Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cooler Temperature at last.

                                                              A cool looking mushroom

                 Well,  not much happened on the farm this week due to the fact that we attended a wedding in Blue Ridge Ga.    The weather up there was wonderful,  the temp that morning in the low 30's  and yes it was an outside wedding,  but the weather cooperated and it was beautiful.  They have a wonderful quilt shop there and equally wonderful Fly fishing store,  where they can teach you how to make your own fly fishing rod.  I think something just got added to my bucket list. 

                  I am working on classes for the coming year for the different shows that I go to and also working on getting my other websites up and running a bit better.  But I have several projects that I want to get done out at the farm in the next two weeks and I am just going to have to get started.

                I am impatiently waiting for the garden to start growing and hoping that I have lots of sweet potatoes hiding in that plot.  ( we have harvested 2 so far and they have been wonderfully sweet,)  I also harvested as few carrots  that I had left.
   Shall we say that they were a little weird?

                  On a sad note,  I lost one of the chickens this week and I have no idea why.  But I will certainly miss her as she was sort of the ring leader of everything,  and was my best escape artist.  RIP Daisy,  you will be missed.    I am going to get with my chicken supplier, ( a very nice young lady that works at my local Tractor Supply)  and try to get two more chickens in the next few weeks.   Of course I will show them off.

                  Well,  thats 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, October 14, 2015

Another Busy Week

                                               Picture of one of my finished quilts

               As you can see,  I have been busy at the quilting machine.  This is a nice tabletop quilt  that I found in one of the quilting magazines,  but they had it done in Pink.  Pink is just not my color,  so I went for blue.  I really love the way the colors turned out
             I have been super busy,  designing classes and small projects that I really have not done much on the farm.  Although I am there every day,  I have locked myself in the barn/ studio to do all this work.  I think I am finally at the end of the worst of it,  now just to finish up some projects.  And of course that involves lots of beadwork.,  My favorite thing to do.

           I have also been working on my stamp collection,  I collect only Vatican City stamps.   I don't know why, I just like them.  So  I am just about caught up on that,  just a few more to catalog and then I am done for a while.

            The big 30K generator just kick in for its weekly check run.   I believe in being prepared for any type of weather or emergency.   It is rather comforting to hear  Big Bertha  start up every week.  She runs for 20 minutes and does a self check.  if anything major does not seem right,  she has a monitor that will flash a red light, and she can also communicate with my electrician.   Nice!!!!! 

   I am not sure the name of this flower.   It is rather big and multiplies well,  but I do know that the butterflies love it,  especially tiger wing butterflies.   I have also seen Monarchs,  and Swallowtails sipping at the flowers.  I have a good stand of them next to the farm house door,  and I love to stand there and watch the butterflies.

   I did get the garden planted,  now to keep my fingers crossed,  that everything will grow.  We have 3 types of winter squash,  lettuce and garlic in, and the Jalapenos are still going strong  along with the sweet potatoes.  Yum.

      Well,  thats 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, October 7, 2015

Busy Busy as a Bee

                                           Look who I found lurking outside the barn door?

               Back from the Show,  with plenty of new ideas and projects to try.  And yet I still have tons of my own stuff that I want to do.  So,  instead of slowing down,  I seem to be getting busier.   But sometimes I think I like that way of life.   I have several classes that I will be teaching in the next few weeks.

               I am getting ready to plant garlic and lettuce in the garden for the fall crops.   I am going to try to keep the one tomato plant left alive and maybe try to add another one just to see how long they will grow and if I can keep them alive over winter.   I am hoping that the rain has slowed down a bit,  so that the ground dries up some, ( Nothing like soggy ground to plant in)    The weather has certainly been cooler,  which has been nice.    I spent several hours just weeding around the house.  and still have a bit more to do,  but it certainly looks better.   Time to get a load of mulch on the beds before it turns too cold.

             I also got two quilts worked on in the past two days.  I am very happy how they turned out and now I can get started on all my Christmas sewing.
          That is my long arm free form machine,  which I love  and can totally zone out when I am quilting.

            Add to all of that ,  I am taking a marketing class, to try and help my business become more profitable.   That is something I have needed to do for a long time.  and I finally got the chance to do it,  so I have added one more thing into my already busy schedule.  So  I am taking the class,  teaching classes,  adding to my inventory in the business, and trying to garden and quilt, and getting ready for Nine Lessons and Carols at Church.  ( Christmas will be here sooner then we realize)  and trying to keep up with all my swaps and also just doing regular run of the mill stuff like laundry and house cleaning and cooking.    Busier then a bee.

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