25.2.17

Thrift Store Finds









At least once a week, we head to town to the thrift store.  They set out expired baked goods and slightly over ripe produce that we pick up for our chickens.  It really helps on the winter feed budget and they love to have fresh greens and treats in the winter months.  

Of course, we always manage to wander around the store for an hour looking for any new to us treasures.  My favorite area, besides books, is the craft corner.  Most weeks, the yarn bin is full of acrylics and fun furs, but this week... well, I'm pretty sure I gasped out loud since the lady next to me looked at me funny.   Two laundry baskets full of sock yarn, and cakes of mohair, cones of undyed yarn,  Lamb's Pride chunky and sport weight, a partially completed argyle sock kit {which I won't be finishing, but it was so cute}, and a few bits of others that I thought were pretty. All for around fifty cents each. I showed some restraint with the mohair cakes and cones, {aka, I didn't buy the entire basket} because I'm not completely sure they're 100% wool and will take dye.  Experiments to ensue.

How about you?  Any great thrift store finds recently?



8.2.17

Taproot Inspiration






It's February.  The mornings have been bitter cold.  The afternoons filled with rain and ice.  I dare not admit how long it's been since I've been on a walk, except to the chicken coop to give the girls a few treats.  We're all grumpy, a little rough around the edges {That's a nice way of putting it, my family tells me.} and feeling very uninspired.

But recently I made a discovery that has me so excited.  Our library system subscribes to Taproot Magazine!  I have the first two years in my personal collection, but decided not to renew once we moved to the homestead.  Instead, we've been putting any extra money aside for big purchases like a new vehicle and solar panels.  I know it will be worth it in the end to not have any debt, but I have tremendously missed the seasonal stories, recipes, art, and crafts of so many like minded people.  I ordered all that our system had and have been savoring each issue, one by one.

I'm starting with Issue 16: Shelter.  The Home Sweet Home paper houses were a huge hit with Luke, and had us all make one for his town.  You can download the houses here for free.

I think this will be just the boost we need to get back on the creative track.... and I'm vowing to get outside more this week.  We have another warm up coming and it will be above freezing for a whole week!  I can't wait to see how much the woods have changed since we last visited.

How about you?  Are you in a creative slump right now or have any inspiring ideas to share?



26.1.17

January Thaw






The boys and I started reading Aldo Leopold's, A Sand County Almanac this week for our morning read aloud. January Thaw, couldn't have come at a more opportune time, as the temps have been well above normal and as our world changes dramatically in a new direction.  I'm loving this season to sit quietly and reflect about what is in store for the next year.  

      "There is time not only to see who has done what, but to speculate why."  ~Aldo Leopold

This week took us to the woods to watch the snow melt from the trees, observe signs of deer nibbling on branches, and witness life stirring awake again.  

21.11.16

Home



It's been almost two weeks since we've been home now.  Still savoring the bliss of living and working at the lake for five months.  All the while, finishing long anticipated projects, falling into a daily rhythm and preparing for winter.  It doesn't feel like it yet, running around in t'shirts and bare feet, but it's coming, that much I know.  The old timers are saying it's going to be a tough one.  We'll see.  We're all feeling the pre-snow romanticism that makes us dream of hunkering down in the house, cozied up around the fire, a mug of tea, knitting, projects with the boys and a daily pot of soup on the stove.

I've been doing this for thirty eight years now and I'm no dummy.

All of these romanticized notions of winter will be out the door a week after the first staying snow, so I'm preparing... cleaning, clearing, sorting, and collecting what will help us all enjoy the long, dark days ahead.

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I wrote this last week, but with all of the preparations, I completely forgot to post it.  Last night it snowed.  The wind blew fierce across the homestead and for the first time, in a long while, we had to get up at night to stoke the fire.  As predicted, we're reveling in the first signs of winter.

Today, I'm snuggled up on the couch with my boys knitting a batch of emergency hats.  When I heard snow was coming, we brought the box of woolens out, only to find that the barn cats managed to wiggle their way in and use it as a litter box.  I guess this will be a good way to clear out some of those left over bits of yarn I've been stashing away all year and get some new woolens to boot!

It's so good to be home.

p.s.  Thank you to everyone who sent us messages over the summer with curiosity and concern.  Unintentionally, we dropped off the face of the internet world {no signal at the campground, except for one spot on the bridge if the wind was blowing just right and you hopped on one leg!} and just spent the summer decompressing and enjoying each other's company.  I didn't even unpack my camera, only taking a few photos with my cell phone.  If you'd like to see how we spent the summer, I posted over on Instagram as @thesittingtreefarm.


14.6.16

Catching Up and Some Exciting News


Hello friends.  It's been a very long time, hasn't it.  I blame it on Instagram with it's simple, easy, carefree ways.  And only having internet on the phone makes it much more simple to connect there rather than here.  

But, I've missed it here.  

And we have some very exciting news to share.

In early spring Mike and I started talking about the possibility of getting a job away from the homestead.  Summers out here have been much more difficult than we anticipated, income-wise, and we really want to be proactive about the major expense of vehicle repairs that are inevitable with a twenty year old truck.  We also have several projects on the house that need to get finished, like siding and flooring.  Ok, the flooring isn't a need, but I'm really tired of plywood.  However, we had very specific ideas about what the job could entail.  For instance, it needed to be part time and close by (the closest town is 14 miles).  It needed to pay a reasonable wage and be work that would enhance our lives or enable us to learn something of value.  Jobs at the library, farms, or local greenhouse were top on our list, but nothing seemed to work out.  We decided to stop fretting and that when the time was right, things would work themselves out.  Life always works that way, doesn't it? 

And, of course, it did.  

Mike and his cousin went fishing one afternoon and their boat wouldn't start.  The park attendant came over to help out and offered to charge their battery at his camp site.  After chatting about fishing and such, he mentioned that there was an opening at another campground in the park system.  When Mike came home and told me, I knew that this was what we had been waiting for.  We both sent in our resumes and were asked to come in for an interview.  Everything went well and before we even got half way home, they called to offer us a job.  Originally, the job was to be full time for one person.  However, they liked us both so much, and couldn't decide between us, that they created a new job position, as a team.  

Mike and I are going to be running a local campground and county park on a seasonal basis, from May to November.  It's going to mean a more reliable income for the summer months and will work perfectly with our busy winter season in the shop.  

Most importantly, we can be together as a family, working, learning, and living together, which was our whole intention on moving to the homestead in the first place.  

We will live at the campground full time, coming back twice a week to check on the garden and fulfill orders for the shop. Our oldest son will stay at the house, as he works nearby, and take care of the chickens and animals.  

When we moved out here two years ago, I never could have imagined how much life would change or what our path would look like.  Certainly, not this.   As excited as I am, I'm a little nervous and sad as well.  I envisioned us having goats, a small flock of sheep and maybe even a dairy cow, but those dreams will have to be put on hold.  If things work out this summer, living and working at the lake will become a part of our rhythm of the seasons, and I'm totally ok with that.  

Oh, and we start on Monday.  Which means we're going to need a few things to get us started.  Living off grid, means that we've got this camping thing down, but our camper was damaged while we were living in it and building the house, so we need a new one.  To help fund some of our essentials, we're having a shop update on Friday.  I'm hoping to have a few skeins of hand dyed yarn, project bags, and other goodies.  I hope to see you then.  



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