Random Bits

A few random bits from the week...

* Walked barefoot in the soft grass.  

* Read a book outside, in the sunshine, on a blanket.  I was even alone for about five minutes before the boys found me.

* Made several sets of cloth napkins, some for the shop and a set for us at home.  I adore the tiny flower print and originally bought it to make a Wiksten tank.  Let's just say this pattern is not flattering on us larger busted women.  It hangs like a tent, if you know what I mean.  I should have known this from the get go, but I was in denial. The pattern is well written though, and easy for a novice like me.

* Trying to find more ways to cut expenses.

* Walked to town every day.
* Baked these.  No one wants me to bake them again.

* Started a new knitting project, but slipped the first stitch of each row when I should have knit it.  I ripped it out and stared over.  

* I used fish emulsion for the first time.  It's horrible smelling stuff, but I'm told my seedlings will love it.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

p.s.  I don't think I've mentioned this here before, but our oldest son, Jake, is a Falconer and tomorrow he's releasing his very first bird.  It's going to be a rough day all around.

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Come on baby, light my fire.

First of all, we want to say thank you to all of you who sent messages and left comments last week.  It's always a little scary to share the parts of our life that make us radically different from everyone else.  By doing so, we open ourselves up to the possibility of judgement and criticism, but your kindness and encouragement were just what we needed.  

Earlier this week, Mike and I looked at the calendar together and had one of those oh crap moments.  It's almost May, which means it's almost June and we have a ton of stuff to get done before the big day.  There's nothing like an impending deadline to light the blazing fire of motivation... 

* Last weekend we went up north for the first time since January, when the snow was up to our hips in many places.  Most of it is gone now, except for a few patches along the shady tree lines.  Right now everything smells perfectly of spring and wet leaves and mud.  The silver lining of all the early and lingering snow is that the ground was heavily insulated, and the frost line was very shallow this year.  That means we'll be able to put in the well a few weeks earlier than planned.  I'm also happy to report that our chicken coop stood up to the brutal northern winter and my confidence in building our house has grown exponentially.  Next trip, we're going to build a door and finish the front of the coop.

* Simplifying and packing.  If it hasn't been used since the last time I went through everything, it goes.  Books, toys, clothes, craft supplies... nothing is safe.  The boys are having a lot of fun discovering forgotten treasures and I finally found a use for Mike's old set of encyclopedias!  

* Seedlings.  So far I have started a variety of onions.  My first two trays died and I think it was due to damping off.  I'm letting them completely dry out between watering and that seems to have helped.  This is our first real effort at starting seeds, so we're taking it slow and learning as we go.  Hopefully, we'll end up with enough food at harvest time to feed us through the winter.  

Now, if I could just find some motivation to knit.

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Calling it Quits

Mike came home from work one evening a few weeks ago and said, "Well, I did it.  I put in my notice and my last day of work is June 1st."  I was in my studio and I can't remember what I was working on, but I dropped it.  Out of shock.  I knew it was coming, since we'd been talking about it for years, but it was one thing to say you're going to give up financial stability for self employment and another to actually do it.  There was a moment when I couldn't breathe.  All the words of the doubters came flooding into my mind, but as he said the words, I could see the weight lift from his body, and I put their words behind me.

Sure, he could keep working and we could build our tiny house on weekends.  We could keep saving and planning and waiting until we're ready, but at some point you have to just say it's enough and start doing

So, here we are.  Calling it quits on the old and movin' on to the new.

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A thin layer of snow still covers most of the wooded trails, but we went anyway.  Just the three of us, while the little guys went to stay with Grandma and Grandpa.  It was our first hike since early winter and it was peaceful.  Rejuvenating in the way only a spring walk in the woods can be.

I'm also knitting outside now.

Life is good.

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Easter Basket Knitting Kits

Good morning, friends.  I just wanted to pop in and tell you we're having a giveaway over on SmallThings!  Click on over for your chance to win one of our new Easter Basket Knitting Kits or find them in the shop here.

Kit Includes:

:: One small basket made from hand dyed Hemp and Organic Cotton.

:: 6 mini skeins of hand dyed yarn {100% worsted weight wool}

:: Carded wool fleece

::  Spring egg knitting pattern

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Spring Green

Yesterday, we took a walk down to the dam.  The water was open both above and below, so we stayed and lingered a while in the warm sun.  Oh, how I've missed the sound of rushing river water.  The snow had melted along the banks, exposing  the flattened, brown shore grass.  Luke couldn't help but kick off his shoes and run.  Up and down the shoreline, collecting rocks, inspecting moss, and looking for any signs of spring life.

I added a little spring green to my knitting, this week.  It's going to be a slouch hat, with a twist, for Mike or Jake.  Who ever claims it first.

Is it starting to look like spring where you live?

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