Blue Sky Farm

My blogging posts and photos are part of me . I think of this as a scrapbook of my life. The names have not been changed.. they are real people who have crossed my path along my journey. Some I know intimately, my family and friends. If their names are mentioned it's a sure sign they are special to me and I love them dearly...come along see for yourself, perhaps you know some of them too..

May 30, 2010

Potatoes, Peas & Beets

 Well the day has ended and this farmgirl is "pooped".  Clay & I went ahead and planted the potatoes, peas & beets just before dinner... Will  get tomato and Pepper plant starts next week... It sure feels good but I am exhausted.. Soaked in the tub  while dinner was cooking . Thanks to my wonderful husband for  grilling the meat & veggies Dishes done and a movie awaits... Sure wish I could have some popcorn... Nah.. I feel fine with fruit...Baked  Apple anyone?
Then nightie night for me.....Until tomorrow...

Gated garden ~ Finally ready to plant

The girls were unhappy I had chased them out of the garden area today. We finished fencing  & put a gate at the entrance by my potting  bench and thats the end where their studio also is, and easy access to give them garden clippings as the vegetables begin to grow. We  have to keep them out now that we are ready to plant potatoes, beets, peppers, peas.  They will get plenty of the garden goodies as I weed and

they have plenty of area to roam & snatch up those yummy bugs & grubs chickens love. The earthworms in the garden are mine for now. As you can see 3 left and headed out to the field next door and these three hung around just incase mama left the gate open.. Sorry chickies "It's just Not  happening".

May 29, 2010

Want to come along?

 The weather looks nice  a "blue sky  sunny  today"...Let's

Take a walk into the forest. It is still chilly but the sights are heart warming if you love the outdoors. Bring along a light jacket,  it could get breezy & there may be snow still on the ground....

I hope you brought your camera.. I am sure glad I did...

It looks like nobody is home... or maybe they are.

Careful there are small branches, don't trip. Did you bring a walking stick?
These blooming bushes are so pretty. I don't know their Botanical name do you?

Turn around and get a look at that view of Mt Theilsen.. A sight worth too many words.. I hope you enjoyed  our day in the forest. I  will be searching for more sights to capture..Will you be coming along? We should bring a picnic lunch next time...

May 27, 2010

Celebrate Girl Time It's Healthy

A thought to share for all my girlfriends.. Sent to me by my sister in law...

.. I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was on the mind-body connection--the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality "girlfriend time" helps us to create more seratonin--a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings?--rarely. Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged--not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! So every time you hang out to shmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very very lucky. Sooooo let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health.

Mia Simmons, EFT Cert-1, ADV

Certified Practitioner

May 26, 2010

My new Rainy days project

Since the weather is so nasty wet and too cool to do my garden outside, I have started another  inside project. I have always love the look of Red & White embroidery on pillow cases & towels. I am going to give it a try and make a small pillow top for my guestroom bed.  I think it will be fun to do some others too.
Did you know Redwork is believed to have originated in Europe in the 19th century and traveled to America prior to the War Between the States. Redwork was extremely popular among people who were not a part of the fussy Victorian culture of "collect and embellish." Redwork found a niche among peasants, immigrants and the middle class, especially in America. Much of its popularity was due to its economy, sublime simplicity and widespread availability. In America, dry goods stores sold 6 inch muslin squares marked with a variety of designs for a penny each. These "penny squares" are often seen incorporated into old Redwork bedspreads and linens. Not only were the materials relatively inexpensive, but the basic outline stitches meant less thread was required than in Blackwork or Whitework and they were easy to master. Penny squares were often given to youngsters to occupy their time, as well as improve their embroidery skill. Even children in orphanages were taught to sew and embroider, because it would be invaluable to them in finding employment as a maid. It was an essential part of raising all young women, they might very well be expected to furnish their own linens as part of a trousseau. In fact, it was girls from the Kensington School in England helped popularize Redwork. The school's name continues to be intimately associated with this style of embroidery, as is evidenced by the fact that the split stitch is also called the Kensington Stitch. * Information taken  from the Redwork Embroidery Primer*

May 25, 2010

Time for me...

Today is a Self Care day for's day #6 on the Cleansing Diet and I feel pretty good. I am going to have a manicure, pedicure (a Mother's Day gift) and a  hair cut.  Do a bit of grocery shopping and buy a nice vanilla candle. I think I need it today.. The weather is Cloudy and I see no sign of a Blue Sky in there.. So I will pamper myself a bit and make it a great"sunshine day".  I am linking my daughter Nancy's Self Care Girl Site to invite you all to check it out...  you haven't already.
She is back from her holiday in Hawaii and is offering a nice Giveaway. You can find her also on Facebook.  Make your day a special one too... You deserve it!

May 24, 2010

Seeds Planted.....

I certainly hope the sunflowers grow.. I love the way they look standing so tall in the garden. I planted 12 started plants and some smaller variety. I will by trying to keep the birds & my lovely chickens away from those delecate sprouts. (At least until they mature to hold their own..) I had a chat with the "girls" told them I will harvest the big heads in the fall for them.But they gotta let themgrow... Do you think they understand? Not, but I can hope... We also planted ( scatter planted) over 50,000 seeds of wild flowers again hoping some will make it and we will be surprised to see their pretty faces in a couple months.... Hurry up sunshine, Rain showers in the forcast all week..but that can mean little rain here actually.. just as long as the nights stay above freezing.. The back veggie garden is not even close to planting and my potato seeds are bursting through the box they are stored in... Hope we can get them in the ground sometime next week... Somebody please chat with Mother Nature...I need some help here...

May 23, 2010

I- 2- 3 go~! Day 4

I really had a burst of energy this morning, Completely cleaned out the hen house , refilled their water supply and moved their feeder higher  (cuz the darn Mice like the food too*, did laundry, watered all my outside plants. I guess the weigh plan is working. I even  made a trip to the grocery store .No Headache and Ready for Life....
I hope to feel as good tomorrow...
Pork with Chili Sauce for dinner.. recipe Onthe kitchen blogsite.. see ya over there...

May 22, 2010

What are these cold white flakes?

Can you believe it? May 22nd and Snow? Klamath Falls is 54 miles from Crater Lake, It was  only a snow shower here so We decided to take a drive to Crater Lake today even though our temperature was only 36 degrees. This is snow piled up on the open side of the Lake. The entire loop will be open by July 1. So this isn't a surprise, except with so many reports of drought in our area we question the truth of that... As we approached the lake the flakes started falling again and my view of the Lake was  very limited and quite cloudy.
We drove around to the Visitors Center to see that the main enterance was blocked with Snow but the other side of the building has a snow tunnel to enter. The Lodge is higher up the road by 4 miles and is open. There were many snowshoers and hikers about. You can see how much snow there is up close to the enterance. I have posted pictures previously of the views of Crater Lake inthe summer.. I must say  The winter scenery was gorgeous even without the sunshine. We'd like to take the cruise to Wizard Island maybe this summer. It is a very pretty 2 hour cruise offered by the National Park there in the summer months..  The Lodge is  very nice and has a very nice restaraunt open in the summer.. During off season the coffee shop cafe is open year round along with the gift shop.

May 18, 2010

This may Inspire You....

Today I will be posting a blog Everyone should read. My blogger friend June posted it today and I wanted to pass the link on....  What Inspiration! A very strong woman.  Thank You Laura Ingalls Gunn.

May 17, 2010

Bird watching in the rain

 Today was a rainy day, a stay in kind of a day. You know we have these down days to recoup for upcoming busy dry days, right? I was reading and looked outside at the bird feeder to see this "Spotted Towhee and shortly after a "Yellow headed Black bir" came for a few seeds. It is amazing how all these birds gather to eat from our feeders. Sparrows of several breeds, Flickers, Doves, & Quail and I saw a yellow belly sap sucker the other day, but couldn't get a snapshot of him fast enough. We have also the Red wing blackbirds and tri colored Black birds.. that hang out around the pond in the cat tails.. Fun to watch especially on a rainy day. I keep my eyes open for the baby quail hoping they show up soon.

May 16, 2010

Here's what's happening at Blue Sky

"This way Dad, Mom wants this mound of dirt gone.. I like climbing on it but she said it has to go" because She wants a better view of the pond...
Our neighbor was so kind to lend a hand and big  equipment to move this dirt. Lucky for us he "likes to play in the dirt"Job completed, now we get to landscape. I think this can get abit expensive, so we save a lot of money having the neighbor Rick volunteer to tackle the job.
Now on to the back yard for my garden area...I can't wait to get started but the dirt is a bit clumpy right now until it dries out a bit more, Then Rick will come back in a few days to go over it again so I can plant the veggies.Wow, thats a great big garden spot don't ya think? and Buster agrees that we do need a fence to keep out the "golden girls & black beauties so a fence will be added so Mom can plant the seeds.. Dad and I will help mom get the fence up in a couple weeks. There sure were a lot of earth worms in that dirt and the chickens will love finding them.  Thank You Rick!

May 13, 2010

Birds of a feather...

It was a beautiful morning, near 70 degrees today, so Clay & I took the boat out on the lake. We are so lucky to have the lake so close. We half heartedly  fished for awhile but  none were interested in our bait..It was so pretty on the water &  I was more interested in these pelicans nesting in the rushes. As we approached, turned off the motor & drifted closer they decided we were clcose enough and one by one slipped into the water & swam in line away, Don't they look like boats in a harbor?

As we turned the boat around and headed in the other direction we came upon this Egret. Standing statue like in the rushes.
Thouroughly enjoyed our day,  we returned home with some sun- dried faces but well worth the adventure..I forgot the sunscreen... but I think We have finally received Mother Natures Gift of Spring...

May 12, 2010

Presto! My Potting Bench

     Okay all you garden friends.. I needed a potting bench/table and have hounded my husband for weeks. Today I got him to haul an old chrome table up to the yard so I could use it for my project. I had seen one last week at the beach when I was there and really got inspired.. So here it is... I used some mason blocks for the back (little cubbyholes for my tools & stuff) an old window with one glass pane removed cuz it was broken, some wire , an old mailbox to keep seed packets in and dry... An old sink sits in the middle with a drain bucket to catch water..lots of odds & ends I had laying around.. I think it looks perfect and very functionable. I was able to pot some basil & parsley to put in my kitchen window.. Now I hope they grow...

May 11, 2010

Catching up today....

Kick back  & played catch up  today, I had such a great week .. Free of all the everyday stuff  & laundry and well you know how exhausted you are after doing Nothing, Playing hard and totally relaxing, don't you? I spent time  looking at all my trip pictures  ( I loved this one)  drinking coffee, ..and then got caught up with the mail, email, phone calls and then started unpacking, doing laundry, made a quick run to town to the bank & the post office & grocery store. Sometimes, It feels good to get back into the swing of routine slowly.. like today... but tomorrow is another day and I will be headed out early to have an ultrasound scheduled weeks ago, ( nothing serious) just a recomendation from my doctor.
My thyroid appears a bit large and well.. I agreed to do it.. I have been on medication for years and have no problems but it has never been "ultrasounded".. Is that a word?  I am planning so much coming up I really have no patience for these "Just take a look sees" but I know it will  be best to do... Then watch out cuz this gal has things to do, people to see & places to go...

May 10, 2010

A stop on the way

We pass this Covered Bridge everytime we travel to the West side of the Cascade mountains on highway 58. It's  the Lowell covered bridge and  today on our way home we actually made a necessary (potty stop) here. I love these Bridges and it is my hope to see more of them here in Oregon. They are such great memory markers of the days past. Look at the water how smooth it was... The closer we got to home it started raining & even that nasty stuff .. yeah, SNOW falling only 73 miles north of our home.. I was tempted to turn around and head West and back to the beach...  but now here at home we are settled, laundry going and watching the rain.. At least my veggie starts look promising in my Kitchen window...they  popped through their little pete pots smiling at the warmth of the morning sun.. which must have happened a few days ago because they aren't seeing any sunshine today... tomorrow's weather shows promise a showing of the golden ball in the sky.... I am crossing my fingers for that.  I did have a fabulous time and the break with my mom & sisters was just wehat I needed... now I'm making plans for that trip to Denver in June...

May 9, 2010

Fabulous Mother's Day Weekend

I had the most wonderful start to a fabulous week in celebrating Mother's Day.  I was in Woodburn Oregon and met up with a blogger new friend. June from Heart of Junebug.. She lives a short distance from my sister in law and her husband. What a treat to meet a farmgirl sister. We enjoyed wine & salad and chatted for several hours. I am sure we will meet again. ( next time I am in Woodburn, for sure)
The next day I went to Rockaway Beach with my mom & two sisters. We had the best weather of sunshine and lots of picture opportunities.  Especially the sunsets! The days were gorgeous and we stayed in a great VRBO these shots were taken from our patio.  I wish you could have been there.,

May 1, 2010

May Day! May DaY!

 No it was not a distress call but my neighbor across the road called us at 8:00 pm tonight to see if we were looking out our front window because some of  our neighborhood  mule deer herd of  (all does ) were approaching the pond. Here they are about 30 feet from our side window.. We certainly were glad she called them to our attention. I don't know how many times I have seen them this close but each time it is as thrilling to me as the first. I think theyare beautiful and even though pests to our green vegetation. I love them.. and really they lived here first didn't they? We are hoping to see more and perhaps a baby or two.