Archive | March 2004

Disputing the Path

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Our walk was enjoyed by all. They all get along pretty good, but the Robin does like his ‘space’ kept clear. There was a little contretemps at the log when Cori got a bit too clse in her hurry to get under the log. πŸ˜₯ They settled it without violence. Cori went under and Robin went over. πŸ™‚

Going for a Walk

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Since the sun is out again this morning I thought I’d meander up the hill and see what the guys are doing. Took both dogs and found that the cats wanted to come, too. They prefer dashing from cover to cover to walking at my heels as the dogs (mostly) do. Robin has to come to me now and then to be petted and let me know what a clever guy he is. Taz is a bit above that sort of thing.

Men At Work

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Randy is rebuilding a porch for a friend who is helping him, in return, to clean up the mess left by the logger who took out the many trees brought down by the storm a couple winters ago. Here they are decking (the hard way!) a cedar into the pile to be saved for when he gets his little bandsaw mill running.That’s a ’roundtoit’ project! πŸ˜‰

Spring Snow

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My forsythia in full bloom and the daffies with their bright faces in the mud again! It must be spring! Oh well, we knew it had to happen, it’s not quite April after all! :hehe:
But I’m okay. I got XM Satellite Radio when I went to town Monday and I love it! We get nothing here in this canyon but one country station… sometimes. Now I have music and I don’t have to go to the cd store and try to figure out what I might like to hear sometime in the future! I can pick when I’m in the mood. There are even comics, old radio drama, new radio drama, news weather, sports… Maybe Randy can hear the games now, too (if I’m not using it! πŸ˜€ )
So while I’m stuck at the computer printing instruction books for the looms I can be entertained.
Hope you are having a warm sunny day where you are!

wind chimes

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I was asked to post a picture the windchimes I make. They are called Rural Rubbish and are totally recycled. Broken glass, old, and even at times antique. The tin is coffee cans for the most part. There is often old silver and maybe pot lids or bed springs. One has an old horse shoe and a tobacco can. What ever comes my way may end up here. I started making these for myself but a local gift shop liked them and now another one wants them, too. These in the picture are some I just finished, they haven’t gotten properly rusty yet. πŸ˜› My goal is to have a windchime on each rafter tail around the house! I have a lot, but a lot more to go! It does get noisy when the wind blows!

Springs colorway

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Went around the yard collecting close-ups with my digital. Not a pink or red in sight. Oh well, I think the lungwort (I can’t spell it’s ‘real’ name, had a pink bud) so it seems at least here in the wilds of N. Calif. the spring colors are mostly blue with some yellow and white. It changes as the seasons advance and it’s no surprize that we get into reds and orange in summer.


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This is what set off this burst of energetic yard work! lol πŸ˜› I’ve also been doing spring cleaning inside. It’s amazing how much dust collects in a place with wood heat! And then, I’m one of those housekeepers that never notices dust until it starts avalanching when I pick up something off a nic-nac shelf! πŸ™„ Oh well… next thing you know I’ll be washing windows. I did wash the curtains. That’s a small job as I have curtains in the bedroom and one valance in the living room and one in the kitchen. The rest of the windows are bare. I like to see out.
I have been working on some wind chimes for a gift shop when I take a break from yard work. Well, I’m lazy, overweight, and will be 63 years old in a couple weeks, so I need to sit down frequently. I get more done that way, too! πŸ˜‰
Fiber arts have been kinda left waiting. We did get to Ashland to see friend Aliza when I was up. Got to pet the cutest little twin kids! They are cashmere goats. She also gave us some lovely black fleece from her yearling ram. It spun up sooo soft and lovely! And I left with 2 dozen eggs. Real hard shelled, orange yoked farm eggs! I’d forgotten. Almost makes me want to get chickens again!
I do have a pair of fair isle socks on the needles from some handspun, and one 14″ square woven for my vest. Also the front and back of an Easter-egg dyed vest knitted. It needs ribbing yet. But I havne’t finished the yard yet! :hehe:
And… my daughter and 4 grandchildren are coming out from Georgia this summer when school is out! I’m excited about that!
I will try to keep more up to date here, tho. Also I see that it has been more like a month than the two weeks I say in the other entry. Bad Hazel! lol Well, I hope you all are enjoying spring, too!

Spring fever

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Jess mentioned in an email that I hadn’t posted to my blog in a couple weeks. I hadn’t thought it’d been that long! First Randy got the flu, then when he got better I went to my sister’s for a week and when I came home I came down with his (?) bug within a couple days and when I was finally getting better the sun came out and it got warm and the daffies started blooming and there was all that yard work I had not done last fall plus the stuff winter brought down… so I’m getting my excersize! Spent today committing murder on the wisteria I mistakenly planted umpteen years ago on the porch of my studio. I’ve determined not to plant any more vines that are stronger than I am. This one tried to tear the porch off and the when I pruned it off that, it climbed the alder tree just off there. Problem is it cut across the path to do it and, besides, it was a bargain basement plant and has wimpy pale flowers, only in the top fo the alder where I can’t see them anyway so… it’s gone now. At least, it’s just a stump. I’m not sure how easy they are to kill! lol But I’m pretty proud of myself because I’ve not only got it done, I’ve got all the roses pruned AND hauled off the brush! All in the SAME SEASON! Don’t believe that’s ever happened before! :laugh: But the mess in the photo is the vines I pulled down out of the alder. Of course I had both cats and both dogs to help.