A whole seven months has passed since I sat down at my keyboard and opened up my blog. This is the longest absence from this space in the nearly eight years I have been blogging. I think perhaps the days of journalling on-line have been replaced by the much more instant gratification of Instagram…a venue I love so much for many reasons. But it isn’t blogging. And I’d like to continue as I am able in an attempt to create a visual/written legacy of my children’s childhood which I hope to one day privately publish for them.
In order to catch up over these last several months, I have compiled some favourite photos since last summer 2017.
beach days at our favourite watering hole on the river
a new Raggedy Ann doll from a lovely friend after the puppy ate Sunshine’s old Raggedy
best friends….and just another Monday morning of homeschool…
a family trip with our homeschool group to a pioneer village
a photo from the Taproot magazine article I wrote about lavender wands
a new to us swimming pool we rescued from the dump
More photos to follow tomorrow from the last half of 2017.
While the calendar flipped a page over into March this morning, Old Man Winter is unrelenting. Snowflakes continue to fall from the sky confirming what the Farmer’s Almanac predicted last fall ~ a long, heavy winter. Certainly around here it is just so and the woolens have no need to be put in the trunks just yet.
There are indeed very good people in the world, and this cowl was made for just such a person. A woman I met through a support group for parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes manifested a very expensive device for my daughter. While the machine allows for better sleeps for my husband and I (we must wake up every few hours through the night to manage her blood sugars), for the first time in six years since her diagnosis when she was two years old, we simply couldn’t afford the steep expense. As a somewhat inadequate gesture of my deepest gratitude, I cast on for this cowl using my own Wool Maiden yarn I gradient dyed. Serendipity would have it that the cowl is called The Present and is found on Ravelry.
I mailed it off just after Christmas, and our guardian angel loves it. As did my Sunshine girl who immediately cast on for her own Present Cowl in another skein of gradient yarn from Wool Maiden in worsted weight, or Maya. It is rather convenient having several totes of luxury yarn in the house, ready for the shop.
Sunshine has made a few knitted projects now and deserves her own Ravelry account, I’d say. She wears the cowl every snowy chance she gets, and often with this pompom hat she made from our homeschool fibre group I host, The Handmaidens. Sunshine dyed her own wool and quickly cast on, again using some aran weight Wool Maiden yarn we call Athena.
I am delighted by how much I enjoy dyeing yarn and transforming luxury wool into multi-coloured skeins. Wool Maiden began a year ago as a fun project, and for now, it shall remain more of a smallish thing. With three homeschooled children, a hobby farm filled to the brim with critters, and a husband away most of the time….I am full. But I manage to find a few moments here and there to play with colour and fibre. A little “mama” time, all to myself. I stocked up the shop yesterday with 40 skeins of wool, in anticipation of Taproot magazine’s Weave edition coming out….I have an article in there! I hope to do seasonal stock ups as well as custom orders…and we’ll see how it unfolds as the children grow. For now, I am having so much fun with it all and I hope knitters and fibre enthusiasts will also enjoy what Wool Maiden has to offer.
Please take a peek at the shop and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear about your favourites and any other ideas. On the weekend, I will be adding some felted bunnies just in time for Easter and I also plan on doing a give-away soon, too, so stay tuned!
ravelry notes on the Present Cowl here
Wool Maiden shop here
Wool Maiden website here
My sweet girl has sprouted up…and up and up! She turned eight recently and to finish off her birthday week, she requested a sleepover mermaid party with her favourite friends. Celebrating two birthdays within three days of each other can easily overwhelm this Virgo mama, so I am grateful that these birthdays happen to fall upon a brother and a sister. That way, the parties and making of gifts can be a little varied. While Huckley wanted to go fishing and biking, Sunshine opted for mermaids and dance parties. The basics are similar…a few favourite games and then a treasure hunt for puzzle pieces to find the pinata…these two parties were anything but similar. For one…disco balls and late night dancing were entirely the girl’s activities. Blaring tween music into the night from the screened in porch, followed by a movie, then more dancing!…I had to shut down the party close to midnight only to have it rev up again when the rooster crowed at 5:05am. Luckily, the girls were (easily) persuaded to go back to sleep for a few more hours so they could enjoy the day. And in the morning, farm chores delighted the girls as all but one friend has her own farm. Needless to say, Sunshine enjoyed her party so much and her lovely friends had a great time!
mountain climbing in the woodshed
I found these two sky gazing and giggling away…the essence of summer.
And the countdown has begun to a special surprise for my birthday girl….can you guess what it may be?
October 1, 2015
There was a lot of celebrating around here in the month of July with two birthdays, and a Deadhead trip down Memory Lane.
First, my youngest turned five. Five!
Like his Papa and older siblings, Huckley loves to fish. His birthday party was a fish themed event with a few little kids his age. Truly, being the third child, he doesn’t have as many friends his own age as his older brother. Usually, we all go to a friend’s house and the kids just play together as a group. Sometimes, I get a little anxious that I haven’t nurtured enough friendships for him ~ like I did with the first two. Then, I realize that he is just five and he has years ahead to forge his own way, with his own friends.
That being said, we asked a few four and five year olds in the neighbourhood to join us in a fish themed party. With a fish (decorated, not flavoured!) cake, a fish pinata, and other fun games…the highlight was stocking our pond with 54 baby trout from a local hatchery. I’m not sure who was more excited, the kids or Papa!
After the fish release, there was a homemade slip and slide (made with last year’s greenhouse plastic and a sprinkler), and wet and wild trampoline fun! Huckley really wanted a big party and I’m certain he had a great time.
A few days later, Sunshine celebrated her 7th birthday. For some reason, there are less photos here, but the few I got show her with her good friends and lots of hugging and giggling.
After games and playing and partytime events, we gathered on the porch where each of our guests and the birthday girl had their own foot baths awaiting. They selected some fresh and dried flowers for their tubs, dipped their feet, and then soaked away…and a few of us mamas gave them little foot massages, too. Such a good ending to a happy day!
Early in July, we were invited to a live stream of the Reunion Tour of the Grateful Dead. Dressing up in our tour clothes, we headed to a friend’s BBQ party with big speakers set up in the yard. For the kiddies, and some parents, there was a tie-dye station set up which was so much fun! Ahhh, the bittersweet nostalgia of sweetgrass burning, patchwork clothing, big smiles, and the melodic tunes of the Dead…what a wonderful afternoon that was!
Carefree summer days of birthdays, friends, BBQs and good music are what made July such a memorable month this summer.