Friday, December 19, 2014

More Gifts and Crafts

We're going to another party tomorrow that is having a more up scale secrete Santa. 
I think just the women are drawing numbers and getting that gift. 
I had the woman that I got the chocolate sleds from last year put together a very nice basket with chocolates, wine and etched glass.  I wouldn't mind drawing my own number.  I still haven't decided whether or not to add my horse hair bracelet. 
And this is a new craft I did this year.  Super easy folded stars from recycled magazines.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Horse Hair Bracelet

I've been looking at a facebook page of someone that does horse hair jewelry. (Pertra's Horse Hair Jewelry) What she does is beautiful and reasonably priced.  So, of course I couldn't do anything the easy way and just send her the hair.  I had to try to do it myself. 
 I already had the horse hair.  When Lady died I confess, I did cut off her tail and save it.  She had a very unique white tail with a black stripe.
 Then I bought some of these, jewelry ends.
 It took some experimenting but I finally decided I liked 4 strands braided together.
 I raided V and E's craft kits and found this wire and beads that I braided in.
 And this is the final product.
Not too bad for a first effort.  E says I need to use better beads next time and I think I need to find some finer wire.  I just hope the glue holds.  Anyone interested?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Exchange Win

J fought hard for his pick at the saddle club Christmas party.  It was stolen from him repeatedly but he was steadfast in going after it and finally ended up with it. 
He got an actually useful item, this very nice heavy duty rope halter.  I made the mistake of not being as aggressive about getting a known item and gave up to open something new which ended up being 2 kids games which I was stuck with to the end.  I see some regifting in my future.   Anyway, the halter looks very smart on Brother.
 J hadn't ridden Brother in a couple of weeks or more so we went for a spin this weekend with me on Otoelene.
 I'm so use to Brother doing good that when he gets a little looky I have to just remind myself that he is only 3 after all.
 J stuck with him well
and by the time we went back to the barn he was acting pretty good.  I'm thinking he might be my endurance prospect for next year.  We'll see.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Just Kit Sunday #74

Kit's got the calendar kitty pose down pat.

Friday, December 12, 2014

How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck?

 J spends a lot of his time in the winter cutting and hauling in wood for which I am very thankful.  The outdoor wood stove does a great job heating our house and the mess of the wood stays outside.  Plus, J has really been cleaning up the farms in the process.
 But I read an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal the other day about heating with wood.  (here's the link to the article Where There's Oak There's Fire)
 It said to heat a 3000 square foot house for the season with a wood stove that is 72% efficient you would need 3 cords of oak wood.  I asked J how much he thought we burned in a season.  He wasn't sure but guessed somewhere around 25 - 30 cords.
Now very little of ours is solid oak, a lot of scraps and small limbs, and our house may be a little bigger than 3000 square feet and our stove is a boiler model and not direct radiant heat, but still, that's a pretty big difference.
What I do know is that J works hard to keep us warm and happy and what would we be doing with all those down and dead trees anyway.
Got to go chuck some wood  now.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Good Fences #38

Two bulls were fighting across the fence the other day and tore a section out below the water tank.  The water tank was also overflowing and created a nasty mud hole.  This is what J had to work in in order to dig a new post hole so he could patch up the fence.  
 We had been talking and I had mentioned that I was living my dream.  Well, really more than my dream because not only did I have my horses and a flat spot to ride, I had an indoor arena.  I asked J what his dream was.
He said, "to have all new fences."
For more Good Fences click HERE.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Happy 18th Birthday E!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sure she will be unhappy that I posted this picture but oh well.  E and J went and picked out a tree Sunday.  It's in the house now. 
 And E has put up the traditional first ornament.
The lights are on, let the decorating begin.
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