the cow jumped over the moon | category: chickens


the cow jumped over the moon

thank you!!!

Thanks to everyone who reads, has read, and has replied to my posts over all these years! I have met a lot of wonderful people, and I am happy to be able to continue communication with you either  through your blog, or other social networks.

Ahh, social media. You fickle thing, you.  I think the first on-line group I ever joined was through AOL. Then Yahoo groups for ATC/art swapping. I joined LiveJournal to start an actual blog in October of 2005, and I'm still there...barely. Most of the folks I was trading ATCs with and doing other art mail swapping through Yahoo groups during those early years were there. But not many are left at LJ - some I have lost contact with, some are on FB and/or Instagram now.

After reading a bunch of blogs about perfume, I began scribbling my perfume blog (from January 2010 - October 2014).  I started this blog - mostly art/craft/life -  while I was still perfume blogging (March of 2012) but it became too confusing to me so I merged them in 2014.

Not sure when I'll completely close the book on this blog.  For awhile now, I cannot find a lot of happy things to talk about at length. I try not to obsess about the negative, but I'm struggling with that. Not only with politics and the screaming narcissist toddler, but other things, too. That's why IG suits me better at the moment - I can find at least one cheery thing to photograph every once in awhile. It's my therapy.

The chickens looking glamorous in the early evening light:

thank you!!!

it's still spring, isn't it?

Every time I start a post, something else happens and I drop that post, and start another.  And then something else happens ... gah!!

Since it's been nearly two months or so since I last posted -  check out the chickens:

it's still spring, isn't it?
Bettie isn't in the photo - Lettie, Nettie, Myrtle and Hettie
I went to the March for Science in Cleveland on April 22nd (Earth Day), with my friends Evelyn (we worked at the nursey/garden center together for a few years) and her husband Don.  Their signs were photographed so many times it was awesome! Oh and Viva La France!  And we still have work to do with this administration - esp the current joke of a health care bill.

it's still spring, isn't it?

Finished my quilt!! It only took three months.  I learned a hell of a lot about myself with this project. Doing anything with precision is very hard for me, but I stuck with it. There are a lot of mistakes in this, but I did have a lot of fun and a lot of yelling-at-the-sewing machine; but I'll do another in the fall.

it's still spring, isn't it?

it's still spring, isn't it?Robert and I celebrated our 13th anniversary on May Day, and then last weekend, we went away for a night. It was the first time we were able to get away in a L O N G time. That whole week it was raining nearly every day, so it was wonderful that on Saturday, the skies started to clear and we were able to see the sun.

We just went to the Lake Erie Islands - I have lived in Northern Ohio my whole life and I had never been to the islands before. It was really really sweet and necessary. We walked along the beach - I was looking for sea glass, but we found a lot of cool stones and shells;saw a lighthouse; and an egret; took the ferry to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island.  We didn't think we'd be staying overnight on the island because lodging is expensive, but we saw this adorable old-fashioned hotel (no TV in the rooms, the bathroom was like a boarding house, down the hall) but the price was right so we took it!  We hadn't brought our overnight clothes with us (they were in the car on the mainland) but what the heck.  We were only going to be there one night.  It was fantastic. I won't bore you with all the photos, but you can see many more of them on Instagram.

it's still spring, isn't it?
The ferry Sunday morning
Busy with work at the non-profit - the community garden is getting ready for the season, and we had a Spring community clean-up recently where we helped folks rake old leaves, clear brush, and clean gutters. We also had a ribbon cutting for the rehabbed home we did for a family.

This month I'm not teaching pottery so I hope to get a lot of my own work done. Plus all the spring gardening stuff - weeding and prepping beds, transplanting seedlings.  I'm planning a special herb garden this year.

Oh speaking of herbs, I am still doing a lot of herbal infusions, and just started a tincture of cleavers. Along with studying herbalism, I'm still learning the tarot, and I'm still enjoying it! Fascinating.

it's still spring, isn't it?
Cleavers tincture
And a final photo - our house covered with wisteria! Last year, it didn't bloom so here it is, going insane!

it's still spring, isn't it?


Chicks are growing up!  We moved them into a bigger tub, but they are still huddling in the corner (later, we peeked in at them and they were all stretched out, enjoying more space)

A little video - you can hear Sephora barking in the background and Robert scolding her, and Sephora ignoring him, as usual. (okay, maybe third time is the charm)

good things

Hello everyone:  I had to take a little break from some social media. And I'm back, with a few good things as of late:

Denise and I went to see Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the Cleveland Museum of Art two Sundays ago.  It was absolutely fantastic. I never got to see his work in person back in the '80s.  Gosh he was (we were) so young then!

I stopped by the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse on the way - what a serene and sweet place:

A few years ago, I promised myself that I would either use up a bunch of fabric I have sitting around, or donate it. So I started my first scrap quilt.  I am going to make a few minor changes to the layout, and I am a bit nervous about sewing it - I am not at all precise so we'll see how it turns out. I also promised myself that I wouldn't buy any new fabric, and I did keep that promise.  All I bought was spray basting and batting.  Once it's done, I'll post the finished quilt.  It's quite small - only 9 - 5" blocks by 10 - 5" blocks - it (will hopefully) fit on a piece of fabric I have had for years that I'm using as backing:

Another thing I have wanted to learn for a long time was fair isle/color work/stranded knitting. So I am knitting this hat - the pattern is here and yarn by Candice at The Farmers Daughter Fibers who I happen to follow on Instagram. It's quite fun and I'm happy how it's turning out!  Since it's my first time, I am really twisting my yarn a lot so I'm knitting very slow. Between the quilt and the knitting, I am checking the news less often, which is good for my mental health. (I'm still making phone calls, writing letter, etc, though)

And last but not least!! Happy Valentine's Day (early) to us!! A darling new flock of chicks!!!  It's so good to have chicks again - been too long (I think it's been over two years since we have had chickens   Robert reminded me that it has been three and a half years since we have had chickens! Wow).  We named them (and this is not in the order of the photo) Bettie, Hettie, Lettie, Nettie -  and Myrtle!  (I cannot stop laughing when I say "...and Myrtle!").  Beware that I'll be boring the pants off of you all by posting lots of photos of them in upcoming blog entries :)

EDIT:  If you have never seen a baby chick fall over falling asleep - well, you have to!! When we first had chickens, and saw that happening, I thought the chick had died.  Now I am laughing all the time when I see them do it.  Ahhh good things :)

autumn days

Friday was spent cleaning out the garden plots and potted annuals. I know I am supposed to scrub all the empty flower pots but we'll see if that gets done. I also need to put some old chicken litter on top of the empty garden beds (we haven't had chickens for a few years, so that litter is more than aged and will be a good addition to the putting-the-beds-to-bed process).

autumn days
To the compost pile.
autumn days
Last of the geraniums
The non-profit event was a success last Friday night, and I'm getting back to 'normal' work life. Pottery class is going well, and it looks as though the hand-building class in November is a go.

Oh, my 'scarecrow' won first prize in the category "Backyard Weeds"! I did not know that was a category when I made it.  Seriously, I didn't! (Some of you know that I worked for the nursery where the Scarecrow Fest is held, but since I didn't work there in September and October, I wasn't on top of the categories)  I have brought it home, and added some more hydrangea blossoms, and now it sits on the front porch, which was looking a little bare since the annuals are gone.

autumn days

Yesterday, I had to unload and then load a kiln at the community arts center, so I stopped by the Farmers Market to find some spinach and chat with folks I know there. I also picked up some delicious Asian pears. 

In between football and futbol games on television today, I'll be back in my downstairs art/pottery space finishing up some demos for tomorrow's pottery class that I started yesterday.

It's a beautiful fall day today - hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Sunday!

cold snap and roasting peppers

Last night, our thermometer registered at -9 F. I was up until very late (3:00 am) because I was kind of freaking out, since two of the pipes to our downstairs bathroom froze, and the sewer line backed up (yuck!). My husband is still in California, taking care of his ailing mom, so I have been on my own for a bit. Of course, he received a call from me - fortunately there is a three hour time difference so I was only calling him at midnight!

The downstairs bathroom, and the back porch, were added on to our house at some point after the house was initially built, and there is no insulation except for the inside wall which is next to the dining room.  (Our house was probably built, or as I like to say 'was born' in the 1860s or '70s and in general doesn't have a ton on insulation.) 

But earlier in the day, when the temperature was going down down down, I heated up the house by roasting all those peppers from my bartering day.

A full gorgeous quart of them, which are now marinating with oil and vinegar in the fridge.

cold snap and roasting peppers

Made me thankful that I didn't get baby chicks this fall - I would have been REALLY worried about them! We'll be getting a new flock in the next month or so.  

This should be the last really cold day - in fact, by Saturday the temperature may be up in the 40s!

Hope everyone who is dealing with this Arctic Vortex is keeping warm and safe.

such a bad gardener

Here's a photo my husband took of me yesterday, while I was working at the local Farmers' Market.  See I'm wearing one of my knitted cotton headbands!!

such a bad gardener

I'm soo behind on my own garden - and yesterday, after the Market and then after work at the garden nursery, my husband and I set to work on the trellis bean/pea bed.

D'oh!  I know I planted the sugar-snap peas too late, but I also planted bush lima beans (instead of pole ones).  Oh well! I'll think of this as an experiment.  And that's one of our four hens, Bucket the Buckeye hen, in the background.

such a bad gardener

Just got home from work (at the nursery) - have to plant some seedlings in another bed!  No rest for the wicked, I tell you!

i have created a monster

Bucket, our Buckeye hen, now thinks it is appropriate to stand on the top stair of our back porch, peak in through the screen door (as you can see, the screen needs to be replaced - we put plastic trellis over the bottom to keep the cats and the dog from breaking through), and if she can hear or see me, yell for scratch.

And of course, I give them scratch.  *shakes head* I know I know, I take full responsibility for spoiling them.

i have created a monster

seeds for a sister, ponytail hats for a niece

I asked my sister in Pennsylvania if she wanted some of the seeds I have, and she gave me a list.

Spent a little time this morning packing them up for her.

seeds for a sister, ponytail hats for a niece

Knitted up two ponytail hats for a niece who's in her first year at college, and plays on a Quidditch team.  Made the two slightly different sizes - one never knows exactly what size head another person has - plus she can always give away the other one that doesn't quite fit.

seeds for a sister, ponytail hats for a niece

Now time to clean out the chicken coop!
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