Our first day with the heifer went well. She was quite agreeable, and seemed to enjoy being on the edge of the woods where she grazed, drank, relaxed in the shade and rested next to the big rock, which I’m sure provided her an enjoyable cooling effect. Christopher used some of our Jenness Farm bug spray on Nellie and it really helped keep the bugs away from her, no easy task for a cow in a wooded area. I have always been impressed with their bugspray, so if you are at a market, or near their shop, be sure to pick some up. If you don’t live nearby, you can order it online.
Eowyn is in her first dance recital this Saturday, which is very exciting. I wanted to do something special afterwards, as a sort of reception. We are going to make treats, decorate and I’m embroidering a little memento…a ballerina doll with the date on the back. I just found an image on google images printed, enlarged, and hand copied on embroidery tear away paper. It makes a fun and easy pattern, and I altered it a little by adding wings, because Ewoyn is playing the part of a butterfly. So cute. I mostly outline at this point, as I’m not a super skilled embroiderer, but it’s will be just perfect for Eowyn to remember her big day on stage. I still have to turn it into a doll, which is done simply by putting a piece of fabric for the back face down on the embroidered image. I then put it in my machine with the backside of the embroidery facing me. I stitch around the embroidery about 3/4″ from the outline, maybe more in spots to keep arms or legs from getting too thin, basically just so it looks even and leaves me with something that I can easily turn right side out and stuff. I leave about a 2″ hole in a convenient spot for turning and stuffing, then I hand stitch it closed. I figure that will be along one side of the legs for this doll.
I have some tomatoes in the ground, but am now a little behind on planting…and transplanting. Hoping for some early morning “cool of the day” time this week.