Focus

As the days have shifted once more from 40 degrees down to -1, I find my self spending less time in my basement craft room and more time in the living room, we all seem to congregate here at different times of the day.

Some of us like to enjoy a bowl of beans and a special moments with a good friend while warming ourselves by the fire.

Whether we are enjoying a nightly show together, using our imaginations to turn a simple tub of legos into a jungle adventure, filling the house with music via, or as stated above, some of us come here to work. The living room seems to be the most beloved room in the house.

While I may have been here all weekend working on this order

My mind still goes to my craft room and all the fun things that are awaiting my return. I’m having a hard time focusing now that I’m a week and a half away from when this order is due.

I still have heads, noses, antlers, and arms to finish, I have several moose I need to stuff and sew, I also have very little attention span.

I’m fighting the urge to run to my craft room and spin up a bunch of beautiful Romney wool. I keep thinking of the sewing projects that are overdue and need my attention like yesterday. Let’s not forget the set of sock needles from Christmas, I have yet to cast on a single stitch.

I give praise to my husband however, who is finding other things to do right now, than helping me build a set of wool combs. He knows I need to get this done, he has better restraint that I do, more focus and hates starting something new when there are other things left to finish.

Speaking of focus and distractions, it’s time to go collect the eggs.

Have a great weekend folks!

When it rains it pours

This last week has been an emotional roller coaster. First Toph was stung by a wasp and was ill for several days, he was sick for a day, and then better for two, & then sick again. We took a trip to the local walk in clinic and he was ordered to eat a bland diet without caffeine, sugar, or dairy (so basically his normal diet), and lots of Gatorade ( yuck) for electrolytes. Thankfully he is now back to normal.

The day after he started feeling better we awoke to find that a weasel had found its way into the coop and we are sadly down 19 laying hens, it was a really hard day & we are still trying to get over it. A decision was made to put Moose in the fence tied to the coop that night, he has never stayed out overnight before so we were expecting a lot of whining, & were surprised to find that there were only angry barks periodically. We were happy to find that all the birds were alive the next morning.

The last big dip in the rollercoaster happened on Sunday after we finished butchering the meat birds (a long two day process with only three people, 47 birds now in the freezer). 

Sunday afternoon while doing the chores, Moose decided for some reason to lay in front of Toph’s back tire on the passenger side while the truck was running and is now hobbling around with a cast on one of his back legs. It was really odd for him to lay under the truck at all while it’s running, I guess he wanted the shade. 

Toph feels awful about it, even while he was checking Moose over, he was getting dog kisses through the whimpering, we are all glad it wasn’t any worse. Moose has to wear the cast for a month and is isn’t supposed to be walking around but we would probably have to give him a horse tranquilizer to stay put. 

That’s all I have for this week folks, I kind of left everyone hanging. Hopefully next week will bring happier news and projects galore.

Have a nice night folks!
*edit*

Also, while Toph, his father, and Lorelai were at the animal hospital with Moose, I did manage to cover every single tiny hole I could find in the coop. We needed a new plan with our guard dog out of commission. So far, so good.

*edit again*

Well as it turns out, it was not a weasel problem..rather a raccoon problem that has now hopefully been handled. We lost two more birds, but may have saved the rest.

Finally!! 

I finally have time to post and it’s thanks to this beautiful fluffy stuff falling down from the sky

  

It started yesterday with a mix of freezing pellets, we couldn’t go anywhere by car (still can’t today due to the ice on our road), so I bundled up the kids and we walked over to the neighbors across the street, so all the kids could go sledding together. They own 230 acres over there, they don’t farm it but they had plenty of snowy hills to sled down and there was plenty of fun to be had. 

I cannot be more excited, about the snow. I have been in the Christmas spirit for so long 

  
I even hung tinsel garlands and let me tell you, I don’t care much for tinsel, but the excitement of decorating my house…my forever home, was just the greatest thing to me. No rules or restrictions…I can do whatever I want!!

Now I have been meaning to write, I finished at least two of the three projects I had planned for Christmas, but I have a good excuse….I know I know, excuses are like…..well you know the saying, and everyone has them. Well things got a little haywire the week of Christmas, and I wasn’t expecting to have to renovate part of my kitchen.

  
We had an old (1970’s) electric stove that was not cutting it, things were not cooking right and it needed to be replaced. We purchased a new stove the same day we closed on the house and had been waiting for the gas guy to come switch things around that we needed. Well he finally came and said “hey, you need to cut half an inch of both sides of your side cupboards and an inch in the top cupboard for it to be up to code. I’ll come back tomorrow”

  
So we now have a new stove, we put the counter that had been on the otherside back and have decided that we are going to wallpaper the drywall and put in a spice rack and mount a pot rack on the wall. The kitchen certainly feels bigger since we took the cupboards out.

So now back to projects, I did not finish the scarf, however I did finish the mitts

  

For the most part anyway, I finished them Christmas Eve….or Christmas morning rather around two am. I just need to add the flaps to cover the fingers. These mitts were called Ragg Convertible Mitts by Meghan Babin, and I found the pattern in the interweave knits gifts 2015.

And now folks, I leave you with this picture I snapped the other day. Ailey always attacks Moose when the camera comes out, but I was able to catch them in their true form while they slept.  

   Have a great day folks!! See you in the New Year!!