4.22.2014

Happy Earth Day!

On the trail to Iceberg Lake - Glacier National Park, Montana

I think Earth Day is extra special when you're from Wisconsin. After all, the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. And let's not forget John Muir, one of the greatest conservationists of all time. His boyhood home was in Wisconsin. Without the work of these men and so many others, we wouldn't have the opportunity to explore the wild places on our amazing Earth. There is nothing quite like using the power of your own two feet to take you deep into the unspoiled wilderness. Slowing down. Calm. Tranquil. Yet more alive and awakened in all the senses.

After work today we're going for a hike at a local nature reserve. Then we'll grab a bite to eat at our favorite brewpub. And then off to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of an amazing local store. What are your plans for Earth Day?


4.14.2014

Article in The Country Today

The Country Today just published an article about our fight. You can read the article HERE.


Monday Wake-Up

A shot of our farmhouse taken from the garage. My tracks and Eke & Ernie's tracks (the barn cats).

April 14th, 2014 at 6:15 a.m.
Surprise - the white stuff is back!


4.10.2014

Article about Our Fight Against the Sand Mine

The Scene newspaper has a very nice article about our fight to stop A.F. Gelhar's sand mine. If you are in the Fox Cities or Stevens Point, Wisconsin area, pick up the April 2014 issue of the Scene and check it out!


4.08.2014

And another drunk driver goes through the yard...

We live just south of a small country town that has three small businesses and they all have a long counter bordered by rickety stools. When the "customers" are done "shopping" they tend to take the back way home past our farm. Every few months we find evidence of their passing. A few years ago our mailbox disappeared during the night. A few months ago we had a group of boys ringing our doorbell at 3 a.m. looking for a tow because they put their truck in the ditch and couldn't get it out of the deep snow. And a few days ago we had a truck run through our ditch and mess up our culvert. 




Another foot to the left and our big wooden sign would have stopped them dead in their tracks. Don't drink and drive, people. And that's my public service announcement for the day. 


4.04.2014

Lately: Early April Edition

The new pellet stove has been busy cranking out heat. I love how warm the living room is but the other end of the house is very cold now.



Since we are putting new trim up in the dining and living rooms after having the floors refinished, I decided to paint the dining room. This is the "before" picture but it's basically the same color - just minus the holes and dirt from the previous owners.



Winston got a weird growth on his snout that grew scary-fast. 



The vet thinks he got bit by a spider or stung by something, had an allergic reaction, and then got a bacterial infection in the bite. He was on a round a antibiotics and the bump has since gone down and appears to be healing. Still gross looking...



The snow is ALMOST gone but the weather continues to be below normal. I still haven't even thought about planning our garden. Usually I have a few flats of seeds started by now.



These two trouble-makers made it through the winter. After spending the last few months in the milk house, they found out how to get out of the barn and now like to sit by the back door and wait for someone to come out so they can climb up your leg or walk slowly in front of you so you accidentally kick them. Cats...



The solar panels have been adjusted to their summer angle - almost completely flat. Last month the power company paid us instead of us paying them. Nice!



What's happening in your neck of the woods?


4.03.2014

Seashore Cowl Raffle

I'm a huge fan of Ginny's blog. (She's the one I link up with on Wednesdays for the Yarn Along.) Ginny is raffling off this beautiful Seashore Cowl. 


With a small donation, you not only get a chance to win a beautiful hand knit but you can also help out a family in need. Head on over to Ginny's blog for the details.

4.02.2014

Yarn Along: Paleo Grove

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.


Knitting: Grove Mitts
According to Rav, I started these mittens in October of 2012. Yikes! I think it's about time that I finished them, don't you? The pattern really is lovely but definitely demands attention. No watching TV while knitting these!
Pattern: Grove by Jared Flood
Yarn: Knit One, Crochet Two Linus in colorway 445

Reading: A whole mess of Paleo, Gluten-Free and Grain-Free cookbooks
I've had inflammation in my intestines for 2 years now. I'm on a restrictive diet right now (gluten-free, dairy-free, and then some) but I still have problems. I've been researching going totally grain-free because grains can be inflammatory. We'll see... I believe that I can fix things through diet without medication. So far I've been able to greatly improve my symptoms but I still have a little ways to go.


FO: 3-Strand Cowl with Fringe
My friend owns a LYS and she wanted a shop sample using the yellow yarn. I was happy to oblige! This was a super fast knit due to the size 35 needles. I like how you can wear it as a capelet or a chunky cowl. 
Pattern: Gray 3-Strand Cowl with Fringe by Louis Chicquette (free on Rav)
Yarn: 3 yarns held together - Cascade Lana Grande colorway 6043 gray, Plymouth Encore colorway 460 yellow, and Plymouth Encore colorway 256 white


FO: Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL Shawl
I finally finished my shawl and I love it! I like to wear it wrapped a few times around my neck more like a scarf than a shawl. I followed clues 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B, and 5A. I admit that the 500+ rows for clue 5B scared me into knitting clue A for the last set. I was at the point where I just wanted to get it done!
Pattern: Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Fingering in Colorway Ginseng 

What are you knitting/reading this week?