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! 

Smells like spring 

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. 

The First Thanksgiving

I came down with a bug over the last couple of days, usually where I would normally contemplate avoiding housework in favor of playing with yarn or my new sewing machine, I spent the better part of two days asleep on my comfy couch,  not wanting to touch anything in the times I had been awake.

I did however fall off the Pinterest wagon, which was fantastic because for the first time I am in the position to host my first Thanksgiving dinner and while I will most likely fail at half of the ideas I fell in love with on Pinterest, I’ll have fun trying & I will take pictures along the way!

We are so very close to finishing the Greenhouse, we along with Toph’s parents have been working hard for weeks trying to finish it before snow. Although it has snowed several times, luckily it hasn’t stuck. 

We have however has time for a bit of fun


We take Halloween very seriously.

Now here is a project I have been working on for awhile (among the several orders I have been lucky enough to have gotten over the last couple of weeks)


I have a long way to go to finish this wonky stars quilt, my new machine has been so fantastic and the only issue I have was brought on by myself piecing things the wrong way. 

Have a great day folks!!

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 



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!

Back to business (almost)

Well my migraines are few and far between, I can function with almost no medication, and I can leave my house for long periods of time, so I think it’s safe to say that despite limited mobility of my left hand (pain in joints, poor circulation), I might actually be back to normal (whatever that is).

Before my horrible food allergy mess, I joined a quilting group with the Ladies Guild in town and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I met a lot of lovely women and learned a lot that first meeting. They donate quilts to the hospitals, which are the distributed to newborn babies. These quilts are just absolutely beautiful, I am in awe.

I missed a meeting and then attempted to attend one last week, but still wasn’t up to par and had to head home. Tomorrow one of the ladies will be teaching us to make “quick 9 patch” quilts, I intend to participate as much as I possibly can, and if all else fails, there will be pictures.

Over these last few weeks I’ve been able to sit back and enjoy watching nature (Toph put me on a housework ban, so I had time to sit and stare out the window)

I’ve enjoyed the crazy weather patterns 

 
And a little over week later 
  
   

Last Saturday Toph and I had a kid free night, we drove around the back roads of our little town for an hour, we saw in that time two dozen wild turkeys and three dozen deer, it was incredible. Sadly some of them were moving to fast to get pictures or as you can see it was starting to get dark.

We spent the time talking about critters, gardens, fencing, & shelters. 

 

Our seeds came in, ducks & chickens have been ordered, piglets are being looked for, and a guardian livestock alpaca is being considered 😉

As I cannot currently crochet or work on small knitting needles, my projects had to be shelved 😭, in the meantime, last week I stared The Ragnar blanket, the size 11 needles don’t hurt my hands nearly had badly, & I have this amazing ability to knit one handed when I need to.

   
   
And with that I say, typing one handed is hard and so I end this now.

Have a nice day folks!! (Typos will be fixed when both hands are better)

If it weren’t for rainstorms….

I’d never have a chance to sit down and write. Technically I should be folding laundry on this semi-stormy day, but I wanted to sit down and write a bit while I’m awake. I’ve been busy nonstop for the last couple of weeks, I got a chance to visit sheep shearing day at a farm not to far from here, they raise a cross of Romney, Border Leister, and Texel breeds. I managed to pick up several pounds (yes, you read that right) of wool

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Right now it is packed away, awaiting our move. In a few weeks I will be able to break it out and start processing it!! I have plans for this lovely bit of wool which include maybe selling a pound of it, it also may or may not include a floor loom. I’ve got time to think it over.

Now before I continue I need nay, want to give a shout out to this awesome spa called Organical Botanical, I was able to go as a Mother’s Day present, I had been before but it is just an awesome place to be, the prices are incredible. When you walk in you get a peaceful sense of calm, the scents in the air are soothing and the entire atmosphere is just amazing.

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These are the only items in our bathroom cabinet.
(I am in no way getting paid for this, I truly love this place), if you live near East Greenwich RI, I highly suggest checking it out!!

Our main reason for this trip was to go see Joel Salatin, however, it quickly got turned into a home school trip while planning it. It was nice to be able to travel with the kids and for them to see more of the country. We took an afternoon to visit Lancaster Pennsylvania and the kids were able to learn about the Amish lifestyle and took a tour of a replica of an Amish school/house.
They also got to visit Turkey Hill to see how ice cream is made (the factory way), and to make their own favors, “packages”,& “commercials”

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My favorite part was the all you cold eat ice cream and all you could drink tea 😉

We took a drive on the Shenandoah skyline

20140526-124135.jpg we stopped for a bit to walk part of the Appalachian trail and the kids made fairy houses.
Now I am afraid of heights and my husband, while a good driver, still manages to scare me with his teasing, which is how the first honeycomb in my bee keepers quilt (another Tiny Owl Knits project) came to be

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I didn’t have stuffing for it and forgot my crochet hook at home, but I think it turned out nicely.

We were able to take a tour of the Shenandoah Caverns as well, or as my kids called it, the bacon caverns

20140526-124849.jpg it was very beautiful inside and despite my fear of small spaces, I was able to see 95% of the cavern, while Toph assured me that the 5% I didn’t get to see would not have worked out too well for me.

We spent some time at the Frontier Culture Museum learning about people who came (or we forced over) to settle in America from Germany, Ireland, and England, and Africa and what their lives were life before coming over

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We were invited to pick spinach from the garden with the ladies of the German house

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Each house grows food related to the country that it is based upon. Most of the houses were taken down piece by piece and numbered and then shipped over to America and put back together.

After the Frontier museum, we finally got to our main destination Polyface Farm, it was exciting to be there and to hear all that Joel had to say (though Toph has read just about every single book Joel has written, so it was more just to be there then anything else).

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They loved playing with the resident akbash

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The tour was about two hours long, though we stayed long past that time to chat with Joel

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Leif picked out a shirt and decided Lorelai needed the same.

We ended our day driving over the blue ridge parkway

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Which again, was another nerve wracking drive and is how this honeycomb came to be.

We ended the educational part of our vacation with a trip to Jamestowne settlement

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Last but not least, the kids did so well on the trip not complaining (well…they did, but not as much as we expected they would), that we ended our trip at Busch Gardens, where Lorelai got to see her latest animal obsession

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Have a great day folks!