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Slow going…trouble focusing…

I say “slow going,” but really I’ve been doing a lot. It’s like adding one more thing to my plate (the ducks) has watered down the amount of time I spend elsewhere.

It’s actually a good thing.

But now Spring is here, and I’m having trouble focusing. Yesterday was so beautiful, all I wanted to do was be outside. Since getting the ducks and warmer weather arriving, I have spent a lot more time outside.

Yesterday it was 90. Today it might be 70. We’re supposed to get rain…tomorrow? That would be great. We need a good soak.

See? Trouble focusing…anyway…

This was 3 weeks ago:

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I can’t even remember them being that little.

This is today:

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My, how they’ve grown…and fast! They are now as tall as their water container. (Which reminds me…they need a newer more duck friendly one…another thing to do today.)

Here is their new pen…

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It is not as big as I had hoped, but it was free, procured from H’s parents. It used to be their dog’s, who passed away last year. H was grumpy when he brought it home. It was, apparently, covered and tangled in weeds. And, it was hot outside. AND, before they could go get it, he had to wait 30 minutes while his dad put on his shoes…And then the truck’s battery was dead. Haha…poor H. But I do appreciate the pen.

A pen means duckies can go play outside. It means they can get used to being outside and being around cats and the cats can get squirted with vinegar and told NO! when they get too curious…so they also get used to being around ducks and understanding they are not prey.

And, as we have many predators…hawks, foxes…and I heard an owl screeching way too close for comfort last night…it is my job today to wrap the pen in chicken wire to assist in keeping predators OUT.

I am not actually looking forward to this. However, it must be done.

On the stitching front, I have managed to get some work done on a log cabin block…

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And here’s Prairie Girl on Path…

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Have photos…will share…

I am realizing how photo-driven my posts are.

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Sometimes I find it hard to get started writing without one.

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When I wrote for the newspaper for 6 or 7 years, I was a Copy Queen. That means I could churn out copy, i.e. news stories, like crazy. It’s also why I got burned out, but that’s another story.

I also happened to be an excellent photo journalist. I could tell stories with my photos. Even years after leaving that job I would hear once in a while how that newspaper never had a better photographer.

I am hoping that talent for photography will one day transfer here. The trouble is…taking pics with cell phones and ipads. It’s just different than holding a real camera in your hands, harder to tell a story. I’ve put out vibes for a real, inexpensive, perhaps older, unwanted, in great condition, used digital camera with a lens. Do you think one exists? Of course the older cameras had a delay that used to drive me crazy. That seems a bit weeded out with the newer ones, at least on cell phones. A split second can make a big difference.

Here’s a little doodling I did using the ipad:

I am finding it really helpful to draw before stitching.

In other news, I told H the other night I wanted one of these:

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I mean, really, who could resist? Yes, it’s a Great Pyrenees. Yes, it will be well over 100 lbs. Yes, I know we live in town and already have too many pets.

H nearly fainted.

Well, that’s overstating it a bit. He merely had a major panic attack. He’s barely gotten used to the idea of the ducks.

Speaking of…TG&Y have a new pond! Here’s the old pond on the right compared to the new pond on the left.

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Check out Turtle’s (or is that Gyrtle’s) crazy underwater maneuver!

See how big they’ve gotten? They outgrew the blue pond in two days. Really, they are already sized for a baby pool, but that will require me moving them outdoors…and I’m not quite at that stage yet.

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They LOVE being able to submerge themselves in water. I hadn’t realized that about ducks, that they loved swimming under water so much, as opposed to just paddling on top of it. My favorite is when there is grass in there and Yoyo goes under and comes up with leaves all over his head. It’s adorable.

Playing with the ducks is a lot of fun. Even Noodle wants in on the duck action.

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This is the view I have of her at least a few times whenever I am in there. Noodle – the pesterer of all pesterers – is NOT allowed. But she tries, oh, how she tries.

It’s sunny and warm here finally. I’m headed outdoors to dig up unwanted saplings growing along the fence line. I hope you all are having a wonderful sunny day.

 

Cold again…

It was cold again today. Too cold for me to want to do much of anything outside.

Which is just as well, because I had a lot to do inside.

All I wanted to do was sit and stitch, but that didn’t happen for quite a while.

Dyed items turned out ok. I like violet.

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I stuck those bits and pieces in after dyeing my Coldwater Creek jacket. The jacket dyeing was mostly a success. It’s certainly not orange any more.

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Here are both versions so you can compare.

When you look up close you can see how they dye is mottled and did not spread evenly. I think I’m ok with that. I like mottled things. If it bothers me, I’ll try dyeing it again.

A new Prairie Girl emerged yesterday.

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I quite like her.

A lot more stitching has been done on this one, but I will save that for next week.

The first dandelion made an appearance today.

And the duck’s tails are starting to feather out.

Lots of emerging…

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

Two more weeks…

We had a good laugh last week when one of the DJs H works with announced there would be two more weeks of winter predicted by the groundhog.

Expectedly, he caught a lot of flack for that. This guy has a tendency to not research anything.

I’m actually ok with there being six more weeks, as I have some garden preparations to do. I got started a couple days ago laying out some cardboard and piling on leaves to make my version of raised beds. The weather was beautiful and not winter like at all. My back is still tired and strained from those efforts.

I’m preparing the garden, even though I don’t know if we’ll actually be here. That’s kind of the story of my life. We’re always making plans and keeping things open for possibilities. It’s grown tiresome. And, perhaps, in spite of that tendency of ours to not know where we’re going to be, I purchased these…

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I’m particularly excited about this one…

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Apparently good for making soup stock. I can’t wait!

I also want to get some ducks. I wanted to last year, but it never happened. We paid a guy to make us a chicken coop last year, but that never happened. I’d like to have some chickens, too. We’ll see what happens…

Over the past week I managed to finish a couple of projects – the weaving I had started and a crochet bag.

H was puzzled by the weaving:

what’s that for?…it’s just some weaving…but what’s it going to be? …I don’t know, it’s just some weaving…but what are you going to do with it?…I don’t know, it’s just some weaving…

I guess he is used to most of my creative efforts having purpose. Of course, I envision it going into cloth work some day, like Jude’s beautiful creations, but obviously I’m not there yet.

The crocheted Rondo bag is a free pattern from my favorite free pattern company…Drops. I want to line it, probably will use up some more of that quilting fabric I have. I think I even have colors that would match.

I didn’t get a lot of drawing done last week, but did manage another hand…and then there was class yesterday.

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We worked with charcoal.

And, there was another Prairie Girl.

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