rain, rain, rain……

Well, would you look at that. It's 9:30 pm. I'm just now downloading photos from the past two days.

I had wanted to share with you my newly finished knitted project, and ask you what you might suggest for the next cast on. But it's been raining buckets and buckets…. like serious flash flood warning sort of rain. So uhm, it's been kind of dark. Not really go outside and photograph my new hat sort of weather. Instead, you get this. What we did while the sky was falling (this is what my dad says when it's raining, the sky is falling)…….

 

rain, rain, rain.....

 

rain, rain, rain.....

 

rain, rain, rain.....

 

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rain, rain, rain.....

 

rain, rain, rain.....

 

I cleaned out the freezer, taking note of what's in there. I have grand plans of a grocery budget challenge for February. I rendered lard (again)…. which sounds kind of blah, I know. But in a crockpot, it's the easiest thing ever. For reals. I just wish I could trade a jar for a couple dozen homegrown eggs. Maybe some honey. Or make some soap with it! This is totally because my nose has been lost in this book. I'm dreaming of backyard coops and a fresh batch of chickens and gardens and bees and goats….. and did you know Welsummer's are excellent foragers and lay dark brown speckled eggs? I could keep going on this subject….. anyone else over excited about homesteading in suburbia?

I sewed a little. Getting closer to finishing a stack of 18 super cute little aprons. Do you see those little veggies? My boy is smitten. One of those is for him. I worked on some shop quilts too. I'm loving this and this fabric. I need some bits for my own stash…. in particular for my littlest bear cub. Quilts of 2013 are dancing in my head…..

The littlest girl worked on crocheting… which this mama knows nothing about. She did that… I sewed. We chatted as we worked. It was perfect.

And you know, it's still raining. (in case you were wondering)

Goodnight friends…. I'll see you tomorrow afternoon with a few links…

xo,

s

 

16 thoughts on “rain, rain, rain……

  1. I’m about to take on crocheting too…I pinned a whole crochet online class that looks really good. Maybe look it up and see if it’s appropriate for her. We are finally getting eggs again and you aren’t close enough to give them to anymore. 😦 Miss you guys TONS…but not the drowning rains.

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  2. I feel bad complaining about the rain–we need it so badly here–but it’s just so dreary. Wish you were close enough to trade eggs! We’re not getting many right now, but for lard and cute veggie aprons I would save up!

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  3. It is raining here today also…that is a VERY BAD thing since the windchill is expected to drop to -30 degrees later today…..schools have canceled…..it is going to get ugly here in Minnesota today!

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  4. See?!?! We could totally trade. You could make some awesome soap & I could have some good eggs. I am so looking forward to getting chickens again when we move. Even if it's only for a few years…. but then again, we might move close enough to take them with us. Miss you guys too!

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  5. I got over a dozen jars from our hog share. So much more than we'll use before we move. Definitely looking into soap making after we get settled in the new place. Will you guys have space for chickens or anything when you move?

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  6. My little guy rarely notices my sewing…… and he loved the veggies! I squeezed a half dozen small aprons into the yard of fabric I have so five more kiddos his size could have one too. Trading eggs would be awesome 🙂

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  7. I spotted that book last week…and almost bought it! 😉 Yesterday my MIL was saying they are getting 10 eggs a day and they can’t eat ’em all! You could have free eggs…if you were moving to Tennessee! (Then again so could we!) Noah misses the chickens so…

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  8. Hi!
    I’m new to your blog, but it’s becoming the bright spot in my mornings! I read it over coffee and breakfast. I love your approach to the world, and to parenting. I am in awe! A few things struck me in the post. (Besides how do you find the time to accomplish so much?!?) If you get a chance, check out Bee Branch Creek Apiaries. I have them on facebook; I do not know if they have a website. They are good friends of our family. He has a full-time job; she is a stained glass artist who is a full-time mom; and they live on 1/2 an acre in the suburbds. They have managed to grow their organic vegetables, raise chickens, they are active homebrewers, they raise honeybees, and have their own business selling products they make out of their own beeswax. Fanastic people! So it can be done!
    Also, I love the Camp Sur collection and am working on my own quilt!
    Have an amazing day and good luck with your move – I’m so glad I found your blog.

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  9. Thank you for the sweet words. I am definitely going to look into Bee Branch Apiaries, that sounds very inspiring! It's so nice to see people pulling of homesteading skills in the city/suburbs. We had chickens before, and we loved them. I'm really looking forward to keeping a few again, and finding a local bee keeper group once we move. As far as how I/we do it…. this space is just a little glimpse of our life…. the last few weeks have been full of so much house work… so the floor has not been vacuumed as often and we've eaten take out more often than usual… or oatmeal. I think the kids will be glad when we're done with these last few big projects! 
    Thanks for taking the time to say hello 🙂
    ~stephinie

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