After pretty much ignoring my blogs for the entire summer, I think I’ll fill you in on a little of what’s been going on around here. I’ll try to keep it short, and tell you all the other stuff later.
Thank you to everyone who’s been checking in with me, wondering if anything is wrong. My Cowboy hasn’t been sick (any more than usual), and I’m doing all right, too. I’ve just been super super busy with more deadlines than ever. It’s been crazy! I need to learn how to schedule better.
Actually, what I really need is to become a better estimator of how long it’s going to take me to do something. I can never remember to take into account all the interruptions I’ll get while trying to do something. Interruptions! The bane of my existence. But here on the ranch, it’s par for the course. You’d think I’d have learned by now.
We got a new kitten:
Someone dumped this darling little boy in the parking lot where my sister works, and she brought him to me. My intention was to make him another barn cat, but his personality! He ended up indoors. We named him Stormy. He’s already doubled in size — he’s gonna be a big boy.
Which has worked out OK, since we lost our Miss Kitty in August, at the age of 13. She’s been with My Cowboy longer than I have, so it’s been quite an adjustment to not have her around, bossing everything we do . . . every day . . . all day long.
This is what I miss the most — my handwork helper:
And speaking of barn cats, there is a brand new litter of four in our barn, so there will still be plenty of mousers outside.
One day not long ago, My Cowboy came home with two new goats:
Goats love buckets! The one in the bucket is a male, and needs for his voice to grow into his body. He sounds absolutely hilarious when he bleats, so we named him Frankie (after Sinatra). His sidekick is a little nanny, and she has big white dots all over her, so we named her . . . wait for it . . . Dottie. We’re so original!
And it’s calving season! We have several new babies on the ground, the first of which was born on Labor Day (appropriately). His mother, Molly, is a great-granddaughter of Bodacious, the famous bucking bull, so that makes this little fella a great-great-grandson of Bodacious, so I named him Bodie. (Bodie’s half-sister, Mini-Moo, demonstrates the bucking trait quite often!)
My Cowboy also helps his friend keep an eye on his momma cows while they’re calving, and sometimes I ride along for that. Sometimes I can remember to take pictures, and other times, I’m too busy squealing over all the cute babies, and I forget!
In other news, I’ve been doing some family things. I went to church Homecoming with my sister and Daddy, and then we all also went to a tractor show together. It was a Gathering of the Orange, and we are an orange family!
I traded in my truck (a multi-day ordeal I don’t wish to repeat anytime soon). In a couple months, I’ll get some new tires. Once it gets snowy/icy, I’ll need them to be able to get up the hill to our place. It’s a bugger!
I’ve been to a couple of quilt shows, visited a couple of guilds to present trunk shows, and gone to a couple retreats (and marathon sewed).
I’ve also spent many many many long days at the longarm this summer. LOTS of custom quilting has been going on around here. And lots of late nights at the computer, pattern writing. I’ll show you the results of some of that soon.
I’ve not had much time to work on things of my own, but I’m trying. I’ve started a Halloween quilt:
I have lots of things to catch you up on, and to show you, so I hope you’ll check in! I’ll be back tomorrow with the 350 Blocks Report and I’ll start up the organizing tasks again on Monday. I’ll also hopefully have another Creativity Challenge for you next week.
If you’re in the Brunswick, Missouri, area this weekend, be sure and catch the Brunswick Pecan Festival. Our guild, the Pecan Valley Quilt Guild, is having a quilt show on Saturday, from 10-3, in conjunction with the Festival, which is always a lot of fun. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Note: This post was written with only three interruptions!