I wish I could tell you my absence has been filled with fiber, fabric, and vinyl, but it has not. It’s been filled with hours of work. I can’t tell you the last time I picked up a skein of yarn, sat down at my sewing machine, or turned on my Cricut.
I got up most mornings at 5:45 and went off to work, some days I did not get home until almost 10 pm.
As I mentioned before, the company Toph was working for closed, so I’ve been picking up many hours at work so the savings didn’t need to be touched. Last week however, right before wrapping up a 67 hour work week, Toph received a job off and I am now back on call for weekends.
I am lucky enough that I will once again be able to stay home with my kids, I will be able to return to homeschooling the girls, and will be able to do more than dream of creating lovely things.
I was able to make a purchase last night to help me with that task, I won’t yet say what it is, that will ensure that I will update more than once a month 😂. I will tell you that I researched, I am excited, and it should be here sometime next week (providing the snow storms do not cause too much delay)
Have a great day folks!
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!
I’m here, splint free and going at full speed! I’ll make this short and sweet I need to tackle the house to prepare for Toph’s birthday tomorrow.
Here are a few things I managed to whip out as soon I was able to use my hands!
This lovely unicorn I was about to work on with my broken finger, pre-wrist issues. Knitting with a broken finger is a breeze, crocheting, not so much.
Toph’s Aunt really loves turtles, she has 10 where she lives in Arizona and has had them for many years.
My friends I must tell you, I have recently added a new craft into my life (because of all the free time I have 😂), for Christmas I received a beautiful Cricut air explore 2 and I use it every day.
First I jumped in and made some lovely lettering for a mug (Lorelai is totally okay with what I wrote, she laughed)
Then I made a card (I must remember to use the correct setting and make sure then pen is in)
After that I decorated my car…it’s almost finished.
Yesterday I decided we needed labels on some of my mason jars
And today because I am restarting a pattern I started many years ago, that has several different cable stitches and I needed a little reminder of what stitch went in what section.
So naturally stitch markers were needed.
Before I go, one last picture to show that even with all the electronics out there in the world, you can still have fun with your crocheted tiger.
Happy New Year Folks! See you next year!
I’ve been playing with yarn, slowly but still a stitch here and there. My finger will soon be free and I was excited to think I could pick up where I left off, however I over did it with my left hand and now it is in a compression sleeve, with a heating pad wrapped around it.
So needlework of any kind is out until that heals. Till then, I am trying to distract myself with ebooks and silly videos on YouTube.
I’ll be back soon I hope.
Have a nice day folks!
A few short weeks ago, after Halloween, before a big Christmas craft fair, I had the great misfortune to join the club of my parents, siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews, by breaking my first bone.
The details are rather silly, I feel up the stairs and landed on my right hand. Having never broken anything before I wasn’t sure how to tell. When I described the pain to family members I was told “you just bruised it, you’ll be fine” (I have a very high pain tolerance, I suppose they had worse pain when they broke bones).
Though after showing my black and blue finger that had now developed a lump, to my friend who had been a nurse for 35 years, I was informed that it was indeed broke and I needed to get it checked out. That is the story of my disappearance, I sit here with my finger in a splint.
As I am sure you can imagine, crafting is difficult for me right now, I’ve been using the loom knitter every now and then but I missed being able to sit for an hour and comfortably crochet or knit.
These are a few items I worked the before the big fall
I had the girls sewing for home economics
I played with Australian Shepard’s, my own girl and of course my brother in law brought two mini’s at Thanksgiving
I’ve been busy learning about my ancestry. I received the DNA kit for my birthday last May and I downloaded my raw dna file and uploaded it other places and I’ve been intrigued by what I have learned since then.
Some of this I knew (Scottish, British, Spanish, French) and some completely surprised me. It makes me want to learn more!
Have any of my readers done the DNA test? What was your biggest surprise?
Have a great day folks!
As I’ve mentioned before we are home schooling for middle school, much like before it had its ups and downs. Most of our curriculum works well for us, while we have had to supplement elsewhere for other things. Not due to the lack of content, but because they just happened to have already learned everything in that subject area.
We are still struggling to find the right curriculum for us and I wonder, how many of my readers are homeschoolers themselves? Do you have a curriculum you absolutely love?
Let me know!
Have a great day folks!
I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning offers standards-based language arts and math curriculum. Science, social studies and art lessons are provided as a bonus for most grades.
I wish I could slow down time once in while so I could sit down and update here more often. I’m always on the go, only sitting down for meals, folding laundry, and reading a quick paragraph in a book before I fall asleep at night.
The garden has been keeping me busy, with the harvesting
And the canning
I have pickles, apple sauce, pie filling, stew starters, relish, and pasta sauce.
We’ve been talking about downsizing the garden, because it was really too much to handle and perhaps maybe having a small garden for us and not selling at farmers market is the way we need to do things right now.
We’ve also talked about downsizing on the amount of chickens we have, we sell to many different places but the stress of it all is getting to be a bit much (I displaced a rib last week). Maybe 30 backyard chickens instead of 200+ (anyone interested in buying some organic, pasture raised golden comets that just started laying?)
I am ready for winter, I am ready for slowing down, and I’m ready to spend more time playing with this little ball of fur.
I’m also ready for sheep 😂 I keep hearing my husband tell people that sheep will be next and I did find two FREE Icelandic sheep on Craigslist today.
Time will tell, I have the herding dog, so sheep are the next logical step right?!
Have a great day folks!
So my screen break took a little longer than the rest of my household, they all immediately jumped back in, while I dipped my toes with audiobooks, waded in a little more with kindle unlimited and now here I am with projects and introductions.
School has started and some of us have returned to our old ways of learning and by that I mean we are once again homeschooling. While Leif remains at our local elementary school that I do love, Lorelai skipped ahead to seventh grade and is now currently sitting next to her best friend (who has also joined our homeschool world), reading the free choice book.
During my absence, I have harvested and canned food from the garden, as well has competed a few items.
We have really gotten into playing outside
We observed our critters
Went on a homeschool field trip to Boston
And we have a new family member.
She is a ten week old Australian Shepard, we are kind of fond of her 😏
This August we are having our first annual screen free month. Our only form of communication with the outside world will be in phone calls, snail mail, or good old fashioned visiting.
We have long talked about cutting back on screens, which is hard in our house.
I grew up on a farm in the middle of the woods in a teeny tiny township in Maine. From ages 7-10 we had no electricity, we had an outhouse, our dirt driveway was almost a mile long and in the late winter and early spring we had to leave our car at the mailbox at the end of the driveway. We either walked to the car from the house or vice versa or sometimes we would take the horse and wagon.
Even when the poles came in and we had running water and an indoor toilet, we still didn’t watch much tv. We had the option to, but when your limited to three channels, books and imagination just seem better.
My husband grew up with video games and cable tv and went to school for video game design and is now a software engineer. So of course he is into electronics, it seems to be the norm to have TVs and video games, computers and iPads in the house. But even a little can be too much.
So folks, we are going on a break as I said before. I’ve printed off all the patterns that I will probably not get to, but feel like I might at some point be kicking myself in the butt for not finishing.
Some already started
And some almost finished
We have books, animals and woods to keep us busy. We have homeschool field trips lined up, our annual summer trip to Santa’s village, and camping to look forward to.
The sky will be our television, with it’s glistening stars. The sounds of nature or one of the instruments in the house will bring us our music.
We have plenty of canning that will be happening this month as everything grows in.
I am excited to see how this experiment goes.
See you in a month folks!
This is the very last thing I expected to see this morning as we gave the roosters the old heave ho a few months ago.
But she waltzed out of a wooden area with her “missing” Rhode Island Red Mother, who is currently sitting on another egg. I wonder how many other babies will join our farm! Naturally this one was has been named…Surprise! Stay dry little one!
(They we’re hiding in the nesting boxes we use in the greenhouse in the winter, we’ve put a metal roof on to protect them from the storm. Mama refused to go into our broody pen with the baby, so we decided to keep them together where they feel at home)