Tuesday Wake-Up

June 28, 2016 at 5:44 a.m.

Quickly growing corn in the foreground, our barn's shadow in the freshly cut hay field and an interesting band of clouds over the distant hillside. What a beautiful morning!


Yarn Along: The Magician's Autumn

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

Knitting: Autumn Leaves Baby Cardigan 
The little one who this cardigan is being gifted to was born on Father's Day. (Her brother was born on Father's Day 2 years earlier!) I got to visit her before she was even a day old. So tiny! She has some growing to do before she'll fill out this sweater, that's for sure!
Pattern: Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van De Car 
Yarn: Frabjous Fibers March Hare in colorway Cabbages Kings
Reading: The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
The Goodreads description of this book reads "Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus." I can see that! The main character is a female illusionist in the late 1800s who is brought in for murder of her husband. The chapters flip between her banter with the deputy who brought her in for questioning and her telling him her life story of the road that led her to become an illusionist. It's a very good read!

In other fiber-related news, I dyed yarn for the first time! I started with just 6 skeins because I wasn't sure how things would go but I'm very pleased with the results. 

Aren't they beautiful?! I'm still kind of surprised by how well they turned out. Hopefully it wasn't just a fluke. I can't wait to dye some more.

What are you knitting/reading this week?


Monday Wake-Up

June 13, 2016 at 6:03 a.m.

A storm rolled through at 4:30 this morning. By the time I left for work the rain had stopped but another storm was rolling in. Such awesome clouds!

We're having a very stormy spring. On Friday night we were watching a movie as a storm was just wrapping up. When I looked outside, the yard was glowing. I hit "pause" on the dvd and we headed outside and this is what we saw:


Lately: June Edition

I harvested my first batch of Golden Oyster mushrooms on Sunday. We started the oyster totems last spring. We didn't get a fall crop so I was beginning to wonder if they took. 

Now I'm digging through my recipes wondering what to make with all of the mushrooms coming in! There's at least 5 more of these clusters that will be ready to pick this week.

Christian built me a raptor perch over the weekend. Our hope is to lure in hawks and owls for rodent control so we set it up near the garden and compost bin.

The perch is a 21-foot 3/4" galvanized steel pipe with a 2x4 piece of wood anchored to the top. The pipe is attached to a sturdy garden/fence stake that we pounded into the ground.

Speaking of the garden, here's my 2016 garden plan.

That's what's planned; we'll see what actually grows! The weeds are doing quite well. LOL.


Yarn Along: A Brush of Autumn

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

Knitting: Autumn Leaves Baby Cardigan
You can't tell in the photo but I am about halfway done with the leaves around the yoke. I'm knitting this for my cousin's little girl who is due in 24 days. My cousin is not really into pink (neither am I, for that matter) but her favorite color is green and I think the cardigan will look just perfect in this color. 
Pattern: Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van De Car
Yarn: Frabjous Fibers March Hare in colorway Cabbages Kings

Reading: A Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury
I love Kingsbury's audiobooks; they always remind me of the power of prayer. This is book 3 in the Angels Walking series. I don't want to give away the plot in case you want to listen to the other books in the series but they are definitely worth a listen. I also loved the Bailey Flanigan and Above the Line series.


What are you knitting/reading?


Etsy Shop Sale This Weekend

I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop, kejeara, this weekend. 

Take 20% off your purchase using coupon code THXVETS at checkout. Coupon expires on Tuesday, May 31st. 

Click HERE to shop and enjoy the nice long weekend!


Hike 100 NCT Challenge (Miles 30.4 to 42.4)

In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Anniversary, we are hiking 100 miles of the North Country Trail in 2016.

To read about our first 7.1 miles, click HERE.
To read about miles 7.1 to 18.9, click HERE.
To read about miles 18.9 to 30.4, click HERE
A long, sandy stretch of beach trail. Water so blue it reminds me of the Caribbean. Early spring woods exploding with ramps. Long stretches of boardwalk over muddy stretches and muddy stretches that should have had long stretches of boardwalk. Sore knees and hips and the last miles that never seem to end. And then, finally, we've made it. After a shower, a burger and a beer, all of the painful moments disappear and we start planning our next miles on the North Country Trail.

Day 4 - Mosquito to Munising Falls
A sandy stretch of trail along Miners Beach.
Miners Castle
Ramps everywhere!
Boardwalk near The Cliffs section.
The last miles.
At Munising Falls - 42.4 miles from Grand Sable Visitor Center.