Monday, July 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile tonight

Please check out my things on Early Work Mercantile this evening.  Use button on the left.
Thanks, Melinda

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Free-Five Very Naughty Kittens and One Naughty Dog...just kidding

Greetings to everyone,
Before I get to the subject, I want to thank everyone who went to my Early Work Mercantile and helped make it a success. I can see that much of the traffic comes from my blog, and I am truly appreciative.  Thank you!

Now, on to naughty animals.  First is a picture of a beautiful alphabet book designed by Ellen Chester that I had worked so hard on.
It was displayed on an antique desk in the living room.  I spent months and months working on this, and even used expensive silk, which, as you know, I am a DMC person.  I even used ties from the hospital gown my hubby passed away in for the closure.  Maybe morbid, but it was special to me.  Here it is now :(
One of the kittens knocked it off on the floor,  and a dog (probably Oliver) peed on it.  I even consulted with the dry cleaner, and he said I had no choice but to rinse it in cold water to get the pee out.  It is ruined.   So upsetting, but it is my choice to have my animals, and I guess sometimes things happen :(

On top of that, on the same day I experienced a horrible Facebook experience.  A couple of months ago I decided to try Facebook out, and was having fun...for awhile.  I don't understand why some people have to be so nasty!  Oh, well..

While browsing around, I happened upon this lovely casket design by Just A Thought.  Judy O'dell is her name.
I will never have one of those extremely expensive wooden needlework caskets, and this is a very reasonably priced design with detailed finishing instructions.  I am going to order it soon.  I think it is a beautiful design.  I understand it was an on-line class a couple of years ago, so you may have already seen it.

Rain, rain, go away...that is all it seems to do here.  Thunderstorm watch as we speak.  Some things in the garden are doing well, others not so much.  Here are a couple photos.  As you can see, the hostas are happy.

As a final note, I can't believe that I have over one hundred thousand page views!!  This is amazing to me that so many people are interested in looking.  I so appreciate that you take the time to ready about my little life and farm.  To celebrate, I will be back next time with a small give-away to thank you for your readership.

Melinda

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile is up!!

Please go take a look if you have time using the button on the left.  Be sure to use the arrows to visit all the talented artisans!

Melinda

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Belmont Day...My Love/Hate Relationship with horse racing

Here I am, waiting for the Belmont coverage to start in a couple of hours.  As you perhaps know, I have three adopted off-the-track racehorses.  Pip's Affair, Fan Anna, and Tanzanite (better known as Pipsy, Anna, and Blossom.  Here they are living the good life today.

However, this doesn't happen all the time.  My three were fortunate in that their owners donated them to a rescue operation.   Of the nearly 22,000 thoroughbred foals born in 2011,  only 20 made it to the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby.  Tragically, too many end up breaking down or sold for slaughter if they do not prove profitable.  This unfortunate end even befell 1986 Kentucky Derby Winner named Ferdinand.  Hard to believe.


As I watch the Belmont coverage, I am mesmerized by the beautiful animals, and then hold my breath during the actual race, praying that a tragedy does not occur.

Fortunately, there are organizations that believe that a race horse can have a productive life off the track.  An owner can donate their horse to one of these organizations so that they can be adopted into a good and loving home.  The one where I have adopted 4 horses over the past years was started about 15 miles from me. They now have farms from Kentucky and Ohio east to Pennsylvania.   New Vocations is a wonderful organization that retrains horses for new homes.  Another that I know of,  Friends of Ferdinand, is also nearby in Germantown, Ohio.

Please help pass the word that these beautiful animals can go on to new careers and loving homes.
Melinda

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

This and That...

Hello, dear friends,
As usual, I am at least a week late in posting the latest news.   Last week Lauren of Rugs and Pugs came down to visit for a couple of days.  She brought me this!!!
The most wonderful primitive painting!  I absolutely love it!  Here it is in its new home over a pie safe/tv cabinet where I can sit and stitch and enjoy it!  I think it is absolutely perfect in that spot.  At first I was worried that a pinch of morning sun might hit it, but I sat and watched how the sun travels, and it is a safe spot.  I fell in love with this painting when Lauren purchased it and blogged about it, as the spaniel looks just like my Oliver!  What more could I want, a great primitive painting that looks just like my baby!  Thank  you so much, Lauren, I will treasure this always :)
I must confess to having hijacked this picture that Lauren took, it is just perfect.

You may have read about Miami County and Tipp City in the news two weeks ago..  We had five inches of rain in a couple of hours, and terrible flash flooding, the kind they call a hundred year storm.  I so wish I had the presence of mind to take photos, but, alas, I didn't.  Tipp City suffered catastrophic damage.  Our barn and cellar flooded, but that was reasonably easy to rectify.  Many, many people suffered terrible house flooding.  There was 3-4 feet of water in downtown Tipp City!
Even Interstates 70 and 75 were both flooded., causing closure for hours and incredible traffic jams.

Til next time,
Melinda

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Early Work Mercantile update

Please click on the tab on the left to visit my Early Work Mercantile update tomorrow.  I understand from Tina that the main page is down, but you can go directly to my items and then use the next or previous artist buttons to visit everyone else.

Thanks
Melinda

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Gardening and Outdoors Chores

Ok, so I know I have been missing in action for a while.  I have been so busy with the outside work that I haven't even been able to keep up with my blogging friends!  Although there is still much to do, I at least feel that I now have it under control.   I hope you all have had a happy Mothers Day... I spent most of the afternoon mowing grass, before the rain came in.  Now don't think "that poor girl, has to mow on Mother's Day" because, as I probably mentioned last year, I love it!!  Back and forth, back and forth on my John Deere, it is so peaceful, although bumpy, and I love the results when I am finished!

Here are so pictures.  First, then is how the back looked last summer when we took out the pool.  Major mess, I could have grown a pokeberry farm!:)
Here it is now.  There are steps going down, pathways of gravel and bricks that Evan brought home when they dug up the old Tipp City streets, trees, lots of bushes, flowers, hydrangeas, retaining walls, etc.  The emphasis on the plantings was things that benefit birds.
That is what we refer to as the "bottom barn",  used only for hay storage.

Another spring project was this little mini stone wall, with a bench that I can watch the horses from.

Last fall, the neighbors cut down an enormous antique basswood tree that had probably been here several hundred years.  It was hollow, and I rolled a chunk of it across the street, made a planter, and filled it with tulip bulbs last fall. When these are shot, I'll replace them with annuals.
By the side entrance, old wheel, standing sifter to become a planter,  hostaa and tulips.
Aww, little Bella.

Hugs to all
Melinda