Monday, April 30, 2007
We had a May Pole Dance yesterday at church - the weather cooperated - it was supposed to rain out of those big fluffy clouds - but it held off.
Complete with bubbles. It was fun! Thank you Margot!
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Flowers & cats? I have LOTSA pictures of flowers & LOTSA pictures of cats but could only find this one with Neelix from last summer - he loves to spend time up on the deck, surveying his kingdom. We also wrote an "Ode to Karen Jo" earlier today that we hope you'll enjoy.
See more weekend cat blogging at "s'kat and the food" as they host WCB for the first time. http://hrblogs.typepad.com/skat_and_the_food/
of cats, and their families, she writes thru the night -
The Meezers & tabbies, whites, blacks, when they heard
She had TWO hurt paws, to a one, they all purred –
They wished her to get well, “We miss you” they cried
“Karen Jo, get all better!” meowed cats, far & wide!
So if my words call to mind, a Cat in a Hat –
it’s probably because, I wrote it like that –
With cats teleporting from here and from there
To check on her progress, the Cat Blogosphere
Takes care of its own and the beans they revere
When you’re back on your bloggie, the cats will all cheer!
Karen Jo's blog "Kitty Limericks" can be read here: http://kittylimericks.blogspot.com/
XOX , Tina, the Shepherd, Sinda, Neelix, and all the critters on the farm
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Before . . .
Before. . .
And After. . .
DH has been a very busy bee & has repotted almost all of his bonsai - with some radical pruning going on - everything seems to have made it through the inquisition.
These are John's pride & joy - Peony TULIPS - and they are very fragrant
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Welcome and Opening Words
“I’ve never read any other blogs, but it seems to me they are a little like “mini-reality” shows. A stranger gets carried along in a little “bubble of life” with you; they feel a connection to another person and then, they can get up from their monitor and go on with their own life. They get to be with you in an intimate way…up close and personal and yet not really have any responsibility for the relationship. It’s much the same fascination that some people seem to have with “reality tv” except it goes one step farther and lets people respond to you with the comments that you get. Rather odd phenomenon really… seems to me a little like “throwing open the trench coat of your life” and exposing yourself to whomever…I don’t think I could be that trusting”
Hello – My name is Tina – or in the world of blogging – Tina T-P from A Blip on the Radar. And those were the words of my oldest sister, Wisten, and our opening music was fittingly from a CD that was sent to me by a friend I have made through blogging.
I have been a member of this church for about 10 years and a Unitarian for about 40 years or so. Today, we’re going to enter into the world of Blogging – New ways of Communication & new communities in our world. I hope you enjoy what I have to say – maybe learn something new, but as my blogging friend Nancy says – “I do, however, reserve the right to talk about what ever happens to be occupying my mind at any given time...after all, it's MY blog.”
So, sit back, open your mind and like I said, hopefully, enjoy yourself in this next hour. And, please feel free to join us downstairs after the service for coffee, goodies and conversation. If you’d like more information on our church or on Unitarian Universalism, please sign our guest book in the foyer so someone can contact you.
Lighting the Chalice (JOHN) - As we light our chalice as a symbol of our faith, our candle of diversity and our candle from the holocaust museum, that we may never forget, I read from the words of William Schultz (a UU minister and former president of the UUA) :
“Come into this place of peace and let its silence heal your spirit,
Come into this place of memory and let its history warm your soul
Come into this place of prophecy and power and let its vision change your heart.
Hymn – Morning has Broken - #38 (this is one of my favorite hymns - it is the same song made famous by Cat Stevens in the '70's and I accompanied the congregation on my guitar)
Children's Story – THE STORY OF CARY THE SHEEP BY FARMGIRL FARE - The kids really liked this story - I filled it in with more recent pictures and information on Cary the Sheep. If you haven't read Farmgirl Fare - check it out - a great blog & she has wonderful recipes too!)
Offertory by Children (our little kids take the offering - and have been known to announce that "such & such a person says they will pay later"
Sing children out to their classes -- All
Announcements -- Board President
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Reading – I first read St Teresa’s prayer in one of those chain emails – don’t delete it or you’ll have bad luck – pass it along to 7 friends within 7 minutes and you’ll have your hearts desire. I think that St. Teresa gets kind of a bad rap from these emails, but her prayer is sincere and thought provoking.
May today there be peace within.
May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you....
May you be content knowing you are a child of God....
Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of you.
Meditation Music – # 18 FROM: SPIN THE WEAVER’S SONG - "Cotton Pickers Rag" (I wish I knew how to put music on my blog - this is a great CD!)
When I told Theo I’d do a service about my blog, I just figured I’d be able to read some of my blog posts, and you’d be happy with that – little did I think that I’d end up with over 200 pages of printed matter – articles about blogging, excerpts from other people’s & other specie’s blogs – yes, we all hear about the political blogs & the blogs of the rich and famous, but there are cat bloggers, dog bloggers, food bloggers, garden bloggers, blogs about neighborhoods, sheep bloggers, knitter & crocheter, spinner & weaver bloggers – just about any thing that you could want to read or write about. I have seen reports from anywhere from 71 million to 78 million blogs out there - So what is a blog?
A blogger only identified as GTR – from Northern Minnesota wrote on her blog “Raising Frolic”
" Hmmmmm. So, yes, I have this little weblog thing. I admit it. Surely you’ve heard of them? Not really? Well, it’s just a website where I post pictures of my chickens, cats, solar panels and the like. I can do a little writing on whatever topics I want; it’s completely free self publishing, you know? What? Oh, does anyone ever look at it?I think so, probably. I have this little Statcounter thing on it, so I can see that some people do actually look at it. Sometimes people even comment; that’s kind of exciting. What?! Don’t look at me that way! It’s not that weird! I don’t even check the stats THAT often, ahem. But really, there are whole little worlds out there, other people posting pictures of THEIR chickens or cats, sharing stories and tips about life. It can lead to connections. Seriously. Oh, yes, I know it’s hard to find time to do such things...Yes, I agree that time is short. No, I’m not THAT bored at work. There are other people who do this, too, I swear! I’m not that odd. Would you like the address? No? Oh, okay. Never mind...
Sometimes I do wonder about this blogging thing. I get a reaction much like that in most of my “real world” interactions where I mention (admit to) the blog. Many people don't even know about it. I do feel like there’s a real “world” out there (inside the computer, though, hmmm) that is worthwhile, but I wonder sometimes if it is a productive enough use of time in this busy life. "
In 2006 the Pew Internet & American Life project found that 8 percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults kept a blog. Thirty nine percent of internet users or about 57 million American adults read blogs. I counted up the number blogs that I read – some on a daily basis, some weekly, others once or twice a month – I have over 50 blogs on my “Favorites list” – a group of web pages that I have “bookmarked” so I can easily find them.
So how did I get into blogging? I started my blog in May of 2006. I had just received a medical diagnosis of uterine cancer. The thought of having to repeat all the information over and over to all of my friends and family was daunting – I had several friends who had blogs about their sheep – “it’s easy” they said – the “BLOGGER” site just walks you through it. - So, I did and borrowed the title from my sister, who said – well, “hopefully, this will be no more that “A blip on the radar” for you – and a blog was born.
Following are four excerpts from my blog in it's "early days" -
Monday May 1st, I had a biopsy - Tuesday afternoon I learned that I have uterine cancer. I'm hoping to keep my friends and family updated as I learn more about this new "adventure" in my life
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Surprise! I have my surgery date.
I was surprised to get a call from Jessica at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance today. I wasn't expecting them to call until tomorrow.Here's the skinny - I have three pre-op appointments, all in Seattle - first one - a med appointment on Wed. 17th at 10:45 in the a.m. and the other two - the meeting with my surgeon, Dr. Gray, Thursday at 2:30 and an appointment with the anesthesiologist, Thursday at 4:00. My surgery is scheduled for Monday, May 22. They didn't seem to have set the time for the surgery yet - it apparently hinged on the anesthesiologist. So there you have it.It seems real now.I have "lived" with cancer most of my life. My mother had ovarian cancer when I was about 5 or 6. I remember going with mom and dad on the trips to Wenatchee for her radiation treatments. My dad would take the movie camera along to take pictures of the wildflowers along the Columbia River. They gave such heavy doses of radiation at that time, I know that the radiation was the cause of a lot of the health problems that she had later in life.She lived to be 60 and died of complications of liver cancer. We held her memorial service on Valentines Day.I don't remember how old I was when Daddy had the cancerous spot removed from his mouth. Pre-teen, I think. - I don't remember his treatment - maybe that was the summer they shipped me over to the coast to stay with my sister and her family...In May 1978, at the age of 62, my Dad died of complication from cancer around the lining of his heart and lungs. Only three months after my mom died. 1978 was one bitch of a year. I was 26 years old. My three sisters and I were orphans.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Hurry Up & Wait
I was supposed to have received the info packet from the Cancer Care Alliance - I thought it would have been here Friday or Saturday - it still didn't come today. My first appointment is on Wednesday and I don't even know where it is! Damn, I'm starting to hate the waiting. People are being incredible supportive - a friend who has recovered from lymphoma, a friend of a friend who had the same surgery three weeks ago. My next door neighbor who survived the chemo, but it has screwed up her platelets. Strong women-role models. But, damn, I'm starting to hate the waiting.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Vitamin Water and J - E - L - L - O
We have a potluck at church tomorrow - This is one group of people who really know how to cook - and there are "signture dishes" that you always hope that one person or another will bring - But tomorrow, as everyone feasts on Reah's salad with mandarin oranges and sugared almonds - or those yummy scalloped potatoes that someone always brings - I'll be drinking green tea "Vitamin Water" and eating my Sugar Free Jello. (Clear liquids only) Yum!
And so my blog goes, through my surgery (Jordin was nice enough to update it for everyone while I was in the hospital in Seattle) and through my recovery.
Then, people – my cousins, my uncle – friends I hadn’t seen in months, began asking me – “well, what are you going to do with your blog” – I didn’t really know – I’d kind of thought about keeping it as a personal web page for our farm & family, but really, were people really reading it? Seems they were, and enjoying it – so, I kept on writing – and posting pictures of John’s beautiful gardens, and the sheep and our kitties. And started making friends – out there in the blogosphere – cat bloggers, sheep bloggers, all when asked “Why do you blog” responded that it is a way to keep in touch with friends & famil; that they love “wordcraft” and photography; and blogging gives them an outlet without the expense of publishing or paying for a website; reading others thoughts and formulating my own gives my brain exercise ...
A cat blogger added: I like to share my universe with the rest of the world. Some might think that I must have a boring life as an indoor cat, but I see lots out my windows, and I have lots of pet friends in the neighborhood and in the blogosphere.
A new friend Leigh who has a blog for her Fiber Craft interests as well as one for each of her cats says: “Blogging made me feel accountable to do what I said I was going to do – even if no one ever read what I wrote, it was still out there for the world to see and hold me to. Many times I have been motivated to finish a project simply because I blogged about it. She goes on to say “As a tool, blogging has been very helpful to me. I now have a written and pictorial ricord of what I’ve done, and how I’ve done it. It has given me not only a sense of accomplishment, but of accountablity as well. Best of all, I’ve made lots of new friends.”
It’s also a way go get across important social ideas that aren’t gettting attention from the mainstream media.
A recent Seattle Times article told about teachers who were reaching out to students with class project blogs. It has become a powerful motivator getting for students as young as 9 or 10 years old to write – when they read each other’s blogs and leave comments the work becomes a conversation instead of a “one way delivery of information” One students mom encouraged his relatives to visit his blog. Writing wasn’t one of his favorite subjects, but his excitement about the classroom blogs grew throughout the year – and receiving comments on his blog from around the world was energizing & exciteing.
But as with anything else in the current culture, blogging has its dark side. Recently there was an expose of a pedophile in the King county area who was taking pictures of young children in Western washington and posting them on his blog. A female blogger who was hounded by death threats because her blog was “too optomistic” has some web experts calling for a blogging code of conduct. Blogger (one of the main blogging sites) gives the reader an opportunity to flag a blog that they feel has objectionable content – if a blog is flagged too many times, it will be given an “unlisted” status or even removed from the web. But the fact that there are messed up people on the internet is not a statement about the internet, but a statement about those people and what they do and say. The internet can often bring out the worst character behavior in people because they feel that they are “hidden” or anonymous. It’s sort of a “if good people are silent, the bad people will win” type of deal.
So, back to my blog – it has largely become a “every day life” type of blog – with pictures of our sheep – and now lambs – our cats, with recipes for interesting foods, stories about church events. When John had his recent health issues, it, again, became a place that I could diseminate information and my new blogger friends were very quick to check in with me – by comments on my blog or by email if I was a little slow in posting updated information. Inquiring minds want to know, I guess. Obviously with 71 million blogs out there, each one has it’s own reason of existance – and I could go on with more statistics and stories – but all good things must come to an end – so I’ll end with the story of Fluffy from Author Chris Drolley’s blog:
Fluffy, Lagos Cat Pound, Nigeria
Hymn - "WHEN OUR HEART IS IN A HOLY PLACE " # 1008 GREEN BOOK
Extinguishing the Chalice (JOHN)
My Closing Words are by Kate Nowak ( http://www.mayyoubeblessedmovie.com )
"May you be blessed with all things good. May your joys, like the stars at night, be too numerous to count. May your victories be more abundant than all the grains of sand on all the beaches on all the oceans in all the world."
Closing Circle ("Carry the Flame")
Friday, April 20, 2007
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SINDA!
APRIL 21, 1990
You bring us a lot of joy, squeekit. May you have many more of your nine lives in this one! Love, "Mom & Dad"
CONGRATULATIONS TO SHEEP THRILLS FARM ON THEIR FIRST LAMBS! WAY TO GO LACEY - KEEP 'EM WARM TONIGHT!
We also wish to send healing thoughts to a kitty called Lilly Lu who is very sick. Get Better Soon Lilly.
Also, Sinda has been invited to join the Sweet Sixteen kitty blog - thank you Suzanne!
This is also Weekend Cat Blogging day - visit Pets Garden Blog at http://www.petsgardenblog.com/2007/04/21/wcb-98-tub-edition/ to see what's happening in the rest of the kitty world!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Here's how we spent our luncheon -
The tables were set with divine china cups & saucers. There were plates of little tea sandwiches - aren't they CUTE! And they were very tasty, too!
But they didn't hold a candle to the cake that Vikki made -
The "picket fence" is made of the best sugar cookies & the little flowers - were almost too cute to eat
I'm sure it took her hours to decorate this cake - it was carrot cake with lots of raisins and a custard filling to die for.
Everyone brought a salad to share - I made an old Pampered Chef recipe - It is unlikely that you will have the PC Dill seasoning - regular dill from the store (get it in the bulk food aisle - much cheaper) & 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of onion flakes will do to substitute.
DILLY SEAFOOD PASTA SALAD
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
1 Tbsp. All Purpose Dill Seasoning
¼ tsp salt
Pepper to taste (lemon pepper would be good here)
8 oz. uncooked medium shell pasta
1 cup cucumber, scored & sliced
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup carrot, coarsely chopped
¼ cup green onions w/tops, thinly sliced
½ lb. (8 oz) cooked med. shrimp
(shelled & deveined)
For Dressing: Zest whole lemon using Lemon Zester/Scorer. Juice lemon to measure 1 Tbsp. juice. Combine Zest, juice, mayo, sour cream and Dill Mix in 1-Qt. Batter Bowl.
For Salad: Cook Pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Using Lemon Zester/Scorer, score down the length of the cucumber in evenly spaced rows around the entire cucumber. Slice. Chop bell pepper and carrot using Food Chopper. Slice Green onions.
Place salad ingredients into a 12 cup bowl. Pour dressing over salad; toss lightly, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or over night.
Yield: 6 servings
copyright Pampered Chef Corp.
We ate lunch, and opened presents
It almost seemed a crime to cut into that beautiful cake - notice is said ALMOST...
Monday, April 16, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Sinda is doing the solo Tango for her first dance, she couldn't find her long red dress & heels, oh, well
Or, maybe she's doing the Rumba...
OK, judges, are you watching here?
She get's ready for her big finale!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Taking pictures of lambs is like trying to photograph a butterfly - it seems like where ever I was pointing the camera, he was somewhere else. Kind of a shy little guy, but then he was probably a little tired, as the vet was out this afternoon to check on his mommy and he got picked up and admired a bunch.
The vet thinks she has a partially retained placenta - we're giving her (well, John is, anyhow) penicillin shots - to keep from infection and supposedly should help things "clean them selves out"
Saturday night before Easter, we had tickets to see the Gutherie family Legacy Tour concert - it is Arlo, his son & daughter, and son-in-law. They also had a pedal steel player with them who doubled on the mandolin - WOW - what a great condert. What a treasure Woody Gutherie was too.
They sing a lot of Woody's music - some that is from words Woody left that other people have put to music and some of Arlo's hits - he is very funny and such a good musician.
Anyway, when we were thinking about names for this little fellow, Arlo seemed just right -
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
So anyhow, I get an email newsletter from Land-o-Lakes - what's not to love - butter, cream, eggs, etc. & there was this recipe for Apricot Cream Coffee cake. Do you realize than in all my years of baking, I've never made a real coffee cake? It sounded pretty tasty, so I thought I'd give it a go for Diane's Easter brunch. Well, mine didn't turn out quite like the one on the picture in the Land-o-Lakes web site, but I think that's because I used "lite" cream cheese instead of regular - it made too thin a mixture and all the jam sunk to the middle - but let me tell you - that first bite was a little bit of heaven!
APRICOT CREAM COFFEE CAKE
Preparation time: 20 min Baking time: 45 min Cooling time: 20 min
Yield: 16 servings
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 LAND O LAKES™ All Natural Farm Fresh Eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 LAND O LAKES™ All Natural Farm Fresh Egg
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
1 (12-ounce) jar apricot preserves
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom and sides of 10-inch springform pan.
Combine all coffee cake ingredients in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Spread batter on bottom and 2 inches up sides of prepared pan.
Combine all filling ingredients except apricot preserves in small bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Pour over batter in pan. Spoon preserves evenly over filling.
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes. Loosen sides of cake from pan by running knife around inside of pan; remove sides of pan.
Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for desired drizzling consistancy in small bowl. Drizzle over warm coffee cake. Serve warm or cold; store refrigerated.
Nutrition Facts (1 serving): Calories: 280, Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 220mg, Carbohydrates: 35g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Protein: 4g
5356A © 1995 Land O'Lakes, Inc.
I didn't grease OR flour my spring form pan, but the cake popped right out of it - without running a knife around it to loosen it - I think this would be excellent with any jam - I used Smuckers Apricot Preserves - (with a name like Smuckers, you gotta be good) - or I would think that you could just drop some blueberries or raspberries right into the cream cheese mixture. Or maybe some lemon curd. Ho, mamma, wouldn't that be tasty?
Sunday, April 08, 2007
All she found were these pretty little tulips that are growing out front.
She just didn't know where to look...
E. Bunny must have spilled his basket here in the rocks
If'n you knew where to look there were little Easter critters all over the place today!
Regina & the lambs - they're doing great - Lambdamonium has begun!
Happy Easter to all from those of us here on the farm!
Choir is singing at church tomorrow - and I had the bright idea that I wanted to take an Apricot Cream coffee cake from Land o'Lakes, to help with snacks - gotta get to bed! If it turns out good, I'll post the recipe!
P.S. - We've had several new visitors recently - so glad you all could stop by - hope you enjoyed your visit and will come again soon!