Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Melon- out.

Melon and Poppy- out.

Yep, Poppy is still out.

Daisy, out.

No, wait she is awake. But soon drifts off to out again.

To Snow you say

The deck is full.

My truck is full.

Free snow delivery, yeah that is full too.

He has the right idea, hibernation.

Keeping my eyes safe in the blinding white

Ducks and wild birds at breakfast

The view from the back 40.

Snowy February

Osa comes along for chores

Some white stairs.

Zilla wants to play in the snow.

My ducks having a duck-scussion about all this white stuff.

Nope, too cold to be a chicken.

My herd covered in ice and snow.

Checking on the hay for the horses.

Double jacket and double hood kinds of day on the farm.

Here there be Snow

It has been super cold and it has snowed, a lot. It is almost a foot deep and I have 3 foot drifts around the farm. I am staying home and off the roads. Inside I have to wood stove going and pets dozing in the warmth. Coco cooling off on my piano.

Coco claims the highest saddle in the saddle tree hers alone.

Oza and Melon have a discussions about who gets what blanket in the house. Osa is getting older and likes to come in and enjoy the heat. Zilla prefers to cold and outside. Melons prefers all dogs stay outside.

This is just one day of snow in the Ozarks.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Baby Bonnet

This is one of the smallest bonnets I had made for the Library event. It was perfect for this little one.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Prarie Hat Making

After a few attempts I mastered the prairie hat. A friend made one for me and I reverse engineered it from there. Most patterns were lacking in directions. It was fun to sit and create something. I have been super busy on the farm and helping friends, I have had no time to be an artist.  Playing piano takes up my free time. But playing music is no match for making things with my hands.

Yep, all finished and off to the local library. I was able to make four hats for their special Laura Ingles Wilder storytime event.

Melon supervised the pattern making.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Moving Big Blue Iron

This is what my husband and I bought in Nixa, a new pellet stove. It weighs over 500 lbs. We left it on the back of our farm truck until we made time to move it into our house on the second floor.

Waiting for the tractor.

We wrapped the stove in 3 moving blankets and stretch wrap.

Using strapping as chain will ding and harm the stove.

We were able to get it safely to the base of the stairs.

Now the fun begins using a pulley and our arm strength.

reducing friction

First pull, great success, but tipping over of the stove is a concern.

I suggest using the tractor. Hoping the nylon rope holds.

It does and things move quickly.

Almost there. Lots of friction and high danger to me if rope snaps. I am behind the stove.

The stove has landed on deck.

You can see how far the tractor had to go.

On deck!

After using furniture gliders we got big blue into the house.

Now it waits to be installed.