December 2, 2013
Another day at the painting. Its starting to really form up now. Still lots of work to do, but I like how its coming along!
December 1, 2013
I worked in the greenhouse, and the front bed by the deck, but mostly I worked on the painting.
November 29, 2013
I spent the majority of the day painting again. I am beginning to be excited about the painting now. Its starting to get into the detail now,
November 28, 2013
Today I painted most of the day,
Still a lot to do, but it will be tomorrow before I do some more. Violet and Mark came and visited in the afternoon, and I enjoyed them so very much.
November 27, 2013
Its a beautiful sunny day today, but cold so I have spent most of the day painting. Its looking up and I am hoping its going to be as nice as I think it will be
the buildings are beginning to take shape, but there is a lot of work yet!
November 26, 2013
I have been slow lately since I fell again, but thankfully have not broken anything, just very bruised. I have started another painting and am slowly progressing on it
Still working on background, and I have a feeling its going to take a while yet.
I also started measuring a warp for tablerunners for Christmas. Its a black warp (which I hate) but its what is requested by someone very important to me, so I will work on it. I will have to be very careful in the threading as the last black warp seemed to just want to make things miserable since its so hard to see!
I love fall, and I love the colors of the plants, trees and the blooming of the camilias and fall plants. The yard is gorgeous this year, and I love it!
Its been cold, and raining with this winter storm. The freeze got my peppers and eggplant, although I did bring one eggplant inside and hope it will do ok. Its always iffy when you move them and put them under grow lights. Still, I had to try. The Romaine lettiuce, Swiss Chard and Kale look really well. The Broccoli and Cabbage seem to call to some bug of somekind and it is making little holes in the leaves. I hate to use insecticide, so I just grit my teeth and go on. The pansies, Snap Draggons and the one gerber daisy that Kelli brought me are doing very well. I am using the green tops of the multiplier onions and the garlic chives along with the lettiuce and Swiss Chard as well as some Kale as its still small. Very nice!!
November 5, 2013
Yesterday Charlene came for the day to finish weaving her scarf off the Artistat at the Studio. I worked at getting the Baby blanket off the loom here at the house.
Of course it didn't take Charlene long to finish and she came over to the house and we got the blanket laid out on the table and begin doing the fringes. As normal Charlene jumped in there and went to work!!!!
She got all of one end done, and then it was time for her to go back to Ville Platte. I hated to see her go but she has to work tomorrow as she is a Park Ranger too.
After she was gone I started on the other end of the blanket, and hope to finish it today so I can full it, wash it and get it dry, ready for the baby shower on the 9th.
Its all finished now, fringes are finished, label in and its been washed! The blanket is 60" X 33".
October 29 to November 2nd, 2013
Because Amber's baby shower is on the 9th of November I have been staying close to the loom trying to get a baby/crib blanket woven for her shower. On the 28h of October I measured off the warp then started getting it on the loom.
Then tied on the front and back beams
On the 29th, I started weaving Valley Forge Dogwood, but found I did not like the overshot version, so took it out and started over adapting it for rosepath version, and I liked that
I am nearly finished now and will do the hem next and get it off the loom for fulling. I think its going to be very beautiful.
October 28, 2013
I finished Violet's table runner, and she has it on her table now. It turned out very nice, if shorter than I had planned.
I started on Amber's baby blanket and got the warp measured, and through the reed after church yesterday.
today I hope to be threaded through the heddles and if I can get it on the back beam and tied to the front beam. It will just depend on what else happens and how fast I can go. There are 340 threads so it will take a while. I am warping at 6 epi, but the thread is really nice and fluffy, perfect for a baby going into the winter!
By the end of the day I had the heddles threaded and the warp threads attached to the lash cords. Tomorrow I will wind it on the back beam and tie onto the front beam so I can hopefully be weaving.
October 25, 2013
day before yesterday I had gotten the pansey's and snap dragons planted, but needed to straighten some up after watering, so I did that after chores and the beds are really looking nice!
I am very pleased with the bed, and am already snipping chives and green onion tops. The peppers are doing nice and I am using them. The tomatoes are loaded, but it may get too cold for them soon.
I got started weaving when Charlene was here, but I got so busy I didn't get much done, but its looking nice.
Yesterday itself was very full, and I was tired by bedtime. I begin by weaving on the table runner, then about noon the Chimney Sweep came and cleaned both flues and the stoves. His name is Mike Dugas and owns Chimney Care out of Lake Charles. He was extremely nice and very professional. Lloyd always did our flues so I was prepared for his way, but Mike really cleaned the flues and then the stoves themselves so completley and then cleaned up after himself, using a cover over the floors and removing all the ashes too. I was really impressed, and asked to be put on his list for yearly cleaning. Gunter and Kathy Becklund were responsible for him coming, and I was so thankful!
After MIke left I went back to weaving, and got a good ways into the piece. I think I should finish today if nothing happens! hehe,
October 22, 2013
Charlene just left heading back home after a two day visit. I hated to see her leave, it was so nice having her here and I enjoyed it to no end. While she was here she picked a design for her Joy double treadle and I painted it for her. I must say it was very impressive when it was finished.
A true Acadian swamp scene!
I had started warping the loom with Violet's table runner, and found that I had some real bumps with that black warp. I was so glad Charlene was here to help me straighten it out! hehehe, It would have been something else without her here. Its the first warp I have done since Lloyd passed and it was a strain for me. But with her help, I am going at it again!! Thanks Charlene I was really needing the help!
October 14, 2013
today was off and on cloudy, but I still had to head off to town to get a sheet of acrylic sheeting for the treadle cover, but I was home about noon and got to work putting in the Booted Racket long tailed Hummigbirds and the verse at the foot of the treadle. All it needs now is the polyeuratane and the wheel!
It came out really lovely, and now I think I need to get to the loom.
October 13, 2013
Today was a hard day for me. It started out cloudy after raining off and on all night, and I didn't sleep either. So I painted most of the day on the treadle just trying to cope,
Its beginning to look nice, I did a lot of detail today,
October 12, 2013
I finally finished the Nightingale painting, and its turned out really nice.
I did start Kelli Miller's Elizabeth II treadle this morning, and I think its going to be very nice too.
I need to get going on the loom really bad too, time is running out on me!
October 6, 2013
wow! Its so cool this morning, but the mosquitoes are still out there, hehehe. It was so humid yesterday that if you even poked your head out you were bombarded with the little nasty things, and where they bit you burned for a long time. They are telling us that we should stay in the upper 70's and low 80's for the week----I hope they are right. I am tired of hot, humid, mosquitoes all the time. I don't mind the rain, I love the soft rains. Everything is so clean and the grass grows so fast. I did notice that all the Camilias were just loaded with buds for blooms. Should be a beautiful sight when they begin to bloom.
I worked on the painting all day yesterday except for the times when Kaleb came, and then Gunter and Kathy. I always enjoy them so much! I got a good bit done on the painting, and I am well pleased with how its coming now.
I still have to work on the water, and the roads in the upper part of the painting, and haven't even begun to think about the lower part of the picture, but it does seem to be taking shape. I hope to get the thrasher in the wheat fields next, and work on the oil pumpers along with the windmill.
The Spider Lilies are still blooming, the cream ones are finished, but the red are everywhere, so beautiful. The yellow are just starting, and they are so vivid! I moved them up front in the bed by the deck because they were coming up between the bricks of the patio. I think they will really do well now and multiply too.
I finished the day out on the painting, still lots to do, but its beginning to take shape!
October 4, 2013
I had gotten to this point with the painting I am now working on, the 4th try:
I was painting from Google maps since there are no pictures of the farm. It didn't help Galen's memory at all and all of us were not happy with it, so I put gesso back on the painting, and did my sketching from Galen's cartoon--the heck with areial Satelite pictures!!!
so now I am working on the 5th try, hehehehe, but I am certainly much happier,
there is a long way to go, but I feel that at last I am going in the right direction. I am also working on warping the loom up with Violet's table runner, and have gotten the Avanti Creamcicle in now. The yarn colors are beautiful!
So thread at a time I am working between painting,
My little bed beside the deck is looking so nice with all this wonderful soaking rain, and lessening of the scorching temps, although they are bad. Not nearly as bad as those nasty little mosquitoes that have you for a meal the minute you pop out of the house!! I guess this storm Karen will push more of them up from the Gulf. Maybe the colder weather they are promising will come and drive them away!!!
September 28, 2013
Seems like this month has flew by. Its cooled off a good bit and we have had some nice rains, but by noon its hot and humid again. The nights are very nice. I have been working on the new vegetable/flower bed by the deck and its looking better and better. The Kale is sprouting and everything looks so pert. I have some to do yet, and want to put some pansys in when they come in. I love pansys, they make beautiful faces, so cute.
The red Spider Lilies are really starting to bloom, a sure sign of fall!
Of course I am still working on the design of the painting I am doing for Nightingales. Its the old dairy farm place in Oklahoma and mostly the pictures I have are from Google Maps and from the air. Galen has helped as best he could from memories he has of growing up. I hope I can do justice too it, but its challenging, to say the least!
Its early, so maybe I can get some done on the painting as I have already worked some in the new bed. I know its going to warm up and become humid.
September 25, 2013
I went off into town today, not willingly, but I needed to finish the new bed by the deck and needed to pick up some potting soil, and some winter greens and seed.
I did work on the painting last evening after I had rested and cooled off.
I think its a good start, and that I am going to enjoy this one very much. I got the beding plants in and the seed, so I think the winter bed is looking so nice. Time will tell how well it does too!
September 24, 2013
We had several days of cool rain, temps in the 80's during the day, warming up to nearly 90, and in the 60's during the night. So very nice for working outside. I had wanted to get that bed in by the front deck so I could get the pot plants off the deck, and have a place nice enough for a winter bed by the house. I got started early, first leveling the soil where I wanted to put the cinder blocks.
Took me most of the day, but it looks so nice!
I still need to get some more potting soil for the bed, and I also want to get some young plants like broccoli, swiss chard and such. I was really pooped, and it felt like it had went up in temperature. I had to stop and take a break every so often, and cool off, but I got it done. Its very nice!
I have also started the new painting for Nightingales, the old family farm. Its a little hard since the pictures of the old place are all but gone, and its located in Oklahoma. I was able to get up on the internet and get ariel photos of the farm as it is now, and Galen drew a cartoon of the farm showing what is new and where things are located. I hope I can do it justice. I have also started Violet's table runner. Still looking for the Silk City Avanti yarn "Creamcicle".
I have been saying fall was here because the yellow spider lilies were blooming, and now the red are starting. They are so very delicute and beautiful.
September, 19, 2013
FINALLY, I finished the huck weave on the Nilus monday evening, and took it off the loom tuesday morning.
Its very pretty, and it most likely would make a much more desirable light blanket than towels!
I started monday morning weaving and taking frequent breaks was able to get it done,
so--then I began removing the castle on the Nilus, tying down the skirts on the beams and preparing the loom to be moved when they came Tuesday afternoon to do this for me.
The little one was not the job of the big loom, but hard enough for anyone to move. About 5:30 pm Troy Rogers and his wife Terry got here, and soon after Chuck Mielshimer came. Then it began! I had already removed the castle, front and rear breast beams and the harnesses in preparation.
After they got here Troy and Chuck removed the front part of the loom (its 4 very long bolts top and bottom) so that the beater and treadles were separated from the loom. Then over to the house it came where they put the front back on the loom for me. I was so excited I could not sleep monday or tuesday night!!! Wow, so very fantastic.
Wednesday morning I began cleaning up the loom, wiping it down and oiling, getting it ready to put the beams, harnesses and castle back on it. A year can really dirty up an unused loom.
after cleaning it really well, and wiping it down with Murphy's oil, oiling the treadle privit points and moving it into postion, I began putting the harnesses in.
Next came the beams and the Castle, Wow, ready to weave!
I checked to make sure I had plenty of room to drop the back beam into weaving position, and it was great!
Now I just need to get it warped for the table runner I promised Violet over a year ago, before all the hard stuff happened!
September 12, 2013
Today I actually began weaving again. I can weave about 30 minutes before I have to quit, but its a start. I am trying to weave the towels off the Nilus, and I think its a good beginning.
I also started a new painting. Its an Oklahoma sky, and painting, so its a new territory for me!
September 7, 2013
Since Rhonda loves birds, I added some to the painting. A pair of Pileated woodeckers at their nest with a begging fledgling, goose with goslings, cowbirds with the sheep, peacocks, a blue heron in flight, a pair of Great Egrets embracing and on top of the Produce Stand I added a pair of Blue Jays with a nearly grown fledgling. I think I am done now, and just have to varnish the painting.
Sept 6, 2013
August was really hard for me, but now its September and fall seems to be right on us. I started a new painting,
Its a farm scene, and I think its going to be nice. Lots of detail and I need that. The ewes are doing very well, even if its so dry. Still we are beginning to get afternoon and evening showers and sometime at night.
I was going to the Studio after doing chores and came across this red snapper turtle. It was so beautiful that I had to take picture for my grandson Talon. Every time I set it down, it took off running, and when I picked it up, it never drew back into its shell, instead wanting to bite me! So funny and it was so neat.
Its been so hot and humid I have spent most of my time inside working on the painting,
Then after I got the sheep in I decided that the sheep needed lambs with them, so I added that.
I keep seeing things that I want changed and so I do it. I did get the produce stand in, the weaving spinning building and I like the way that looks.
I found I did not like the iris either, so I took them out.
I am getting very close to finishing the painting, but it just makes it more interesting and fun.
I want to start a bed near the front deck that I can do winter greens in, just wish it would cool off.
August 22, 2013
We have had some rain, and that has helped, and are so thankful for it. Its really humid, but is a bit cooler than it has been. Rhonda gave me a beautiful 2 year old Buff Orpington hen, and I brought her home and put her in with Sally and Matilda. Its was funny for a while, but they are roosting together now and all three seem to be good friends, although they each have their own nest to lay in--and do not share! hehehe
She is a very pretty hen and gentle too. Matilda, the duck is blind, but Sally and Lucy seem to take care of her except when she is in the water and they leave to the other end of the greenhouse. I don't think they enjoy her splashing,
The ewes are doing good and settling in so well. They are happy to be home and Tony rules the bunch, so funny. They will go in the feed room, but of course there is nothing in there they can reach or get into so they want back into the barn or where I feed them in the matenity shed thinking they can get me to give them more feed. Of course I am not!
I move them from lot to lot depending on how the grass is in that lot, and keep count of the days they can stay in each so I know how many days it is between grazing each.
Lynn Vincent, my very dear friend that lives down the dead end of the road we live on knits beautifully and when Kathy Beckland ended in the hospital we worried about her. She was very cold after surgery so I gave her the aqua green/purple throw I had knitted and Lynn started her a sweater. I had spun the yarn, both yarn fibers were from the flock here, so we felt it was special for her to have. When Lynn brought it to give to Kathy, it near took my breath away it was so beautiful!
Kathy was excited to have it!!
I have started a new painting, but have only been working on the design. It takes a while to do the design, and get everything ready for the painting.
August 16, 2013
I started a new painting right after I finished the one with the sheep and have really been having fun with it. My sister told me it was wild when I first got the sky in,
I had to reluctantly agree with her, but I told her she had never seen a sunrise on the bayou--not sure if she believed me but she said it looked better when I got the trees in.
as I got further along she decided it was looking better! hehe
So I think I am finished today!
August 8, 2013
I have been really busy, trying to get the den set up for my fiber/crafts room. I have everything moved around except for the 36" Nilus 4-H, and I have to get the towels off of it before I can move it over to the Studio and bring the 12-H Nilart 45" over here. Should be sooooo much fun (haha).
I have finally finished the picture with the sheep on it,
July 26, 2013
Jacque and Shirly Spearow stopped by on their way home from his school reunion in Michigan and we had a wonderful time visiting and remembering times past. Such treasured friends, and I already miss them. After they left I went out and followed the sheep around until I felt better, and took pictures of them,
the first picture is Tony and Alyssa and the second is Aponi and Theresa. Then I was able to get single shots of each of them,
They are beginning to fill out and look really good after having lambs on them and making the long trip from Texas. Such beautiful ewes and so spoiled, I just love it!!
Started a new painting, and I think I am really going to have fun with this one!
July 20, 21, 2013
looks like I am not through with the painting yet! hehehe. Got a raccoon and turtle in, and a pair of rabbits along with some more birds, but still not sure if I am finished or not. Its a beautiful painting.
I had caught a big swamp moccassin snake trying to get into the fish pools, and it really upset me, so I got new nets on the pools.
took a while, but its done now. There was a big croaker that hadn't made it under the net, so I caught it and put it in under the nets, it was so happy!! I love to hear them. The arbor is cleaning up now, and soon I can start raking and cleaning up the debris. It will look nice then.
the figs are nice, just the honey figs ripining now, but the celeste and brown turkey are starting
and the citrus is impressive too, of course the sheep keep the leaves trimed that they can reach.
I had to go play with the sheep too. So I got my camera and took pictures. They are filling out nicely,
They sure do clean up the weeds and bushes!
The plants on the deck are beautiful, but they are not producing like I had hoped. I think its just too hot, but the flowers are so pretty!
July 19, 2013
Gunter wanted horned owls in his painting, and I agreed, so I put a pair in the painting, looks nice too. I have tried to keep really busy today, so the painting helped!
July 17, 2013
Its been really hot and the most I have done is mow and do chores besides working in the house. Today I painted most of the day and only went to the barn to check on the ewes off and on. I sure wish it would rain. Still I am just about finished with the painting for Gunter.
July 8, 2013
Its very dry right now, we really need some rain. We got a little shower last night, but no where near what we need/ Any way, I put the sprinkler on in the maternity catch, where I am night catching the ewes.
Since I was out with the ewes, and enjoying them so much, I got my camera and took some pictures,
I think you can see why I call them my "clean-up crew". They love the weeds and mulberry leaves as much as the heads on the Bahia grass and the Bermuda grass. They are live mowing machines!! So beautiful, and intelligent. I enjoy them so much, and its really exciting to see them fill out after having babies with them until they came home. They have gotten right back in their routines, just like they have been home all along. Its amazing how smart they are!
July 2, 2013
Missy and Justin got here on Sunday late and we visited until late, so nice to have them here. Justin found out what was wrong with the toilet in the main bathroom, there was a crack on the tank and that is where the water was coming from. I was so happy he found it, I had looked and looked and tried just about all I knew. So Monday morning we did chores and got breakfast, then off to town!!
In town we got a new 17" high complete toilet and some boards to fix the ceiling in the carding room of the Studio where the squirrels had messed up coming through the summer kitchen ridge vent. Something I had tried to fix, but just wasn't strong enough to hold the boards up and use the power drill at the same time.
As soon as we got home Justin started on the toilet,
Rhonda came over in the afternoon and gave Missy a lesson on the Silk City yarns, which both of us enjoyed so much!
Of course I had to show Justin Cush-Cush's eggs (I give her ceramic eggs to play with).
I think Justin was bored with our women talk so while we fixed dinner, he went out and trimmed the hedge after Rhonda went home. I was glad too as I was dreading doing it!!
Today we are going to try to finish the ceiling in the Studio, fix the gate, have an overshot lesson and whatever else we can get into!
We did get the ceiling finished, and Missy's Mira loom loaded in the Suburban. Justin did get the gate fixed too!
Missy and Justin head home tomorrow, I will miss them too.
June 28, 2013
I started out the day with chores, and petting the sheep. So cool, they are trying to make a dent in the grass and mulberry leaves, but it doesn't seem like it.
Then I worked on the painting that is on the easel for a while
Then I went back out and followed the sheep around just enjoying them so much
I finished the day by working on the painting some more putting the buck in.
June 26, 2013
A picture says it all!!!
Mary Lynn Jackson and Stannie Luker came and spent the afternoon with me. I enjoyed it beyond words, especially after the visit yesterday with Kelli Miller and her three very nice friends. Of course Terri Nicolau got here after lunch with my 5 ewes, and oh what joy that was. I was amazed at how well they remembered me and followed me across the yard to the barn, coming up to me and wanting me to love them. It made my day and I will always treasure how they seemed to be so happy to see me.
We started by getting them out of the trailer
Then off to the barn!
what joy it is to have them home, and to be able to share it with my friends and family! So many blessings today.
June 22, 2013
I have been having trouble with a stray tom cat, and so I set the live trap to catch him. This morning when I went out to check it I found this!
HA! imagine my surprise, another raccoon! So I took it off to the lease and was glad to be done once more. I reset the trap, no telling what will be in there next.
I got started mowing and mowed all over the yard. Since the ewes are coming tuesday I didn't mow secure yards, but did get the tractor out and push down a dead tree and a small stump out of the ground. That allowed me to start cleaning up the area behind the circle drive camelias. There is a dead pine tree limb I have to get out but its in among the camelias and it will take some help. Surely looks nice too.
Of course I was hot, tired and very wet and dirty so I took a shower. It must have sounded like fun because as I got out of the shower, hehe, Clyde was taking a bath too! So funny,
So just before I went in for the night, I checked the live trap again, and whoa, a new visitor!
He now has a new home, and the cats are so happy!!
June 20, 2013
yesterday morning I caught Matilda sleeping and she was so cute,
I wanted to replant two of the tomatoes in a bigger container and put them over with the other tomatoe where they could get the rain and still have relief in the shade in the hottest part of the day, so I move a large flower pot out of the greenhouse and got that completed. It was sure hot and humid too.
Everything else looks good, although I am having to watch aphids on the eggplant.
This morning while it was still fairly cool, but very humid, I got the tractor out to pushed that mess the Police Jury left on the side of the road at the drive, while I was gone to town. I don't know why they would cut a tree right on the road and my driveway and leave such a mess, but they did. I did the best I could, but I didn't want to get up on the enbankment since I am not as experienced as Lloyd with the tractor and it makes me nervous when the tractor tilts. This is what it looked like as they left it, you can't even see to get out of the drive,
Such a mess, but I pushed it the best I could, and then bush hogged the east side of the drive up the side of the road. By then I was wet, hot and tired so I quit.
Its probably going to rain again today, so I think I will paint.
June 18, 2013
I mowed and sprayed yesterday, trying to get some of this back under control. It seems that 8 months is a long time to leave a farm unattended in Louisiana. We have had so much rain this year, everything is in overdrive to get as thick and high as it possibly can. Sure challenges one to keep up. Mark and Violet (my neice and her husband) came over after it cooled off in the afternoon and Mark trimmed the pecan tree that had gotten into the power line. What a mess that is and it will take me a while to get it under control, but Mark used his pole saw cutting and Vi and I drug the mess of as it was cut. I will spray and get the poisen ivy killed so I can get in there and finish cleaning up. Will take a while, it was so much easier when Lloyd was here.
The patio at least is looking good. I have it almost done, there is one bed of iris I have to work in, but its coming along. The lotus is just gorgeous, in full bloom with seed pods standing up, and those beautiful white and pink blooms
The fish are still there and so many!! hehehe, aparently nothing seems to bother them, Koi are hardy!
That fern palm that I thought the frost had killed year before last is coming out in a vengence--seems it just took neglect and lots of rain, hehehe
I got the gate back up in the lane to the barn for when the girls come home. I can go through the barn or open it to do my mowing.
and of course, I am still working on the painting. Its going to really take some time, its very detailed and the deer are going to take some work, but I think it will be worth it.
I got the spanish moss in and the Egret, but have only started the deer. It keeps me busy! I am most likely going to spray after the dew dries today.
June 16, 2013
I watched Matilda play in the cat pan water container and it was plain it was a bit small, so Saturday when I was in town I got a larger water container for her to play in.
Sally thinks its the best place to get a drink, as long as Matilda isn't splashing water everywhere, of course the citrus trees love it!
This morning I caught Sally on her nest, and I watched her then realized she was wanting to sit on the egg she just laid, so I collected it. I don't think she was too happy about that, but she went off and visited Matilda and scratched in her feed, then stood in front of the fan a while. So funny,
she lays a very pretty light green egg of nice size too!
June 14, 2013
I finally finished the Stellar Jay picture,
So of course I started another painting,
after I fed the cats and got breakfast for Hart and me, I worked on it some more adding the Egret
by then Ellen had came to pick up her loom and had the duck with her. A mallard duck hen, so cute, just right to go in the greenhouse with Sally the hen. Sally thought she was the boogie and hid from her, but the duck was so excited about the pan of water that she didn't care and splashed and splashed, finally settling down beside it to rest. So cute, and so funny!
I named her Matilda, and I think it fits rather well!
This afternoon I caught her playing in the water! I watched for the longest, and got such fun out of it!
animals are so much fun!
June 8, 2013
Today I worked on moving water troughs, and getting the last of the 16ft. panels down and moved trying to get ready for some of the ewes to come home. It was beautiful, cool, sunny and very nice. I had tried to get the valve on for the water to the barn, but was unable to turn the valve to on, so Gunter and Kathy came and Gunter got it on for me. I guess it had just not been turned for too long and had stuck. Now the Electric has been checked out, and the water is on. Fences have been checked and fixed. I have a gate to install yet, but will get it done. I was so glad I had done so much in the morning because by 3 pm it was raining really hard. I did work on the new Steller Jay painting, getting the background started
I caught Sally up on the brooder in the greenhouse "bug hunting". So funny!
June 6, 2013
busy, busy! SWIC Retreat was wonderful! Its been rainy so I have been mowing every chance I get, and doing the spraying when the sun was out and dried the dew. Today was overcast from the beginning, really nice and cool and intermitting rain that was so welcome. Still, I stayed busy inside mostly. I finished the lap robe and its very nice.
The big Magnolia Grandiflora in the circle is in full bloom and they are just so very beautiful.
that double rose of sharon is beginning to bloom too
The Canna's are so bright,
The water lilies and lotus are just beginning too
The daylilies have made me so glad I caught all those pesky raccoons and relocated them, hehe,
Of course I was tempted to take pictures of the nuts forming on the Walnut tree in the front!
I have already started another lap throw in Chenile, and a painting of Stellar Jays.
May 29, 2013
Around 11 am today I went over to Nightengale's farm to pick up some red wheat they were thrashing. Beautiful fat full berries, so exciting!! I got about 11 bushels and brought them home.
I started filling vacumn seal bags and putting them in the coolers to keep them for flour berries.
by 5:00 pm I had this:
I am so pooped out!! The rest I will put out in the feed bins for when the girls get home from Texas.
May 27, 2013
I finally finished the Northern Flicker painting,
I love woodpeckers. They are so stunning, and fun to watch!
Sally has started to peek in the window and thinks its fun to watch me!
She gets up on the flower pot rim, and clucks. I think its so funny!
May 23, 2013
yesterday and the day before was so overcast, and rained off and on. It was very humid too and a good day to stay in, so I started a painting of the Northern Flicker I had seen while staying with the kids at Ft. Lewis/McCord in Washington state. A very beautiful woodpecker with flashy orange and impressive feathers with small black spots and a gorgeous face. They loved the suet feeder the kids had up and visited it often.
I didn't like the way the male's tail feathers looked so I changed the way they curved, and added the suet feeder. I liked that much better.
Now I have the female to add, and I think it will be a very nice painting.
This morning I had to work on the greenhouse roof. It was getting way too hot for Sally during the day without the sunscreen on it, so I started by cleaning it off and securing the visqueen greenhouse cover, then adding the 40% black sunscreen, the the metalic sunshield covers. The temperature inside dropped drasticlly right off!
I still have a bit of securing to do, but its good for now. Its so hot and humid I had to come in and cool off!!
Of course Kitty thought I was nuts!
The tomatoe that is the corner of the deck is starting to bloom now, and I look so forward to that fruit!!
May 20, 2013
I thought I had caught and transplanted all the raccoons, but I set the trap again anyway. I caught another one!!!
So I have set the live trap again tonight. I can't even imagine if there are any more or not, but as long as they get in the trap I will stay with it!
I did get my easel moved over to the house and set up where I can paint again, it helps me to cope with everything, so I am excited about that.
One more step in rebuilding my life.
May 18, & 19, 2013
I didn't get a lot done on Saturday, but I did get some pictures of the flowers. Like the Confederate Jasmine that is so beautiful
and the daylilies I am delaying planting until I think all those destructive Raccoons have a new home
I did spend time knitting on the Gulf Coast handspun throw, which is coming out really nice
Saturday I put out the live trap again and last night I got the third Raccoon!
So I put it in my little trailer and took it around to the truck and put it in the back so I could take it and release it on the lease.
like the second one, it leaped out of the trap and was gone so fast all I got was the trail it left!!!
so funny, but I know the flowers and the fish breathed a sigh of relief!
It looks like rain today, but its never certain what Louisiana weather will do. I hope I get to work in the patio tomorrow.
May 17, 2013
Day before yesterday I caught the first Raccoon that was tearing up my flower beds in a live animal trap. He was released about 20 miles from me--I hope it never finds it way back, hehe. It was a beautiful young one of three. night before last the second one got my bait of marshmellows and ceral but didn't trip the trap. I was disapointed to say the least, but last night I got that one. Like the first it was scared, but wanted to fight. I took it off to a 140 acre hunting lease that belonged to a friend and let it go.
I put trap and all in the back of my truck and when I got there I had a time getting the gate open because it sat on the trip so the door wouldn't stay open. It was so full of fight I was afraid it would go after me so I used my walking stick to hold the door open and after a while it jumped out and like a whole pack of demons were after it disapeared into the woods. I wanted a picture of it going off into the woods, but all I got was this:
So funny, but it felt good to know it was off to a new life more in an area of where it could be itself and not dig in my flower beds or anyone else's. I hope I get the third one tonight and it can join its litter mate.
May 14, 2013
This morning I got the shredder out and Lloyd's little JD seat and started on the walk coming from the house into the patio.
When I looked at what I was going to tackle this morning I felt really intimidated!
A year can really wreck havic with a place, and I am not up to par by a long shot. So I just started in and did a little at a time until I begin to see that I was making some progress. by near noon, I had gotten the bed by the house and the Nigra Magnolia trimmed and looking lots better, except I really need to get the pressure sprayer out and wash the house. It will have to wait a while yet though.
I still have a good bit of mowing to do, so I will try to get after that when it gets too hot to work in the Patio.
May 13, 2013
Today was the first day that it wasn't overcast or raining! As soon as the dew lifted I begin to mow and I mowed until about 3 pm. I broke from mowing and went into the patio to start cleaning out one of the flower beds that had really taken a bad turn while I was gone.
First I got the mower and the trailer out with Lloyd's little John Deere garden seat, and pulled it around to the patio with the tools.
That bed was a mess, and I pulled weeds and vines out of it. Then I placed the roses I had gotten to replace the ones that died while I was gone, and got them planted.
Next I got the cypress mulch in and smoothed it all down. Since the Armadilloes had been in the day lillie bed I put a bit more mulch there too. Watered the beds and spinkled some moth balls around hoping that would keep them out of the beds. We will see--I hope it works.
I still have so much to do in the patio, but I can only do so much at a time, so I work a while and then come in and cool off and rest a while. I know I am making progress, but it sure seems slow!
May 7, 2013
Yesterday afternoon Kaleb and I started working on the poor neglected patio area. I had gotten some beautiful day lilies to start to bring a bed that was just a mess into order, so we started there.
Kaleb did most all of the work for me since I still can't use a shovel without it being just a bit too much for me, and he loves flowers.
The arranging and placement of the bed was awesome, and when the cypress mulch was placed it looked so good!
I know I won't be nearly as quick as Kaleb, but slowly I will work on it and hopefully get the area back in its normally beautiful shape! I plan on working on it until its done, however long it will take. I think the weeding and cleaning will take the longest, but I know the pools are going to be really time consuming.
Today I worked around the pool on the North side and weeded around the benches, cleaned it up and then put the mulch down. I got out the Husky, the tools and mulch and started. Took me all afternoon, but it really makes me feel good to know I have started!
It was hot, slow and I needed to take frequent breaks, but it looks good, now I just have the rest to get done, hehehe,
May 4, 2013
Today we had a Guild Play Day at Albion Norman's house, and did we have so much fun!!
It was Rhonda Selser, Beth Syron, Rachel Rochelle, Albion Norman and her sister Cecile and myself that gathered and we spun, wove, knitted and had the best time!
Rachel came for the first time and Beth proceeded to teach her to spin, SO cool!
Rhonda was spinning some really neat fiber that was a metalic type really fine and it was so pretty.
In this picture you can see Albion's loom with Cecile on hers in the background, of course that's Rhonda in front!
Albion got her bulky flyer and what a big grin she has, hehe
and of course Beth thought all of us were silly!
Sorry, I had the camera as usual, but we really had a fun day!
April 30, 2013
Where has the month gone??? It seems it just started, and its all but over now. Its overcast and warm/humid here today, with 50% chance of rain, so I won't work outside today. Did start the day with oatmeal and Hart loves it so much. She always had oatmeal with Lloyd, so she was really having a fit for me to hurry!
She is so funny and I would be so lonesome without her and the two green birds Cush-Cush and Clyde.
Clyde thinks he is so macho, and Cush-Cush hen pecks him regularly--hehehehehe!
I had to take the Aloe plant out of the greenhouse because Sally the hen thought it was her personal desert. Poor thing was looking a little pathetic!
The Nandina hedge needs trimming again. It sure does grow fast. I cut it back really extreme and it already needs it again.
The tomatoes one of the cats thought was their personal outhouse and made a mess of them which Caleb and I replanted and put cinder block chips around is looking very good. I thought for sure they were done for, but they fooled me!
The "Pot Garden" on the deck is still going strong and very pretty, its so encouraging, and very impressive!
April 27, 2013
Today I learned how to clean the air filter on the Husquavarna, and how to replace the flapper in the toilet tank, not big things but Lloyd always did them. I got the sewing room finished that used to be the exersize room. It was too cloudy and close to raining for me to work outside and the mosquitoes were terrible, so I worked inside. I did get some pictures of the beautiful flowers that are blooming in the yard.
Even the tomatoes are close to changing color, but the aphids have been really bad!
My "Pot Garden" is doing so well, but I had to put pieces of cinder block around one of the tomatoe pots to keep the cats out.
April 26, 2013
I am moving my sewing stuff back over to the house so I can use the room at the Studio that I used as the sewing room for a painting room, so I got my trailer out and started to bring things over to the house. I am slow so it took me all day, hehe.
I spent most of the day going through patterns and sorting them into ones I would use and those that I no longer had a use for. I think I will take them to Goodwill or some place like that. They are nice patterns, and surely someone can use them. There are lots of craft patterns like baby items, coats, and things like that.
A couple of mornings ago I caught Sally the hen taking a dust bath. It was so funny and she is really a beautiful Americana hen, so I took some pictures. She didn't even care, just kept right up at her bath!!
April 22, 2013
I am still trying to get things done, and today I removed the fence between the goat paddock and the kid paddock. Took me all day as I have to stop and recover every so often, but it works. This is how it looked when I started:
It was a mess, and I was intimidated by it at first, but I started removing T-post ties and working my way down the fence until I had them loose. Because every other post was on different sides of the fence I had to remove the ones on the nearest side first so I could lay the fence down and roll it up.
by then I was pooped and it was lunch time too so I came in, got something to eat and sat down to rest. I have been knitting and crochet when I am resting so I did some of that. I had just finished a whipple, and have started on a shawl, both have beautiful color
then it was back out and pull posts so I could roll the wire up. I may have bit off more than I wanted too !
I pulled the remaining posts, got the mower and cleaned up that area. Surely looks nice, I think it was worth it, but I may just knit tomorrow, one more step to getting some of the girls home!
April 21, 2013
Its so hard to take pictures and do things without Lloyd, but I am learning. I am getting the farm back in order after being gone for nearly 8 months trying to recover from this injury and the loss of Lloyd. Still I am doing things, have learned I can work the tractor and have pushed downed tree limbs and trash into piles, cleared up the mess, mowed the yard, and in the secure yards and paddocks, bush hogged a couple of the pastures and generally tried to keep myself so busy it was not so hard.
The yard really is looking nice now, I have mowed it several times, picked up limbs and debris.
I even have a "pot garden" on the deck, tomatoes, eggplant, pepper, squash, cucumbers, green beans (asparagus) and some vining spinach.
The orchard was a little harder, a couple of the trees had died, and two blueberry bushes, but I got that cleaned up too, looks nice
I think the secure yards were the hardest because the sheep are gone. Still, I tackled them, picked up limbs, and debris, then mowed several times to get them in order. I had to push some of the dead trees and debris around the shearing shed before I could mow it well, but Lloyd was a good teacher and I could do it with the bucket on the tractor. Made me feel really good.
I bush hogged the maternity ward pasture and the pasture North of the Shearing shed.
Our good neighbor is going to bush hogg the pasture west of the house as its just a little too much for me right now, and the gate is hard to open. One step at a time!
March 26, 2013
I am starting to work on the Website some now. I am home in Louisiana now, and very happy to be here. It is strange and difficult without my Shepherd, the sheep and all the routines we normally did everyday. Like so many others I am learning what it is to live without my life mate, and companion of so many years. It is hard but I am struggling to adjust. I have decided to keep the website up with information pages, pages dedicated to Lloyd's work over so many years and things that are taking place now that I am home. Slowly I will be adjusting the site to this new way of living. I am still learning to walk again, but am doing very well there too. I am so glad to be home!
October 15, 2012
I want to let everyone know that I am recovering from the leg/hip. I am in Ft. Lewis, Washington with my daughter and her family trying to make some sence of my life and to come to terms with the loss of my beloved shepherd. i am planning on returning home when the time comes that I can walk again. Many thanks to all of you that have sent me prayers and thoughts on my great loss. Please know I think of all of you often.
August 8, 2012
So much has happened in the last 2 months that I don't know where to start. On July 6 I fell and broke my right leg between the knee and hip in three places putting me in the hospital while we were unloading our winter hay. then on July 19, my dearly beloved shepherd left me to be with his Lord in heaven. My grief is overwhelming, and I am trying to deal with this terrible emptiness that seems to consume my every day. We put him to rest and I am now in Washington State with my children trying to deal with this. Our beautiful flock of Gulf Coast sheep are with Brien and Terri Nicolau at Sandia, Texas RMF Flock where they will remain until I can heal and decide the best direction to take. I will try to keep the News Page updated as I can. I am planning on returning home when the healing will allow me to adjust. For now, I am hoping to meet some of the fiber community here and begin the process of learning to live my life without the one that made all the things we loved and cherished so possible. May the good Lord and mighty Shepherd of us all lead and help us in this time of trial and adjustment.