Thursday, May 31, 2007

Once in a blue moon....

Tonight is the second full moon in the same month...aka blue moon. They say this only happens every 2.7 years which is how often I will post twice in one day! And why a second post this day? Well we finished transplanting the tomatoes so I am going to post diagrams of the gardens so I remember what went were next year.

The W is a water barrel
The C is carrots in tubs
The MG is morning glories (front blue, back red) and amaranth
The rectangle by the walking onions is glads
The cirlces are where the tomatoes are planted. There are 6 Black Pear, 2 resisentraube and 6 Blondkopchen and there is basil planted in between the tomato plants.
The lettuce is also radish, spinach and mesculin mix

In the big garden there is Green Zebra, Pink Caspian, Amish Paste, Roma, Big Boy and Bell Star tomatoes. The potatoes (excuse the two T's in the diagram) are Yukon Gold, Kennebec and Red Nortland
The melon mix is super dew, charentais, early silvertine and Spanish Moon.
And now that it is planted the weeding begins....

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Knock Knock
Who's there
Alpaca !
Alpaca who ?
Alpaca the trunk, you pack the suitcase !

I would have alpaca-ed the trunk of my car full of fleece if I could have gotten away with it! My cousin bought four alpaca this fall and this is the first time she sheared them and today I went to watch.

I don't know the correct names of the colors but this is what she has...

She has the stud muffin (Abe) who is a beige or light tan
His mother and 1/2 sister (Sassy (cria)and Kimberlee) who is a dark fawn or light brown
and a gelding (Amigo) who is black.
It was hot and I am sure they appreciated the hair cut! I got home in time to take little man to the Dr....double ear infection, loosing tube in left ear and strep. When I got home there was one more surprise for the day...

Needless to say the rest of the tomatoes didn't get planted so I have to go plant them now before it gets to 90 degrees.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cool mornings and hot days

May and June. Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months
in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a
warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights.
The discussion of philosophy is over; it's time for work to begin.- Peter Loewer

It was 44 degrees this morning, meaning a perfect time to go hoe the garden before the temps get high. We got the whole large garden hoed, four extra squash planted, the tomato area rototilled and 27 tomatoes planted. One thing I noticed this year is that nothing shocked when it was transplanted and I mean nothing. I still have tomatoes to plant but should have that done by tomorrow. I will have to do a drawing of each garden so I know where I planted everything.

My greenhouse garden has been done and is now just waiting on things to grow. I sit on my stool and watch but it doesnt' seem to help. This is my favorite seat to use in the garden.
It is a copy of a milk stool my father used. I brought it down from the barn and when it started to fall apart, the man made me a new one out of barn board. The only thing he didn't do was the original had a hole in the top of the bench to put your hand through to pick it up and move to the next cow... I am going to have to make him fix that as it was convenient.

#2 daughter got her immobilizer off and now just has to wear a support sleeve on her knee. She had her band concert and little man had his Wizard of Oz play, he bridged to boy scout and she bridged to cadet in girl scouts. So most of the end of the school year stuff is finished and they just have to get through finals.

Aunt's house and car sold last week and we had a yard sale this past weekend with some of her stuff. We still have the garage to clean out but the buyer isn't in a rush but hopefully we will get it done before the weekend.

During the yard sale I was able to get some spinning done. Last Thursday I started the stocking for my oldest son but I think I have to frog as I tried working on the cabling part at the yard sale...I don't recommend it! As I knew I wouldn't be able to work on it at the Dr's yesterday I started another stocking trying out the no wrap short row....again I got stuck at the pick up part and need to rip back on that also.

The broiler chicks are getting big and we got three white turkeys yesterday. I wanted blue slate or red bourbon but I don't want to order 15-20 of them so I got what I could get. No ducklings yet but 3 of 4 are still setting. I am going to give them to this weekend and then check them.

And since my washing machine is done my time here has to come to a close also. Hope to get back on before too much time goes by.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Living in Spring

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.~ Emily Dickinson
And as with every Spring we are living it and have no time! I didn’t make it to spinning on Friday as I loaned my car out and didn’t get it back but... I did get to spin. I woke up at 5 AM, took my wheel outside and spun. I kept spinning all day except for a walk in the woods were I happened to scare one of the natives... I had walked up there to make sure the dogwood was still there as there is a story behind it. And it was there but to high for me to get a good pic. I was spinning some wool/mohair that Grace gave me (Thanks again) and I wanted to make myself a pair of socks. I dyed some green for the pine trees that I wanted to knit into the sock but it came out gray. I used Rit and I pry used too much. So I am bummed and haven’t started them yet. But I was able to spin, the arm is still weird but it was at least workable this time. And I started another crocheted afghan.

Saturday was packing stuff up and cleaning my aunt’s house in preparation for selling it. I clean house for a friend and hadn’t done it in 3 weeks so I went on Sunday and did that. Then I came home and found out that the Xrays taken on Wednesday said that #2 daughter fractured her knee and I would have to bring her back in on Monday.

Monday we took a ride back into town, more xrays were taken and we were told the immobilizer stays on until the 28th when we have to go back for yet another appt. Tuesday she had an eye dr appt and her band concert which was amazing.

In between all this I did get some tomatoes (Thank You Cyndy) transplanted and some planted in the garden, some squash started and planted in the garden, broom corn seed planted, morning glory seed planted, marigold seeds planted, glads planted, the baby chicks moved outside into their own run, the three sheep and one goat got sheared and today before the rain came Mom and I got 140 ft of potatoes planted.

Whatelse?.?..?,,,? I also ate the very first salad out of the garden yesterday YUMMY!
And I have bird pics…lots and lots…I take the camera whenever I go into the garden and they are so accommodating at this time of year….. Tomorrow is suppose to be nice so hopefully I will be able to get the broccoli planted as it is getting big and the cabbage if I really want to push it! It is such hard work being outside listening to the birds and smelling flowers- I don't know how I do it!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Stitches and not the good kind!

Cuts and bruises go away, but the scars will always stay...

We got stitches and not the good fibery kind. This post is not for the faint of heart. The picture is pretty gross. You are forewarned. On Friday the school called and said I had to come pick up dd. She had whacked her head on her locker and had an egg sized egg on her head and headache. So I drove and got her.
Yesterday the school called and said you need to come get her and take her to the hospital. They said she needed stitches and to get an xray as they saw the patella and were worried that ligaments might be cut. So I drive to the school again and this is what I see….
Five hours after leaving the school we are leaving the hospital with 20 stitches and an immobilizer on her knee. Luckily nothing was chipped or broken and no ligaments were torn just a big cut. And we had missed little man’s choral concert, he didn’t seem to mind as he said the teacher was in a bad mood!! I took the picture because she didn't want to look but wanted to know what it looked like. The man said we would put the picture in her "scrape-book" instead of her scrap book. Dr gave her forceps to take home so when she catches a fish she can get the hook out easier and she won't end up back in the ER with a fishhook in her finger.
So for today she sits at home being pampered and her brother is very jealous. She thinks I am joking when I told her I am going to go look on the internet for a suit of armor or a rubber suit for her to wear. They say these things happen in threes and I don’t even want to imagine what the third one will be!

On the fibery front I did knit a puppet and finished it in the hospital yesterday. I need to get a picture of it. I started crocheting an afghan and I don’t like it so will start another. I want to spin but my arm doesn’t want to. I have an appt. with a neurologist on June 6th and hopefully I will know something then.

In the greenhouse, everything is doing well and I have moved plants outside to harden off and give me room inside. Now I just need to finish getting the larger garden rototilled so I can plant them.

In other news, elder son turned 22 on Monday and on that same day younger son received the highest honon in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light, and bridged over to Boy Scouts. So it has been a busy week and one I don't want to repeat. I am looking forward to a peaceful weekend.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

May Day

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become,
I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can
resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from
participating in nature's rebirth?- Edward Giobbi

Like the quote, I am always so eager to get the shovel in the soil and seeds in the ground. I inevitably pot up more than my garden can hold because I would rather have too many than too few. I am transplanting, weeding, raking or repairing fences. If nothing else being sick has awarded me the time to sit and watch this spring unfold. I am amazed at the vibrancy of the green grass, the bronzy green of the new hops and the yellows, soft pale yellow to the bold almost neon yellow, the deep purple of grape hyacinth and reddish flowers of the quince. Uusally I just listen to spring while I am out there but don't take in the emergence of color.

Although not really up and running yet, I have had time to seed some things and I have been catching up on the laundry. The man did a great job of keeping up with what the children brought him…the children however didn’t bring him all of it! The weather has been pretty good in co-operating and I have been line drying everything. I love the smell of the clothes fresh off the line, you can’t bottle that no matter what. I was also able to get some chives cut up and they are drying.

I slept well last night for the first time and the numbness has left my fingers so today I may try to knit or spin. I was able to finish the baby bolero. Springs need to be worked in and it needs blocking but it's done.
In farmy news, the sheep and goat still have to be sheared. I would like to atleast get two done this weekend. We picked up two pigs on Sunday and two of the ducks have started to sit so I am expecting ducklings about the 26th of May.
And now I think I am going to plant some pea's before the rain showers come. Happy May Day