Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Little Autumn Project

October has come and gone in a flash. A lot of my decorations are still sitting on the porch waiting to be used. Guess I need to put them back in the bin for storage.

I bought a quilting magazine several weeks ago that has a lot of cute and simple projects in it.

I was determined to make one of the autumn projects. There is a really cute runner but I didn't think I'd get it completed since Christmas is right around the corner - yikes! I decided to make one of the round placemats and use it as a little table mat. I think it's the perfect size for a little color in the center of the table. Although I must confess, I made this to give to somebody and won't be keeping it. I'm going to attempt to get another one of these completed this week.

I think it looks pretty cute.

I've gotten the barn almost winterized and the little rooster pin as well. This pay day I'll buy wheat straw to pile up inside to help keep it a little warmer than it would be otherwise. The little goat family have their winter coats on now and are all quite fuzzy.

Because most of my hens are pretty old and don't lay many eggs these days, I bought two laying hens from some friends.

Here is Ginger - a gold laced wyandotte.

And Golden Girl - an Americauna

I don't know how Big Rooster is still alive. He still has a huge hole in him but acts normal in every way.

My monster tractor has been serviced and used for the last time. We had our first freeze Saturday night so all the annuals are mushy now. I'm in no hurry to clean up the yard and gardens as I lost interest in them late August when I couldn't keep things alive, or from being eaten by deer or voles. So discouraging.

Last weekend my older daughter, husband and little girl came down for a nice visit. All the younger folks went to the NC State Fair on Saturday while I ran errands and cooked and baked. Sunday we all went to the Zoo and had a good time seeing the animals in their nice habitats. Of course the batteries in my camera died right after we got there so I don't have many pictures to share. Thank goodness we arrived at the perfect moment to see this wonderful creature getting a brush down. His name is Artie and he's about 20 years old. I was in heaven being this close to an elephant.

...till I can make time to blog again - stay warm!


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, that round placemat is beautiful! I love it. Love your chickens too. Happy November!

T's Daily Treasures said...

I've been checking to see if you had posted again but somehow missed this one. Your round placemat is so very pretty. Days have been busy here too. And now we are leaving early in the morning for another trip away. Be back next week. Take care! Tammy

T said...

The placemat is very lovely! Your goats, Oh my gosh, they are adorable!

goatgirl said...

The goats look great! My hens are old too. I just realized they were almost 4....time for the stew pot.....ya right. We are getting one egg a day from the girls but they are enjoying their well earned retirement.

Anonymous said...

Where are you, my friend? Busy, as everyone seems to be lately? I've blogged a bit but am just now visiting!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Cold yet? We've had a little snow and it's very cold today but sunny.

Sending warm hugs!