Friday, July 2, 2010
Well, my computer is is the office and we may move it to where it can still be used, but if not, I will be offline for about 10 days.
For those waiting for fleece, I will be working dilligently on them those 10 days. I want to get them all done before we move back in.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I have so many things to get done. My garden is huge (about 1/4 of an acre) and it needs weeding. I sprayed it to kill the grass and that should help, but I need to get in there and pull the broad leaf weeds. I also need to finish burying the potatoes. I have 1.5 rows done and 5.5 to go. It takes me an hour to do one row! I need to put my netting up for the beans and peas, plant more peas, put in the stakes for the tomatoes, spread mulch around, and weed the grass out of the sweet corn areas. I can't do any of that, 3 days in a row I have been grounded from working in the garden, because we had a really heavy rain and the garden is still wet (I have heavy clay soil and it takes a while to dry out.) That is just the garden. There is also lawn mowing, packing up everything on the first floor because we are having the floors redone, and sorting through fleeces. I am feeling very lazy, I don't want to do any of it. I would rather sit here and work on my knitting.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I also decided to try the 3 sisters thing. I planted some beans with the corn and the buttercup squash on the edge of the corn so it will grow into the corn and shield the ground from the sun and reduce weeds.
I also have to begin mulching everything so the weeds stay under control.
Some of my potatoes are up already. I love that.
Now for the three little piggies: Peanut, Butter and Jelly are all doing well. they have adjusted to life in the outdoors and love munching the grass and "rooting" around. They also are such wonderful little piggies that I give them their grain mixed with milk. They are so happy to be here. I think they forgot about the over crowded, stinky barn they came from.
I was not able to work on sorting any of the fleece. I will have to reserve some time tomorrow to go through 2 of them. I will finish the gardening on Monday. School is done on the 3rd so I will be able to do a lot more work outside. Phew....
Friday, May 28, 2010
We were able to get our sheep sheared. I have lots of fleece sorting to do the next couple of weeks so I can send off the fleece orders I have and get the rest ready for sale. So far, all of the colored fleece and one white one is sold. There are 7 other white ones and one suffolk hamp cross to sell. The white merinos will be micron tested and sold for $27 a pound (sorted into locks, not just skirted) and the suffolk is $5 a pound (as pictured, just skirted). Suffolk is a downy, medium wool. It works great as quilt batts. I have 3 suffolkX that I am sending to be turned into batts for either comforters or quilts. The quilt batts should run:
Comforter batts will be double that price because they have double the wool.
The suffolkX for sale has a very long staple and many colors. I will post pictures of the other fleece, but here is the suffolkX and the 3 batts (the rolled ones) I am sending for processing.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Here, I draw on my experience as a drug abuser who for years maintained a relatively successful career as a basic biomedical scientist studying the neuroscience of addiction and compulsion to present a cautionary tale regarding the extreme dangers of intellectualizing drug use. No matter how well versed one may be in pharmacology or the addictive process, the fact remains that severe problems due to drug abuse can arise almost instantly, and no matter how in control one may believe himself to be, these problems can lead to tragic and irreversibly life-altering consequences.
In my case, this intellectualization occurred on three main levels. The first related to my drug use patterns. I was a daily user of cannabis for most of the past decade, and an intermittent user of opioids, primarily via the intravenous route, for approximately three years. This use occurred while I pursued a career in basic science research, with a heavy focus on addiction. Consequently, I was intimately familiar with the drug abuse literature and psychiatric diagnostic manuals such as the DSM-IV. I was able to finish my doctorate and conduct research at a high level at the same time I was a regular drug user.
This is just a snippet from the article, the rest is equally interesting.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
300 feet of sugar snap peas should yeild close to 60 lbs
400 feet of potatoes will yeild what they yeild. I am guessing about 500lbs.
I did not do it alone, I had 3 helpers.
My hands are dry and I am I going to soak in the tub as long as everyone is at Taekwondo.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Some people have problems with cats playing with their yarn while they knit. Not I. I have sheepy problems. His name is Walter.
I ordered a book from amazon in January and the publisher is finally done with it and I should have it in a week! I have one other stitionary from them and I really like it and since I like knitting lace I decided I wanted this one too.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
I wonder where they learned that trick from?
Here are the results of my nostepinne:
Saturday, May 1, 2010
In case you do not know, it was Iran. Yup, Iran is in the top 3 countries that come to mind when I think about killing women's rights.
Politics over, back to happy things next post.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This morning, Dear went to the barn to give Igor and Tae their bottle and almost missed a new little guy. Yes, another merino ram lamb, ugh! Princess had a healthy boy. She looks like she is a very protective mother. We locked them up in their own pen so they would not be disturbed and we gave her some fresh water. Water is very important to a ewe that just lambed. (Do I say, "a ewe that" or "a ewe who"? Ewes are not people, but they are not things either.) They are pretty thirsty right away and they need the water to help with their milk flow. I will check on them again in about 15 minutes.
We also picked up our chickens and turkeys last Thursday. The chickens are not doing the greatest. Some of them are very strong, but we have lost a lot of them. It is pretty annoying. I will get some pictures of everything later.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Meanwhile, another ewe, Na-Na, lambed and had twin ram lambs. I had been watching the barn and checking ever 1-2 hours for signs of lambing, still feeling terribly guilty. When I saw the one lamb I quick got her into a pen with the help of all of the kids who were on a vacation from school because of the testing. She looked like she was taking good care of her little guy and she had another lamb. The lamb still had its hindquarters in her and she looked tired and as though she was done pushing. I tore the sack open and cleared the lambs throat, grabbed the lamb and carefull pulled him out when I could tell she was having a contraction. The umbilical cord of a lamb gets severed when it exits the birth canal so it is important to get to them quickly and get their mouth cleaned off so they can breath. After I got it out of her I laid it next to her other lamb and noticed he too was a boy. It is also important to get the lamb where the ewe is focused so she accepts it right after she gives birth. If you do not, she may not reckognize it as her own and can even try and kill it. Our merinos have never been rough with a foreign lamb, but the Suffolks are brutes and can be quite mean. I then iodined their navels because bacteria enters there easily, stripped the waxy plug that protects bacteria and infections from entering the ewe's teats, and attempted to show the new guys were to go. The ewe needed some quiet, so we left her in the barn for a little while. When we returned, we noticed that the first ram lamb (easily identified from the iodine that spilled on his leg) was not nursing. We turned him around so he could find the food and he turned back around to her front legs. He was quickly given colostrum through a stomach tube and we hoped he would figure it out. Nope, he is stupid. Even after a few days, he still goes to the front legs. Obviously we have been feeding him, every 4 hours.
The little girl was put to rest that evning. It took me a while ot get over the feeling of guilt, but I decided to focus on the lives saved. I know we will have more lambs and some will die, I have to learn to deal with that.
We also had another ram lamb two days ago, but that is another story.
Monday, April 12, 2010
I had a dream last night that they all lambed at the same time and the 2 neighbor dogs were guarding pigs in the woods next to us (there are no pigs there in awake life). One of hte dogs jumped the fence and took a lamb back to his side and ate it, I could hear the bones crunching. I freaked out. Then, I saw the neighbors walking towards me and I told them about it and told him how much it would cost them and he seemed OK about it and hugged me. Then he asked if my husband was ready to give him his hir cut? (I have had some really weird dreams lately) I said he was up until 2AM with me observing and caring for the sheep (that part is true) and he said he would get his hair cut later when Dear was rested. Then, I went to check on the sheep and their lambs. The sheep were the size of rabbits and their lambs were the size of newborn bunnies. I had to keep picking up the bunny sheep and move them closer to their moms because the moms were stupid. After all of that, I woke up.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Watch this and see if you can spot what drives me up the wall.
Do you think she will remember how to find the area of a triangle? Do you think this is really tutoring? How about telling her WHY the area of a triangle is 1/2 bh? HMMM??? This is how I explain to my kids:
How do we find the area of a square? Base times height, right (we already went over how to do this and why it works)? Please draw a line from one corner to the other corner of the square. What shapes do you see? 2 Triangles!!! So, the area of one of those triangles will be 1/2 of what the area of the square was, right? Right. If they are confused about other types of triangles have them take 2 of the triangles and cut one in half and arrange it on either side of the whole triangle to make a rectangle. Still it is 1/2 the area of the rectangle. Now they will remember. If I just tell them the formulas, how will they learn? How will they figure out how to explore problems on their own? Hmmmm? I hate that commercial.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Shoulder. A lot of times I do not use stitch markers, they can be a pain, but this time I had to use them because I got lost where I was supposed to increase and I had to rip it out.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
We plan on getting this in April. My old piano is in very bad shape and not really fixable because it has plastic pieces inside that have degraded. I have not seriously played in over 10 years. Everytime I sat down to play I had little fingers messing with the keyboard. Now my kids are old enough and I should be able to play some. My middle child wants to learn as well.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
That large 5lb bag in the back is snap peas. We have a lot of shelling to do. Last year we tried a sweet shelling pea because they have more peas per pod, but they were not anywhere near as sweet as the snap peas we have grown in the past, so back to the snap peas. 5 lbs will plant about 400', but not all at once. I will stagger the planting by about 2 weeks 3-4 different times so I can get the shelling done. I will have help this year which should be lots of fun.
Monday, March 8, 2010
My dear friend, I will have this with me for you at Pilates tonight. I hope you like it.