Preparing for the cold

The weather is growing colder every day, as we prepare for the winter months. Lots of harvesting and canning filling my days

Soups, jams, sauces, pickles, and jellies line the shelves in my basement, root vegetables are in the process of being stored away for eating over the long winter months, all except for the potatoes which will have to wait until I can find a way to rid of the yellow jackets nest resting in my potato rows. I experienced no less than five stings on Tuesday afternoon and the pain and swelling has only just ceased.

As of yesterday all the firewood has made its way into the house

This wood will warm us through the winter and help cook stews in cast iron pots over the kitchen fireplace.

And this yarn will keep me busy! A Michaels craft store has FINALLY opened near me and I went on a mini shopping spree the night of the “sneak peek” with the help up two 40% off coupons and one 20% off total purchase coupon. As if I didn’t have enough yarn, at least now I have the tea cakes I had been eyeing for sometime. I already finished a hat with one of the Caron Cupcakes.

Of course my favorite part of the winter is planning next years garden and talking about which animals will be making their way to our humble farm. Up next: cows and sheep!

Have a great evening folks!

Harvest

Well the bachelorette party has come and gone and I can now share with you the goodies I made,

12 house scarf book marks, no pattern.
All wrapped in gold paper and pulled from this sorting hat, which also doubles as a wedding decoration for the movie themed wedding.

On the tables for the bridal shower I made these
The vases turned out much harder than I expected, so I was very glad to get to the shower to find that they turned out beautifully!

Now I know that doesn't seem like a whole lot, but that was my secret summer project. Meanwhile old projects have now made their way to my Etsy shop

and we are now moving on to harvesting yummy foods from our garden
peas are drying for next years planting.
Don't let the one crate of zucchini fool you, we have hundreds of zucchini, many still waiting to be picked.

We've also been picking potatoes, pole beans, tomatoes, and eggplant. This week the fall garden will go in and we are all eagerly awaiting the ripening of the watermelon, cantaloupe, & pumpkins.

I've gone from working outside from sun up to sun down, to canning into the evening.

We do have 50 new short term additions to the farm

We sold all but 15 of the meat birds this year, so we decided to get one more batch in before the snow arrives. For the first time ever we are not brooding chicks inside the house, which I think we are all happy about. No mess, no smell, no dust.

Have a great day folks!

Happenings

I'm not saying that summer is coming to an end soon, but the signs of fall are rapidly approaching.

From the leaves changing to the cool weather to the insane amount of acorns everywhere.


We have been harvesting lots of goodies from our garden!

I've actually spent three days away from the farm this week:
We spent a much needed day at the beach

I went with my best friend for her hair and makeup test for her upcoming wedding
(No pics until after the wedding sorry)

Friday was the long awaited craft fair, I didn't have much to offer but my bosom best friend had enough to fill our table


My empty little side

Very thankful that my super talented friend had more to offer.

I am still finishing up items for the bachelorette party that happens THIS weekend! By finishing up items, I mean doing every knitter and crocheters favorite thing…weaving in the ends. I am very excited to share what I have been working on, it really has been a fun project.

Have a great week folks!

Another year

Yes, I’ve reached my 33rd year of life this week, though I won’t be celebrating it until The NH sheep and wool festival, once again all I asked for was raw fiber and sheep snuggles….and secretly I am far fetching wishing for sheep of my own and a guardian livestock dog to keep the critters safe.

Last weekend we were able to get some planting done


First potatoes


Followed by some of the strawberry plants, more to be planted after the seven days of rain end.


And the indoor veggies made it out into the greenhouse.

While nothing more than planting has been going on this week, I wanted to share a few pictures I was able to capture this week.


We are expecting more babies next week, of course I will be sure to post pictures.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Not over yet!

Well once again we have a couple of more storms rolling in this week, the first being tomorrow with talks of 17 – 24 inches of snow during the day and well into Wednesday, followed by another 7″ of snow on Saturday, though I’m going dress shopping with my best friend for her wedding & we are both crossing our fingers that it holds off until night fall, as she is flying in from Illinois and will only be here for the weekend.
Well the chickens are back full force with the egg laying! We have been getting nearly three dozen eggs a day for the last several days.

 It has Toph’s hopes raised up so much so that he has considered buying an additional 60 chickens on top of the 50 we already have coming. 

We already see our eggs to a local natural food store, however we are hoping to set up at a farmers market mid-late summer, by that time we should have plenty of chicken and duck eggs to go around.

Last fall we took my niece to the Sandwich fair, where she fell in love with one of those blow up doughnuts, it was a prize for one of the games, you know…the games no one ever wins. Well we didn’t even attempt to win it, but I made sure to make a mental note to find a pattern to see if I could somehow make one for her, for her birthday!


Behold, the doughnut pillow. I used THIS pattern and it took me about six days to make. She was a happy camper, she had foot surgery the day after she had it, so it made for a comfy foot rest on the way home.


This past weekend we had tempatatures ranging from -5 to 15. We spent our days indoors trying to stay warm and keep busy. I spent my day in the kitchen sitting by the fire while dinner cooked 

We have been cooking a lot in the hearth lately, so it has become a favorite spot in the house.

Spending my day at the kitchen table next to the warm fire, I worked on many…still unfinished projects. Unfinished mainly because I would start working on one thing & think about how nice it would be to work on something else.

At one point I had three projects next to each other and I would work on them like they were part of an assembly line

Then I got the spinning wheel out, however the wool was so warm that my hands began to get uncomfortably warm and so that lasted about twenty minutes.

Followed by the fabric 

At this point I gained a whole new level of respect for the ladies who cut out the kits at our quilting guild. These are only 55 of the 678 flower centers, petals, and leaves that I need to cut out. Of course I found that I am short on fabric and I can only hope that this fabric is still available when I go back into town on Thursday. 

Last Monday I finished two quilt tops that I had started awhile back


The quilt on the right I started last June before I had to take a break for summer vacation. I started on my old crappy sewing machine and had just barely gotten the yellow and red piece sewn together to make 60 rectangles. I started in on it again and within two Mondays on my amazing machine, I was able to complete the top. 
As I feel I’m getting repetitive when it comes to talking about the snow, (as I am type it out I think in my head “Your reader’s get it, it’s winter and it snows”), I was thinking that I’d would like to do a Q&A for my next post if anyone is interested. I will answer questions next week or if no one has any questions to ask, I will just write a regular post. My blog isn’t as exciting as most bloggers, but I’m willing to try a Q & A!

I hope you all have an amazing week! Have a great day folks!

One more week

I have a one week left before life starts to slow back down and everything becomes “normal” again. I’m ready to get things finished and start other projects that I have been putting off but need to get happen. 

We went into negotiations with the chickens & ducks last week & after much squawking, quacking, and clucking, we settled on these terms: we agreed to an extra scoop of feed & all the compost, and in return they up their egg production. 

They were going crazy for awhile and then as soon as we started delivering eggs to the local natural food store, they slowed down to a mere 14 chicken eggs and 4-5 duck eggs a day. Not cool. This week however, after meeting their terms our numbers are up! 18-20 chicken eggs and 6 duck eggs each day!! Though that’s not a great number to be coming from 50+ birds, it’s better than what it has been! 

The snow to grass ratio is 60/40, Spring is headed here quickly which means, gardens, baby animals, and campfires. It also means the NH Sheep and Wool festival! 

We ordered more trees yesterday, along with strawberry plants & blueberry bushes, we won’t see any fruit this year but I am looking forward to seeing what we get in the years to come!

I haven’t done much this week, I crocheted two hats and I am currently finishing up my nieces birthday present

Pictures of the present will have to wait, but I assure you it is fun!

Until next time, have a good week folks!!

Smells like springĀ 

All that snow we got is quickly melting away, we have patches of grass in our yard right now, while I know spring won’t be here for another few weeks, and I’m certain we will have a couple more light snow storms, I can’t help but get excited at the thought of starting seeds & the baby critters headed our way! 

The temperatures have been above normal this week, yesterday it was 60 degrees! That’s Mother Nature for you, always keeping you on your toes.

We are on school vacation this week which means we have built snowmen 



We have started the onions


And yesterday we went swimming. 

The downside of vacation is however, the large amounts of traffic, being cut off while driving, and the worst, people throwing beer bottles in my yard. Sadly that is something I came home to yesterday and it breaks my heart. Please, I get that you want to go out joy riding and see where different roads lead (we really need a dead end sign on our road), but please don’t drink while doing it and if it as passanger drinking and not yourself, please have a spare trash bag with you so you aren’t littering.  

The fine in the state of NH is $150 for having an open alcoholic beverage in your car, however the fine for littering is is up to one year in prison and up to $2,000. I personally don’t think either is worth it. So wait till you are at home folks, okay? 

Sorry to be a buzz kill but we work hard to keep our property clean for our children & our animals, the people in my town work hard picking up trash off the side of the roads to keep our town looking nice. Consider this before you so carelessly toss trash out your window. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem


On a happier note, I finished up the alpaca/silk combo I starts spinning last August and have started spinning up the merino/yak/silk wool I purchased 

Isn’t it beautiful, so soft and silky, like a cloud. I am loving it! Once again I purchased this on etsy from StickChick and I highly recommend it (I’m not getting paid to advertise her page, I just really love her product, though I do get paid a small commission if you purchase something from the ads over there ——> )

And with that note, I hope you all have a wonderful day folks!!

Remember, nobody likes a litterbug.                                         Not even these bug eaters right here.