Planting in the Snow

Snowy days are here, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is time to start tomato seeds.  We planted our high tunnel tomatoes last week, and the are warm and snug in our grow box … in our living room.  I SO wish we could find a better place to start seeds, but this seems like it will be there home for next month or so.


It is right across from the wood stove, so the seeds are germinating nicely.  Looks like the cat is germinating nicely, too.


Been needing lots o’ wood to keep things toasty this past week!


It’s kind of a crap shoot on our high tunnel tomatoes this year.  I really would have liked to have researched varieties more, or at the very least have kept detailed records from our growing season last year.

But instead, we have kids.  And a life.  So those things didn’t get done.  I did have SOME notes from our high tunnel tomato production last year, so I was at least able to make some educated decisions using those, but it looks like it will be another “learning season” for us.

(As an aside, do farmers ever get to the point where they don’t have a “learning season?”  Where they just know what they are doing? Got a call today from the Kansas Rural Center asking us if we would host a high tunnel workshop at our farm at the end of next summer.  YIKES.  I guess I should have asked if the name of the workshop was “Things not to do with high tunnel tomatoes”.  Because then that call would have made more sense …)


Another year of vegetable production begins!

And the Herd Grows …

We have added to our goad herd with four Black Spanish goats.  They are SO CUTE.  We got these particular goats because they have been bred specifically for their cashmere wool.  So, this spring, we will be able to harvest some of their fleece.


These two particular goats were bottle-raised, so they are super-friendly.  Bruce just loves them!  The black one is Sophie (I think …. not totally set on that name yet), and the little rust-colored one is Petunia.  Or as Bruce calls her, “Tuna.”  Tuna the Goat.  Yep, that’s right.  🙂

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We have a little work to do, taming down these two.  The one in the back is Double Stuff, because she is the fuzziest, and the other one doesn’t have a name yet.  Maybe Queenie?  Just not sure.  We have been discussing naming her Queenie, as she seems to be challenging Gertrude for the “queen bee” post.

Remember Gertrude, the wayward goat we took in?  Turns out she’s kind of a jerk.  Not to people, but boy is she mean to our little fuzzy baby goats.  I think we are going to have to build a separate pen for her.

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Hi Tuna!  Whatcha doin’?


Playing with the goats during Christmas vacation is fun!


(And yes, my son is wearing snow boots, heavy coat, and footie pajamas.  Don’t judge me.)


Queenie trying to decide if she is brave enough to come see us.


We love our fuzzy little goats!!

No More Knitter’s Block

Back in May, I wrote about how I was experiencing knitter’s block.  I am happy to report that my knitter’s block is finally gone,

Shortly after Willa was born, I panicked, realizing that I didn’t have a single knitted item for her to wear in her newborn pictures.  So, the day before her picture session, I whipped up this little hat.

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Yes, I know she will kill me for these pictures when she is a teenager, but I couldn’t resist.

Since I took these pictures a month and a half ago, the hat is obviously too small by now.  Which means another one in the works soon.  But it sure was cute as a photo prop!

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Instead of starting on that cute baby dress as my next big project, I got selfish.  I have been working on this cowl for myself, instead.



Really can’t remember the last time I made something for myself, so this felt really good.  I love knitting gifts, but I guess it was just time to make something for me.

Hope to finish the cowl this weekend, and then on to another big project.