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Monday, December 15, 2014

Road Trip with my husband and our youngest daughter
Early morning we headed out on an amazing road trip. We hit Kelowna and the mall was open at nine am so Miss Hyacinth did a bit of shopping. She was really quite happy with herself. 
We drove to a place called Boundry country it is a little place called Beaverdell, past Big white which is ski hill (that looked like it needed more snow around there) the little place was this side of rock creek. The only reason it went smooth asking my husband to take me is he hauled a load of logs out of there last winter. I had never been it so it was cool to see somewhere new. Our roads were perfect with all our crazy weather and so many horrible accidents on the highways we totally lucked out. There was not a lot of snow but the side roads and peoples driveways were crazy icy you could have put skates on and go and not even wreck your blades.

We came to a families farm where the are a goatery ~ dairy. They usual carry one hundred does for milking but they are selling off their herd. When the two boys opened up the barn door and over sixty goats ran in all I could do was smile. It was such an awesome site. So many to pick from so hard to pick which one when I really just wanted them all. Imagine just going and buying the herd.

 I bought seven from this farm. Three were a Christmas gift from my Mom and one was a Christmas gift from my Grandson, Daughter and Son in law and then the extras. Plus some friends of ours gave me a goat yesterday and my son's picked her up. So eight new goats which brings my count up to fourteen. All have been with a Billy Goat so we shall see what comes about in two months. I have thirteen does and all have been with a buck so it will be interesting what comes along in the next several months.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Tis the Season ....
Time to change the blankets over
I took a little time to swamp out our bedroom it can easily be the catch all of everything. I get it nice and then change something redo another spot and the extras end up in the bedroom until I get time. I made it nice put on our Christmas sheets and blankets. Our sheets are flannel and of course it warmed up so we have been melting at night

So cozy  and warm feeling see my old doll she is over forty years old her and I we used to go on the grandest adventures. This bed my husband made for us I love it. He always once to get a bigger bed but why when our is so comfy ha it is so comfy all my kids still like to try to sleep in it.

I love all our wonderful things.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

 A snow day this little boy loves to go out and have a play in it.

 Cowboy likes to sit really close to this little guy while he is playing.

 We have been having up and down weather super cold to super mild hard on my skating rink we have had the rink where you could skate on it only to melt right away. So we are trying our luck again but the weather is too iffy so we will see how it makes it this winter.
Yesterday was so mild we worked outside for several hours it was so nice to not rush through feeding and fly back inside because it is so cold. We fixed a pen ( a little rough) where our pigs had been so we could put our little miserable Billy goat in there. He is friendly until he takes a full speed run at your knees and smells so bad, he loves to pee all over himself which I told him is a really disgusting habit. I can now go in and visit the does and pet them and get them to know me all over again.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Man oh Man is the cold hanging on we have already burnt so much wood. Our coldest we have hit here on the farm is -26 this morning is -20. It could be a long, long winter. With this cold weather  and garden time done I have enjoyed bringing out other things to do. I have been crocheting and knitting, redo the house, cleaning in general, painting, try fun things. I have our Grandson nearly every day so the days are at a lot slower pace and I am grateful the gardens our done as I would not be able to keep them up.

 Yesterday I was decorating the house a bit for Christmas we have an awful lot of snowflakes to use. Our daughter was going to have a winter wedding we went out and bought a lot of snow flakes to hang well she changed the date to a July wedding so now I get to use snowflakes as a theme. We will get our tree within the next week and half it is hard to fit it in our schedule well not ours, our kids. It is nice to see the decorations come out I am a little worried I have not found our Christmas stockings yet.

The renovation ~ hard to call it that I only did a bit on the living room but it is done. I really liked how it turned out. It wasn't like I didn't like it before it was awesome but I was worried about behind the wood stove. I will post pictures on here a bit later. I did mosaic behind the wood stove with tile it was hell to grout then on either side of the wood stove walls I painted and used a spackle to create faux bricks. It turned out great I would have loved to use all tile but it would have been too heavy for our home.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Now that the bulk of the garden work is done it is nice to take the time to do things in and around the house. Trying out some baking being creative we went to a thrift store and bought some fun cake pans. One of the pans was a cast iron with little farm animals and one with snowflakes. Perfect for mini pancakes and even soap.

Fall leaves have been floating down and with that comes pine needles I will be happy if all the pine needles just fall now and get it over with instead of in the Spring.
Thanksgiving weekend
Our weekend has been full and busy our youngest has a hockey tournament here in town. For years now hockey has been ruining our Thanksgiving weekends so we try to squeeze our dinner on the best day with the most time. Sad really~one more year of this and then Minor Hockey will be done and I am sure will not be running around as much.
Our dinner turned out okay everything cooked well as usual it was ate in record breaking speed they ate and ran.
Today was a typical fall feeling day not too cold but a bit dreary, wind blowing  fire going in the house type of day.
 I started some Christmas presents today hard to believe it is really close it will be here before we know it.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

We have been bring in fire wood and that is such a great feeling. Our weather has been so nice it is hard to imagine there will be snow. I have been to general cleaning putting things away that get set out during garden time. Moving things around and finding any garbage that needs to be dealt with.
Flower Pots there are so many~ I threw them all out but the funny thing is I always seem to go back and get some more. Next Spring I will transplant some twisted willow and have them for sale at the lavender house. (
Last night in the gardens it was beautiful, amazing with such deep rich colours every where you look. It is funny sometimes you can walk out and things just look the same you notice things that need fixing or removing and then the next time you can go out you are in awe of the colours everything catches your eye

 May your day be full of blessings and take the time to see the beauty around you

Thursday, October 02, 2014

I have been getting things done here that fell behind with all the wedding prep. this Spring and Summer. Our boys fixed fences that were down and that alone is huge and such a great feeling to have done. The back door and steps are painted  earlier this year my dad's dog went crazy on a thunder storm and chewed them up ~ so now it is a bright turquoise blue. I have moved in the wood that was cut but seriously if it gets cold I will burn in a full week, fire wood is next on our list. Our hay is in, ready to feed all those hungry mouths during the cold snowy winter months. In front of our house I had a large bird cage that has been moved the pond has been moved and the area is in the process of being cleaned. It is a great feeling to get the tiding done because it can get messy real quick.
Yesterday was a soap afternoon made up of two batches that will be ready in about eight weeks. The flavours are orange and poppy ~ seed, lavender and lily of the valley.