Monday, September 19, 2016

Coffee Time

What can you do with a free morning???

Well....Start with one coffee sack from Hawaiii...

Arnold's cousin, Colinda was home from Hawaii this weekend.

She brought this with her...


 asking if I could make her a bag with it


with these as a liner...


After some selective slicing...


and some Kraftex paper


It started to take shape


Added some vintage handles



I hope she likes it!!

If not...I can always get another sack when we go in January...

They always make more coffee.


She should be able to get a lot of farmer's market in this one!!

Christa 




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Herding Cats

Even though we are done harvest,
 
there is still no time to sew yet!!
 
A friend asked if I could help them with their harvest.
 
With a sweet ride like this....
 

 
You bet!!
 
This brand new Cat combine has heated seats, GPS, backup cameras...you name it!!
 



 
40' of cutting makes quick work of a field

 
The canola doesn't stand a chance....



With Justin running the grain cart
 

 
and the camera at the end of the auger I am sure to hit the mark!!

 
 
A couple more days....
 
these cats can have a winter nap!!
 

 
Just purring right along...
 
Christa

Friday, September 9, 2016

Back to school....

Or Quilting!!

Since it was finally raining...

We called an impromptu quilting day!!

SOME people did a bit of quilting during the summer!!

Terry did 'All Squared up'


This was destined to be something else...

But plans changed and Terry went with a strippy look


Lori tried Easy Cathedral Window tutorial by Missouri Star


Lori worked her magic on a Laura Heine pattern of the Truck


Lori did an incredible job of making her Old Red!!


I may have to give this a try one day....



On another note....

Colleen's granddaughter Olivia...

who is only TWELVE....

Made this Zentangled map of all the places her dad had been 
as 
a gift for him!!


What a fabulous job, Olivia!!

You are quite the artist!!

Christa 




Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Great Weekend for a Road Trip

Can you believe we are in the 'BRRR' months??

SeptemBER,OctoBER, NovemBER, DecemBER!!

With harvest and haying complete...


We had 2 choices for the long weekend...

Stay home and work

OR

Hit the road!!



So it was off to our favorite places to go to...

Deadwood, South Dakota


Up in the misty clouds and pine trees!!



I love the historic homes


Especially the Adams House - 

one of the founders in Deadwood


There are fabulous canyons to tour

We made a stop at Thunderhead Falls



One of the oldest gold mines in the area


Checked our Mt. Moriah Cemetery


It always amazes me how these trees are able
 to hang on
 to life on the side of the mountain


Their root systems is amazing!!


A cute gourd garden on the terrace wall



We did a day trip to Rapid City
and
checked out a local farmers market


Melons


Heirloom tomatoes


Honey


Flowers


Eggplants


A couple of food trucks


We decided on a Smoked pork lunch


and a couple of fresh peaches


We tried our luck at some gambling

Arnold was drawn to have 14 seconds in the cash machine.


He managed to squeeze $52 through the little slot!

It was a great getway.

Sure beat staying home and working!
Christa




Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dog Days of Summer



The heat was on...

Not only was it a scorching 39C...

A neighbour called to say there was a fire near my son's farm

That clump of trees at the bottom is Justin's yard


We only live 6 miles apart

Within minutes the streak of smoke turned into a raging fire!!


A combine header had started a  fire and it was headed right to the yard.

Thanks to the MANY volunteers who stopped their combines 
and 
came to the rescue....

 with water trucks, tractors and discs and manpower

And the Torquay Fire Department who are the same farmers!!

We thought there was no saving his house
but 
the wind switched at the last minute
 tearing through his pasture...



Going just a 100 feet from his barn and house

The cows have been relocated and some fence needs repair

But  his yard was saved!!


At this time of year,

 when you see smoke you know it's probably going to be a raging fire.


It was only a month ago that our baler caught on fire from a hot bearing

It has been 5 weeks since a rain and everything is tinder dry.


So the blue grey skies were a welcome sight yesterday as we picked straw bales


The cooler day gave us time to water down some hot spots



It made us appreciate the simple things in life


It is a blessing to live in a community where people help each other!!


Two more days of combining and we call it another successful year!!

Now to UNLOAD some bales...



Christa