"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land."
-Abraham Lincoln
Oldest has finished her fair projects for this year.  She sewed a dress and has some framed photography she's turned in for Girl Scouts.  I'm pretty proud of the dress she made, she did almost everything by herself (aside from pinning and ironing) and, although there are some mistakes, it looks pretty good.  Considering she's only 8 years old and this is the first time she's ever sewn anything, I think she's done very well.  I just wish I would've gotten a picture of the finished product before we turned it in today but I was in a hurry and didn't think of it. 

I've nearly finished The Afghan From Hell which you can read about in a previous post.  I've been working on it off and on for more than three years.  Hard to imagine.  I've finally gotten to the point of adding the fringe.  Once that's finished, it's finished.  Unfortunately the fringe takes FOREVER because the blanket calls for alot of fringe.  And.....I'm starting to run out of gray yarn.  Uggh.   Hopefully I'll find another skein somewhere so I won't have to run out to Hobby Lobby, which is pretty far away from me, to pick up a new one. 

In farm news, things have been pretty slow for the most part.  We're looking at hatcheries to order a new batch of chicks and have several different places in mind at the moment.  We've had chickens in the past but it's been awhile.  We're in the process right now of getting the coop fixed and fencing an outside area next too it for them.  We're also considering taking on a friend's Tennessee Walking Horse.  She's having trouble paying to board her so she's asked if we would house the horse in exchange for full use of the horse.  She'd pay for the feed and ferrier/vet bills and offer the kids free riding lessons.  Sounds like a pretty good deal but we're still a little cautious.  None of our barns are really "horse ready" at the moment.   We'll have to see how that plays out. 

The few peaches we had are starting to ripen and considering the late frost and then the drought they've turned out really nice.   We have two trees that are chock full of delicious, huge, ripe peaches; one tree that is full of not-quite-ready peaches, and six trees that are completely barren.  Kind of strange how it worked out, it's definitely an all or nothing peach year.  Perhaps the smaller harvest is good this year though because we still have canned and frozen peaches left over from last year.

Fortunately, we've had several inches of rain out here over the course of the last week or two so the impact of the drought is starting to ease a bit.  The rain has been a Godsend.  It's not only perked up most of our garden crops but it's cooled the temperatures down a bit as well.  I've been able to go outside in my shorts and a tank top and not feel like I'm literally baking in the sun. 

That's it for us at the moment.  Nothing to exciting and, unfortunately, no pictures this time.  Hopefully I'll have plenty of pictures for the next post.