Tuesday, July 31, 2012

 Oh hey there!

Sissy says Hi.  She was especially talkative today and wanted attention.  I think she's just adorable!

It took her a few minutes to realize the rest of the flock -er gaggle- had moved on to a different grazing area.

She caught up in typical Sissy fashion: All honking and waddling around.  Her defective left eye means she relies on the responses from her family to tell her where to go.

So I finished off another Cavallo Point the other day. and  this one is in white.

I was not happy with the ending in the pattern as I thought it was too abrupt, so I attempted to make one that would resemble the borders. Not bad, I think.

The scallops were made in a short-row fashion. I knitted the same shape as the outer border with the increases and decreases, knitting the last of the group from the scallop + one from the shawl each right side.  It's a charity item, one to be raffled off at the Church's Harvest Festival in September.  I'll need to block it before then.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Shhhh....

Dave's still sleeping, which is odd for him.  Let him sleep. He's been working a lot lately.  So I'm up and getting the animals fed, watered and released from their pens.
Meet Sweet Pea, our smallest goose.  She is also the one who will allow us to touch her when she's not being held.  This morning they were all very chatty and very clingy.  From the time I let them out of their pen, they followed me around everywhere.  As I filled pools and water dishes, I had a chatty bunch of geese behind me.

They grow in front of your eyes, I swear! Each day I see new feathers, added inches to height and a thickening of that neck. If you compare Sweet Pea to George here, you can see the difference. 


George is 1 week older than Sweet Pea.  Here George is looking for water, but I'm busy filling the other pool. As they are too big these days for the back porch (what we call the laundry room. No, I don't know why) we created a pen for them in the garage where the 23 chickens were.


Where are the chickens, you ask?  In our freezer.  Last Friday we butchered them.   It's a hot mess to do, but we did. The best help we got was from our chicken plucker attachment we purchased for our drill. Chicken Plucker From Amazon is hands down the cheapest, yet best value for plucking those pesky feathers.

It took about 5 or 6 hours and the worst part of it was that I got a sunburn on the backs of my knees.  I had my back to the sun all day and I was too busy dressing out chickens to feel what was going on.



And here's the mafia ducks, who bully the geese around.  I've been trying to tell the geese there are more of them than there are ducks, but they're little still.

Knitting? Working on another Cavallo Point in white for charity.  Frogging sweaters for the angora and planning a sweater w/ some fisherman's wool.  Probably the Aidez...Sweater Link.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dear God

Dear God;

This is WISCONSIN, not Arizona! We cannot deal with 100 degree heat! No wait.........it's 101.
Our grass is brown, my flowers and garden have died.  People are losing their livestock and are looking at a complete loss of all crops.

STOP IT!!

We need rain - something that's not been seen for over 2 months.  Sure, 1/2" last Saturday was cute, but really? It lasted like 10 minutes and did nothing for my lawn.  You ever try to teach geese how to graze on brown grass?

WE NEED RAIN!

It's gotten to the point where all I do is schlep the hose around filling buckets, pools and waterers all...freaking...day.  Who can work when I have to make sure 35 animals have enough water to keep them from dying when it's been over 95 degrees for over 2 weeks...without rain.

Yeah, God...thanks for forgetting us. Asshole. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Same Ol' Same Ol'

It's the usual stuff that keeps me away from blogging: family, fowl and knitting.  The family is good; in fact my Son was selected as Member of the Month at the Y. When he decided on joining the Air Force, he was 40 pounds overweight. Now he's down to the last 10.  That's pretty good!
The funny thing? that's a 3x shirt he's wearing. Now it looks like he stole it from a hobo.  Not dissing hobo's mind you. 

Fowl: Yeah, freaking fowl.  Geese are getting big and getting feathers. They are in a cranky, tetchy mood.  One of the goslings, Sissy has taken to chewing on her siblings' tailfeathers.  It's annoying them and awarded her her very own cubby next to the rest of the flock.  She can see and hear them, but she can't nibble on tails.
Sissy was hatched with her left eye deformed. We suspect that she can see movement, but not clear movement.  Other than that stupid tailfeather thing, she's our most lovable goosie. She likes to be held and luvs, luvs, LOVES hair! Here she's nibbling on Dave's hair.

Knitting: Cavallo Point shawl is done.  Knitted in Malabrigo Lace, it was a quick knit that helped me pass the time duck and goose watching.  It's not been blocked yet, but it does show the nice lace motif of the pattern.
I've had such a smooth time with that pattern that I'm now doing it in a cream lace weight yarn.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!