Sunday, December 23, 2012
It is a lovely clear and cold evening here. I stepped outside to close up the ducks and was treated to see Orion laying right on the horizon and a waxing gibbous moon lighting up our snow filled landscape. Peaceful.
Happy Winter Solstice to everyone.
Friday, December 21, 2012
This years holiday storm left us with about 10 inches of snow that blew and whirled around the yard scouring down to nothing on the ground and then drifting to two feet in other places. Made for some exciting, and somewhat longer morning chores as we had to shovel our way to each critters abode.
But, now it is evening and before the sun went down, as is traditional, the Yule log was lit. We save a bit from the previous years log to start the new one. This year we have three extra 12 year old girls here who are helping to celebrate the wee Wren's birthday which is Sunday. There has been lots of giggling. We are eating Friday night pizza and watching "the Grinch" (new version).
After the girls go home and our own wee ones are tucked into bed, Will and I will share a glass of handcrafted mead made by a dear friend (if we can manage to stay awake that long). We will have to get up on occasion after retiring to bed to tend the fire to ensure it doesn't go out, so that on this, the longest night of the year, we will retain a little bit of light to get us through to the Winter Solstice to tomorrow the shortest day.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I apologize in advance for the cruddy photos....it is getting on to O'dark:30 here.
Predicted snow out of this storm is 8-14 inches.
We use the back rail of the porch as our measuring spot. There are currently 5 inches resting on top of the rail. The bulk of the snow and accompanying wind comes tonight.
These are the lilacs on the south side of the house just off the bunny porch.
Tonight's holiday concert at school was cancelled, and I think they may be planning to throw the towel in on tomorrow's school day. No commitment yet.
Cinnamon, sugar, and toasted hazelnut rugelach in the oven. Will have jugs of water filled for ourselves and the animal just in case, and candles strategically located. We likely won't need them!
My vacation starts tonight.....woohoo!
I just finished sewing the snaps on this doll's dress (the task I dislike the most in the entire process) and she will be delivered this afternoon....I am officially free now to finish gifts that I personally am giving!
I have had three requests for freckles this year which turn out cute but it is nerve wracking putting a fabric marker to the face of a doll I spent so much time making...
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
A sampling of the loot:
This is how well people know me; a large vintage plastic sheep, black licorice, Benedictine & brandy, Beer!, a new cookbook, a new Terry Pratchett book, soap shaped like sheep with a wee wooden soap dish, honey, hand lotion and handmade textiles. My books in the photo were tampered with (you can't see the spines). Will used the cookbook to make a yummy mid-eastern pork dish with roasted veggies from our garden and Lime bars for dessert.
Sadly, yesterday morning also brought bad news. A coyote made it into our fowl pen and made away with three of the ducks...one of the two Pekins left is missing a chunk from her back but is getting around okay and it doesn't look too awful after cleaning it up a bit. Completely freaked out, they now go into their little house voluntarily when I go out in the evening and I've been shutting them in. Hopefully Bob is reunited with the other three and isn't cursing me for a fool.
BoB(the sheep) comes tomorrow....
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
I started a new project yesterday and wanted to try a neater, more tidy method of casting on because I've been using the backward loop method, and while quick and easy it doesn't make a neat edge. So, I pulled out my learning to knit book of choice "Learn to Knit Visually" (because that is what it takes for me to get it) and found a few new methods for a stretchy tidy edge. Now, I should mention that we were watching one of my favorite childhood Christmas specials "The Year Without a Santa Claus", and I didn't really want to miss any of the extremely complicated plot, so I picked the next easiest cast on called the knitted cast on. Once I got the rhythm down it went quick. It does look very neat and it is a stretchy edge.