REPAIRING A MARKET BASKET-ELLIOTT-EDDIE-SHORTY AND SAM

30 01 2015

GREETINGS

Its gently snowing today and won;’t amount to much.  Its much milder but the bitter cold is coming back tonight and lasting for days.  More wood will be brought in and stacked on the porch today.

This is how Shorty handles a blizzard

This is how Shorty handles a blizzard

REPAIRING A MARKET BASKET

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I made lots of baskets.  I found a kindred spirit in basket making, spinning, weaving and now rug hooking in my friend Deb. We have had many adventures over the years and I especially remember one such adventure in the wilds of New Hampshire where we learned to pound ash.  It was something we both  remember with laughter and wonderful baskets.  

This market basket was on the porch full of wool in a  sad state of disrepair.

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 I brought it in and luckily I had the materials I needed to fix it.

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It only took an hour or so and now I have a usable basket again.

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In the spring I plan to make some willow baskets from my willow.  

ELLIOTT’S NEW DIGS

Thought I would show you Elliott;s new area

Sally would love to get in there to eat the grain.

Sally would love to get in there to eat the grain.

DDIE

I have renamed Morticia’s son Eddie.  The name suits him.

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 Yesterday I purchased a mirror for him.  He had to be separated from his sister and Mom, he was getting so unruly.  In many articles I have read the mirror will entertain him.  He is enjoying it and talking to it.

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 When Chris comes all will join him in the box room in separate cages .  In the summer Eddie will rejoin his family outside.

Sammy is enjoying is favorite activity, bird watching.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole

 





THE BLIZZARD-ELLIOTT-MARLEY-THE BIRDS

27 01 2015

GREETINGS

THE BLIZZARD

All the preparation was for not.  We had around 6 inches of snow.  It was very windy and still is windy but we didn’t lose power and the snow was light and fluffy.    It was and is very cold.  Icicles now hang from the roofs.

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ELLIOTT

One of the preparations for the storm was separating Elliott from the sheep.  I had a gate which almost fits across the barn and he has been very comfortable there.  He will get up and move around but doesn’t have to worry about the sheep eating his food and tripping him.  I notice on warmer days he is much better much like me arthritis does that. It’s hard to watch such a vibrant and regal animal wind down.  He has protected the sheep day and night and now deserves some peace from them. 

This is the year of separating Marly too.  At least in the winter.  He is so unruly and can be quite mean.  I can never turn my back on him or I will be flying in the air like a cartoon character.  He will be in the same area that the sheep are in but he will not be with them.  

THE BIRDS

The birds have kept me hopping, eating food faster than I can fill the feeders.  Our neighborhood Ruby Woodpecker even came around trying to finish off the suet.

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Not the greatest picture taken through the kitchen window, he was pecking at the suet 100 miles an hour!

I have been spending this down time mending some things.  I have a whole basket full of things that need a little hand sewing here and there.  It’s a perfect thing to do on a cold, windy day.  I also managed to fix a problem on my computer although it took me a few timeS of playing around with it to get it done.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and i hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole

 

 





SNOW-BBC 4 RADIO KNITTING PROGRAMS-OWEN-MIXES

24 01 2015

GREETINGS

The snow is gently falling here and its beautiful.  Of course I am snug and cozy in my house and don’t have to go anywhere.  They say the driving is treacherous.  The birds are all gathering at the feeders and the few squirrels that live around here are there too.  Another storm brewing for Sunday night into Monday.

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BBC 4

I have been listening to some very interesting knitting stories on BBC 4 radio via the internet.  Yesterday I listen to a show about knitting on Fair Isle.  They were interviewing farmers and knitters and school children.

OWEN

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Owen came here in September along with Sam.    He was very thin with a matted coat and fleas.  No sparkle to his eyes like Sam had.  I know he had gone through a lot but these past few weeks has seen the spark in his eyes and him playing and running with Sam. 

MIXES

I have a lot of mixes made up for quick use.  Some recipe’s were gotten off the internet and others in the Make A Mix series.  Today was a good day for making chocolate pudding with home-made whipped cream.    The cats will enjoy a small dish of whipped cream after supper.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole





ICY WALKWAYS-HYACINTHS-SAMANTHA-APPRECIATING WOOD

21 01 2015

HELLO

Winter has been harsh here in Western Massachusetts.  We now have ice-covered snow and glare icy sidewalks.

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 One is lost without sand or salt and yesterday I was out, my Son sanded the walkway and the driveway this morning so I can get some errands done.  

HYACINTHS

Have you started yours yet?  

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I only have white bulbs this year and will stop today at a shop that often still has bulbs for sale and I maybe able to get another color.  All of last years bulbs have been planted so I should see a nice display this spring.

APPRECIATING WOOD

I think everyone can appreciate Trees and the wonderful things that they provide.  This week I have added another couple of things that  they are good for.

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 I am now using it in the chicken coops as a dust bath and I did use it for icy pathways.  The chickens have used it and it certainly helped me make my way to the car.

SAMANTHA 

Samantha has grown so much and is a bossy gal.  She and Rosie don’t hang out much anymore.  They both have new friends and are in the same coop.

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THE DAYS OF LONG SHADOWS

A blogger friend of mine Bridget from Ireland had  a picture of her shadow and these words with it..  It was so beautiful. In my childhood I remember family members taking about this so I was delighted to be reminding of this saying. The days of the long shadows are leaving us and for me it can’t come soon enough.  This coming weekend they are predicting another big storm.  Looking forward to the short month of February and longer days and the coming of spring.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Carole

 

 





FROZEN PIPES/ FURNACE PROBLEMS -MOVIES I AM WATCHING-FUN IN THE SNOW-HOOKING CLASS PROJECT

16 01 2015

HELLO

We have had some terrible weather, I was plagued with some frozen pipes which thawed and were fine, now it seems that there is a boiler issue.  Someone is coming today to see.   No heat in the kitchen except for the wood stove.  Which means I am getting up often at night to put wood in.  The kitchen is a separate zone.  Will be glad to have that issue cleared up as tonight temps are going near 10 below with the wind chill.

FUN IN THE SNOW

We had some great snow recently.  It was perfect for making snowmen and sledding.  Lil really enjoys the sled .

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MOVIE RECOMMENDATION

LIVING ON A DOLLAR

I usually watch movies or documentary’s when I am hooking.  Yesterday I came across one that I highly recommend.  It is about the trials and tribulations of 2 college men spending the summer in Guatemala and living on a dollar a day to better learn about extreme poverty.  We in America think we know a lot about poverty.  But I think like everything else you have to live it to know it.  We have many programs that will help you, in other countries you are on your own.  An interesting fact I learned was 1.1 billion people around the world live on a dollar or less a day.  After a couple of weeks into it they realized that they didn’t have much energy and became lethargic.  Bad nutrition was the cause of this some children don’t have the energy to play.  Things are improving slowly  There are some programs set up in Guatemala that will loan people small amounts of money to start businesses.  Rosa borrowed $200. and started a weaving business. Now she is able to save some money for emergencies. This was a thought provoking movie which ended with a positive note.

CLASS HOOKING PROJECT

This winter/spring hooking class at SHeep and Shawl has to pieces to choose from  Each can be a hanging or chair pad.  The one I am working on now is called Posies in a Vase.  I am enjoying it.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today, hope you are keeping warm.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 





A CATS DAY WITH SNOW-MENDING

12 01 2015

GREETINGS

Its a balmy 30 degrees today, no coat need in the barn although water was frozen in the chicken area.  It was very cold last evening.

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A CAT’S DAY WITH SNOW

For many years having a house full of cats I realize a snow day means lots of wonderful things to them.  Some cats sleep the day away but Willie knows that there will be birds in the lilac bushes. Most of his day will be watching them fly from the feeder to the bushes.

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Sam on the other hand has found the newly mended sweater and will spend his day happily dozing on that.

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Shorty has found a pile of wool which I need to put away and is napping on that and Owen and Baby are seeping together in a quiet room downstairs near the food.

MENDING

The sweater was found in a box of things from Belchertown.  I had forgotten about it.  Its hand-spun from a wool and silk combination from my friend Ceacy.  Done in the early 90’s it sat in this box.   It had 4 or 5 mice holes and I was worried about how I would mend it.  Its not a great job but worked out okay.  I am wearing the sweater daily as the wool is soft and warm.

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I can remember my Grandmother teaching me how to crochet this rug as a teenager.  I think it was a large project for someone who didn’t know how to crochet but I learned.  The increases were the difficult part and I learned a lot from making this rug.  My Grandmother was an accomplished crocheter.  SHe made elaborate tablecloths and doilies. It was a passion of hers and you could see it in her work.  I have gone on to make many crocheted things and enjoy it .

This rug had a few holes from years of wear and I fixed it as best I could and it will again be on the floors of this house.

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  It was made out of Aunt Lydia’s Rug yarn which at that time was cotton. When cleaning the attic I found a stash of the yarn and an unfinished piece which I hope to finish this winter.

I find mending to be an uplifting thing to do.   You are making something usable again and the memories from the piece come flooding back.  I remember buying the wonderful wool from Ceacy.  I remember spinning and making the sweater and wearing it.  Doing the rug I remember the sweet days of my Grandmother showing me how to crochet.  Priceless moments that were shared between us.

Today we are having a gentle snow, the temps are warm and it may turn to sleet later this afternoon.  The birds are very active and its fun watching them.  I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole 

Pea fowl at Pine Hill Flying to and fro Saturday while we were knitting.

Pea fowl at Pine Hill Flying to and fro Saturday while we were knitting.

 





COLD TEMPS-CAR CHECK-UP-RUG HOOKING-CLASSES AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

10 01 2015

GREETINGS

SMOKE FROM THE WOOD STOVE ON A COLD DAY

SMOKE FROM THE WOOD STOVE ON A COLD DAY

COLD TEMPS

Yesterday morning the temp went down to 10 below zero with wind chills -21 below.  All went well in the house no frozen pipes, I was very vigilant with the wood stove filling it through-out the night.  Today was in the teens the difference in temps was remarkable.

CAR CHECK-UP

My little car is so remarkable but it was over due for an oil change and I did want my fluids checked.    I am lucky to go to a place where its local and they care about all their customers.  And it doesn’t hurt that John, The Chicken Man works there.  New tires were need and she drives so much better with them on.

RUG HOOKING

I bought this pattern at The Maryland SHeep and Wool Festival over 15 years ago.  I started it and got half way done and put it away.  It was difficult to hook.  Now that I have been hooking for while I see why.  The burlap was so closely woven that it was hard to put a primitive hook through it.

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I finished it and can really see how my hooking has changed over the years.

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CLASSES AT SHEEP AND SHAWL

I plan to have 3 rug hooking classes and a spinning  and a  learn the drop spindle class this winter.  One of the hooking classes will be a choice of two chair pads .  I dyed the old woolen blanket and am hand cutting it.  I have not dyed the back ground color yet.   I will have progress updates.

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Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you had a wonderful day.  Carole