Tuesday, September 29, 2020

It's Fall but here's what happened this summer at #9 Farms

Hello all can you believe its already the end of September ??? Well it has went fast it seemed like the summer was a blur.......we literally like never go anywhere and just keep busy here on the farm. This year I had a whole lot of tomato plants, a whole lot of cucumber plants I say a whole lot as it was so many I never counted. I had of course started all my plants and with no where to sell them I ended up planting them all......IDK if that was a mistake or a blessing. I took care of all these plants and spent what seemed to be every minute in the high tunnel or in the fields.  When we were in tomatoes and cucumbers which I actually still get some but not as much as June and July and really the tomato plants are maybe one to two tomatoes every few days and they are so tiny. Our huge greenhouse fan died and that's what helped with pollination. Tomatoes are self pollinators but they need wind or touching or air movement to pollinate. The cucumbers are parthenocarpic so these type I grow don't need pollination from insects or pollinators. So where I am headed to in this post is I feel like the summer was a blur as so much time was spent watering and picking this summer. I canned 112 jars of spaghetti sauce all quarts, 72 quart jars of enchilada sauce, 47 quarts of regular tomatoes, 84 pint jars of salsa. These are whet we did for our family, I had a lot of these jars just from my own stash from all our personal canning needs. We go thru about a 100 jars of spaghetti sauce every year sometimes I have even had to purchase it. The tomatoes I use for chili, beans, tomato pudding, butterbeans and tomatoes, soups. My boys have a already gone thru a case of the salsa....tacos, enchiladas, burritos...you name it chips and salsa. It seemed like we spent so much time canning and taking care of the farm. I keep on going despite the severe pain I suffer in my back and all over from the spinal stenosis and the fibromyalgia. I also dehydrated a ton of food for soups, and beans. We eat a lot of beans and pressure can black beans, pinto, navy, and kidney beans for soups, chili etc so with the dehydrated foods I just add them to the soups. I have done, onions, garlic, so many peppers I can't even being to tell you how many, and celery. I am still in peppers and actually have a dehydrator full as I type this. So as you can see this was a busy summer. Getting soap supplies, and canning jars this year has been a true struggle. There are no lids anywhere, no jars, no canning supplies....it's sad real sad. We raise our own chickens for meat and pressure can it and without jars we have NOTHING. I need these jars to feed my family so hopefully there will be some back on the shelves. Not to mention make my jams, pickles and elderberry syrup. 
Since this blog is supposed to be about my art I wanted to show you the last paining I was able to complete while Skylar my granddaughter from Alabama was here for 44 days this summer. It was a wonderful time with her she was able to ride her bike all day everyday. We went so long without rain from mid June to mid July that when it actually did rain Dusty called me on my cell phone to tell me "its raining."  So Skybear spent a lot of time outside. We had a blast with her making crafts and using Perler beads to make things. We did go to the bird park...we arrived an hour before closing and it was like no one was there. I absolutely love that place. Oh well trying to play catch up like I do most often and telling you everything I can remember since the last post. 

I love the painting. Of course I had a blast painting it....Skylar painted 13 canvases while I painted this...LOL! 

Some of the sweet peppers I dehydrated 

Just a few of the habaneros I have picked and dehydrated this year 

Some of the salsa we canned 

Applesauce we did it was like three cases, my boys add this to their oatmeal. 

Of course while Skylar was here she helped me in the kitchen here we were canning chicken

This was my BEST year ever of figs so that means lots of fig jam, strawberry fig, and cranberry fig jam. 

This was also the best year for grapes we ever had too SO THANKFUL

We hatched chicks while Skylar was here it was awesome and so exciting. She checked on the eggs everyday until the final day and it was one after another of hatched baby chicks. 

At the bird park

Budgies at the bird park (my favorite part)

Skylar at the bird park we had so much fun

We had an amazing time with Skylar she loves Snapchat and every night we played on their pic after pic 

We spent the Fourth of July together we decorated her bike and a cookout

Colten graduated this year Class of 2020 what a challenging year to graduate but he is very thankful as we are that he graduated. Well done Colten. 

As you can see it has been a busy summer.....glad to se fall. I have been making my bracelets too late at night.

Until next time....

Cyber Hugs,
Dawn Gallop 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Week 23 of Donna Downeys 48 Week Journaling Workshop and the End of Second Semester ~Positive Intentions~ with a lot of Tam

Hello I hope all has been going well with you and yours. We have been working hard here as usual. We have planted even more than usual....which in turns makes for more duties. Colten has had a new girlfriend and he hasn't had time to help out as much. So Bruce and I have been working extra hard. The boys have had a lot of school work and are getting spring fever to get out more and ride their skateboards. Mother's Day was nice Bruce put up a storm door on the second floor door to the front porch so we could have a screen to get a nice flow of air. I have asked for this door for more than 10 years...no joke. Now as Colby said "this door is amazing" it allows in such a nice few of air and a tremendous amount of beautiful cascading light. We have now had it almost a week, so we have certainly enjoyed it to the fullest. I can see all the hummingbirds we feed now without looking out the closed front door potentially scaring off the hummingbirds. I love seeing them!! Well this one took me approximately two weeks to complete. I did not have the stencils for the one Donna did nor did I feel for that one. This inspiration actually came from Tam's book  or you can view her wonderful community at Tamara Laporte Willowing.com she is full of beautiful sweet calming words and a passion for helping others to see the beauty in ones self and getting rid of that inner critic. ALL I CAN SAY TAM is AMAZING!!!! I started her first Life Book 2012 and one of what I call my best painting was on she taught me. Love ya Tam! Every since I saw her painting in the book I have wanted to paint it. She makes it so easy and it is nice to actually complete a project from a book and being able to use the inspiration. I enjoyed the process immensely. My aunt came out for Mother's Day and I fixed her a good meal and a cake. I didn't invite her for Easter (hello folks we are in a Pandemic) however she thinks I should have and was actually crossed with me. She works at a pharmacy and is a frontline cashier with no mask, no shield and no gloves. Anyhoo she came here and it was a very nice day. So this week which I can hardly believe it is Week 23 and almost the end of the second semester. I am feeling so accomplished!!! YES! Go check out Donna's 48 Weeks. She is fun and a great teacher! 

I love making these oh my do I ever! I actually learned this technique back in 2010 at a Donna Downey Inspired workshop I can't remember her name but she was actually a mural painter. This is what we made in class that day, but I had to finish it home....
this is what I made in 2010 

This is where it hangs in my room....going out to make back porch. 

the full spread of the two pages I just love it so much fun and whimsical 

if you would like to see the full last 22 posts see below on each of the weeks 

I can hardly believe I have made It this far....but so thankful and feeling so accomplished. 

Now on to week 24 and the end of the second semester 

Two more semesters to go

So basically I have almost completed half of the 48 weeks ~happy dance 

Dusty has been picking roses like crazy for our rose water we even have a new drying rack that hangs from the ceiling and is huge so now we have even extra room for drying roses and other herbs

I have been making bracelets again to add to my Etsy store GO HERE 

So please if you would like to see Tamara Laporte go to her site Willowing dot com and you can find her book there and it was lesson 6 Looking Inward. 

I have been making more jams too getting ready for new fruits of the season to come 

Made raspberry again this is always a delicious jam 
its on my Etsy store too 

Love raspberry jam 

mango habanero 

Oh my delicious mango habanero 

I made a bunch more wintergreen salves these are excellent for my fibromyalgia pain and putting on your chest as a chest rub and for super dry hands and feet again on my Etsy store 

I already have beautiful tomatoes loving it!!! 

I have more than 300 tomato plants so we are hoping for an amazing year of tomatoes....it really helps our family out 

I planted a bunch in cloth bags this year a new thing we are trying just to see and easy on my back and my fibromyalgia pain I have fields of them too 

Go to see our pickle video on YouTube 
As you can see the fields are loaded 

Take care stay safe missing you all!!! 
Hugs to all and until to next time 

Love you guys!! 

Dawn Gallop 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Week 22 of the Donna Downey 48 Weeks Journaling Workshop ~Keep Moving Forward~

Hello and Happy Friday....I can hardly believe we will be going into May.....I have been working harder than ever planting and taking care of plants. I am so excited for this year of planting with my back pain and fibromyalgia I have masterminded a total new plan....as of now its working out considerably great. I have planted many of my peppers, and tomatoes in buckets and huge pots. I will post a pic soon they are huge now already and I have baby tomatoes on them.....makes me proud to see. I have been working on cleaning up the art studio....wow what a mess. It is extremely hard to clean up when you have an exuberant creative mind. I clean a little then create a little...then ask myself "WHY" why do I have all these art supplies.....the creative mind can be too much at times. I am soo very thankful I have it though. Any how on to the painting......it was definitely different for me.....when Bruce saw it he said "Alrighty dighty" okay like what is he meaning with that??? He just kept saying "this is not you"....well sometimes you just got to go with the flow....I had fun so whatever. If you would like to find out about the Donna Downey workshop go HERE the original inspiration of this work came from Karen Schnepf  
My boys liked it a lot Dusty even said "that is awesome" so much depth 

Keep Moving Forward

I get so busy and run out time then the sun starts to go down almost too late to get a nice pic of the whole layout then the next day it rains....which is perfectly fine with me it makes me hurt more but at least I can fill up my rain barrels to water all my plants with. We have four 300 gallon barrels and one 1200 gallon water tank we catch all the rain from the greenhouse. So like I said rain is good!

If you would like see the rest of the weeks go here to each week for a peak 

only two more weeks to be onto Semester 3  "YES!!!!!"
These are 7 and 10 gallon cloth bags which I have almost 50 of them as you can see my tomatoes are rocking it...

My mom found this awesome apron and gave it to Bruce for Christmas one year 

All the planting has been transpiring 

                                 This row has all peppers I planted outside of the high tunnel
This is one of the boys favorite meals 
Chicken and Broccoli casserole I made a video on how I make it 

I have been getting orders on my Etsy page which has been are only means of income it hasn't been a lot but I AM SO VERY THANKFUL for the orders and I appreciate the messages, notes and feedback I have received on the Etsy page and other social medias. Thank you everyone who has ordered we all greatly appreciate you!!! 

Please do visit my Etsy store 

Well it's actually Friday morning at 1:30 am I can't sleep so here I type. Hopefully you are staying safe and well. 
Wishing you a great weekend.......stay happy and healthy.

Lots of love to all and air hugs..
Dawn Gallop 

Keep Moving Forward 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Week 21 of Donna Downey's 48 Weeks Journaling Workshop ~Believe in Tomorrow~

      Wow can you hardly believe I got another painting done despite the extra workload?? Well, yep I did since I haven't had as many orders and the farmers market to prepare for my workload in that aspect is much slower, but I have been forever busy with plants, greenhouse, goats, and the homeschool life. Our life on the farm is a stay home life anyway so not going anywhere other than to make deliveries one day a week its work as usual here. So when I can I sneak up to the third floor of my house (as I haven't opened up my paint porch yet this spring) and paint. However after this week I actually have to clean up my space before Bruce starts bitching about it. I have stuff all over the floor and on the table and boxes of markers, paint pens, paints all the hoopla that goes with a mixed media artist. I certainly enjoyed myself with this one as this is totally freeing. I did sooooo want to do a face though as that is what I love. I am loving the flowers though. So springs like too. It is 11;15 Bruce is still working on the taxes and I am listening to Beethoven and typing up this blog. It was super hot today I did all the work outside while Bruce and Colten helped Jr., the bees are certainly loving this weather. It was windy and when it is windy you seem much more tired while working in the wind??!! Kinda just wears on ya. My plants are all doing awesome I so need to start digging holes....talk about getting callous on your hands....this is the time of year for that. Well on to the painting....this one is way off from Donna's but since its springtime...Easter this weekend....I was feeling the flowers and the quote by Aubrey Hepburn "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." To me what a perfect quote for our uncertainties at this current time. I have talked with other farmers and they have told me that folks have been saying they planted a garden this year (well or getting ready to start) so this is exciting to hear. I know the seed companies and loving it!!! I always sell (or should I say sold) a lot f paints at the market each year. I say sold due to Covid-19 since we have no shows or markets at this time. I seriously need more orders on my Etsy store. I not only miss our customers, but my market family and all my friends. The girl is the girl who has planted the garden and as the quote goes..........
by Claude Monet. 
The Art of Possibilities as a garden has endless possibilities. When I am gardening I am definitely quite lost in a haze of unreality. The sun shining on my face and back I love it!! It all just makes me HAPPY. 

If you would like to go find out more about the workshop go to Donna's Website or this class exactly go to 48Weeks
I can hardly believe I have made it to 21 weeks (well it only took six years) lol no that's just me too much other stuff to do. 

You can see the texture its all just aahhhh! 

That so wonderful quote by Aubrey Hepburn I so remember watching her movies when I was a kid my mom always loved those movies. Shirley Temple was my favorite back then. One of my favorite movies from the earlier movies was Errol Flynn. 

The sun has a lot of texture too I also used iridescent paints but you can't tell much like this. 

The whole layout in the book I had originally forgot to post this but now I am updating.....its Friday night now. Still makes me happy to look at! 
Take care.....and have a great weekend!!!! 🦋

The art of possibilities is a stencil by Donna Downey too

I wanted to share these pics that came up in my Timehop the other day which is so funny because ti was exactly the day I did a majority of this painting well on that day in like 2013 which was also April I went to Donna Downey's for a workshop and that is where my all time favorite artist Mindy Lacefield and Dina Wakley and the boys got to ride in the limo which was a huge deal!

Cody, Colten, Colby, Cooper, and Dusty seven years ago. I can hardly believe it we had gone up to Hendersonville so I could be in the workshop oh what great times.....love love and miss those days. 

Look at the boys riding in the limo they still talk about it. Donna invited them to ride along to the restaurant. 

It was a very long limo

here at the restaurant where Donna even paid for their meals....what a wonderful person to think of them too. 

These were some of the art we worked on while there the girl I actual had to close my eyes to draw....yeah close my eyes it was a really different ...

Donna and me 

Mindy and I 

Dina and Donna 

Me and Dina Wakley

This was another one of my paintings I did their was once my phone cover and I still sell this as a post card at Zazzle.com 

Irish Soda Bread is one of the boys favorites I made them this week 

It is always a big hit here

I hope everyone is staying safe and well. I miss seeing everyone at our markets I cannot say that enough. Please everyone take care and enjoy your upcoming weekend. It is technically the beginning of our spring break this week coming so the boys won't be getting any school work delivered this coming week. The school and the cafeteria and bus drivers have absolutely done an amazing job during this stay home executive order. I am so very PROUD of them!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICES. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!! 

Air Hugs, 
Dawn Gallop

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