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Crazy Patch

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I have just been learning to crazy quilt. This is my first 10inch block. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work.

Our lives are like crazy patches. A little of this and a little of that. We pooch at funny places and need to be pulled in here and there. We do this by exercising. Our lives are patched with love of family and friends. Intertwined with love and living, just as my patch is intertwined with beads and buttons and stitches. The older we get the more embellished our lives become just as the more time I spend stitching on my block it becomes more encrusted and the more beautiful it becomes. Our quilt will be beautiful when we reach heaven. Our quilt then passes down to those we love.

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MIZROSE 1/25/2009 3:44PM

  Cool! I love the quilt block and your views on how our lives are patched together like the quilts. Makes me want to try a little quilting myself! Thanks!

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BGGARDEN 1/25/2009 9:42AM

    oh..... I love this! Looks like fun. I would like to take a bunch of 4" squares and crazy quilt them into a handbag! Whatch'a thinK? Does that count as a crazy quilt project?
I might just try that this week. Thanks for the idea.


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ANGORA4 1/24/2009 9:20PM

    Wow! Just love the block! I like what you did with the old laces and such. I love the look of crazy quilts, but never wanted to do that much hand embroidery, my hand doesn't handle stitching well, and can't do much of it. But with the lace and such, you got the wonderful look (of course, you did a lot of stitching, too!) But maybe I could handle that. One little block at a time, using up some of that box of handmade lace, that's just waiting for a home. And then maybe a few fancy stitches here and there, just for fun!

What a great analogy to our lives. Those little bits of things that didn't seem important. Little things we did. Things we kept in our hearts. Those things embellish our lives, just like the crazy quilt.

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Birds of a Feather

Friday, January 23, 2009

Have you ever noticed how birds of a feather flock together. It seems that most birds only hang out with their own kind. I have been watching the birds at the bird feeder and they do the same as our chickens. Funny how they will fly off when another kind of bird comes to the feeder. The chickens do the same. We started out with 18 white bantie chickens. We had to fight the elements to keep any alive. First the racoons got in and killed and ate about half. We put up electric fence. Then a hawk swooped down and got all but 3. Two of these were roosters. Well before spring last year the dominate rooster had killed the other one so we were left with 2 chickens. So we bought 15 Araucana pullets (colored egg layers). Well our little bantie rooster was king of the roost but really wouldn't have much to do with those bigger hens. So we decided to get a bigger rooster. A friend gave us a young barred rock rooster. He was a big fellow and the little bantie rooster didn't like him much so he would beat up on him as often as he got near him. But as the saying goes...birds of a feather flock together. The big rooster finally got tired of it and killed the bantie rooster. So now he is the king of the rooster but strangely he does great with the Araucana hens but he doesn't like the bantie hen and chases her off. It is strange really.

Sometimes we can be birds of a feather and only talk or speak or hang around those we feel are like us. It is high time we quit and decide to make peace with the world.

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ANGORA4 1/24/2009 2:48PM

    Araucanas were my favorite breed of chicken. I loved the eggs in khaki, sky blue, gold and pink. And even when I had a dozen different breeds, in the winter it was usually just down to the blue and green eggs. They were such great winter layers.

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BGGARDEN 1/23/2009 7:06PM

    This is wonderful! I love the photo of the chicks. Happy Weekend Dear Garden Friend,

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view from the top

Thursday, January 22, 2009


I just love the view from the top of our hill behind our house. We once thought of building a new house here but once the kids were grown and gone and we had the place paid for, we decided there was no need for a bigger house and a payment each month. So now I walk up here every day to get a view from the top. It is my view from the top of my world. What is the view from the top of your world?

This has taught me to be content where I am. My view is simple. The more simple life is, the happier I am. My view is large enough to include family and friends. I try to look more for the good things in life and in people. My view may seem narrow to some people, but it is a stress-free view. Sometimes we make life too complicated by all the rushing and hustle and bustle and we don't stop to take in the view. Stop awhile and take in the view at the top of our world. Look for good things. Look for the wondrous things. Look for the little things. Look at the people you surround yourself with. And learn to be content!! My view from the top is contentment.

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MIZROSE 1/25/2009 3:39PM

  Hi there,
I love your view from the top! And your thoughts on simplifying things in life to focus on family, "real life" and being content sounds like a great view to have as well. I know I need to work on weeding out the complications that make me anxious and stressed, and focusing more on what matters most! Thanks for sharing...

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ANGORA4 1/24/2009 2:50PM

    What a beautiful view! Both the photo and the words! Contentment truly is a precious gift, a most valuable possession.

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HERBKAT 1/23/2009 12:47AM

    No, your view isn't narrow - it's sane. I'm convinced that a simple life gives you greater capacity for enjoyment, and appreciation for what you have. (As well as for what you don't have - like, ulcers, migraines, etc.)

I love your hills. emoticon

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BGGARDEN 1/22/2009 10:26PM

    I love seeing HILLS... we are in flat lands.
Thanks for posting!

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Clearing brush

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We have lived here for over 20 years and when we got our place, it was covered in scrub trees and thick underbrush. The first year we cleared a pad for our house and then began to gradually clear the brush in the front of the house. The trees have grown enough now that they are decent enough to be cut for lumber though we pick and choose what we cut. We lived with a huge burn pile in our front yard for about a year and then we rented a back hoe and moved it down our hill. We planted our first garden in the old burned brush pile. The 2nd year we worked on burning the pile we had moved down the hill. We cleared to the top of the hill up on the right side of the property leaving trees and brush from the top of the hill on to the road at the back of the property. We also left the brush directly behind the house. We debated for years whether to cut it back or not as we had a good wild blackberry patch and high bush blueberries in it. The cleared portion we have planted fruit trees, bushes and grape vines and we have had a great veggie garden at the bottom of the hill on the right. Our left portion of the property is still brushy and over grown. In all our clearing and cleaning up, we have moved a ton of rocks or more. We also found out that many years ago the hillside was used as a sort of dump. We have found old bottles and other "junk" left. Most of it we have hauled off. This month we have begun to clear the brush directly behind the house. We plan to build a smoke house in this area. It is nice to be able to walk at the top of the hill and see all the way to the back of the house and spa house now. Our chickens have more daylight as well. We plan to leave many of the trees and just harvest the bad ones or crooked ones for firewood as we go. It seems to be a never ending job around the place.

Just as a mini-farm is a never ending place, we are a never ending project ourselves. We work on getting and staying fit, watching what we eat and drinking water just as the land needs kept up. It all takes work.

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ANGORA4 1/24/2009 2:59PM

    Great photos! And you're right, we're an ongoing project as well, we just don't think about it that way!

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BGGARDEN 1/21/2009 11:00PM

    We have loads in common. We had to clear lots of brush on our wooded lot as well. THE JOYS of property ownership..... NEVER ENDING!

Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to get back out there and catch some poison ivy! :-)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Went over to the son's and visited today and got to snuggle baby Molly. She slept the entire time. They said she had her days and nights mixed up. Sometimes I think I do too. I finally got a sleep mask and that has helped to shut out any light which seems to effect me. I also made some sleep bonnets to pull my hair up out of the way. But it seems I have trouble sleeping some at times. I've learned to not watch exciting tv or read novels that may excite me so most of the time I work crossword puzzles.

Sleep is important to weight loss so we need to take pointers from babies. Ah blessed sleep.

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MIZROSE 1/25/2009 3:47PM

  What a little sweetheart! Congrats to your family!

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BGGARDEN 1/21/2009 8:28AM

    I open this blog and all you could hear was ' Awwww.....'
Thank you for sharing that precious gift you have there to enjoy! She is BEAUTIFUL. Mama hold onto her tight because they grow so fast.

Sleep is important to stay HEALTHY! I think my biggest problem is there are too many things to do during the day that it is hard to calm down at night. I like jumpin' in our hot tub to relax but since it is in the 10's .... too cold to run out to the tub! LOL Maybe next week.

Thanks again for sharing those lovely little bundle of joy!

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