I gave quite a bit of thought on what brings me contentment. My stitching, sewing with beautiful fabric, working outside.
Saturday morning, my husband took care of my dad and the dog so I could sleep in. I slept 9 hours, only getting up a few times during the night. I was much more ready to face the world. I finished all my inside chores and laundry. Next, outside. Filled all my hummingbird feeders, watered some bushes, and sat outside for a few minutes watching how excited the hummingbirds were to have fresh food. Then, back inside. Worked on my stitching lamp (got it work, yay) and then sat down and stitched for a bit. In between, I took care of Dad, but it didn't seem so much of a chore today. Here is where I am with my project. I finished all the letters and am starting on the vine. Since I have the attention span of a hamster, this is going to take me a while. Count, count again, pick up the fabric, forget what number I counted on the pattern, put down the fabric, count, count again...see the problem? I was pretty proud that the vine ended up the correct distance from the main motifs. Yay for me.
This morning, up early to help my brother with branding. I did not get any pictures of me, since I was holding a rope, but here are a couple of pictures of the newest additions to our "herd".
My brother and I run two brands, his and mine. Since the white heifer is the great, great granddaughter of one of my favorite cows, I put my brand on her, he got the other two. One was a bull calf, now a steer, so he will either be for eating or selling. The other is a heifer, so both will stay with the herd. We are down to about 25 head, selling almost everything else to buy hay during the drought. Two heifers will be a nice addition. We've got four more calves, but they are all less than a month old, so we will get them branded in November.
Well, that concludes my weekend. I had some inside time and some outside time. I feel a bit more focused and ready for the next week. I needed to get some rest and regroup.
On a very sad note, my boss' wife passed yesterday. This was her second battle with breast cancer and it had become an everyday struggle for her. She was on Hospice for less than 48 hours. I wished they had offered it earlier, but she wanted to fight to the very end. He is sad and heartbroken. I am hoping that he will stay home a few weeks with his kids and have a chance to heal, even just a little.
Wishing all a good week. Be kind to one another.