Pets

I was going to write an entry about the up and coming craft fair, I was going to post pictures of all the things I’ve actually finished for the fair, and I was going to post about my excitement. Sadly now I come to post about losing a pet.

When you live on a farm, the death of animals you are raising for meat should be something you are used to, it’s right there in your head. “Okay, this animal is going to help us eat through the long winter months, it will help us save money on groceries so we can afford more fuel to heat the house. We will spoil it with good food & attention, but it is still food”

However then there are the other animals, the ones to help guard your home, keep critters away, provide snuggles, and warm fur. Those are the animals, whose passing can really hurt.

Yesterday evening after a very short illness (not even 24 hours), Carrick passed away. I had no idea he was sick, I interact with him every day. Holding him, feeding him, moving him to greener grass. 


I’ve never lost a rabbit to an illness before, I’ve had them escape when I was younger, I lost one to an owl when I was a little girl, my last rabbit I had for over 10 years before it passed from old age.

Rest in peace Carrick, I hope you are hopping around enjoying greener pasture.

Craft fair fun

Today was the day of the long awaited craft fair and boy did we have fun! As of last night I had 8 skeins of yarn


Not as many hats as I was hoping to have done, but I didn’t sell them all anyway so I don’t really mind. I also had a few crowns I made over the last couple of days 



I finished the scarf for the silent auction and was pleased with the outcome, I found that it worked up fast!!


This was our table before our other friend arrived, we had a good spot, right in front of the food & coffee. We had a steady supply of passerbyers.

These next pictures are courtesy of my best friend who did the craft fair with me, these are items she had made


She did all the chalkboard signs as well.

I sold a crown and two of these hats


I have plenty of items leftover for the next craft fair that happens at the end of the month that my friend and I decided to sign up for on a whim!!
Have a nice night folks!!

Making headway

I’m happy to say that even though I have been having issues with pain in my hands and my ball winder calling it quits, I’m back on track! 

I was able to untangle and save most of the Seawool today 

Finished spinning and plying the other half of my coopworth (I have yet to count the yards)


Started seasilk


And have gathered my other skien soft yarn together to get ready for the fair

With all the rain we will be getting this week, I feel like I could knock out two or three more skeins!

Have a great night folks!

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. 

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


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!
*edit*

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.

*edit again*

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!!