Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Morning on the farm

                                                          Early morning on the farm.

                   Got up early and went out to one of the blinds to see what might walk thru.   I saw several turkeys and 3 deer ( one was a small fawn)  and enjoyed the quiet of the morning.  It was cold ( 38) degrees but I enjoyed the time spent in the blind.

                  I have been trying to get some things done at home,  like packing and organizing things so that the move,  whenever it happens might be a little smoother.   I have also been working  on some of my other projects like jewelry and decorated eggs.  I have a bout a month  until the first show for this year. and I need to get ready.

                I was out on a drive today,  going down past Ocala to see a friend and found that the wild phlox which native Floridians call Pinks has started to bloom.   Of course I had to take some photos



                                  Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Still Under construction

                                               The most updated photo of the house.

              It is beginning to look like the house in my vision,  but we still have a way to go.  the roof is not finished yet and there is still some more railing to go up.  and Of course the inside still needs to be finished.  We have to get the roof finished before we get the next inspection and then we can start on the inside.

             The new chicks are growing like crazy.  they have started getting feathers and little attitudes. But they are really cute and quite funny.  They hear me talking and run to all corners of the cage.
I am really looking forward to the fresh eggs that we are going to be getting.
       
               Worked in the garden this week as well.  Finished planting all the vegetables that were direct sow into the garden. and then planted all the others,  such as peppers and tomatoes in flats in the greenhouse.  and  now of course it is going to freeze.   The orange tree is blooming as well as both the lemons, and the fig trees are covered in new leaves.   I am going to try to protect as much as I can but I wont be able to save everything.   GRRRRR.

    I have also been working on quilting some tops in hopes to get caught up with everything.  I hope to have two tops done tomorrow  I was asked by someone to remake a quilt that had belonged to her mother in law.  the Other sister in law had worked on it and well things were not great.   This is what is left of the quilt.
Seems like the sister in law decided to deconstruct the quilt and used scissors to just cut the squares off the top of the quilt.    Oh what fun.  but it is beginning to come together.

 
                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

all things considered

                                                  not something you would see in Fla.

    Found this guy sunbathing on a rock in Tulum Mexico,  while on a cruise.   Had the best time on the cruise and so enjoyed myself,  Laughing myself silly with all my friends.   great relaxing time.  Of course the bead classes were fun too,  and I am still trying to finish up some things.

            The house is moving along,  hope to get some photos tomorrow and find out what the problem is with the inspector who apparently wants to be a bit of an donkeys behind.   other then that  I should have the deck down and most of the outside painted.   I now need to get busy and pack up the house.  Haha,  I no more want to do that then the trip to the moon,  but I know I have to do it.
           

Managed to get a bit of a sinus infection on the trip so I am battling that right now.   I have also gotten 8 new baby chicks and have to get some good photos of them as well so that you get to see them.
one of the bracelets that I made on the cruise



A beautiful glass bird that was located on the 8th floor   Just loved the colors.

         Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines day

                                                 Here is what the house looks like this week.

   It has been a busy week here, with electricians, framers, painter, and roofers running around.  We are slowly getting the siding on and the painter has started to stain the upper gables, and paint the primer on the house.    The electricians are almost done and the roofers are just getting started.  They are actually forming the roof on site since I am putting a metal roof on.  It is very interesting to watch them take a plain sheet of metal and form it into a standing metal seam roof.


                Some very delicious valentines donuts that I saw the other day.  Of course I had to have one.   We are waiting to go out tomorrow night for dinner, since in a college town you would have a hard time getting reservations on Valentines Day.
  A nice walk in the woods.  The weather has been warm  in the upper 70's and if this is what we have now,  I don't want to see what the weather will be like in July.    I have been working on rearranging the studio, and doing some water color paintings.  Just relaxing before I take a well deserved vacation for a week.   I am going to leave the husband in charge of everything and just run away for a week.

                                   Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

More fruit



                                                        Picking all the oranges off the tree

                         Well,  after getting all the oranges picked off the tree and the Lemons, which are the size of grapefruit.   I made two more batches of marmalade, and still have leftover oranges.  The lemons I juice and freeze.  They are great to make lemonade or to use in marinades for meat.

                        I have started getting the potatoes in for next year, and have all the seeds ready for planting in the garden when I know we will not get a hard freeze.  It is supposed to get cold again this weekend. ( down into the 30s).  I know for some of you that is not cold,  but for here it is.


            The siding is going up on the house and garage. and the painter is due to come this next week and start the outside.  Electric is going in, and plumbing, the roofer should be here in a week and the air conditioner people should also be here soon,  Waiting on an estimate for the foam insulation. and then that will go in.   Drywall after that and then counters and the final touches.   Sometime soon this house should be finished.


        Those are actually white pelicans on the log.   There were about 50 of them in that pond today.  I wish I could have gotten a better photo of them.

                          A swan egg from a friend of mine,  thought she looked really pretty.

                                Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Yum, Marmalade!!!!

                                              The first of many jars of Orange marmalade.

      I got into the house and did some work this week.  Ordered some supplies for some outstanding projects  and made some jam.  Did some painting and just really cleaned up the house.   Even sealed some holes so that I have no surprise visitors coming in.

      Still working on getting the Tin Lizzy back up and running.  The new motor got put in and the other component, now I need to calibrate the machine and I think I will be fine.  I have several quilts to work on again and really want to get them finished.  I found several  videos on operating the Lizzy so I will be checking them out this week also. 


                                            Up dated photo on the new house

    As you can see,  the windows are in now and the doors were going in today.  We have the cedar shakes for the upstairs on the outside and some of the lap siding for the garage.  We also have the trex wood for the decks and  the tongue and groove paneling for the tops of the decks.   So another week of the guys working on the house.


            The azaleas are blooming like crazy and look so pretty.  the red buds are also blooming.  so I think that spring is almost here.   The horse is a painting that I did.

                                     Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A very busy Week

                                     The inside of my workshop with the new ceiling up  

   Well,  what a week.  They have been working on the house and they even managed to get my ceiling up in my workshop.  It is really nice to have it done.  and now I have been rearranging the items to make it more workable and get the things that need to go to the house ready to go ( when it is finished)   My DH  made me a wonderful cutting table which is so much easier to use then the kitchen table.   I have several quilts to work on now,  and think I might actually get them done.

     I put up several quart bags of sweet potato fries since I needed to do something with all those potatoes.   This way we will still be eating them for the next few months.   We saved lots of tiny ones to replant in the garden in another month.  Hopefully we will have another big crop for next year. 


                                      Swinging the rafters in and the top floor almost complete.  
            They are a bit further along now and I think we are almost ready to call for an inspection.  Then we get to get the windows and siding on as well as all the stuff fore the inside.

                                           Saw this and thought it was a cute idea.  

                                 Well,  that's all the news from the south,  
                                Happy" farming" to all the farm girl sisters out there.
                                See you next week. down on the farm.