A little walk, a little spindling

Cocoa and I took a little walk around the property for our afternoon break to survey the damage and new growth since the storm earlier this week.  She’s doing much better walking on the leash, she no longer panics that I’m taking her away and actually wiggles when she goes out the door.  A major improvement in confidence, but we still haven’t gotten to where she doesn’t try to walk between my feet, yet.

We started our walk by heading to the front of the property where I thought I saw the Lilac blooming when I came home from town this morning.  And I was right, it is blooming, in it’s protected spot between the Silver King Maple and the hollies.

I was advised when we moved here that due to the climate I could either have an Old Fashioned Lilac or a Persian Lilac.  The difference being, as I was told, that the Old Fashioned Lilac may not blossom every year as we don’t get cold winters every year, but the Persian Lilac is not supposed to have any scent.  I chose the Persian Lilac as it was going in the far front corner of the property so the visual was more important to me than the aroma at that distance.  And it has blossomed every year, the bonus being that this year it also has that wonderful lilac aroma.  Although it is so faint you have to literally put your nose into the blossoms to smell it….. and yes, I did.

Coming back along the front of the property, I stopped to examine the Redbuds.  They were in full blossom when the hail storm hit and now they look very dilapidated and brown.  On close inspection I can see why, the blossoms are shredded, and I hope the tree will leaf out okay.

As I looked up to the house I noticed Snowy watching.  I’d like to think he was watching me, but I know he was watching every step of where his Little Miss Cocoa Puff was going without him.  Silly dog.

So being the rather mean mommy I am, we detoured by the garden to inspect the damage instead of my bringing her directly back to him.  My Swiss Chard isn’t looking very good after the storm and I’m hoping it will come back as well, this was one of the least damaged plants.

 

We ended our walk coming into the studio porch where I moved the blueberry bushes to shelter as the storm was coming in, and as I was able to do that they still have the hope of ripening blueberries on them.  Although I don’t know how well these will survive the transplant into their permanent positions (I have no prior blueberry experience).

 

Finally entering the studio where Cocoa had her leash removed and she immediately ran out the back door with Snowy to play.  And I sat down here at the computer to transfer my pictures from my camera and was distracted by my spindling.  This is the new spindle and I love how thin I’m able to spin with it.  I’ve put a nickel in the photo for size reference.

 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some more quilting (pantograph) to do yet today and some little chickens to check on.

A little wild weather (and some piecing)

I thought this morning I’d post about the little bit of piecing that I accomplished yesterday; and then we had storms last night.  So, to maintain chronological order on this post, I’ll do both.

I am making progress on the commission quilt, slow progress, but I have plenty of time still.  The blocks are all pieced now and just need to be put together.

I was concerned when I started this quilt as the blues are all blue/white or blue/blue fabrics, and the background is cream and cream/white fabrics (what the client wanted) yet as I work on this I’m liking the combination more and more.  By the end of this coming week I hope to have the top all together as I’m working on this in the evenings after I shut down the studio for longarming and when I’m not in the gardens or yard.

 

And speaking of gardens/yard, the other day the view out my studio window looked like this:

Last night we had a hail storm move through about 4 a.m. and today the view outside looks like this:

 

 

 

And my Bradford Pear has quite a bit of shredding from the hail:

 

 

As for how the chicks survived.  They seem to be okay.  The coop is weatherproof, although it did get down to 60 in it overnight, with the heat lamp running.  But they’re well on their way to feathered now and they seem to be fine, active and eating and not huddled together when I checked this morning.

And they are getting beyond that ugly duckling stage as well:

 

That’s yesterday and last night here at our little acre.  I wonder what today will bring………..oh wait SCRATCH THAT!!!!   I didn’t ask!!!  Whatever the day brings, I’ll just go with the flow.

Will life return to normal now?

The coop is finished, the run has yet to be done, but the coop is done.  I moved the girls into it today, which was a great relief for them and me.  Now, perhaps, the distraction of little chicks taking me away from work will settle down……..or maybe not…….I make no guarantees.  But it was time to move them.

The box they were in was in the bathtub in the spare bathroom and it really wasn’t sized for 8 growing chicks.  It was the largest I could find that would fit in the tub:

Notice the one perched on the edge of the box?  Well one of my girls fell down between that edge and the tub and injured her leg.  She’s active, on one leg, and she’s flying okay; but she tends to stay to herself.  I’m not concerned at this point with her long term survival, she’s eating and drinking and alert; she just doesn’t like being jostled by the others.  But that was notice to us that we needed to get them moved.  So M and I worked on the coop securing it today.

We (mostly he) put in wire mesh to secure the eaves and allow ventilation:

We (again mostly he) put screen inside the windows to allow for security when they’re hinged open for ventilation:

Notice the lamp inside, I’ll be using it at night for a little extra heat for them as the evenings an get a bit cool and they aren’t totally feathered out yet.
Of course the door is a custom fit:

I’m really proud of M on this one!  The door was a $5 clearance deal at Lowe’s because it was dinged up.  But the dinged up part would have to be cut off to fit the entry, making this the best deal we’ve (he’s) ever gotten on a door.  Have you noticed yet, I’m not taking all the credit for this; or any?  This construction project was all his and I’m really happy with it.

Of course MY part of the project was to paint the outside, which I’ll do when we get a couple days without the probability of thunderstorms.

Inside the girls now have plenty of room:

Of course they explore it in groups!  Hmmmm, is that why we call them CHICKENS?!  LOL

And the coop comes with it’s own security, the D-O-G patrol:

Although I don’t believe his intensity is aggression to the chickens at this point, more likely it’s curiosity, he (and the 3 others) are the reason we’ve gone to great lengths with security.  And will continue that extra precaution as we build their run.

In other “things keeping me from fabric”, we’ve got this load of topsoil delivered that needs spread.  It’s under the blue tarp due to a threatening thunderstorm and M reminding me that dry dirt is lighter to shovel to spread than wet dirt:

There’s also a pile of mulch almost at big as this that needs spread!

Of course while the Cherry tree and the Azalea’s are either blooming or threatening to bloom:

And the lawn needs mowed again already:

Brandi is making me wonder why I paid for grooming as all she wants to do is play in the dirt and leaves:

Cocoa say “My picture too please”:

And I’m left to wonder, will life return to normal now that the chickens are in the coop,or is this the new normal?
Quilty content to follow soon…………… I hope as I miss it!

Knitting and spinning content to follow soon………I hope as I miss that too!

Cooking content to follow……………….nah, never!!!!!  But then you already knew that!  LOL

Hope you’re spring is starting out as full and active as ours is here!