Hazel’s socialization on the farm increases every day. She goes to the barn with me…
and Colton and all the chickens. By introducing her to the chickens at this young age, she will likely never chase them or kill them because they’re just ordinary “things” in the barn. I’ve trained all our dogs and all my boarders the same way – take them with me to do chores and it takes all the mystery out of those chickens!
Then she encountered Emma in the yard.
Every year in March and April I become so overwhelmed with the amount of yardwork that needs to be done – the millions of twigs and sticks in the yard to be picked up. We’ve got old trees so we get sticks all the time. Repairing the ravages of winter – Rick’s love of moving snow digs up my precious grass and leaves piles of gravel in the yard and I spend the next 6 months trying to make it look good again only to have it all repeated the following winter. All the leaves that fell or blew in after the snow covered the ground need to be cleared off flower beds, along fence lines and dirt has settled just about everywhere. Then there’s the barn to clean as well which I do hire 2 teenagers to help with. All of this is overwhelming and each year I wonder if I can still handle it.
I always think it has to be done fast but I’m retired so I can do a bit everyday until I get it done. This was my job today by the east fence. I cut all the trumpet vines down to the ground because they’re just messy and they make it hard to mow. I should have taken the picture before I cut them down.
Hazel helped – if she’s outside with me then everything is fun!
My nephew, Danny Rose, is getting married in June and I’m working on their wedding quilt. Once again, Hazel helped.
The bride, Virginia, requested soft yellows, greens and white. I did the hardest section first – the names, pieced free form.
They requested contemporary so I’m designing it as I go. This is going to be very fun! I have 2-1/2 months to complete it so if I’m not doing yardwork or playing with Hazel, I’m working on the wedding quilt. Hazel naps several times a day – that’s when I run errands or sew.
Honestly the days go so fast that I forget to post – it’s the most wonderful time of the year – spring with the promise of summer on its heals. I can’t wait to tackle the dirty screened porch – maybe this week!