Friday, January 27, 2012

Similarities, fishing, and antelope

Well, anyway, I have been trying to read Steven Tylers Rock N Roll Memoir. Only made it half way, too many F bombs for me. However, I particularly enjoyed the part about the bologna, but you will have to read the book for that. He did write something that struck a chord for me though. He wrote
"If you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
If you're a singer, everything looks like a song."

So if you are a quilter, everything looks like a quilt!
That is what I see when I look at sun rises like this. I wonder what it would look like as a quilt.

Ryan and Dennis went ice fishing up in the mountains last week. Dennis caught this trout between the snow flurries. How do you tell a happy fisherman, by the snowflakes on his teeth! But Dennis and Ryan would probably say by the bites they get on their line.

As I was leaving to go into town, I had to stop and wait for a herd of about 150 antelope cross the road in front of me. This was on WCR 100, a few miles from our house. They were not in too much of a hurry, as hunting season is over now.
Well, they say that the perfect female measurements are 36-24-36, just to use for scale, Bears collar is 21 inches, and we had to add another hole to get 3 fingers in it. What a big boy! Good thing that he does not have nasty bone in his body, well at least not when the sun is up, but when the sun is down, now that is a different story.

Holly turned 1 month old on the 26Th of January. We weighed her at 42# she was almost 16# at birth. Good growth for a 1 month old lamb! Too heavy for me to lift.

Peeping Tom strutting his stuff in front of his girls. One of my neighbors saw him and commented that I should send his picture into a hatchery or magazine due to his beautiful tail. She said she never saw one so nice. No wonder he likes to show off.

I have been busy in my sewing room. Both of my quilt classes have started up again, so I have been busy with my monthly assignments. One was an XO block. Made here into a pillow for Tera, out of brown, purple and sage.

A pastel purple, blue and white baby quilt that I made for one of my nieces new baby. I am really satisfied by the way this quilt turned out, as I am really not a "pastel" gal. I also used the XO pattern in this quilt.

Well, it is that time again, we gathered up all our tax information and sent it off to our accountant. All I know is that this year I want to use the same tax schedule that one of the wanna be presidential candidates is using.

More later..................................

Monday, January 9, 2012

farm stuff

Well, anyway, we were running out of bedding straw and ran down to get an 800# bale, from one of the area farmers. For all you non-farm people, here is how it sits in the bed of the pick up, we tie a rope to it, and the other end to a fence post, or something sturdy, and then drive forward with the truck and the bale falls out the end of the truck, hopefully on our well placed pallets. If we misjudge, we can always push it with the truck.
While Dennis was getting this set up, I took some extra pictures. Today is in the 40's here, with no clouds, bright, sunny, warm and most importantly of all, no WIND!

We finally broke down and purchased storage shelves for our milk room. We were going to initially make them, but with all the stuff that we have to do around here, just never got to it. These are a lot nicer though, than anything we would have made. So, one wintry, blustery day we finally got them up and neatened up the milk room. It is a small area off of the back of our hay shed. You can see the milk stand to the left of the area.

Oop is our next ewe to lamb, due in March. Getting bigger.
Holly is two weeks old today, and is growing fast with no other lambs competing at the udder. Here is me and Holly, her mother Ali is just below us. We have an ID tag in her right ear. My vet told me that all livestock's right ear belongs to the government. I guess they need their percentage of everything.

One of my friends is working on two quilts. Here is a sneak preview of them. One is waiting to be hand quilted, the other is done. She does all her quilting by hand. Gee, I may have to start a new quilt. She really does beautiful work.

I have not done much sewing lately other than the upcycled mittens and slippers that I have been making. I read 4 books in December, I guess just catching up on the outside world and making up for all the time that I did not have time to read. I have so much to accomplish the last half century of my life! Uff'Da!
I also started the dreaded elliptical again. Wonder how long that New Year's resolution will last.
The meadowlarks are back again, singing their song. Now the old Scandinavian one has brought a few of his friends with him. Wish I could bottle that up for a rainy day. It brings back so many memories of my Grandparents farm and living up north in Minnesota.

More later...................................