13 12 2013


Today was a cold day with snow showers all day.  I though maybe the big storm was coming earlier than expected but that’s not the case.  Snow to start in the afternoon tomorrow with 6-10 inches expected.  I hope to get some errands done before it all starts.  Christmas cookies are on the agenda for the weekend.  

Salve Making Day


I am very low in Salve and both shops need it so today I decided to get things out and make some.    It came out wonderful and the whole house smells of it.



I still had some plastic to put up and knowing that the chickens won’t go out till spring I could finish up today.  I got the back door of the back coop done and the door to the front coop done.  That will keep the cold air out..  I plan to make many draft dodgers for the windows after the holidays, these old windows are nice but let a lot of cold air in.  More curtains to be made too.

You just never know what you will see in Greenfield, today at a gas station I sat a car or small truck that looked like the old woman in the shoe boot.  It was red with laces and a wonderful green wreath, and I didn’t have my camera!!!!!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole and Minnie


1 11 2013


Welcome to WOVEMBER, check out their blog online.  A site devoted to WOOL in all forms.  Wish we had something like that here in the states


It’s after 7am and the morning is dawning.  Soon the time will change and we will lose this special time till next year.  Its unseasonable warm this morning, it will be a good day to plant the garlic, my last planting chore of the year.


Yesterday was my Mother’s 92nd birthday.  Flowers were sent and long talks on the phone,  SHe is much better since moving to Canal View Rest Home where Mary takes loving care of her.  Cindy and I will be visiting her soon. 


I started rug hooking many years ago.  Didn’t stick with it then.  At that time my hands already had arthritis in them and it was hard for me to do it perfectly as was expected in those days.   I quickly gave up a hobby that was only accepted when done a certain way.    Luckily thanks to Deanne Fitzpatrick hooking has changed.  She has encouraged me and others to think outside the box, my art is my art and will be appreciated by artistic people.  I was also lucky to have Met Lisa Merian’s (of SPinners Hill Farm) Mom Marie, she taught me how to hook at the Mass Sheep show and I completed a beautiful chair seat


  It wasn’t perfect as none of my hooking is but she was encouraging me and it helped, and I am grateful that she was there, otherwise I don’t think I would have gone back to it..  I use all mediums when hooking but I like hooking with yarn, roving and fleece best.    More and more people have large stashes of yarn leftover from knitting projects and want to find creative ways to use it up.  It’s a wonderful hobby which lets you be creative.


This Sunday I am going down to view THE FIBER FESTIVAL OF NEW ENGLAND.  I went last year, it’s a show Susan and I are thinking about doing.  There is many vendors that are friends of ours and they attended and like the show .  It’s a big event showcasing sheep and other fiber animals and booths full of yarns, fleece and ready-made products. 


Yesterday I made two draft dodgers for the kitchen window near the wood stove.  I usually buy wool stripping for it but decided to do something more permanent this year.  They are made from the same material that the curtains are made from and filled with balsam.  I plan to make some over the winter for sales next fall.


Many thanks for reading m blog on this warm, humid day.  I hope your day is wonderful.   Carole


15 01 2013


More snow is coming tomorrow.  Yesterday was a beautiful day here with temps in the mid 50’s and sunny.  I cleaned some in the barn which felt good.   I need to get the errands done today.  My electric snow shovel is sitting on the porch ready to go.

More on the twine rug

I have been working on the rug today and am finally half way finished. Another nice thing about this loom is when half way and the weaving becomes more difficult you can just turn it around.  I can clearly see some mistakes in the twining  but since this is the first rug of its kind for me it won’t bother me, I am looking at this rug as a learning  experience.


I usually am watching something on my I-Pad while I am weaving or hooking.  This week its the BBC documentary on the Himalayas with Mr. Palin.  I thoroughly am enjoying it and wish I was 30 years younger so I could have a trip there.

Draft Dodger


Today I finished the other draft dodger.  I filled  it with balsam and rose petals. My friend Fran suggested the balsam, I think it’s a brilliant idea.  The sand is so heavy and there will be a sweet scent of balsam and roses  in the air.  I think that the balsam could be mixed with spices too, that would be interesting.  Now I am thinking of making them for my most draftiest of windows.


My grandson Chris is going to help me by phone today with my Etsy account.  I opened an account years ago but never did anything with it.  So this week he is going to help me get it up and running.

I am spinning more Elliott for the rug today.  It’s a banner day when I get to do all the things I love to do for part of the day.  Have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.                             Carole



19 12 2012


School was closed yesterday, the roads were terrible and the sheep and chickens stayed in.  We are having heaving rain this morning so I guess they will be staying in  today too.  The pasture is very icy.

Cat Draft dodger

Well it’s finally done and I am glad.  It was much more complicated that I thought it would be.  Its much easier to make then in a rectangle and be done with it.








My friend Francine, said that she makes long narrow ones for her windows and fills them with balsam, I think I will try that.

Woolen Mill

My cousin Gary gave me this many years ago, I love it so much that I leave it up year round.  Some of the trees were under my Christmas tree as a child.











The sheep are out tonight and happy, Sadie just about ran out the door.  She loves sleeping outside, Elliott will join her and the other sheep will eventually come out.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my blog.



1 10 2012


The weather is getting cooler and I am making another trip to FLorida over the weekend .  The week of any trip to FLorida is very busy.  With animal food to get, coops to clean, sheep’s pen to clean and the house to clean it takes a better part of the week.  Today I focused on the front hens and their coop and starting to get it winter ready.  This summer there were problems with a  racoon coming into the coop to get food.  Every evening it would tear off the screen and come in.  Before something terrible happened I bought a radiator cover and nailed it on the window.  Not very pretty and it did restrict some of the air but it worked.  I did a real good job at nailing it on as it took me 45 minutes to get it off.  


Just coming int the door after being chased around the yard






                                                                                                                 Mrs. Brown was my helper today.  She was talking the whole time I was in there.  She is ostracized by the flock and will have to get back in with them sooner or later but as of now she prefers to stay in and not have to deal with their chasing her and pecking her.  Morticia on the other hand is out and about and puts up with their behavior.  The two of them spent too many months sitting on eggs and not socializing with the rest of the flock and this is what happens.  Its like starting all over,











I put some gourds on the window box but next year the window box will have to come down and I will put it elsewhere.  It gave the raccoons a place to sit and work on the screen.  Too bad, as I loved having flowers there.  There is still much winterizing to do.  I will insulate all around the windows and then put clear plastic over it.  I have also been insulating the coop slowly.  Last year I did some and this year before it gets too cold I will do some more.  All things take time.  Some days I wonder where the day went and today it was 2-1/2 hours to clean the coops and put the window in.   More time spreading the shavings from the coop to the front hill.  I still have to clean the other coop and whitewash it but I think that won’t happen till I get back.

I did go to spinning group today and was able to do about an hour of knitting on my sweater.  All in all it was a great day.  Hope your day was great and thank you so much for reading my blog.