Yesterday was rough as far as dropping the proverbial ball... First, our bees arrived with no notice to us so our hive wasn't quite ready. The rush job to pick the bees up and get them installed led to me making a big boo boo when installing our queen and she escaped from the excluder … Continue reading Failures on the Homestead
My husband went to speak with the vet today to discuss Anna's recovery and our options. The longer I'm married to that man, the more I respect him. He provides for our family, he leads us well, and he handles the tough decisions with quiet dignity and integrity. He'd be the last to admit it, … Continue reading Down Dog Update #2
Miss Maggie Moo is almost 4 months old today and I noticed that she's been grooming an awful lot more than usual. So, I decided to harvest her wool. She is an English Angora so you're supposed to be able to just pluck out their loose wool as they "blow coat" every 3-4 months. I … Continue reading Maggie’s First Harvesting
How blindsided of me that it took 25 years to connect the term "spinster woman" to the craft of spinning? In my curiosity, I researched the term. According to the Online Etymological Dictionary, A spinster: mid-14c., "female spinner of thread," from M.E. spinnen (see spin) + -stere, feminine suffix. Spinning commonly done by unmarried women, hence … Continue reading Help, I’m a Spinster Woman!
Healthy animals don't have to be expensive animals.
My family and I (mostly I) really fell in love with the idea of an angora rabbit. We have relatives who own and operate a small scale Suri alpaca farm and they do a lot of their own fiber processing and fiber crafting. It looked like so much fun to me and seemed like a … Continue reading Our Newest Addition