Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Busy hands keep me out of trouble. On most days anyway. Some days I don't feel like I have enough hands to get everything done that I would like to, but I think everyone feels that way sometimes.
Cleo, aka Johnston (because she purrs like a Johnston outboard motor) stretched out at my feet while I work on my current cross stitch project.
Working on a series of little patterns called the Little Sheep Virtues. There are twelve of them and I plan on making them the center of twelve log cabin blocks to make a wall hanging. I just fell in love with these little sheep blocks. They stitch up fairly quickly. But I always have several projects going at once so we will see how long it takes to finish. This is my in front of the TV project.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Finally got the photos to go where I needed them to, so I could share.
I got the Suzy Bag, pattern forever ago and after I finally figured out the instructions I was on fire with these little gems.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Joel toodling around doing his thing...
This package arrived in the mail, how is it possible that he is graduating from college? This is as bad as the first day of kindergarten.... I am not ready.
and on the sewing end of things. I have gotten many things done in the last week, this just being one of them.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
continue to better our economic situation and be more self sufficient we have been doing a few projects for next year.
Late August and September I spent a lot of time canning. Relishes, tomato jam, and tomato sauce. Using all the veggies that we were given and some purchased from my cousins veggie stand. I enjoyed the canning and had a huge sense of satisfaction seeing my shelves lined with goods for the upcoming winter/spring. I wish I had more tomatoes, I would have put up diced tomatoes.
So, its been a long time but we will have a garden next year, Joel had already started to build the enclosure for the raised beds. He has the posts in and the outer boards and we have put down tarps in the area to get a head start on killing the ground cover.
Next, is expanding the chicken coop enclosure. We have plenty of room in the coop, but the outside enclosure could be larger. So next spring we will add a fresh batch of chicks to start our egg production again. My three old hens just are not laying at all anymore.
This year we have beef and pork, from my dad and brothers operation, my brother Todd grew a lot of produce this year and next year we will be bringing eggs to the table. We have created our own family co-op. I share my canning and already cook/bake weekly for my parents. I think we are on the right track, getting back to the old ways...feels good.
Here is the pond, with a little Fall color starting
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Our old kitty Peaches, soaking up the heat from the mulch. After a long day of stalking pesky chipmunks.
The wood pile has grown and is ready to be moved to the porch for easy access this winter. We play the "lets see how long we can keep the furnace from turning on" game. Wood is our primary heat source (never thought I would say that after loosing the house to fire) but economics sometimes beats out our fears. Usually the furnace will kick on in the wee ours of the morning around 4 AM. But I am up around 5:30 and get the fire stoked and crackling, so it shuts off quickly. Our propane bill last year was much more manageable.