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04-27-2010 07:30 PM
madskye Is there a spring thread yet? DH built our daughter a playhouse last I get to paint and decorate it.
04-19-2010 07:32 PM
APBTlover ....maybe we need a spring/summer thread?
04-18-2010 11:29 AM
PNCTink Is there another thread going because I'm still here too. I'm trying to figure out gardening. I had planted some seeds in egg cartons, and I think I transplanted them too early and left them out in the sun too long. Poor things. So last night I started over. Lucky for me, I started the others really early. (We live in zone 4.)

Aside from gardening I've been doing some spring cleaning. I really need to get to the basement to sort things out because I'd like to have a yard sale this summer. Our weather's been all over the place. When it's warm I feel motivated and when it's cold I just want to huddle in the house and stay cozy.
04-15-2010 06:42 PM
_ktg_ Hello Artparent! I know the busy feeling right now all too well, between getting spring cleaning going, now TM making, starting a garden ... I feel a bit

Just wanted to touch base with all you lovely ladies and see what crafty ideas we were cooking!
04-15-2010 04:34 PM
artparent hi ktg! very busy around our house, seems to have gone awfully quiet around this thread. i'm happy to start a new thread if folks are interested.. x

04-15-2010 11:33 AM
_ktg_ Hellooooo Ladies! Just wanting to pop in - did I miss that we moved to a Spring thread?

Hope everyone is doing great and staying busy!
03-23-2010 06:29 PM
Originally Posted by AngeliqueW View Post
I was thinking about eating my cat this morning after she demolished my laundry drying rack...
Haha, I have definitely been there! Right now it's the pygmy goat, usually. We've taken to calling her "Barbecue."

ETA: Yes, I'm joking. But not about the nickname...
03-23-2010 05:14 PM
AngeliqueW I don't have any rabbit recipes, but I wanted to say "Way to go!" That sounds awesome APBTlover!
I was thinking about eating my cat this morning after she demolished my laundry drying rack...
Once it stops raining here, it will be time to play in the garden!
03-23-2010 04:03 PM
APBTlover Hi, Mamas!

Spring is really gearing up around here. We were given an awesome old barrel with holes already drilled in it, for filling with strawberries. We got in 36 plants and still haven't planted anything on top! We bought a couple of apple trees and a grapevine, all awaiting transplanting when the ground dries up a bit more. I can't wait!

We butchered our first home-raised rabbit this weekend, as well. It was so satisfying to FINALLY have truly "happy" meat on the table. We have seen these little ones since the day they were born and they have been clean, healthy, and happy every day of their lives. Any bits we didn't want went to the dogs, and DH has the pelt drying, so no waste at all. The only thing was, although the meat was divine, the recipe I used (a crockpot recipe in a tomato-based sauce) wasn't something we liked enough for regular rotation. Does anyone have any good rabbit recipes to share...?
03-19-2010 02:43 PM
artparent i would LOVE to do this, i've been meaning to - i'd love to make some soups to have on hand. but i've been too scared to start! any tips? sites? recipes?

03-19-2010 01:07 PM
Originally Posted by artparent View Post

what do you think, store away the canner til summer? or will there be things to do before then?

what are you working on these days?

I would say keep it out. I'm about to start on canning some staples and finally switch away from some of the processed foods we've relied upon for so long. Things on my list - beans (black, kidney, seasoned chili beans and garbanzo) so when I fail to have them sitting out to soak or in planning a meal I can quickly grab them and use them and know what is in them.
03-19-2010 11:57 AM
artparent sounds very exciting angelique!
we are busy busy busy these days. london has finally warmed up, i have a garden full of daffodils, the bluebells are coming, and the tulips. i spent yesterday planting up all of the march seeds and will do another round in april. my strawberries arrived, exciting! nervous! i'm hoping that starting early will give me a great start when the little plants have to face the snails!

i did get to play with clay at my children's ceramics class, i go to the potters beautiful kitchen with another artist mama, and sit in mucky heaven. today at the museum of london we were looking at roman pots, and at the café i admit i ordered their soup because it came in such a gorgeous bowl, pedestal base and two lions on either side, curving in at the top a bit, white . i may try my hand at that once i get a good tea cup! i did make one but it is very little, i'd like to make a bigger one. just hand building.

i've been knitting like mad to finish my sweetheart's socks in time for his birthday! day after tomorrow - spring!! the are off knitty, widdershins again, this time in a silvery grey, cabled. a couple of homeschooling mamas are going to join our knitting sewing group after seeing me knitting, hurrah!

at that group this week i sewed my first pieces into 9-patches, how exciting to see all the colourwork coming together! i am very happy with it. i need to sew a lot of them, then add white sashing, and it may be autumn before they are done!! well...i don't mind. i keep working away.

i've got my partner's office organised, pretty much, finally - all over the house. i'm pleased to have it all put away.

what do you think, store away the canner til summer? or will there be things to do before then?

what are you working on these days?

03-18-2010 06:14 PM
AngeliqueW I fell off the thread about 6 weeks ago, but you all have been on my mind. I read through and everyone has been busy! New floors! New home! New pregnancies! Sewing! Knitting! Cooking! Hooray!!!
I have been focusing on my midwifery studies. I am happy to report that I got certified in Neonatal resuscitiation, attended toLabor doula training- which was fabulous, learned how to encapsulate placenta, and have been loving this path!
After much research and debate, we have decided to save more before buying a house. In the meantime we are going to move my mom in to our apartment (am I insane???).
I am watching the snow melt a little each day in anticipation of gardening. The guys built a greenhouse for our communal garden (with the neighbors) and we will be doubling the number of beds this year. As for the garden I put in at the in-laws, I'm thinking of putting in an asparagus patch, lots of potatoes, and herbs so that I don't have too much maintenance to do over there.
So, Spring cleaning is in full swing and I am glad to revisit the thread. You ladies inspire me!
03-15-2010 09:15 PM
_ktg_ ahh buckthorn... how do I loathe thee! Its pretty much invaded most of the north (WI, MN, Northeastern forests) and is a nasty bugger.

Jooj - this gives a pretty good description of what it looks like. Right now it would be grey, with alterating branches/thorns which are perpendicular to each other.
03-15-2010 06:48 PM
1jooj _ktg_, what does buckthorn look like, where might it grow, and what's the deal?

Our willows, btw, are intended for barrier, too. If we like them, I'll get more each year, as they also provide nice browse for goats and sheep. Not weepers, but upright.

I am struggling between feeling so burned out by the whole solo working parent thing and just wanting to chuck work for a while and spend all my time at home. Soon it will be my home season, and I'll be wishing I could go to the office.
03-15-2010 05:34 PM
accountclosed3 aside from generally maintaining my home, we haven't done a lot of traditional homemaking here. mostly, we are focused on getting the business organized! so, i admit that my focus has been there and keeping hawk in his happy happy activities.

but, i'm still working on baking bread.
03-15-2010 12:57 PM
_ktg_ Congratulations APBTlover & MamaFern!!! *squeeee* for new babies!

This weekend we took advantage of the wonderful weather and headed outside to take stock of our backyard & front to see what needed to be cleaned up and begin the process removing plants which I unfortunately have little to no love for.

Our arborvitiums got hit particularly hard this winter, so we have to wrap them up, to get them straightened out once again. DH dislikes them and wants "real" tree but forgets we have a huge telephone pole with eletrical wires right above that area - so no real trees . Also the arborvitums nicely block out our neighbors window. We found and removed 2 big groupings of buckthorn, and I found 2 other little sprouts Next weekend (if the weather is good) I'll be cutting down some horribly thorny bush which is next to the kids swing set and starting to plot how to move the 2 wild rose bushes to the south side of the house where the rest of the roses I inherited (from our previous owner) and let it climb up a weather worn wooden ladder if possible.

We have to prune/trim a pear tree and begin to layout & soil test for our veggie garden too. Then its deciding what plants we want in our backyard and how to maximize enclosing our space but with natural barriers. I'm thinking tall prairie grasses. I wild tall grasses

I finished sewing buttons on another pillow and I'm getting better at it i.e. less wild stitches and not looking as messy on the backside

Working on hanging up and identifying what we want in our house to make it ours... this is harder than I thought. I'm lucky if I get 1 piece up a weekend. I'm just not sure sometimes if it too country kitchy or just crazy haphazard blending of us. I'm trying to figure out places for my belly cast and a mirror which needs to get re-finished.

Made another batch of yogurt this weekend, trying to stay gf - but its tough. Looking to make a batch of hummus too
03-14-2010 06:24 PM
artparent wow, congratulations mamas!

lots of great making. i have been so busy here, getting the windows cleaned, tomorrow we're having the big trees pruned to let in lots of light, i hope, i set about with a pressure washer to remove the awful old paint off the patio and restore the grey, much better already, and i've been seriously reorganising the house. we've been very busy having friends over for dinner, going on field trips, making things, it has been pretty much non-stop. today we had our first london spring day, really warm enough to retire the wooly coats and i am so ready for this! we went to a gorgeous flower market today, i got some tall (nearly tall as me!) cherry blossom branches to stand in a window, and a few other things for the house, it is feeling better and better. i really love the sewing group, and i've not been knitting as much but have a pair of socks i must finish before my love's birthday. i am hoping to start making pottery on tuesday

ijooj, so great that you've been so committed to fitness. i've fallen off that wagon, though i am partially saved by my 4 year old finally getting really robust walking, so i'm doing a lot more walking and a lot less carrying, hurrah! but i would like to get back to yoga. i feel like some other things need to be in order first. i have been working on my animation weekly, and getting other things thing at a time! the garden is calling, our tulips are growing up daily and the daffodils are about to bust out. time to plant seeds. i've put up some opaque plastic on a couple of windows, taken down a horrible mesh curtain on the building's front door + changed it for that plastic, it is much brighter and we are coming along. the shed is organised, and i'll be bringing in soil for the garden. i've ordered blueberries + strawberries! exciting! i hope to really get organised to grow and preserve food this year.

we all got fountain pens yesterday, yay! we are a bit inky-fingered, but so happy to have permanent pens, no more garbage!

03-13-2010 11:08 AM
1jooj 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.
03-13-2010 12:39 AM
Om Girl I love reading this thread!

Congrats APBTlover and MamaFern!

The snow is melting, work is busy and today I went and bought "fancy fabric" for DD's birthday dress! She's asked for a Cinderella type dress and she picked out indigo crepe backed satin and indigo shimmering chiffon. We had such a good time at the craft store picking out her I found an amazing linen that I'm going to make these super cute mama/little girl smock tops out of. Now, if I can only find the time to sew...

Working OOH tomorrow and I might get a small chance to knit on my lunch break, but other than that...just getting ready to do a huge spring clean here next week.
DH started in the basement today and we'll slowly work our way upstairs...we have de-cluttering, re-arranging, and painting to accomplish.

I was so happy, I bought our groceries at the local co-op and managed to make all of the food before the produce went bad...and made a weeks worth of meals from scratch! 3 square meals for 7 days That's a record for me.
The best was some spinach stuffed shells, yum-O!
03-12-2010 05:40 PM
Originally Posted by MamaFern View Post
oh, and im pregnant
Yay! Congratulations! Our little ones will only be a few weeks apart.
03-12-2010 05:32 PM
MamaFern its rainy here! almost spring like but for the odd snowflake and the fact that everyting still looks dead. if you look closely there are bulbs poking up. the side of my house is thick with new poppies and the moss is getting greener every day.

tomorrow im attending a workshop on permaculture and mushroom cultivation..then sunday is our first community garden workparty! we will fin out which plots we get and meet some of the other gardeners.

the new house is looking hopeful. im still daydreaming about how it will look when im done with it..and about my raised beds and vining plants growing all up the front and back..

oh, and im pregnant

happy almost spring!
03-12-2010 04:36 PM
APBTlover We're having the most beautiful, perfect, fabulous spring weather here. It's like gardening heaven... except our whole garden area (the one full sun area in our shady yard) is a mudhole. A swamp. O Lord. I've got so much work to do out there and I can't do it! It's not muddy when it warms up. For one thing we often have late summer droughts, and it's low elevation is actually helpful then. Plus, once the grass (and weeds... I mean, wildflowers) get going, most of the rain will be taken up into the plants before it reaches the garden anyway. But for now: muddy, muddy mess.

On to better news: my morning (hah!) sickness is now 99.9% gone, so I can actually cook again! has a great-looking molasses custard recipe up I'm hoping to try on one of our last cold nights. Yum.
03-11-2010 07:21 PM
_ktg_ It's been so quiet here lately! We must all have spring fever! Just popping in for an update.

I have a new project inspired by the fact our throw pillows are everywhere in our living room and we have lots of them. So... I am sewing buttons on them and using a bit of rustic yarn (brown twine-like) and making a little handle for each. My goal is to have them all hanging up on the wall sort of like fluffy wall art.

Other than that - trying to focus on the garden soon, watching everything melt here in WI which is magical. Next weekend we have plans to open the house up, take down all the plastic and start with the spring cleaning

Hope everyone is doing well and starting to get out and enjoy the spring!
03-04-2010 02:34 AM
accountclosed3 yup, but we're prepping for autumn here. i just want to get the soil repaired and some basic plantings in for the fall, and then finish up in spring (sept/oct). we are also working in the community garden.

the real work right now is maintaining the home and business. DH is happy to leave small messes, but i know those add up. i've kept up with my chores plus the onslaught of work from the business due to the transition. they have left the place in complete disarray. DH is fussing about the work (both home and business) but that's because he hates change, not because he is unwilling.

we have such different modes about this. he complains and does it, i don't complain and do it and think that the complaints mean that he doesn't want to or isn't willing to do it, even though he is. i just wish he would do things without complaint.

anyway, that's it here. i haven't tried naan again, either. we just got too busy too quickly.
03-03-2010 04:33 PM
artparent oh, i just got my own rotary cutter, mat, thick ruler, i am in love

we've been making lots of doll clothes, i finished the girls aprons, cute, linen with an apple print, and then of course we had to bake.

we had a delightful afternoon, very warm (now back to chilly) and jumping rope, hopscotch, jacks, wheeling round and round, lots of time on swings and kicking a ball. many of the kids joined in skipping, one of them learned to skip that day, hurrah! very sweet.

little one decided she didn't want her leg warmers i made luckily they work just as well on her big sister. i've cast on a sock tonight, my partner's birthday is coming quickly.

i must look at my seeds! i spent a day digging and tidying the garden, i think i have to order in some soil again this year. anyone else getting started in the garden?


02-26-2010 07:45 PM
artparent fern! it sounds like the one! i am dead jealous thinking good thoughts for you to get it, i know you'll turn it into a gorgeous thing! and don't underestimate the financial power of being able to turn a place gorgeous, i did it once and i would do it again in a heartbeat. that's what artists do, right? gentrify

thanks dear. your description made me want to run away from the city. that and my creepy neighbours (i have sweet ones too, mind!)

02-26-2010 07:36 PM
MamaFern hi mamas, its been a while..

we may be buying our own little place soon! my mom came to visit and told me that she has some money for a down payment we have found one little place that is within our budget and has some potential.. it has room for a garden and chickens and play space outside, its fenced and has a beautiful view of an old farmhouse and field, and the mountains as well...there are some beautiful trees and shrubs in the yard (hard to tell at this time of year but there are photos from the summer and its so lush! the house isn't perfect, but im good at making things how i want them. it has a woodstove and 3 bedrooms, a small greenhouse and shed and its on a quiet, dead end street. the bathroom would need gutting but ive already chosen what i want in it from ikea and it will be stunning when done the floors need replacing in some parts from water damage, but that's easy enough, then i will lay wood flooring.. everything is white in there, so a perfect canvas for my obsessive painting and the windows are big and many..all with nice other houses to be seen (there are houses on either side quite close, but the greenery covers it up)! its bright (which i need so much and do not have in our current house..rental.uck.) the kitchen is small, but quaint..with my things and a coat of paint and some new nobs on the cupboards.. a few plants on the sill.... it would be pretty..
of course its all up in the air, but im manifesting..
also ttc #4 im going to be busy!

~love your descriptions of your life elisa!
02-26-2010 04:45 PM
artparent you can soak your grains in it, or you can use some in sauerkraut or other fermented veg. or have a look into think!

i did find some energy and it was wonderful to get up to a clean kitchen. i'd love to get more done each day...sometimes i think it is just getting started that really stalls me.

at least i am motivated when i hire a sitter, we are settling into once a week now for me to work on my animation, which generally starts well, then reduces me to despairing tears, and then sorts itself out once again.

we have a new milkman! i am so excited, he is delivering goat milk in the morning. if it is in glass i will be . i dreamt that i was delivering milk, in beautiful glass bottles, and i bought myself beautiful fine-flowered gloves for the job, and considered whether i might turn over on my bike with all the bottles in the front basket. romantic?

my children are getting tired of our homemade mint toothpaste. any suggestions for other natural flavours? fennel, perhaps...

off to read little house to my bedtime children.

02-26-2010 01:37 PM
Originally Posted by greenmamapagan View Post
Sounds great I really want to get this
Me, too! It's been on my book list for ages. Thanks for reminding me it's in print now!
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