Friday, February 10, 2012

Hello.....

  I know, I know , it has been awhile! It seems like I get out of blog land for a week and it takes me forever to get it back in my routine. So I guess it is catch up time in a quick sort of way!

The slump started when I  had a few health issues..no biggie. I just switched meds and I was prepared for a little feeling bad while my body transitioned. I have Hashimoto's Auto Immune Thyroiditis, I have had it for years.  I have been on synthetic meds from the beginning and they are less than perfect and I was ready to change to a natural thyroid replacement.  I went through a time of chronic fatigue and severe joint pain but as I adjusted the  new meds  my body adjusted to them it eased up and now I feel better than I have in years and it just keeps getting better!
Then Nanna and Popaw came to visit for the Boy's 15th birthday! My baby is 15! I can hardly believe it...where has the time gone...sigh. Then Hubby came home the day after and  of course you all know it is non stop busy when he is home! Plus, the weather has been so good! We are back to our normal temps and OH MY how could I forget the rain! We have had rain and rain and more glorious RAIN! The lake is full and the spillways are open ,the river is high and the ponds are full! Hallelujah!!!

 I have been spinning! I made some beaded core spun and really like it and had fun doing it! This brown and gold and green and copper....
and this blue and green...
The spring flowers are a bloomin'! Iris and daffodils and some early fruit tress which is disappointing because we are supposed to get a hard freeze tomorrow night .There will be no fruit on those trees this year.
The  chard is doing great in our lovely weather! That is some kale in there beside it...
The ducks are loving the green grass! Can you see them?

I have the hillbilly hot house going again this year! Cattle panel, plastic and duct tape....hey,laugh if you want, it works great!
 The tomatoes seedlings are doing good this year...

Can you guess what that little sprout is in that middle pot? A baby purple asparagus plant! If you have the patience to wait for them to grow a couple years,growing asparagus from seed if a very money saving way to get a big bunch of asparagus going! I have started some 3 years in a row from seed and they germinate very well and  do great as little plants.

 Got my seed taters cut and drying to go out soon.I am doing the above ground cages this year for my taters.

I also made some more pineapple pickles this week since the grocery had them for $.99!  I love these things and I can not pass up that kind of deal! I used my Tattler lids and  so far so good with those.I also used those cute Better Homes& Gardens jars. I have several boxes of them and like them because they are cute but they are fat and my I have to fit one less in my canner because of it. I have a small canner and if it is something that is boiling water bathed, like these pineapples, that is no big deal but if it is something I have to pressure can for and hour or more I want all the jars in there I can fit! I still like them.I will just save them for  small batches or goodies I don't have to pressure can.
That is all the catch up for now! We have lots of things going on around the farm while Hubby is home so hopefully there will be some interesting things to post on and of course Dolly Doodle will be having kids soon so we are all excited about the! Well...me and The Boy are anyhow!

Before I go, I want to give a big Congratulations to my friend Deb at Dakota Goats who just got a brand new grand daughter! She is counting sweet little fingers and toes and getting to snuggle that sweet baby girl...sigh.

17 comments:

the wild magnolia said...

Love the results of your spinning. Gorgeous woolies!

Great farm and barnyard post.

Enjoy your family time.

Pricilla said...

Wowzers. Life is busy down there. Glad you are feeling better. That is most important. The yarn is gorgeous.

Sharon said...

Looking at all you have been doing, wore me out! :-)

It's going to be sad about the freeze, my blueberries were starting to bud :( Think we will all be losing stuff this year.

TexWisGirl said...

glad your new meds are working well! yay for you!

and HURRAY for rain!!! :)

Sue said...

Love the ducks out in the tall grass-I bet they're having fun!

LindaG said...

Lots going on!
I loved your post, Melodie. Especially the Hillbilly Hot house!
You can do anything with duct tape! I love it and always get a bit frantic when I can't find mine. ;)

Everything looks great. Thanks for catching us up!

goatmilker said...

Love the yarn! So very pretty! Rebekah

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

The blue and green yarn is so pretty! I've never tried pineapple pickles.
Glad you're feeling better!

Jill said...

So glad to hear from you! I've been missing you. Glad your meds are working. Your yarn is beautiful! You are one busy lady!

DebH said...

I knew you were hard at it, but you did an amazing job on your yarn!!! Beautiful earthy and exactly the colors I would love forever! On top of all those garden plants and canning, you are such an inspiration...and here I've been just thinking about putting some seeds to sprout!? Thanks so much for the mention and I don't know where the week went? Not only am I drowning in tax returns right now at work,(not even stressing by the way) but I seem to have misplace Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, and Friday!? I could whip a grizzly though for all the inner strength I feel though, pretty darn happy everyone is healthy & strong. I made a resolution this year that life will be Wonderful! I firmly believed it too, and you know what?? It is!!!

Chris said...

Glad you're back Melodie. :-D

Super looking yarn. What ya got in mind for that?

Teresa said...

You really have been busy. I am amazed at how green and tall the grass is. We're still a couple of months from having tall green grass. I'm hoping we get some fruit this summer, but it's been such a bizarre winter. Guess only time will tell.

wayside wanderer said...

Oh, so glad you are feeling so well. What a wonderful thing! And I love those duckies and their silly selves. Your pineapple pickles have me very intrigued. I have never even heard of such a thing, but it sounds fabulous. I heard Aldi's has 99cent pineapples and that they were very tasty. Must buy some soon!

Lin said...

Ooooh, that yarns gets me hankerin' for knitting!! Those are lovely skeins.

Sounds like you are really busy! Yikes. It's a good thing you are feeling better to keep up with all that. :) Glad to hear it---and to hear from you. I was wondering what you've been up to!

Saun said...

Glad your feeling better! I can't believe you have tomato plants growing. We have a few months before we can start planting.

Stevie said...

We just started in our greenhouse and I love the idea of the juice cartons! I used the Jiffy peat pots for my herbs but was wondering if they'd be OK for tomatoes. Love the idea! Thanks!
Stevie @ ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com

peihome said...

Wow, your wool is something else. And look at you getting ready for spring planting already! Our last frost date isn't until June 15th, although of course we can plant some things earlier than that!