Saturday and Blogs

So the early morning was somewhat lazy for me.  I watched the Sesame Street Town Hall about racism which was really helpful with great advice about talking to kids about the recent events.  Then I watched Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle zoom from the WWI museum.  There was a presentation about women’s roles in WWI and how that led to suffrage in the US.  I got the lateral braid done on my project and learned about how women’s direct involvement at the front lines lead the President to advocate for women’s right to vote after the war.  The 100th anniversary is coming up in August.

Then I did some animal chores with Tom.  The pigs are getting noticeably bigger.

Several of the chickens were lined up on the barn’s gate waiting to see if I would put food out for them, which I did.

I was feeling OK until I climbed up the ladder to the hay loft to check for chicken eggs.  I got short of breath with just that.  This is one of my new symptoms.  I then went to the garden and did some very minor weeding and planting.  With that I was wiped out.  So now I am blogging.

I thought I would post about which blogs I follow.  I use feedly.com to keep track of these blogs and their new posts.  Here is the list of the farm blogs I follow there in alphabetical order:

5 Acres & A Dream
99 followers / 1 article per week

A Blip on the Radar
9 followers / 1 article per month
Stories of everyday life on our farm, featuring cats, our little flock of Shetland Sheep and garden life, plus a recipe to try every once in a while. Wait, now there is spinning and crocheting, don’t forget spinning and crocheting all that Shetland wool… So, thanks for stopping by – who knows what you’ll find!!

A Hippo On the Lawn
26 followers / 1 article per month
Diary of an Involuntary Expatriate

A Sheeps Yarn
4 followers / 1 article per month
My place for sharing thoughts on my sheep, spinning, knitting, and quilting.

A Shepherd’s Voice…
11 followers / 1 article per month
Shetland sheep have changed my life and touched my heart. They have brought me joy, adventure and serenity. Follow along as I live each day influenced by memories of my mighty flock of mini sheep ~ aided and abetted by “Bellamica”, the English Shepherd,”Sable”, my livestock guardian dog and “Hero” the rescue dog that stole my heart! You’ll also meet many of the homeless dogs that I rescue and rehome as part of Bluff Country Canine Rescue.

A Tale of 2 Halves
9 followers / 1 article per month
Tales of travel and birds from Cheshire to Shetland and back, with a bit of other stuff in between.

Allena Jackson
1 follower / 1 article per month
Life’s a circus

Animeals’ Weblog
2 followers / 1 article per month
No-Kill Adoption Center and Animal Food Bank

Antiquity Oaks
73 followers / 1 article per month
~~~ Living the dream on the banks of Mud Creek

Ask-a-Vet Sheep
5 followers / 1 article per month
A collection of sheep & goat related questions answered.

bee creative
39 followers / 7 articles per week
field notes on living a sustainable lifestyle

Beyond The Sidewalks
33 followers / 1 article per month

Blog – home is an island
9 followers / 1 article per month

Blog – The Shetland Trader
1K followers / 1 article per month
by Gudrun Durham

Boulderneigh
45 followers / 2 articles per week
Tending fine-fleeced Shetland sheep and a whole lot more on a small acreage in the Willamette Valley of Oregon

Brookfield Farm Bees & Honey Blog
19 followers / 1 article per month
musings on bees, life, & nature near Mt. Baker Washington

Brooklyn Tweed
6K followers / 1 article per month
Brooklyn Tweed makes breed-specific wool yarn grown and milled in the USA. Shop our knitting yarns, including Shelter, Loft and Peerie, and our knitting patterns, here.

Burravoe Birding
3 followers / 1 article per month

Buttermilk Acres
3 followers / 1 article per month

Cake Wrecks
4K followers / 7 articles per week
Jen started this blog in May of 2008 one night when she was bored. She honestly never thought anyone would read it. She’s also not very good at picking Lottery …

Cake Wrexxx
74 followers / 1 article per month
Jen started this blog in May of 2008 one night when she was bored. She honestly never thought anyone would read it. She’s also not very good at picking Lottery …

Cat Bordhi
229 followers / 1 article per month
Trickster in service of goodness…guided knitting explorations in the Americas…intimate journeys…nature…culture…community

Chickens in the Road
1K followers / 1 article per month
Daily farm blog, forum, and recipe community with cute farm animals, food, crafts, gardening, country living, and fun! Come join us!

Cooking Adventures
1 follower / 1 article per month
A Culinary Journey

Cottontail Farm
8 followers / 1 article per week
A diary of life in rural western Pennsylvania

Crosswinds Farm
16 followers / 1 article per month

DESERT PEACH FARM
5 followers / 1 article per month

Donna Smith Designs
62 followers / 1 article per month

Eden Hills’s Blog
40 followers / 7 articles per week
My Life on the Farm

Environment: Country diary + Christine Smith | guardian.co.uk
1 follower / 1 article per month

Fair Isle
81 followers / 1 article per month
Tommy’s personal collection of random memories old and new associated with my “wild life” on Fair Isle one of the Shetland Islands part of Scotland and the most remote inhabited island in the UK. population 60 people, 1200 sheep, 20,000 puffins and a few rare birds.

Farm Blogs from Around the World
10 followers / 1 article per month

Feral Knitter
425 followers / 1 article per month
Fair Isle knitting set loose–Janine Bajus’ adventures in stranded colorwork.

Food For Thought
4 followers / 1 article per week
Stories related to food in Seattle, including Dick Stein and Nancy Leson’s weekly commentary Food for Thought. Food For Thought is produced by KNKX Public Radio.

Frames of Reference
1 follower / 1 article per month
Photos and Journalings by qpb

Franco’s Fiber Adventure
17 followers / 1 article per month
A journal of my adventures in the fiber arts. I’ve played with different wool and fibers, plus different types of weaving, knitting, spinning, felting and more. I tend to gravitate toward primitive types of fiber projects.

Front Porch Indiana
70 followers / 1 article per month
Tomorrow’s Heirlooms – Homespun and Handmade

FullyFleeced
5 followers / 1 article per week
Shear Woolly Goodness

Going Gently
1 follower / 10 articles per week
“I’ll admit I may have seen better days, but I’m still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut”(Margo Channing)

Good Stuff NW
68 followers / 1 article per week
Connecting the dots between the field and my plate.

gypsyspinner
16 followers / 1 article per month
Situs Referensi Terbaik

Harvest Thyme Homestead
18 followers / 1 article per month

Hazel Tindall Blog
177 followers / 1 article per month
Unique Shetland and Fair Isle knitting patterns available for download online.

High Ridge Highlights
5 followers / 1 article per month
Some of the happenings, as I see it, on a dead end road, high up on a ridge, in southwestern Wisconsin.

hjaltland halo
1 follower / 1 article per month
real shetland wool

Hog Creek Homestead » Feed
1 follower / 1 article per month
Dedicated to preserving self-sufficient skills

Homestead …… From Scratch
19 followers / 1 article per month

Hurricane Farm
2 followers / 1 article per month
A view of life on our farm

In a Goat’s Shoes
3 followers / 1 article per month
This blog is about a farm and one special little goat named Penny. Penny tells it like it is. If you want to know more about her, visit the “It’s All About Me” page.

in Sheeps Clothing
6 followers / 1 article per month
Playing with wool in the Pacific NW

Islay Weblog – News Events Information
75 followers / 1 article per month
Islay Blog provides News, Travelogues, Events, a Forum and lots of background information on the Isle of Islay

Itsumo Mawaru
1 follower / 1 article per month
All sorts of random things, all in one place!

JPPatches.com Feed
1 follower / 1 article per month
The OFFICIAL website of Seattle’s Favorite Clown!

Just Call Me Ruby
31 followers / 1 article per month
The Vintage Knitting Adventures of Susan Crawford Vintage Knitting, Retro Dressmaking, Make do and Mend, Original and Vintage Inspired Knitting Patterns, Vintage Inspired books – A Stitch In Time – Vintage Gifts to Knits

Just Make the Coffee
2 followers / 1 article per week
A place to relax and reflect.

Kindred Spirit Farm
2 followers / 1 article per month
Our little piece of Heaven….

KnitMe
26 followers / 1 article per month

Lake Boren Rapid Transit Report
2 followers / 1 article per month
Purpose: chronicle events leading up to a future HyperModern Transit Center on the shores of Lake Boren in Newcastle, Washington. The center will link Newcastle via high speed light rail to its suburbs, such as Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, Renton, etc.

LavenderSheep’s Fiber Garden Blog
14 followers / 1 article per month
~Planting little vines of fiber goodness~

Leigh’s Fiber Journal
3 followers / 1 article per month
….. recording my fiber & textile explorations, including spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing, felting, sewing, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Life at Golden Pines
61 followers / 1 article per week
Snippets of Life in the Country with Rescued Golden Retrievers a Wheaten Terrier and a Scottie

Little Red Oak Farm
5 followers / 1 article per month
A blog featuring my Shetland and Finn sheep flock in Minnesota.

Local Yarns
4 followers / 1 article per month

longdrawjames
5 followers / 1 article per month
Just another WordPress.com site

Mandy’s Rabbit Ranch
21 followers / 1 article per month

MaryJaneMucklestone
527 followers / 1 article per month
Fair Isle knitting and stranded colorwork designs, travelogue, and how-to tutorials by knitting designer, teacher and author Mary Jane Mucklestone

McTavish Farm Shetlands
18 followers / 1 article per month
Raising sheep for fiber in Oregon

misty meadow farm
1 follower / 1 article per month
A site about the goings on here on my little piece of heaven. Where my wife and I our Daughter and the wife’s Mom are enjoying life.

Mo Bloggin’
3 followers / 1 article per month
A little o’ this, a little o’ that

Musings and Ramblings of the Shepherd, PhD
2 followers / 1 article per month
A place to share both the exciting and mundane doings from the Farm.

Musings from Fairlight Farm
9 followers / 1 article per month

Musings of a Vermont Shepherd
6 followers / 1 article per month
Just another WordPress.com weblog

My Life with Shetland Wool
30 followers / 1 article per week
I work at Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers in the North Road, Lerwick capital of the Shetland Islands a remote archipelago far out in the North Sea over 100 miles from the U.K. Mainland. Shetland is renowned in the global Textile world for its exceptionally fine wool fibre shorn from the distinctive Shetland sheep.…

My Shetland
61 followers / 7 articles per week
Everything Shetland

Mylo’s Musings
3 followers / 1 article per month
The Original Rock and Roll Farmboy Blog!

National Hug A Sheep Day
3 followers / 1 article per month
Well, really it’s nice to hug a sheep every day, but October 28th will be the extra special day this year!

New To Farm Life
26 followers / 1 article per week
A couple moves from the big city to the countryside and starts a small farm…wait, you’ve heard this premise before? What? Trite? Hackneyed? But, I have goats. Really cute pictures of tiny baby goats. And cheesemaking recipes. We slaughter our own pigs and cure our own bacon! Well, that’s in the master plan, anyway. Just read it, you’ll see.

New to Mexican Life
6 followers / 1 article per month
A year in Oaxaca

No Harm In Farmin
3 followers / 1 article per month
Homesteading for the Hungry

Nordic Homecraft
3 followers / 1 article per month

Northern Lace
245 followers / 1 article per week
Northern Lace by Elizabeth Lovick Knitwear Designer, Author, Scottie owner, Freak of Nature

northwest then + again
43 followers / 1 article per month
I’ve always been a fan of Paul Dorpat’s “Now & Then” feature in the Seattle Times. I noticed a guy in the UK was making integrated cross-time images by matching Google’s Street View with vintage photos, so I made some of my own. It’s a handy way to time travel without leaving the house. I sometimes resort to taking the present day version myself when the street cam doesn’t offer a good match.

Nova Scotia Island Journal
22 followers / 1 article per month

Oliver’s Cider and Perry
8 followers / 1 article per month
Cider and Perry from Herefordshire

Olympic Spinning Wheels
7 followers / 1 article per month
Handcrafted, custom spinning wheels that combine art with function

On The Farm
1 follower / 1 article per month

Photogenic Scotland
6 followers / 1 article per month
A Very Personal View of Scotland

Psalm23Farm
3 followers / 1 article per month
The Lord’s my shepherd I’ll not want.He makes me down to lie in pastures green : he leadeth me the quite waters by. My soul he doth restore again; and me to walk doth make within the paths of righteousness, even for his own names sake…

Punkin’s Patch
162 followers / 1 article per week
Sheep are wonderful reminders for us to slow down and enjoy the warm sun on our faces, meadow flowers in bloom and soft cushions of green grass under our feet. Stay and graze. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Quillisascut
8 followers / 1 article per month
Farmstead Cheese & School of the Domestic Arts

Rabbit Fever (2009): Movie
2 followers / 1 article per month
Production Blog, A Documentary Film By Amy Do

Rescue Express Transport
1 follower / 1 article per month
Nation’s Largest Shelter Animal Rescue Transport

River Oaks Farm & Studio
8 followers / 1 article per week
Formerly known as River Oaks Farm & Studio

Selecting Your Chicken Breed
2 followers / 1 article per month

Shades of Shetland
37 followers / 1 article per month

sheep dreams
88 followers / 1 article per month
shepherding, spinning, knitting, cooking and life on the farm

Sheep Gal
289 followers / 1 article per month
Adventures In Yarn Farming

Sheep R Us
1 follower / 1 article per month
This blog is about the Dotson family and their Shetland and Icelandic sheep among other things that go on in their lives. We have sheep for sale if you are interested in a pet, fiber animal, or new ram. Please leave comments or like us on our Facebook farm page- Hidaway Farms.

Sheep Thrills Farm
3 followers / 1 article per month

Shepherding in the High Desert
2 followers / 1 article per month
Chronicling the life and experiences of a shepherd in Western Colorado.

Shetland Blues Festival
3 followers / 1 article per month
Britain’s Most Northerly Blues Festival, 2015

Shetland Handspun
71 followers / 1 article per month

Shetland Handspun
6 followers / 1 article per month

Shetland Misfit
12 followers / 1 article per month
A Shetland Birders Diary

SHETLAND MY LOVE
6 followers / 1 article per month

Shetland Wool Week
46 followers / 1 article per month
Shetland Wool Week is a world renowned celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming community on these islands

shetlandhandknitter
20 followers / 1 article per month
Notes from a Shetlander who loves to knit using pure Shetland wool. Here I plan to share some of my latest creations.

sights sounds words
4 followers / 1 article per month
Daily photo & sound blog

Silveraurora Shetland Sheep
1 follower / 1 article per month
Shetland sheep (and goats and dogs and poultry) in Wasilla, Alaska

Spindrifters
2 followers / 1 article per month

Spring Lake Farm – Filling an Empty Nest
4 followers / 1 article per month

stonehavenfarm.com
3 followers / 1 article per month

Sugar Mountain Farm
70 followers / 1 article per month
Pastured Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Sheep, Dogs and Kids in the Mountains of Vermont

TBN Ranch
7 followers / 1 article per week
amy elizabeth

The Independent Stitch
41 followers / 1 article per month
Natural fibers (mostly wool), animals, bicycles & serendipity

The Independent Stitch
377 followers / 1 article per month
Knitting, spinning, and other textile crafts, plus independent publishing and other thoughts about books. Plus dogs and bicycles and. . . .

The Journey to Homesteading
1 follower / 1 article per month
Charlotte,NC

The Sheep Barn
1 follower / 1 article per month

The Shetland Trader
293 followers / 1 article per month
#knitting

The Speckled Hen
1 follower / 1 article per month
Here you will find adventures in raising animals, gardening, making bad art, and appreciating beauty.

The Weaver of Grass
68 followers / 7 articles per week
Welcome to life in the Yorkshire Dales.

Tok Tok place
3 followers / 1 article per month
I created this blog to talk about my home region. I’ve used many images, including archival images but mostly I’ve used my own images.

Tom Morton
3 followers / 1 article per month
Rock’n’roll, radio, reading, writing and more at the North Atlantic crossroads

Tom Morton’s Beatcroft
3 followers / 1 article per month

Tom Morton’s Beatcroft
21 followers / 1 article per week
Shetland and Scotland. Books, records, guitars, food, dogs, motorcycles, pushbikes, art, funerals

Too Much Wool
333 followers / 1 article per month
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. -Mae West

TYLERFARM HOMESTEAD
18 followers / 1 article per month
Our “Peaceable Kingdom” in the beautiful Saco River Valley of Southern Maine.

ukcider
15 followers / 1 article per month

Ugly Dogs Farm
2 followers / 1 article per month
A small hobby farm in Davison, Michigan where we raise Border Cheviot, Clun Forest, and Merino sheep and have horses which we ride and drive.

Vet On The Edge
84 followers / 1 article per month
Life As A Vet In The 49th State [Or: Alaska: It’s Not For The Faint Of Heart, Or Anyone Lacking A Sense Of Humor And A Good Winter Coat.]

Wandering Gecko
3 followers / 1 article per month
The life and times of Jenny Holden: Wildlife Consultant, freelance writer, wilderness addict and novice shepherd.

Weaving a Life
505 followers / 7 articles per week
In 1975 I was looking for a career that would fascinate me for the rest of my life. In a way, weaving chose me!

Welcome to Weksny Acres
2 followers / 1 article per month

Whisky Wanderings
2 followers / 1 article per month
My thoughts as I travel Scotland and the rest of the world

WILL RUN FOR HAY
1 follower / 1 article per month

Window On The Prairie
44 followers / 1 article per month
This is real life on a farm out on the prairie, where we raise cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, and a vegetable garden. You will also find recipes for delicious home-cooked country meals.

Word … from Willow Garden
3 followers / 1 article per month
I now post on … billstearman.com This site remains and mostly documents my life as a farmer. I now identify as a quilt maker. … … Here, in my own quiet little space on the web … I’ll share my sheepish thoughts … and some of my quilts … with the world … or at least with anyone who is interested … 🙂

WormSpit
41 followers / 1 article per month
A blog about silkworms, silkmoths, and silk

Wrensong Farm
8 followers / 1 article per month

Yarn Girls, They Do Get Wooly
6 followers / 1 article per month
Playing with fiber ~ spinning, knitting…the usual.

Yarn Harlot
15K followers / 1 article per month
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee goes on (and on) about knitting.

Now most (but not all) of these blogs that are listed as having 1 article per month have actually not had a post in a long time.  For some of the bloggers they have actually died, so there will not be any further posts.  And you can see that these are not all about farming but also other interests of mine.  I also have blog lists for the categories of medicine, GOT, food, history, knitting, Shetland and Sweden.  But they are much smaller than the farm blog list.  I am not sure how accurate the following numbers are.  For my blog they list 8 followers, but I have 432 per wordpress.com, so it may be followers on feedly.com.

I do love following these blogs, especially with my recent illness.  It is enjoyable to read about other people’s lives, some from quite a ways away.  I need to update my blogroll on the sidebar of my blog site with newer blogs I am following.  Plus I need to go through the links on the sidebar and remove the ones that are inactive.  Good projects for me to do when my energy level is low.

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8 Responses to Saturday and Blogs

  1. Jeanne says:

    I’m sorry you have had some problems today, Donna!
    I enjoyed going through the list you posted. I’ll check some out!

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    • Donna says:

      Most of the blogs are inactive, but I keep them on my list. I went through today and deleted some where the links no longer work. probably should have done that before I wrote this post though.

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  2. Michelle says:

    I recognized a lot of names in your blogroll, names that I haven’t seen a post from in YEARS and miss them. But I hate to delete them from my Reading List just in case they are resurrected at some point; unlikely, I know.

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    • Donna says:

      That is why I keep them on my list too. But I agree it is unlikely. I went through them to day and some of them had links to their facebook feeds. So I signed up for a couple that I haven’t read for a while and miss.

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  3. Liz says:

    You’ve been on my mind the past few days. I scooted away from grading my nursing students papers (online OB lecture and skills lab…did I mention ONLINE!?) it’s been a learning experience…I digress. I paused what I was doing to drop you a message via Messenger; lo and behold, here’s an update AND some very interesting sounding blogs. Rest when you need, or sooner. Baby steps…. we miss you around the FBC.

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    • Donna says:

      Thanks Liz. It sounds like you are having fun with the online experiences. Good luck with that. I am trying to rest when my body says I need it, but now I am concerned maybe all this resting is detrimental too. Anyway, I am scheduled to start work again 6/15. None of my current symptoms (fatigue, dyspnea and palpitations) are debilitating, and work is not that physically demanding. It is more demanding in other ways. It will have been 1 month since my last episode of complete debilitation so hopefully this will work. I am taking two 12 hour shifts to start, to see how it goes. I definitely miss you guys and think being around people again will be therapeutic. I am still on medication that suppresses my immune system so that is anxiety provoking in this era of COVID-19 so I will need to stay careful. But hopefully I will see you soon!

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  4. marcella16092 says:

    i have chickens on my farm

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