Grandma’s Towels

I use flour sack towels for everything in my kitchen. Most of what I have my grandma has embroidered. I’m almost convinced they are the reason the bread rises. Every batch of bread I make rises under a towel from grandma. I think it’s the extra “Grandma love” or something. Kinda like how if you ask mom to pray for something you see faster results.

wildflowerfarm.orgI have a very hard time throwing them away even when they are badly stained and torn. I have a few with gaping holes, that will in time, be cut into dust rags or used in place of paper towels for those few messes I just don’t want in the laundry. Before they reach that point they are used to a unrecognizable state.

wildflowerfarm.orgAt my bridal shower I was given lots of linens; towels, wash clothes etc. With these I was given the advice to “use them , don’t put them in a box in the closet and wait for a rainy day”. That is one piece of advice I’m glad I didn’t heed to.

The wash rags in my kitchen are definitely used. They reach a freshly washed, yet stinky, usually frayed and only half there form before they are discarded. It is a quiet highlight in my dish washing, floor scrubbing days that I get to reach to the back of the closet, open a box and pull out a brand spankin’ new dish rag.

The same goes for grandma’s towels. I have a small stash of those and I only take out one new one at a time. Earlier this year she had shown me a set of rooster towels she was working on. Recently I had mention them to my mom, wondering if grandma still had that set or if she put them on the church bazar. She didn’t know. The next day, there they were wrapped in a box and waiting for me! An early birthday gift and what a gift they are. Those are the designated “show” towels. The ones I use when I photograph my baking and what I use to wrap up the baked goods that I bring to work to share. (An old pan is a good sign at a potluck, an old towel just doesn’t have the same effect)


towel2The hand work on these towels are exquisite! Grandma had given me a couple sets to sell at a craft sale I went to. The sale was a bust but the towels sold and everyone that looked them thought they were done by a machine. Her work is that exact and perfect. It makes me not want to use them but at the same time I can’t wait to use them. Like my mom said “it’s more offensive to set it in a box and not use it than it is to wear it out”. She was talking about a quilt with a lot of hand work at the time, but the statement is true for this too.

Another Lucy Update

An update for those following Lucy and I’s progress.

For the past week we have been working on walking a few laps around the corral. The first few days she was not very willing to cooperate. The last few days she has been doing much better. Yesterday was the first day we made a complete lap with slack in the rope the whole time. She was walking behind me the whole time too, threw her head a couple times, and had her ears pinned back, which made me a bit nervous. Typically, the ears are back is a “move or I will move you” thought going through the animals head. But a quick prayer and we made the lap just fine.

Today we did even better! She threw her head once or twice and after the first lap, she was walking beside me with slack. I don’t think we are ready to go get the mail together but definitely making progress!

At the beginning of the week we were thinking she might have her calf this week too. But I have been watching her bag and it has yet to fill, which usually happens just before birth, so I think she may still have a little time to go.

Happy Hens

We are wrapping up this summers projects around the farm, one of which is the chicken coop. My husband finished up the electrical, we have lights and power to the outlets for spring heat lamps! My dad made the laying boxes and installed them. We now have some very happy hens. I put an egg in one of the boxes to give the girls a hint- New laying boxes means it’s time to start laying eggs! (So far no luck. But they are old enough that it should be any day now.)

Wilma’s milk crate is still by the waterer because that’s where she tended to spend most of her time. Good news though, I can now remove it. She has been on the top of the roost the last couple days. I’m sure once she picks the box she want’s she will be there more often then not.