Sunday, December 19, 2021

A different focus

 Lately I've found I come to internet land less and less.

Maybe could it be because I have found more in the real world to occupy myself, instead of escaping to the internet when I wasn't finding what I needed in the real world?

I have been weaving, not lots, but enough I can still say I'm a self employed weaver.

Fall is usually a slow weaving time as I'm normally going to plenty of events and that takes up alot of my 'free time' that I use to weave.

I did less shows this year, I was choosey and decided on going to quality (my own definition) shows instead of quantity.

This little guy keeps me busy....











Three months old and getting to be quite fun to be around.  He has become a smiley baby after finally finding a formula that agreed with him, as well as some regular chiropractic visits.

Time is coming quickly where a day care will finally have openings. For now, gramma (me) and dad have been juggling our schedules to take care of this little guy while mom is at her job that can't be juggled quite so easily. 

I'm currently weaving on a black, charcoal, gray and white warp.  Mostly black denim, but some other rugs, too.

I'm quite short on tablerunners... so that is also going on the FairLoom. 



I'm doing Christmas and Fall colors -  seems I can't get the raw materials until it is that time of the year anymore... the thrift shops are putting away tableclothes and bringing them out right before the season, so I guess I'm weaving for next season!


Update on the foals --  Registration papers have been sent in, and we will be sending in color dna tests at the appropriate point in the process.  We have written in grulla, but we will see what the tests show.  The colt (Hemi) is on the left, and the filly (Cricket) is on the right.  Picture angle makes them seem pretty close in size, but the colt is taller and a bit stockier.  This was their first tie up day.  They had been dragging the halters for a bit and son in law says they handled it pretty good.  They have lost some confidence in us when they are loose or we are approaching them, but as soon as they are caught, they are really calm. They both let us handle all four feet and enjoy a good scratch.   

They are very hairy - as you can see it is winter here.  Just yesterday we were forecast to get 2-4 inches, but instead we got 14inches of  light and fluffy snow that came straight down.  Now today it is very windy, so it is rearranging itself :)  Typical South Dakota weather. 

Christmas will have all of my kids and their other halves coming here for time spent together.  Gifts aren't a big thing for us, so no last minute shopping or frantic OMG I forgot moments here.  We aren't doing much special baking either as I am currently on an elimination diet  - No gluten, eggs, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, corn, sugar.   More on that later....

All for now,
JULIE



Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Been a little bit busy

 Last post was just prior to a couple of big vendor events.

Those happened and I did well at both of them.  The one at the end of September was exceptional.


Also happened, Sept 12, was this...









Grandson Jhett -  This picture was of him on his actual due date Oct 7.


Foal update...











As of this past weekend, the babies have been weaned.  They did some calling back and forth, but went right to eating.  They sure are fuzzy, I hope that doesn't foretell a cold winter.  They will be getting introduced to halters as we find time, they are pretty gentle, letting us scratch them and touch them all over.

It was a tough summer for mare moms to be feeding babies.  Both mares are a little ribby, so they are now being supplemented in the hopes they can put on some weight before it gets really cold. 

All for now,  

JULIE


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

pictures as requested

 There have been requests for updated foal pictures, so here are a few...


First the colt.   He has become Hemi.... that's his barn name.  His registered name will hopefully by Rumblebee.




Looks big next to his momma...  He is right at 3 months old in this picture.


And now the filly.  She has been, since I first saw her, Cricket.  Her registered name will include that for sure, not sure how much other stuff will be added to that at the moment. 



These two have been in a small holding pen since Cricket had her umbilical hernia surgery.  The mare has a hard time on the hay - can't handle even a bit of dust without some heaves developing.  8 days post op, we have just moved her and mom to a small patch of grass - No half brother or cranky aunt to get into it with, so hopefully she doesn't get too rambunctious for her recovery.    Cricket is just one week shy of 3 months in this photo. 


I'm feeling a bit stressed about this next month.  Big vendor show this weekend, followed by events the following 2 weekends.  Hope I've got things ready.


All for now,
JULIE

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Summer busyness

 Summer tends to be busy for me.

More daylight means more time to do outdoor things ---

This summer has been extra busy it feels like, but maybe it's just he getting older thing/ time going faster that is happening instead?

Foal update:  Both colt and filly are doing well - growing and filling out nicely. 


 The filly, Cricket, younger by a week - has had a baby coat shed and she is definately a grulla -  exciting!  She sometimes appears almost gunmetal blue.   Last week she had a procedure to fix an umbilical hernia.  We chose to go to a vet that has a reputation for having good outcomes for such things and we are glad we did.  Turns out there was a weak area in addition to the open spot that he went ahead and worked on.  Glad we got that done younger than older!   She and her mom will be in a smaller pen by themselves for another 2 weeks or so.  Mom is vocal and calls to the other mares who are on grass down by the house.

Hemi, the colt, still has not shed out his body.  His legs and points are getting very dark, but his body still has the light color he was born with.  Still think there is a possibility he will be a grulla, but not going to say with certainty, yet. 

The chance of having 2 out of 2 foals that are grulla/grullo is crazy small,  it kind of blows our minds :)

I've been weaving, just not as much.  Also had a 36 inch wide warp on, and those rugs take longer to finish up anyway.  Just took the last of those off and will try to get a new warp on in the next day or so.

Fall shows are starting up.  Next three weeks I have scheduled events.  

Grandbaby should be showing up sometime first week of October - we've been doing the house projects as fast as we can to try and keep the mom to be happy, lol. 

Sharing a few photos of recently finished rugs...







All for now,
JULIE

PS  Also have new employees at the ranch...


3 new weedeaters named Uno, Dos, and Tres....

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Beautiful evening

 Last night was a beautiful evening.

We just came off a icky hot muggy stretch.  Like high nineties into the hundreds.  With humidity.

Then the last few days we've had smoke from Canada added onto that.

But yesterday it was pleasant.  Low 80's.

The horses were relieved...


The babies are growing.  Boy in the back, girl in the front.

I had originally thought the boy would have a name Dragonfly, but I believe he has become Rumblebee....  his barn name will be Hemi.   Google Rumblebee and you can figure out where that name comes from, I had to.  It was suggested by my son-in-law.  It had to grow on me, but I think it's gonna fit him.

The little girl will become Cricket in some sort of fashion.

Color is still to be determined.  Sire is a buckskin, mothers are red dun and bay dun.  They seem to be darker underneath this light colored baby hair.  Baby shed should start in a month or so and we can see what that brings.

I haven't been weaving a whole lot.  Work in town, lawn care, even rode some to bring in some cows last weekend!  Projects in the house and a general malaise that happens when it is so hot.  I've got a garden that is brand new - didn't expect much from it this first year, but we are getting Zucchini and have had a few cucumbers.  The tomatoes are coming as well as some peppers.  The root crops are pretty much failures, but the rhubarb and asparagus that we transplanted seems to be doing well.

New composted cow manure in raised beds, mixed with drought conditions and the heat made it a challenge.

All for now, 
JULIE


Sunday, June 27, 2021

New things Part Two

 First things first....

Another new baby!


This little girl was born a week after her brother - meet Cricket :)  Or at least that's what I think her name will be/include.  We will see if her personality changes it in the coming days.  Don't think it will as this name wasn't even on the list, it just came to me in the early morning of her birth.


So amazed that we have two foals that are almost identical. 


Dragonfly is nursing, Cricket is facing us.  

The moms are full sisters born 2 years apart, and the babies have the same sire.  So 3/4 siblings?  Not sure exactly how that is explained technically...

Both have dun characteristics.  The dorsal stripe, some leg barring and shoulder bars.  Both have white face markings.  It will be interesting to see what body color will be.  They may be very light duns, or there is even a possibility they may test as grullo.  

Other relatively new is that my father is in the nursing home.  He went in to get some extra care for some immediate issues and for physical therapy.  He and my mother believe it is a short term stay.  I'm not so sure.

I do know that dad is not happy about the situation, thus making my mom not happy about the situation.

What is especially frustrating is the extreme limits that are put on for "visitors", which includes mom.  During the week, she can come in between 8 and 5 - stay as long as she wants, but if she leaves, she can't return that day.  On weekends, entry time is only 1-3.  

Those time frames make it extremely difficult for anyone that has a job to visit during the week.   During the week, dad is busy all day with therapy sessions and activities during the day, so visits aren't ideal then anyway.  Evenings there are no activities, and no visitors, unless you get there before 5- which means you have to wait until after supper to see anyone as no one but residents are allowed in the dining area.

Weekends, there are no activities and no therapies.  Weekends go slow for dad - mom can't get in until after lunch, and since they frown on more than 2 visitors at a time and require a reserved conference room for more than 2 people in dads room (which would be mom, dad) , he is limited at most to one visit unless we push the issue and ignore the guidelines in the conference room.  For example, my son was here this weekend to visit, and one of dad's brothers and his wife came to see him.  So there were 5 plus dad there.  If we followed the 'rules' he would only get to see one person at a time. 

If it turns out this is a permanent situation, I think we will need to look for another facility - this one is notoriously short staffed, and the current situation with people choosing not to work is exacerbating it.  Unfortunately, that would mean a different town as this is the only place here. That would make it very difficult for my mom....


Lots to figure out I guess. 

On the weaving/rug front.  I've survived the 2 events in this month.  Both we Saturday/Sunday shows. 

First one was record temps and windy, but sales were normal for this show.

Second one had great weather - Good crowds and about the same sales as the last time I was there 2 years ago.

I am now lighter 27 rugs, 11 table runners, and 4 mug rugs.  

I should be weaving, but can seem to find the time between work, parents, lawn care, messing with the new baby foals, and helping my daughter in the house - we are trying to get some more things gone thru and cleaned up.  This weekend my son came to help and we textured the walls, and painted in the kitchen.  The wallpaper had come off awhile ago, and just hadn't got finished up.

We've got a deadline to get some of this stuff done.  Another baby is coming in October....  First grandchild :)

All for now,

JULIE

PS>   Here's a picture of Cricket - this little girl is quite bold, unlike the colt.  He's more cautious.



Thursday, June 17, 2021

New things

 I've finally got myself a new computer.

Let's see if this works  ;)  I'm still working on getting programs and such set up and getting comfortable with updated programs.  Change is a b**ch, LOL


Not sure what rug pictures I haven't gotten here in the downtime, but here are a few of the latest that will be going with me to this weekend's show.





This was the last of the warp with browns, tans and rusts.  

On to a new warp next week.  It will be a 36 inch wide one, I will try to come up with a design that will go with many different colors.

Another new thing ....


This is my newest baby!  I think his name will be Dragonfly - or something to that effect :)  He was born Monday evening. 

We are still waiting on another one.  These dang mares, I thought the other would go first!

All for now, I have much to do and not much time or energy to do it.

Julie