.... a bowl of pits


Then I gave the cherries a nice sugar bath.


Finally bagging them up, measuring enough for a pie in each one and placed them in a deep freeze


Not sure that it was cost effective after all that but I guess the tasty pie will be the final determination.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Still on my own

Yep, Joel is still working in Buffalo.  Which means I am still in charge of lawn care.  The first few weeks I was a little rusty with the tractor but I think I have the hang of it again.  So this long weekend besides picking 27 1/2 pounds of cherries, pitting and freezing them I worked in the yard and I think it looks pretty dang good.







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.