I love this photo of Mom. I took it several years ago when Mom, Dad and I took a fun camping/fishing vacation up to Georgetown Lake, in Montana. I say "up to" because Georgetown Lake sits at just over 6,000' in elevation. It's a beautiful lake, perfect for fishing and boating.
Mom, I wish we could be with you today to help celebrate! Enjoy your day, and find some cake!
I thought I'd wrap up 2013 by listing 13 favorites from the year... let's see how it goes!
June was a good month for the garden. Early in the month we enjoyed our first harvests. It's amazing how good you feel when you grow a portion of your own food! We also welcomed Fidget (the duck) to the farm as a hatchling. Duck picture, garden picture... this was a difficult choice!
July was hot and Fidget just kept growing. I loved hand raising this little bird! I was her mama, and she wasn't shy about letting others know! Our daily walks down the driveway were certainly a highlight of the summer!
December always seems rather short, since I travel to the northwest for Christmas and have to have my month of December wrapped up mid-month. But I created some of my favorite projects of the year in December this year.
And finally, but certainly not least, this photo of Alan. Life on a farm is a labor of love, and I feel so lucky to be able to share this experience with him every day. Here he is digging out the hole for the foundation of the new flagpole we added to the farm in 2013.
Alan and I want to wish you the VERY BEST in the new year! Thank you for sharing in our life on the farm adventures, and providing your friendship and encouragement. You make our day to day chores more enjoyable. Really, you do!! Happy New Year, friends!!
It was a strange week around here... for those of you who don't know, we live in the town in Texas that dealt with the November 14th Chevron gas line fire. Our entire town (of about 700 people) was evacuated for a little more than 2 days. Parts of town closest to the fire location continue to be evacuated. Our farm is located at the very edge of the city limits (and evacuation area). Thankfully we were able to stay at the farm and Alan's parents were able to stay with us (they live where the evacuations were in place).
No one was injured, and we give thanks to the local responders who helped keep our community a safe, and secured area.
But, do you think we could get them to sit side by side!? No way...
Well, crap. *LOL* I had the year wrong AGAIN! One of these years I will remember that they were married in 1971.
So, happy 42nd Anniversary, Mom and Dad!
I can't tell you how thankful I am that today is Friday! It's been a very long week. It started out fine on Monday, but Tuesday morning at 2am I woke with a flu bug that kept me up the rest of the morning, and in bed all day and night on January 1st. Not such a fun way to start the new year. But, Wednesday rolled around and I was starting to feel better. I was still moving slow with the achy flu-body feeling, but was feeling better regardless. Alan is a good nurse when I'm sick and he made sure I was taken care of.
This morning we were supposed to get SNOW for about 8 hours, but we got NONE! I was very disappointed, as it's so pretty and quiet here when we have snow. We didn't even get any rain! Bother!
Twiggy has the right idea though ... all wrapped up in her snowflake blanket, keepin' cozy.
I have lots of crafty projects to share with you soon, so look forward to that!
Hope you have a delightful Friday, and even better weekend!!
Alan and I want to wish you the very BEST in the new year! Thank you for sharing in our life on the farm adventures, and providing your friendship and encouragement. You make our day to day chores more enjoyable. Really, you do!! We're hoping 2013 is a bit gentler on us than 2012 proved to be.
Happy New Year, friends!!
Christmas is for the pets in our family, too. Here are some treats and a softie I wrapped up for Gramma's dog, Mattie. Make gifts fun to open by tucking in a small bite sized treat they can find when the gift is opened. Tearing apart tissue is lots more fun when there is a tasty morsel hidden inside!
The tags were made with a cute image by Stampendous, colored with Touch Twin markers. I used various Spellbinder dies for the layers, and my Martha Stewart holly leaf punch for the leaves.
Stamp: Stampendous, Studio G (alphabet)
Ink: Memento Black, Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen
Paper: Neenah, October Afternoon, Paper Accents
Shinhan Touch Twin markers
Two-Way Glue Pen, Ultra Fine Glitter, Button, Martha Stewart Holly Leaf Punch, Spellbinders label, circle, and circle dies, tea dyed retail tag, bakers twine, clear treat bag
My brother Nathan and I were playing with the StarWalk app on my iPad. We were surprised when Nathan spotted Santa! And would you just look where I got a snapshot of him . . . Flying right past Uranus!
Who knew Santa would be out and about so soon before Christmas!
Ho ho ho!!
In just a few hours I will be flying to Washington state to spend Christmas with my family. I always wish for a white Christmas, and it looks like this year my wish will come true! Today in Texas was 80*. Unusually warm, but 80* just the same. It's quite a bit cooler where I'll be for the next 10 days!
Wherever you find yourself this Christmas, here's to keepin' cozy!
This winter, when she's not wearing her pink cable knit sweater, she'll be wearing this festive green number.
I picked it up yesterday while I was at Home Goods. I like that they have a pet section in the Home Goods stores. It's a great place to find beds and toys, too!
While Daisy celebrated her 12th birthday, Moose celebrated his 7-month birthday! Based on when he was dropped off in our driveway on June 21st, and the vet putting his age at 4 months, that would have made him born right around February 21st! Works for me!
Everyone should have a 55 pound baby, as far as I'm concerned! *grin*
A few more photos from yesterday evening, just for giggles...
You know Dad here on the blog through his comments, posted by DK Wight. He enjoys reading the blog and ALL of the comments posted, and considers many of you, dear readers, friends. He thinks it's wonderful that there are readers from all over the world, and really enjoys what you share.
Happy Birthday, Dad!!
Hope your day is marvelous!!
We had a very pretty sunset this evening, and I got outside just in time to snap a photo of the last bit of color. Sorry, but I think I missed the most dramatic part while I was in grabbing the camera. The rays of the sun were shooting so high and were a brilliant pink color. Amazing! This photo is nice, but oooooh, what it could have been!
Moose is getting so BIG! And such a ham!
Thought I'd share a few mobile phone photos I've taken while visiting Mom and Dad in northeastern Washington.
Boating on Davis Lake, trees in the front yard, and last night's full moon over the Pend Oreille river.
Such a great visit, and place to be.
Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! I'm up north visiting Mom and Dad for a bit, and enjoying every moment! The weather is gorgeous, company is cheerful, and the resting is divine.
I only wish Alan could be here with me, enjoying the peace and quiet. Alan is home on the farm, taking care of the farm critters. (Miss you, Mister!)
Mom and Dad's cat Tippy says hello!
I read this article today about the potential of there being more pet deaths from imported treats. It's hair-raising, to say the least.
If you're looking for a better, safer, and easy alternative for your pet's treats, I recommend this book:
I bought this book years ago, and am so glad I did! Most, if not all, of the recipes can simply be mixed by hand in a bowl. Even the recipes designed to be used with cookie cutters don't have to be complicated. Roll out the dough on a baking sheet and using a table knife just cut grid lines to create square cookies. No need to make shapes if you're short on time.
I like that I can easily substitute recipe ingredients (like whole wheat flour, and organic ingredients). And it makes me happy to make treats for our "kids". Who doesn't love cookies that have been made with love?
Need a low-to-no salt treat for your dog? Good luck finding one at the store! Make them at home instead!
Read the labels on your pet treats ... you might be surprised.
Our dogs give homemade cookies 4-paws up!
It was just last Thursday morning when this young guy was dumped in our driveway. I took him to the vet the next afternoon. He wasn't at all thrilled about being at the vet's office. He either wanted to be in my lap, or was almost content hiding under a chair, and he did not want anything to do with walking on a leash! There were legs and feet in all directions, and lots of sad, sad stories being sung. But aside from hurt feelings, and getting a little carsick on the way there, he got a clean bill of health.
After much thought and discussion, Alan and I have decided to keep him for our own instead of adopting him out. So, let's make it official, shall we!?
The vet aged him at 4 months old, based on the growth (or lack of) his adult teeth. His thin frame weighed 30lbs, and I was told he was at least 10lbs under weight. So, we're pretty sure he's a baby elephant. He doesn't know it yet, but we'll be returning to the vet's office in a couple more weeks for the rest of his shots, and then again the following week for a little snippity-snip-snip. There are sure to be several cookies involved.
Welcome to the family, Moose! We are excited to watch you grow into your FEET!
The photo is of my Dad (you know him here in blog comments as DK Wight), while he and I were out fishing on Georgetown Lake, in Montana a couple summers ago. It was a wonderful time, and he even caught some fish! Fun!
Want to see other photos from that trip? Here you go!
PS: Dad, watch the mailbox!
Thank you so much for all of your virtual hugs and well wishes regarding my post about Mister Farley. It means a great deal to get love and support from you, my friends.
I'll have something cheery to post very soon.
It is with great sadness that I share this... Dearest Mister Farley was put to rest yesterday. My heart is broken. Miss Daisy now wears his collar, and shares in our sadness of losing her best friend.
Forever in our hearts ... we love you, Farley.
i miss you
Happy Birthday, Mom!!
Wish we could be there with you today to celebrate ... hope you had some cake for us, too!!
Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Biiirrrrthday to yooouuuu....
Happy BIRRRRRTHDAAAAAY Dear ALAN...
Happy BIRTHDAY, to YOU!
(He's gonna be *thrilled* when he sees this photo! Haa!)
Thanks for checkin' in!
It is such a beautiful day here today, and the neighbor's cows say hello!
Tomorrow is Sue's birthday (Alan's mother), so I'm cooking up a nice dinner for us all tonight. Roasted chicken, garden pasta salad, corn, and fresh bread. For desert, lemon cake for the girls, and brownies for the boys. Mmmmm...
Hope your day is just as beautiful!
Below is a comment Dad made on THIS post that's not to be missed, and a little visual help with a rotated photo to give you his perspective:
"Great pictures and Memories, during one particularly loud giggle session I walked in to see what got them going and saw things from the "wrong side" of the table. For fun go back up through the pictures and check out the Hula girl upside down or stand on your heads.... I thought she was a freaked out Moose.....and the "coconuts" were the eyeballs.... so I said "what's with the moose" Ma?.... What moose? was the reply. So I picked her up and turned her upside down and promptly got laughed out of the shop! We see lots of confused meeses around here in the spring..... I went back to my ham samich and my fishin show.... Love, Dad"
Haa! Thanks for more laughs, Dad!! *grin*
This year we focused on felt projects. Some we made with shapes cut out using metal dies, and others we made with free-hand cut shapes using hand-drawn patterns or ideas from books and magazines. Usually we take over Mom's dining room table with our project mess, but this year we got to enjoy the new quilt room Dad built for Mom. We spread out our supplies along the counter, and pulled in the old (retro-old) kitchen table as our work surface. There was a large stack of felt on the counter, as well as boxes of felt from Mom and Aunt Patty's stash, too! I brought cutting dies from my house to use for our projects (why pack clothes when I can bring craft supplies instead!), and we used Mom's die cutting machine. There were beads in every color imaginable, buttons galore, and every embroidery floss color, all right at our fingertips.
One of the projects we made was made with the Gift Card Envie die from The Cat's Pajamas. We made needle keepers that we decorated with various cut flowers, beads, and embroidery. On my needle case, I used the Sunflower Rosette die from The Cat's Pajamas to create the large flowers for the front of the case.
We also made cookies! I remembered seeing this idea on Linda's Catered Crop blog last year. Her project turned out so cute, I knew I needed to bake up my own batch of cookies! If you do a Google image search for "felt cookies" you'll find all KINDS of great ideas! It's amazing how long a project like this takes... it might actually be faster to bake real cookies! *grin* But using metal dies to cut the felt into shapes works great! We used Spellbinder dies for our cookies and frosting.
I made a gingerbread girl using the Sizzix gingerbread die, and various other dies for embellishment. My favorite is the Icing die, by The Cat's Pajamas! It's the perfect size for these little woolies! To create her dress, I sandwich'd her between two pieces of red felt and carefully cut out the shape of her dress. Once cut, I hand stitched the side seams of the dress together, as well as the arms and shoulders. The white scalloped collar was added last.
And of course I had to make a gingerbread boy, too. Dressed in tidy overalls, he's ready to hang on our tree. A quick way to create clothes for the boy is to cut out a second gingerbread body using the color you want to use for the clothing; for my project I used blue. Then just chop off the extra parts on the colored cut-out, like the feet, the arms, and a little area to create the neckline. Easy peasy, you've got overalls shaped perfectly for your fella!
By FAR, the funniest project completed during the week was this hula gingerbread girl that Mom made. Quietly working away, Mom used the small Sizzix gingerbread die to cut out two body shapes from brown felt. She did a short row of blanket stitching for hair, and embellished the body with two mother of pearl buttons, green embroidery floss for the skirt, and two beads for eyes. It's perfect in every way! We laughed and laughed when she showed us what she had been secretly working on!
On the backside, I used the beautiful Snowflake die from The Cat's Pajamas to quickly and easily embellish the back. I love the stark contrast between the black and white wool felt.
And finally, using an idea from a magazine article Aunt Patty brought with her, I made this snowman face mug rug. The mug is one that I hand painted years ago at a paint-your-own-pottery shop, and just happened to be the mug I used this morning for my coffee!
We sure had a ball creating our projects this year! Wonder what we'll dream up for Christmas 2012!
Thought I would share the progress of Mom's quilt studio, a room Dad added onto their house for Mom to use for her quilting .... nothing short of amazing. She has her pretty fabric all folded and organized on the shelves. You can see *some* of her finished quilts up on top of the shelves.
The counter, covered with the die cutting machine, dies, stacks of felt for our current holiday crafting projects, as well as other odds and ends that we drug out for crafting. There's also one of Mom's cute little Featherweight machines on the counter, begging to be used (or taken to my house - HA!).
The machine, extended to the size for quilting a queen sized quilt, and extra machine parts still in boxes on the floor. Extra parts will move into storage areas. In the foreground sits the craft table, soon to be replaced by a larger handmade table that Dad is builiding. The design wall in the background, soon to have cedar wood trim borders; and all the pretty fabric stacked up on the shelves. Oooooh la la!
Imagine the fun that is to be had in this room!
Here is a quick video of Dad feeding one of the flocks of wild turkeys in the front yard, Christmas morning.
If you have trouble viewing the video on the blog, you will find it here on YouTube.
Hope you're enjoying your day!
Our farm is located in the country, a good-long distance from any cities of noteworthy size. There is a freeway access point near the end of our county road which unfortunately is a frequent dumping spot for pets by irresponsible owners. It's quite sad, as these abandoned animals have no way of fending for themselves in the wild; no food, no water (especially now, during the drought!). And they're being dropped in a highly populated raccoon, snake, and coyote area, not to mention the other wild animals, like hog, fox, and bobcat, as well as the ever-dangerous nearby freeway.
Three weeks ago, on a Friday night... Alan and I were driving back from the city. It was evening, after dark. We rounded the corner of our county road and in the beams of our headlights, a little pale colored dog popped up out of the ditch. I stopped the car, but the dog was gone as quickly as it had appeared. We called and called for it, but it never came out of hiding. We told the neighbors about it, so we could all keep an eye out for it. The ditch is quite deep, full of brush (and a snake-haven), and not anywhere I would want to wander into.
Fast forward three weeks, to Saturday... I was an hour away in the city, and Alan was working. Alan's mother, Sue, stopped by the farm mid-day. As she was headed home, she saw the little dog pop out of the ditch and then disappear back into the thicket. She stopped the car and called to the dog again and again. Finally, the pup came out of the ditch and allowed herself to be picked up. Thin as can be, and clearly in need of care, Sue took the pup home and gave it food and clean water. Alan stopped by and helped Sue give the little dog a bath, and together they assembled a warm bed. It wasn't too long before she was sound asleep.
When we first saw Frosty that night in the ditch, we thought by the dog's coloring that it may have been an older dog. But turns out Frosty is just a young thing -- I'm guessing no more than a year old. She weighs not quite 5.5 pounds...thin as can be. She has bug bites on her tender ears, and the pads of her feet have a few sores, likely from bug bites or thorns.
I am fairly certain that she is a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno. Her ears are as long as her legs, and she has the wiry coat and exact coloring to match the breed.
Alan's mother and father are keeping Frosty, but since they work away from the home all day during the week Frosty will come out to the farm during the day for 'doggy daycare'. Alan and I work from home, so Frosty can hang out with us during the day, and at the end of the day will go home again with John and Sue. Hopefully as a family we can work her through any abandonment issues she may have, and she will come to love her new BIG family.
She's not too keen on Daisy and Farley yet, though... she thinks they're awfully big. They really just want to play with her, and be her friend. Hopefully she warms up to them, and learns they're her family, too.
Shame, shame, on the people who left this little dog at the side of the road. Now, I suppose it is entirely possible that someone could have stopped for a "potty break", and the little dog got away from them. But if so, why weren't local authorities or neighbors contacted? Why wasn't a note posted on any one of the several street signs at the end of the road? There is one house within clear sight of the corner, within easy walking distance. If the owner simply "lost" the dog, I would think they would ask for assistance or leave their name and number if the dog was found. We will never know what truly happened. But given the frequency of dropped animals at the corner, we can assume Frosty wasn't just "lost".
Now, she's found.
I had a GREAT time, and it was hard to leave the clean, crisp air of Oregon behind. We spent Saturday at the coast, visiting favorite beaches, and just enjoying the day. The Florence bridge is such a historic place.
There's really nothing like visiting the Oregon coast. It ranks right up there as one of my favorite places to visit. In the late afternoon, a big fog bank rolled in and covered the beach with a thick, heavy mist so we headed into Yachats for dinner. I had fresh pan fried razor clams, and they were deeee-LISH!
Every moment was spent with friends, and I had a wonderful time! I am so grateful for their friendship, and hospitality.
As for me today, I am still sick. Tonight, my temp is up nearly 3*. After literally two days of being in bed, medicated, you'd think I'd be feeling better. But I feel like I've been hit by a bus, and sound even worse! What a dreadful end to a beautiful vacation! *grin*
But we got a little rain this evening, so I can't complain.
I made a quick trip out to Oregon to visit my girlfriends for the weekend. I have no doubt I will enjoy every moment! The weekend will be filled with good friends, good food, good music, good coffee, and good FUN!
What's planned?! A day at the beach, shopping at favorite retailers, a trip to our favorite pumpkin patch and local farm, wonderful meals with friends, a night of live music (with favorite local musicians) at a favorite pub, and a few days spent enjoying the lovely Oregon landscape and weather. How refreshing! I only wish Alan was able to come along. He's got life on the farm in the palms of his hands this weekend -- here's hoping all the critters mind their manners for the next couple of days!
So, here is a west coast greeting to ya'll!
And, Alan ... I'm bringing home Oregon chocolate! *grin*