Friday, May 20, 2016

Mud Pinto, rhubarb jelly debacle....

Had three days off of work, in a row! Caught up on some things and finally got to make my rhubarb jelly. Yes rhubarb jelly! Wonderful tangy sweet jelly. So pretty in the jars! Alas I had to cook it twice, it didnt set up the first time, although it did when I did the freezer plate test! hmm So I ended up with one less jar. (well a quarter of a half pint that I stuck in the fridge to eat right away.
Anyway, I will have some on my toast in the morning! It is sooooo gooood!!! It took 4lbs of rhubarb! the whole plant, except for a few small ones that I left. Strawberry rhubarb, with the red stems. The bush/bulb/root? we have is pretty old, Hubbys parents planted it long before we got married (26 years next month) so it could be anywhere from 30-40+ years old! Hubbys parents built this house in 1966, and my Hubby was born in January '67. so he has pretty much been in this house all his life. If I want to do more, I will have to buy some.

On another note, I think Emma is trying to be a Pinto. She has been laying/rolling in the mud! It dries out here for a few days then it rains again. At least they are not in mud anymore.
 Easy (31) on the left and muddy Pinto Emma on the right. I did brush all the mud off of her tonight and put MTG on her tail head, as I noticed she had been rubbing a little. I re-fly sprayed her too. Those pesky black flies are making them miserable.
Easy and Mickey (26), a few minutes after the first pic, they are loving having some grass again, and Emma and Mickey are getting fat! Easy grazes a little, but she has little teeth left so her main diet is her Senior and beet pulp. Emma turned 16 this year! Wow time flies!!!

We have had visitors to our bird feeders! New ones we havnt noticed before, and some that have been around.  First our normal Finchs, House and Rose Finches galore around here! LOL
 These are our newcomers! Evening Grosbeaks, we had two pairs today! They are common around here, but we havnt seen them here before.
 Both pairs, one on the squirrel feeder, with a female Goldfinch on the left and another finch in the back.
 This is a Eurasion Collard Dove, we have a pair of these nesting somewhere close.
We also have a pair of these Downey Woodpeckers too! They are so little!
Its fun to see what different birds come threw the valley and stop at our feeders.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming....

Wow I can not believe it is May already!!

Plugging away at work, I have tried unsuccessfully to try to get back into the feed industry. Didnt happen, as in I didnt get hired, they took someone else. I even looked at another retail job and they pay dismally. So I stay where I am.

I have ridden my girl once so far! which is much better than last year! She is fat and sassy. I have gotten most of the garden planted, the weather has been so weird! 15 of 17 dahlias came back up! I bought two more at a plant fair.

Went to the Camas Plant Fair last Saturday with my Mom and my youngest daughter, had a lot of fun. Boy was there a lot of people! Only bought one thing, a new type of tomato cage that mounts on a t-post, and the rings are movable.

Worked 40 hours for the first time in years! It was a long week! LOL But thankful  I am able to work.

Did a Spring Bazaar for the first time, it was a really slow one but I did ok.

Here is some of my stuff I painted....

 Puppy treat jars
 Did quite a few chicken signs
 This tavern sign came out cool
 The whole table (set up in the garage, thus the lace cloth to hide the clutter lol)
 Watercolor painting and chicken rattles
 This was one of my favorites, the one on the top, it sold.  I have an order for another one of the blue green "favorite" and for a smaller of the Munchies cookie jar for my daughter (her pup is so small he would fit inside that one!
 Did a few horsie things
 Funny about the milk stool, I think I had that horse poster on my wall when I was a kid('70's), wanted to leave it on there, so painted the designs on either side.
 Lots of chicken stuff
 Acrylic paintings on the left, on canvas.

This one turned out cute!
 Painted a bunch of refrigerator magnets

 Another milk stool, pretty clematis flower



This is what I do in my spare time! LOL The black and white chicken in the middle sold.


So in the words of the immortal Dori, I am still swimming in this bubble bath!! Hope all is good with you all!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Silly, too smart Appaloosa

Hello!
The other night I did my chores not in the usual order. I cleaned one stall and then moved the wheel barrow to the other stall, then filled hay nets. I forgot to finish cleaning the second stall and let the horses into their stalls. My first clue that something was wrong was Emma stopping half way in her stall and wringing her tail. Then I remembered the wheel barrow and started telling her whoa, whoa, whoa!  She ignored me, flicking her ears she just turned to the right and proceeded to back all the way around the handle side of the wheel barrow, including the apple picker handle! She didnt touch any thing and proceeded to eat her hay, like nothing was different! She makes me laugh and surprises me a lot. My smart girl. I love this horse. She turned 16 on January 10th! How time flies!




Cant wait to do some riding this season, she seems to have recovered from her broken pelvis, and I am not noticing any lameness when she is running and playing in the pasture. Now to get back to riding.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Well blame it on....

Well blame it on Facebook, blame it on working again, when I started this blog I was off work on SSDI, they kicked me off almost three years ago now. Last time I posted was July! At least it hasnt been a whole year. It has been a long summer though. Hubby has been off work with his arthritic shoulders since Nov. of 2014. He finally had surgery on the right side on May 31, this year. and the left shoulder the end of August, which promptly fell out of the joint 3-5 days after the surgery. So he had total joint replacements, on both shoulders. He had to go back in for a second surgery to put the left one back in joint, and stay in a special sling holding his arm at a 45 degree angle, for six weeks. Thankfully he is recovering now and back in physical therapy.


Thats not all that happened though!! Our youngest daughter got Married on August 8th, to a very special guy. I do love my new son in law. they had been together for about six years before getting married! Here she is with her Matron of Honor, trying on the dresses they chose for the ceremony. Mom got to go with her to a few fittings.
 Dress detail
 We went down to the river and Mom trompped around after them taking pictures for their "save the date" announcements.

 They are so cute. Beautiful Camas flowers in the background.
Wedding rehearsal in the beautiful Columbia Gorge.
 Should we do this, should we do that?

The arbour
 Beautiful day we had, it was really warm! 90's. But no notorious Gorge wind.
 Best man on the left and Marques' Dad on the right.
 This is really going to happen!
 Daddy and his little girl.
I will follow up this Summer with a second post!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Random....

This "little" guy visited the other evening.
 My Blue Daddy Petunias. My favorite!
 My first Dahlia bloom this year! I has opened up to way bigger than my out stretched hand! A dinner plate indeed!
 The flower baskets I planted and am babysitting for our daughters wedding in a month!

 My funny little bobble head bird! LOL He makes me smile.
 There was a pretty sunset the other night!
I think it is going to be a long hot Summer!!