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This and That

So I wanted to just add a few miscellaneous items to the memory banks here. Too much cuteness around here to keep to oneself. As well as things are happening but small enough to not need a whole post unless I start really short ones. Which might not be bad, but we won’t type all that is running in this brain on that rabbit trail.

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An escapee trying to get back inside.

So first, I go out and check on the chicks as they do run out of water. (Mama has gotten smart and bought a larger waterer than is here seen.) But one day she went out and here was one outside their home. Hmmm… This cage has chicken wire and gauged wire all around the bottom. No way a girl could get out unless she flew through the top which is just cattle panel. Not sure, but she was trying to get back in and was easy to catch on the backside between the cage and the blue tarp. Hopefully, no more escapes as you can’t fix a problem you don’t know what is happening.

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Gimpy enjoying grass and pecking the ground after being inside for a couple of weeks.

Now on to Gimpy. She is the little girl who I found almost starving to death. I got her inside and investigated and her beak was overgrown on top which makes it hard for them to eat and hence they starve. So we got it trimmed but then she wasn’t using one leg and limped quite poorly. So she got to stay inside while that was trying to be sorted. The only thought there is that it somehow got strained at some point as there was no obvious damage or illness or cut to it. So some epsom salt baths and inside care has helped a lot. Her daddy felt sorry for her so would take her out and has created his own nightmare now. She loves being with him and pecking at his beard and climbing all over him. Now is time to reintegrate her in the flock. Alas she isn’t too sure of that although she wants friends. When put in with her old friends their over attention and reestablishment of order isn’t to her liking and she runs back to daddy. So some work there. She does get to go outside and be near others as she has her own larger cage now.

Moving on from Chickens.

I never get tired of being with the sheep or lambs and when not in the pasture you have to settle for pictures. Who could get tired of such sweetness? Never. I just noticed that the two lamb pictures I picked are the two girls.

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Lydia, daughter of Ruth

Lydia was our first surprise in January and she is quite the solid girl now. So pretty with her darker color although it is fading fast It is staying in her face and legs like Samuel and Joseph did last year. She actually looks so much like Joseph. I only noticed now but with this picture quite huge on the computer screen her wool on her forehead is all curly.

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Anna, daughter of Rebekah

Who could not want to stare at that face forever. A little pensive. Maybe she is wondering where her twin brother is. Alas, it was sadness over the weekend as we lost him. (Have you ever wondered at that phraseology? I didn’t loose him, I know exactly what happened and that he went to sleep forever at the vet. Alas, though I do feel loss at not seeing him with her.) Her best friend never came back to her after I ran out of the pasture with him in my arms. Simeon managed to get tetanus, and we almost caught it in time to heal him but not quite. So after some IVs and overnight at the vet, it was best to just put him out of his misery. He was the smallest of all the lambs but boy could he run like the wind. I have not seen in reality any creature that could cover ground the way he could. Alas, maybe he just didn’t have what it would take for the long haul and so this was best for him.

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Rebekah looking on her Simeon with Anna beside

So moving on from sad things to accomplishing something. Or at least getting it moving along.

I am weaving a twill pattern with variegated yarn. It is for the twill weaving group at my guild. Now I just picked a pattern I thought I would like. Ha! It wasn’t so exciting in the end. It was a wide kind of feathery leaf looking pattern that seemed that it should work with the yarns I wanted to use up. But when I did it, the pattern ended up a bit scrunched and is just a bunch hills. The picture below is definitely not some spread out feathery leaf pattern. Now I wasn’t totally dissatisfied with it but just not excited about it. I’m thinking it will make good washcloths. Ok, will see if I cut it up that small.

Now, as it was variegated yarn, and I have but six bobbins, I wound them and worked back through them to get the repeat of the yarn looking right. You can tell where I would six more and went a second time. Yep, lesson in checking the pattern and picking up with the same place in the repeat.

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Taken from under and a bit blurry

Now I do have another yarn that is variegated and one I actually like the colors better so decided to try it on the warp. This warp pattern has three ways to treadle it so decided to try the second one as it was a pretty pattern as well. Of course, to me, I love the way this is now looking. But the funny thing, as I look at it, is that all three yarns are suppose to be 8/2 cotton. Now the warp was a green 8/2 and the same for both wefts. The first weft was a bit slubby but nothing really dramatic. But the second is a smooth lovely yarn. So does the second one look like the picture? Nope, of course not. I’m weaving it. It is actually spread out more than the picture in the book. The blocks are much more square there. So can I blame it on the yarns that they each look different and that difference is in the two opposite directions, and not on me? The warp didn’t change between and yet one is set too close to look like its picture and the other is set too wide. The yarns are a bit different but who knew they were that different? Ok, yeah, if I was more of a perfectionist, I could have worked these to try and be more as the intent of the pattern was, alas it is me doing it and it is working so we’re good.

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How pretty.

As I look at this one now, I am amazed that one would think I actually measured out the repeat and planned this to match up. I did nothing of the like. I just started weaving on the same warp as the last one. I don’t know how long this will last but here’s hoping for quite a bit of ways.

So that is it for a This and That for today. I need to go get some weaving done.

 

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The Rooster May Crow, but the Hen Lays the Egg

Ok, so my chickens are making possible liars of me on Facebook. I have hence decided that the story needed a larger platform, and just for the memories here is what has happened over the last three days.

Yes, I was on normal afternoon chores when glancing in the coop, I suddenly realized there was something in a nesting box that wasn’t there before. Went to open the boxes and sure enough we had our “first” egg.

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“First” egg?

 

We were excited. I even posted this picture on Facebook. OUR FIRST EGG!!! Actually wasn’t expecting any till at least another month. See these girls are only 6 months old and, yes, that is when they should start laying but winter is a slow season for eggs and not wanting to rush them, we didn’t do any of the “keep those eggs coming” tricks.

Next day I glance in the coop and thought a girl had popped an egg while on the roost and it had fallen and broken as it looked like half a shell on the floor. But when I reached in, lo and behold, it actually was a shell-less egg. Read about them but so cool to actually hold one.

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Shelled egg left, shell-less right

So got a picture of the two eggs together. Ever so happy. We are on our way. Our first two eggs. What joy! I may not have to buy any more in a very short time.

Then. After shopping today. Mark calls. I was on my way home. Did I know there was a nest in the barn and there are seven eggs in it? WHAT??!!?? Yes, the girls had fixed themselves up with the preferred nesting area and were busy laying eggs in the barn. They had quite a nice nest. All private in a corner. Full of eggs.

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Behind the old tractor

They actually had done a good job of it for a bunch of girls without mothers to show them the way. Amazing how God put in them the innate ability to do their job. Of course, having mothers to help is better, but thankful they don’t have to have a mother nearby. These twelve girls are figuring life out together.

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A nest of 7 eggs of both types of chickens

Then to top the afternoon off, Mark did check the nesting boxes again on our way back to the house and there was another egg. For a total haul of eight today.

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Today’s gathering

So the question remains. What was our first egg? The one I posted so happily, proudly on Facebook? Or one of these seven found in the barn. I haven’t the slightest idea. I guess I don’t know if I ate the first one for breakfast this morning or not. I do know that it was good, and I am sure that these will be good as well. Anyway, we may have to have an omelet here. I did come home with an 18 pack of eggs from shopping.

So to see you out here is a close up of some of the Twelve.

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The pretty girls

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Two Projects

I did get a hat woven off loom style that actually fits my head. Not only that, it was a bit big. So I’ve crocheted on it and it still is a mite big but works. May still do another single crochet round taking in again but it is good for stuffing all my hair in when going out to do chores.

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Wearing the hat

My usual hat model refused to model a hat again. Did get a picture of Mattie laying down with it on but can’t find it now. So here I am wearing my hat. For as little as I could enlarge the pattern I have to think it has to do with the alpaca that it came large this time.

Also recently at the guild Christmas party, we learned to make Dragon Boats. Of course, I had a bit of getting it going but once I got it, it was rather fun winding it and seeing it grow and cover the whole model without having to change a thing you were doing. I absolutely love the yarn I used. Still need to make a proper hanger for it, but here it is.

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Not perfect but pretty

Oh, and a big plus to today. As I was coming back in after chores I checked the coop, and we have our first egg. Totally wasn’t expecting it so a very nice surprise.

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One of the girls was busy

 

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