The sun was bright and warm today and the temperature got up to the high forties. It was warm enough to melt some of the ice on the paths around the farm. And warm enough for Minnie and Flo to spend most of the day on the back porch.
“I’m calling all the Blue Gourami’s Gertrude”, Jon announced this morning. We have five of them.
It has naturally progressed that the snails are mine and the fish are Jon’s and we share the shrimp. It’s just where our interests lie.
But one Gertrude caught my attention this morning when she swam up to the pink lily pad plant that came unmoored and was floating on the top of the tank.
The fish, plants and their reflection created a splash of color that caught my attention. I ran and got my iPhone and took this picture.
Biddy doesn’t want Zinnia eating her hay. And Issachar wants to be Fate’s friend. All is well on Bedlam Farm.
I just picked up my latest batch of wool yesterday and now it’s for sale in my Etsy Shop. I’m sold out of the teal already, but still have dyed and natural colored yarn and “happy yellow” Roving.
I mixed the wools and give all the information on which sheep the wool comes from including pictures in my Etsy Shop.
See it all and buy it here.
Zinnia came along with me and Jon to pick up my wool at the Vermont Fiber Mill today. She was very interested in the smells. Maybe she was confused, wondering how our sheep ended up in a box.
The colors came out so deep and rich and look wonderful with the mix of Suzy, Pumpkin and Biddy’s natural gray and the natural barber pole wool which is a mix of Izzy, Kim and Socks’ wool.
I also picked up almost 4 lbs of yellow roving. Some of that will go to my friend Suzy Fatzinger, who is spinner her own wool as I write this and the rest I’ll sell.
I hope to have all my wool for sale in my Etsy Shop later tonight or tomorrow morning.
But I also restocked my shop with Scrap Bin Potholders. I didn’t use up all my scraps but after making so many of them in the past few weeks I put the rest of the scraps back in the bin to be used again another day.
My Potholders are $18 each plus $5 shipping for one or more. Click here to see them all and buy them.
Bud is the best cuddler in the house. Whenever I’m laying on the couch reading, he jumps up and squeezes in between me and the back of the couch. And his sweet squishy face makes up for how stinky he can be sometimes.
When we walk in the woods, Zinnia follows Fate where ever she goes only stopping occasionally to scoff up some deer poop or dig up something smelly in the snow.
Even the animals are slipping on the ice. Fate’s having a hard time circling the sheep because it’s so slippery. The sun has been coming out and making some of the ice on the paths warm enough to chop up, but around the barn, gate, and feeders it’s still hard and shiny.
Tomorrow Jon and I will go to Brandon Vermont to pick up my wool. Even after so many years of having the sheep’s wool made into yarn, I still get excited every time I pick it up.
Jon and I have plans to take it easy this weekend. The movie Fantastic Fungi is at our independent theater this weekend and we’re planning on seeing it Sunday. So I may not post the wool for sale until Monday. But then, I might not be able to stop myself from putting it out there when I get it.
I guess I’ll just have to see how I feel.