Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Writers block, daughters move, Lily and Katy, and first lambs of the season

Wow!  I have had writers block for the last couple of months, or just not anything worthy of writing about, or just too busy.

We helped move our daughter Tera and grandson Brady from Denver to Greeley. So glad she lived on ground floor, as it took us quite a time to recover.  Tera had a job transfer.  They are now living in a condo, with allot more room than their previous apartment.  And so nice light and airy.
Brady has made a few friends in his new high school and is settling in nicely.  Tera likes her new job, the co-workers, and sure does not miss the hustle and bustle of the big city.  Not to mention the crime, and time on the freeways.  We are so happy to have the both of them only 26 miles from us, vs 95 miles.  We got together this past weekend, to watch a  movie, eat pizza, and Tera showed me how to work facebook.  A really nice afternoon on a wintry day.

Lily( I call her my little snow princess) turned 3 the first of March, and Katy was baptised.  The other grandparents came down from South Dakota for these events.  It was so nice to see them.  Lily sure enjoyed their visit,  Katy became reacquainted with Joan, as Joan helped take care of her for her first 6 weeks of life.

We have 5 ewes due this spring, and 2 goats are due  in April.  The first ewe had her twin ewe lambs yesterday.  One smoky Hershey colored lamb, and one white lamb.  I will have to try and find out what color this dark ewe is called. 
This ewe is the next to go I would suspect.  Her name is Kipcha and she is standing near the red feeder.  She Looks like she will have triplets, or two huge lambs.  Oh, we had snow yesterday, a few inches, but it supposed to warm up into the 50's by the weekend.

I figured out that I have made 31 baby quilts since we have lived here 3 years.  Just love to make them.  Here is my latest that I made for a family members new baby.
I have also been busy making totes, since they are so easy to whip up, and use up some of my stash.
I also bought a Featherweight sewing machine.  I hope to finally attend some quilting retreats and the featherweight is the perfect portable for transporting, and piecing of quilts in the classroom setting.  It is a 1951 model,(as old as Dennis, and should last a lifetime) made of aluminum, and weighs 11 lbs, 8 1/2 inches high and 11inches wide. I have been obsessed about taking this machine apart and looking at its workings.  It is so cute.  My mother used to have one of these.

Oh my gosh!  I have read some fantastic books since December.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a suspenseful thriller about a psychopath.  The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, about the Armenian genocide.  Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, loved this book, a connection between a black and white family in the Mississippi Delta in the 1940's, farm life.
The Devil's Highway and   Across the Wire:Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border, by Luis Alberto Urrea. Both of these books were real eye openers for me, having lived just 80 miles north of the border when we lived in Arizona.   Dreams of Joy by Lisa See, about life and hard times in Red China during the 50's. 

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

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