Staying cool

Leif is back to his normal, crazy self. He has been spending his afternoons swimming in the lake.

I’m looking forward to my back being healed so I might join him. We don’t have air conditioning at our house, the lake has been our way of keeping cool this summer.

His evenings are spent camping out with dad

This morning he spared an hour of his “survival practice” time to help pick blueberries to freeze and make into jam.

We like to start harvesting berries as soon as they are big and plump. We freeze them for winter snacking and use them to can jams & jellies.

The rest we leave for the bears, because it my personal experience, if you leave fruit for bears, they will leave your animals alone. I’m sure it’s not exactly true for everyone, but on our farm, so far I’ve see plenty of bear scat near where our animals are and yet the bears leave the critters alone.

We have been trying to beat the heat by working in the early mornings and getting chores finished before it gets too hot.

The garden is happy right now, we have been picking plenty of veggies to sell at the farmers market (North Conway Farmers Market if you are up in the White Mountains 😉 )

Sunday while it was still cool out and I had the house to myself, I overdyed some yarn I had dyed a while back.

Some New Zealand wool and Corriedale, while I like the colors somewhat, I wanted something different.

The New Zealand wool still has a spot of orange on it, I’m not sure what I will make with it.

The Corriedale (to me), is simply stunning.

It’s also currently up on the Etsy shop.

I am crossing my fingers we see cooler temperatures soon. It is too hot to spin wool and I’m trying to crochet/knit in the early morning hours and late at night when I can stand to touch yarn.

Stay cool folks! 😎

The often absent “blogger”

That’s got a fitting ring to it doesn’t it?!

Hello folks, I’m back and I’ve missed you all. I didn’t mean to take off, but we have been having a fun busy summer filled with trips to the park and plenty of outdoor fun

  

Toph and the kids built a fort

We’ve been berry picking 

   
 
And tubing down the river

 
Toph has been making ginger ale 

  And I have been canning
  
And I’ve managed to get some crochet work in!!

A friend asked for a cabbage patch hat for her daughter a couple of weeks ago, I was a little unsure about it at first having never done loops, but I just did a basic crochet hat and the loops turned out easier then I thought they would 

  
I’m actually pretty proud of myself considering I went by pictures.

I also decide to give granny squares another go, which not only turned out well for me 

  
But I spent this past weekend at the home of my bosom friend for her 29th birthday and taught her how to make a granny square and well, she has surpassed me. It took me months to figure it out, she is a pretty fast learner

  
First on the left and second on the right, when I came home today I received a picture of two more squares!!

  
See folks!! She is amazing!!!

After all the other crochet I have been doing, Leif demanded that I continue on with his blanket, which turned out to need two more skeins of yarn, sadly that limelight Caron simply soft yarn was discontinued or so they told me at the only place around here to get yarn (you’re not in Kansas anymore Dorthy 😭). I wasn’t about to pay twice as much on Amazon, so we picked a second color. 

 

I think it’s coming along rather nicely! 

As the summer is slowly coming to an end (the leaves have already started to change colors), I am still crossing my fingers that a house will come our way, this week will be another week of looking at potential properties where we can grow our own food, which will help me to stop crying over the grocery bill every time I exit the store. It’s amazing how much you can save when you have a garden. 

I’m picturing fields of sheep whose wool will become fluffy blankets, cows grazing happily on the lawn, pigs and chickens, and more. Here’s hoping!!
Have a great week Folks!!