Showing posts from April, 2014

Yarn Along: The Language of Booties

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

FO: Baby Leg Warmers
My cousin is expecting her first child. They are going to cloth diaper so I thought these little leggings would be a cute gift to go with some cloth diapers. They are not finding out the gender of the baby so that's why I went with the colors I did. I really love how these turned out.
Pattern: Leg Warmers by Nikki Van De Car
Yarn: Patons North America Kroy Socks FX in Colorway Clover Colours

Knitting: Baby Booties
I had yarn from the leg warmers leftover so I thought I would make some baby booties. Once I got started I realized that I probably would not have enough yarn to make two booties so I switched to a different yarn for the foot. Luckily, I had some yarn in my stash that would match the rainbow yarn.
Pattern: Baby Blue Booties by Val Pierce
Yarn: Patons North America Kroy Socks FX in Colorway Clover Colours and Louet Gems Sport Weight in Colorway Ginger.

Reading: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Dif…

Happy Birthday, Buster!

This guy is 4 years old today!

He is not very excited about his birthday...

Hiking at Heckrodt

Just a few shots from our hike on Earth Day at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve. 

Spring has not "sprung" here yet. Soon. I hope... Regardless, we still had a nice time enjoying nature.

Happy Earth Day!

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?

Article in The Country Today

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

Monday Wake-Up

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

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!

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. 

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 …

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.

Yarn Along: Paleo Grove

I'm linking up withGinnyfor 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 h…