Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday's Hunt v 2.23

Today is Friday, so it's time for Eden Hills' Friday's Hunt.  Today I am quite sad, because my dear goat Fezzik died last night.  He was a very special goat, and I am heartbroken at having lost him.  Today's post will be a bit subdued, I think, because I am not in a very jolly frame of mind at the moment.  Routine is good, though, when life throws a curve ball, so I'm still doing Friday's Hunt.

Today's subjects are:  Starts with W, Week's Favourite, and Machine.

Starts with W
I knew that W was approaching, so a few weeks ago I took this picture of our weathervane, on a sunny day.  This weathervane is on the top of the outbuilding that will be Marc's motorcycle workshop.  I love the fact that it is a rooster, since I am so fond of chickens.  It makes a squeaking sound when it turns, so I always know when the wind is changing if I am outdoors.  If you look closely, you will also see the W for west in the picture!

Week's Favourite
My favourite picture this week was not taken this week.  It is a picture taken about five years ago, when my goat, Fezzik, was young.  I chose it because Fezzik died sometime last night, and I am so heartbroken at his passing.  He was my favourite goat, and he was gone too soon.  He was a wee runt of an angora goat that I bought on a bit of an impulse.  He could not stand up on his own when I bought him, and was tremendously weak and compromised due to numerous health issues.  It took about 3 months for him to be able to stand up on his own for any length of time.  He was always falling over when I first got him, and he could not stand up again when he fell.  I was so very honoured to have him for nearly 6 years.  He was a dear goat, and a daily reminder to me that even when the odds are stacked against you, you can still make it through.  I will miss him tremendously.

Here are a couple of machines that I hope to start using again very soon.  I am still working on organizing my crafting space, but my sewing machine and serger are set up on my work table, and I have some projects that need to be done soon.   I am excited because I asked my father to make me a thread spool shelf for Christmas and the project is well underway.  It will be great to have a space to store all my thread spools on the wall - it will be useful, but also colourful!

There are so many machines in our lives.  I thought about it as I was preparing this post.  Almost every room has a machine of some sort.  There is the washing machine and the dryer, the dishwasher, the oven, the stand mixer and food processor, the immersion blender, the toaster oven, the grandfather clocks (well, they are a machine of a sort!), the central vac system, the computers, the printers, the cars and motorcycles, the snowblower and roto-tiller, the list goes on!  We have so many machines to help us get things done in our daily lives.  I am grateful for the time that some machines save, so that I can spend more time doing things I truly enjoy.  I'm also grateful for the machines that help me do things I enjoy, like sewing, and even my spinning wheel, which is another machine - albeit a very old fashioned one.


porkpal said...

I am so sorry you lost Fezzic - such a sweet comical face. You gave him a good life, way beyond what he must have expected.

Tom said...

Claire, "W"eathervanes pointing "W"est in the "W"ind is a "W"inner. Fezzik was such a handsome fellow, I'm sad that you lost a dear friend. I've alway been fascinated by Husqvarna, women think of sewing machines and men think of chainsaws. Kind of strange, I'd say. Enjoy your week and let's meet up next Friday.

Jim said...

Claire, I am so sorry for you that poor Fezzik passed away. He was a gorgeous little guy, from his stance I take it he didn't grow so much as healthier goats. He also reminds me of our Katrin poodle dog when she is in need of a haircut.
The weathervane is a great find, is it antique or a reproduction? The rooster is classic weathervane material.
Not to neglect your machines, you hit a note when you mentioned clocks. We inherited a clock hoard from a deceased friend. My favorite there is an 1820 - 1842 Rochdale grandfather, English. The door in front of the pendulum and weights is a solid piece of wood, no glass.
I hope you will feel better and better about Fezzik dying, you gave him six years of life which he was about to be robbed of.

Michelle said...

Oh no, Claire! You didn't mention that Fezzik was ill; was it sudden? I am so, so sorry; I know how much it hurts. Great respect for you carrying on with the routine, and blessing us all in the process.

Anonymous said...

The weather vane is very nice. Sorry about your Fezzic. Ever thought about getting another one?
Ah the sewing machine is the only "machine" I have:) Oh, I guess I forgot the car...
Have a great weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

I am so sorry your daughter passed away he certainly does look lovely and cuddly. I love your Wethervane and certainly we are surrounded by machines which do help us free up more time for things that we consider important. Have a lovely weekend

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

What a handsome goat! So sorry you lost your dear pet.

Ralph said...

Fezzik had such an impish look - how can one smile when we see such a personality? He loved you too :(

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you lost Fezzik. I remember when he was just a little guy and wearing diapers. It's really amazing he survived at all as sick as he was. You certainly did give him that precious time. Love the weather vane. I can't imagine how difficult life would be without all the machines we have at our disposal. Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a much better week!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Claire; We don't see weathervane here, so it's very interesting to see one.
Oh, So sorry for your lost of sweet Fezzik. When I first saw his picture, I thought he is a sheep. The reason must be I was born in the of sheep from Chinese zodiac sign. He looks SO ADORABLE!
I have almost 40 years old sewing machine; I bought it right before I married my husband. I'm so clumsy with it and always hesitating to use p:-)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Canada, xoxo Miyako*

Anonymous said...

I like your weathervane, classic! Sorry you lost your sweet Fezzik. His six years are evidence of your love and dedication, he wouldn't give up because you wouldn't. Hope you get to enjoy your sewing soon. Glad you're getting a thread rack, it is decorative and functional with all those pretty colors. I can't imagine keeping up with the spools, otherwise.