Bearded Lady

Weather:  26* & Sunny

TurtleFurIt’s freezing outside!  I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find a ski mask.  I went to town the other day and Tractor Supply had some bright neon yellow face masks for $6, but I just can’t stomach that color.  Sportsman’s Warehouse had one – ONE – black one with the old-school 2 eye holes (ugh) for $8.  And something called Totally Tubular by Turtle Wrap for $13!  For heaven’s sake, it’s an unfinished piece of rayon tubing.  I later discovered that it’s $18 on their website.

I found a balaclava – a ski mask (since when was something so simple given a fancy name!?) – in a Real Tree or Mossy Oak print that also looked like it was rayon-y for $22!!  Balaclava_storeAre these people crazy?!?

Recently as a flea market a vendor – who was selling crocheted hats – had commented on liking mine and my husband’s.  He told her that I made them and then she really started raving.  Gave me her name and particulars and said that she would gladly sell my creations if I gave her a price.  Me, crochet for money?  My husband had broached the same subject just days before when his coworkers had requested hats like his and he had suggested I sell them for $12.  I told him he was crazy.  You can buy them all day long at the dollar store.  Well, uh, no, not anymore.  Not unless you’re willing to pay $5-7 for a cheap, machine-knitted thing.  But the ones in the Sportsman’s Warehouse were out of this world expensive.  For a hat!!

That was it.  I was leaving.  Uh oh.  Gloves.  Pink gloves.  Pink, insulated gloves – on clearance!!  Yeah, they made a sale…

But Joann’s was in the same shopping center and I was betting they had rayon and Mossy Tree stuff.  I picked up 3/8 yard of fleece for $5 and 3/8 yard of “performance fabric” for $3 and a skein of Lion Brand’s Homespun, Wild Fire yarn for $5.

First the fleece.  I found this tutorial online and produced this.  BalaclavaI still have to buy some fold-over elastic, because I was totally not thinking when I left the store.  Otherwise I would have bought some pink thread.

Then on to the rayon tube.  Working with that fabric wiggling all over the place drove me absolutely nuts and after putting it on, I’m convinced the Turtle Wrap version must have a lining or be a better fabric.  TurtleWrap

Incidentally, this is the hat I was wearing that the vendor-lady raved on about.  The pattern is called Divine on Ravelry and I made mine out of baby blanket yarn!  My husband’s hat is the same pattern, but in a thinner, regular yarn.  He has three: one in black, one in navy and one in sage green.  (Actually, I made him 2 in sage green to match his favorite new jacket, but he said the thicker yarn was too “fluffy”, so I guess now it’s mine.)

I had been looking for a crocheted ski mask pattern online before I went out galavanting, and the Knight and Skyrim patterns were just to die for, but the beards were the best and I made up one of those too.

After all, I am a big fan of Mick Dodge…  😉




More De-Vining

Weather: 41* & Rainy

Stayed up late again, although not because it was New Year’s.  I’ve got to learn to quit taking my tablet up in the loft.  I always think of something else that I could look up!  So, of course, I slept late.  It was supposed to rain, so I took a bath and ate some breakfast thinking I wouldn’t get anything accomplished outside for the next few days.  It hadn’t started raining yet, so I decided to go on and get done what I could.

10801860_10205701819003797_6751706453839948818_nBoy those vines are something else.  I suppose neither of the former homeowners ever tackled the job as there are just so many of them!  I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep the indigenous bamboo, but it’s “growing” on me.  😉  So trying to take out the vines, while leaving the bamboo just makes things harder.  I’d also like to kill off the vines permanently without harming the bamboo, but I have no idea how to accomplish that.10308724_10205701797643263_2341123905413422038_n

It doesn’t look like I got much done, but something is better than nothing.

The rain started at a drizzle, but I plowed on for a bit, until it became uncomfortable and I had to go to the cabin to take off my wet clothes.  Pneumonia isn’t something I ever want to experience again.

10898236_10205704654394680_7320714581423921971_nIt’s hard to tell from the photo on the left, but I *did* manage to cut down & pile up quite a bit!  I’m using loppers and it seems like there should/could be a better tool for this, but I don’t know what.  I’ll have to cut them down even further to burn in the fire pit (unless I decide to have a bonfire on the gravel drive… 😉 )

10898328_10205704982082872_1463111839207376258_nI took another hot bath and had no sooner put on my fleecy pants when I looked out the loft bathroom at the lake.  The ducks had been laughing at me the whole time I was working (even though they couldn’t see me or me them), but now they were no where to be seen.  So, of course, I had to walk down there and get a “gander” at them…  Stuffed my fleecy pj pants into my Isotoner moccasins and walked down the hill.  They saw me coming and got off the lake and went to their enclosure at Diane’s.  Looks like she’s added Mallards!  Now my Isotoners are soaked too and will have to wait out the day by the heater.


The “beach” has certainly grown up this past summer under my neglect, the boat is full of water and the beach chairs need cleaning.  There was a long-poled fishing net that I’ve never seen before lying near the boat.  Perhaps my son brought it down (along with two disposable drink cups he left on the beach!)…  😦


10420342_10205704975282702_5541070234828845224_nThe view from the hwy to the lake is getting better, 10881568_10205705007323503_1853631468794433856_nbut the view from the lake up towards the cabin still needs some thinning.

I’ve had my blackeyed peas for the day.  I think superstitions are stupid, but any reason to have blackeyed peas is good! 😉  Have you had yours’?

New year, new blog? Make it a great one.

Yay! Looking forward to learning a thing or two.

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Throwback at Trapper Creek

Heating with wood is a never-ending job.  Fell, cut, split, stack, haul, stack, haul, split, burn, hot water, cook, heat.

Our firewood is seasoned, but we store the bulk of our firewood outside in a woodshed.  It soaks up humidity from the air since most of our winter weather is rainy.  To that end, on dry days I like to move some firewood to the house and stay a few weeks ahead of the wood needs.  Drier is always better with firewood.  After a few weeks inside, the wood loses that extra dampness and is quite dry and ready to burn.

And for some reason the dogs just love hauling firewood… .  Me?  I just like having dry wood.

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