Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What next?

No seriously, I'd love to know what kind of pestilence shall befall us next. I woke up this morning covered head to toe in what is apparently chigger bites. So now after the snakes, ticks, roaches, ants, beetles, spiders, and now chiggers, what is next?
Here's the kicker- I am NOT a city girl gone country. I spent roughly 20 years of my life in the middle of nowhere in NY or VT out in the great outdoors. Even during our time in charleston (creepy crawly Mecca!) I did not encounter this many problems.
As a child I spent near everyday outdoors in swamps and woods and deep brush and never encountered much worse than a dozen mosquito bites.
This leaves me to ask- What the heck is wrong with Ohio? Did it's founders piss off some angry bug god who decided to bequeath the area with nastiness?

I am so frustrated!

Off to vaccuum, steam clean, and wash everything in hot water.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Long lost update

It occurred to me I haven't written here in forever and a day. There isn't a whole lot to say. The guineas were a disaster that flew off however I've been happily free ranging my chickens who faithfully return to their roost every morning. My day went kinda like this-
"why you still in the barn chickies?"

"oh we didn't realize it was to come out and play! Here we go!"

"Mm bugs!"

Then to feed the bunnies...
Peter and Nougat
"pssst, hey peter, she looks funny when she hasn't brushed her hair yet!"

"sniff sniff I know I dropped some hay out here..."

Princess "I'm going to kill you in your sleep..."

I swear really that white rabbit still hates me for some reason!
Anyhow things are starting to bloom and grow. The blackberries are so close!

And my tomato plant has little baby tomatoes on it. I'm a proud mater mama!

Outside of that I've just been knitting, spinning, and hanging with the kids. The Nougat shawl is almost done and I've also started the St Augustine shrug in merino.
I just spun up this gorgeous batch of yarn-
Merino, bamboo, and angelina, from an etsy purchased batt of fiber. It came out awesome! About a fingering weight, maybe a little lighter. Two ply with gorgeous blues, purples, yellows, honey brown, and sparkling silver. It came to about 115 yards. I'm trying to decide whether to list it or knit it myself.

Last but not least- two of my sheep come next month- the two wethers, a black and a moorit. In august our ewe joins us from another farm, a badgerface mouflon.

That's all for now! Will update when the knitting is done and berries are ripe!

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