The Weaving Studio

My loom arrived this past week!  It is so beautiful and I can’t wait to get started on it.  We are currently working on “blocks” and “Summer and Winter” patterns in class so I haven’t had time to try it out yet.  But, I took a day off yesterday and headed to Boulder and put together some yarn and patterns so I am ready to go!  This thing is an amazing piece of wood working.  We’ve ordered our share of furniture and this is easily as well built as our Amish stuff.  it is all solid maple and I didn’t have any part of it not fit as advertised.  Time to go full on hermit!

The new toy!

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The beginning of the studio.  The dogs checking things out. Very well camouflaged.  They are the same color as the loom!

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The first yarn for the first project on the floor loom.

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The latest project for class:  block design with Summer and Winter pattern.

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The new “Pixar” light.  The loom has holes drilled for lights.  This will help with threading immensely!

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Did I Mention That I HATE PC’S?

Regardless of what I will do with work going forward, I needed to dispose of one of my work computers as it was getting outdated for company specs.  I detest computers and see them as a necessary evil, along with “smart” phones.  The one thing I will give them credit for is the ability they afforded me to not have to work day in and day out in an office.  Between having an office high in the mountains and being able to work from the farm I loved my commute.  But these work computers are completely encrypted for security purposes which made them really slow and really buggy.  So when it came time to go dark, my Dell met my Smith and Wesson.  I had some fun blowing the thing to smithereens!  IMG_0880IMG_0881IMG_1771IMG_1773

Happy 4th of July!!

The relatives have come and gone.  The house is quiet again.  We had great fun with the Olsen family and hope they return again to play with the critters.  The chickens got fed and held, the pigs got extra treats and ear rubs, and the garden, of course, got weeded again. They heard coyotes yipping for the first time, saw birds, goats, cows, heard Meadowlark song, saw some fireworks, and even encountered a small bull snake while out for a walk.  The coyotes must have been in pretty close last night because out by the corral fence lay a not so “lively” rabbit.  It looked like it had not been dead for very long either. It is always such fun to show farm life to people who really haven’t been exposed to it.  It makes answering the questions all that much more fun.  I think that if niece Jessica could have smuggled one of the teenage chicks into her suitcase we would be minus one birdie right now!

Zina shot two videos of the garden progress; one of the big storage garden and one of the greenhouse.  She did forget that it is ok to speak but the footage speaks for itself!  The cucumbers are looking a little droopy but that’s because she did the video at 3:30 in the afternoon in 95 degree heat.  We even have cucumbers ready to be picked!

Next weekend is freezer camp time for the broiler chickens.  For some strange reason we couldn’t get the niece and her folks to stick around for that…. weird.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

 

The Tractor Is Coming To Save Us On Taxes!

So the neighbor farmer across the road lived up to his billing.  Today after we sent my mom and sister back from whence they came, we got home to see the big John Deere discing up our back thirty.  What a relief.  We have enough to concern ourselves with than having to wonder what to do with the big back field in order to not have to pay residential taxes on 40 acres.  We are also going to use the proceeds of the land lease and pay it back to them so they will mow our front 10 acres in order to have some fire suppression when all of the “cheat” grass dries up.  That stuff turns to a flash fire hazard as soon as their seeds dry.

So thanks again to my mother for all of her help planting, especially when I hurt my back.  Note to self:  one need not rake and till the compost in on the big garden all in one day.  Sincerely, your smarter self…. idiot.

It was so great to have my sister here to see the farm for the first time as well.  We had to be very watchful of her to make sure she didn’t steal my dog!  They hit it off pretty good and Basil is now looking around wondering where everyone went.

So the field is plowed, the gardens are planted, the animals are all doing quite well too.  I’ll post a picture later but we hooked up our fifth wheel’s solar charger to an inverter out by the broiler’s chicken tractor and plugged in a fan to help keep them cool.  As I type it is around 90 degrees.  Gotta keep the critters comfortable!

 

Why We Don’t Plant Until June!

Spring melt is happening up in the mountains.  May is always a nail biter here on the plains.  It is almost a certainty that we will have severe thunderstorms and hail through Memorial Day weekend.  This year was no exception.  This is why A: we got the greenhouse (to protect the more delicate plants) and B: why we don’t plant outside until Memorial Day weekend.  I was lucky to escape hail damage to the truck on the way to the airport to pick up my mother.  I was pelted with golf ball sized hail and it made it impossible to see or hear and even in four wheel drive there was enough ice on the road to make me slide around.  Of course today it was 75 and sunny and we spent the day weeding out the big garden to get ready to plant.  The damage to the thistle plants was apparent (not that we cared) as many were broken off.  Looking forward to getting past this part of the year.  It is always a bit nerve wracking.

Tomorrow our newest layer hens head out to the coop and on Memorial Day the broilers head out into the tractor.  Its always an adventure and we play Farmville here for real!

JAZFarm Aerial Tour

Aaron, my son, has been experimenting with the drone, the GoPro Camera and editing software.  I found this kind of awesome.  We have some other flyovers but this one is pretty neat.  Zina even makes her movie debut!