Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
We were working on my new pond, and while we were hauling rocks, the kids were playing.
I did get some sewing done - in between soccer games and picnics:
All table runners - but they are table runners that I have had the fabric for for years (one dates back to 1996) so I'm happy to have them 1 step closer to being done!
We went to a picnic Saturday night - one of the firefighter's Todd is a volunteer with is moving to Witchita, Kansas - so a goodbye party was in order (and of course, the only picture that sort of came out was the kids in the hot tub:
And then we had a 4-H picnic last night. For our club, at least, 4-H is done until next March.
And here is a short video of the kids' ride in the wagon:
Whoo hooo! I FINALLY got a video to upload (I've only tried about a zillion times). And now we realize why she gets the broken bones she does.....
Friday, September 26, 2008
We've been a little blah lately - sort of stuck in a rut. Between homework, soccer, chores, housecleaning and work - there isn't a whole lot of time for fun. Hopefully that will change this weekend. Then again, Todd's ready to cut our 3rd and final cutting of hay, so if he does that tonight as planned, the weekend could be pretty full. I'm not 100% sure why we are cutting it - we have about 90 round bales in the barn, and about 400 square bales. We are down to 4 cows, the bull and 7 calves. So we won't need more than 1/2 the hay we have, but I'm thinking he's hoping he can sell some next spring - it's been so long since we've been able to sell any hay, and usually we are the ones buying it come April.
Jessie's getting along very, very well with her arm. She wants to play soccer in the worst way on Saturday, but we compromised. She can go to both practices next week and see how it goes. If she is ok - she can play from there on out. I'd rather have her decide at practice that it's not going to work, than in the middle of a game. She's riding her bike, jumping on the trampoline, running around like a mad girl.Tomorrow I'm going out to our corn patch and cutting down some corn stalks to decorate outside with. Then we'll hunt up some pumpkins and decorate.
Gotta love fall.
PS - the coat DID NOT fit my niece - so it's off to the drawing board for me....
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
And I worked on a fall coat for my niece for her birthday after the kids were in bed (at 8:15 - they were tired) - hopefully tonight it will be done and I can post a picture of it. While it won't be as cute as this one, it should work the way I want it to.
Monday, September 22, 2008
And now our chicken coop is looking pretty fancy:
And clean inside thanks to Tyler's and my efforts over the weekend:
And our chickens are huge. Tyler and I cleaned out the chicken coop yesterday morning - these guys (and girls) have grown an amazing amount - and they look like chickens now. Of course, every blade of grass that was in the chicken run is gone - so Tyler's been raking up grass clippings and giving them little treats. They also love tomatos and peaches. The first batch is now 16 weeks old - so I'm hoping here in a few more weeks we start getting some eggs.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The kids crashed the 4 wheeler thursday night. After talking to Tyler last night, and talking to Jessie, we are fairly certain of what happened, but I was around the corner waiting on them to return and didn't see it.
I'll write more later, but after 28 hours in ER's and hospitals (we went first to Wooster Community, and then to Akron Children's since she had a broken blood vessel behind her eye) and surgery on her arm (the surgery part was simply to knock her out to reset the bone -it was the closed reduction procedure) we are home. And she is oh so happy to be home.
So now we are off to Tyler's soccer game and then home to back on the couch for a couple days for her. The doctors said after a week of rest, she can resume gym and soccer - so we shall see. She's already 100% more mobile after this broken arm than the broken leg. And she's planning on going to school on Monday.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So I made this quilt block:
Yes, I freehanded and winged it - some of the seams don't line up, but I want to use black felt for the roofs, the door and a cross on the steeple.
And I made this apron for a christmas gift - it's reversible (don't know for who yet but....):
I have an idea for a lap quilt, done out of civil war reproduction fabrics, including the church block above. We'll see if this works, or if I will get mad and give up on it.
I'm horrible about sewing without patterns - if the pattern is in a color choice I don't particularly like, it turns me off the pattern. Likewise, I hate trying to pull fabrics together for a quilt (which is why I buy a lot of collections, like the 30's repros, the firetruck fat quarter kit or fat quarter packs)....guess maybe I don't have enough imagination?
It's cooler here - not making it out of the high 60's. We have power, and have the entire time except for about 4 hours on Sunday. But so many of our neighbors and family members do not - in fact we got a call from a friend at 5:30 yesterday morning wanting to know if he could use our generator (after getting the call from my BIL on hooking up his generator at 10:30 Monday night!)
Now I'm thinking of Christmas presents and what I can make for everyone this year. We don't have thousands (or even hundreds) of extra $$ laying around, and I hate to waste what we do have on the items that while nice, won't last as long, and I certainly don't want to buy for the sake of buying. So I'm thinking and making lists, for teachers, babysitters, nieces and nephews, and friends' kids and Jessie and Tyler - what in the heck can I make these people that will be appreciated and enjoyed?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I love the stitching on it - the chickens, cow and the horse pincushion.
And she filled it with so many extra goodies! Some of which were already put to use (especially the sewing needles - I am forever loosing mine - maybe because I had no place special to keep them?)
THANK YOU SO MUCH JEANETTE! This absolutely made my day!
Mine is on it's way to ???? but I won't be showing any pictures yet - it's a surprise!!
The black heifer (Ali) is the calmest of the bunch, although they are all very quiet. Tyler named one of the red ones "Mittens" and Jessie named the black one "Ali". They may never be shown, but we like all of our cows to at least be handleable - makes it easy if you ever have to work with them.
I hope everyone is doing well and recoving from Hurricane Ike. We had horrific winds all day yesterday - power off and on - lots of downed trees and limbs, and about 1/2 the siding was blown off the one end of our house.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Well, it's over. Demo derby is over. Animals are home. Decorations are down. The only thing left is the camper, which had a flat tire when we got there Saturday morning, so Todd has to get it fixed before the camper can come home.
The demo derby was such fun. I think I want to drive in it one of these years (I'd have a good excuse to crash into things!). We got in to sit with the fire department, since Todd was working the demo derby and the kids had a blast.
Yes, I'm a dork with my hat on backwards!
This is a friend of ours, who won his first heat, and then came back in the open jackpot heat and won that. Our friends' daughter, Allison, asked him if he made enough money to fix his car so he could bring it back next year:)
Coming out (a little worse for the wear):
A really cool tribute car to 9/11. The photos don't do it justice (he had firefighter emblems all over the car):
And the kids cheering everyone on while standing on top of the firetruck. They were so loud, Todd could hear them down at the other end of the track where he was standing to make sure there were no fires in cars. There were only 3 fires - it was a good night.
Now I guess it's back to my garden and yard - see what's still surviving out there.