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Another Day at Bay Colony Farm
Friday, May 6, 2005
Hell needs a cat, and her name is.....
Mood:  don't ask


This is Calvin's cat. We got her from the pound when she was about 6-8 weeks old (the pound said 8 weeks, vet said 6 weeks, tops!). Trina has always been "special". I think her brain has been scrambled a bit. She's never been right since coming here. That might explain why she was the last kitten left at the pound too.

But, that does NOT give her the right to drag my IAGARB angora yarn all over the place, still attached to my needles, and royally mess up my shawl. It isn't going to look right at one section, but I'm not fixing it and ripping out. I'm too darn tired and too sick to care. Yes, that's right. The annual Spring Cold has struck Chez BCF, and now both boys and I have it. I've resisted for several days, but tonight; I feel like, well, you know. And I'm too tired to care. The only good thing is that DH is busy with other stuff at work, so I don't have to go in tonight or possibly tomorrow to work. That is good, as I'm supposed to attend my god daughter's (and neice) first communion and then take Calvin to a birthday party at a place that will have him coughing up a lung (Kidsports, which has some serious exercise for kids during their birthday parties).

I'll worry about that tomorrow too. Right now I'm too tired and sick to care.

Yes, I'll take some more cheese with that whine.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 10:00 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, May 6, 2005 10:04 PM EDT
Thursday, May 5, 2005
I thought this was fun
Mood:  a-ok

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English

40% Yankee

0% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 6:19 AM EDT
Sunday, May 1, 2005
I did it!
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Stevie Nicks "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"

With 2 hours left in the day, I got the IAGARB newsletter uploaded to our Yahoogroup. No small feat since I was given the newsletter job 2 weeks ago, used a new software program, and had to learn that too. So far, the people that have responded have done so positively, which is nice. :)

On another note, DH and I bought a planer yesterday down at Woodcraft. This will be used for planing down wood for the Bobbin Trees. Dale is excited about this purchase, as it takes him one step closer to his dream of having a complete wood shop at our house. ;-)

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:58 AM EDT
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Big whine
Now Playing: Thomas Dolby "She Blinded Me With Science"

I think that Tripod needs to add two more emoticons to their "Mood" list; Tired and Exhausted. Right now I would pick either one of those.

This incentive work is really exhausting. Right now, my whole body aches. We worked until 9 last night, and today will be another 6-8 hours (o.k., yesterday wasn't that long, but when you get up at 4 a.m., it feels like that!).

I'm heading to Whole Foods today to get myself some decent lunch. No more of this fast food which isn't helping things.

I knit about two rows on the angora shawl last night after we came home (10:30 after a side trip to B&N to see the poem that Cal entered into the poetry contest). I was too tired to do any more.

My friend Charlene from Honeybuns is coming up tomorrow to look at a rabbit. It will be nice to have something normal going on this week; I desparately need some "me" time, and the visit with her will do the trick. :)

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:44 AM EDT
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Mood:  party time!
Now Playing: Peter Gabriel "Shock the Monkey"

This is too cool! I just got an e-mail from NHS&W that I'll be in building #2, space 13. I guess there was a last minute cancellation, and I was quick to answer if I wanted the space. It sure will beat having to set up a tent outside and vend. :)

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:53 AM EDT
Actual Knitting Content? No way! WAY!
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Bryan Adams
Topic: Fiber
Last week this arrived:

Five pounds of millspun 85% angora/15% wool in a fingering weight yarn. This is from the IAGARB yarn co-op that has been set up for members.

So I grabbed a skein on Friday and set out to wash it to see what it would look like. And here is what I started working on last night:

Yes, I confess to going through two of my three Barbara Walker treasuries looking for lace patterns. Even picked a few out, but right now I just can't handling doing something that requires more than easy knitting, as I'm currently working three jobs, and I'm exhausted at the end of the day. Anyway, I want this to be finished in time for NHS&W so that I can wear it there (hey, I'll have washed skeins with me to sell, and people like to see exactly what you can do with the yarn). I might even dye it after I'm done knitting.

So, that is my goal; one finished triangular shawl in two weeks. I think I can do it.

AND (Drum roll please!), WEBS will be selling Bobbin Trees! So now they are carrying Bay Colony Farm's angora/wool blend batts, and the Original Bobbin Trees. (Helen doing the Happy Dance here!)

Today is finish the newsletter day, and prepare for a meeting later tonight, if I can't get my co-chair to move it to next week. If we move it, then I go to work tonight with DH and get more of those pieces ready to send out. I must get that done quickly, as I have 14 fleeces coming, and I have to process those before NHS&W too. :)

Oh yes, on the house front. I've finally picked out my flooring for the bathroom. This is my fifth attempt to find something (floors one and two were going to run me $1,200 and $1,900 respectively; for a 30 sq.ft. space? I think not. Floor three was only sold in 12 foot widths, and floor four was discontinued). It is a commercial grade flooring, currently made, and it looks nice with my "Colonial Cream" colored walls, and my Berber carpeting in the hallway. Once I get that ordered, it's 2 weeks until installation! Do I actually see a finished bathroom on the horizon?

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:10 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, June 18, 2005 8:04 AM EDT
Monday, April 25, 2005
Things I learned this weekend....
Now Playing: Tommy Tutone "867-5309/Jenny"
1. My husband's job is far more physical than I had imagined. While doing the incentive work, I found out just how much standing/walking/lifting is needed. After 4 hours on Saturday, I didn't feel too bad, but 7 hours on Sunday left me exhausted.

2. I learned how to drive a forklift yesterday and enjoyed it!

3. Small boys as just as happy riding bicycles around a large warehouse as they are riding them outside, especially when it has been raining for 2 days.

4. Baby bunnies at the age of three weeks start to do the cutest things, like sitting on their mother's back. And even if they pee on her, she doesn't seem to mind too much.

5. I have way too many projects going and not enough time. I'm beginning to wonder when I'll get the chance to start on any of my knitting projects.

I want to wish my youngest son a very Happy 4th Birthday! It's hard to believe that he is this old, as it seems like it was just yesterday that I was in the delivery room (thankfully, I'm not and those diaper days are over!).

Now off to get ready for the small family party with a wonderful ice cream cake from Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream. If you get the chance to pop in to Jim's store, the ice cream is awesome! :)

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 4:59 PM EDT
Saturday, April 23, 2005
A bit of fun relief from software hell
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: Toad the Wet Sproket "Walk On The Ocean"

Your Brain is 80.00% Female, 20.00% Male

Your brain leans female

You think with your heart, not your head

Sweet and considerate, you are a giver

But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!

What Gender Is Your Brain?

Thanks to Linda from Grafton Fibers for this quiz.

Now back to software hell. I've been working on a new software program for typing up newsletters, and a computer person I'm not. I'm also not sure if I'll be posting more today or not; DH has a job for me to do over at his place of work which pays rather well (they call it "incentive work" and it pays per piece).

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:11 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Those Spring chores
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: Cutting Crew "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight"
Topic: Rabbits

O.k., I can't really say anything about the IAGARB meeting, as the minutes of the meeting have not been published to the general membership, but I can say that it was great and I'm really looking forward to the next one! :)

Yesterday, after Leslie and I completed some of the IAGARB business that needed immediate attention, Leslie left to go back to Canada, and I headed out to the bunny barn. I moved Mia's four babies out to the barn on Sunday, as they are now 2 weeks old, and getting to the point where they want to start exploring. Exploring in my office isn't a good idea, and Mia is doing a fine job of keeping them warm. She even pulled a bit more wool so that they would be cozy last night. However, I'm not quite sure just who's wool she is pulling. I noticed that the buck placed next to her has a rather large bald patch on his right rear quarters. I noticed this last week, and I suspect that she pulled a large quantity of his wool (he is such a sweetie, and just loves attention, so I'm wondering if he was letting her pull the wool through the cages just because he likes her?). Anyway, Mia has been doing a very good job of mothering, and is now more relaxed with her kids back in the cage. My check on them this morning at 6 a.m. revealed that they were covered with lots of beautiful warm angora wool.

With it being 70 degrees outside, I decided to do some barn cleaning. Each Spring, the barn needs a major cleaning. So yesterday, I hauled a lot of bunny poop and hay out to the garden. The really great thing about bunny manure is that is isn't a "hot" fertilizer, and can be put directly into the garden. However, I had several bales of hay that got wet this year, and since I couldn't feed them to the rabbits, those too went out into the garden. This weekend, I'm going to have a major bonfire out there, and burn it all. The ash is very good for the garden.

Today I'm also meeting a new bunny owner, who is buying Precious. Precious (if you remember) was the little doe that I saved from chill last May. She was almost 3 weeks old when I found her in the cage, with Mia laying up against her, trying to keep her warm. Well, Precious is going to a new home today, and I believe that the owner is going to be very good to her. It was a tough decision to sell Precious, but sometimes we just have to let go.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:14 AM EDT
Sunday, April 17, 2005
I forgot to show this
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Human League "Dont You Want Me?"

I meant to put this up on Friday. It is a picture of the bistro table I bought from Templeton Furniture, which is part of the Gardner Furniture Outlets. It is constructed out of a former wine barrel, made from oak. It smells wonderful!

And here is a picture of the wine stamp on the top.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:57 AM EDT

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