Monday, August 31, 2009

What breed of Ewe are you -Winners!!!

I had so much fun reading all the responses both on the blog and via email so we've entered all the names in a hat. Jared the master dyer and blender has graciously donated two of his custom batts- winners pick of colour or your choice of some other fibery goodness.
and the winners are (drum roll please)

Tammy W -who is a Shopshire lol she raises beautiful shetlands btw and does fantastic pottery too -lots of dragons that I love :)

and Gypsegrl

Contact me ladies so we can get you your prizes!!!!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Last Hurrah of Summer

Jared, Lindsay and I have been delivering papers all summer long now saving our pennies for one big trip for all of us :) Today we went to the Walking with Dinosaurs display in Ottawa. We had pizza and drinks and a wonderful time. Oh we're they magnificent and loud. Lindsay doesn't like loud noises so we packed Daryl's headphones for her.
One more day then BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!!


Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm following Roz Savage and so could you!

I have been following this amazing blog for some time now after Maggie kindly posted it on her blog:

She is now rowing the Pacific Ocean and what an incredible journey it is:) I can't wait to read her book from her first voyage -posted below.


In 2005 a five-foot-four, 120-pound woman set out to row – alone – 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in a 24-foot rowboat. After 103 days of storms, solitude and soul-searching, she arrived to an ecstatic welcome in Antigua.

Roz Savage’s feat is all the more astonishing because she had no previous experience as an adventurer. She had worked for 11 years as a management consultant before trading in her London career for a life on the ocean, seeking personal fulfillment through voyages of exploration, both literal and spiritual.

She now shares the lessons learned on the ocean with people around the world. Her amazing story, supported by jaw-dropping video footage, wins rave reviews from audiences, leaving them inspired and equipped with new tools to help them achieve their own life goals.

Sample Themes:

* Make the connection between present action and future outcome. If you repeat today’s actions 365 times, will you be where you want to be in a year’s time?
* No matter how big your goal, you can get there if you create a plan and then execute it with discipline, determination and dedication. One stroke at a time.
* Don’t waste mental energy asking yourself if you can do something. You won’t know until you try. So just do it – you may surprise yourself.

Rowing the Atlantic - Lessons Learned on an Open Ocean. Her book about the Atlantic crossing, Rowing the Atlantic – Lessons Learned on an Open Ocean, will be published by Simon & Schuster in Autumn 2009

Just what I needed -to really think about what is important and to think about what I can do for the enviornment :)

HUGS all

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Whats that lurking above me??

Is it a bird?? Nope.. Is it two kids? Not yet they haven't figured out toget up there LOL. Its CEILING CAT waiting till you are intent on typing and then WHAM. He lurks and waits . and he got busted last night heehee. He's so darn fun!
He has had to learn not to bite toes, not to grab thge spinning wheel when in motion and so much more -forgot how much fun a young cat is.

HUGS all
off to play with fibre -ahhh fibre

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Apparently I need to get a REAL JOB :)

Today my mom called ot remind me we are having a family gathering on the 19th when my aunt and uncle are here from Holland. I told her I would be there as soon as I was done a fibre event and told her I was leaving early as I was going to another show on the 20th. Her answer to me was a long suffering sigh and the question "when are you going to get a real job". LOLOLOLOLOL. I told my mother every family needs a failure so I'll be ours ROTLMAO. She was not amused.
Apparently running a fibre business from home, looking after 40+ angora rabbits (of course I have a peggy which everybody needs) , raising two kids and babysitting a third is not really work. Who knew ;) I've come to the conclusion that I'm happy, Daryl is happy, the kids don't care so what does the rest matter. I could wish for a million things but in the grand scheme of the universe I am so blessed what more do I really need.

I'm sitting here working on paperwork and listening to George Throughgoods "Get a haircut and get a real Job" while the kids bop on the WiiFit and Java barks at the squirrels in the back yard.
This morning I've finished off enough handspun to make up 6 Maggies HUG shawl kits -love it!! Who says I'm not productive.

Off to clean bunny cages and talk to Java. She thinks I'm pretty awesome -of course she'll agree to anything as long as there is a belly rub and a milk bone involved.

HUGS all

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Jared's latest work for me

Yes I'll admit it I use child labour :) LOL its amazing what your kids will do when thy are "bored". I had borrowed a drum carder from the guild and as you allknow Jared' loved making new colourways on it. Well he ran out of material so I found my fleece that has been washed and picked and set him to work. Here it sits in its lovely soft glory -next stage spinning to make a sweater!! The project continues. Perfect for this years Guild challenge "Make something for you"


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Whale or Mermaid??

I saw a yahoo news bit today about PETA's newest billboard that says "Save the Whales" Loose the blubber and had a picture of an overweight woman in a bikini. I thought it was very offensive as they are saying all you have to do to lose weight is eat vegetarian. Well when later searching the groups I like to read I came across this fantastic article. I have decided I'd rather be a whale That being said I'm off to have an ice cream cone with the kids and go splash in a body of water HUGS all.

Recently, in a large French city, a poster featuring
> a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said:
> A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match
> those of
> the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the
> gym.
> To Whom It May Concern:
> Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious
> humans). They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have
> adorable
> baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves
> with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like
> Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are
> wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible
> creatures
> and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved,
> protected
> and admired by almost everyone in the world.
> Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up
> outside the
> offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or
> human?
> They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them
> not
> to mention how could they have sex? Therefore they don't have kids
> either.
> Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who's skin is all
> scaly and
> smells like a fish store?
> The choice is perfectly clear to me... I want to be a whale.
> P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only
> skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my
> grandkids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a latte
> with my
> friends. With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much
> information
> and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it
> distributes out
> to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously
> cultured,
> educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the
> mirror I
> will think, "Good gosh, look how smart I am!"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A HUG for me

Okay I feel better now. Dropped the paperwork off at Animal Control. The officver was quite impressed with how professional it looked and told me she would send a copy to the dog owner. I figure I'll hear the scream of "WHAT" soon.

Anyway came home to find my Maggie's Hug shawl had dried. I made myself one with some leftover Maggies fibre all saved in my favorite fall colours. I had a tiny bit of border collie fluff from Scamper yet so spun it up with some fawn alpaca leftovers and added it in as an accent bit. I loved the effect :) And Jared was a willing model -he looks so darn cute how could I resist him. Maggies fibre is so soft and warm I can't wait to snuggle up with this shawl when fall hits. And its nice to have a spare model shawl to show people how handspun yarn kits I've made up look too.

HUGs all

Today I'm just pissed off.

Sorry if that word bothers somebody but I'm bummed. Yesterday a neighbours dog who has been warned twice not to let their dog run loose got loose AGAIN and made its way into my rabbit barn at Peggy's. This dog then procced to shake the living heck out of a bottom cage rack frightening 6 promising young show angoras to death. Peggy fortunately was able to corral the dog and called animal control. We have filed a report and the officer tells us the owner will be responsible for full replacement cost of the rabbits. My problem is how do you fairly assess what the rabbits are worth. I know what I charge to sell them but still.

My solution so far is it get three letters from other satin and french angora breeders with a quote as to what they would charge me for a show grade junior from registered parents. So far the range is $75 to $150. We took pictures of all the damage in the barn and the rabbits. We also took pictures of the dog in question.
Animal control has the dog right now until things are solved.

Hopefully it can all be resolved quickly. I love dogs BUT I know they need to be contained and taught not to hurt other critters. I know full well I cannot trust Java near any small critter loose and I respect and control that. These people need to learn that thier dog cannot be allowed to run loose. hopefully it can all be resolved peacefully.

HUGS all

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Its just hot

So everybody is taking it easy. Do they not have a rough life here at the house? Snicker. Bunnies are all "nakkid" with fans running and frozen pop bottles to lay against. Kids are living in the little pool we set up and mom is learning new and exciting ways to cook everything ont he bbq.
HUGs all

Monday, August 10, 2009

Look mom I'm in the paper :)

And not in a bad way either. I was at the Picton Craft show last week and the reporter asked if he could take some pictures. And here I am :)
I feel so important right now LOL.

Friday, August 07, 2009

A love so big

Today is the 44th anniversary for my mom and dad. They are so suited to each other and still like two kids in love even after 4 kids and 9 grandkids. Here's a picture of them from my wedding -can't you tell its dated by my moms glasses, heehee.
No comments on which parent I look like ;)

Love you mom and dad!!!!!!!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Busy enjoying what little bit of summer there is :)

Sorry for the lack of posting -on the few non -rainy days we have been busy here -baseball games. mowing the lawn (if the neighbours wouldn't bitch I'd have a sheep or two to do the job for me) and enjoying time with Daryl and the kids. Last weekend we went to the Sterling Ren Festival. always fun -we LOVE the Mud show -where else can you see classics performed in the mud, as well as fabulous food and really cool stuff to look at (too expensive to buy). They also run a human chess game and full contact jousting. Awesome!

This weekend coming I'll be at the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials -its amazing to watch these fabulous dogs in action.

Bunnies are all growing like bad weeds -amgoing to have some fabulous juniors to show by fall and will have a few for sale as well.