SHS~June 29th

I did not have to work hard to find photos for this week’s prompts, that’s for sure! I did have to work a bit harder to remember to take the Red Monster out, but that’s another story…Kid is off on summer holidays, so we’ve been spending a lot of time with The Girls. Hard to take pictures while snuggling my favorite Girl. ❤
I will say, her and I have made great progress again.
Time.
That’s what she always needs, is time. Hands on, those reminders that it’s okay to like being with your person. We’re getting there. Again.
Like Mary Cooper once said about her son Sheldon…”you have to take your time with Sheldon. His father, God rest his soul, used to say to me, Mary, you have to take your time with Sheldon.”
My Cookie is the same way. You’ve got to take your time with Cookie…

On to the Hunt! This weeks prompts are Favorite Time of Day, Nature, The Sky, Hello, and Photographer’s Choice.

Favorite Time of Day

Daphne

Daphne

Daphne’s favorite time of day is whenever the troughs are getting filled. That dog could find water anywhere and play in it!

Nature

Polo, Felix and Screaming Mimi

Polo, Felix and Screaming Mimi

Nature follows Her path, and Mama’s feed their babies.

The Sky

Saturday evening...

Saturday evening…

That was about 6:30pm…that is a one heck of a storm sitting there! Only, it wasn’t sitting, it was swirling around us pretty darn good. It hammered us with some crazy rain, but that was all. Thank goodness!

Hello

Blue

Blue

Oh, hello little one…are you having a nice nap there? 🙂

Photographer’s Choice

Something new we’ve started here at Midnight Calico Farm…

Ancient Orange

Strawberry Mead
As always, when it’s Photographer’s Choice, I have at least 1 of my Girl…playing with the filters in my editing program.

Cookie

Cookie

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Fuzzy Feline Fun

It’s Alphabe-Thursday again, and this week is the letter F…
What better to represent the letter F than a herd of fuzzy felines having fun?

Felix...he was washing his paw, and just fell over. :)

Felix…he was washing his paw, and just fell over. 🙂

While he was down, Gray thought it would be the perfect time to jump on him.

While he was down, Gray thought it would be the perfect time to jump on him.

Gray, Felix and Blue play with the dressage whip...

Oreo, Felix and Blue play with the dressage whip…

Trouble isn't sure about this thing...

Trouble isn’t sure about this thing…

That Trouble is an adorable little fellow, that's for sure!

That Trouble is an adorable little fellow, that’s for sure!

Sneaking up on Dad's drink...

Sneaking up on Dad’s drink…

Well now, this is interesting...

Well now, this is interesting…

Huh. That was pretty good.

Huh. That was pretty good.

Time for a bath...

Time for a bath…

Everyone played right out and off to bed.

All tuckered out!

F is for Fuzzy Feline Fun.

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Some Thing Scary This Way…Waits?

Yesterday Cookie was eating the tall weeds over the fence…

Om nom nom...

Om nom nom…

I don’t know what kind of weeds they are, but all the horses enjoy them.

But then, something caught her eye…

"Hey...What *is* that?"

“Hey…What *is* that?”

She snorted and swiveled her ears around…I told her it wasn’t going to hurt her…

"Looks pretty scary...It might want to kill me!"

“Looks pretty scary…It might want to kill me!”

No, Ms Cookie, I’m pretty sure you’re safe…

"Ya, I don't know 'bout that...I think you're just saying that so I don't freak out..."

“Ya, I don’t know ’bout that…I think you’re just saying that so I don’t freak out…”

Nope. Not this time. Trust me, you’re going to be just fine.

"Uh. Huh. I've heard *that* before"

“Uh. Huh. I’ve heard *that* before”

*sigh*
Silly horse…

See what she was afraid of?

See what she was afraid of?

Back packs at the end of the driveway can’t hurt silly horses.
Dork.

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A Leap of Faith

Yesterday, I made mention of how gardening is a leap of faith. It really is. At least, to me.
I spend winter Dreaming of the seeds I want to buy, start, and plant. I Dream of the food I can grow and put up for the next winter for my family. I also Dream of the day when the bulk of our food comes from the Farm.
I hate going to the grocery store. There are places in my world that I enjoy going, where I enjoying seeing the people and the atmosphere is awesome…the grocery store is not one of those places!
I would really love to have us at the point of the garden supplies the veggies, and the pasture(s) supply us with meat, eggs, milk and the resulting products made from the milk.
We’re getting there. 🙂

For now though, I am just happy to see growth in the garden. I swear, I am giddy like a school girl meeting her first crush when I see emerging plants from seeds.
Last night, I hollered with joy to see this:

Knucklehead pumpkins emerging...

Knucklehead pumpkins emerging…

That’s 6 of the 8 seeds I planted. Yay! I love pumpkin. I love to have jars of chunks put up, so when I want to make a pie, or cookies, or a cheesecake, or, even when I need it for upset puppy tummies. Canned pumpkin is handy no matter what. In fact, the year we lost OldWoman, I blew through 25 of my 48 jars in 2 weeks time. The only thing my poor old girl could keep down was pumpkin and rice. So, I happily fed it to her. As much as she wanted. ❤

I found this box growing as well…

See those sprouts?

See those sprouts?

Exciting! Painted Pony beans. Named for the American Paint Horse. Any surprise that we grow them here? With our love of Paint horses?
There are 36 beans in this box. This is the grow-out box for seeds. Come fall, Mother Nature willing, we should have some for sale. And, our packets will have a very pretty Painted Lady on them. 😉

Yup, it's Cookie. <3

Yup, it’s Cookie. ❤

The other thing I’ve been celebrating the growth of is trees. It seems we’ve lost a few of the fruit ones. 2 apples didn’t come back, so I’ll be watching the year-end clear outs for replacements. I lost 1 pear pollinator to a tractor tire. I’m not going to be too mad at Hubby…after all, it was when he was dumping dirt into the big garden bed with the tractor. We still have 1 more pollinator. As long as it survives(and it’s doing very well!) the 2 edible pears should be just fine.

We were also given a few free trees. Friends chopped a few limbs off of trees in their yard, stuck them in a pot, and now, the trees are being moved to permanent farm homes.

Tree!

Tree!

I know it doesn’t look very big, but it’s about 24″ tall. It has easily grown 6 of those inches since it was potted. Can’t complain about that! I still have 3 more to plant (there is another one out there in the long grass, but I couldn’t find it in the picture. 😉 ), plus, I chopped some branches off a poplar stump that’s trying to re-grow. So far, the branches are a bit wilty, but they seem to be rebounding.
Free trees on bald prairie are great!!

One last picture for today. Just because. 😉

Sleeping Ruby

Sleeping Ruby

She was having a snoring good time while I was taking her picture.
I do love this big goofy sweetheart.

SHS~June 21st…The First Day of Summer!

Summer. It’s so lovely…6 months ago all we could do was Dream of summer. Now, it’s here, and we’re working hard to get things done and ready for the next winter.

Hope all the Dads out there had a great Father’s Day.
Hubby’s Father’s Day included hooking up the 6 ft mower and cutting some grass…which made the horses super happy, since we rake it and toss it over the fence for them…and then a relaxing bbq with a beer or 2 on the deck.

I planted a whole bunch of stuff in the garden. I’ll spend the rest of the week finishing that up, and then, like always, we wait. It is, really, a leap of faith, planting these seeds, hoping, hoping, to have growth, and food.

Kid worked with her Sable. Ms Sable was a rock star yesterday! She lunged walk/trot with ease for The Kid. Both are getting more and more confident working with each other. It’s great to see. Next up, Kid will work her up to walk/trot/canter. Sable isn’t confident enough yet, for that canter in lunging. It’ll come. 🙂 I have faith in them both.

Prompts this week for Scavenger Hunt Sunday are…Special, Habit, Explore, Me, and Sprinkle.

Special

Sable 061715Sable is our special girl. We are so very lucky to have met her, and been able to bring her Home. This is the girl we go to for horsie hugs, for those times you need a mane to cry in, for unconditional love. She’s the one that people who are hurting gravitate to in our pasture. Heck, she’s the one our (formerly) broken horse gravitates to. 😉
She is a once-in-a-lifetime horse. That’s how special our Sable is.

Habit

HabitNow that the bugs have emerged, the black birds make it a habit to follow the Girls around. Y’see, if they do, the Girls kick up mosquitoes and the birds get an easy meal. I think it’s a pretty darn good habit. So do the Girls. 🙂

Explore

Storm, Xena and Penny

Storm, Xena and Penny

These are Fiona’s kittens. Fiona is our little Siamese barn cat who was dumped in our yard by some jerk as a wee kitten.

ExploreThey’re getting old enough now to explore and eat crunchy food. Some days, between these 3 and PoloCat’s 6, it can be a real rodeo to get everyone fed. Everyone wants it now, and they don’t want to wait. Climbing the arm of the person with the food is a very real possibility!

Me

I so don’t do the selfie/in front of the camera thing. lol! Instead, you get a picture of someone who is very special to me

Yup, it's Cookie. <3

Yup, it’s Cookie. ❤

This is from last week. I had taken my coffee to sit out on the deck in the morning, and she came walking over to me, expressing her displeasure at me for not sharing my cup with her. I love that she is becoming more and more vocal with me. It turns out she likes to talk, and I love that she likes to talk to me. 🙂

Sprinkle

I planted a bunch of stuff in the garden last night in the hopes of getting it in before the rains came. That way, the sprinkle we were supposed to get could do the watering in for me. Well, as it turns out, we got much, much more than a sprinkle of rain!

SprinkleI know it’s hard to see in the picture, but there is a gray haze over everything…that’s the rain coming down. Hard. I was actually worrying about the peppers I transplanted. I did dash out and check on them…so far, so good! They seem to be enjoying the rain they’re getting.
Plus…just look at all that green! Some of the grass out there is higher than the Girls’ knees.
I swear, I’ll never take growing grass for granted again! lol.

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Introducing…Equi-Gems

Equi-Gems are cut and polished organic gems made from the clippings of horse hooves. Every Equi-Gem is unique work of art.
No two are alike.
The pieces can come from the same horse, the same hoof, in the same trimming session, and will still be completely unique in their coloring.

Why Equi-Gems?
Why not?!? Every 4-6 weeks, horses need to have their hooves trimmed for good hoof health.
Sure the trimmings can be left for the dogs (our Daphne loves them!), but, they can also be turned into a one of a kind piece of jewelry to honor the bond you have with your equine.

How about some examples?
The following pieces are made from our horses, all are set in sterling silver, and all are for sale…

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Check out our Equi-Gems page on the side bar for more info on each piece, pricing, and contact info.

 

E is for Equi-Gems.

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SHS ~ June14th

Mid June already. Can you believe it?!?
We just got 30 yards of dirt to fill the raised garden bed. We’ve been working since Friday afternoon to get the done, so I can plant! My tomatoes and peppers are so ready for more foot space to grow, and I am so ready for them to be *outside* and growing!
There’s my task for next week, planting just about 40 peppers, and over 100 tomato plants…plus carrots, peas, beans, beets, pumpkins, squash and zucchini. I’m sure there’s more, but, without my seed box in front of me, I’m not sure what! lol.

This weeks Scavenger Hunt Sunday prompts include Then and Now, Indulge, Happiness, Summer, and Pop of Color.

Then and Now

Then

Daphne, November 2013

Daphne, November 2013

Yup, our pup broke her paw within a month of coming Home. Silly girl! Just so folks know, puppies should not take flying leaps off of couches. Not a good idea.

Now

Daphne, June 2015

Daphne, June 2015

She’s coming 2 in August, and is slowing down a wee bit. She has some sort of high energy herding dog mix in her-we know she’s got German Shepherd, but who knows what else-and can go, go, go, go, go…yeah, she’s a high energy girl who really needs the space out here to run. I cannot imagine this pup in a city home!

Indulge

Ruby indulged herself with a big yawn…right in my face!

Oh, Ruby!

Oh, Ruby!

The Kid and I indulged ourselves with a Kitten in Cups photo shoot…here’s a sneak peek. You’ll get to see more of these in another blog post.

Gray (in the owl cup) and Screaming Mimi (in the Tim Hortons cup)

Gray (in the owl cup) and Screaming Mimi (in the Tim Hortons cup)

Happiness

Happiness is hugging your horse while she lays in the grass. ❤

Ruby, Sable, The Kid and Astrid.

Ruby, Sable, The Kid and Astrid.

Summer

Summer means a lovely nap in the long grass.

Summer Sable

Pop of Color

I’ve been working on the hoof clipping jewelry. This piece is one for me. It’s a Midnight Meteorite earring, with a blue spinel as a pop of color. This is a test piece, so that I know whether or not my setting method is durable enough.

Midnight Meteorite

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D is for Dreams

When we started this journey into country living/farm life/homesteading, we had an area we wanted to live in. It was the part of our province that called to our Spirits. It’s an area where we-The Hubby and I-spent a lot of our time together early in our lives together. Hiking, hunting, enjoying the outdoors. That’s where we wanted to put down our farmer roots and grow.

We found an amazing property early in the search. Well, actually I found it listed on a “farms for sale” website about 2 years before we were ready. I drooled over it, I showed it to Hubby, he drooled over it, and we Dreamed. Life stuff going on around us kept us from even considering calling the agent. We could hardly consider selling our city house and run away to the country when my Mom was dealing with ovarian cancer, now could we?

And then, when things all settled out, and we were free to think about *us* again, I looked for the property online. My heart broke when I couldn’t find it. That Dream was done.

One day, though, in passing I had mentioned this Dream place to the agent we were working with to find our farm, and she said she’d do some digging and see if there was any news on the place. Well, turns out, the owner was just back from her winter hiatus, and was getting ready to re-list the property.
Oh, the Dream was back!!
Our agent got us a showing, and 45 minutes later, we pulled into the yard.
Oh.
My.
Gawsh.

Huge 3 bedroom farmhouse, 320 acres already fenced for cattle, 200 acres of it bushland. Deer in the pasture as we pulled in, out buildings galore…an old dairy barn, 2 calf sheds, several smaller shed structures good for workshops, hay storage, tack sheds…it was amazing! All well under our budget, even with the $10k price increase for having a new furnace installed.
I stepped out of the vehicle, and felt like I was home.

At the end of the day(s) (we had more than 1 showing of the property), Hubby and I came down to the painful decision that this place was not meant to be for us. 😥 He still had to work in the city, and the drive would have been prohibitive for him. Now he’s on the road roughly an hour each way to get to work and back…this place would have added and extra 30 minutes each way, and no guarantees he could have gotten to work in winter. The gravel road out front of the place was not as well-traveled as the one we live on now.

Anyways, for the past year and a half, I have wondered if this Dream property ever sold.
Not that I’m unhappy where we are…not at all! I love this place…we have 80 acres, pasture for the Girls, it’s close for Hubby to go back and forth to work, and it was in our budget.
It’s Home.
But, you always wonder, right?

Last night, flipping through a local real estate magazine, and I saw it. The Dream property, still for sale, back down to the original price of $175k.
We laughed, and went over all the reasons why we didn’t buy it in the first place, and settled on the last one…the old gal who owns it wasn’t ready. I doubt she’s ready to sell now, she just lists it (in obscure places) to appease her daughter, who worries about her Mama in the middle of nowhere by herself. Fair enough. But I don’t think the place will actually sell until the old gal herself passes on, and considering how happy she is there, that’s for the best.

For us, well, for me, it will always be my Dream property. One day, someone else will live their Dream on it, because the only way we could, is if we won the lottery, and Hubby didn’t have to work. 😉 I doubt that will happen.

D is for Dreams

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C is for Cookie’s Gemstone Name

The past 2 weeks, we have been running a contest to find the gemstone name for Cookie’s hoof clipping jewelry. If you look at the Results! post, you’ll see, we had a tie in voting…between Cookillium and Midnight Meteorite.

We turned to the Camouflage hat to determine the winning name…

I printed the 2 names 10 times each.

I printed the 2 names 10 times each.

I figured 10 of each name would give a fair shot to both names in the drawing.

The Kid is always the one who does the draw...

The Kid is always the one who does the draw…

I made her get out of bed early to do this…not a happy Girlie. Oh well. 😛

Our winner!!

Our winner!!

There’s the winning name, suggested to us by Paul…

Midnight Meteorite

Congratulations Paul!!

Cookie thanks you all for not suggesting names that call her a Dork...like her Mama does. ;)

Cookie thanks you all for not suggesting names that call her a Dork…like her Mama does. 😉

We’ll be in touch with Paul shortly to get his prize to him.

In the meantime, the Board at Midnight Calico Farm has discussed the contest, and have decided that everyone who’s suggestion made it to the final 6 will receive a pendant of our choosing.
So, watch your emails folks, we’ll be in touch in the next couple of days to get your info and send out your prize. 🙂

C is for Cookie’s gemstone name, contest, and congratulations!

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Manitoba Pet Expo

2015 MB Pet Expo FB Timeline-Cover
We will be there! We’ve got a table to hawk our wares…if you’re in Manitoba, come on out and see us. We’d love to see you!
If you’re wondering what we’ll have, here’s a peek at the work I’ve been doing the past 2 months…

Cards

Cards

Big bin 'o' cards

Big bin ‘o’ cards

Raw Rubidium

Raw Rubidium

Tools of my trade

Tools of my trade

Some finished pieces

Some finished pieces

Still have to make the display cards for the jewelry, finish packaging the greeting cards, and put together the display for our table.
I’ll have a few pieces of raw material to work as well, should anyone be curious about (part) of the process from raw to finished. Some of the process is proprietary, so I won’t do a fully finished piece, but folks will be able to see some of the process. 🙂

2015 MB Pet Expo Poster Color

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Don’t forget to go to our Results! post and vote on Cookie’s gemstone name. Voting ends tomorrow at Midnight!