Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Morning On The Homestead





Early morning, the floors are cold, actually the house is cold.  The fire died early in the night.  Wool socks worn over fleece lined tights, warm skirt made of navy flannel with a tiny calico print.  Thermal shirt, and wool sweater.  Hot cereal cooking on the stove in the kitchen while I build a fire in the wood stove.  Emery out doing chores and bringing in more wood for the day.  The sweet sound of Patrick Ball playing the Celtic harp on the stereo.   The days beginning, as pleasant as last nights ending.  Its candle making day here, so soon the bees wax will be melting on the stove, ready to be transformed into hand dipped tapers that will chase away the darkness and fill the nights and mornings with a warm golden glow.  There is no rush, no time table, just tasks that need to be done when the need arises.   I suspect we will warp the loom again today and we will sit beside one another spinning and weaving, chatting, laughing and comfortable in the moments of silence that come when concentration is needed from time to time.  We will gaze out the window and watch the birds at the feeders and toss another log in the fire from time to time. An easy sort of day, perhaps as if we stepped back in time.  Its the way we like it. This simple life of ours, feeds our soul, breeds a sort of peacefulness that is so often lacking in the modern rush rush world.  Its going to be a good day, a simple day.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Retirement Fun



Yesterday, Emery and I took a class in Rigid Heddle weaving and we enjoyed it so much.
Since I am a spinner, knitter, we wanted to find something for Emery to do that was in the same line of crafting.   He loves detail and finds it soothing to untangle knots in yarn so in my mind it seemed he would enjoy warping a loom.  To me it seems about the same kind of work !   We both enjoyed the class so much, it was a full day of learning and weaving. 9-5.  Warping the rigid heddle is not too bad so I didn't mind even doing that part.  We are certain that weaving is a perfect fit for Emery, so we purchased a Schacht Flip loom and stand.   We see hours of fun working side by side, near the warmth of the wood stove, spinning and weaving together.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Welcome 2015





How could I get so far behind on posting to my blog ?  Time seems to be passing at warp speed lately.  The days flying by.   I guess if the old adage is correct, that means I am having lots of fun.   Today the snow is flying and its cold out there.  The snow is not sticking yet, but it sure feels wintry out there.   The birds are busy at the feeders, the wood stove is burning bright and my knitting needles are flying fast to make mittens and a hat for Axel.   This week we celebrated Yen's 5th birthday !  What fun we had.  This week we also had the coldest temps in a years time.  The wind chill was in the single digits for a while, making me very thankful for down jackets at chore time and down comforters at bed time.  
I have been wondering a bit about what 2015 will be like for us.  I pray its a year filled with a deeper understanding of what really matters in life and a greater closeness to The Creator and His will for our lives.  No big resolutions for me, just a desire to have a closer walk with God, to have ears that hear His small still voice and to be willing to accept His path for me. 

Happy 2015 to each one of you !

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Twas The Day Before Christmas

Twas the Day Before Christmas and all through the house, there was a last minute project waiting for its final touch !    Sewing still on the dinning room table, wrapping paper on the floor of the living room, with piles of ribbon strewn all about.  Cookies were baking and bread was rising.   Christmas music was playing and I was singing.   A perfect morning. 
I have had bronchitis, so getting things done in the time frame I had planned, just didn't happen, but I am on the mend, and my hands are busy once again, just as I like.   Mei-Ling is doing well, a change in medication and still waiting on tests and all those Doctors meeting to discuss what they think, hoping to find the reason and a fix for her high ammonia levels.  Mei-Ling feels a bit uneasy, knowing and understanding what happened and wondering if it will happen again.  A lot for a child of 7 to have on her mind. 
We have no snow, not even winter cold weather, but it will come in time, I have no doubt.  Its just nice to have it feel like Christmas at Christmas time.  I really should live in the north !
Today, I wish you all, a Very Merry Christmas, a day of love, of family and friends, and of joy for what the day is really about.  
Merry Christmas !

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December Morning





A gray winter sky, cold and damp air reminds me of a wool fleece fly high in the sky.   Woolly clouds that beg to be carded and spun into magical yarn.   The smell of wood smoke filling the land with a homey kind of scent.  Chores take a bit longer this morning, my eyes cast upward, watching the clouds zoom by, changing by the second.  I smile thinking about the phrase, "head in the clouds" because that's where mine is today.  Dreamy kind of morning.  The cold, fresh air feels to incredibly good filling my lungs.  I breathe deeply, inhaling extra long.  The critters act as if they understand.  I hear the sounds of the chain saw being started and know, its the morning for wood cutting at our house.  Logs needing to be shortened and later split.  Its good working outside.  Mistletoe above me, loaded with berries.  Seems like there is more of it around this year.   A few red leaves cling to the Red Oak tree, a pretty contrast to the gray sky.  Nature is the perfect decorator.   Smiling to myself I think of how right at this moment my dinning room table has a white and gray table cloth, with a touch of red to it.  Same colors as the view from where I stand.  
If we look around, take the time to really see things in nature, we become filled with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the perfection of color blending, for the perfection of shapes and sounds.  Life is good.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Prayer Needed For Mei-Ling

Yesterday, Mei-Ling was admitted into the Children's hospital with high ammonia levels once again.   She is one sick little girl.   As of yet, they have not discovered the cause of the high ammonia levels, many tests have been done and they are now waiting for the results of some testing done a couple weeks ago to see if its a metabolic problem.  We would so appreciate prayer for her.  She feels terrible and we are all worried for her, yet we rest in knowing God is in control and He is a loving God.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Edgar, The Watch Crow

This is a picture of Edgar, our resident, friendly and somewhat tame Crow.   We have fed him for several years and he has a couple of buddies that come daily with him to the Crow feeder, we named them, Allen and Poe.   Edgar is huge by Crow standards.  He likes his food and comes in three times a day, breakfast is about 8 am, lunch at 12 and supper at 5.  You could set a watch by him.  He hops around with the ducks, has been know to take a cooling bath in the ducks pool on a hot summer day.  Hangs out with the chickens at times and provides us with hours of entertainment.  Not once has he ever touched our garden or fruit trees.   He likes what we feed him and is content with that.  Yesterday, Edgar gained immense respect from us.  Emery was in the kitchen and heard a real ruckus from the chickens in the yard.  He looked out to see two Red Tailed Hawks going after the chickens.  The female hawk was probably the largest Red Tailed we had ever seen.  She was sitting on the roof of Emery's work shop, maybe 25 ft from our back door.  On the cottonwood tree, was the smaller male hawk, ready to help in the kill, that is until Edgar, Allen and Poe arrived.  Edgar swooped in to attack the female hawk. Allen and Poe went after the smaller male. The crows were great at chasing off the Hawks and keeping the chickens safe.  No I know the crows were no doubt just protecting their territory but it worked out for us as well.  Today, Edgar got a special treat for keeping all our chickens safe.   Love my crows !