11 days

& 2,216 yards of yarn.


Not exactly the best picture, it is indeed finished & has been gifted to the young woman for who it was intended. Not as big as I had intended, I had to run out to get more yarn few times.

….and not just yarn for this current blanket. There was a break in the weather and I was able to head on over to Maine to visit my father…who happens to live exactly a stones throw away from a Joann Fabrics.


And then there was that package from Michaels that resulted in this 

   I had planned on making each child a blanket but at the last moment Lorelai changed her mind and decided she wanted Caron Cakes lemon lime yarn…which of course I only had two of, so as there was only one day left for the sale and it was snowing outside and you can only get them in packs of three on the website…naturally I ordered 9 skeins…though I may need one more lemon lime and of course, it has been discontinued 😳

Another item recently finished that has also found its new home 

I won’t lie, I enjoy the messy bun hat trend going on. They whip up fast and they fund my yarn habit.

Another thing supplying my yarn habit are my little rabbits, who have found a way to escape and torment the chickens     🎵 One of these things is not like the other 🎶

We did have to move the pen to harder ground so they can’t dig out again. It’s not the being out with chickens that worries me, as Carrick frequently free ranged with our birds in the winter. It’s the digging underneath the greenhouse that has me concerned. 

Stay inside bunnies!! We have too many predator issues and it’s too cold for Moose to be sleeping outside with you!
Have a nice night folks!

Better

It is now my turn to work through a illness of some sorts, everyone in the house has had the pleasure of some type of cold, I myself am currently working through bronchitis…I blame the lack of bacon in my life, when I eat bacon I’m not sick, when I am the only person in my house eating bacon, I am the only person not sick. Therefor I need more bacon in my life.

We are currently surrounded by a winter wonderland, we had a good 2 feet last week and last night we had a mix of rain and snow, giving us this view


However trying to leave the house this morning to feed the animals was a real….treat

Luckily Toph is strong than I am, because I was unable to open the door.

I have finished the tiger 


I started a blanket for Lorelai’s best friend who just turned 11 and I am hoping it will be finished by her birthday party

I’m on day 8 and almost ready to decrease. 

I have also started a veil for one of my best friends who will be getting married this coming fall

We are excited for the upcoming year on the farm, we have ordered several fruit trees, we have wood to build some animal shelters so we can get cows and sheep within the next two years and we also have left over free lumber that was given to us, that Toph wants to use to build a cabin out in the woods….he may watch too much Alaska The Last Frontier 😉

Hope you folks have a fantastic day!

Funk

I’ve been in one of those the last couple of weeks. I’ve been working on orders and more. I love Christmas but this year it has exhausted me. When I do dream at night, I dream about being exhausted.

We have had lots of snow and today is no different, we are expecting anywhere between 17″ – 24″ depending on which weather app or news site you look at. 

We had a good Christmas and have all been enjoying our gifts, especially myself.


I usually use the refillable cups, but my best friend send me this delicious coffee to go in my birthday cup! Any Gilmore Girls fans here?!

Though I am torn between this beautiful silk my MIL gifted me with 

and this set of bags made for us with our farm logo from my Inlaws


Here are a few things I’ve currently finished and one item I had hoped to have finished by now 


Yes I jumped on the messy bun hat board, I have four more I need to finish.


This was supposed to be gone forever ago, I now have the legs and arms sewn on. Hoping to get the tail and head sewn on tonight. 

Illness and exhaustion has kept me from finishing him. Here’s hoping.

Have a nice night folks!

Snow Day

After enjoying a day in Maine yesterday at the Magic of Christmas symphony,


 we were greeted this morning with half a foot of beautiful snow. The kids have been enjoying their snow day reading, knitting, and working on their snow day school work, while the chickens, ducks, and rabbits appear to be very happy inside their new home.


(Yes I know the video is rather dark, this was taken early this morning.)

You did not misread above either, yes I meant rabbits

Meet Noël, she is beautiful satin angora rabbit, a year and a half old. Brontë was not coming out of her shell as much as I hoped and the lady I bought her from posted an ad listing more rabbits. So I went and picked up Noël and after a day they have warmed up to each other. So much so that now Brontë will run up to be pet, where before she would run away.


I’m still working on orders, I finished these two cat hats for a lovely woman out in Kentucky

And I am finishing up a tiger for a nice young man out in Canada!

In between everything else we have gotten our tree up.


Have a great week folks!

Mental health

We had an incident happen at our home this week and I kind of wanted to make it into a PSA. We had someone we have not known long, maybe for about a year, walk in our home with a loaded gun. This person did not threaten us but it was clear that things were not right, they were talking about a million miles a minute about things that weren’t there, they had already been to and discharged from a hospital. I’m not going to go in details, I don’t want to embarrass anyone, that isn’t then point of this post. It was a very scary situation to be in for myself and I am sure this person. 

I later found out this person had gone off of their medication and was in a manic depressive state, I truly hope that they get help.

I just want to make this psa that if you have a loved one who is on medication for a mental disorder and is thinking of going off their medication, please talk to them about it, have them go see their doctor, or make sure to inform their doctor if they won’t speak up. If you are on a medication for your own mental health and you don’t like the side effects, please talk to your doctor about changing medications, please don’t just quit taking them.

I understand that I do not know what it is like to be the person needing the medicine, I couldn’t possible understand the side effects. But please help those who need it, or seek help if it is you.

Baby it’s cold and wet outside

Hello folks! I hope you all had a good weekend, we had a nice Thanksgiving with a little snowfall ambiance outside, followed by freezing rain on Gilmore Girl Friday, sun for a couple of days and here we are back at freezing rain. 


Thanksgiving went very well, we had only three guests but that was enough for us because we have a small table and we all just barely fit!


Our very first thanksgiving turkey was about 13lbs dressed…which was slightly smaller than my friends 47lb bird. Though we had plenty of leftover so I think our bird…Pickles, as Leif had named him, was just the right size.


He was cooked on the grill, which has turned out to be our favorite way of cooking birds. He was very filling and tasty. Thank you Pickles.

I wrote before about falling off the Pinterest wagon, well I had found these two pies I wanted to try out…the following two pictures are NOT my pies


I think I did alright… at least on the pumpkin pie lol. The following pictures are mine, pre-oven for the Apple and middle of cooking for the pumpkin 

I didn’t nail it but that’s okay, they were both delicious, I was just happy to have a chance to wear my new apron which I purchased at the holiday craft fair from my quilting guild


We finally have all the parts of the greenhouse finished! Plastic is on, doors are built, nesting boxes are ready. We just need to clear the excess wood and get the chickens inside.

It’s hard to tell but we have deer mesh separating the chicken area and the area with the feed and atv 

Friday as I said we had our Gilmore Girls day! We don’t participate in Black Friday shopping, I live next to a super tourist town and a long time ago I worked at two different clothing stores in said town, I’ve dealt with a lot of chaos and rude customers, so I try to avoid shopping in town on Holidays & weekends. 

Instead Lorelai and I went to my in laws and had our day with my mother in law


Unhealthy food was involved, though it was mainly the vegetables as we were all too full from the previous night.

Now if you haven’t watched the new episodes yet never fear, I won’t give a thing away except to say this, I probably should not have allowed my almost ten year old to watch it. There was language in there that had no previously been in the series. We ended up taking a break to watch a Disney movie instead and gave in when she asked to go play a game on the computer. 

Well folks, I’m off to finish a couple of orders that will be heading out this week and next, I hope you are staying warm and safe wherever you are.
Have a great day folks!

Ducks do not like snow

Just a quick post today, trying to reach some order deadlines 

We have been on the hunt for chicken eggs, found them this morning in the winter rabbit hutch​



Greenhouse is almost finished, building nesting boxes and need to add double doors.

Very excited to be going to the awards ceremony at the school later, Miss Lorelai worked really hard and earned straight A’s on the first report card of the year. Very proud.
Have a great day folks!