Ah, Spring, You Were So Fleeting!

Um, hello, 43 this morning?  Did someone not read the calendar that says May 21st?  What crazy up and down weather!  At least it wasn’t 27 and freezing our garden – this year.  A few sunny days of 80’s to low 60’s today and back in the upper 70’s and 80’s for the next week with, wait for it . . . RAIN!  Ohio has enough of a drainage problem.  But there are other parts of the country with much worse flooding than we have, so I will not complain or make any further mention of it.  Thoughts and prayers for everyone suffering through flooding and horrible storms out in the heartland.

My Cowgirl has been having some medical issues and I had her at the chiropractor this morning.  After adjustments she felt like a 20 lb. weight had left her neck.  He advised her to “ride that horse”, so she and Penny are out tearing up, the pasture (literally, unfortunately).  She had a good vending show on Sunday and came home with lots of ideas for new products as well as the doggie bandanas I’m getting patterns ready for.  I can’t wait to show off Luke and Lexi in their new ‘danas.

We stopped by a new boutique uptown, Randall & Blue, after the chiropractor visit and they carry adorable clothes for curvy girls!  And yes, this sale/clearance shopper paid full price to buy a new shirt for my Cowgirl.  A pretty, grown-up top she can wear to shows instead of a tank top and it fit her!!  We chatted up the girl who was working and they are a fairly new business that started on-line and just opened a shop here and are doing a second shop up in Canton. Or maybe she said Kenton – my hearing, y’all!  We loved the shop and told her it reminded us of St. Joe and all of the neat little places up there.  A tiny bit of Michigan in a little Ohio town!

Well, I’m finishing lunch and then off to the “office”/sewing room.  I’ll be helping out at the trucking company one day a week for the next few weeks, so I’ve got to make and make while I have days to do it!  Cowgirl has 4 shows in June and just ordered a bunch of fabric.  She makes no consideration for the clothes I need to sew for the 2 of us and all of the doggy bandanas and cosmetic bags that need to fly off my fingers – and the labels for our products.  Good grief, she thinks Mama is a machine!!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

Catnip

When our Little Bird was 13 we got her a new kitten – Catnip. Fast forward to 2017 and Little Bird marries her French Fry who is allergic to everything (including his Boxer who lives with his mom). Three months later, they adopt a Siamese kitten – because Siamese are very low allergen as cats go. Um, what about the cat you still have at home? Well, French Fry is allergic to him. Not to mention, he’s always been a special needs cat and is angry at the world 95% of the time. He meowed in my arms for 45 minutes while she tried to decide which of the kittens to bring home in the first place! I finally said, “I like this one, it talks alot”. So, Catnip stayed with us and the dogs and Cowgirl and Farm Boy’s kitten that Catnip hates/resents.

Well, now, I can no longer disguise or hide the fact that Mr. Nip is peeing where he should not be. While I was in Hocking Hills with Farm Boy, Catnip peed on the new carpet right in front of Mr. Fix-It. Bad, bad news for our dear Mr. Nip. Fortunately, Mr. Fix-It didn’t not send him to his reward on the spot. But he was ANGRY.

This morning was a really rough and emotional time. I texted my Bestie who recently had to put her family cat down and then I LOST IT. Amazing amounts of grief that didn’t feel related to having to put down my 4th cat for the same issue – what is in my water??? The worst part was realizing how close that black monster (depression) was to the surface. Oh, God, I won’t go back there! So, I really let myself grieve and cry and pray until I didn’t feel so low and lonely anymore. I do not want to put Nip down. I’m going to buy him some more time and have the vet check him out. My house will be very empty without a Catnip in it.

Hello, I’m Coming Back!

It has been quite a hiatus from blogging, I know.  Cowgirl has kept me hopping in the sewing room, but things are a little slower now and after a dissatisfying shopping trip we have both decided that making clothes is in our better interest.  Not that they will be showing up on The Crazy BumbleBee anytime soon!  We are, however, hoping to add dog bandanas and equestrian emergency kits (in cute zippered cosmetic bags) in the near future.  Prior to that excitement, I owe Cowgirl a dress for an upcoming family event. Lord only knows what I’ll wear 😀

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I’m still alive.  Next, I’ll figure out how to load pictures from my google account into wordpress.  We have cute baby lambs, lots of chickens and my precious cow is growing into such a big girl!!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

Happy New Year!

Well, here we are at the end of January.  Sometimes, you need to take a slow start to a new idea, like a new year. (My way of saying I’ve been lazy, without coming right out and saying, “I’ve been lazy”.)

Cowgirl continues to amaze me with her great attitude and work ethic.  She’s had some steps backward from her phenomenal recovery from depression, but over all she’s still charging onward.  She started college a few weeks ago and is doing great!  She’s even had 2 “snow” days off for the cold weather.  Her first legitimate snow days.  We’ve also been doing marathons of Downton Abbey.  Cowgirl is proving to be the real blogger in the family, too.  She writes and posts and sets up publish dates and I sit and stare at my phone.

The phone brings me to somethings that started circulating in my heart last night.  I do spend way too much time on the phone/computer.  It’s so easy to pick up and more convenient to surf the net from my hand than the laptop.  January is Sanctity of Life month and if you read the news you know that some states and people don’t give a crap about the sanctity of life.  My overwhelming anger and knee-jerk reactions to posts on social media were eye opening to me.  Yesterday especially I felt God telling me to let go of that method of communication.  This morning I un-followed a lot of friends, people I genuinely like, because the things they post aren’t things I need to be filling my heart and mind with.  After the un-following I started seeing posts from lots of friends and family, I never saw things from before.  If this doesn’t help me let go of anger and knee-jerk reactions, then the parting will be finalized.

So, if I’m spending less time on social media, hopefully I will spend more time blogging.  There is so much going on in the sewing room and some gorgeous new polos headed to the website http://www.TheCrazyBumbleBee.com .

And that’s what’s happening on the hobby farm.

It Snowed Today!

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see the white stuff falling from the sky!  It just makes my heart sing.  The two things I miss the most about Michigan are The Lake and the snow. Both make me so happy when ever I see them. 😀

Cowgirl is making great progress getting Penny into the trailer.  The first time she tried to load after she brought Penny home did not go well.  Penny is a bit spoiled by wide slant load trailers with ramps.  We have an older, narrow step-up.  Penny is getting the hang of it and hopefully she’ll be good to haul soon.  The new farrier comes tomorrow to fix her loose slider.

Cowgirl is getting a bit discouraged about our little business.  Gosh darn shipping is crazy expensive.  Why??  We thought we had our first sale today, but in the end it looks like shipping costs killed the order.  And, ugh, we lost the supplier for the cute little bumblebees we put on the polos.  Apparently the manufacturer changed hands and our supplier can’t get them anymore.  We’re looking into an embroidery machine – which I’ve wanted anyway.  We found one for re-sell at a good price.  Investment money is getting pretty tight.  Hopefully, we can hold out until horse show season starts in February.

My good news (aside from not breaking myself when I fell off the stairs in the house – face plant at the front door) is that I have 90% of my Christmas sewing done!  And 90% of my shopping as well.  It’s been years since I’ve been this close to finished before Thanksgiving.  I’m super geeked.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!

Up and Running

Me and the business!  That cold put me on the couch for FIVE days.  Absolutely no fun.  I’m still coughing a bit and the whole family has shared the love.  Farm Boy has had the worst of it by far.  It just lingers and lingers, poor kid.  He wore a ski mask at parkour last night to protect the other kids.  Only my family.

We officially launched the business on Tacebook on October 31st!  Facebook.com/TheCrazyBumbleBee and Cowgirl started a blog about our venture into business:  thecrazybumblebee.wordpress.com.  I’m sewing my fingers (and my back) to a frazzle, but it is worth it.

I also finished the poinsettia table runner for my sister-in-law for Christmas.  It turned out even better than expected.  The pictures are on my phone which is not in arms reach right now – sorry.

I think the best news in the last week is that we brought Penny home!!!  Mr. Fix-It and I had a date to Menard’s on Friday to pick up the lumber for her stall front.  Saturday Cowgirl helped her dad build the stall and sliding door.  Once again my inspiration drew up her plans, ordered the exact amount of lumber (2 2x4s over what was needed) and poured her heart into a construction project.  Penny got turned out with the sheep yesterday and they had quite a time scaring each other.  They eventually settled down and enjoyed the green grass of November.  November!! And green grass??  Cowgirl needs to find an indoor arena she can haul to during the winter when our ground is too frozen or too wet, but she is indeed loving having her girl at home.  Penny is a little bored after being in a barn with lots of other horses and activity going on.  I bought her a jolly ball to play with and gave it to her early – Merry Christmas!

It turns out that we won’t be having company for Thanksgiving this year, so we will be looking for new activities and going to The Little Bird and her Apple for a late dinner.  I hate that my kids grew up and their cousins grew up and those 5 hours between us and extended family seem to have grown longer over the years.  But I will accept new traditions and dream about grandchildren 😀

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm

Being Sick, Business Plans & Chicken Surgery

How’s that for a mess of a title?  Sadly, the first two are dominating my day.  Here’s a copy of my FB post from this morning:

My little school only has one student, but I managed to get sick from him. I knew there was a good reason not to touch that biology book!

Mr. Fix-It noticed last night that one of the chickens was limping. Farm Boy says, yah, it has been limping for a while, i figured it would get better. Cowgirl goes out this morning and gets the chicken. She has the string from a feed bag embedded in her ties and around her foot.

HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF TIMES HAVE I YELLED TO PICK UP LOOSE STRING IN THE BARN AND THROW IT AWAY!?

I helped Cowgirl set up a little surgery for the chicken and she started snipping the string off the chicken’s foot. And all of a sudden, my student’s sickness washes over me and I’m struggling to stay upright and not pass out or puke during chicken surgery! I ended up on the bathroom floor and Cowgirl freed the chicken. 
It wasn’t even a gross surgery!

Fortunately, I don’t have the flu, just a bad cold that has settled in my chest and sinuses – where all colds seem to settle to cause lots of misery.
Cowgirl told me yesterday that I could only have the one day off from business.  Nearly fainting during surgery has garnered another day to recuperate.  Of course, I’m looking for a business bank, racking my brain for questions to ask the accountant, and researching what we need to file with the state to be a legit business.  Cowgirl has been business planning like a boss with her two days off from Quarter Horse Congress.  I am so proud of how she is running with this.  She can’t put it down!
Me?  I am over being sick (I’m on day 2) and ready to be able to function without bricks on my chest.  Vick’s, Gypsy Cold Care tea and orange juice.  What a combination.
And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!