Time flies….. yet again!

Has it really been 2 weeks since I’ve posted?  Where did the time go?  Oh yeah, first I was dealing with a sore shoulder/arm (ac joint injury) and then not one, but BOTH my computers were hacked/hijacked/virus infected and spent a week in the shop.  Oh well, that’s what happens in our modern world, no matter how hard you try to protect your computer, somebody (and I could insert all sorts of adjectives there) is going to throw challenges in your path.

 

But I’m back now and thought I’d get caught up on everything that’s happened here in the last two weeks.  One thing about not having a computer is that all sorts of work gets done.  Is anybody else amazed at how much time we spend on the computer?  Not that I’m advocating less time on the computer, after all, you are on the computer right now reading this, right?!  LOL

Ah, where to start?  Let’s start with the inside stuff.  Quilting has been slow while my shoulder heals, but I’ve done some piecing on a commission quilt:

And I’ve done some quilting on a custom (freehand feathering, my specialty) longarm quilting order:

My knitting has fallen way behind, although I am making progress.  This picture shows 3 projects in process at once, a shell top, a pair of socks, and the yarn for a shawl that I started and frogged and will restart with a different needle size.

I’m still working on my hand applique project, although I’ve lost momentum on it.  Only three more flowers in the center block before I start adding the piecing to it.  I think the outer borders I’ll do by machine with a turned edge invisible method rather than hand.  I’ve done that before, combined hand and machine applique on a quilt using that method and it works well.  Not noticeable at all, unless you have your nose six inches from the quilt…. and if you do that, you better be a quilt judge!  ;>)

I’ve spent a little bit of time spinning in the evenings, but I’m not doing spin all night sessions, just 15 minutes at a time right now.  This yarn is for a hat for Mike.

 

That’s it on the “inside” front,  now on to the outside.  WE (Mike, myself and the teenager we hired to help us, oh and the youngest grand helped too) have done a LOT outside this week during spring break from school.  Mostly Mike and the teenager as I really was not much help, and every time I tried to help they both reminded me to watch my arm.  And yes, I appreciate it as knowing myself I would have pushed to help and hurt myself further without their admonitions.

 

First the garden boxes got filled with fresh soil and are ready to finish planting.

And the boxes around the studio addition have been built and partially planted.

The blueberries and grapes are in the ground now.

But I still have a lot of planting to do this weekend.

 

On the chicken front, the run for the coop is (or was) finished.  But my dogs and the neighbor’s cat have become a problem with the design, so there’s a temporary tarp on the back side (where I can’t monitor it from the house) until we can put a solid visual barrier wall up.

Without that tarp up my dogs (Snowy and Cocoa)  oh and the neighbors cat!!!! stalk the back side of the coop terrorizing the chickens until they won’t come down the walkway out of the coop.  We’ll put a solid wall along there to give the girls a visual barrier as their walkway is so close to the edge of the run.  Snowy is my instigator for my dogs, Cocoa just follows along.  When he’s not out there creating a ruckus she just lies there and watches them.  When he’s creating a ruckus she’s right there with him.

Since I hung the tarp, the girls are coming out on their own and exploring the run, as you can see here the potential for BUGS in the soil was much more important than having their picture taken.  LOL

Okay, I think that’s everything that’s been going on the last 2 weeks.  When my youngest grand was here visiting over spring break he asked me what “art” I was working on right now.  He was amazed (and disappointed) when I told him my “art” right now was involved with the gardens and the chickens until the construction work is completed.  I don’t think he quite understood the concept that art is not just the painting and drawing, but also the creation of the life you want to live.     Perhaps he’ll understand when the gardens grow and the flowers and plants and chickens become inspiration for paintings and art quilts.

 

 

Random splashes of color

I picked up my camera today and decided to walk around and take a few pictures with random splashes of color that I see in my every day world:

Hand Dyed Fabrics
Hand Dyed Scarves and my Feather Sampler piece
Red and Orange Bromelaids
Sonoma fiber singles being plied into final yarn
White blossom highlighted by maroon feather accent.

I do love the random splashes of color in my world.  What random splashes of color do you see, or take for granted and don’t truly see, on a regular basis?

It’s my day off!

Most Fridays I take the day off from work.  I’ve done this for several years now, and have no intention of stopping the weekly treat unless life forces me to.  Today was not a “forced to stop” day, so I enjoyed it.

After a trip into town, and a little more info on why my arm has been bothering me so much, I took myself off to do some shopping.  Not the fun stuff, but the necessary things, like groceries.  And although a pair or two of denim capris may have made it into my shopping bag, the torture of trying on bathing suits was enough to temper the fun of shopping.  Which, by the way, leaves me wondering WHY is it only the end of March and the stores are almost sold OUT of a selection of bathing suits?  It’s not even warm enough to swim yet!  Aw, but that’s the way retail seems to work.

When I returned home, I found a package in my mailbox that had me giggling like a little kid.  (take that bathing suit shopping!) It was from my friend Kim and contained the Angora fiber that I plan to spin with the Lambswool I received from Janet last week.

Isn’t it GORGEOUS!  There’s 1.5 oz of the Satin Angora, 1.23 oz of the Red English Angora, and 4.5 oz of the lambswool.  My plan is to wash/process the lambswool, then card them together and spin a fingering weight to make myself a pair of fingerless mitts.  Hey, if I’m going to all that work, the end product is going to keep my hands warm and snuggly next winter!

After I quit giggling, I took a walk around the yard.  First up, check on the coop and see if I needed to open a window.  It was debatable, but I did anyways.  And the girls are always willing to oblige for a picture.  They are so funny when they see the camera, they just have to come investigate!

They’ve grown quite a bit since they came home, and their individual coloring is starting to really show.  I’m still not sure exactly what they are, and whether or not there’s a roo in there (I think there might be 2 of the 8 that are potentially roos).

And of course when we leave the coop, Miss Cocoa Puff just MUST, absolutely MUST make a pest of herself with every step I take back down to the house as I was paying attention to something Other. Than. Her!

And then run down to the house and hide in the garden that needs weeded.

See the brown arrow pointing to her.  I know she does this just to draw my attention to all the digging work I need to do that she would be “oh so happy” to help me with!

And when you live in my world, occasionally you take really strange pictures:

The above picture is apparently what happens when you bump the button to take a picture as you’re moving the camera to insert the USB cord to download pictures.  LOL  Only in my world!  LOL