Wednesday, April 30, 2014


This is one of two live oaks in the front yard.
Son (with Littlest Kidlet as spotter and assistant and all of us on straps to guide each branch as it came down) has been working away at it because it is unattractive, full of galls (which I'm keeping for dyeing) full of spiders in the fall, and trying to grow an oak forest in out lawn. Any two or so of those would be grounds for termination in my universe (besides, we need the room for fruit trees) so it is going away.

Once the branches are cut we drag them to the back yard 
Where it is (mostly) my job to cut them up as much as I can without sawing so that the bits can go in the chiminea. I'm considering renting a wood chipper so that we can mulch up at least some of it and speed up the process at the same time.

My intention was to replace this tree with a 'Dolgo' crabapple which has large, useful fruit but I'll need Eldest Kidlet to get pictures to show why the plan was changed. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy birthday to me!

The six cubic yards of mulch that I ordered Friday was delivered this morning as scheduled. Son, Littlest Kidlet and I have moved a decent amount of it so far but need to finish getting it spread as the pile is blocking the garage. It's important to do this quickly since a large portion of my nursery order showed up on Saturday. I now have almost two dozen fruit trees (hurrah for dwarf varieties) and berry bushes either soaking or just plain waiting to get planted.

This is actually phase two since "phase one" was clearing the front flower beds of the dark, heavy, mosquito havens that passed for bushes there. Son and I planted a number of yellow "Knock-out" roses as well as some herbs and other edible flowers.

There are some more flowers scheduled to go in once the rest of my order gets here (and of course the beds got mulched today while this picture is a little older) but I'm generally very satisfied with the results.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Been awhile

In the meantime (in between the second -to-last post and the one before this) We've moved to the Houston area, Eldest Kidlet is attending the local high school as a freshman, and I'm waiting on a massive nursery order that the other kids and I have been prepping the yard for.

Also, the oldest two and I will be going with a church group to Mongolia for a short-term missions trip (the first for any of us) in July. I've created a Facebook Page so that supporters can follow the process and know what the current prayer needs are.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


I'm trying to get Ravelry to look to my new needlework/business specific blog Knit'n Kitten Fiberarts Studio but so far have had no luck. This is an attempt to see if this blog is still linked to Ravelry instead.

Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm finally posting this

Here is the picture of the scarf I was working on that suddenly caused me to wax poetic a couple of weeks ago.

It is made from hand-spun wool yarn in rather circus-like colors and the hook is actually plated in 14kt gold (which I think was a gift-with-purchase since I wouldn't actually pay for such a thing).

The photo was taken by the Eldest Kidlet, who is working on her photography as well as several other projects for school.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Poem

Arachne's magic, without the frame

Circus colors flow through my fingers and over the golden hook

Building warmth, the joy of creation.

What happens when the world is so heavy I can't breathe and this small shaping has been taken from me?

I don't know other's nightmares, but this is mine.

Already my hands stiffen quickly and the world seems dimmer,

And I'm still young.

For now though, the color still flows,

The warmth still builds,

And the world is not (yet) too heavy.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

John would have been proud

This last weekend Middlest and Littlest Kidlets opened a lemonade stand.  It was entirely their own idea and I was very impressed at how they did their best to go about it in a business-like manner, such as paying Eldest Kidlet to track which flavor of drink was most popular and how much of the money they made was in tips.

John was always having entrepreneurial ideas and I'm very sure he would have been very supportive of the Kidlet's efforts.  I think he also would have been amused when, on the first day, Eldest Kidlet hired herself out to them as security for an equal share of the money saying she was sure I demanded she be there.  I have to admit that I was a little amused myself, but still made her give back some of the money as she'd attempted to use my authority without actually having it which is something I don't want to encourage at all.