News From the Ranch, Episode 1273

Posted on January 9, 2015 by prairiemoonquilts in What's New

I don’t know how it is where you are, and I know some of you live in warmer climes, but it’s been COLD around here the last few days.

It snowed last Saturday night, and it’s been so cold ever since, the snow won’t leave! But it could be worse. I hear north of here, they’re getting loads and loads of snow.

Bonnie’s well prepared, with her big thick furry winter coat. But a white coat is just so hard to keep clean in this weather!


Jasper has had to remain in captivity, simply because it’s been too windy and cold to let him out in the yard. I feel sorry for him, but he doesn’t seem to mind, as long as the food keeps coming!


And speaking of dirty white coats, he’s a mess! See his dirty knees? I want to give him a bath, but I doubt he would go for that. Goats seem to enjoy being dirty. And stinky! But he does like to be brushed. I mean, loves to be brushed.

I’d say it’s probably safe to retire my hummingbird feeder for the winter, don’t you?


To combat the winter blahs, I dug out this pile of sunny goodness to play with in the studio:


That should make me feel cheerier, right? It needs more pinks first, I think.

And I’ve been sewing. I made my exchange block for guild. Isn’t this cute? Jackie found the free pattern somewhere. I may have to make a bunch of these. It was fast.


In other news . . .

I’ll be back tomorrow to announce the winners of the 350 Blocks Project from last year. And yes, we’ll be starting over for this year, so keep track of your blocks, and I’ll announce the new start next Monday.

And I just scheduled another day out sewing with friends. ‘Cause sewing together is always more fun than sewing alone!

I finally found a water bottle that My Cowboy deems safe to take upstairs with me. (He’s afraid I’ll spill and ruin something! Me?! Pfftt!) I found this Cool Gear bottle at the local Wally-World, and I actually like it. (I normally have issues with closed-top water bottles — don’t ask.)


It keeps my water cold, it doesn’t sweat and drip on anything, and the top works like a straw, instead of a squirter. It also holds enough that I don’t have to refill it so much. But I’m not sure that last part is an issue, because now that I’m drinking more water because I have this handy bottle, I have to keep running downstairs anyway to visit our only bathroom! It’s part of my exercise program . . . OK, OK, my only exercise program . . .

And before I go, I want to show you these cute little chalkboard labels I got on Etsy:


I have plans for these. I also got a roll of peel and stick (and removable) chalkboard “stuff” that I have big plans for, too, if I can decide exactly where I want to put it! I’ll let you know . . .

And that’s what’s been going on around here. I hope you’re keeping warm and getting lots of sewing time!

0 responses to “News From the Ranch, Episode 1273”

  1. Rose Marie says:

    That all sounds so homey. We don’t have issues with water or coffee containers, do we? I can’t tell you how many quilts have had to be washed as soon as they were finished to get the coffee stains out of them. And then there was the one that was covered with wine stains when a wine bottle exploded in the kitchen. I don’t think I ever quilted in the kitchen after that! And I agree that running up and down stairs is a good enough fitness program. Mama said so you can do it.

  2. Janet Volz says:

    I have blowing snow and at noon the temp is above zero clear up to 8 degrees.

  3. Maxine says:

    I love reading about your animals. I am living vicariously through you because I’ve always wanted to be a ranch girl! BUT, I am much too lazy to actually be a ranch girl.. đŸ™‚

  4. Kathy says:

    When I was 3, my parents put me in a foster home. Now that’s not a bad thing. The foster home was the Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine. Over 5,000 acres at that time. I lived there until the age of 10. I loved it there. All the animals and farming things I learned have stayed with me. After that I lived with my folks for almost a year. When my mom passed away, I was almost 11. I went to a different foster home in Auburn, Maine. Again this was a
    smaller farm but a farm. 143 acres. What I am saying is that when we are young we really don’t think we want to know these things, so we really don’t pay attention. But when we get older we somehow realize that it did register in our minds. I am so happy for you and your small farm/ranch. Keep up the good work girl. Enjoy life. Even with all it’s hard times, and sad times, it’s worth it.

  5. Jocelyn says:

    It was 36 degrees here on Wednesday night….. burrr……. But we are heading back up to the high 70’s by Sunday đŸ™‚

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