I had a personal goal of stitching four charity pieces this year (not much, I know, but better than nothing) and am now halfway there. I really like this square and I think it conformed well to the recipient’s request for a country style theme with stars, the moon and the sun. I’m planning to use the Aida scraps to make some bookmarks for upcoming literacy drives.
The elements are from various older Bent Creek designs that I obviously must like because several years ago I made this using design elements from the same samplers! (It’s always been hard to get a decent photo of this because it’s got a lot of pink-on-pink shading that drives the camera to a nervous breakdown.)
It’s felt quiet since Jim and Gaby left. Of course it’s never actually quiet around here, but we miss them and the house seems a bit empty. We had fun making a packet full of letters to send them yesterday. Yesterday we finally got started on our summer schooling program and began the morning with writing letters and making lists of how we can help others (charity) and how we can help ourselves (homesteading). They’re themes we’ll return to throughout the summer.
We’ve also taken a trip to the beach with friends. I mean, if you live in Maine you’re legally required to go to the beach a certain number of times each summer.
But most exciting, we’ve started our first reports. The kids chose something from local history, based on a stack of books I brought home from the library. I’d just like to add that these are books from the adult history section and the kids read through them to choose their topics on their own. (Proud parent moment!) Rowen has chosen the old stagecoach route that used to run through East Machias, and in addition to reading the text pages, we’re going to drive down the old road, part of which still exists. (And it just so happens that I have a friend who lives at the end of the road – I may finally be able to join her in a cup of coffee!) Nick chose the university just up the hill from us, so we dropped by yesterday afternoon and met with the President’s assistant who, after getting over the shock of an 8-year old coming to him for information on the university’s history, was wonderfully friendly and helpful. Nick came home with a new book to read, and got right to it.
It’s raining cats and dogs so although this was sort of the day I’d planned to return Annie to the barn, we’ll keep her in until the weather is dry. She’s bored silly in the house by now, and the repeated cleaning of the downstairs entryway has long since lost its charm for the rest of us. LOL. She’s a constant whirlwind of activity – this picture, though blurry, was the best of about 30 attempts.
The chickens are soggy, especially the older chicks who are still too young to join the adults but too big to really enjoy the spartan conditions of their small (25×15 foot) run. The geese love this weather, though. Here are four my escape artist chicks the other morning (when the weather was dry) enjoying an outing in the adult chicken enclosure.
I’ll be heading out of town at the crack of dawn tomorrow to pick up Sassparilla, a 5-year old Nigerian Dwarf dairy doe. She’s from the same farm as Eve – a heck of a long drive, but she has such an extraordinary record of kidding and milking that she’s worth the effort. I’m only half-joking when I say that once I have her, at least one of us will know what we’re doing when breeding, kidding, and milking seasons commence. Here’s a picture of her borrowed from her current owner:
And before I disappear into the happy whirlwind of chores and activities, I have to share these gorgeous dish cloths with you that I received from Staci yesterday. Can you believe how gorgeous they are? Staci, these are going to make doing dishes such a delight! We don’t have a dishwasher, so anything that makes doing dishes more fun is seriously welcome. (And I am very, very, very lucky in that Niek does the dishes most of the time!) Staci, thank you so much!!