Lazy hazy crazy days of summer

This summer has been full of ups and downs, with animals, gardens, activities and trying to finish items for the craft fair. This last week has been full of the downs, my ball winder that I’ve used 7.5 times died and the beautiful Seawool yarn I had been winding on it well…

This kind of stuff never happens with the cheap wool of course😦

My sewing machine and I haven’t gotten along for awhile now and not surprisingly I have Lyme disease which has affected my joints slowing down my progress. I’m still chugging along slowly but surely. I’m just glad I am sharing my booth with two close friends:-)

We have veggies popping up all over the garden, we started our garden late this year so they are small but growing bigger everyday


Now I will leave you with this video of our resident deer who hangs out in our east field. 

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Goings on

​​I think with all the craziness with Toph, Moose, and the chickens, we haven’t had time to settle down and breath until this week. So it’s time to play catch up!I have made so very many hats for the craft fair 


I’ve actually made two more since this picture was taken, they aren’t finished just yet though, as I am now working on the flowers


Yes I know that flower is two big, I had taken the picture for my friend a size comparison and to help me decided if the flower colors went well together. It took three days to find the right combination and a lot of frogging went on.

Remember that blue faced lecister I spun up awhile back? My quilting group entered a bunch of homemade projects in one of the local fairs and lo and behold I won! Though I will add that I have no idea if there was previously a category at this fair for homespun wool, our guild leader took all the items over and didn’t say if there were other entries, so I may have won buy default. 

As always when I change my craftroom around I like to show you all, I had taken over the dining room as a sewing room this past month. We usually eat in at the kitchen table anyway and I needed a good sturdy table, so in an attempt to gain the dining room back, Toph went out and bought be a six foot folding table, and after moving around my craftroom, I am really liking how it looks, and how easy it is to move around


Believe it or not, this entry has taken two days to write, and as it is now 10:23 pm 😴 I will leave you with pictures and a video.


We’ve had a couple of big furry visitors on our road lately

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Have a great night folks!

When it rains it pours

This last week has been an emotional roller coaster. First Toph was stung by a wasp and was ill for several days, he was sick for a day, and then better for two, & then sick again. We took a trip to the local walk in clinic and he was ordered to eat a bland diet without caffeine, sugar, or dairy (so basically his normal diet), and lots of Gatorade ( yuck) for electrolytes. Thankfully he is now back to normal.

The day after he started feeling better we awoke to find that a weasel had found its way into the coop and we are sadly down 19 laying hens, it was a really hard day & we are still trying to get over it. A decision was made to put Moose in the fence tied to the coop that night, he has never stayed out overnight before so we were expecting a lot of whining, & were surprised to find that there were only angry barks periodically. We were happy to find that all the birds were alive the next morning.

The last big dip in the rollercoaster happened on Sunday after we finished butchering the meat birds (a long two day process with only three people, 47 birds now in the freezer). 

Sunday afternoon while doing the chores, Moose decided for some reason to lay in front of Toph’s back tire on the passenger side while the truck was running and is now hobbling around with a cast on one of his back legs. It was really odd for him to lay under the truck at all while it’s running, I guess he wanted the shade. 

Toph feels awful about it, even while he was checking Moose over, he was getting dog kisses through the whimpering, we are all glad it wasn’t any worse. Moose has to wear the cast for a month and is isn’t supposed to be walking around but we would probably have to give him a horse tranquilizer to stay put. 

That’s all I have for this week folks, I kind of left everyone hanging. Hopefully next week will bring happier news and projects galore.

Have a nice night folks!
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Also, while Toph, his father, and Lorelai were at the animal hospital with Moose, I did manage to cover every single tiny hole I could find in the coop. We needed a new plan with our guard dog out of commission. So far, so good.

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Well as it turns out, it was not a weasel problem..rather a raccoon problem that has now hopefully been handled. We lost two more birds, but may have saved the rest.

Ouch!

Toph was stung by a wasp last Friday and as it turns out, he is very much allergic to wasp stings. That being said, he is doing much better today, still a little weak but it’s the first time in several days that he has been awake all day long and getting back to work. Now that he is doing better I was to pop on and say hey, hi, how are you doing? And let you know I should be back next week after I have caught up on housework. 
Have a great weekend folks, and for those of you in America, Happy 4th!!

Marco

…..polo
You know the drill I’ve been busy, I’m always busy, what’s new?!

We have been digging in the garden, putting in plants only to have the wind destroy half of them 😭



(Picture courtesy of my MIL)

Some of us have already harvested some crops


Before school, after school, all weekend long, the kids have been devouring the wild strawberries


We finally put the laying hens out…& they stayed just like this for twenty minutes, birds were sick of waiting and started to fly over the mass of birds just standing there. 

Yesterday was my last day at quilting as summer vacations is starting up, I’ve finished three quilt tops since my last post


I call this my anxiety quilt, I’m happy to have it finished. Amount of anxiety attacks I’ve had since I’ve finished this quilt? 0


On the 25th of this month, our guild will take part in a celebration in our town and we will have some quilts up for sale.


One of the ladies in my quilting group gifted me with a quilting loom, I am excited to try it out this summer and go back to quilting in the fall with a little more skill.

The merino has finally dried out, but will soon enough need to be washed just a bit more, as there’s too much lanolin to run through the drum carder. 

What though what has been run through the drum carder has turned into 188 yards of beautiful blue faced leicster 


I’ve never before spin yarn so consistently, as much as I want a new sewing machine, I’m secretly hoping that this skein doesn’t sell at the craft fair. The rest yes, but not this one lol.


I have four hats almost ready for the craft fair this coming August, it’s amazing what you can get done in a garage waiting room when your oil change takes slightly longer than expected, not due to the mechanic but sometimes things happen and you just have to roll with the punches. 


Graduation season is among us, a few weeks ago my 17 year old handsome nephew graduated in Georgia & this past Saturday my beautiful 17 year old niece graduated as well. We brought noise makers, wore silly hats, & it turned out to be quite the event, lots of fireworks. I’m so proud of both my niece and nephew and to all the seniors who graduated in the class of 2016. I wish you all the success in the world. 

Have a great day folks!

Chirp chirp chirp

The days have been sunny and warm (95 😳) these last few days (normal temps for New Hampshire in May are in the high 60’s), we have been soaking up the sun, playing with birds, & getting our hands dirty. We had half an acre rototilled for our garden, we need to add some organic compost or manure before continuing on but the items in our green house are ready to be outside



The birds have been making more sounds and proving to me that they don’t care about fencing 

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It seems like the days go by so fast, even though I’m up by five & taking care of critters, I feel like I blink and then it’s time to start dinner.

Usually we start our mornings off in the clouds (yes clouds, not fog, we are way up high). We move & feed the birds in the chicken tractors, take care of the pigs which will have their pen moved soon.

Take down the fencing for the backyard flockI let Toph take care of picking the fencing up, he is particular
Then we move the coop and set it all up again. Today they are over by Carrick, at first he was all “look what I can do”, hopping around and racing back & forth, an hour ago he was in the fartherest corner away from the birds for some peace.

This week I haven’t worked on much thanks to sinusitis (it’s not as fun as it is to pronounce)  so anyway, when I’m not holding a hot water bottle up to the side of my face, I am managing to get a few small things done.

I’m currently working on a strip quilt, I’m not a fan of how the colors played out, it makes me anxious and I’m not sure I want to do it again


I made a granny square docking station from loosely followed directions I found over at repeat crafter me, loosely followed meaning, I stuck squares on, stretched them out, and stuck in this sticks.


Today I am carding and washing merino. Only a pound at a time but I am doing Castile soap instead of dawn, with some vinegar, and I didn’t want to heat up water on my stove so, the wool is sitting in a tub with water as hot as the sink could get and it is getting super clean.


This was after two minutes my friends, TWO MINUTES!!! Look at how white that got. 

That’s all I have for you today folks, I wish I could freeze time everyday to take a seat & write a post, I don’t know how anyone has the time but I’m glad I found time today!

Have a great day folks!! Happy June!

Anniversary #3 *edit*

Apparently I missed it, but according to WordPress

So let’s have a quick year in review

* This time last year I was home schooling

* We were renting a house on the New Hampshire/Vermont boarder, just two hours south of Canada

* We were just starting our house hunting search, hoping for at least 50 acres

* We had a dog, cat, and rabbit

In that time we have: 

* Stopped Homeschooling 

* Bought a 95 acre farm a little over two hours away from where we had been living

* I started quilting

* I joined a knitting group

* We now have deep breath: a dog, cat, rabbit, three pigs, four turkeys, ten ducks, 66 laying birds, and 100 meat birds….I feel like we have more chickens than that…but I am not going to go count. 

I am now also 32, & according to my lovely nine year old, if you think I look younger, you need your eyes checked. Nice, isn’t she?!

So, to add to the last post, yes we FINALLY got couches


Which would almost make my house look “adult”, if it weren’t for my fireplace

We built a coop for our backyard flock last week


And then went & picked up:

(Back to front): Splatoon, Petunia, & Toffee (who is anything but sweet I case you were wondering).

Saturday we attended the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival! It was so much fun!!

I was lucky enough to run into two of my old guild members from the RI Spinning Guild, Dave & his daughter Katie!! I was hoping to see Iris and a few others as well,  though I heard they were going to be there the next day, sorry to have missed everyone.
We had a busy afternoon, we watched the herding dog demo


Toph got to help shear an alpaca


They don’t just sit there all docile like every single sheep I’ve ever watched get shorn, but he seemed way happier without all that heavy. 


I bought 6lbs and 3oz of yummy wool!! Ohhhh baby! The two largest bags are each 2lbs of  my all time favorite, beautiful, silky (after its washed) Merino. The bag in front is 1lb of beautiful luscious Romney, behind that is 3oz Corriedale all ready to be spun up, and then finally a lb of coopworth. I cannot wait to start processing this wool!! 


There were so many large bags of wool, I couldn’t believe it, and the prices were fantastic!! 


Lorelai enjoyed watching the horses, while we waited for Toph to finish watching the lecture about coyotes.


I finally figured out the Bavarian stitch blanket on the way home.

I’m currently recovering from the head cold I picked up after you know…building a coop in the rain on Friday, & processing chickens (not mine) in the cold and rain on Sunday. Monday I slept all day long under three heavy blankets.

Tuesday and Wednesday I made a rather large amount of progress on my sweater

Not the best picture, but it was a last minute picture. I am just starting the lovely semi-lacy design part….glad to be doing something other than the stockinette stitch.

I’m off to soak up the sunshine (I hope, we’ve had hail twice this week).

Have a great day folks!

Also, thank you to everyone who has read my blog along the way, read it once, read it & liked what they have read, read it & rolled their eyes, those who keep coming back, those who are new, those who stumbled on my blog by mistake (oh yes, I’ve read the search terms and also wondered how you ended up here).

Thank you all for sticking with me!! You are all awesome!!
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Oh hey look!! 200 posts!