Saturday, May 6, 2017

What A Week It Was



In the beginning of the week I finally finished the binding on the quilt I made and my dear friend Pam quilted on her long arm machine. It is a totally scrap quilt in the https://www.thequiltedcastle.com/Just-Cant-Cut-It-Quilt-Pattern-All-Washed-Up

I love this pattern as it is simple, quick and easy. If you depend on your fabric's colors and design one can do this quilt often letting the elements make a statement. To date this is the first quilt I have ever kept for us and it is the eighth quilt of this pattern I have done.I will find time to haul it outside and hang it from the clothesline for truer color and a full look at it. 

Then there was Monday in Redding doing first of the month stuff. Like banking, marketing and so forth. Tuesday was catch up day with laundry and cleaning. Wednesday was, well it takes some splaining Ricky. 

This is the Rodeo ( we pronounce it Ro-de-o leaving the Ro-day-o for the stars in So Cal) Beach. You will find it just south west of Sausalito https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sausalito,_California
at the Marin Headlands https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marin_Headlands

My friend Donna (who sold me my first Nubian goat 32 years ago) and I live about 30 minutes from each other now. Then we lived about 10 minutes from each other on the Golden Westside . Just west of  Hwy 99  in Fresno County. Anyway with the goat I got two life long friends one was Donna and the other was Dr. Philip T. Durfee the top notch ruminate veterinarian in the central San Joaquin valley. Years went by finding Donna and I living in True Northern California and "Dr. D" residing in San Fransisco. We visit him somewhere in the Bay area about every two years or so. We are all getting on in years and we value his friendship and the wealth of commonsense goat knowledge he gave us. Not to mention the 4 in the AM emergency C section and endless 4H goat project meetings he has done. And in my case the spark all of that lit and eventually landed me in school getting a degree in veterinary technology . 

So this reunion was a picnic on the beach and about 3 hours of good visiting time. Dr. D is 81 years of age and can still be found practicing at a clinic 3 days a week . He also is a volunteer in two different programs for care of the pets who make their way through this world with their people who are homeless.
Thank you Dr. D for all you have given to this world. See you soon!

Thursday I found myself at the chiropractor . I have abused my body senseless in this life time with most of the damage involving something with four legs. So every so often all those old dings remind me very vocally "we are here"! A quick trip to Costco to get some Sun Shades to install on our porch to help defray the heat from our western exposure in the summer time. 
 
On Friday I cleaned the hay barn again and picked up and stacked hay. I got this great photo of my baby sister who is a third grade teacher in the same school district as my son and at one time Geoffrey my hubby too. The district has deep roots in ag and the big spring event is always Ag day out at Central West High School . It was the original high school in a district which has grown to huge proportions. SIGH. And my sis Paula texted me this cute photo taken while she chaperoned her class out at the Ag farm .       
 
Today was back down into the valley to pick up the supplies I need for the next week because after I pick up the new laying hens at a friends tomorrow I am going no where until fiber night cause I am exhausted!



7 comments:

  1. Your Dr. D sounds like a real gem. It's so hard to find someone who has true expertise in ruminants. And it's a horrible feeling to take a goat to a vet and know that they don't know what they're talking about! Sounds like a lovely day spent with treasured friends.

    I like your quilt too! Nice use of color and patterns.

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    1. Thank you Leigh! It is the first true scrap quilt I have ever made. Pretty sad statement for all the years I've been in quilting. And yes you are absolutely right Dr. D is an absolute gem. It's nice that we can still call him and pick his brain when we have problems. Learned volumes from the man. Hoping to get a chance to pop over to your blog and see what you been up to I feel like I've been living in a vacuum this last week.

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  2. Hi Goatldi :) The quilt is very pretty and cozy looking! I love the photo of your sister and her goat. Very sweet. :) Oh, the beach...it'll be a while before I can jump into the lake! Actually it's still icy out there on the water. We haven't been able to fish yet!

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    1. Rain I'm very excited about this quilt because as I said to Lee is my first scrap quilt usually I quilt for other people and I want it to be special to that person so I often use this pattern but I pick out specific fabric that I feel will please them. I'm working on my third sweet 16 quilt for my third sweet 16 granddaughter's birthday. Her birthday will be coming up next year. I love to give things to people it just makes me feel really good inside. Sorry you can't go fishing don't you do ice fishing up there or is the ice too thin where your water is lake I'm assuming? I'll be popping over to your blog in the next day or two and see what you've been up to kiss the puppies for me .

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    2. I think that's great how you feel about giving, I'm the same way! :)
      We don't have all the gear for ice fishing yet plus at this time of the year it could be dangerous. In the future I would love to ice fish because it gets cold enough in the winter! But we're almost there, I looked at photos from last May and we were on the lake in our shorts the last week of May so fingers crossed!!

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  3. I think I'm tired after reading about your week. Truth to tell, I'm having a rather unusually busy one myself . . . and even though it contains things I want to do, I'll be glad when the commitments are done and over with.

    Scrap quilts are my very favorite. It was many years of quilting before I realized I hadn't kept any of the quilts I'd made . . . and that it was alright to do so!

    The only vet in our whole county won't work on anything but dogs and cats. Sigh. We have to go 80-some miles to get to a large animal vet. Double sigh.

    Sounds like you've gotta start taking a little better care of your body. You want it to last another 50-60 years so you can make more quilts!

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    1. Hey Mama Pea good to see you up and around. I am happy to know I am not the only quilter who gives her quilts away. I am being really selfish this year in keeping this one and a almost finished comfort quilt .

      80 miles for a large animal vet. Hope it was Dr. Pol! It is also as you undoubtedly know very difficult to find a good goat vet. I always say goats are the cats of the livestock world. A lot of vets want to treat them as cows no more like sheep.

      Forgive me for not answering sooner but I was back at the chiropractor and have a repeat performance on Friday. Make you a deal we will both sit down put our feet and relax . I can fit it in between the appointment Friday and the Cottonwood Rodeo Sunday. How about you?

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