Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Maybe a little bit of Fall

Finally today it feels like my favorite season --- Fall!

It was somewhere in the mid 60's, not much wind and sunny~  Oh for a longer fall season :)


This was a bumper crop year for apples around here.  We have trees that have been sorely neglected for about 30 years.   One looks like it's about to die - has for a few years.  This year it threw out a small crop of apples for the first time in a couple seasons.

The tubs are the ones that came off the tree without hitting the ground first.  The bags and small bucket were ones that fell and we picked up from the ground.  Many are left yet that will get thrown out to the cows.  They love them :)

 Here's the tree we are working on now,  Many apples left that we can't reach.

Here's the backside of the tree.  Poor thing was so heavy with apples it was breaking limbs. Plus the heavy snow last week added to the stress.  We cut a big limb out of the middle, and lost another on the way down.  There are still smaller ones that I can't reach but those will wait.

 Here's the next tree we will try to get to.  My parents didn't even know it was there until I found it fall of 2016.  No lie, it's at least 30 feet tall! 

See, lots and lots of apples.  It's just gonna be almost impossible to get these picked.  We can't drive a vehicle into this area because of wet ground, and we stand downhill, also.  I'm not sure if it's even possible to prune a tree this so far gone!  Anyone know?  If I start cutting, I may kill it.

My dad tells me there is another tree over by the south pasture, but I haven't gone and checked it out.

Not sure I wanna deal with that many apples :)   Not sure what to make next.   I've done pies that are in the freezer, apple sauce, pie filling, apple butter, apple crisp, apple bars, apple bread, etc, etc, etc.  :)  Plus we give away bags to anyone that drives up to the house --- not yet sneaking them into cars, but that may happen, haha.

And to top it all off, I picked some crab apples and made jelly --- that's my fave.

All for now, JULIE

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Where did fall go?

The last month or so has been wet here.  Lots of rain days.

Hard to do outdoor projects when it's raining, raining, raining.

Today we skipped over cool, crisp, dry fall weather to this....

It's wet heavy stuff that's been coming down all day.

So far we aren't having problems with power yet, but the town west of here about 40 miles, where I used to live, has enough of the stuff that trees are going down and causing problems with power lines.  It's really early to have a snow day at school, but they had their first today!

I've filled my day with finishing up with a batch of flyswatters. Yes, that's my bed they are on.  My work area is also my office, living room, bedroom and storage...  You can see Cooper pup hanging out in my recliner.

These fit in my booth with my re'New theme, because I use leather that I have salvaged from old jackets, pants, skirts, purses, etc.  One side of the swat is made from vinyl that was a rummage sale find... a whole roll for just a few bucks years ago.  Something I couldn't leave behind, haha.   I try to not go to many sales right now.  I have no where to store any 'finds' that I can't leave behind.

Now that I have this batch finished, the tote of leather type tools can go back to the trailer and I will continue on with strip preparation.

Here's a start for the next tote that will get stashed away until I have a place to get the loom set up.

The other day I scored 3 large garbage bags full of assorted khaki/twill slacks.  I think I may start prepping those next.   Unless I find that bag of tableclothes my friend sent over....

Got a call this morning from a local, wondering if I had a runner of a certain size.   I don't, but conversation led to finding out she has a loom that she bought 20+ years ago at an auction, and has never found the time to figure it out.   I may have found a weaving buddy to help her figure out her loom :)

On the health front.... so far so good...   no signs of infection recurring.   I'm feeling a bit better, but still get fatigued alot and obvious signs of my system trying to reset itself.    Still don't feel like I'm out of the woods with this whole ordeal, but it will just take time I guess.

All for now, 
JULIE



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A great feeling



A while ago, unbeknownst to me,  I was nominated for the South Dakota 4-H Hall of Fame.

A couple weeks ago, I was notified that I had been chosen to be inducted into that Hall at this year's State Fair.

If you would like to read the article in the home town paper, here is the link....


Four Named Hall Of Famers: Four long-time 4-H leaders from Marshall County will become Hall of Fame members on Monday at the State Fair in Huron. Mike and Rose Kraft of Britton and Julie Symens

I can't believe how the years have gone by.  Thirty one years as a leader is mind blowing to me :)

Each year was focused on and accomplished and it's added up to many youth, adults, and groups that I've been involved with.  Couldn't be prouder.  It's a great feeling to know that others have noticed.

All for now.
JULIE

Thursday, August 23, 2018

A beautiful day

I've returned from my trip to Colorado.

My daughter got married!

Beautiful cool day for an outdoor wedding with a couple of sprinkles to shower blessings on them.
The local sheriff was the officiant - he did a wonderful job for the newlyweds.

The location was near the river in a grove.  Justin made the arch, and Leah put together the decorated steer horns.  You can tell it is an agriculture community.

My daughter Leah and my new son, Justin.  This is the ONE PHOTO I took all week :)

We had a good time at the reception.  Simple decor of white tableclothes with mini cowhide centerpieces with wooden boxes, succulents and silk flowers.  Roping dummies for the kids to mess with, and a DJ for dancing by the adults.

The venue was the 4-H barn where the fair was held last week :)  Very appropriate!

I struggled a bit the early part of the week with fatigue and some muscle pain in the left hip.  I had to have my mom bring more pain pills as I hadn't thought I'd need them.  I was still taking 2 antibiotics all through the trip, so the stomach didn't always cooperate.  Finally took the last dose of one yesterday, and tomorrow afternoon the other kind will be gone, too.  

After that will be the time to hope.  Hope that all bacteria inside has been taken out.  Hope that I don't have a relapse. Hope that this has finally taken care of it all. 

I believe I will attempt a small craft event in a couple weeks.  It's a first time event, but it's close and it's inexpensive.  I have to get back to doing life.

All for now,  JULIE


Monday, August 6, 2018

Bright spots



I've been trying to find a bright spot in every day.

Post surgical has been rough.

My hamstring and incision aren't so bad. 

I left hospital with a picc line - twice a day infusions of an antibiotic.
Please no contact with cows and horses, and outdoorsy types of things was the doctors request.

A week later, they added another antibiotic orally.

The two together have been, how shall I put it,   HELL.


These little guys, and 3 more, made an appearance.  Momma cat is quite wild, but has decided we are a nice source of food.  I can't say they are tame, but they are getting used to people and that we have yummy food to share.  Fun to watch and on occasion I get an opportunity to nab one and snuggle.  Only a few hisses :)

I didn't quite get to 3 weeks on the IV drug, before side effects made the doctor agree for a discontinuation.  Thing is, he added a different oral antibiotic to replace it.   So I'm still taking 2 different drugs.   Suffice it to say, my stomach is not happy, my head is not happy - headaches- and my general overall state of affairs is ICK.  

Tomorrow I have a recheck and I am going to campaign for a drug break at least so that I can maybe enjoy my trip to my daughters wedding.  I waited a bit too long to book flights - I was feeling so crappy, I couldn't begin to focus on it- and now I'm gonna pay through the nose for my tickets.   Oh, well. It is what it is.

Every couple days, I've found a bit of energy to check my horses water source and last night, the calves and cows came over to see what I was doing.  

I think they are so cute with their curious ways.

It always makes me smile when i get to watch these little guys.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Plans, what are those?

I'm a planner and contingency maker.  I don't really care to fly by the seat of my pants.

I at least like to have thought about how I'd like things to go, and a few alternatives if that's not possible.

So this week, plans were thrown out.

Monday I went in for same day surgery to remove the metal anchors that seem to be the starting point for my hamstring issues.

I ended up being in hospital until Thursday late afternoon. URG

Original plan was a friend drive me to and from for the day and recuperate at home.  I sent her home and spent the 4 days alone at the hospital ---

Finally, enough cultures and test results came in, and enough details for my medicinal plan were ironed out and I could call and find a ride home.

So now, I have the wound in the buttocks area to handle, plus twice a day antibiotic home infusions for the next 4-5 weeks.

I also have to visit a facility once a week for blood tests to check on med levels and get dressing changes on my pic line.

I've been told weaving probably not a good idea while the line is in.   No cattle, no horses, no going to work.  Right now I'm not feeling like doing any of those, so it's not driving me too crazy yet. 

I'm just hoping this is all over and done with before my daughters wedding out of state!

All for now,
JULIE

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Checking pairs

This morning I drove out to check pairs.
Cow calf pairs, to be precise.




This is something we try to get done each day.

The bulls are out with the groups.

The cows are harvesting grass that makes milk to feed their babies.

What I'm checking for is any obvious distress.

Mamas looking for a lost baby.

Someone not feeling well.

Making sure the bull is attentive and doing his job.

This morning I found an extra calf in our group....

Not sure where he came from - we'll have to call neighbors.

How can we tell he's an 'extra'?

Each calf has an eartag with his mama's number, and 
this calf had a tag that was a different color than 
what we use.  He didn't seem too worried, so maybe
he was just visiting for a bit.

Summer is busy - my son took some days off from his work and is helping
us replace the roof on our detached garage.  It had it's original 
wood shake roof.  I spent time on the roof pulling staples
to prep for the new roof.  We are going with a metal roof.

Only reason I've been able to help at all, is because the surgeon that is going to
do the procedure to try again to fix me, went on vacation. I'm scheduled for Monday
to finally take the original hardware out, clean up the area and start over.

I'm thinking it's gonna be a little tougher after than the previous revision surgeries...

All for now,
JULIE