I am jealous of the loveliness and beautiful things made with your own hands. I ended up developing trigger fingers on both hands with all the knitting (OK, yes, probably overdid it), so I need to break from it for a while. Wanted to make a lightweight summer scarf/wrap for prayers but never got to it yet. Have been sort of inward-focused. I have lost about half the weight I need to, which means I am losing at the perfect rate, and I have avoided injury, so I will be ready for the bike-riding and walking and hard outdoor work of spring. Rakes and shovels and pitchforks.
Congratulations, MamaFern! I hope all is going well.
I've been working many hours at the office/for the office for the past couple of months...and it has been timed nicely, but it has meant less time to do wonderful things at home. But I have begun discussing with my boss and planning for the spring/summer/fall, when I will not be available in the office. It should be good. I am looking forward to a great summer with the kids.
We've streamlined the farm in the past weeks. I now have just two dairy does and my small buck, a ewe flock (with a sweet, new hair sheep!) plus my special wether, and the layer hens. Emus are gone, meat goats are gone, and I decluttered the house, too. Must be manifesting season.
I have placed the order for apple trees, raspberries, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, willows, grapes...I think that might be it. I am not starting my own seed this year, but will look hard to find a good source for starts. Need to start researching that.
Dh is gone right now, and my does are getting closer to delivery, but they still look like we have a little time, so I am not going to worry too much. Dh built the milkstand before he left, my mom gave me the stainless steel from when they had the cows, so I feel more ready.
The plan for the summer, besides working hard in the gardens, milking goats and learning how to do stuff with the milk, and putting hay into the barn, is to enjoy it. We will go into town a couple days a week to catch the lunch concerts, hit the library, swim at the pool. Nothing scheduled once soccer season is done. If we can get all the perennials planted that we want to, this will be the year that really pushes it toward our vision. I am also going to ask for perennial flower donations from anyone with perennial beds. We are working on a privacy fence, which will be begin again as soon as the thaw makes it possible. All these big investments make me glad to be working.
But for today, I have ds home with me, dd is on a sleepover, and we're trying to relax a little. Might make some cookies, but we're going to the library and cleaning barn for sure. Weather is still soupy and we both have colds, so probably not too much outside today. Still, lots going on.
Spring is almost here!
Like ktg, I am enchanted by the thaw...and also picking up a lot of trash.