2/21/14

January, February....


Time has a way of getting by without realizing.....
I haven't written anything on here since the first of January, and now I'm wondering now where the last seven weeks have flown to. *Sigh*


Everyone around here is okay, including the critters; but the weather sure has been keeping us on our toes lately. 
For instance, this was what it looked like here last Thursday~


And yesterday? It was 74 degrees and thunderstorms. 

Warm enough that even the bees came out of their winter slumber 
and were venturing away from the hive, looking for water.





A few weeks ago everything was covered over with ice as the temperatures stayed in single digits and teens here for several days.... here I am trying to thaw the sheep's water out with a torch.


The sheep did not like my torch and ran out immediately. 
(No doubt fearing I would blow up the barn...)



The chickens got to stay inside for a few nights in the Holiday Hen (laundry room) 
when the temperatures were near zero.
As you can see, Lily is checking on them to see if the accommodations were to their liking. 
(She did this every few minutes until I finally had to close the door.)




The weather has been a great excuse for spending lots of time in my new sewing room... 
I've finally had the chance to go through my fabric piles and sort them and organize all my tools. 
This is my cutting table/area hubby fixed for me~ 
I have all my rulers, scissors, and rotary tools here close at hand plus a huge self-healing cutting mat. 
I also love that he put casters on the bottom of the cutting table, 
so I can roll it around the room if I need to. *squeal*



Of course, Lily has supervised all this organizing from her favorite spot.



I'm really glad we cut extra firewood last winter, 
because we have been using it up quickly just keeping the house warm. 
Fires are so cozy...




Getting water to the animals in the winter can sometimes be a headache, especially since the outside spigots had to be covered in insulation to keep them from freezing. When the temperature was near or below freezing, we had to carry water in 5-gallon buckets to the barn. 
If you want to know how out of shape you are, try carrying two at a time up a hill. 
Trust me, it is a humbling experience. *UGH*

Here is my sweetie, carrying water to the sheep barn for me when he got home from work. 
I think I'll keep him. *Swooon*




I think I can safely say we are all looking forward to Spring this year... I hope it arrives soon.
Especially since I think the sheep (Daisy, in particular) are thinking about moving to Florida.


Happy Friday, everyone~ I have lots of catching up to do with all my blog friends!!
♥♥♥

12/27/13

Final Farm Fotos of 2013: A Look Back


Since this is the last Friday of 2013, I thought it would be fitting to take a look back at the farmy highlights from this past year. Last Christmas Hubby gave me a brand new camera and I didn't realize just how many pictures I'd taken with it until I went back into my archives. I ended up spending a couple of hours just looking through them all, enjoying the change in the seasons through the lens of my camera.







Lots of spring rains brought the pasture out early, and the sheep couldn't wait to start chowing down after eating dry hay all winter. This picture was from April and the wildflowers were popping up everywhere. That was perfectly fine with the sheep, they just ate them too. :)
















Speaking of the sheep, they made it through 2013 very well, with the exception of me getting a late start on shearing them. Poor Tiny had to suffer through the humiliation having his wool halfway off when the clippers fell apart in my hand. The job was soon finished once the clippers were fixed, but I'm sure he was not happy about the other sheep laughing at his half-done hairdo.
(Which I have no doubt they did.)


















Also in the spring~ fuzzy bottoms were hatched. *squeeeeeal*



















Summer of 2013 will be remembered as the "Summer I spent on the mower." I don't think I have mowed this much since we moved here.... we had so much rain this year the grass was literally growing overnight. I think we spent more in gas for the mower than we did for the car all summer. *Whew*














Hubby's beautiful garden in June... we had very good luck with almost everything he planted~ but some critters called all their friends and relatives and helped themselves to our cantaloupe. *UGH*














I was so proud of my beautiful sunflowers, though... they brought a smile to my face every time I looked at them.




















We only lost one member of the farm family this year, but it was my favorite big hen, Lucille. She was sickly in the spring, but seemed to improve over the summer. Then, in early fall, I found her lying motionless on the ground one morning. I will always miss her quirky chirps and seeing her running towards me, hoping I had a treat for her.
(And I always did...)
Sleep tight, sweet girl.














The bees did very well in 2013... Hubby and I took off nearly 9 gallons of honey in August, and we still left 2 full supers of honey for them to eat this winter.
Fingers crossed they make it until spring.....



















The hummers were late arriving in the spring, but they also lingered late into October before finally leaving for the winter. I miss them.... and I hope they show up at the feeders early in 2014.




















And January through December, 365 days a year, you can always find Lily doing her favorite thing.

















Thanks for taking a look back with me! 
As we watch the sun setting on the old year, I get to say it one last time in 2013.....


Happy Friday, everyone!

12/24/13

Christmas Eve Preparations




Christmas Eve is here and my day will be filled with baking and some last minute gift-wrapping while waiting for Hubby to get home from work. The utility company he works for lets them off a half-day with a full days' pay, so he doesn't mind having to go in for just a few hours. :) Once he gets home, we will be traveling to spend time with family, then on the road again tomorrow.





I made a big batch of hot tamales for my family get-together... I've been asked before if this is some way we celebrate a family heritage and the answer is no~ it simply started many years ago when my mom and her two sisters wanted a break from the usual holiday ham and turkey, so they started making huge pots of chili with cornbread and hot tamales and the tradition has continued for over 30 years. As you can see in the background, the food inspector approves. :)




Speaking of Lily, she got a new sweater for Christmas.



And to all who read this blog: 
A wish for a safe Holiday season along with much love from all of us here on the Fraker Farm~ 
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!


12/20/13

Friday "Festive" Fotos: I saw Lily kissing Santa Paws



Lily met Santa Paws for the first time a couple of weeks ago.... 
We took her to the local animal shelter to have some pictures taken with him. 
The shelter does this every year to help raise funds for their daily operation 
and we were more than happy to help, especially if it means finding good homes 
for all the poor doggies and kitties with no families of their own. 




When she first sat down beside him, all she wanted was to smell his beard. 
"Hmmm... whatcha been eatin'?"



She couldn't seem to get comfortable for a few seconds...



Then back to smelling the beard....



She got distracted by the sound of dogs barking...




But finally her inner supermodel kicked in and we got some good ones.



And our Christmas wish is for all the animals at Young-Williams Animal Center to find 
loving homes for the holidays. 

12/17/13

A Dream Come True


Time sure flies... it's hard for me to believe that we've been living in our home for 8 years now.
All this time I have longed for my very own sewing/craft room. I'm certainly not complaining, because most of the time I've been fortunate to have a room with my sewing machine set up and ready to sew, but the spare bedroom it was in has always been shared with lots of other stuff- a kind of "catch-all" room; things that we didn't have space in the closet for and didn't want to throw away found their way into this room, at one point even a huge treadmill and stereo with CD collection were crammed in there as well.


A couple of months ago Hubby told me he would build some wall cabinets for me and help me paint, and my new sewing room would be ready just in time for my birthday. (Yep, I think I'll keep him. *swoon*)
So, after some planning and several trips to the local Goodwill with old clothes and what-nots, the room was cleaned out. The walls were painted and the cabinets started going up....


And now my dream has come true.
Here are the before and after pictures~



The "before" was a mess of this and that with no place to put anything, 
but now I have a place for my computer and large work space for my embroidery machine.
(Plus a bed for Lily underneath the table.)




This is where I do most of my sewing~ now I have room for an ironing board close by in case I'm working on a project that requires frequent pressing.




Instead of a cluttered computer area, 
now I have a huge cutting table with wheels that I can move around the room.



 And I'm most grateful for the gorgeous cabinets Hubby made for me... 
which hide all my clutter behind closed doors. *squeal* 



And the first project out of my new room? 
A quilted table runner for a dear friend, just in time for Christmas.


Thanks for stopping by to see the makeover! :)

12/13/13

Friday Farm Fotos: Fog Ice


It's 8:00 a.m. and 20 degrees~ and a thick fog rolls in.




 Strange icy formations start to appear.
























Ice forms on everything.... even the fence.







The coating looks almost fuzzy.







Lily is unimpressed with the fuzzy fence.
She has done her business (which probably has ice on it, too) and now she is ready to go back inside.








Edie, who loves the cold weather, thinks foggy fence ice is delicious.








Daisy thinks it is delightful! :)



Happy Friday!!!