Monday, September 27, 2010
Oh I can't wait! More bags of fiber.... I didn't pick a very curly spot to take a picture though...this is a photo of Tea's rump.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This post is overdue, but each day when I come home there is more and more barn there.
The front and side walls are on, and you can see that the sides are completely closed in too!
Closing in the sides meant putting on two large doors on each side; one big wood barn door and the other a dutch door which will be nice for ventilation. The reason I said the post was overdue is because I was out of town for three days this week and when I came home not only were the barn doors on, but all the square holes were filled in with windows! The front door hole is still vacant- it will hold a set of french doors (which will be closed off from the animals since they are glass). The windows and doors came from a circa 1920 cabin on the South Manistique Lake that was being remodeled and we bought them cheap- $125 for all four windows and the door. This weekend I need to scrape and paint the window mullions and the frames...they are a pretty dark red color and I was able to color match some paint. I'll post pics after painting, or maybe some before and after pictures.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
"Cowboy Hot Tub". They had one already but a hole wore through the bottom. It is sitting elevated on large flat rocks in a fire pit. When they want a relaxing soak a fire is built underneath the stock tank and voila! Instant hot tub. It was hard to figure out what to buy them so it worked out great that theirs had sprung a leak.
Lila had one more childhood dream come true...she was the flower girl at the wedding.
The wedding was held on the shores of the South Manistique Lake. Gail and Mike exchanged vows there and then rowed off in a boat for some quiet contemplative time before heading back to the reception.
There were opportunities for the kids to collect some of natures treasures while out and about at the lake.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Last weekend we cooked up a big pot of beets...some were pickled and a few quarts frozen for mid-winter bliss. It seemed a shame to waste that pretty purple water so I added a few teaspoons of alum and a couple of mini-skeins of yarn to experiment with. The skein to the left is white cormo and the skein to the right is light gray Shetland. I simmered the yarn for about fifteen minutes and then let it soak for a couple of hours in the beet juice. After dumping the juice out I rinsed the yarn until it ran clear-ish, and then soaked the skeins in some water with a bit of vinegar in it. I then rinsed the yarn until it ran clear. The skeins turned out pretty cool- I really like the dusty rose the gray turned. I'm not sure how color fast they might be so I think I'll hang a strand of each in a sunny window to test that out.... The next pot of beet juice I'll be freezing and saving for a later date!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This only happens on the first day of school, but the kids were ready and waiting for the bus 20 minutes early. The rest of the school year is spent by us "grups" constantly haranguing the kids to hurry up and do something (putting on your undies, finding your shoes, going to the bathroom, eating breakfast...).
Lila had her clothes all laid out the night before and there were no moments of angst this morning about her choices. She did get up at 5:30 this morning because she heard me get up and let one of the dogs out. I heard a commotion in the room above ours and headed up to find her light on and her half dressed...she wasn't happy that I made her get back in bed but she really needed the extra hour of sleep!
I think they stood at the end of the driveway for ten minutes waiting after slowly walking up the drive.
And the bus did eventually show up.