Here and there

We’ve been everywhere.

Enjoying violin lessons, today will be our third lesson. We’ve spent countless hours practicing at home.

We went to my favorite place on earth (well because my sheep aren’t here yet, someday πŸ‘)

I brought home the Christmas version of monopoly and now we all have our own set.

We spent the day at Pine Point in Scarborough Maine last Friday. The water was perfect and the sand just right for building. Our spot on the beach wasn’t overcrowded and the weather was sublime. What felt like an hour was really four and it wasn’t until tummy’s started rumbling for something other than the snacks brought along, did we finally pack up and go in search of dinner…and then ice cream (Bayley’s chocolate raspberry truffle is amazing and highly recommended.)

We’ve been at our own beach where I’ve been working on this ten stitch baby blanket.

For my little nephew due next winter.

And then we have been home

Making chicken sausage from laying hens that went into the freezer last fall, after many failed attempts they were just too hard to eat, so we tried another approach and I must say, they are delicious. I am thankful for this because we had 20+ hens in the freezer and short of feeding them to the dogs, we had no idea what else to do.

Now they will feed us through the winter and continue to keep us from having to rely on the grocery store.

We’ve been in the back pasture moving the 15 remaining laying hens, the rest have found new homes on other farms. We now move our coop on wheels once a week rather than every other day.

What have you been doing to fill your summer days?

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!

The wheel isn’t turning

And that is because my spinning wheel broke today, I am hoping that it is an easy fix because I was in the middle of plying this gorgeous romney I blended together.

I have been having so much fun blending batts lately, I wanted to finally spin some up to see how they turn out….I’m also trying to keep myself occupied spinning these batts while I impatiently await my recently purchased wool combs from Susan’s fiber…I won’t lie, the fact that she allows sheep to roam around her shop was the reason I choose to buy from her πŸ˜‚

I have so much merino waiting in my basement to play with, but it does not turn out well when I run into through my drum carder….the one I spent almost two years researching…the one that claimed it was for fine fiber like merino (it was written right in the description!!!)

I am excited to try out these combs and see how well they work (Hopefully better than my handmade combs 😞 not very pretty & it’s just tetanus waiting to happen)

The snow is starting to melt, the chickens are laying over 80 eggs a day, we have 150 chicks arriving any day now (I hope) & seeds have been started for this years garden.

We have been making plans for when the snow melts. A wattle fence is on the list, more fruit trees & berry bushes (Elderberry Jam anyone?).

The fiber festival is happening soon, because of course the 60lbs in my basement just isn’t enough, one must try out all wool options before choosing a breed of sheep.

Another big trip will be to Fedco in Maine, for their annual tree sale, lots of fun planned for the year!

Have a great weekend folks!

Color everywhere

Oh Mother Nature sure fooled us, with her warm sunny days melting all the snow. We were expecting rain today, but woke to a wintery mix.

The chickens don’t seem to mind the weather cooling off, the greenhouse is still warm believe it or not.

Ragnar is still walking around, keeping an eye on everyone to make sure all is in order.

His brother Bruce is soon in need of a new home

Too many roosters in this 50’x24′ winter home. Anyone need a good Easter egger Roo?! Free to a good home.

I’ve been playing more with the wool I dyed last Sunday, I had an idea yesterday morning and it stuck with me all day.

That is some angelina that was sent to me from Natalie Redding from Namaste Farms

Every single bobbin I own is claimed by one fiber or another, I simply couldn’t wait however and dug out a drop spindle

I hope to get a little more spun up this weekend.

Now for the last bit of color fro, my home to yours

Have a great weekend folks!

Adventures

The snow is melting. I’m most certain that I am one of the unpopular people who is sad about it, but to be fair, this week was the first time all winter that the snow has been wet enough to build snowmen and extremely tall snow forts

Perfect for ducking down just in time to miss snowballs heading our way.

We spent a quiet morning inside Monday, waiting for it to warm up outside. We played games, read books, spun some romney

Attempted to build wool combs

Still a work in progress, the nails all fall out, which I am okay with as I plan on buying a new box of nails to replace the ones with rust. This is more for show.

Today, if you can believe it, got up to 70 degrees. Snowmen and snow forts are gone, replaced with wet muddy grass. Not much fun to play in if you ask me.

Today needing to get out of the house, we went on an adventure to Portland Maine to visit my dad. We also stocked up on some goodies at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, just odds and ends that we can’t find in our area.

Two exciting things happened while we were on our adventure today. The first was happening upon this amazing shop, Port Fiber.

This is my idea of Heaven, honestly it was hard to pull myself away.

Look at this gorgeous fiber, the colors are simply stunning. I managed to keep myself in control and only purchased one roving of fiberI have yet to have the experience of spinning Targhee, I can’t wait to work with this fiber! I recommend this shop to all fiber lovers. If getting to Portland Maine is an issue for you, well don’t worry, Port Fiber has an online shop πŸ˜‰ I know I will most certainly be going back!

The second exciting thing to happen today, happened only moments later down the road when I stopped in to Tap Root. This was my first visit, I’m not certain who was in more awe of the shop, myself or the kids. Who do you think I got to meet? Amanda from Soule Mama. Very exciting indeed!

We had quite the adventure today, which made for a quiet ride home.

Have a great evening folks….oh and it’s going to snow on Sunday 😊

And we’re done

After 8 weeks of crocheting, piecing, and sewing

The plaid moose loveys are finally finished and in their new homes

This was a challenging project, they were delivered on Valentine’s Day and I can tell you, my hands still hurt.

I’ve had a request for more, but all I want to do right now is spin wool (and catch up on granny squares).

So on today’s list of things to do (after I finish my large mug of coffee), there will be carding, spinning, maybe some would dying, and an attempt to finally make some wool combs.

Have a great day folks!

Playing hooky

Monday has been put on the back burner, I am taking the day off from life to work on Christmas presents during the daylight hours.

After my post about trying to find the perfect present for my Minecraft loving 8 year old boy, I came across these pistachio fudge Caron cakes (naturally) and alas, a blanket was born

It is about 47″ tall and after I finish my C2C decreases, I will be adding a boarder. I want this present to last a long time and while a 8 year old who is almost taller than is soon to be 11 year old sister, that is going to be hard.

I am also trying to finish this order today

Fringe is not my friend folks, it takes longer than crocheting the actual project itself.

While I sit and work on these things however my mind is elsewhere, you see we have had just a tease of snow here and it melted as quickly as it came. I am sitting here on my couch, but my mind is sitting in front of a fire on a snowy day, with my spinning wheel, spinning up all kinds of creations.

A few months ago I went to a sheep workshop and met many wonderful and knowledgeable people. Two people I met were a father and daughter, they raise Shetland sheep and I was extremely surprised to come home one early fall day to a box full of Shetland wool!

I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet, but it looks and feels amazing ❀️

If you are interested in purchasing some lovely Shetland wool, you can find this fabulous folks here Abdali Farms Langdon, you won’t be disappointed!

Have a great week folks!