Well, we survived the Virginia version of the polar vortex. Compared to places farther north, we didn’t have it bad at all. We only had to bring chickens in the house (including a loudly crowing rooster) for two nights. Our big flock was fine, but our small flock is down to four birds and they can’t generate enough heat. Wattles, the rooster in that group, also happens to be one of our two oldest chickens (dating back to our old house) so he’s kind of special. He suffered some frostbite on his comb and wattles during our last cold spell and hasn’t been quite himself since. But honestly, I don’t even like him! He scares me and he knows it. While that didn’t stop me from insisting he sleep inside with his hens, I’m glad he’s back outside now.
Now we are in the midst of a stretch of unseasonably warm days, and I am very pleased. There are already crocuses starting to peek up out of the soil. January passed so quickly, and before we know it, spring will be here. I placed a big flower seed order over the weekend and I can’t wait to start seeds. This year I want to grow more fun things: luffa gourds, giant pumpkins, and showy annual flowers.
There was a request for photos of Larkspur and Beatrix’s finished bedroom, so I took a few. They are so happy with it. The room is quite large, too large really. I believe it’s the biggest bedroom in the house. In our previous home, the girls’ bedroom was maybe 8 by 9 feet, and they actually preferred that size. I shared photos of both ends, so you can see that we still have work to do. Their belongings lack organization, and their furniture is a hodgepodge of used pieces that I intend to paint, but when? At this point, I’m wondering what color to paint it all. White? That will be a lot of white if I do. The most recent furniture addition is a desk for Beatrix. Jonny picked it up off the side of the road during a downpour and it is a little bit warped and rather ugly. Sweet Beatrix sees it through different eyes, and described it as, “A dream come true.”
I’m feeling much better since doing the detox. Of course, I can’t know for certain what made me feel better, I’m just glad that I do. I’m keeping up with green smoothies and more raw vegetables. I also think that getting back into the habit of spending time working in my studio has helped my mental health. I find it tricky balancing my family and my work, but I seem to be happiest when I manage to make time for both. I’m finding a rhythm in my days that involves family first but still allows me to work a bit (as long as I’m willing to have a messy house sometimes). The result of this will be new things being added to my shop over the coming month. I’ve been dyeing mini skeins, and I just cut a big stack of organic cotton gauze scarves. I had quite a few requests for deep indigo scarves, so I will aim to dye those soon. I will also be adding a limited run of my wildflower stickers to my shop later this week. I’ve sold these with and without storage tins in the past, and for this run, I only have a few tins. The other sets will ship in paperboard envelopes. Just let me know if I should order more of the tins. They do make for a more attractive presentation but also require me to sit and punch the corners of every sheet of stickers so they will fit inside, making those sets more labor intensive and more expensive. I used a combination of my favorite images from my last sticker sets along with some new photos for these and I’m really happy with them! Stickers never stop being fun no matter how old you are.
p.s. Here are links to some of the things in this post you might wonder about: Mabel’s red sweater (the first I ever knit) and her pink hat. The interlocking blocks, a longtime favorite, are from Nova Natural. The girls’ collection of saint figures you probably recognize from Sue’s shop. The rainbow yarn was a gift and Larkspur is knitting with it. Both girls have been knitting simple pouches lately. That last dark photo is of the bunny I am knitting. I’ll probably talk more about that in my February Yarn Along post this week! Speaking of rabbits, in case you wondered, that’s a bunny hutch for Gus between the girls’ desks.