Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tomato pie ... tomato sauce... tomato slasa ...tomato jam...

Okay, that last post makes me sound a little mad that so many folks love my little Katie. I sounded a little selfish .... sooooooo I will gladly share her with visitors, just remember she stays here when you leave! :):)

Speaking of sharing ... take a look at all the tomatoes I have been blessed with! I have shared quite a few ( eaten quite a few more ) as "off the vine", in salsa, tomato jam, and today a marinara sauce. I'd love some new ideas as to what I can make with these tasty beauties. I also have quite a bountiful crop of cukes. They have been sliced and eaten in vinegar by all of my kids. Seems to be their favorite way to eat them and no one has complained yet.

So for those of you who wonder who won The Goat vs. Human Garden Battle of 2008 ... I think I can safely say MEEEEE!!!!!! Sorry Romeo. ;)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Katie Kisses

If I was offered a lifetime supply of New York style cheesecake, with cherry topping, that contained no calories and would not make my behind expand any wider....or a brand new motor yacht with room for 20, a personal chef and jacuzzi on the stern ....or a trip to New Zealand where I would ride horseback into the outback with a handsome tour guide and gather up all the Merino sheep I wanted to bring home .... if I was offered all of these things in trade for Katie I would not take them.

So if you come to visit, remember Katie is not for sale. Many, many visitors who have met my sheep this summer have fallen in love with her. Many, many visitors have offered to buy her....and many, many times I have said no. Kaite is here to stay. She greets me every morning and all throughout the day with kisses. She is a beautiful spirit who delights my family and I am completely in love with her.

Katie is ours...Kaite is not for sale.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


How nice it was to pull on a sweatshirt this morning as I headed out to the barn to feed the "kids". If these cool nights continue, I may have to move Joker to his bachelor pad early. Currently he resides with Laverne and Shirley, our Columbia ewes in the front paddock.

Yesterday I spent some time in the shop, tagging some freshly dyed yarns. My attention however was drawn to Joker as he pursued Laverne while singing her a love song. I swear if he had a guitar, he'd have played her a sweet serenade! Laverne however was not interested and finally lay down in the shed. Poor Joker! :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Thanks Ravelry Gals!

Today I had a lovely visit from a group of fellow Ravelry girls. After touring the farm, meeting my beloved woollies, and enjoying some tasty treats, we sat, talked and knit ...what more could you ask for? It was a little hot for my liking, but at least it wasn't raining! Max, my dog, was so pleased with all of the attention and love he received.

After everyone headed home, I let Romeo out ( though he did make a brief appearance earlier and got a little too pushy ) he was more than willing to help me clean up ... well maybe a little to willing.

Thanks for a great day ladies! Hope to see you all again soon!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August Already???

How did that happen! :)

Our Annual Open House went very well last weekend. We collected lots of dog and cat food as well as $ for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Thank you to everyone who donated.

This week has started out as a wash, but ( dare I say it?) the sun is peeking out from time to time after a morning of heavy, steady rain. When I went up tot he barn to feed this morning, I was glad to be the wise -woman who built her barn on the rock. The water was flowing like a river all around, but everyone was safe and dry inside. The outside is another matter. Mud, mud, mud...need I say more. Hopefully the ground will absorb the new rainfall before this weekend.

I did manage to pick many ripe tomatoes before the rain came, as well as acorn squash and cukes. I plan to make my favorite tomato pie this weekend. The squash I eat for breakfast!

Got some more dyeing done this morning while it rained, now the skeins are drying on the deck.

Sheep are in the pasture, dogs are at my feet, kids are at camp... I am headed for some tea and a quick break before I go and pick them up. Time to look over the building plans for the new shop & studio. Today I picked out the windows and paint...looks like we will begin soon, our builder assures me he can be done in one week!