Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All the Good

An Easter Week visit from the stair step boys,


with all their help getting the veggie garden going,


and their help in all the other chores.


Some freshly shorn sheep,


and a fun little knitting lesson.


Because no matter what, all the good still happens,
and all the smiles still radiate Love.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring is trying to make an appearance around here.


 Despite the big dark cloud looming in the backround.


 Mac says, "Gees lady, quit your moaning and give me a haircut so I can see!"


 The fruit trees tried to bloom too early during an unusual warm spell in February, so we lost a lot of blossoms when March turned to its normal cold.
Only a these few buds appeared at the right time.
No fruit this fall.

 Leo seconds Mac's motion about getting that shearer here soon.

 Carnie, the pretend Lion King, most definitely agrees.



 Hassie doesn't know what all the fuss is about.
She is perfectly content as long as those other sheep aren't bothering her.
Sometimes those boys forget they aren't really rams.


I am just so happy to see the new life and vigor that emerges among the old and weary decay. 
Always amazes me.

Spring with all it's promise of Life Renewed is most welcomed.





Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A long time ago, as a young wife navigating through Holidays...or Sundays...or everydays, I promised myself that I would remember how hard it was to fit time in for just our own growing little family with in-laws, parents, and the associated siblings all living so close and all wanting us to be with each of them for Everything.
So I told my adult kiddos that as long as they would give us a random weekend all together here and there, I would let them off the hook for the major Holidays. {well, at least for most some of the time}

They obliged quite well and gave us this:


An Impromptu Random Weekend
in March.
A collective 1800 miles were traveled for all my loves to be together for a couple of meals and LOTS and LOTS of laughter.

It was more than Perfect.

The skies were clear blue, but the air quite crisp. No one seemed to mind.
Thank You My Loves!






Sunday, February 19, 2017

How to Knit a Man's Sweater

Buy a cute little lamb.

Watch him grow and grow.


Shear his wool,


Then spin and spin, and knit and knit,

And say Thank-You to
The Man

Along side his new toy he got himself in the fall. It's not red!

for my sheep,
for our farm,
for Everything.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bitter Cold

3F/-16C to be exact.


"No big deal to me" says Mac.

I, on the other hand, am happy to stay inside with yarn and soup and a cozy spot in front of the fire.
And maybe a hot toddy.



The frost covered sheep, which doesn't faze them at all, are happy with just a little extra hay to warm them up from the inside out.

Hope you stay comfortable wherever you are.



Monday, January 2, 2017

First Day


A First Day Walk in the woods along the beautiful-in-every-season Shenandoah River



Some First Day knitting,

Fidra by Shetland Trader. Still need a pompom. Fun and easy, quick knit.

                                                                                 

 and the start of promised January spinning of Hassie's home grown indigo dyed wool,


while Fritz went for a First Day ride on his new toy

He really likes that bike.


Hope you first day was happy and full of hope.
~Joan