Sunday, September 29, 2019

Watching...


...for fall?  For rain?  For cooler temps?  For the upcoming Kentucky Wool Festival?  For a new puzzle :-).

This has been the hottest September I can ever remember.  We are still in the 90s and my "if I can just make it until Thursday..." has been changed this morning to "if I can just make it until Friday."  If this trend of pushing back the end of this brutal heat stretch continues, it's just going to become "I hope I make it..."

To make matters worse, other than a freak rain storm yesterday morning, we have had no rain.  Everything is brown and crispy and when the wind does blow, it's a hot wind that does nothing to help anyone.  Speaking of the freak rain, it rained 2" at the house, but only 3/8" at the Wool House, just yards away.  The rain was that spotty.  

Hank is doing pretty well.  His foot has healed up beautifully, but he's back obsessively licking both of his elbows now and right after I took this picture I had to stick the cone of shame back on him :-/.  They are actually blow up pillows now and if it wasn't so blasted hot, it probably wouldn't be that uncomfortable to wear, but still.

I'm in the final crunch week of getting ready for the wool festival.  My Ohio Valley Natural Fibers run scheduled for last week was cancelled, but they are hoping they can run my roving this Tuesday.  I have my fingers crossed, but am still stressing about a contingency plan if they can't get their machine back up and running.  

I've got a good amount of wool pumpkins made, lots of wool balls, quite a few mini wreaths and I'm finishing up some big wreaths.  I'll also have all the usual Punkin's Patch "swag" in tow and hopefully some felted sheep as well.  The calendars won't be ready until after the festival, but we have plenty of the "...and to all a good night" Christmas cards packed up and also mixed sets of all 15 years.

Tring Farm has eight pretty raw fleeces to sell and for some reason Andy and Tavia's fleeces (two of my favorites) didn't sell back in the spring, so I'll have them there as well.  Everything else is washed and ready to process,  so it will all work out somehow.  

The booth will be full and fun and pretty and if the forecast holds, it should be a great weekend.  We might even be able to wear some wool in the evenings...which seems odd to say after so many weeks/months of not breaking out of the 70s at night.  

I'll believe it when I see it.  I'm watching!


14 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

It’s ridiculous that you are still so hot in the 90’s! I hope it cools off for you and the festival. It sounds like you’ve got lots a great items to sell. Hope Hank feels better soon and can lose the cone of shame.

farm buddy said...

I am so happy to hear that Hank is doing better! I have been thinking about him!
We haven't had any rain to speak of either; although, we have not had anywhere near as hot temperatures. But with the lack of rain, the grass for the cattle is fizzling out, and I am going to have to start feeding at least some baleage now, which is a month earlier than planned or expected.

Michelle said...

Now that you mention it, it does look unusually brown in your photo. Here we are having an early fall, with the first sticking snow in the Cascades already. I'm not complaining; wish I could share.

karen said...

I have a really hard time mentally in making my dog where the cone. I give up usually and then just keep them by my side and tell them to stop. Frodo licks fall and spring his front legs and I say 'stop it' and he usually does with a look at me. Hope Hank heals quickly!!

knitski said...

This heat is not fair. I wish I could send you some of this 40 mph wet and cooler wind from Norton Sound. One year when we are done up here I want to travel around to fiber fairs and I would love to see your creative work in person and say HI in person! Sending cooler temps your way at least in my mind!

sophy0075 said...

It doesn’t seem to be raining anywhere. It feels like July down here.

Poor Hank. Hot spots and obsessive licking are so hard to treat - and the human feels so guilty about putting the cone or bubble of shame on the patient.

I wish I could attend your festival and buy Tavia’s fleece (the more I spin, the more I think Jacob fleece is The Best) , but I just had a clutch replaced and bought my daughter’s wedding dress...

Terry and Linda said...

I wonder if Hank has developed an allergy to something. Sometimes excessive licking can mean that. Us elderly folks 'develop' stuff, that we never had a problem with even last year. I can vouch for that. Good luck at the festival! Take photos. We all love to see your booth(s)

Michelle said...

Unfortunately, obsessive licking is an indication of discomfort, usually much higher up as in neck/shoulders/spine (front leg licking) and hips/spine (back leg licking). Comes with age, wear, and tear. Jackson told us for years before we had him x-rayed that he had problems in both areas.

Cheryl West said...

It is finally a bit cooler here in CT but also almost no rain for September.
I am so sorry that Hank has ongoing problems. I also wondered if he has a skin problem. Has the vet mentioned steroid pills? We had to do that for a cat years ago.
Here's wishing a wonderful,autumnal weekend for you and all your beautiful offerings for sale. As always I look forward to the new calendar.

LannieK said...

Have a grest show! Hope you figure out exactly what's bugging Hank ~ arthritis?

I need orange said...

Hope you come home with an empty transport vehicle! It all sounds lovely to me. :-)

Sending healing vibes to Hank.

Anonymous said...

please take pictures of your booth !! Love to see all your wonderful items!!!

Vermont Grand View Farm said...

When I turned the calendar over to October, our weather changed. The air is nippy during the day and tonight they are calling for temperatures in the 30s. I just wish it would hold off one more weekend so I don't have to freeze this weekend at the sheep festival.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Licking is not a good sign...he may need something for arthritis or pain maybe...you know best. It is good to see Hank in his element so he must feel better. How is June...you have not mentioned her lately! Hope you had great fun at the festival!

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