Welcome to my little farm in the city.
This is a little blog about my life here on my little farm in the city. I am a wife, a mom, a grandma to 6 beautiful grandchildren. I live in a very small Mayberry like town in South Carolina . We live on the banks of a small river in the woods. I raise chickens and this year I really plan to try my hand at a small garden so that I can use the products for canning this year. It will be a venture since all we have is this lovely red clay that is hard as a brick, but I have high hopes. I am an avid knitter and crocheter and I love to work on new patterns that I find. You will probably find much of my work here as I finish it. Well thanks for stopping bye and please stop in often and stay as long as you like. Trudy
Friday, February 25, 2011
I love to cruise the internet reading other peoples blogs. I must admit that I will spend hours reading knitting and crocheting blogs not just for the information but also scanning for new patterns. If you are a knitter you really need to check out this site. The items are so beautiful and the blog is well written. I took one look at the pattern for the gloves she has made and I knew I had to make a pair. I know that I am going to go back often to see her site and enjoy the read! She has links to a lot of the items for the patterns and I can not wait to make a pair or two or three!
I don't know about you , but I am so tired of winter this year! I know that winter here in South Carolina is nothing like most of you have. We did get snow this year and it hung around for almost a week and shut schools and towns down here. I grew up in Michigan so I know how long winters can be. I moved here to South Carolina to escape the snow and ice. Well , the last week or so has been unusually warm and sunny. I never get tired of gazing at the beautiful clear blue skies here . The wind , when it blows smell so wonderful and so clean. Today when I was sitting out on my back deck looking at the woods all around us , I saw a tree that is already starting to bud out!! How cool!
I know that my chickens are loving this weather, They are so funny, they love to sit in the sun, or roll around in the dirt they manage to scratch up in their run , looking all crazy like when they do . I never get tired of watching them scratch and peck, and I love to listen to them all talk to each other. I just wish they would hurry up and start laying those big brown eggs for me ! Anyway, I hope that spring hurries up, I am so tired of looking at bare trees, but the one that is starting to bud gives me hope on this beautiful 70 degree , breezy day. So , I sit, and I patiently wait to see those leaves from here, on my deck, in the woods. Hurry up Spring!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I love to crochet and knit . It is what I do when the days are cold and I don't want to go outside. But then I love to knit and crochet all the time................ who am I kidding. I love to crochet granny squares , and I have made a couple of afghans and been involved in a couple swaps. I love to crochet potholders, dishcloths, scrubbies, just about anything that is small enough to take with me where ever I go and I have extra time. This is just a very small sample of some of the blocks I have done. I did alot of them with a sunflower in the middle since I am a sunflower lover.
I also just have tried to make a swiffie cover since I hate to pay for those paper toss away pads. There are so many patterns on the web and I chose this one. It was very easy but I did not think that my swiffie was bigger then the pattern, shame on me for not measuring. I had to alter it a bit but I made it fit. It works very well and I am in the process to make a couple more , and this time I will adjust the pattern so it fits the first time. Did I also mention that I love to knit??
Oh my gosh I LOVE to knit!! I always have a potholder, or a dish cloth or something small on the needles so I can take it with me to work on where ever I am . I have made mittens for the grand kids with matching hats for Christmas. I have made so many dish and wash rags and scrubbies that I can not count them all. I love to do potholders that are thick enough that you really won't get burned with those hot dishes. I have made sweaters and such but I just love the almost instant gratification with those quick little projects. I have this really cool pattern I am doing right now for a dish cloth and I liked it so much that I am making one of the grand kids a scarf for next Christmas already. It is her favorite color , I know she will love it!
It is a really nice pattern with texture and it is reversible. How cool is that ? this pattern is so easy and it works up so quick. I am going to have to start adding links to all my favorite knit and crochet sites on this blog for you but the one I use so much is the lion brand yarn site. I love Lion Brand yarn and I use it a lot. I really love the wool yarns they have. Well I need to get back to those needles, just wanted to share a bit of what I have been doing these last couple months. Be blessed , and come back soon.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Best Friends.......... I love those words. This is my best friend Zina. I love her so much. There is something so very comfortable about her, She always makes me smile, always. She is always there for me even though she lives hundreds of miles away. She has been my rock and she always has time for me even in her ever busy life with her family and her work. I must admit I have not been the best friend that she deserves sometimes, as it has been a long time since I have talked to her. I know that she will understand, she always does and she always forgives me for it. I am so lucky and so blessed to have her in my life, She makes me a better person, and she is who I want to be like. She is an angel. When I moved to Arkansas and I started at a new job and I knew no one, Zina was my first friend. She took me under her wing and we became very fast and very good friends. I miss her everyday and not a day goes by I don't think of her and pray for her. I wish we lived next door to each other so that I could chat with her all day long , But for now I guess I just need to pick up that phone and be a better buddy to my buddy. I love you Zina!
How lucky we have been the last few days here. The weather is breathtaking, so warm and so windy. I love to do wash on days like this and hang them out on the line. They smell so good and so clean. Well my chickens are just about old enough to start laying. They are a comical bunch of girls. As you can see from the picture these 3 are the most curious and there is nothing safe with them around. They are the first out in the morning and always the last to come in at night , and usually I must persuade them to get them to go in. I can not imagine life with out chickens now that I have had them so long. I can not wait for them to start delivering the goods. It did get so cold here this winter for a couple weeks that my husband truly thought that I would be knitting them little sweaters. Yes I am a knitter and crocheter and I love to sit out on my deck, enjoying the view of the woods, listening to the chickens and working on a little knitting project. I have been busy though the last couple of months though as my dear husband gave me a new puppy for Christmas. She is a doll and I truly love her but she does keep me hopping and my knitting bag is not safe unattended with her around. She and her brother, my little wiener dog do give me delight all day though and I would be lost with out them........... and my chickie girls! Well guess I better get to knitting. I have been working on making washable , reusable swiffie covers and I love the fact that I don't have to spend money on those toss aways to keep my floors clean. Come back often and stay as long as you like. You will see updates on the girls. the puppies and the knitting projects. Take care and be blessed.