Always Busy

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!

Harvest

My sweet little baby girl started first grade today, I’ll admit it….I didn’t cry when she went off to school, not for lack of emotions, but we’re pros by now. She has a thirst for knowledge and a yearning to be around other kids, so when she was two we started looking at preschools, when we did a tour of the preschool she ended up going to, the director took pity on the 8 month pregnant woman with the energetic little girl and let her start school a few months early.

So today was our 5th first day of school, and it was more of a “see ya later alligator” thing (I kid, though she tried to get my husband to drive her to school an hour before it opened).

She enjoyed her first full day of school, loved eating in the cafeteria (even if she didn’t care much for her homemade lunch…I gave her left over chicken parmesan, I was hoping for mom points but instead was given an eye roll), oh well, can’t win ’em all.

We harvested part of our potato crops today (can it truly be called a crop, if it were only two plants?!)

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It was a hard task, a few pumpkins were harmed in the process

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Sadly, we didn’t end up with very many russets, it was our first year with them. Last year we planted six purple viking seed potatoes and ended up with 144, this year we planted 15 and will see what we end up with when they are ready for picking.

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We also harvested more green tomatoes to make relish, and of course cucumbers…these are being brought in to my husbands work, as I am sick of canning pickles (40+ jars this year).

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During a break from the storms we have had for the last 4 days, we discovered that we have wild grapes growing in the front yard, we knew we had some in the backyard, yet had never looked in the front yard.

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I picked them until it got too dark to see

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There are plenty more to pick.

On the fiber front:
I’m starting to run out of the purple yarn that is the contrast color on my bartók tunik, when I was up north I happened to have the chance to stop at the alteration shop where I had picked it up before, sadly they are no longer carrying that yarn, however, I did end up picking up 410 yards of this beautiful yarn

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It reminds me of the sand and sea, I need to get back to working on my shawl, and I think this will be the perfect inspiration.

Have a nice night folks