Non stop

The kids are now out of school and counting down the days until camp starts! They have been trying to stay busy 


Reading books in the barn


Helping move birds to the next area


And visiting Boston for the first time. 

We had a took a bus Sunday afternoon and spent the day exploring, that evening a child who claimed she could not swim without a life jacket, spent three hours in a pool after realizing, she could indeed swim without a life jacket! 

Monday we spent the day at the Boston aquarium,  before catching a bus back home. A short but packed full of fun visit!

We came home to a wonderful unexpected surprise


I thought it would be at least a year before the plants had fruit but lo and behold!


We have lots of yummy foods popping up!

I’ve been revamping my craft room, Toph put a new shelf down there for my fabric, which turned into a big purge. 


Most of this fabric has found new homes, though it’s nice to start almost from scratch.


I still have a ways to go, but I feel like it has helped me a lot. Sometimes I get in a funk and I just don’t want to craft at all, purging definitely helped and now I am crossing my fingers for a nice rainy day…an excuse to stay inside and knit or crochet or sew as much as I want.

Have a great day folks!

Patience Grasshopper 

It’s very hard to wait for things to pass through your system, when it effects your entire body, on good days when my hands don’t hurt I tend to over do it. Which has two results, the first being a baby sweater that went from 3″ to 75% completed (which is amazing considering in my brain fog, I knit the button holes on the wrong side of the sweater, which meant frogging 11 rows and starting again)


The second result is that despite not touching a crochet hook or knitting needle since Thursday, my hands and fingers are swollen & painful. I need to learn to some patience to let it all pass….I should probably stay off of ravelry as well.

So as to not make it worse, Leif is the one who made the homemade gluten free doughnuts this past week 

He has also been reading with Hobbes recently 


And has moved on to new interests. For the first time in a year, he picked out a book from the library that had nothing to do with minecraft.


More seeds have been started….despite the fact that it looks like Spring and Winter are in cahoots (did we really get 16″ of snow this weekend and do we really have more snow on the way?!) 

Along with onions, we now have cabbages and eggplant started and we repotted some high blueberry bush cuttings


Now on to what you’ve all been waiting for, I won’t tease you any longer 


The babies have arrived and they are cute


They are all in good health despite arriving a day later than expected.

Lots of noise happening the the breezeway and on warm days I set up a folding chair and sit out there with them so they get used to me. 

Have a great week folks! 

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. 

Hats, hats, and more hats


Welcome to the land of ice


It is slowly melting but we are expecting more rain & freezing temperatures followed by snow, so I have no doubt that it will look like this again tomorrow. Unfortunately three out of four of us have now taken a tumble.

Toph was the first to take a tumble, hurting his hip. I slipped on the ice with one foot in a the truck and one foot out, mine was less of a tumble and more of a throwing out my back. Leif was the third tumble and luckily is always bundled up in thick layers outside, so to him it was more of an annoyance.


I made a lot of hats last week, I hadn’t planned to but I’ve gotten orders left and right and I also wanted to make a hat for my father in law who celebrated a birthday last Wednesday. 


Everyone is still going crazy over the messy bun hats, I hadn’t planned on making them when they came out but people want them. I’ve made 8 since December and I have about 9 more to finish up.

This next hat I am really excited about, it was a new stitch I had never done and I am not completely in love with. The puff stitch. This particular hat is the ‘Slouchy Beanie Greystoke hat’ and you can find the pattern here 



It worked up fast and I want to incorporate this stitch into other patterns.


So we are very excited for the up coming year on the farm, seeds & trees have been ordered, we have been hovered over catalogues trying to decide which meat & egg chickens we want this year as well as throwing around the idea for ten more ducks because really, how could you not love these little faces?!


We are tossing around the idea of trying a new heritage breed of pigs and of course I am now as always, pushing for you guessed it….sheep. We need the fencing first but I am working on it!!

Next time I update, I will have a ten year old 😳 where has the time gone?!

Have a great day 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!

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!

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!!