Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Twitter? Not tempting. Instagram? Intriguing.

I haven't used my iPhone to take pictures much, because it is a hassle to move the photos from phone to laptop for blogging. Instagram wasn't on my radar until the YarnHarlot said she'd be sharing photos  of her charity bike ride on Instagram. So I logged on to follow her, and instantly saw the appeal of sharing photos directly from my iPhone via Instagram. So if you want to see what I share there, click on that Instagram logo over in the right column. And if you like what I share, I'd really appreciate your comments!

That's it for now from . . .

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Catch-up, catsup

Or Ketchup and Mustard roses (seriously, that's what they're named). ;-)
I took those photos Sunday morning. We were hoping for a lot more rain out of the cool, cloudy front that moved through over the weekend, but those tiny droplets were the sum total for Boulderneigh; they didn't even settle the dust. Now we are headed back into the high 90s; what a summer!

We did get 50 more bales of beautiful third-cutting orchardgrass hay into the barn while it was cool. The resident hay inspector okayed the load; fortunately she approved it. I think we're set for hay now, which is a good feeling.

The Tour de Fleece ended yesterday; I didn't quite have my plying done. I'll do a separate post on that once I'm finished.

Brian's vacation is almost done, too; he flies home (by himself; eek!) tomorrow night. He has enjoyed himself with Grandpa and Grandma; Rick and I have enjoyed our parenting break. We even went on a couple dates! Last night I rode with Rick on his last call, then we ate at our favorite restaurant in Salem. We parked on the other side of a park and had a lovely stroll past the pond where life was imitating art,
followed by a lovely dinner-with-a-view,
followed by another lovely stroll back to the truck.

Sprite will be happy to have his boy back; I haven't had time to let him out to fly around as much as Brian does.

I haven't had time to do a lot of what I hoped to accomplish while Brian was gone. But that is life, and life marches on!

That's it for today from . . .

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This Tour brought to you by....

I doubt I ever would have picked up knitting needles after a 30-year hiatus – forget about learning to spin my own yarn – had I not gotten Shetland sheep. My Ravelry name, "sheepmademedoit," says it all . . . and yet it doesn't. My little flock has done so much more than lead me down the fiber-arts rabbit hole; my sheep feed my soul in ways no other creature can.

This morning when I carried hay out to the pasture, Bree made it clear she wanted some attention. So I sat down, and soon had all but Vienna asking for their share. Rick spotted our lovefest, and grabbed my camera where I had left it in the barn.
Eventually I persuaded him to hand  over the camera so no one would get hurt. ;-)  To my surprise he lingered in the pasture, and soon he had a little fan club of his own.

I'm still plying away on my Tour de Fleece project, but it is good to remember how all this started. It is good to be (and have) a shepherd.

That's it for now from . . .

Friday, July 24, 2015

I can see the finish line from here

See that little bit of roving? That's the last of it! I'm thinking I'll have this spun AND plied by the end of the Tour – woot!

As for my other TdF goal – you know, spinning Blaise's fleece on my miniSpinner? Well, let's just say the end of the Tour snuck up on me; I was thinking I had several more days. Not that that would have made much difference. Between my limited time and my monogamous nature, I haven't even started it. But once my rainbow lovefest is finished, I will focus on Blaise. That's the beauty of the Tour de Fleece; it reminds me how much I enjoy this process, this pastime . . . among others.

(How DO people get bored?!?)

Sprinting to the end, at . . .