Saturday, June 24, 2017


Where oh where did the goatldi go? She went to the Shasta District fair. I haven't been to a fair in about nine years. There were those wonderful 4H years with my children and our chickens , rabbits and goats.Where fair week was a live in event and one learned to love barn food with a sprinkling of alfalfa , constant washing of show whites and hot show rings.

The Fresno county fair was in October due to the harvest. Back in the day the 4H'ers and FFA kids lived on family farms and the crops weren't in until September or so . The schools even based their opening dates on the crops for many a year.But dream on in the San Joaquin valley it isn't unusual to hit the show ring in October in 110 degree heat.

This was a new experience for me. I judged the senior baked goods and demonstrated spinning in our both in the same building. The food was great and yes I made it through one entry packed division after another living to tell of it. I found these slippers in a knitted competition and fell in love.

Then there were the BOS (best of show) choices. I was particularly pleased to see that in about 11 BOS 3 went to ladies from The Shed fiber group.

Miss Janet's hand spun hand woven alpaca saddle blanket

                                                    Carol's Fair Isle style hand knit hand spun hat. 

                             Judy's hand knit sweater with her own    
                             special design.

A great time was had by all and I will try to remember to get a few pictures before I break the booth down come tomorrow.

Prior to the fair I was in the valley attending to Miss. Emily's high school graduation. Emily is my second oldest granddaughter and has an eye on marine biology. She graduated 50 years after this Gammie did and it is a sweet bond to share.

                              Aubrey on the left who graduated last year (grandgirl 1) and Miss. Emily
                                                    Same two only a few years younger.

The weather has been weather. We have had 100 plus every day for a week but as of tomorrow relief is in sight. It has been better up here in the hills the valley really fried hitting the 108-113 range often and it certainly wasn't helpful that it stayed up in the low to mid seventies as a low. Almost thought I had been transported back to Fresno County on the Golden West Side. 

We lost the peas and the goats profited by that . Yum pea hay! The cukes never had a chance even though we were in the 104-107 range. The heat hit just when they were setting blossoms. The tomato's loved the heat but then the squirrels found the tomato's. We still are with the jury out on how that will fair.

I had an ant infestation in the laundry room and kitchen. But after a late night floor cleaning and setting those liquid bait traps things look a bit more under control today. We will see. 

Everyone stay cool and enjoy the season. I will be back next week with more news from the farm and fiber pursuits.


At June 25, 2017 at 5:24 AM , Blogger Leigh said...

I always love it when you post. I know you are one busy lady, so it's great when you have a little time to share. :)

Looks like you have a "real" county fair! Ours has deteriorated to a carnival with petting zoo, so pathetic (to me, anyway). But your heat! Yikes! I've been sweltering in our humid upper 80s, but thankful it isn't upper 90s (yet). I'm sure that's right around the corner.

At June 25, 2017 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Rain said...

Hi Goatldi! :) Congrats to your granddaughter on her graduation and good luck that she sticks to marine biology. That is something I had in mind as well, but my science credits were lacking. I think I really would have loved it and I hope she does!

Those slippers are ADORABLE...I'd wear them!

I'd love to exchange some of our November-like rainy cold weather with you right now. We have pockets of sunny days then 3 days straight of cold and rain, not a good summer this year so far! But we're making the best of it!

At June 25, 2017 at 6:42 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Thanks Rain. Yes Emmy has been interested in that vocation for over 4 years so perhaps it will be a keeper. She starts at a local junior college in August. Maybe if we shared our weather we would both end up with something around 75 to 80 degrees for a high. Sounds perfect garden weather to me.

At June 25, 2017 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

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At June 25, 2017 at 6:49 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

let me try again lol.
Hi Leigh! Thanks for the kudos. I really feel like I need a good cold snow/rain winter to get back into frequent blogging!

I understand your feelings about your fair. We still have a few in the state that are more country than commercial. But in this fast paced gotta have it now age of technology they are less and less.

I would take 100 plus with no humidity any time over your 80's with it. I have been East in the summer and left several layers of skin on train and cab seats in NY state one year, yikes!

At June 25, 2017 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

And all our readers I apoligize for the typos and such on this blog entry. It was pretty hot when I was trying to write,correct and publish that post. Despite what "they" say weather and wind do effect the internet, especially when one is totally off grid.


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