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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Meanwhile, Back At The Wool House

While it sure appears that all I've done lately is yard work and gardening, I actually made something.  Out of wool even!

A couple of months ago I spilled a cup of tea on the carpet at the Wool House.  Yes, the white carpet.  It didn't blend.  A friend came over and we got the carpet cleaned and while we were working on it and the place where I always sit and my dirty pant cuffs have grundged up the floor I thought, hmmm, why don't I have a rug here?

So I made a rug.



The light and dark gray warp (the threads that go longways) is Lamb Camp Legacy yarn.  I used a strand of each color together in every dent (space).  I knew Rocky and Jared's kids could hold everything together with ease.  The white weft (the threads that go back and forth) is the old Punkin yarn from the beginning of everything wool here.  This was the yarn my now friend spun before I knew I even liked yarn.  

I'd asked her to spin it bulky without either of us knowing the bulky yarn for a sweater should be very lightly spun and lofty.  While it did make a sweater and Punkin and I had our pictures taken together dressed alike, it was not a warm sweater (needs loft to trap warm air) nor was it super comfortable to wear.  I ripped it all back out (my sweater frogging started early ;-) and I tried to reknit it on a larger needle, but it just wasn't to be.

Rebecca was over here last week and I told her what I was doing.  I was worried she might be sad that I was using her yarn for a rug, but we both looked at the yarn and she said something about how differently she spins now and I said "Yes, but look at what all this yarn started!" 


It made a perfect rug. Something I'll be able to use and enjoy for the rest of journey.


Gratuitous picture of Pinot, napping in his favorite spot on the porch.  He naps for a bit, does a little grooming, eats some snacks over in his portable cage or litter box, hops around exploring, does a little jig and some zoomies and then goes back to his spot, takes a nap...  :-) 


Monday, June 10, 2024

What's Hoppening?


Meet Pinot :-)

Wow, I didn't think about how hard it was going to be to type P-i-n-o-t rather than P-i-n-t-o.

Pinot is the new kid around here.  I've wanted a pet rabbit for a long time, but kept talking myself out of it.  I didn't need one more thing to take care of...blah blah blah.  Then I saw a post on IG that said life is short and to make time for the things that make you happy and I decided it was time.

Pinot is a six year old, probably mostly Lionhead rabbit.  I adopted him from the Lexington Humane Society.  He's currently living in the wash room at the Wool House and today we ventured out for some playtime on the porch.  


He had a blast :-).


He's very friendly and easy to work around and is litter trained.


And isn't too bothered by Naughty Bea...who, along with the naughty cats will probably never get the opportunity to be naughty.

He's currently camped out in a cage and run on the top wool drying rack and I thought that might be a bit of an inconvenience, but I love having him right up high just as I walk in the door.  He's pretty happy with the set up too.

There's a bit more to the story, but it's late.  More to come!



Friday, May 31, 2024

Morning Mystery

Biscuit was the first sheep through the gate this morning, coming over to me for his morning back scratch.  I reached down to rub on him without too much thought...and then realized he was there and no one had gone out.  That's unusual.  

I looked back up the hill expecting to see Murphy fighting his way through, but he was just standing there (the tall sheep between the Krista and Liddy).  I waited a few moments expecting him to start down the hill, but he stayed put.


Everyone else was now looking back at him too.


He kept looking around...

Everyone kept waiting...


 And kept waiting...maybe not quite as patiently...but they waited all the same.

He finally gave the all clear, marched down through the group and they all headed out.  No clue.  I just find this fascinating.


Friday, May 24, 2024

In The Fog

 Tap, tap, tap.  Is this thing still on?  I am still here...even if there's no photo evidence :-/.

"At least post a picture to let us know you are okay."  

If you think I've gone missing, check Instagram.  I don't think you have to actually be ON Instagram to view Instagram.  You should just be able to click this link or the one with 20 that stays on the right side of the blog.  

I'm proud of my IG feed.  I'm not proud of my blog feed lately...but I'm going to really try to fix that.

It's foggy here this morning...again.  We've had a lot of rain this spring and while I'll never wish away rain (a drought is much, much worse), we could use a bit of a break.  The rain/fog is not the most interesting thing about this picture though.  It's that some of the sheep went to the right side with Murphy and some went left on their own.  

I'm not sure why.  They usually stay together.  I would think the grass is better on the left, well, until you get further out on the right side.  They did all eventually end up in the paddock on the left.  Murphy's group just came in via the back gate.  It's a puzzle.  And a new puzzle :-D.


Thursday, April 25, 2024

Stupid Springtime

Too much to do and not enough time to do it.

80 degrees one day and frost the next.  Luckily nothing seems to be too damaged except some asparagus.

Why do I get these ideas of new garden things I want to do each spring?  See sentence one...

This picture seemed to resonate this morning, so how about a new puzzle?



Sunday, April 14, 2024

Weekend Wrap Up

 This was a busy week!  More company, more rain, more Dug shenanigans, lots of work, lots of fun.


Maisie was once again our little ray of sunshine.  This time shining in from the eastern side of the barn.


The big news was of course the eclipse.  I got scared off traveling to see the totality, but we had a good time watching it from our neighborhood.  I rode my bike with Dug and Bea and we had zero traffic issues :-D.


Frankie is fully embracing his back to work regime.


The sheep slogging out on yet another rainy morning.


Wool cats beds are just the thing for a cool rainy night.  Luckily for Archie I haven't started skirting any fleeces yet :-/. 


The redbuds have been beautiful even with all the rain.



 But finally the sun came out and Big J and I enjoyed morning coffee out in the driveway :-). 


This is Maisie's morning spot right now.  She still sleeps facing out the back door, just a bit further in the barn at night.  In the morning, if it's sunny, this is where you'll find her.


A pretty four leaf clover.


Among lots of other adventures, Dug embraced the party week and enjoyed a bonfire in the greenhouse.


And then went for a kayak ride and a float out in the pond this afternoon.

Missing are pictures of the raised bed garden area.  Sadly I forgot to take a before picture.  I can still get a "during" picture.  After pictures will be later this week....depending on the incoming rain :-/.



Monday, April 8, 2024

The 2024 Eclipse


Being a potato, Dug knew how important it was to protect your eyes ;-D.

We lucked out and the clouds were intermittent enough this afternoon that we were able to watch the eclipse.  It didn't get dark enough for the birds to stop singing and I'm not sure what the sheep and chickens did because Dug, Bea and I were over at the neighbors.  I wonder if the clouds kept things from getting too weird and maybe they didn't really notice.

Were you able to see it where you were?


Sunday, April 7, 2024

Weekend Wrap Up

Things mostly started settling down this past week and we could all take a deep breath.  We still had some cold and windy weather, but there were some nice days mixed in and that was appreciated by everyone.


I suspected this would be the case if Murphy messed around at the barn too much in the morning.  He figured out that Liddy and Tabitha were getting to sneak into Easy Breezy for breakfast and he spent a couple of mornings thinking maybe he could do so as well.  Krista ain't waiting for no stupid man to tell her it's okay to go out for breakfast ;-).


Our new friend Dug had a big week.  Or I should say a getting bigger week :-).


Big J met me in the driveway one morning.  What a relief!


Maisie reminded us that she is our little ray of sunshine :-).  This is an odd occurrence, the sun shining in the front of the barn.  What actually happened was the sun hit the front of the horse trailer parked over next to the Wool House at just the right angle to reflect back into the front of the barn, spotlighting Maisie.  It will probably never happen again.


On the cold days the cats took turns tucked in next to the heater in the Wool House.


Possum pulled the night shift.


Dug went to Dug(gy) Daycare in the toasty warm greenhouse.


The cats fought over the wool box on the porch.


And Archie eventually won.


Dug got a warm wool poncho...as one does on a wool farm :-D.


Another frosty morning.  The last one...I hope.


And today two of my oldest (long time, not old ;-) and one of my newest friends came to visit and Andrea (of TdF fame) gave spinning a try and I tuned up an old wheel.  Thanks for the photo, Ericka (of Foro/4-0 fame).  It was a great way to end the week.

 

Friday, April 5, 2024

Dug(gy) Daycare

I didn't have the heart to stick Dug outside yesterday.  It was cold and windy and I have notoriously bad luck keeping baby plants from blowing down the driveway and with the concern of wandering sheep...not that anyone did much wandering out of the barn yesterday.

At the end of the day I smacked my forehead with my palm because I (finally) realized I had a perfect spot for Dug...

...the greenhouse.

So Dug is hanging out with the winter pansies and under the watchful care of Rosemary today.  Look how big she's getting!  Dug and Rosemary :-).



Tuesday, April 2, 2024

My New Pet Potato

I say that like there was an old pet potato.  There wasn't.  In fact, I didn't even know you could have a pet potato, but here we are.


A week or so ago I used up the last of a bag of organic Yukon Gold potatoes and found a teeny tiny potato left in the bottom.  It was the size of a small olive, a sort of flat-ish olive.  Somehow it had rolled through the sorter and landed in my bag of potatoes.

It was way too small to think about cooking, but it had a tiny sprout starting on it so I decided to stick it in a pot and give it a chance to grow and reach it's full potential and for the next couple of days I carried it outside during the day and back inside for the freezing nights.

And I named it Dug.

Since everyone is already making fun of me, would anyone else like to join in and follow Dug's summer of adventures?


Sunday, March 31, 2024

Weekend Wrap Up

The first part of the week was still a struggle mostly due to dealing with the weather, worrying about the weather, being beat down from dealing with and worrying about the weather.  It started warming up during the days some, but stayed cold at night.  We all took advantage of the sun when we could.


Jared and Short Round have been sweet for a couple of years now.  Remember when Jared lost Rocky and she sat out with him in the yard?  They are often seen together, but I've never seen him cuddle up and rest his head on her.  He was tired and still a little beat down by the weather and I was so glad to see him get some comfort from a friend.


You'll have to zoom in to see the bird gathering up stray locks of wool leftover from shearing.  Spring is here...even when it doesn't feel like it.


This video of everyone heading out one morning was fun.


And on one warm afternoon even Betsy came up to the barn for a bit.  I enjoyed sitting out with everyone for awhile and got a few rows of knitting in.  I love to knit in the barn.  I'm still mushing.


This is an interesting picture and not just because the barn wall is reflecting green...surely not from the grass outside (?).  At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this was again a weather feature.  Look how many sheep are standing in the outside shed and how few can be seen in the inside stall.  

The wind was blasting from the south, the back end of the barn.  I had all the doors pulled closed, but left an opening in the door on the inside stall so they could still go out and get a drink and if anyone wanted to brave some grazing.  That opening was enough to drive everyone to the closed off side.  

Wind from the south sounds warm, but it always feels extra cold to me...and it looks like to the sheep and chickens as well.


I have always suspected that if Murphy stopped leading everyone out, Krista would take over.  She's not going to put up with his nonsense and headed out to get busy that morning.  Her kids weren't far behind her and when Murphy realized everyone was leaving without him, he ran to catch up and take back the lead.


For a couple of days Pinto decided he'd like to settle down and tie the knot.  He got sweet on Muffin after shearing and stayed pretty infatuated for awhile, not letting her out of his sight and making sure no one got too close to her...including Biscuit :-/.


Muffin put up with it for several days and then I noticed her walk away with Biscuit once morning and Pinto just kept eating and didn't seem to care.  I wonder how that all got decided.  I never saw any fighting between the boys, so I'd like to think Muffin took care of it ;-).


When Maisie gets cold she stands in the skirting area surrounded by bags of wool.  She's so clever.  That's also how I've been deciding if she needs to warm her puffy coat each night.  Sleeping in the straw with your friends has to be so much more comfortable than standing up by yourself.  She happily kits up.  Last night was the first night she didn't need her coat.


This was a fun new addition to the family and will be a funny story to share heading into the new week, so stay tuned :-).

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The week ended on a much better note and I feel like things are getting back to "normal" finally.  Frankie and I have started back to work...just in time for a week of heavy rain predicted.  I'm hoping I don't lose my momentum outside and can instead focus on some inside jobs on the deluge days.

I'm really tired of complaining about the weather.  


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