Saturday, February 27, 2016

Caledonia Classics Dog Sled Races

What a great day! The weather was hot and sunny- perfect for spending 4 hours outside. Maybe not so nice for the dogs, who prefer a little cooler weather for running. We got to meet and snuggle with some sled dogs- Pixie and Mac- and the kids got to take part in the Kids and Mutts race. Kesten rode on the back of the sled, standing on the runners and using the brake like a pro. Cedar got to ride in a sled and had so much fun, she kept trying to climb back in after it was done. Such a fun event!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Fort in February

The Fort in February- in the past, it has been very cold, but this year, it would appear that spring is nearly here. The daytime highs have been above freezing for weeks and there is no end in sight. We've had hardly any snow to begin with and I anticipate it will be gone in mid-March, if this weather keeps up. Oh well. I love winter, but spring is the most exciting time of year for me!

Training the kids up for spring cleaning ;)
 There has been a lot of beautiful sunbeams for little kitties to sleep in.

 I've been working on my greenhouse/lean-to/raised garden.
 See what I mean about the lack of snow? In the past, it has only looked like this in April.
I've got the wire up along the back of the greenhouse, for the tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers to climb. And the plastic rolls up for easy access. I'm just waiting on my dirt.
 The chickens are getting excited for spring and green grass. At least, I think they are.

 I took a walk this morning to the marina. There are some open holes in the ice that the otters have been going in and out of.
 It feels strange to see water at this time of year.
 The south facing slopes are snow-free and I spied some wild strawberries, still green.
 A flock of redpolls were also out enjoying the sunshine this morning.
 The snow on the lake ice is melting, making the ice look rather ominous.
 I wonder when the ice will break-up this year?

 Some tiny Bird's Nest fungi are growing in my garden by the house. The "eggs" in the nest contain spores and are designed to be dispersed when raindrops hit the nest, flinging the eggs as far as seven feet! That is my finger behind them, for a size comparison.
 The tulips are popping up. Again, so early!
 And my tomato and onion seeds have sprouted.

Spring is not far away!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

February Planting

I've had a rough go of it, the last couple of weeks. Some unknown allergic reaction has sent me to visit our health care professionals too many times of late. I feel tired, but I am hoping I am done with it now and I am ready to have fun again! So, today, I decided it was time to start a few seeds. Red Globe Onions, Black Prince Tomatoes, Silvery-Fir Tomatoes, Buckflats Wonder Tomatoes, and some Garden Asparagus. The asparagus seeds had to soak for 2 hours before planting. I've never grown asparagus before, but have wanted to for years. I should have started the seeds years ago- then I would be ready to harvest them already! This will be an exercise in patience.

I got some more lights on the weekend, so that means more space to start seeds inside. I love this time of year!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

My Store is Back Up!

I've got my Etsy shop back up and running! I am starting to sell my knitting patterns.  I've got two new ones up for sale. My old patterns will still be available on my blog. Please stop by my shop to check out the new patterns!

Pattern #2: Dandelion Wine- A Headband Pattern

 Happy Knitting!
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