Saturday, June 12, 2010

Planting Away!!!

School was official over for me on Thursday........yippee!!!! However, I am a far cry from kicking back and relaxing. The abundance of rain has put the garden behind quite a bit. Most of my stuff is in but not everything, but I did get all of my flowers planted and potted.

The most important reason to get all of this done is so my cats can enjoy the screened-in-porch while I continue my slave labor outside. I purchased this water-fountain/bubbler/therapy ball for $10.00 It does not make any noise, just a nice flow of water to "relax" a person. HOWEVER, it does also serve as a cat water bowl, not that I am pointing any fingers at Casper who just so happens to be sitting there!

Every year I make a tomato planter for the deck.....just in case I am too lazy to walk to the garden for a tomato:)

This little grouping is on the screened-in-porch also. The citronella plant to hopefully help with mosquitoes and a nice rosemary plant.

I added this little sign that says "Hope Gives Wings to Our Dreams" to this tool box planter of flowers.

My millet plant is coming along quite nicely even after it was "nibbled" on by a goat predator.

On Friday, Dixie and I were running some errands and my hay man said that the one nursery was marking down all of the vegetable flats SO of course, I had to stop and got 6 sweet potato plants, a birdhouse gourd and swan gourd plant, 2 scented herbs, and a mini pumpkin and a Jack-o-Lantern plant. All of those were only a dollar a piece. Alvin said he would volunteer to help me plant:)

Today's humidity was just unbearable and the animals were really having a rough time with it. Averill, my yearling black gully, found standing in front of the fan worked best for her; though the goats I don't think found that funny.
This is an escapee who flew the coop this morning and was NOT going back in. She thought she was funny like that. I hear the thunderstorms rolling in AGAIN so I should get off of the laptop. Hope all is well with those of you who stop by to read:)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

On Baby Birds & Yarn

For some reason my yard has become a nursery for all baby birds. There are now 3 barn swallow nests occupied in the barn and on Friday morning, Ma & Pa Blue Jay decided to start flying lessons with their 3 youngins'. Of course, Dixie was right on it followed by Squirt.

Now of course, I have nothing better to do at 6:30 in the morning on a workday than monitor my dogs chasing baby birds in the yard while being dive-bombed by ticked off Blue Jays . These little Blue Jays were just hopping their little selves all over the place particularly in the buck and ram pen.

Can you just see the little attitude in this guy's eye? Little stinker just insisted that he was going to take on the world once he let go of my finger..............

.............wonder how that conversation was going on between him and Jed on the grain sharing?
During Memorial Day weekend I went to the Great Lakes Fiber and Wool Show. I took a bag of my best brown/moorit fleeces to be done into roving and 3 bags of my Cotswold wool that I picked/cleaned up. I was not sure what I wanted to do with it. I still have all the roving that I had processed last year into roving and felt and I was contemplating doing yarn. So after talking to Ohio Valley Natural Fiber, I decided to go off the deep end and have it done into yarn. It won't be done till Jan. or Feb. which is fine because this is going to be quite expensive as I took 25 lbs to yield about 15 lbs of yarn. Yes!!!! I will have lots of yarn to sell and knit. And seeing as I do not know how to knit, guess what kind of classes I will be taking this summer?:)
Me and my ideas.............when will I ever learn?