Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday music

Good morning, sunshine!

Brian has been working on a couple catchy fiddle tunes, and today at his lesson his teacher played back-up on bouzouki. I've always kept our YouTube videos unlisted, but Brian asked that these be made public, since we've looked up a lot of violin/fiddle pieces ourselves to see how they are to be played. Perhaps these will help some other budding fiddle player! (The first two are of the same piece, ended two different ways. Brian wants you to vote on your favorite.)  (-:







When I wasn't shooting video, I was working on my next knitting project:

That's it for now from . . .

Sunday, March 01, 2015

In like a lamb

After the warmest February on record, I can't say we're surprised. Spring has definitely sprung here.


It would have been fun for March to come in with lambs, but I'm fairly confident it will go out with lambs. (It better; I'm going to a women's retreat the first weekend in April.)

Speaking of lambs, I haven't seen any fetal movement in either Vienna or Sarai. I love to see those big rolls and little flutter kicks, so I'm a bit put out. The teenagers still leap and run like lambs, though, so I'm really not deprived. ;-)

For those of you suffering through a lion-like start to March, here is a photo of something more appropriate for your neck of the woods.
My second California Poppies Hat (based on this pattern), finished last night.

That's it for now from . . .

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Finishing February in fine fashion

A friend of Brian's is going to play family volleyball with us tonight, then come home with us for a sleep-over in the woods. Brian has been prepping his campsite, and this afternoon he wanted me to come down and spend some time with him there. We took turns reading each other Bible passages (I knit when he read), standing by the fire (the temperature was far cooler than Brian's attire would lead you to believe), and being entertained by Jackson (in the photo below the slanted stick points to him off in the background).

Jackson entertained himself with sticks for awhile,

then got busy digging holes.

In the pasture beside us, my handsome Lance grazed happily. He's breathing hard and coughing occasionally, so I've been giving him special treatment. He doesn't act sick, so we're not sure WHAT is going on with him.

On my way back to the house, I picked up the last two eggs of February. One was oddly wrinkled. Ouch!

That's it for another month at . . .

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yesterday's bright spots

These,

and the fact that when I went down to the barn to ride last night, Annabelle was standing! She was still standing an hour later when I headed back to the house, too. She has been laying down every single time I've gone to or by the sheep fold for over two weeks, so the fact that she had risen without help was SO encouraging.

Today was my one day off work, so I let the ewes out in the morning before homeschool co-op and then again in the evening when we got home. I wished I'd gotten video of Vienna trying to run; let's just say it wasn't very graceful! She and Sarai are heavy with lambs, but not with milk, so the due date I wrote down for Vienna is most likely correct, and I imagine Sarai will lamb close to that as well.

Eager for bouncing babies at . . .