Friday, March 22, 2013
I'm only able to weave about an hour a day, maybe three days per week. So many other things to do now that spring is right around the corner. Also a trip into town takes us nearly all day with errands. Then we have to eat, of course. We've discovered some really great places to eat this year. Not all are restaurants, but more like the Costco food court. They have got to have the very best pizza! And hot dogs! And berry parfaits. Guess I'm hungry.
A received a gift of a mangle iron from a friend today. No pix yet, I don't have it in my studio but it is an older model and works good. This will save a lot of time when making scarves so I don't have to keep running back to the house to iron, then back to the studio. We will be able to use it on woven scarves after washing them and also for silk scarves that we've hand painted. I usually iron the silk ones twice, once to set the paint and the last time to iron out the wrinkles.
It said it was large enough for four chickens, but I'm thinking two, possibly three. Two nesting boxes in the rear, the small section with the little door is for roosting, the rest of it is open all underneath so they don't feel so much like they are locked up. We put it in the fenced garden and I hope to let them out to run around but we'll need to put some chicken wire along the bottom so they can't get through those large squares in the field fence. Right now we don't have any chickens yet and we covered it up with a tarp, since we are still having snow / rain / wind / sun / gropple (those little tiny snow balls that fall like rain). No roosters this year so no baby chicks either. We've got too many hawks that swoop down to eat our chicks. A couple years ago we lost every one of our hens. I guess those silly roosters (seven!) were too fast for the hawks because they never caught any of them unfortunately. And the roosters wake us up at 3:30am every morning. Waaay too early for me. But we will have lots and lots of eggs.
Hopefully our egg storage will work out. Don't wash off the bloom from the eggs, just the poopy if there is any. Then rub them with mineral oil and they should keep a long time without refrigeration. We shall see, I'll let you know.