Showing posts from March, 2014

Help Protect Our Farm

For the past two years Christian and I have been trying to stop an industrial sand mine from coming into our little slice of heaven out in the country. We banded together with local citizens and formed the group Preserve Waupaca County. We went before the County Planning & Zoning Committee to stop this sand mine but they approved it by just one vote. Preserve Waupaca County is appealing that decision. The big court date is coming up in May but we need to raise money to pay for our lawyer. 

We have put together a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to help us with this fight because we just can’t do it by ourselves. You can check it out at the link below or go to and type "A Million Loads of Sand" in the search box. Please take a look at the story about what we are facing, check out the video and, if you are able, please contribute. We hope you enjoy seeing the people and sights in our beautiful Waupaca County. You may recognize a few faces. :) I…

Yarn Along: 3 FOs

I'm linking up withGinnyfor this week's Yarn Along.

Reading: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
I'm still struggling through the Round House. Since this book deals with a boy's mother being raped and the hunt to find out who did it, it's not a book that I find myself excited to read. What a tough topic! This is our book club pick for next month and I'm sure it will generate some interesting discussion.

Knitting: Follow Your Arrow Mystery KAL Shawl
I'm still working on my Follow Your Arrow Shawl (still!) and the going is very slow. I'm halfway through the last clue but it takes me a 1/2 hour to knit one row. Ugh. In the meantime, I finished up some other projects.

FO: Another Wrap
This is a pattern that I came up with myself. Some of my knitting friends were asking me to share it with them. I finally went back and rewrote the pattern so someone other than me can understand it. Next, I'm going to have a few of them test-knit it. For another pretty color comb…

Yarn Along: 3-Strand House

I'm linking up withGinnyfor this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: 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 is a super fast knit due to the size 35 needles. I actually have the cowl done now and just need to add the fringe. I love the color combo and think that if we ever have kids, I want to do the nursery in gray and yellow. 
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

Reading: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
This is our book club pick for next month. I'm not very far into it yet but so far it's taking me a long time to read a page. Not in the sense that it's boring but the style of writing takes me extra time to read and comprehend. Do you ever feel like certain writing styles take you longer to read? Anyways, the…

February Blogger Swap with Sweet Potato Claire

In February I participated in a blogger swap that was hosted by Amanda of Sweet Potato Claire. Amanda drew names and then emailed us with another blogger's address so we could send them a crafty gift because who doesn't like getting "good" mail, right? 

When my package came I was so excited. I actually waited a whole day until I had the house to myself so I could savor opening it.

Michele sent me such a thoughtful collection of gifts.

Enclosed was a card with a lovely message. I could tell that Michele spent some time on my blog getting to "know" me. 

She sent some stitch markers to help me along on my knitting.

A very cute journal to use on all of our travels.

A canvas for holding photos or other mementos.

Some handmade cards, a magnetic note holder, and a pair of really cute earrings.

Michele, thank you for the thoughtful gifts. I just love them! I was all warm and fuzzy inside for a long time after opening my package. 

Have you ever participated in a blogger swap…

Utah Vacation: Buckskin Gulch

Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.
On the last day of our vacation we wanted to hike to Cable Mountain in Zion National Park but the rain from the last few days ruined the roads. We were told that we wouldn't be able to make it without 4-wheel drive. Since our original plan was to be hiking out of the Grand Canyon on this day, we had made hotel reservations in Kanab. When we decided to stay in Zion instead of going to the Grand, we kept those reservations. So, instead of hiking another day in Zion, we headed to Buckskin Gulch which was a little bit closer to Kanab. In fact, we had to stop in Kanab first to get our permits to go into the canyon.
Buckskin Gulch is touted as one of the longest and deepest slot canyons in the world. You can link Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon to make a 4-5 day hike. I think it might be kind of cree…

Utah Vacation: Zion National Park - The Subway

Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.
I had mentioned before that canyoneering was something on my bucket list. The actual wording on my bucket list is to "Canyoneer the Subway." The Subway is a unique technical slot canyon in Zion National Park. We went canyoneering on this trip, just not to the Subway. And that's okay! But, when we decided not to go to the Grand Canyon after hiking the Narrows and found out we could get permits to hike into the bottom of the Subway I knew what I wanted to do on my birthday. 
The rainy day started with a drive down a rough dirt road to the Left Fork Trailhead. First we had to descend a 400' cliff down to the Left Fork River. 

Once at the river, we spent the next few hours scrambling over rocks and zigzagging back and forth across the water to make our way up-canyon to the Subway. The …

Utah Vacation: Zion National Park - Observation Point

Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.
After hiking the Narrows, our plan was to drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and try for permits to camp down in the canyon. My birthday was in two days and I thought it would be really cool to wake up in the Grand Canyon on my birthday. But, the Narrows really beat up my body. My left leg was dragging (due to an old kayaking injury), my knee hurt, and I felt like I had a pulled muscle in my thigh. I didn't think that I could physically make it down into the Grand Canyon and back out in the condition I was in. Well, maybe I could make it but I didn't think it would be much fun. 
So, we decided to stay in Zion and hike some of the trails we hadn't been on yet. We decided to take it easy by hiking one of the hardest trails in the park - Observation Point. Seriously, we don't k…