Heat wave

Hi there *wipes sweat off brow* Fall has taken off on us, decided it wasn’t ready to be here just yet.

Which has really not worked out too well when it comes to harvesting food, my basement is abnormally warm thanks to the high temperatures in our indoor green house, which has resulted in most of our pumpkins turning to mush faster than we can process them. We still have several in the garden that I refuse to pick until this heat wave ends.

Late September is usually time for Apple picking and sweaters and hot mulled cider, Sunday we picked 50lbs of apples over at Apple Acres Farm in 95 degree heat, while wearing shorts and tshirts and replaced that hot mulled cider with milkshakes.

I have every intention of heading back to this orchard when the temperatures return to normal and we can pick apples in the proper attire and enjoy that delicious cider.

I have some very exciting news to share with you, it seemed like this would never happen. I’ve dreamt and dreamt about it but never truly thought it would occur. Toph is taking classes for agriculture management and handed me a pamphlet the other day, I am going to a conference in two weeks to learn everything I can possible learn about sheep. Which of course means there are sheep in my very near future and which most likely means no one will ever see me again after I get these sheep, because I won’t be leaving my house 😂

This week at quilting we made pot holders, I finished one set and have a second set that I brought home with me that is also finished. I am also working on a huge fall project that I am hoping to share with you within a month. Unfortunately because it is a present, I cannot yet post it here.

During the last few weeks when yarn was bearable to touch, I’ve made several items, some are already on my Etsy page and some are headed that way. A couple are presents.

As much as I hate to leave this cool area of my house, I have to go brave the heat and working in my garden. Have a great week folks!

Harvest time

All week long I’ve been canning and harvesting


Applesauce, apple pie filling, apple jelly

This week I’ll be canning pie pumpkins

Our corn did not do well this year, we planted late and now all that remains is the popcorn, we are trying to give it as long as we can.


I am really enjoying the changing colors, we will have lived here a year November 7th and we missed all the changes last fall.

I am very excited this week because after dealing with a not so fun sewing machine for ten years, a friend from quilting is letting me borrow her machine…and I’m freaking out


I have never used a pfaff before, oh my goodness this machine is a dream 


How cool is that?!

Yes, I think a pfaff is my goal. I will work my behind off so I can afford one, it may take a year or two but one day folks, it will happen. 

Today I am currently working on trying to keep the illness away that seems to be plaguing everyone.
Have a great day folks!

Soon

We have 14 days until closing (well maybe sooner now that the house is cleared out), I’ve been busy packing up our lives, hopefully for the final time. Never having lived in the same house for five consecutive years in a row, this is a big milestone.

  
The summer clothes have been packed away for sometime, the mornings are cold here (we had frost yesterday), and there is talk of snow this weekend. Wish I had more time to write, I’ll be lucky if I finish Lorelai’s costume before Halloween or even Leif’s Hobbes, his birthday is also their last day of school before we move. 

Tomorrow I get the day off from packing to head back over to work with the great Carol Felice to learn about making herbal medicines! I’ll take plenty of pictures!

Not sure what the point of this post is lol I just wanted to pop in and say “hi”. So hey, hi, how are you?!
Have a great day folks!!

Hello Autumn <3

I just love the Fall, everything about it just speaks to my soul. The crisp air, the smells, the leaves falling from the trees. I love apple picking and cider, hot cocoa, and when I could eat them, donuts (I will find a way!!!!).

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The last month has flown by so fast with homeschooling and dance class, the flu made it’s way to our house, I was down and out for over a week and Leif followed suit. Toph and Lorelai managed to escape without so much as a sniffle, Leif was better with in a matter of days, but I still have this lingering cough that is more annoying than anything.

I was hoping to knit during my downtime, I got a few things done, but mostly I had to restart a mitten twice. The first time I lost track of how many rows I had done, and the second I used the wrong size knitting needles, making the mitten an entire size smaller than the first.

When I was able to finally move about and do other things, I made spaghetti sauce and salsa out of the 54lbs of tomatoes I purchased the day before I started to feel horrible.

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During my second round of what I like to call my failing immune system, I was able to working on another project, as I only had a sinus infection, and so my hands worked just fine.

IMG_4609.JPG a friends little boy just turned two and I thought being a fall baby, that a pumpkin hat was appropriate.

I also had the chance to make two wildflower crowns for a friend and myself, using the lovely pattern from Tiny Owl Knits

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Now for some furry news

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My husband happened to snap a picture of this brand new highland calf, some friends of ours up the road have a whole herd of highland cattle and they are just some of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen, I just fell in love with this little fella.

We’ve been working in several things for homeschooling, including our attempts at paper mâché for a social studies project on ancient China
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As well as crocheting a scarf. I now understand crocheting a little better and may even attempt to do more crocheting because of it.

We’ve been learning about the five sense and how to play the recorder. Lorelai and I can down play a recorder and guitar duet of a Mary had a little lamb.

As I said Autumn has arrived, one day we had several leaves on the ground and the next we woke up to this

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We have been preparing for the cold winter months, which includes and new hutch for Carrick, thanks to our neighbors. They raise rabbits and offered this hutch to us.

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Well folks I will leave you with a picture of the lovely sunset I took in my backyard last night, have a great day!!

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