News -Who and What’s New?

Lots of news here, and I have started to write this post several times in the last week or so… but I get sidetracked by many things. I am learning to follow the flow, even if it doesn’t seem to be in the intended direction.

Is it just me or does everything take longer? Last week I was away from home 4 out of 5 days. Only one was really planned, the rest just sort of followed downhill. Two days were devoted to the car in the shop. Big misunderstanding on how soon it would be done… leading to 2 days to take it and then go back to get it. Fortunately, they had a loner, but the previous borrower, was a smoker and the drive home and back seemed twice as long. But things on the farm are ‘moooving’ along.

Not just news, but NEW

March full face
March full face

I want to introduce you to our new resident. This is March. He is about 9 months old give or take a few weeks. He has been here for about 3 weeks. I don’t think he is too happy about his new place- he missees other cows something terrible. Especially his mama. He mooed himself hoarse the first few days. He still has a bit of hoarseness when he really tries to bellow his frustration.

March and the loafing shed
March Loafing

He spends most of his day in the loafing shed, (the red building in the pasture, out of the hot sun. Several times a day he grazes from the loafing shed to the barn for some grain or a long drink of water, and then back to the loafing shed. We don’t think he likes the pigs!!! The goats from the neighbors were still here when he arrived, and he seemed to think they were friends and a comfort. Then the goats moved back to their home, and his loneliness once again became apparent.

Speaking of Pigs

Piggy Ann and Iggy Piggy are doing very well. The big news is that they finally ventured outside the barn into their yard, with a little enticement of some cantaloupe melon rinds. A favored pig treat. Once they did that they discovered that there was a little pig wallow. What is a wallow? It is a depression in the dirt that is generally muddy, where they roll, and splash and root in the mud. The whole area used to be covered in grass, and now is nothing but turned dirt and mud. Pig Heaven!

Pigs and the wallow
Mud caked pigs and the wallow

This is what they spend the time doing when not eating or sleeping. Yesterday they had mud from the ears to nose at lunchtime. We are feeding 3 times a day, now. Mostly because as pigs they pollute the food… by stepping in it, sitting in it, or playing with the bowls. This way more food goes into the pig, and less wasted. From the pond, we can see the pigs when they are outside. Today we watched them playing in the wallow and running in circles and then into the barn and back… and then all over again!!! Such fun!

Pig rooting with face in mud
What a pig does in the mud- Rooting!

Dog News

I have been holding off on the dog news. Goldie is doing fine. She has a bit of aggression toward Patton. We don’t know where it comes from, but she jumps him out of the blue! They are currently living separately. In the meantime, Patton developed a limp and was squeaking quite a bit. A visit to the Vet, an x-ray, and some medication along with advice to keep him calm and confined for a few weeks. So he was doing well, the pain was under control and he was kept calm. Medication was done about 2 weeks ago and then on Wednesday, the limp came back. The Vet thinks he may have elbow/shoulder dysplasia, and the x-ray says it is not the operable type. We will be seeing a specialist for advice on how to proceed. Patton is just 9 months old and currently weighs 90 pounds. He passed the large dog stage and is now considered extra-large. He has been a wonderful puppy I hate to see him in such discomfort.

There you have it… in the Other things going on… we have a vegetable garden and working on re-landscaping the front of the house.

More Later-Beth

Guests and New Residents

We have guests and new residents. They all have 4 legs but they make different sounds. A short update on the K-9 residents too.

The Guests

3 Guests are Goats
the neighbor goats

Our neighbors have 3 nanny goats and that kept escaping from their enclosure. We offered our pasture to them until their pen is fixed. Of course, we had an ulterior motive. We were hoping they would make a dent in the growing pasture grass. Unfortunately, those 3 goats just couldn’t keep up. So we had to mow it.

The new Residents

This property came with some livestock areas already in place; a barn, a paddock, the pasture, and a small area for pigs complete with a wallow.

One of our neighbors had a lead on some pigs at just the perfect time. He was getting some for himself and offered to pick up 2 for us while he was at it. He got himself 8! Four females and 4 males. On Tuesday our 2 pigs arrived. Aren’t they cute? They currently weigh about 30-35 pounds, are about 6 weeks old The pigs are Yorkshire Breed will remain pink, and will grow to about 300 pounds each. Not that we need 2 pigs, but they like to have company so 2 it is. The male is Iggy Piggy, and the female is Piggie Ann. They should be at about 300 pounds by late October. UMMMM can you say bacon!!!

Lets Eat
Giving them a taste of the good life

They’ve had a bit of difficulty adjusting to the good life and stayed in the barn for the first couple of days. The pigs eat grain mix along with some kitchen scraps…They seem to currently be a bit picky. That will change as they get a bit older. The chickens sacrificed a few leaves of romaine… They were coaxed out of the barn into their yard. In the yard, the pigs discovered the mud -it was hog heaven. The only thing they are not too pleased with is the hot wire along the fence. They are learning about it in spurts!

The Canine Residents

I have posted about the cats and chickens, I haven’t posted much about the dogs. Mostly there wasn’t much to tell. Patton has been growing like a weed. Not too long ago, Patton was a big floppy footed puppy. The next thing we knew, he was bigger than Goldie. In April he began limping. A visit to the vet, an x-ray, and some meds. Patton has stopped limping after a week on the medication. His diagnosis was incomplete. We are hoping it is just a strain, and not something much worse, which the vet hinted at. At just 9 months old he weighs in at a solid 90 pounds. Goldie is just a bit shy of 3 years old and only weighs 60 pounds. When the big dogs play rough in the house, we know it!

Patton pup 9 months
he likes to lay like this- a bit like a pretze.

This is one of Pattons favorite ways to lay on the floor.

Now the new residents have been revealed. Is that the end of the fun? Nope. We have another new resident arriving soon!!! Anyone care to leave a guess?

More Later- Beth

COVID-19 and the Stay Home Order

So how is this mess going for you? I have to say that it started out pretty strange, having to “stay at home”. We are enjoying the farm and can’t imagine being in town close to friends and neighbors and having to just stay home!!! It got a little rough… but got better when I made some changes and choices! At first, like so many others, I was at a loss for what to do. Not like I didn’t have anything to do, but the deadlines and commitments all faded away. That, along with the onset of angst about trying to have a normal life, creativity seemed to also have some difficulty.

Thankfully, I had a little job to take care of and the Stay Home Order made it much easier to tackle.

The fabrics

fabric choices
Chose these two fabrics

Of course, with retail closed due to the order to stay home, I had to shop online for the fabrics. Color and print do not show up nearly as well on the computer as in person. Not sure how you handle a fabric that is not true to color when ordering online…. but it sure is nerve-wracking to buy on faith!!!

Settled on a design.

Block Line Drawing
Friendship Star

Made a test block.

The Mock Up block
Checking the color value and placement of the block and the plan. (these are not the fabrics in the quilt)

I modified the block by adding a half square triangle in the corners. The modification makes a secondary pattern of a ribbon weaving between the blocks

Started cutting.

Preparing to sew the CR Quilt
Block Components cut

And then…

along the way… the taste test got in the way.

Where did all those empty bags come from?

This is a joke Block … as in taste test getting out of hand… if it was Makers Mark bourbon instead of Crown Royal, it could have happened!!! (and maybe it did…)

Or was it just a joke?

How are we coping
Oops! We did it again!

This is a legit error. It hung on the wall for several days before I noticed it!!!

Top Done

Crown Royal Top Done
A completed top

But I made changes and easier to stay home and have a nearly perfect top.

How the choices were made

This is not my quilt design. I suggested that the owner of the bags look online for some quilts he liked. This is the one he chose. I suggested some options, but this one suited his aesthetic. The quilt is a throw size and is for a Man Cave as a sofa throw. It will look spectacular once it is all quilted. Next up, find a backing for it online, (wide because I just don’t want to seam fabric)! I may need that Makers Mark after all!!!

Tools I used

I put my money where my mouth is so to speak and the tools I used to create this quilt are items I carry in the I Have A Notion store. I used the Quilters Select Rulers for cutting, the Wool Pressing Mat, a Misting Spray Bottle, Clover pins, and the Titanium Needle (Top Stitch). Not make money, (although it would be a nice benefit), but really it is to help those that sew make the BEST CHOICE for their dollar. As we get back on our feet from the stay home order or actual quarantine, making better choices may become even more important in the next coming months.

How are you surviving this unprecidented time?

More Later… (we have new residents)- Beth