Monday, July 5, 2010

Crawford Notch, White Mountains, NH

Yes, I'm back after a long reprieve. Just busy with things & our computer died.

So hubby & I took a few days vacation at Crawford Notch in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Here is a view of the notch.

Across the road from that view is Silver Cascade.

And in the parking lot from that same view of the notch was a sign that said something like "Dull Pond".......I can't remember the exact name.........we followed the path & came to this little gem in the forest.

We hiked up to Ripley Falls.

Sadie taking a rest at Ripley Falls. We were all out of shape as it was only the second hike we've taken this season. (Forgot the camera on the last one......views weren't as grand as there was a heavy haze from the forest fires in Quebec.)

The next day we took a gondola ride to the top of Wildcat Mountain. Below is a view from the top with Mt. Washington behind us.

We checked out a section of the Appalachian Trail which runs over the top of Wildcat Mountain.
It's very interesting to check out the trees & plant life as the elevation changes. Notice the short trees & haggard looking trees. (They look shorter in person.)

This is called Elephant Head. Do you see the giant elephant coming out of the forest? We kayaked in the little pond next to it & then hiked to the top of Elephant Head.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Felting Challenge

This is my felting challenge entry for Kenleigh's Fiber Studio's Felting Challenge. Voting is going on right now until noon February 12. Hop on over & leave a comment to vote for your favorite!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fiber Arts Gathering

A few weekends ago I hosted the monthly gathering for our Saco Valley Fiber Artists Group.

Everyone brings a dish (or drink) to share (like Sangria & wine!) & a project to work on and show off. We always have a great time & it's such fun to see what everyone is working on & what beautiful projects they've finished & brought for show (which I forgot to get pictures of!).

Below, Janet of is working here on a new idea for kits to make a hooked rug tote/purse.

Joyce was knitting socks.

Barb was working on a needle punch project.

Knitting, rug hooking, needle punch, spinning were the projects going on that day.

Our next gather is coming right up soon & I'm really looking forward to it. In fact, I have a few things I'll be showing off! Can't post about them yet though.....but soon!

Sadie was awfully excited for a while with all the people & attention she was getting. She got so excited she had to take a rest in the other room.

I came in the house this morning from doing chores & these two hoodlums were sitting here like this. It was kinda comical. Sadie was sitting right up against the wall. I came in & out of the room a few times & they both never moved so I was able to get a picture. Sadie looked like a little kid who'd been told to sit in their chair for time out & not move. Ben looked like the kid who felt bad for her but didn't know what to do but just wait until she could come play again.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Funny

A friend sent me this piece. I laughed so hard I had tears running...and not because I've done these things or been in any of these situations but because I've known people who have. Read on.

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- Dizziness
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- Incarceration
- Erotic lustfulness
- Loss of motor control
- Los of clothing
- Loss of money
- Loss of virginity
- Table dancing
- Headache
- Dehydration
- Dry mouth
- And a desire to sing karaoke


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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Christmas Presents

My Christmas present....a Zojirushi bread making machine. I love it! I've made 3 loaves of bread and a cake so far. It makes very big loaves so with just the two of us it lasts a while. You can also make meatloaf and jam in it. I'm excited to try the jam.

My fiber arts group, the Saco Valley Fiber Artists, has a Christmas party every year. We all bring a dish to share & a gift for the gift swap. The gift that I got was two balls of brightly colored roving, a sock making kit (just add needles) and this neat little hand made kind of like a daytimer. My friend Janet made it and did the penny rug design on the front of a heart, sheep & sunflower. Doesn't she do a beautiful job?

The sock kit I've almost finished. I'm making those for myself as I need a new pair of wool socks.
This is the inside of the "daytimer" (for lack of a better name to call it). It is made from a quilted placemat that is folded over, sewn and then sewn to create little pockets to hold things. It could be used for different holding knitting needles maybe.
Tristan & Petnuia got a new scratching post. Poor Tristan kept trying to rub & scratch himself but all he had to scratch on was shiny metal pen panels. So I tied up a pallet for them & they've used it plenty already. There's a nice lanolin "patina" on it. ;o)

Petunia is quite loving. She kept trying to get up to see the camera & I was trying to keep her back a little in the camera view.

You can see her breath in this picture. She's a sweetie.
I am weaving overshot table runners that match the kitchen towels that I did before Christmas. I will probably get 2 runners with the warp that I have left on my loom. This is the first one.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Alpaca Thiamine Deficiency Again

Christopher Gold had thiamine deficiency earlier this month. I caught it in the very early stages. It was the weekend & I was already out in the barn cleaning up manure. He kept humming over & over which he normally is a "talker" but this was not normal so I stopped & watched him. His legs were trembling & his head was starting to tremble also. I felt pretty confident that it was thiamine deficiency again as he had it twice last winter. I went in the house & got the thiamine & gave him a shot of 2cc. He is easy to handle & since he was unsteady & kinda woozy it was easy to corner him, get him haltered & tie him so I could give him the shot. Within an hour there was definite improvement & about 4 hours later you wouldn't even have known. Thank goodness it's a quick and easy fix & I keep thiamine on hand. He is the only one of my alpacas that gets this & so far it has only been in the winter. Here he just wanted to sit & look out the barn door. I had given him his shot but it hadn't had time to take effect yet. Poor Chrissy.

Thiamine deficiency (it's not known what causes it) makes them act very "drunken".....dizzy & it will make them go blind. It can be reversed though, luckily. A friend of mine had a llama that had it & had pretty much completely lost his eyesight. She thought for sure he was going to die but he didn't, he made a full recovery.

Next post, my Christmas present.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Ahhh.......This is the Life.....

.....Mama feeds me when I promptly remind her that it's breakfast & dinner time......I get to sleep on the couch & cuddle.....I have a little buddy (Ben) to play & keep company with when no one else is home........................this is life.......