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Friday, May 29, 2020

Happy Milo

Haven't been here in a while. Just took a look at my last post and realized that all of the abnormal starts to feel normal after a while.

This is Milo. He is smiling at me because it's time for him to eat.

Here he is doing a happy dance in the kitchen because something on the stove smells good. 

"It's mom's awful healthy soup stuff. No meat here."

Hope all of you are well and happy. Sending positive thoughts out to everyone.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March 2020

 What is happening?
Everything is crazy and scary.
I miss my family.
How will everything ever be normal again?
This is me and my favorite little guy in the whole world.
It's been weeks since I've been able to hold him.
What if I never get to hug him again?
I've been keeping it together pretty well until today.
I'm so sorry.
I'm so sad.
I'm sure tomorrow will be better.
I hope everyone is keeping it together out there.
I would hug all of you if I could.
Be safe.

Karen Ann

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mr. Milo

Mr. Milo is my new furry best friend.
He's a 4 month old Golden Retriever. He came here to live with me just a few short days ago and already I couldn't imagine life without him.
I'm pretty sure the people who sold him to me were not breeders as they said they were.
I found some awful things online about them after the fact and even though I suspected things weren't quite right before I took him, I just couldn't leave him there. He has his first vet appointment on Wednesday and I hope they can tell me that he is healthy and as a 4 month old puppy should be.

Have a great weekend all.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spin Therapy

I'm taking a break from washing fiber this week and doing a little spinning.
This was created from all the bits I saved from cleaning the carder.
No plan- no stress.
Loving the fluffy messiness of this.
I'm trying to relax and not try too hard.
Sort of meditating I guess.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

From Sheep to Whatever

From the sheep to the whatever.
Actually, from bags of dirty fiber to yarn.
After picking through it and removing as much of the vegetable matter as possible it went into 
mesh laundry bags.
Then out to the kitchen.
Into hot soapy water to soak.
Some were very dirty and required repeated soaking while some only needed a couple of soaks. I was careful not to change the temperature of the water throughout the process.
I used shampoo for the first few and then switched to Dawn.
It is easier to rinse the fiber washed in shampoo. The dawn seems to need more rinsing and I ended up felting a bag of alpaca fiber trying to rinse out all the soap. Into the trash it went. Less soap from now on.
 I used a few drops of lavender oil in the final rinse.
This Chesterfield wool was washed a few days ago. I had it drying on the sweater drying rack, on the deck and the wind blew it everywhere. My driveway looked like a sheep exploded.
These net laundry baskets hung on the railing work well.
The fiber stays put and drys well in the sun and wind.
Some mohair.
Some alpaca.
Some Chesterfield.

Washing small batches at a time.
The process is time consuming and I haven't put a dent in the bags of dirty fiber.
Learning as I go.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mid Winter

Yesterday was a day for cooking lots of healthy food.
Enough for a few days and also some to freeze for a later time.
Today I will force myself to organize, purge, or clean something, but not sure what.
Brain fog and lack of motivation have taken over for now, but I will try to be positive and push through it. Winter is tough for me, but it won't last forever. Spring and sunshine will be here before you know it.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ice In The Back Yard

We've had warmer temps here in PA for the past three days and it has caused a thaw and a breakup of the ice in the nearby creek.
It must have flooded over night.
There are huge chunks of ice at the halfway point between my house and the creek.
We've never had this happen here before.
The sound of the ice crashing into each other was crazy.
It was snapping large low hanging branches.
I have a feeling we will have some downed trees.
I just can't get over the size and thickness of this ice.

It's pouring rain now and the temp is dropping rapidly.
We are expecting freezing rain and 8 inches of snow tonight.
I can live without it for sure.