Monday, November 25, 2013

Woe is me yall and upcoming giveaway!

Hey yall! I guess I should say that "Woe was me"! Besides the normal crazy busy happenings around the farm, my computer decided to just quit responding! Yep - it's just been sittin here like a knot on a log! But hurrah ! I finally got it fixed. I think :o. Keepin my fingers crossed. Plus it had not one, not two but three viruses. I just do not understand when you have virus protection installed and up to date how your computer can still get sick. But those suckers are gone now too. So hopefully everything will get back to normal around here now.
 We finally finished picking corn! I am so happy about that. We are actually a week or so early. Many years we have been picking corn right through Thanksgiving, so I am glad we were able to get it picked before the bad weather starting moving in. It was a very good harvest too so plenty of food for the cows and chickens this winter and we have some really good corn for seed.

 I have been using up some leftover and single skein yarn. I am making a bed runner for our bed to keep our feet nice and warm. And that bright green ball is the fruit from an Osage Orange tree. It is about the size of a softball and just as heavy. You do not want to stand under one of these trees on a windy day! These ARE NOT edible. The cows will eat them but sometimes may choke so I do not let them have them either. They have a very pleasant citrus smell. Granny always cut them in half and laid them around the foundation of the house outside. She said it kept bugs away. I don't know about that but they sure do smell good and make a beautiful tree. They are very hard, but you can chop one up and run it through your garbage disposal and it makes it smell really fresh. And a bowl of them sitting around just look and smell festive!
 I also finished and mailed my 1"hexie flowers for my swap partner this month in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap. These are so fun to make.
 And our "I Love Lucy International Bee" got started this month. November's Queen is Susan of sue mac seeds and she chose yellow, gray and black for her colors. I am not used to using these colors but I love how this block turned out. I hope she likes it. 

 And I have started a project for the Missouri Star Quilt Company Iron Quilter II. Several weeks ago I purchased some charm packs of "Lovely" by RJR Fabrics because I love pansies so much. Well "Lovely" is the secret ingredient in this years Iron Quilter Challenge. I decided on a scrappy star quilt but entries have to be in by November 30th. I have 3 blocks made :(   Soooooo I dunno if I can finish in time or not. Maybe since the corn is in I can find some extra time to work on it.
Since the computer has been down I feel I have missed out on so much that I want to go back to catch up on. 
Also, yall I wrote my first blog post back in February of this year. This is my 98th post. So, I am getting close to my 100th blog post. I really just don't know where the time has gone. So much has happened here and around the farm over these last few months. So I think I will celebrate with a giveaway on my 100th post. I have a couple of ideas and will be back in a few days with the 100th post and giveaway information. 
Now I would love to extend a very warm welcome to two of my newest friends and followers:
Ivani at arteemcasa and kesch! Welcome to the farm ladies! I am so glad to have yall plowing along with us!
Yall, this was what greeted us as we got back from the corn fields the last day. An amazing sunset over the barn that has the corn cribs. This picture is how my little point and shoot took it. It was so vibrant with reds and pinks and purples. A glorious way to end the harvest!  See yall in a few days!
xo jan


  1. You are such a busy farm lady! That bedrunner is beautiful. You'll make the deadline...

  2. Glad to hear you had such a good harvest! And that your computer is back in action. Such great progress, loving those blocks and of course the hexies. As for that sunset, stunning!

  3. I surely hope you can complete your Iron Quilter project--I'd love to see what you come up with! I know it will be beautiful!

    My aunt would buy what I think is the same as your green ball in the first picture to keep spiders away--I think she called them Hedge Balls-or something like that. They sell them at our local grocery store, and yes, a basket of them sure is pretty. I'd love to see what a tree of them looks like.

  4. It's just wonderful that you had a really good harvest and got it all in ahead of time. Glad you got rid of those nasty viruses, they are terrible! Love the sunset picture. Those are some pretty colors. Thanks for sharing!

  5. you have achieved so much since your last post, good to hear the corn is all in, more time now for stitching!. Very pretty hexies and the pansy star is a real beauty

  6. Jan! What a beautiful post. I love Osage oranges! They are so beautiful, and such a perfect color. All your WIPs are coming along beautifully, and as always, your farm pictures are cheering. Glad that computer is letting you make contact with the outside world :)

  7. My Dad used to go out and pick up Osage Oranges that fell from the tress along the side of a road the trees grew on. My parents used them to help keep spiders away as they were told they would do that. They gave me some to try in my hubby's and my first apartment. The nonworking fireplace was a magnet for spiders in this old house. They may have helped some, but not enough. LOL.

    Since you asked the question, "when you have virus protection installed and up to date how your computer can still get sick," the answer is up-to-date anti-virus software is only as good as the not quite latest virus. Like the flu and other vaccines, the AV software manufacturers cannot make an antidote until they can get their hands on the latest virus. So, someone has to get hit with one first. Secondly, most AV software does not protect from malware and adware unless you by a suite that includes those. There are several good free anti-malware and anti-adware programs available. Malware is almost as bad as viruses these days and just as prevalent. Anyway, glad you were able to get your computer healthy again.

    That is one gorgeous sunset. Your blocks are beautiful too!


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