Little Percy has left our farm. Last Thursday Gudrun and her family picked him up. It was so nice to meet them all and see how surprised and joyful her daughter Maya was with her 10th birthday gift. We have heard from them and he is settling in with their two other older cats!
Still looking for a home for the black kitten we call Miley. This cat is going to be a serious hunter if you know anyone with a mouse and rodent problem. I have one lead but not sure it is going to come through. I'm pretty sure the other two - Zelda and Hannah - are placed and will be leaving within a couple weeks.
Summer is so busy this year. The weather has been putting a wrench in all the farming and gardening activities. We had a good 3 days of no rain. I worked in my garden while the Farmer ran around making hay all over the place. Unfortunately two enormous windy thunderstorms came through yesterday. Although there were tarps on the hay wagons that were filled with square bales (that he paid a farmer to put up - or let's say, hasn't paid yet....) the tarps let go in the 50 mph winds. The big bales in the field below are just sitting there getting wet too. Frustration abounds. Last night wasn't a fun night at our house. It's not a good summer to be making hay. I can't imagine how expensive hay is going to be next winter. We're hoping we eventually harvest enough decent quality hay to feed the sheep.
While I was gardening, Julia decided she should start a blog called "KOFU" or Kids of Farmer's Unite. I felt bad that I couldn't be taking her all over town on the 4th of July holiday but with the classes coming up here at the farm and all the foilage around here running wild, I had no choice but to garden, snip, clip, sweep, and weed the weekend away.
We've got a sheep shearing date with Kevin Ford and his pal on July 16th - next Thursday. I am hoping that it will happen. The sheep are ready to be rid of their wooly coats. They can't be shorn unless they are dry and we have no barn to put them in to dry out. Stay tuned is all I can say.
Still running around to Farmer's Markets selling lamb. That's a story for another day.
We all had to spend the day in Springfield at the hospital. Julia is a juvenille diabetic and she is starting insulin pump therapy. We met with a Medtronic training specialist for 4 hours. Julia's school nurse even attended. It's all a bit confusing right now but once a couple weeks go by, we'll be up to speed. This week she wears the pump with a saline solution for practice. Next week, insulin is introduced and our life with needles disappears. From 5 shots a day down to one site change (which requires a needle) every two days. It will be great and hopefully her glucose control will improve too.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.