Friday, April 18, 2014

New Camera Testing

I recently turned 33 and my birthday present was a splurge.  It's double duty, mostly for taking pictures of soap and other Purl & June products, but also a camera for family pictures.  David did some researching and one of the cameras he found was the Canon EOS Rebel t3i.  It got great reviews as an entry level DSLR, but still is capable of professional work too.  I got a kit that came with a camera and 2 different lenses.

The camera came in the mail on Wednesday (yay for Amazon Prime and 2 day shipping!) and I charged the battery right away but was too intimidated to do anything else but look at the camera sitting in the box.  Yesterday I got brave and turned the camera on and took some shots.  Most of the shots are of the dogs, and of items on the coffee table.  I can't wait to use it more and try really hard to read the manual.  My ADD comes out when I have to try to read long instructions, but I really want to learn about what this bad boy can do!

Here's a sample picture. I hope to be posting lots more pictures, and hopefully I'll be worthy of this camera's potential!

I can already tell is a huge, huge improvement over my $40 Black Friday special camera!

Monday, April 14, 2014

New 'Do

Buford is some sort of terrier mix, and he has the wiry, long hair that comes with most terriers. He picks up ticks like you would not believe.  I've already found 2 on him this season.  It was time for a shave!  I clipped him last year and it really helped cut down on the number of ticks he picked up.

Yesterday was the perfect warm sunny day for dog clipping, but I got a little surprise when I ran those clippers down him.  He's a color changing dog!  :-)

Before (he's the black one)

And after!

I knew he had some agouti coloring, where each individual hair has different color "bands" on it, but had no idea he would turn this blonde!  And check out his back leg....that's hair is all the same length. I hope he eventually turns black again, because I like him darker, but he's at least fun to look at now!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's Finally Spring!

We had perfect weather this weekend, so we spent a lot of time outside.  Devin got a mini bike for his birthday (he turned 11 in March!), and it has been getting a lot of use lately!

They've made courses around the yard, and they time each other to see who is fastest. The bike is pretty weak, so even downhill it doesn't go too fast. 

David loves to show off his fancy trick riding. One of the kids' favorite things to do is chase David around while he rides the bike around the yard. 

I finally got out in the garden this weekend.  I got my onion sets planted (white, yellow, red, and Stuttgarter), along with cabbage and broccoli. 

Devin mentioned wanting to save a peach pit so he could grow a peach tree.  I suggested it might be much faster to just buy a peach we went to Lowe's and he picked out his peach tree.  Now it's waiting to be planted.

Kylee wanted to buy an apple tree, but since the apples needed a second variety for pollenation (and we haven't dedicated a space to a small orchard yet), she bought 2 blueberry bushes.  She helped plant and water them, and I gave both her and Devin a book where they can read about what peaches and blueberries need to grow. 

She and Devin also picked out some herbs they wanted to grow. Kylee loved the lemon balm, and Devin loved the mint. 

I know I'll sleep well tonight after all the work we've done this weekend!

Monday, April 7, 2014


I knit my mom this cute little bunny.  It's the Rabbit pattern by Debbie Bliss.  I used Noro Kureyon.  It was easy to knit and came out really cute!

And we got this new addition to our rabbit operation this weekend. She's our first pedigreed rabbit, and I'm very excited to see how she does.  She is 10 months old, a purebred New Zealand White.   She's not quite as colorful as the rabbit above, but she's cute too. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Last But Not Least!

It has come to my attention that I never posted about the last baby born this year.  June had a large, single buckling on March 28th.  It was a hard delivery, but the buckling is doing a-ok.  June is having a few problems getting back to normal, but we're working on that and she's improving little by little. 

This little guy is a cute one!  Buford loved having him in the house for the first 2 days.  He loved giving him kisses, can you tell? 

Now he is out in the barn with Ida and her twins.  He and his brother and sister are for sale, too.  If you are interested, let me know!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trying to Stay Positive

This was my view of the yard this evening, and we could possibly get 4-6" total.  I *hope* we do not get that much snow.  It's nearly the end of March, and in Maryland that means we should already have our potatoes planted!  It's too late for snow here!  I'm trying to see the beauty in it, and I know in a few months it'll be miserably hot and humid, but it's not helping me appreciate this (hopefully) last snow. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

For a week I've been waiting for Ida to kid, and every day when I go to work I set up my camera so I can keep an eye on her at work.  Every day is the progress, just more waiting.  Today I decided to put Ida outside for the day, since it didn't look like kidding was imminent.  I checked on her at lunch time and everything was normal.  I went outside to feed at 5pm, and there were twins on the ground, all dried off!  She sure is slick. 

She had a doe and a buck, and they're all doing fine.  :-) 

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