Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bees are in the Hives

Look at the closeup of flying bees!

Update on the new Bees. They are doing very well, the Queens have been released from the tiny cages and all the bees are working hard on their new hives. We looked inside today to see how they were doing. There was a good amount of new comb cells made and the Queens are busy laying eggs.

The fruit trees are just about ready to flower, and will need is good to have bees again. We have many wild varieties of bees also.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Hive of Busy Bees

Today, the new bees were ready for pick-up in town. The nice, sunny weather was wonderful...and a great day for new bees. The bees are shipped from California, inside a refrigerator trailer to our supplier in Oregon, Glory Bee. They are kept in the dark in coolness, to keep them alive and quiet. This photo shows the back of the trailer, and boxes of bees inside. The bees come in these wood and screen boxes.

This photo shows my boxes of bees, up close. There are 3 lbs of bees and a Queen bee in each box. There are many loose bees flying around. These bees are not aggressive and not guarding a rarely will anyone be stung. Only the truck workers wear bee jackets. The bees did not bother us at all.

Next post - the bees come home.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Garden and Good Weather

Saturday was the very best sunny day! I have had it with this non-stop rain. Of course it is going to rain again for several days....  I had a plan for how to use this nice day, with plenty of sunscreen on my face. Getting some starts into the raised beds was at the top of my list. This raised bed is just planted with Brociflower, we love it and I freeze all the extra for later. 

This raised bed is newly planted with Snow Crown Cauliflower. They grow very well in this bed that gets a little shade and is a little cooler for them.

This garlic was planted last October and is doing well. I have been working on a variety that grows well here. Now that I have screen under this area...the gophers cannot eat it all. Note the rhubarb growing in the top right in the pic, it is coming up, and I am hoping for a good crop. The grass and weeds are growing very well.

I worked hard all day. This winter has made me soft with all the lazy days indoors. My feet were killing me! 

I did many other outdoor things as well......

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sinker Mountain View

This is the new view from my front door. Well, it was there all along...but we could not see it. There was a stand of many large Douglas Fir trees growing across the road from us. The trees have been cut and removed over the last 3 weeks. I am not unhappy or upset about the logging...that is what is happening all around us.  I do love this view. The mountain in the far background is Sinker Mountain, and the elevation is 4700'. The distance is 10 1/2 air miles. I am enjoying the view! I can easily see the snow level now.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


Brave Girls Club
Writing blog posts has been uninspired for me for awhile now. I hope to get out of this funk, and get interested in posting more soon. Take care.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Growing Oregon Sugar Pod Peas

The weather is still frightful, cold rain and high winds today...with small hints of spring. Gardening marches on, and it is time to plant some things. Snow Peas are on my schedule to be planted. I just want to share this tip with you, pre-sprout the seeds. A few years ago I learned this method, and my germination and success is very good. My pea seeds have sprouted inside the house and it is time to plant them. I cover them with floating row cover, or mini portable cold frames. This protects the tiny plants and improves the growth of the plants for several weeks.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Turn Around

What a saying...I found it on Pinterest...with no one recorded as the author.
A simple sentence, but profound in the meaning. Someone, or you, yourself, set the can'ts into your strong, brave and turn it around. The truth is that we each have the ability to find our way and make our dreams happen.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Hummingbirds Are Back!

The northern migration of Rufous Hummingbirds has reached me, here on the farm. I love feeding these tiny birds. They are a complete marvel to small, and they migrate so far. It is amazing! I put out one hummingbird feeder on March 1st, and then wait to see the first bird. Many times I hear their distinctive sound and know that one is somewhere around me...before I actually see the bird at the feeder. Spring must be sometime around the corner...I am certainly tired of this long wet year.

Monday, March 13, 2017

New Strawberry Plants

I had a little time to check on my garden yesterday. I removed many dead plants and checked on the other plants. My strawberry bed looked bad...most of the plants are dead. I have been growing strawberry plants in that spot for several years and it is long past time to rotate the area. Well, this is the perfect time to make the change, get new starts, and new planting place.

I hope that I will harvest some berries like this in June - July! Fabulous!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kindness Gives

Kelly Rae Roberts
What does kindness do? It makes the giver a hero, a special person, someone who knows that the little things that you can do have an enormous affect on another human being.  I practice showing kindness as much as possible. It helps all of us.

Have you ever had the experience of unkindness?  Have you ever experienced a tirade directed at you because the other person is out of sorts (or something). Time and time again....what do you do?

Get Strong...Get Brave...BE KIND TO YOURSELF!!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Girl Scout Cookies

from Pinterest
Do you remember this??? I sure do, the experience of walking door to door selling these cookies to complete strangers. I detested doing it...and by myself. It is a miracle that nothing bad happened to me. I actually feel sorry for girls scouts doing this. If I am personally asked by a girl, I will purchase a box. What about you?? Good, Bad, or Ugly??

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dreaming of Summer Camping

I don't know about you...but I am ready for some nice, warm, sunny weather. This area has been in a rainy, snowy season for 5 months. The snowpack is deeper than normal, and my home just got another 7" of snow. The daffodils are coming up a couple of inches....and I still haven't been able to clean-up the dead plants in the garden, or trim the fruit trees, and berry plants.

I have made my peace with this situation, I have a good fire in the fireplace, and park myself nearby in a comfy chair, with a book, nook, tablet, and music. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Live with Intention

Hi Girlfriends, Although it is nearly March 2017...I think that this is a good idea. You can save it, or print it, or just give the idea a thought. It is good to remind ourselves of the things that personally call to us. It is good to set up goals and ideas for ourselves. It is good to let the good things call to us!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bring a Primrose Inside

This idea is so very cute, and a small taste of the spring to come. I saw some Primroses for sale a few days ago. I picked out three plants that have many blooms. I replanted them into individual McCoy planters. 

They are certainly a pretty, bright, arrangement to have at home. They will last longer than a cut flower bouquet. I like to use my collections when I can...I love them. Happy!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gone With The Wind

I remember reading this iconic book when I was a young teen. The original book is much more interesting than the movie. The movie is great, and I watch it sometimes. I watched it last week. I decided to find a vintage copy, and read it again. My area has a chain of St Vinnie's stores, that are really great. They claim to be the biggest bookseller in the area...and I always go there when I want a book. The edition that I wanted was a 1936 copyright and printing. I researched online about the printings and knew that I did not want to purchase a book club edition, paperback, or a movie edition. 

I did find this hardcopy, 1936 copyright, with a 1964 printing. It is in very fine condition, with this dust jacket. The price $2.49...that is all... The book is worthy of collection, it was well cared for the last 53 years.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Newborn Dexter Calf

Yesterday, we had a surprise waiting for us. Sometime around 7am, our Dexter Cow, Daisy, had this little fellow. It was pretty cold outside, and he was very cold when hubby found him. He and I brought this calf into our home and warmed him up in the bathroom. We used heating pads, heaters, and towels to dry him. The little guy took about 4 to 5 hours to get warmed up using our method. I made up a pack of calf starter, and put it into a calf bottle...he took a little of it, proving to me that he still had a suckling response. What a small calf with the will to live! We took him back to his mama, and they are in a stall. Mama immediately took over, licking him and caring for him. She is very protective of her babies. He is doing good today, he has no fear of us....because we cared for him yesterday. I named him Snap. His mom is Daisy and Snap is short for another common flower.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

UKE U 2017

I got my ticket to attend Uke U (ukulele university) in Bend Oregon. It has been held in mid-July the last 6 years. I have a ukulele playing, Girl Camping friend who is very involved in this event. I finally managed to get a ticket to this 3 day event. It is July 13 thru 17th this year. I am so happy, the event is always a sell out. I have been thinking about purchasing a Tenor Ukulele...I haven't decided yet. Sometimes my finger joints hurt so bad...that I think that my stringed instrument days are about over...however, I am not ready to give up. :)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Sharon

I see that little girl in the middle...she is myself! I smiled when I found this art. The joy is unmistakable! Happy Birthday to Me!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sisters on the Fly

Eugene, Oregon's... Good Earth Home and Garden show starts today, and some of my friend's are putting their trailers on display. They are representing Sisters on the Fly, to provide inspiration for women to join.

This is Anne's 1969 Aloha. She is from the Portland area. This trailer is currently on the front cover, and featured in Vintage Trailer magazine.  

This is Marie's 1960's Oasis trailer. She is from Salem Oregon. Marie took this trailer on Route 66 for a month last spring. The turquoise color is great, she told me that it is a wrap...not paint. I see that she has changed the bike rack, I am going the see what she did. I want a bike rack on my trailer, Prairie Flower.

I love the large front window on her trailer. It allows a nice bright light inside.

This 1950's trailer is very tiny, but oh so cute. The step is a good idea, I like the handle on it, makes it easy to carry. The windows are much smaller, and sometimes dark inside...but that is made better with the lovely original birch interior. I like the interior wood...I don't like the painted over birch.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Surprise Quilt Project

A Surprise Quilt Project? How does that happen? I was shopping/trolling in the Goodwill store one day, and passed by the bedding area. What did I spy....this quilt. I gave it a close look and noted that this is an item that someone had made, and probably given as a gift. The hand finishing of the binding had come apart. The rest of the quilt was in like new condition. I know that making this quilt had cost much $$. The fabrics that were used are colorful and I like it very much. The twin size is good for using in my vintage trailer, Prairie Flower. Oh yeah, of course I didn't leave it at the store. Am I crazy? Maybe. I purchased it for a few dollars, and refinished the binding. This farmgirl spent several hours, and I really do love this quilt. This will become an heirloom...unless I give it as a gift....

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

I have many frozen blueberry packs this year. (My blueberry plants were very abundant this year!) I decided it is a good time to start trying to make new recipes and find ways to use the blueberries. I happen to have several lemons on I found this recipe on Pinterest. 

Today, I baked this bread. I used the large bread pan that is recommended, and it took longer to bake. Next time I will use 2 smaller bread pans. I should be able to bake it in a shorter time.

My opinion?  Really good! I love it! Make it again...absolutely! 5 stars!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Today became a day to spend in the kitchen, not in the craft studio. I decided to bring more of my frozen veggies into the house, and spotted two bags of frozen strawberries that needed to be made into jam. I freeze berries because I rarely have enough fresh to make into jam. My frozen berries were not camera worthy, so this fresh pic is much better.

I find that the process of making jam to be pretty straight forward, the most important thing is to get all the necessary equipment and materials together before starting the project. 

While hubby was outdoors snow plowing the driveway...yet again. I put on my apron and went to work. 11 cups of delicious strawberry jam were made, and put into 1/2 pint jars. He finished long after I cleaned up my mess.

I am a renegade about the boiling water process for jam. I think that the result is inferior, so I used the older method. I learned to make jam with that method, and I like it better....this is before a few years ago when the new method was introduced.

I don't believe what the new "experts" say. The package of pectin said that the jam is good for only 1 year. Not true, the jam stays just fine when stored a dark and cool place. I have a cupboard in the basement the stores my home canned food, and it stays good for several years.

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Soul Book Idea

I hope that some of you looked at the Soul Book online class by Brave Girls Club. The instructions for making the basic book are good and will work. I like to add my ideas into the mix. I think that using an old book for the cover, with rings is a cute idea. Sometimes libraries just give away old hardcover books, and I use that source for yellowed paper and book covers. I am going to use a vintage guestbook cover that I found at the thrift store for just $1.50. I cut out cardboard to fit it. So good. But, after seeing this photo, I am thinking that maybe heavy scrapbook paper, or old book pages, taped, or glued back to back might be a possibility. Hum...well...this is a thing I do, always looking for ways to make a project unique and personal. This is something that I find is a creative blessing...however, it is sometimes just easier to go with the flow. Tomorrow - new photos and ideas...I hope.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cold, Snowy, Winter

This is an old photo, it looks the same now, with about 12" snow. It was a chilly 8 degrees F last night. I am staying home most of the week. The roads are terrible, and the city has worse roads than the rural area. I have watched log trucks,and school buses going by at a crawl all week.

I had an appt with my Derm doc this week. I always come home from her appts with many pre-cancer freezing treatments, on my face and hands. She has been my Derm for 20 years, and been with me, and seen me through skin cancers, including Melanoma, Basal Cell, and many pre-cancers along the way. She thinks that I need a full treatment of my face, because I have blotchy skin from the many freezing treatments. Now, that I have had several days to think about it, she has a good point. I keep needing treatments on my face, and this may help resolve the ongoing pre-cancers. I believe that I will benefit.

The wintertime gives me time to heal, and rest. The rest of the year is very busy, and I work outdoors on the farm. I am enjoying the quiet time of this winter, sitting beside the fireplace, reading, playing my ukulele, and planning my adventures to come.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Soul Book - A Free Online Class from Brave Girls Club

Yes, I know that I blog about Brave Girls Club all the time. Today, I want to share something very special with you. They have a free online class, Soul Book. I plan to start this class, with the new year. I think that I will enjoy making my own book. Melody Ross makes it so easy with her printouts and videos for the class. I you need to do is download and print out the lessons, pictures, etc. A few crafting things are needed, nothing expensive, tape, fabric bits, mod podge, cheap paint brushes, etc. I hope that you will check it out at this link

See, I made it super easy for you to find. Take a look, maybe you will be inspired to make one for yourself, or with a friend. Really!!!!

Share this blog post if you want, I want women to know about this!