Wildflower Art and Happenings

This post is full of variety. Art class, ranch work, a trip to the big city and a birthday party were all part of our week.

My friend Jodi (Jodene Shaw of White Owl Wings) hosted an art class at her home on Friday July 21st.

There were eight ladies in class painting beautiful flowers on canvas. We had fun using our fingers as paint brushes and occasionally a palette knife. Jodi showed us a combination of techniques by layering mixed media collage and paint to make textures and background patterns.

While our art was drying we grabbed our cameras. Jodi showed us her favorite wild flower patch on the Shaw Ranch. She also shared a few photography tips. We took in the landscape and talked about looking for inspiration and gratitude in our everyday lives.

Jodi is a women of deep faith and inner courage. She loves to share her personal story and insight to honoring your true self. I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend this art class. It was fun to catch up with Jodi and Jen as well as meet new ladies interested in art and photography. I enjoy making art and taking pretty pictures; doing so with wonderful people is inspiring to me.

Monday morning I woke up with that feeling of “you should go back to bed and pull the covers over your head for the day.” That was not an option, but I should have listened to the little voice. On the positive side, I went to get my new hens and had a good visit with my friend who raised them for me. I got four Araucana hens and four Silver Laced Wyandottes.

Tuesday morning J and I finished our windmill pasture fence! We strung up three barbed wires and J build a new gate.

We made a trip to the big city on Wednesday. My glasses broke in April and J super glued them back together for me. All was well until last week, I went to clean them and they broke again. We tried to glue them back together and they were beyond repair. i was due for an eye exam and thought this was good timing with the broken glasses. J and I had a busy day in the city. We rounded out our trip by having supper with the folks.

Thursday was a catch up day. With the hot dry weather J and I have been adamant about checking wells every day or every other day. With the dry and dusty conditions we have been keeping a close eye on cattle health also.

J spent most of Friday in the swather. We have a new seeded grass/alfalfa field that looked good enough to cut. Well kind of, it’s mostly pigeon grass and weeds. It made a nice windrow and it won’t hurt clean the weeds off.

Last spring J and I decided to keep ten young open cows. We were willing to give them a second chance and they filled the summer pasture at home. J thought if we changed our mind the cows would be easy to capture and take to town. Last week J sent me a picture of a baby Charolais calf and a baby black calf. Apparently, the neighbors bulls jumped the fence in October. Friday morning we found a second Charolais baby! His mother was not real attentive and we had to get the pair in and suckle the new calf. I guess it’s true, there’s a first time for everything; we have never suckled a calf the end of July before.

Sunday evening we had friends over for birthday brisket. We decided to have two couples, and girls, over for supper. J smoked a brisket and I made Barbecue Roasted Potatoes, Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Deviled Eggs. The ladies brought Hot Corn Dip with Chips and a salad. The birthday boy requested Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting.  It was a fun evening!

Today I want to wish J a Happy Birthday! I will not share his age, but he has gotten a few comments about being “over the hill.”

It sounds like we are in for a cooler than average week. We’ll take it! J and I have a busy week as we are ultra-sounding heifers, baling weeds and keeping an eye on cattle. I am selling stuff at a garage sale in town and this weekend is the local county fair.

What are you up to this week?

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10 Responses to Wildflower Art and Happenings

  1. Cindy says:

    Tell J Happy 40th Birthday from the neighbors! His mom used to have pool party on his birthday, Fun Memories

  2. Buttons says:

    Happy Birthday J. Your posts inspire Robyn. Hugs B

    • Robyn says:

      I’ll pass the Happy Birthday along to J! I’m glad you enjoy my blog and thanks for sharing that they are inspiring to you. I appreciate it!

  3. Darcy Sexson says:

    Happy birthday to your husband! Sounds like you’ve been busy…but glad you have time to do fun things like art too. 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      J says thanks for the birthday wishes. It’s easy to get lost in the everyday work, so we try to squeeze in something fun every once in a while.

  4. Frank says:

    Hi Robyn, I am very interested in your new layers – I have always enjoyed the beauty of the Silver Wyandottes, but am unfamiliar with Arucana’s – your link indicates they are “rumptless”??, and usually have ear tufts – your photo does not show such a creature. Hope you will share photos of them, plus their blue eggs sometime. Your hen house is very impressive – I have never seen a block structure, but presume it will certainly keep the raccoons, fox, skunks and other predators out – looks stronger than the proverbial brick outhouse!!

    • Robyn says:

      Hey Frank!
      The Silver Laced Wyandottes are beautiful hens. I also like the chicken breeds that are heavy bodied (i.e. compact body type and well rounded).

      The Arucana breed originated in Chile. They are hearty and good layers. Not only are blue eggs fun, I know how many of the Arucana hens are laying. The pullet eggs will be closer to an olive green color and as the hens mature they turn more blue. I had to look again at the link and the “rumpless” characteristic. My girls have tail feathers. And yes, my hens have the ear tufts. I will say they are not as extravagant as the picture on the link.

      You are not the first person to share that you have never seen a block built chicken coop. It has been a good one, but has seen better days. I think J has it in the “fall plans” to build a new one.

      Thanks for the blog comment, it made my day!

  5. Kim's County Line says:

    We are also looking forward to cooler temperatures this week! We got a rain shower this morning. Though it wasn’t a lot, it was nice to see and smell the raindrops.

    Happy Birthday to your hubby!

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks for sending birthday wishes for J.

      We had fog this morning. Once the sun came out it warmed up to a high of 96*. It will be nice to have cooler temps for a few days. I agree, there is something refreshing about a little moisture and crisp morning air.

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