It's a cloudy, grey morning (yesterday)...
and Jack gave me the morning off from barn chores.
After a very short night of sleep ... after arriving home from Pittsburgh at
an exceptionally late hour... I awoke having succumbed to chest congestion
that had been brewing for a couple days.
I spent my morning, indoors, vacuuming, doing dishes and laundry.
So when it was time to go out and bring the donkeys in from their morning's grazing time,
I jumped at the chance to go out and visit everyone.
I went from pasture to pasture just to see how everyone was occupied,
and this is what I found:
At one moment in time,
the donkeys were busy grazing...
as were the pigs...
the sheep were resting - who knew that chewing your cud could be so exhausting!
Annie and Chester stood watch.
The horses were busily munching,
through their grazing muzzles,
in two of the upper pastures...
while Dr. Becky's Sid and Shirley were in the third pasture.
They all seem to enjoy having neighbors with whom to chat!
The ducks and guineas were busily patrolling
the fourth pasture,
while the goats and the chickens looked on...
Our one lone rooster, who has recently figured out his duties,
was trying his best to woo (any of) the ladies.
No takers, apparently.
As I moved from pasture to pasture, Sam followed along behind me...
hoping that an adventure might be next on the list.
We brought the donkeys back into the dry lot and gave them their morning chow.
Secure in the knowledge that all was well with our world,
we headed back home...
to work on a few projects.
I am knitting some mittens.
and finishing some works in progress in the sewing room.
Waxed cotton rain hats have been a popular item, so more of them were started.
I had a brainstorm that perhaps I could use my own leftover beeswax,
(from our last hives a couple years ago)
to make my own waxed canvas.
In an attempt at being more sustainable, I have stopped buying plastic wrap
and have tried several alternatives...
one of them being beeswax fabric like this....
but I was not terribly happy with its performance when covering a casserole,
in that it wouldn't stay shaped well around the edge of a bowl without a rubberband.
I had also tried silicone lids, and they work well, but are not made
large enough to stay secured to a bigger dish, like a casserole.
So... I had a brainstorm... what if I made a beeswax cover circular and edged it with elastic?
I am thinking of making these in three sizes as a set,
but first I need to iron out just a couple bugs. (not real bugs!! Ewwwww!)
I love quiet, grey days and the satisfaction of knowing that
everyone is happy and healthy and busy doing what they most enjoy.
Simple pleasures are the best!
The older I get, the more I realize that these simple pleasures
are all I need to be happy!