Out in the Cold

We had the funniest weather today. One moment the sun would be shining while snow fell, the next it would be dark and blowing, followed by more sun. There wasn’t enough snow to accumulate, but it was pretty to watch. I went outside to see what the goats were up to, and discovered that Agnes and Greta were hanging out in what used to be our wether goat house, while poor Tilly huddled outside under the roof overhang. The boys were in the larger barn where the girls used to hang out. We have some funny dynamics going on since combining our girls with our wether goats. It seems that Agnes sometimes likes the larger barn, and sometimes the smaller shelter. Everyone else has to deal with it because Agnes is the boss. And, while Greta does seem to finally be softening towards her daughter just a little bit, (10 months after her birth), Agnes is always mean to her, and I know she was the reason Tilly wasn’t allowed to cuddle into the little shelter with them. Larkspur came outside and got everyone out and about and eventually into their proper houses so that Tilly wouldn’t have to be so pitiful.

I just checked the 10 day forecast, and it will be back into the 60 and 70s this weekend. Such a crazy winter we are having!

p.s. Sue Dow will be here giving away one of her Lenten runners this weekend, so be sure and check in!

Petting Zoo

(Gabriel took these photos of Mabel clapping. This is her new trick, and she’s already learned to clap when she’s happy about something.)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the support, kind words, and commiseration over my Hoshimoto’s diagnosis. I can’t believe how common this is! I’m following my doctor’s suggestion and am on day 6 (I think) of no dairy. Mabel’s eczema is really flairing up right now, so I think I am going to go egg free for a little while too and see if that helps her. It’s easier to eliminate foods thinking that doing so might be best for her too. I joked with some friends that I’m feeling pretty convinced that I can reverse my Hoshimoto’s by eating only coconut oil and lettuce. No big deal. I’ve got this!!!

Today, I looked out the window and thought to myself that it looks like we have a regular petting zoo. (I think this is a good thing.) Some of my younger kids were sitting around the little chicken coop we set up this week, having finally moved our chickens over from the other house. (We are keeping them confined for a couple days to adjust to the new place, and Jonny is still working on their larger house.)  It was so warm out that Larkspur even carried a barefoot Mabel outside to get acquainted with the chickens. Apparently, Mabel doesn’t like our petting zoo, because there was absolutely no clapping. Every time the rooster crowed, her little bottom lip would protrude for a second, but then she’d pull herself together. Larkspur carried her over to see the goats, whom she was also pretty unsure about. The rooster crowed while she was looking at the goats, and that combination finally sent her over the edge. She burst into tears, so I grabbed her, snuggled her up and carried her inside. I couldn’t help but think of Beatrix when she was about this age. Poor, sweet Bea! Looking back at those photos, I must have wanted to take some photos of her in the little pink dress, but a teenage chicken interfered.

I pulled my Nurmilintu shawl off the blocking board today, though I won’t be needing it this week. It’s so crazy how warm it is! We’re having to feed our bees almost constantly because they have been flying all winter. We’re still waiting for a cold stretch of days so we can move them and wondering if it’s ever going to happen.

We won’t have a big shop update until March, but I have a couple of batches of goat milk soap ready to go along with some stitch markers and shawl pins. Actually I have a couple skeins of the same yarn I used to knit my green shawl, though in a nice smoky, pale blue–I’ll list those too in case someone wants to knit this pattern. It’s a fun knit and I think the yarn is well suited to it. I’ll update the shop on Tuesday, the 7th at noon (EST).