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Another repeat day…

It’s cold and rainy…again…

Lucky for me the ducks are doing better with their separation anxiety, so I have managed to be inside most of the day without too much noise from them.

I made rissoles for the second time today. Here is the first batch…

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They are pretty good. H and I nearly demolished that entire plate above in one sitting. We were eating and H’s comments were kind of like this…mmmmm….these are good….what did you call these? cannoles?…(me) rissoles, from The Kitchen’s Garden blog…mmmmmm….I really like them….mmmm….I could eat that whole plate….mmmmmm….what did you call them? pirogies?…No, rissoles!

Looking at the recipe again I realize I forgot to roll them in flour today. They still turned out just fine, although a little goopy. The potatoes were really glutinous for some reason, perhaps because they are late season and sprouting.

Anyway, I needed something different to eat as I’ve been on a pretty basic diet for a couple weeks now, I think. My diet basically consists of vegetables cooked or raw, a bit of fruit, rice, potatoes, oatmeal for breakfast and meat one time or less per day. Pretty skimpy, but I am losing weight and feeling better.

Yesterday I cheated. It was shopping day and I was SO hungry. I decided to stop at Arby’s and had a turkey sandwich and curly fries. The sandwich isn’t such a bad choice, but on the way home I felt this feeling come over me and I realized that was the way I used to feel every day…just a basic kind of bad all over. It made me realize how much better I feel on my new but very basic diet. I have also had to cut out nuts completely, which is a bummer, because they were making some things worse. It took cutting them out of my diet to realize it.

I’m also cheating with a bit of 70% dark chocolate, but I figure that’s my reward for doing the shopping yesterday, which I had been dreading.

The giant doily I began is on hold while I work up the determination to rip out the last bit I worked, which is a major bit, and I don’t want to do it. But, if I don’t do it the doily will be really lop-sided because the new yarn is worsted, but a smaller weight and won’t match the existing yarn. Ugh.

Instead, I started a new project…of course…

pink start

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I want to add a third element and am thinking about this…

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My feet are cold because, as I mentioned, it’s cold and raining…again. I’m going to go put some socks on and then I’m going to sit down and stitch for as long as my life (meaning the cats and the ducks and H) will let me!

Enjoy your weekend.

 

 

 

 

New old pursuits…

The days lately are turning out to be like most days…duck watching, gardening, cat wrangling, and a bit of stitching here and there…

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Pillow progress has been put on hold for a bit as I started another giant doily for the front porch. Here’s the pattern:

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I am hoping I will have enough yarn to finish, although I am betting I don’t and will have to order another skein. This is always a dilemma as most of the time I am endeavoring to use up the yarn I already have rather than buying more. I will have to give it some thought as I get closer to the end. Most of the doily is purple, but I may finish up with pink. We’ll see.

It’s not rainy today, which is nice. I was out earlier and the sun felt great. I am headed out again soon so the ducks can roam under my watchful eye. They seem especially nervous in the mornings which does make sense because all the cats are particularly interested in them in the morning. Once kitty nap time hits mid afternoon things seem to calm down a touch.

Check out these bookends…on the duck pen, of course…

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I worked for hours yesterday in the garden getting things planted. It wasn’t so bad, just takes a lot of work followed by putting duck and cat protection over everything. That part is frustrating…but the lettuces are happy…

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Cool and rainy…

It’s cool and rainy today, but I’m headed back outdoors. The duckies are still adjusting to life outside and Turtle throws a giant quacking fit if I disappear…still working on that.

I have been spending hours and hours outside. This weekend I began dreaming of a gazebo… a place where I could sit out of the weather. However, it doesn’t really make sense to purchase anything big when we could be moving…that is still up in the air.

Anyway, maybe it’s because it’s dreary outside that I feel so tired. As a result, I feel too tired to write, so will leave you with a few photos…

No clue what these are, but they are blooming along the back fence…

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Wild Shepherd’s purse herb…dried…grows all over the yard…I’m quite fond of this plant and love the little heart shaped leaves along its stems…

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I was thinking last night the Heart Pillow project would also make a great purse…

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Yoyo says hello…

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Ready for the day…

My ducks are in a row…

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…literally and figuratively.

By that I mean I got a good amount of sleep, tea is made, lunch is started (my giant sweet potato will take a while to cook), cats are fed, kittens have been checked on and mama fed, computer work out of the way…I’m ready to head outside for some stitching and duck baby sitting. I’ve already heard them quacking.

I finally got back to stitching on the Word Cloth. Sometimes I have to wait for a bit of inspiration.

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I suspect the key to my feeling better is last night I got in bed early. I watched the last couple episodes of The Durrells in Corfu (PBS/BBC) and just chilled out. I hardly watch any shows these days, maybe a couple hours a week tops. So, this was a nice treat.

Yesterday I felt kind of fuzzy all day, a bit tired from my exertions the day before. Then I had a weird exchange with an acquaintance over text that kind of threw me, but now I’m feeling more put together, which is a good thing.

I’m off to see the duckies…

 

 

 

T&G are mean girls…

Noodle…calmly sitting by the duck’s pool…looks innocent, doesn’t it?

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Noodle…who isn’t afraid of water, or the ducks…who has lurked around the ducks since I got them, been too close to them for comfort…Noodle…who gets in everyone’s face whether they want her there or not…who has pestered everyone in this household within an inch of their life…etc…has possibly met her match.

Yesterday I was eating at my outdoor table, the ducks resting calmly beneath me, when Noodle wandered over and came very close to the ducks. Too close, as it turns out.

Gyrtle hissed at her loudly and made a really ugly face! I think there was some wing flapping, too.

I had never seen her do that before. Neither had Noodle. Noodle, eyes big, mouth slack, was stunned!

Then today, not long after the photo above was taken, the ducks wanted to get back in their pond and, wouldn’t you know, Noodle was sitting there again. Apparently, Turtle didn’t take kindly to that. She eyed Noodle up and down for a moment, stomped up to her behind her back and shoved…yes, that’s what I said…SHOVED Noodle off the step! She didn’t peck, she didn’t nip, she just pushed her right off of there!

Noodle whipped around, eyes even bigger than during Gyrtle’s hissy fit and was, frankly, APPALLED!!! The nerve of that duck! No one has ever treated Noodle thus.

No, Noodle, dear, this is something entirely  new.

Turtle and Gyrtle are mean girls.

I laughed until I cried.

In other news, I am tired today. I have decided today is mostly an inside day, or inside as much as possible. Any moment now the ducks are going to get noisy. They prefer to be out of their pen foraging. I don’t blame them. However, they still have separation anxiety…not as bad as before our talk. But I still am required to be around, within sight, preferably ALL the time. Now, I am allowed to run into the house if I need something and be gone 10 or 15 minutes…maybe…until T&G start up a fuss about me being gone. I usually try to sneak away while their heads are buried in leaves as they search for slugs. Then they might not notice me tip toeing away.

These are blooming in the back yard. I really love them. They remind me of pinwheels…

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These are also a good example of why H is not allowed to mow in the back yard…maybe ever this year. If he had mowed they would be GONE.

And here is another reason I am avoiding the outdoors today. This was last night’s sunset…

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Perty? No, smoky. It is the annual burnfest where local farmers all get together and try to smoke us out by burning all their fields simultaneously. This favored tradition and general thumbing of the nose at us city folk is due to none of them wanting to practice no-till farming. Because no-till farming is more work and, well, they haven’t been doing that for eons and they got there first and they can do whatever they want…and…don’t get me started.

The smoke laden air and my burning eyes didn’t stop me from getting a couple of photo ops with my new wind chime…

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Upstairs, all is well. Say hello to Twobie and Archie. Explanation of those names will have to come later.

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I knew they were boys before I named them, before I checked…how about that?

Above them there are now two blooms on Grandma’s cactus. One for each kitty?

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Out in the garden some new trellises have joined the tribe…

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How is it I would rather build these all day than plant anything?

And, inside, there was more stitching…

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I hope you have a lovely day.

New life…

Olive seems very content with her new babies…

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So far there are just two. I’m guessing she will have four total, but who knows? I was close to guessing the due date. I had expected them tomorrow.

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These babies are gray! No clue who the daddy is, as my boys are darker.

Last night Shane made a startling discovery. Our cats like to climb on the roofs, including the duck house (formerly Chicky’s shed). He peaked out the window after dark because he thought he saw Weanie on the duck house roof. He looked again…uh, it wasn’t Weanie. He tapped on the window and the thing spread out its WINGS and took off. Definitely an owl…poor duckies. H said the owl was peaking in their window. That raspy bird of prey sound I’ve been hearing during the day? I’m thinking definitely an owl. H was aghast.

Whatever it was it had a six-foot wingspan! he said.

The ducks are doing much better again today with their separation anxiety. I was able to come in and throw together my lunch without them having a giant come-apart. They are currently in their pen, which I moved to a new spot.

I’m going to make some more trellises today. I want them to have plenty of shelters to dart under if they need to. Once the plants growing on them get started I can take off the barricades at the bottom. I may just start leaving one gap open so they can run in, kind of like I did here, but in a whole trellis.

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I really admire people like Cecilia who handle large farms. I am managing 3 ducks, 6 (make that 8!) cats and a garden and it is kicking my butt. Luckily, I have more energy today than I did the past couple of days. I was able to get some digging done, but there is much more I want to do. I have a lot to plant.

I am very excited about these new additions, as well…

The box of seedlings left/front are from seeds I saved from last year’s tomatoes! I was so happy to see them sprouting, as it had been a while since I saved seeds. The ones in the back box are from Seed Savers Exchange. There is one more package of seeds I would like to get from them that no one else seems to have: borage. But, first things first…P.S. I believe they are offering FREE shipping this month!

A new heart started on the Heart Pillow…

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Now, off to let the duckies loose and dig some more ground!

 

 

 

 

So, this is happening…

A few things that are happening at my house this week…

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Very pregnant cat #1, Olive, who is due to give birth any day now. She sleeps even more than usual now.

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The ducks having a blast in their “pond” under my watchful eye. They had been flipping out whenever I got out of sight, making a lot of racket, etc… But I had a talk with them last night and things were better today, more calm and much more quiet, although they are loud enough people are noticing. Still following me closely a bit…I ran inside to grab a few things and each of them was on a back step contemplating following me inside, I think.

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Grandma’s Christmas cactus, finally in bloom, after trying for over 20 years. I should crack open a bottle of champagne or something…if only I drank!

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The bees have more rocks in their plate, so no more casualties! (Only two so not that bad.) I’m amazed every day how they avoid the many other bigger water sources and always go for the plate. I refill it several times a day. I guess I need to look into getting or making a proper bee waterer.

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Very pregnant cat #2, Noodle, caught here in mid-yawn. She is not happy about being pregnant and is, defiantly, not letting it slow her down too much. Due…??? Maybe in a couple of weeks?

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Blue-eyed grass blooming and red bud blossoms falling…Have you ever noticed blue-eyed grass? You have to look closely or you’ll miss it.

And one lovely little finished star on the Heart Pillow.

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Welcome back. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine went by too fast.