Sunday, October 31, 2010

Goats and a sink

Frank put a sink in the hay room for me, this is the room we built in the back of the feed barn. The girls use the front 2/3 and this has a small sleep room built into it as well for the very cold winter days. The sink will be surrounded by hay, but it will be, has been, very nice for me to have the sink. I will use a little water heater, I dont remember what its called. My moms boyfriend uses one and I like it, it is a little pitcher that you fill with cold water, plug it in and a minute later it boils. I will use this as I have no hot water in the barn, but the sink has cold water and I have soap and towels and its just nice to have... the pipe that brings water in is contained in a large insulated piece of PVC pipe and it drains out into a large barrel burried and filled with rocks. Quite a good system designed by Frank.

My ducks bathing, they first get into their pool and do their mating and dancing and bathing, then they come out and clean their feathers. They shed a lot of feathers, it always looks as though a duck was murdered out here!

This is just a good picture of punk. She is punk, I mean really. I named her this as it is a term of endearment when coming from me, but she turned out to actually be punk. Any goat would be proud to have her good looks. She is not wild anymore, she doesnt let me catch her anytime I want but she will regularly spend time with me if we are on opposite sides of a fence or gate.

This is cash and whisper, they are fighting. I love to see the little girls head butt, its funny how they think they are big. Often it ends up being 3 or 4 all fussing together though they are really playing.

Here whisper has left the ground entirely for her attack. We have a number of new goats, I dont remember how many goats I have now. 17 I think, 2 bucks and the rest does/doelings. These are still doelings, not quite big enough to breed.

We have a lot to do today, finish fixing the truck, kill 3 rowdy roosters for a stew pot, insulate pipes for winter, go trick or treating. Frank leaves soon of course and our list is not quite fulfilled. Off to work...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Reasons why I am cool

1. I am not a boy.

2. I make fuel all by myself.

3. I make fuel AND I am not a boy.

4. I am married to Chief-thats really number 1 but I wanted to say I am not a boy for number 1.

5. I homeschool my kids which isnt easy all the time. Okay fine its not hard.

6. I sew really well. Seriously, I can look at something and then make it. Usually.

7. I can drive a stick shift.

8. I can drive a tractor.

9. My mama said men in Montana would like me. Is that a compliment? I think so from her. Thats sorta like a hug.

There are a whole bunch of other reasons but that would border on arrogant. On that note though, for everyone who reads this, do your own post on why you are cool, or amazing or whatever word you like. I told my kids tonight that they should add up all the good things about themselves and think about that when they feel bad about a mistake they make. Its okay to think you are amazing, and why as adults do we forget that?

PS. I think my husband is superman.

PSS. My mama is one of my best friends.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ugh... late post

I havent posted in forever because my husband isnt deployed and in need of connection and the rest of you dont matter as much. Just kidding, sort of. You matter, but he is here right now so I have to spend every moment absorbing his oxygen space. This post is not really an update, just whats sort of going on with sewing and Tads... um, his activities to avoid boredom? This photo is the back of Nathalie's new windpro jacket, windpro thus waterproof and windproof.

Its not perfect, I had some trouble on the zipper because the fabric stretches a bit. The hood could be a little tighter also but I like the pattern and will make a couple more for her in the same pattern.

I made the blue jeans too, they are a bit wrinkled right now but are really cute on her! I think I will lock her in a closet, I dont want boys to ever see her and think she is cute. Ever.

Tad wanted to be a number of things for halloween that would have made mothers run for the woods and hide their children's eyes. Homeschooled children of course because lets face it, in the real world, movies, video games and other kids expose each other to things far scarier than what Tad has found in any comic book.

He settled on the punisher, and needed black jeans and a black shirt with the punisher logo on the front. I ordered black denim, it turned out to be more charcoal but whatever. It works! I made them this morning and oh my he is cute! The shirt was already cut out as it happened, just a long sleeve black t shirt.

That he and I added the punisher logo to. My brother (20 yrs old) thinks this is wicked cool, not his words but as close as should be on this blog. The logo was cut out by us out of white fabric, ironed onto iron on interfacing on the back side, and the black stripes at the lower part of the skull and the nose holes are colored with sharpie. I cut out the eyes, and we sewed white tight zig zag to attach it. We first spray glued it with quilters glue to place it, that doesnt hold long but long enough to get it sewn on without it moving about. Turned out nice!

Tad said that the only problem with his outfit is that he isnt bulky enough to fill it out, so here he is bulking up on his math break. Also wearing new brown corduroys here, he loves the stretchy waistband on regular jeans. Its easier for certain things he notes...

I think this was his spelling break, or this was after geography I do not remember. These are all my serger scraps and they are his wig...

Here? He got a sticky animal from the dentist, stuck to our vaulted ceiling by throwing it at it multiple times. So after much deliberation, this was his solution. A peice of wood taped to his wooden sword. This took a lot of work, and near falling many times. It was pretty amusing to watch.

No success yet... he eventually got it down, though this was after getting a nerf gun dart stuck TO the animal as he shot at it.
Tad has to find ways to amuse himself, and usually its pretty active stuff. I am glad he is homeschooled for this reason largely, he would be in so much trouble in school, yet at home he is comic relief!