We miss you all, and the Summer. We’ve been staying in a bit and crafting things. Scenes from the past weeks:
We are in the winter depression time of the North East when Vitamin D deficiencies rule. Today it is snowing, no surprise! It is piling on a powdery layer on top of a thick crusty layer of ice. Walking is nearly impossible. The wood furnace died and we are onto the small manufactured-home propane burner as backup. Half the house’s electricity is out and we are searching for an electrician. One of the sump pumps downstairs has kicked the bucket and left half our basement flooded and it is dark because it’s on THAT side of the house, the one with the blown fuse that won’t go back on. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! At least it’s pretty, and doesn’t last forever! Here’s our hay barn in its icy, glossy, splendor:
I got a new phone. It’s fantastic. It’s a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and I love it.
Ray let me get a cute case and ring stand to stick to it! I am SUPER into iridescent things, so I was really happy to find this nice combination. I HATE talking on the phone, so this makes it a bit nicer :). I LOVE how it fades from purple to blue, and it’s clear so I can keep my business card or a photo in the back (I am still so analog!!).
Stupid of me, I know, but I have recently been coveting a set of 6 IRIDESCENT Moscow Mule mugs! I don’t need them, so they aren’t in my kitchen 🙂 I normally don’t want things I don’t NEED, but Look At Them!
The Note function on the phone is terrific. It’s a screen that you can use your stylus on. I use it like a blackboard and screen mirror to my TV while we are schooling. Vince also loves my new phone and snuck one of his Stikbot animations from his Stikbot Studio up on our YouTube! Cue discussions of identity misappropriation and trust between the boy and myself!
While I was switching files over, I came across some videos that the kids insisted I share (outside in NICE weather, carrot harvest, hay jumping, etc…), so we made a cute little collection below.
annnd here’s V’s sneaky little video….
Check out the Stikbot Farm Set!
What it looks like around here right now:
We got over 24 inches and it has been averaging below zero here the past week. Yesterday, it was -18 degrees F! Stay warm!
In the meantime, I listed four AWESOME and cozy crocheted Foot Massages, I mean, rag rugs and our new Basic Balm, unscented goodness that is perfect for chapped hands and lips, dry skin, and to use as a skin protectant in these conditions!
We have two different balms available for purchase, available in different sizes for your convenience. They are both made with only organic ingredients, home-grown or locally sourced from our piece of heaven in Zone 5b of the Adirondacks. They come packaged in glass only, a pretty cobalt blue when possible. Our base is made with Organic cold-pressed coconut, olive, grapeseed and avocado oils, blended with shea and cocoa butters and infused with Calendula, Carrotseed, and Raspberry seed oils. These and other beneficial ingredients are blended with a small amount of organic beeswax to make a balm that traps in moisture and speeds healing.
Our poor chickens don’t like cold toes, so I shlep out some hay out to carpet their yards. It warmed up enough for them to want to come out. I play you some Happy New Year song 😉
We thought having a truck and plow would be easy, but it’s all our first time, EVERY time!
We took advantage of the warm weekend. The kids are getting over colds, but I thought it was best to get them outside for an hour, and they can’t get the snowman sick!