Sunday, November 10, 2019

10/10/09 (Gotcha Day) – 11/10/19

"First time ever I saw your face..."

The beginning of our story here.

Last photo, taken two days ago:

Dozer had a good run for a bully; he was around 11 1/2 years old. But a crisis took us all by surprise this morning. It has been a very sad day.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Jewelbox days return

After a couple of gray days, we're back to beautiful sunrises and sunsets up here on the hill. And although leaves are falling like rain, it remains unusually dry and warm (not-cold) and there are still bright spots of color around the place.

Yesterday's sunrise:

Yesterday's sunset (in Salem for parent-teacher conferences; always enlightening 😏):

Today's sunrise:

View from the garage:

Views from the front entry:

I'm sure our new neighbors are happy about the odd weather; their builders are making quick work of their shop:

I've been keeping my 'sandbox' clean for exercising Lance (and sometimes Ollie), and plan to tackle leaf clean-up around the house on Sunday and Monday.

I have more photos to share but this post is loaded already; I'll try to do another post tomorrow.

That's it for now from . . .

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Jewelbox days

Until yesterday, our weather has positively sparkled for WEEKS – weeks that would normally be the wettest of the year. Now, as you can see, we're getting fog and smog (that gloriously dry weather translates to smoke from fires intentional and unintentional). Today, between the persistent fog and the time change, it got dark very early. That's okay; I was busy making a big kettle of Pumpkin Black Bean Soup. (It is delicious!)

When Sara put up a Wovember Instagram post on November 1, I decided to jump in blindly and follow her lead using recent photos of the wethers, and more sheep photos I took on Sunday when changing coats and trimming toes on twins Bridget and Bardot. Once I learned that there are daily prompts, I've had to work a little harder to find fitting photos. (If you want to see them all, just click on the blue Instagram button at right; you don't have to "do" Instagram to see them.)

Bardot's fleece
Here's the gift hat I finished on the 1st (I need a balloon to block it); today I cast on gift hat #2. The goal is to have both blocked and dry by my next farrier appointment on the 15th, which should be do-able.
No, not driving; waiting in line at Starbucks
That's it for now from . . .

Friday, November 01, 2019

Transition week

October packed it through the very end. Our remarkably clear and sunny weather continued, with a stiff, biting wind at first and then some frost when the wind died down. In anticipation of that frost/freezing, I headed out to our neglected garden to pick the last few tomatoes to ripen indoors and a passel of peppers. The beets, kale, and some volunteer parsley was left to harvest as needed; that will all keep better out there than in my small fridge.
Chioggia beets – and weeds
Redbor kale – and weeds
This daylily (Stella D'Oro) deserves a medal!
Icy grass in the pasture
The neighbors to our north started construction on their shop, which doesn't really factor into our view from the house. Lots of busy-ness over there, though!
I took this while riding in the arena
I took this one on our road from the NW corner of our property
Inside, I've been busy on that hat. I realized I hadn't followed the pattern and my cables were twisting too tightly,

so I ripped back to right after the first cross and then knit on with confidence...
finishing it today with less than two yards of yarn remaining. That's more "yarn chicken" than I'm used to playing, but it worked out just fine, probably because I put in a lifeline just in case. 😉

I loved on my Cheshire cat,

and rode my horse through coordinating leaf litter.

I took this series of photos of October's last sunrise:

and welcomed November/Wovember with sheep snuggles.

Wethers Bing and Bittersweet get more attention when Blake is off wooing Babydolls (it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it!). I received this photo of him today with his current interest, Coquette, and a voyeur chicken:

The dogs are pottering along. A high point with Jackson was when he actually initiated a little playtime one evening.
While Jackson's appetite is good right now, we have to work at getting Dozer to eat.

And so it goes.

Happy November from . . .