Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Backwoods

After much procrastination we gathered up enough motivation to take a wander to the backwoods (on the farm - last summer).  The heat and bugs had been a little much - but we hoped we could last long enough to see what it was like back there now - as the last time I remember being back there was to cut down a Christmas tree years ago.

Just before we headed over the gate and into the woods.

yes, that would be wolf poop - with remnants of bones.  This being the exact reason the kids are a tad bit leery of exploring in the back woods.  As the story goes Papa has arrived at home to find a wolf at the back door of the farm house.

What did we find?  What used to be an open space with big flat rocks, a swamp and a beaver dam is now completely filled in with plant growth.  It was so thick with bushes and growth that we could have used a machete.  There were many, many juicy blueberries but the bugs were so bad the kids would not let us stop long enough to pick them and enjoy.  We also ran into some nice thick muck that liked to suck the boots off of our feet and of course the wolf dung.  Regardless it was a good adventure - but Papa, Oma and Sophia may have had the better idea - they hung out at home - free of bugs hmmmmm.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Glimpse

Historic downtown
Nestled in the mountains
Little bits of character

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Creativity Update

Although I was not able to get many projects done I did pull off a few.

a warm sweater for a wee one

Ella's blue dress

originally this was meant to be a kaftan sweater but time, small yarn, and small needles caught up to me - so I improvised and made it a vest

hopefully with school finished there will be some more time for projects - although as always my days seem to fill up quickly.


warm winter sunshine
the smell of dry crunchy plants
shrieks of laughter
slow meandering walks
winter in the southwest