Hodge Podge on Thursday

We are enjoying a little slow down on the ranch. Last weekend we got more hay put up. All that’s left is a small field of CRP and J hopes to cut that soon. Monday we ultrasounded bred heifers and moved them to a new pasture. Tuesday was a day of odd jobs for J and crafty painting for me. Wednesday morning we had .17″ of rain in the gauge. It was a foggy, drizzly day, so we made a quick trip to town. Good thing as my fridge was almost over run with eggs!

I’ve been working on another pallet project. I found a small pallet in the grainery and couldn’t leave it sit. This pallet was just the right size for a small barn quilt pattern. When I think of barn quilts I think of Iowa and east; I asked Sister if she would like a barn quilt. She loved the idea and requested an Ohio Star.

August 7

I found a pair of metal lady bugs in one of the shops we walked through in Alexandria, MN. I like lady bugs and have been wanting to get something decorative to hang from the deck. These bugs needed a little work and I wanted a project. It was an excellent fit.

August 7

I finished reading Above All Things by Tanis Rideout early in the week. It was an interesting story about a climbing crew trying to reach the top of Mount Everest in the 1920’s. Now I’m working on a light read, Chasing Rainbows by Kathleen Long. The book starts out with the main character dealing with several life changing challenges. As the story unfolds Bernadette transforms and finds the inner courage she needs to bring herself back to living a full life. The Rural Housewives of America picked The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Living One Life by Melanie Shankle as our August read.

Do you have a Barn Quilt? Have you read The Antelope in the Living Room?

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10 Responses to Hodge Podge on Thursday

  1. I LOVE, love, Love that barn quilt… how clever and talented you are! You do a lot of reading… I’m reading a couple books right now, ‘The Messianic Feast,’ and ‘Things That Go Bump in the Church’ and ‘Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church.’ I decided to close ‘Rurality Blog Hop’ for the time being, interest fell off dramatically lately, I’ll still keep ‘Weekly Top Shot’ going on Saturday/Sundays.

  2. Darcy says:

    I agree with Madge above – your pallet quilt is beautiful! And I love the cream with the red. You will LOVE the Antelope in the Living Room! (If you haven’t read Mel’s first book, Sparkly Green Earrings it is wonderful too!) They’re such easy reads, but insightful at the same time….and hilarious!

  3. Myla says:

    I LOVE the barn quilt! And making it out of a pallet… PURE FREAKING GENIUS! I’ve been wanting to make a couple quilts to decorate our shed and porch, but never thought to use a pallet. Awesome idea!

  4. Cheri says:

    That is a pretty pallet! Nice work.
    Our pallets are so heavy! Or all broken up. I need to find me some small ones.
    Enjoy some slow time on the ranch.
    As soon as this heat breaks, I will be back in the saddle all day till me get the cows sorted! But hey, I’m not complaining! I love riding my pony!

    We got our first load of blue grass hay home yesterday.
    Sure was nice that they delivered!

  5. Laurie says:

    My children just surprised me with a barn quilt! It is beautiful and I love it so much. I could not believe that they were able to keep the project a secret, but they did. It will be cherished, just as I know this one for your sister will be cherished too.
    Laurie – Country Link

  6. Kim says:

    I love the pallet quilts. So cute!

  7. Bonnie says:

    That was one of my goals this summer. To make a small barn quilt. I’m not very close with that one. I never thought to use a pallet. Yours look great.

  8. Jona says:

    Love the Ohio Star!!
    And I’m sad that I don’t live closer – your eggs are the best best BEST!!

  9. I do not know where you find the time!

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