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. 

Well this is new

Growing up I was a bookworm, I still read now but not as much as I did as a child. Late at night I would read books under my covers at night until the batteries in my flashlight died. In the summers I would take sheets and make a makeshift tent on the top of the swing set, sides closed together with clothes pins. Just myself and a stack of books.

One series I read over and over again, even when the books fell apart, was Little House on the Prairie. Growing up on a farm myself, no running water, and outhouse, and no electricity until I was ten, my life at the time didn’t seem that far off from Laura’s, I was easily able to picture in my mind exactly what was written in the book, except for one thing… the blizzards.

Sure we have had blizzards in New England before, but in my life time I don’t recall ever seeing a storm like the ones described in the books “The schoolhouse had disappeared. They could see nothing but the swirling whiteness and snow and then a glimpse of each other, disappearing like shadows” The Long Winter 

Laura Ingalls Wilder was fantastic at describing things, however this was something I always had a hard time picturing. That is until this morning when it was so windy and snowing so hard, that we could barely see the frame of our house. 

Now it certainly was NOTHING like what happened in Laura’s books, please don’t think that I am claiming that at all, I do however think that I next time I pick up one of her books and she mentions people not being able to see ten feet in front of them, I will now be able to picture it in my head and understand.

With that being said, yes it is snowing outside…welcome to New England lol the wind is blowing and the snow is falling heavily, more in some places than others. 

We are staying inside today, reading, knitting, and drinking large amounts of warm tea. Some of us are even doing research for a paper. She’s writing about the hard winter of 1881

 

She’s getting more into the fiber world recently and I am crossing my fingers that once she moves on from carding she will try spinning and maybe want to start knitting again



She spun up some lovely merino mixed with the soft fiber I’ve saved up from Carrick over the years. 


Wherever you are and whatever the weather may be doing, I hope you are all staying safe and warm!

Have a good day folks!

Anniversary #3 *edit*

Apparently I missed it, but according to WordPress

So let’s have a quick year in review

* This time last year I was home schooling

* We were renting a house on the New Hampshire/Vermont boarder, just two hours south of Canada

* We were just starting our house hunting search, hoping for at least 50 acres

* We had a dog, cat, and rabbit

In that time we have: 

* Stopped Homeschooling 

* Bought a 95 acre farm a little over two hours away from where we had been living

* I started quilting

* I joined a knitting group

* We now have deep breath: a dog, cat, rabbit, three pigs, four turkeys, ten ducks, 66 laying birds, and 100 meat birds….I feel like we have more chickens than that…but I am not going to go count. 

I am now also 32, & according to my lovely nine year old, if you think I look younger, you need your eyes checked. Nice, isn’t she?!

So, to add to the last post, yes we FINALLY got couches


Which would almost make my house look “adult”, if it weren’t for my fireplace

We built a coop for our backyard flock last week


And then went & picked up:

(Back to front): Splatoon, Petunia, & Toffee (who is anything but sweet I case you were wondering).

Saturday we attended the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool festival! It was so much fun!!

I was lucky enough to run into two of my old guild members from the RI Spinning Guild, Dave & his daughter Katie!! I was hoping to see Iris and a few others as well,  though I heard they were going to be there the next day, sorry to have missed everyone.
We had a busy afternoon, we watched the herding dog demo


Toph got to help shear an alpaca


They don’t just sit there all docile like every single sheep I’ve ever watched get shorn, but he seemed way happier without all that heavy. 


I bought 6lbs and 3oz of yummy wool!! Ohhhh baby! The two largest bags are each 2lbs of  my all time favorite, beautiful, silky (after its washed) Merino. The bag in front is 1lb of beautiful luscious Romney, behind that is 3oz Corriedale all ready to be spun up, and then finally a lb of coopworth. I cannot wait to start processing this wool!! 


There were so many large bags of wool, I couldn’t believe it, and the prices were fantastic!! 


Lorelai enjoyed watching the horses, while we waited for Toph to finish watching the lecture about coyotes.


I finally figured out the Bavarian stitch blanket on the way home.

I’m currently recovering from the head cold I picked up after you know…building a coop in the rain on Friday, & processing chickens (not mine) in the cold and rain on Sunday. Monday I slept all day long under three heavy blankets.

Tuesday and Wednesday I made a rather large amount of progress on my sweater

Not the best picture, but it was a last minute picture. I am just starting the lovely semi-lacy design part….glad to be doing something other than the stockinette stitch.

I’m off to soak up the sunshine (I hope, we’ve had hail twice this week).

Have a great day folks!

Also, thank you to everyone who has read my blog along the way, read it once, read it & liked what they have read, read it & rolled their eyes, those who keep coming back, those who are new, those who stumbled on my blog by mistake (oh yes, I’ve read the search terms and also wondered how you ended up here).

Thank you all for sticking with me!! You are all awesome!!
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Oh hey look!! 200 posts!

Getting ready

This past weekend we spent time preparing for the arrival of our last critters (who should be here tomorrow), finishing up the portable chicken coop, and the kids learned how to card wool.

First I would like to say, that it is a miracle that I didn’t break anything in the process of putting the roof on top of this coop, given the very limited space I had to stand on, over five feet up on the air 

  Sorry for the shakey panorama, I just like to give my readers a first person view sometimes. The roosting bars on the left, are none other than tree branches, and while I have been known to climb the maple in our front yard & relax with a book, those branches are just wee bit bigger & sturdier. To the right I am standing on thing plywood, the cover for the food storage. 

Toph on the other hand, had strong nesting boxes to help hold him up

It is own ready for chickens, I know what your thinking, “why didn’t you use the ladder outside the coop?!”, well folks, sadly the ladder didn’t fit on my side of the coop.

I spent the rest of the day recovering by teaching my kids how to card on my….

Super cool new drum carder *jaw drop* my wonderful husband and inlaws went in on my birthday present together and got me the Strauch Finest model 405 Drum Carder, and yes, I am still freaking out!!! It is better than I ever dreamed it would be!

I showed my kids and got their curiousity out of the way, either they will want to help or they will no longer care and therefor they won’t touch it and either get hurt or break something


I am so excited about my new drum carder that I even did a tiny renovation of my craftroom to ensure there is a spot for it


Of course when winter comes & we use the wood stove, this room will have to change. However it will be changing even more tomorrow, as our couches are due to arrive on Wednesday, so I have two comfy chairs that will make their way down to the basement with me…if I ever get those last 163,345,833 boxes unpacked, I may take a picture and post it.

And I know what you are thinking, did you finish the throw for the couch, no…I did not BUT I made three quilt tops today!


So while I may not have finished my own blanket, three newborns will receive blankets made by me and I’m just as happy.

Toph took a free fence workshop in southern NH this week and came home with fencing for the three critters that we should be getting tomorrow.


Yes that’s right folks, Straw, Sticks, and Bricks will be enjoying the lovely portable pig shelter with the portable waterer and pig feeder. We have enough fencing to move them over without worrying about them escaping somehow. 

And now folks, I will leave you with pictures of what you really came here for (I know because I gain followers and have a rise in views when I post these hehe)


Have a great night folks! 
P.S

It’s late so sorry for any typos, I’ll come back sometime within the next month and fix those 😛

A walk in our oasis 

Well the snow is back folks, as my bosom friend says “it only snows when you make plans”, and that certainly seems to be true! Friday I had plans to go visiting, and then we were hit with snow, yesterday I was lucky enough to get out & go grocery shopping with a friend, and made it home soon after it started snowing. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love snow, I am jealous of the amount of snow everyone is getting. I’m just learning that the weather people say sunshine, and that doesn’t apply to my house, because we live on top of a mountain, so it’s hard to plan day to day activities. 

This morning I had plans to go vote in the NH Primary (by the way, I endorse you all to use your minds and vote for who you want, & ignore the celebrity who says “vote this person”).

However the snow that was not in our forcast had other plans 

 
That is our driveway.

The plow trucks don’t seem to visit our road as often or maintain it as well as the do the main roads, so even if I had been able to make it out of my driveway in my car, it wouldn’t have done so well on my very steep road. Luckily my husband was able to get a good amount of the driveway with the snow blower, and after hearing that I was considering tossing on the snow shoes & walking to town, he put the truck in four wheel drive and away we went.

Speaking of snow shoeing, we spent some time over the weekend snow shoeing 3/4 of the boarders of our land, first we started off with the kids in tubes

   
 

But after awhile, the trees started to get in the way 

  

We found that we had a few springs on the property

 And experienced some sibling love  

  

We all had a lot of fun and the parents were certainly exhausted in the end. All my Saturday evening plans (reading, knitting, crocheting) went down the tubes & instead I spent two hours looking at seeds, because that is all the energy I could muster.

My sweater slowed down due to the quality of knitting needles I was working with. 18 sizes of circular knitting needles for $8 sounds like a great idea in theory, but it’s really not. It’s like going shopping for groceries when you are hungry, “why did I buy these?!”.

So, while I was out yesterday I stopped at one of my absolutely favorite yarn places, Nancy’s alterations and yarn shop in Conway, and purchased two pairs of circular needles and had to shield my eyes from the yarn because I want to buy it all but I need a new car…priorities 🙄😒

  
However here is my progress so far

  
Even Ailey appears to be a fan.
Have a great day folks!!