Monday, June 30, 2008

The Last Weekend of June

Nathan and Monica brought a surprise to our house Saturday. CHLOE - our new grand-daughter. She's a beautiful little Scottie. They had seen her the weekend before and told us about her but didn't tell us they went back to get her. She's so cute! She weighs 3 and 1/2 pounds. She didn't care much for Merlin. (He weighs 106 pounds.) She found him to be quite intimidating. Many who are larger than Chloe feel the same way about our punky dog. I hope she won't stay away because of him. A long and happy life to you, little girl!




We went to Rick's last Annual Pig Roast Saturday evening. We've been going for quite a few years and always have a good time. A thunderstorm blew up but soon passed so it didn't spoil the fireworks. Thank you, Rick, for inviting Brad and me. It's always been fun. You can watch a short video of the fireworks below.

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Sunday, I cleaned house and knitted. My big bag knit from my sheep is nearly complete. The lining is now sewn in place and all it needs is the straps.

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Day Off Work - that means I'll be working tomorrow

The Sparrow Nest

For Mother's Day I received a New Guinea Impatien hanging basket from my son and daughter-in-law. I hung it under our deck and a sparrow promptly added a chickweed and sheep's hair nest. I removed the nest and she put it back. I left it there and she and a cowbird both put their eggs in it. I removed the 2 cowbird eggs. When one of her 5 eggs had hatched, I couldn't wait to photograph it. Unfortunately, the first baby somehow got out of the nest and died. Mama kept sitting on the 4 remaining eggs. The first 2 of those eggs have hatched. Two more to go. They are such tiny mites. Fuzzy little critters with transparent skin, so fragile looking. I'll keep you posted.










Hay Mowing
Merlin and I went out to check the freshly mown pasture and hayfields this morning. He loves to run ahead looking for something to chase. I let him go, in hope that any snakes will clear out before I pass through behind him.

The sheep were in the pasture that Dad will mow today. The grass was taller than they. The lambs have really grown. It's time to take some of them away from their Moms. Not my favorite thing to do, just a necessary part of life. This is Toffee in the tall grass. She's delivered triplets all three years she's had babies. Her 2008 ewe lamb, Tresor, is a treasure. I plan to keep her as a part of my flock. Dad saw the sheep in the freshly mown grass this morning. He said they were romping around, enjoying that it was cut.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Summer's Here


We've been waiting for warmer weather. Now it's here and I'm hiding in the air conditioning. PA is having quite a heat wave after the cool, wet spring we've experienced. I wish the hay was mowed and I will fret about it until it is in the barn.
Last Friday, my niece's daughter had her first dance recital. She is a beautiful child, so animated.
On Saturday, my cousin and his wife celebrated their 25th anniversary. Congratulations, Bret and Lorie!
Dad returned from his fishing trip to Maine yesterday. He missed the recital and the anniversary party but he had a great time with his fishing friends. I think Mom was glad to have him home.
Last evening all the lambs got their second tetanus shots. We were stinky and sweaty till that job was done. Today the sheep are all hanging out in the barn with the fans running.
My hobbledehoy yarns (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=23459 ) arrived in today's mail. They are just as wonderful as the posted photos that made me want them. I'm not sure what I'll make with them but something good. Their names are Lemon Drop and Pine Trail. Their creator, Liz, dropped me a note to say I could come spin with her a day. I think I'll take her up on that. There's much she could teach me. I was looking at a spinning class next March at The Mannings. It looks like it's only offered annually.
I'm working on a lap quilt to give to my great aunt at a family reunion in a couple weeks. I need to get busy with that. It's a good reason to stay in the house and be cool. I'm so glad we have air conditioning. It's hard to imagine that it wasn't long ago we didn't have it.