~Life~ and it’s challenges

So…. We woke up one morning to no supplemental power!

It’s been a L~O~N~G time!
We went through maintenance of the generator, A Honda eu2000i master. It was running great. The only problem was we noticed some problem with air flow in the exhaust. It is a $200+ part. So we cleaned it as best we could and put that on the list for next season.
MISTAKE! No more than a few months later we were without power again. We had solar power and battery bank for normal daily issues, lights, electronics, for basic communication and kids school, running my fridge enough hours to keep things cold. BUT we could not run the chest freezer, Rob could not use power tools, I couldn’t run my 5 incubators or brooders with electicity, all my grow lights were put on stand buy for the brightest of days, our big screen TV and good Bluray player could not be used in the evening….. AND the list of “luxuries” goes on.
My Convenient life has been on hold! My business plans have been on hold! My sharing of my growth and development with all my long distance family and followers…. you guessed it, ON HOLD!!! So FRUSTRATING!!!
Today, we were able to get the good genny up and running, it works! 18 LONG months later.

We have all our ducks in a row for this year! We have plans, we have ability, we have time and we have funds….
The best laid plans of mice and men…… God only knows, but I hope to share more starting Monday.
All you loyal followers, don’t hold your breath. Please knock on wood and cross your fingers. I have been here before. I have a good feeling this time.
I am optimistic and I have a family blessing in the arena of empathy. I hope to see you on Monday.
Thank you for sticking with us! WE ARE BACK!

Let’s start this day right; my intentions for the next 14 hours.




The family.  Taken about 5 years ago.

Today’s goals….

Finish hubbies glove liners, knit, short row style, variegated wool. Pattern will post soon.  Just a few tweaks left. I am new to this felting thing.  I always snubbed it before, but my lovers likes thinsulate and I try to stay all natural and hand crafted.  My thought process was to slowly ease him into felted wool hats and liners.

Start 2nd pair of gloves/liners testing a 2 color reversible style.  I can finish one glove a day with all my other chores.  So hopefully not biting off more than I can chew.

Fill up my quota in my to shops.  Don’t get excited and look for links.  I have no less than 15 huge rubbermaid totes filled with dye, glass and stone beads, fibers and yarn packed in all the nooks and crevices in my house.  I am attempting to move beyond my pack rat tendencies and release my excess.  It will be 10 listings, as that is my max allowed currently.  Nothing exciting or dramatic.  I am embarrassed by my slim start and will share sale pages as I get farther along.

Correct all the kids school work as they finish!  Let’s make this a good Monday and not blow off that lesson you know they always do correctly because they live and breathe and that damned glove will be no better or worse off for being ignored for a few minutes!

Walk The Bruce for an hour before dark with the baby.  The Bruce is a very young hybrid male.  The poor guy has been depressed lately, not winter wolf disorder! One of his pack reached an age of senility and degeneration so she needed to be put down a few days ago.  AND “the baby” hit 10 this year and they grow to fast, as her 7 other siblings are proof of, we need one on one time.

Make a healthy fulfilling dinner at a descent proper hour.  The plan for tonight is Panbagna.  Not sure about the spelling, but I found this recipe over 20 years ago and LOVE it.  Basically a veggie loaded meat loaf baked in a 2 day old fat loaf of bread. Yes, I will post the recipe in a future post.

Get to bed before 8:30, for tomorrow starts at 3:30 and I am a bitch without proper sleep.

In this media driven world, picture are key.  Well, we lost everything during the fires this year. No, no fire at my house.  We do have new residents in our neck of the woods and they enrich their lives by making yours simpler. I came home from an evacuation to find broken glass, cut up fencing, missing tools, electronics, etc.  So I sit here with my hubbies lap top and no phone or camera.  I’ll replace it soon, I hope.  I apologize for the lack of current images.  I’ll figure something out.

I get side tracked by tangents easily.  All things contained I will elaborate on in the future, from this summers fires to the bread I use to make the Panbagna.  I could carry on for the entire day, but things to do…..