Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday Treasures

I am setting aside Tuesdays to tell about treasure.  It will involve hunting for treasure, digging up treasure, discovering treasure and then sharing treasure.

Much as I would luv to run my fingers through a hoard of precious metals and gems; I'm thinking more of  valuables that are intangible like associations, skills, and fine workmanship.  I think creativity is a treasure without price or compare.

I had not known my journey has really been a treasure hunt. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Now back to our regularly scheduled programing!

 It has been a busy and productive summer.  Now to switch from the externals to focusing on my inside jobs!  Those creative ones!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The truth is...

I kinda got excited by this book because, shoot, who wants to give up the staff of life.  vbsigh  I did appreciate the insights and he does say that there are those who really do need to avoid wheat/gluten.  But there are also sensationalized reports and cures on a wide range of symptoms and ailments.  So for a few days and in the interests of science I had a lovely feed of bread, bagels, pasta, ETC. and I must report that for me, gluten is a poison indeed. :(  So it is back to buckwheat pancakes which are quite lovely as far as pancakes are concerned but aren't quite same as a bread in cucumber and tomato sandwiches.   :(   But I must believe that my body doesn't lie.  :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday- wash day!

The question, aside from whether or not the laundry will stay on the line, is whether the raspberries will plump up or not.

The wee but sweet tomatoes have been satisfying my sweet cravings on a steady but regular basis. They are plumping up nicely.  But then they are near the door and get regular watering.

The raspberries were looking promising, very promising.  But then we got fixated on the tree planting and never gave them a thought.  A week of very hot temperatures were doing them in.

I do believe they are gonna plump up!  We have had two days of deluge.  The ditch behind this flower bed is full of water and I expect all these plants to draw it in for quite some time.  :O

The sun is welcome and I hope the temperature heats back up as I've been shivering for two days and looking for extra quilts at night.  :(

It would have been nice to have a few hot days to seal down the new shingles but at least we didn't lose any.  :{  The barn is dry inside and now time to move on to phase two.  Summer schedule is escaping page by page and it'll be back to the regularly scheduled programming in no time. 

Tuesday- To Do List!!!

Friday, August 21, 2015


 Summer is throwing curves

Sometimes very hot!
Sometimes really cool!
Some things adapt amazingly!

But the barn roof is done.  And the trees are all planted.  Now the grass needs cutting  before we start cutting barn boards.  Well, and a quick trip through the flower beds as the weeds like all kinds of weather. lol

Company came and we had a respite from the physical work.  But not from play which for some can be hard work!

Not any sewing but  I did browse through 2 new books and can't wait to move ahead on the series for square in a square.  :)

My gal has her first apartment and we've been fixing it all up.  So fun!  No time for mixed media but we are laying in a few things for the fall and the ideas are percolating!   This year we are focusing on shapes and stories and we'll carry that over into Art 101 with the grand kiddies! 

I always have time to read. It may very well be my premier hobby!   :{  I believe if we feel well,  we do well and I could be doing/feeling better.  So I am back to tweaking my diet and daily supplements.  I have never been actually tested for Gluten Sensitivity but felt better avoiding it on a doctor's recommendation.  I have to own up to some cheating because I'm 'only' intolerant.  vbsigh.  I need to find out for sure because our minds believe all kinds of things. VBSigh.  Why settle for okay when GREAT is better!

Now that I have sorta briefly brought things up to date I need to get ready for some unexpected company. But company is always good, right!  I must tell you that there will be nothing brief about the Rooster's list when we wave goodbye to guests and summer and face Fall!

And that's the news in brief!  :)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Switching up the tools and the footwear!

In the spring we ordered 30 young bare root trees and shrubs.  We potted them up with a lovely custom mix of soil, manure and perlite.  With them all in one spot they got regular watering and some necessary tlc. We lost one (?)  and planted 40!  The Rooster is worried about his mathematical abilities but I slipped a few nursery additions into the plan.  lol 

We have groupings all over the farm as we try to foil the wind from whipping off shingles and depositing snow banks in inappropriate spots.  He swatted mosquitoes as he dug in the last tree and then proceeded to put his shovel down.  uhm?   Of course he'd be delighted to scoop up one wee struggling shrub from last year and move it.  Now he could put the shovel down???  of course but...  That tree in the mosquito haze definitely has to be moved over two feet!  :{  I explained it to him as he removed his work boots.  After all, he was the one who pointed out how close it was to its neighbour!   eek!

So tonight we, well, he, will schlep the poor thing over a bit to the left and then we'll cut all the grass, trim a few unruly spots and admire the yard before the next heatwave hits on Tuesday. 

The pots have worked out great because it gave us time to decide the best places to put them as we worked on cleaning up the yard.  We'll do it again next spring although the man on the shovel thinks we should try for a smaller number.  lol

I will be glad to change my rubber boots for running shoes as we put down the shovels and pick up the hammer so we can tackle the BIG project, the ol' barn.  Oh dear, there I go with the royal 'we' again!   I'm the gofer, hence the running shoes!  ;^)     The Rooster is back at his day job so this will all go a bit slower.

No, it doesn't look like much but the old fences are down and the ground has been cut and awaits further leveling.  The roofer comes this week to tackle the patching.  The replacement boards are all stacked in the barn.  The new front door design has been agreed upon and the windows will be replaced after the painting,  The barn paint will not be bright red but a rusty red.  The pails have been ordered but we'll likely wait for the temperature to moderate a bit.  The repairs will keep us busy at any rate.  

The temperatures for the coming week are all sunny and HOT!  It'll be good to hang out in the barn!  The other good news is that my rubber boots have a serious crack in one sole so I'm looking forward to a new pair of pretty flowered  replacements.   I wonder if I'll get new running shoes after the painting is all done.  I suspect that once this project is done I'll be looking for fuzzy slippers!  :)

Friday, July 31, 2015

A change is as good as a rest!

Rooster work is happening!  We almost got heat stroke one day but then we got a good thunder storm and the wind has made working outside bearable.  :)

I had fencing pliers but they were taken away due to lack of progress.  Now the Rooster is an amazingly focused and motivated boss but he tends to lose tools during the working frenzy.  I usually get him to check his pockets. lol  I did find those pliers when they went missing.     We are also looking for another long lost pair and his favourite lederman as we  remove old fence lines and plow through long grass.  Notice the rubber boots!  I have walking shorts on and rubber boots.  It makes for an interesting tan!  :(

The big barn is scheduled for a new hair do and some lipstick.  We should be done outside work today and can move into the barn.  We'll clean.  AGAIN!  :(  And start patching and putting back some windows in those boarded up areas.  A new door for my future workroom is also in the plan!  woo hoo!

All behind the barns is gonna need leveling but that won't involve me.    The smaller barn will get painted next year.  That'll be a piece of cake compared to the big one.  yikes!   I was having trouble with the thought of a bright 'barn' red but barn paint also comes in that pinky brown which is its original colour so that really makes me happy.  I've already googled a cool set of doors that Rooster says works fine!  :)  By golly, we are gonna stop traffic!  lol

The Rooster bought a yard tractor when he sold his field equipment.  It is sure saving our backs!  Then he got  a pull behind mower for it.  When I think of the days of my life spent pushing and then riding on my wee lawn mower I could just kick something.  He roars around for a couple of hours while I try to avoid being run over as I trim.  We our done the main yard in a couple of hours. sheesh Talk about progress!  But now I can rest, right!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

An AHA moment or two!

Darn!  I wish I was faster on the uptake.   You know, catching on to things.  It might actually save me some money!  ;^) 

Home decorating has been of interest to me for so long that I don't actually think of it as a major hobby.  It is just part of how I just do life.  Therefore I assimilate information as I read, observe and study decorating principles.  I think I have a good understanding of how it ticks. lol

So when my young gal announced she was getting her first apartment I kicked into decorator mode and we whipped up the recommended mood board.  As a refresher, and mostly because I like to, I got out a book I have from a latest favourite decorator and even ordered another one from my local library.  Because I already know stuff I was thinking this is good for her but not for me.  NOT!

Holly Becker of Decor8 wrote, "There are some homes that I've visited where I instantly thought of a designer or look,  not the personality of the homeowner."  whoa!

I am making the switch from quilt kits, patterns and matchy fabric lines so why have I been so slow to realize I was not allowing what I luv to come to the for.  I was shopping my house which is full of 'the price was right',  it was given to me,  or worse yet it was a reasonable facsimile of a design lesson.  :O

With the chicks having flown the coop, the nest is now open for options.  So why am I stuck in 'old' thinking.  The opening photo makes me happy.  I luv white, old white, white with terracotta trim, or wood.   White ironstone has become a collection.  It may not have been appropriate for five rambunctious kids and a Farmer who doesn't take his boots off, but ...  My Rooster has scaled back to gardening and egg gathering.  He takes his boots off.  The grand kiddies have moved on from potty training!   I have a part time job and discretionary spending money.  I no longer 'have to'  have that uncomfortable chair in the bedroom.   And-  I know how to Google!  :)

There is something about toile that makes me smile.  I have two wallpaper rolls that I have wanted to put in our bedroom.  I have a quilt on my to-do list that focuses on toiles.   Then yesterday I got confirmation that I should just pick up that roundtoit and make a mood board.  Seven metres of wide, kinda sheer, toile fabric.  In off white and gold.    I also picked up two old plates in pink and yellow on creamy white which makes me sigh.  Now this surprises me as this chick  rarely wears pink.   :O   I also got  8 old books,  published in 1901.  Good reading, too!  Seashells, glassware, ironstone and candles.  Definitely mood board material.

Then today my gal and I continued our sightseeing tour by stopped briefly at a new bazaar shop in our small town.  I have ALWAYS wanted a tea trolley.  !!!     Now I am starting to realize that my front room suits the look of the house but it has become a tad , well, I'll just say it, old ladyish.  I need a modern 'something' for it.   Might be a rug to replace the old florally one.  ???   A modern vignette on the trolley.  hmmm  I have a very retro pinkish taupe tea set somewhere.  :}  pink again!

But first thing I saw was this small roll top desk.  I have also been looking for a chest with a fold down door for my Rooster's side of the bed.  He has a fair amount of clutter and I'd so like to hide it during the day.  It rolls perfectly.  I'd lose the knobs and paint it.  (not pink!) I can't wait to show him.  And after he does a bit of the requisite crowing I'll remind him that he thought we should check out the new place!  ;^)  Shop local and all that, don't cha know.  lol

Hey!  Come to think of it, I DID save money.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ironing the wrinkles out!

We have had serious fog these past few mornings.  The heat is way up there and the humidity is 98% so thundershowers have been enhancing the weed production and the fog is kinda hiding them.  lol   This has turned out to be a challenging year for making headway on all the flowerbeds.  The good news is that the new plants are settling in nicely though.  We have all the trees we potted up in spring to find places for.  Good thing they got a nice start in their 'nursery' by the barn as we've changed their placement several times.  The Rooster is right into cutting grass now and he was not impressed with my 'scalping' of the back yard.  Gee, at one time all he cared about was the height of impending weeds.  ;^) 

When it is too hot to be out I am in the sweat shop ironing.   :(   I have the cutting down to a fine art. My math skills impressed me as I have slivers and a two by three inch scrap left from each piece which is great as these fabrics are fiddly to work with so I do not want leftovers.   I can get four blocks if I don't make any mistakes and there have been two or three.  :(   I will mix and match to get four different blocks and the plan is to make four quadrants.  If my math holds out I will have enough to run an extra row between the quadrants for a nice quilt for the foot of the bed.

 I quickly switched off my steam iron.  I'm using an old thrift shop iron and some spray starch.   Spraying the fabric has made all the difference in the world.  :)

The colour ways are roses, yellows, blues and greens.  I'm liking it; a perfect summer quilt.  The bottom right block was before I began starching and I'm hoping I won't have to use it.  :{

As you can tell from the first photo the fog is just about gone and it is time to do some sweating outside before I can get back to sweating and sewing.  We moved the laying hens back to their home coop and its a race between me and them as to who'll have the weeds gone first!  ;^)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

all work and no play makes...

This part time day job is starting to work into my play time.  Between it and the weeds...

First 'work' day involved an appointment for the #2 grand kiddie and a day in the city.

Kinda inspiring to see what a garden geared to the wee ones includes! 

Then the next day my gal and I were back to the city looking for ideas for her first apartment.  This Ikea fabric can be coloured!  How cool is that!

I did get some spray starch but I also got another shrub for my garden bed on the way home.  I absolutely needed it for a balanced bed.  Full disclosure- I picked up two that weren't quite so needed.  LOL  The weather has been very hot and thunder storms have been threatening.  This morning is rainy and overcast.  Would have been  a good day to starch and sew but...

We are back into the city today.  :O

Not to worry.  The sun is always shining, even on a cloudy day!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Seriously behind

Looks like I lost a month in the series.  :(

I left off with a change in plan and then there was a series of things that obviously seemed more important.  :O  But I am committed to do this and while doing a bit of catch up on square in the square possibilities on the Internet I got excited all over again.  Not a bad thing when you are in  'middle of year' stall mode.  This was the new plan

The wind is still blowing here and summer chore lists are also riffling.  A hot day, a thunder storm last night and some free time this morning means I can make some small breezes to happen in the playroom.

I'm thinking summer laundry lines, summer flowers, and  summer fun!

I missed the last link up somehow so I'll need to have something doubly good for this next month.

While the laundry was doing its thing, I began to cut my fabric and made two blocks.  Gee, this fabric is soft.  eek!  I shall think about whether I need to use starch.  Maybe I just need to tweak the tension.  I'll think about it as I hang the laundry and  try to catch a breeze while I cut the grass.  It is a motivating Monday!  :)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Frog Forum

That Fairie Frog Garden
My grand kiddie #2 is visiting and we were going to tackle the weeds in the white garden this morning.

First we had to empty the wheel barrow so I trundled off to deposit the weeds in the neglected chicken fence.  The chickens have only been gone six weeks but my goodness!  I had to tear out some hops vine to get the gate open! :(  

That gave the frogs time to group, gather courage and present their grievances.  :O   Seems that when my faeires left, the weeds moved in and the frogs are having a hard time reading their music,  playing their marathon card games and leap frog has become a high altitude happenstance.  hmmm 

The hens have been doing their best to reclaim the jungle grass over in the orchard.  The new chicks are almost ready to go there so the hens will be coming back to reclaim their home.  Eliana and I got busy and pulled the biggest weeds.  The entrance now lets in some light.  I will need to get some of the bigger garden tools to reclaim the path and trim back the new tree growth.

ah!  The band is striking up.  The concert is planned for Sunday.  I hope the weed whacker doesn't affect the final results! :O

I'm hearing happy humming in this secret garden again.  I think we need to ask the Grand Rooster to fix the ol' potting shed and maybe for Art 101 we could paint that wall like a mural and ...   oh, bother.  I suppose the faeries are wondering what happened to me!  lol

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mid summer

And if the living isn't easy it is colourful.  I like a colour theme and a flow but my Rooster likes colour and flowers, big blowzy ones,  and as he is now part of the landscape team...    I will admit that things are getting done on time and the weeds are under control.  But as his welcome to the team he now must wrestle with the landscape budget which was the first time this year that the Budget ran over! LOL

Grand kiddie #3 had her third birthday and after exploring all the possibilities she settled on yet another baby for the nursery.  Kinda resembles baby 1 and 2 and has the same look as 4 and 5!  ;^)  She is our domestic child.  :)

We are trying to take time to enjoy the garden.  Smell the roses so to speak!  This should be the last time through for weeding.  I'm fairly pleased with the positioning of the plants and now they just need to fill in.

The Japanese tree lilac has finished blooming and the whole yard was permeated with its smell.  Now the mock orange under the front veranda windows is releasing its fragrance.  The moon flowers are twining up the railing and I'm waiting for flowers.  The faerie garden could fill in better but it will be overhauled next year. 

West of the centre walk the bed has been weeded.  The roses are blooming and the lilies are hitting their bloom button.

East of the centre walk I've started weeding.  The spirea we moved to disguise the stump hardly missed a beat in blooming.   I have pulled lots of dill which is all over these two sections.

These are quite tall, very prolific and smell heavenly.  Luv them!

I must have a 5 - 6 month attention span because all my first of the year commitments are lagging.  Time to recommit.  I grabbed my hand from pressing join for a bunch of new things and printed out my ufo list so I can pick it up and look at it rather than surf for something new, flirty and flashy.  :{

Then I revived my water brush and grabbed the sketch book because I am starting my own  club/class/come along.  I'm gonna capture what interests me, get it on paper, transfer it to cloth and play around till I create something!  I shall smell the perfume of productivity.  ha!  First I had to chase away the garter snake that lives under the margaton lilies!   Gee, there really is a snake in paradise!  :O