A little green

As I sit here and sip warm tea from my mug, enjoying the last of the natural heat coming from the greenhouse on this warm 48 degree day, I am ready to admit that I miss the warm sunshine and the green grass.

Yes, this snow lover is caving. The rain and ice this winter has really gotten me down, too many falls, too many walks to the greenhouse to feed birds and try to collect eggs in freezing rain. I love the beautiful glitter of snow, the smell of it in the air, I love how it perfectly forms to my body when I lay in the front yard for a mid afternoon snow nap.

But I’m ready folks and I’m not alone, so here’s a blast from the past because March always feels like the longest month.

Enjoy!

I’m trying

I wish I could tell you my absence has been filled with fiber, fabric, and vinyl, but it has not. It’s been filled with hours of work. I can’t tell you the last time I picked up a skein of yarn, sat down at my sewing machine, or turned on my Cricut.

I got up most mornings at 5:45 and went off to work, some days I did not get home until almost 10 pm.

As I mentioned before, the company Toph was working for closed, so I’ve been picking up many hours at work so the savings didn’t need to be touched. Last week however, right before wrapping up a 67 hour work week, Toph received a job off and I am now back on call for weekends.

I am lucky enough that I will once again be able to stay home with my kids, I will be able to return to homeschooling the girls, and will be able to do more than dream of creating lovely things.

I was able to make a purchase last night to help me with that task, I won’t yet say what it is, that will ensure that I will update more than once a month 😂. I will tell you that I researched, I am excited, and it should be here sometime next week (providing the snow storms do not cause too much delay)

Have a great day folks!

Goodness

I’m certainly not doing a good job of keeping up with my blog in 2019, I’ve either been busy or struggle to find words when I have free time.

The company Toph worked for closed a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve been picking up extra hours at work when they are available. I don’t make nearly as much as he did, but it is enough to cover groceries and some bills so the money in the bank doesn’t need to be touched.

Since I posted last we, like most of the country have had a lot of snow.

We’ve celebrated birthdays

Had a puppy house guest

And at least everyone in the house was hit with a stomach bug

I also played a bit more with my Cricut

One thing that is new here, is that we have decided to start looking for a new house. We do love our house very much and we are lucky to have such a property. Alas, I am the only one in the house that enjoys the snow and doesn’t mind the cold, but I am also aware of how it affects the moods and minds of everyone else and so we have decided on a warmer climate.

We are not 100% sure exactly where we will be going, we’ve tossed around the idea of putting things in storage, selling the house and traveling in an RV for awhile to see where we want to be. We’ve also talked about moving somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ve driven through there before and really enjoyed our time, Toph has started to look for jobs in that area.

Luckily he can work remote should we go the RV route, though looking at non remote jobs in areas we might like broadens the job horizon. Maybe we won’t move at all, this is a conversation that is often had in the winter time, but snow puts on too much stress for our family so time will tell what we do.

Have a great day folks!

Back at it again

I’m here, splint free and going at full speed! I’ll make this short and sweet I need to tackle the house to prepare for Toph’s birthday tomorrow.

Here are a few things I managed to whip out as soon I was able to use my hands!

This lovely unicorn I was about to work on with my broken finger, pre-wrist issues. Knitting with a broken finger is a breeze, crocheting, not so much.

Toph’s Aunt really loves turtles, she has 10 where she lives in Arizona and has had them for many years.

My friends I must tell you, I have recently added a new craft into my life (because of all the free time I have 😂), for Christmas I received a beautiful Cricut air explore 2 and I use it every day.

First I jumped in and made some lovely lettering for a mug (Lorelai is totally okay with what I wrote, she laughed)

Then I made a card (I must remember to use the correct setting and make sure then pen is in)

After that I decorated my car…it’s almost finished.

Yesterday I decided we needed labels on some of my mason jars

And today because I am restarting a pattern I started many years ago, that has several different cable stitches and I needed a little reminder of what stitch went in what section.

So naturally stitch markers were needed.

Before I go, one last picture to show that even with all the electronics out there in the world, you can still have fun with your crocheted tiger.

Happy New Year Folks! See you next year!

Over did it.

I’ve been playing with yarn, slowly but still a stitch here and there. My finger will soon be free and I was excited to think I could pick up where I left off, however I over did it with my left hand and now it is in a compression sleeve, with a heating pad wrapped around it.

So needlework of any kind is out until that heals. Till then, I am trying to distract myself with ebooks and silly videos on YouTube.

I’ll be back soon I hope.

Have a nice day folks!

Broken

A few short weeks ago, after Halloween, before a big Christmas craft fair, I had the great misfortune to join the club of my parents, siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews, by breaking my first bone.

The details are rather silly, I feel up the stairs and landed on my right hand. Having never broken anything before I wasn’t sure how to tell. When I described the pain to family members I was told “you just bruised it, you’ll be fine” (I have a very high pain tolerance, I suppose they had worse pain when they broke bones).

Though after showing my black and blue finger that had now developed a lump, to my friend who had been a nurse for 35 years, I was informed that it was indeed broke and I needed to get it checked out. That is the story of my disappearance, I sit here with my finger in a splint.

As I am sure you can imagine, crafting is difficult for me right now, I’ve been using the loom knitter every now and then but I missed being able to sit for an hour and comfortably crochet or knit.

These are a few items I worked the before the big fall

I had the girls sewing for home economics

I played with Australian Shepard’s, my own girl and of course my brother in law brought two mini’s at Thanksgiving

I’ve been busy learning about my ancestry. I received the DNA kit for my birthday last May and I downloaded my raw dna file and uploaded it other places and I’ve been intrigued by what I have learned since then.

Some of this I knew (Scottish, British, Spanish, French) and some completely surprised me. It makes me want to learn more!

Have any of my readers done the DNA test? What was your biggest surprise?

Have a great day folks!

School at home

As I’ve mentioned before we are home schooling for middle school, much like before it had its ups and downs. Most of our curriculum works well for us, while we have had to supplement elsewhere for other things. Not due to the lack of content, but because they just happened to have already learned everything in that subject area.

We are still struggling to find the right curriculum for us and I wonder, how many of my readers are homeschoolers themselves? Do you have a curriculum you absolutely love?

Let me know!

Have a great day folks!

Disclosure

I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning offers standards-based language arts and math curriculum. Science, social studies and art lessons are provided as a bonus for most grades.