Evergreen

Not that I want to age myself here, but I’ve been quilting for about 18 years. The last few years I have gotten pretty serious about it and I now have close to 60 quilt tops completed. A friend of mine is the coordinator of evergreen artists’ market, a fair with local artisans held in prince Albert in November. She asked me if I’d like to have a table in the fair and for some reason I said yes! Its becoming painfully clear that if I don’t get my act together, I’m going to have only 3 quilts to sell. My problem is that I have never been particularly confident in my abilities. I realised several years ago that in fact, I’m a perfectionist. I’m not the control freak type who won’t let anyone else do the laundry cause they won’t do it right. I’m the type who won’t finish what I start because it isn’t turning out the way I anticipated. It’s funny, because USUALLY, if I persevere, I am very happy with the results. My problem here is that I’m asking other people to pay me for my efforts. What if it isn’t good enough? What if people think I’m charging too much? What if someone tells me its crap? What if I don’t sell anything? What if I don’t have enough variety? I could go on and on. I have to give my head a shake and get to work. If others think it’s good enough to sell, then I should too! Wish me luck! Here I goooooooooo!

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nine, ten, a big fat hen

there’s just something about a rooster crowing that SCREAMS farm. we decided last winter that we wanted some chickens, so we placed an order and we got 30 day old chicks in may. having been raised in the city, we had a lot to learn. thankfully, our library is a great resource and we got all the information we needed (and some we didn’t!) we have had a great time raising the chicks and it’s been a wonderful experience for the boys. we’ve done fairly well, losing only one chick at around the 4 week mark, and two hens and two roosters to a chicken eating german shepherd puppy that has since found a new home. the hens started to lay a few weeks ago, and as they mature more of them are laying and the eggs are getting bigger. in a few weeks, we’ll butcher the most of the roosters and have delcious free range chicken in our freezer. i won’t say that it’s cheaper to raise your own, but it’s nice to know that the animals had a happy life

 

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Life on the Prairie

     Shortly after we moved out here, my husband (I’ll call him Curly) left his career as a truck driver and after a couple of interim jobs, was hired on as a farm hand by the man we bought the property from. He’s been doing it for four seasons now, and while it can be very tiring and sometimes stressful, for the most part he enjoys it. (He won’t admit it, but I think he likes to play with all of the equipment) We have two young boys, Dude, who is 5 (or 5 1/2 if you ask him) and Poop (yes, that really is his nickame ) who is almost 2. I am a stay-at-home-mom, which is the toughest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had.
      Part of the deal with me staying home is that I try my best to save money whenever possible. We are certainly not lacking for anything, but we are on a budget, so i do my best to keep our spending to a minimum on things like groceries and gas. We are a 45 minute drive from the nearest major centre, so to be cost effective, I always plan so we can get all of our shopping and errands done in one weekly trip. I have a garden every summer and freeze or can as much as possible. We are so lucky that the previous owners loved to garden, as we have an abundance of fruit trees in our yard. I make all of the jams and jellies that we use and freeze some of the extra fruit for baking. we didn’t have a terrific harvest this year, but we still have had enough to keep me busy for a couple of weeks. i also love to bake and am looking forward to the cooler weather so i can bake without making the house unbearably hot. with curly home in the winter, i tend to do a lot more cooking and baking. we both also tend to put on some extra padding. once i get into the swing of things with the whole blog experience, i hope to share some of my favourite recipes with you, so you can put on some padding of your own!
 
 
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