A Beautiful Spring Day

So after an extremely long winter, it seems the weather is finally starting to break.  This weekend I’ve seen more sunshine than I have in a very long time.  My husband wanted to check his traps and invited me along to enjoy the beautiful day.  We hopped on the sleds and headed out into the sunshine.  These pictures were taken with my phone, so they aren’t showing the spectacular beauty of this day.

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My husband, Paul, striking a pose!

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Riding on the frozen river.

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What a nice surprise,  rabbit!

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Me, waiting for Paul to check the last trap.

The traps didn’t produce more than the one rabbit, and since it was in a tree, it was an unexpected catch to boot!  It was a fantastic day to get out and enjoy the beginnings of Spring.  I hear there is a winter storm heading our way, so I guess it’s not quite over yet, but we got our first melt so it’s a start. 

I made a rabbit stew for Sunday dinner.  I should have taken a picture of the stew (I will get better at this blogging, I hope) it was fantastic with yummy dumplings on top.  The only difference I will do next time is make it in the slow cooker, the rabbit was too chewy with the shorter cooking time.  Something to remember for the next time!  I was impressed I was able to feed five people on one rabbit, most times you want at least two.  The stew was chock full of potatoes, carrots, celery and dumplings that it was a veritable feast. My husband had caught a fish, while ice fishing on Friday, so he cooked that up just in case there wasn’t enough, but really we didn’t need it for dinner and snacked on that later.

As far as crocheting goes, there was a bit of a mishap with my latest project.  While my husband was vacuuming he accidentally sucked my work and half the skein of yarn up!  Oh what a mess that was that was!  But it was extremely funny hearing him vacuuming along and then screaming “Help…..Laura!”  I think he thought I would be upset but, really, how could I be…he was vacuuming!

So I will get back to work on that project and get a post on that as I am trying something new.  Until then, have a great day and happy hooking!

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Spring Babies

Over the evening we got what is hopefully our last snow storm of the season!  It was annoyingly beautiful this morning with snow clinging to all the trees limbs.  This winter seems relentless, but I know it will eventually come to an end….unless this is the start of the new ice age! PLEASE NO!   I have been trying to get myself into a more Springy mood so when I went into town to shop I stopped by the Tractor Supply store to look at Spring’s new arrivals.  The peeps and ducklings are so adorable and can always make me smile!  This year my husband finally agreed that raising our own chickens would be a good idea.  So we picked out some babies and went home with a small flock of six chicks and two ducklings!

They are kept under heat lamps so every picture came out red.  So I decided to take some black and whites instead.  So here is our little flock of Spring cuteness! Image

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We’ve named the ducks Bert and Agatha, but since it’s harder to tell the chicks apart they remain nameless for now.  This undertaking will be a lot of work but I do look forward to eventually having fresh eggs daily.  The coop will be brought in once the snow melts.  It’s a second hand coop so I’m sure it will need some work, but I had intended on having to build one so this is a much better alternative.  I can’t wait to get that cleaned and set up for them.  Right now they are living quite comfortably in a pen in my basement torturing the cats and dogs with their peeping and pecking at them through the openings.  Once they get a little bigger I will integrate them more with the household pets to ensure that everyone gets along nicely.

I haven’t crocheted much more than an Easter egg or two this week which is really rather fitting since we now have chickens!  I have a couple projects that I need to do for an upcoming baby shower so I will be back at it now!  Until next time, Have a Great Day and Happy Hooking!

 

 

Allergies and a lack of inspiration….

Not so busy this week. I’ve been fighting what I thought to be a cold/flu and it turns out seasonal allergies have wreaked havoc on my head. I’ve been put on steroids and allergy medication for a time to help relieve me. I really thought the snow would have to be gone for it to be allergies. Not a thing is budding, blooming or even thinking about turning green yet! Oh well, I just want my head to stop feeling like a weird leaky bubble that’s ready to pop and get back to doing more productive things.

My niece and nephew from Florida will be visiting soon so I’m trying to crochet up something for them. Alas it has not gone well. I’ve been working on a couple different ideas and don’t like how either of those are turning out.  These two are teenagers and a little harder to figure out than small children. Maybe since it is still literally freezing here and they are used to a warmer climate, I should make them both hats? Although not much use when they get home, it could work out for their visit. Oh crud, that’s what my mother-in-law makes (hats) and I am fairly positive she is already working on something like that for them, now that I think about it. Drats!

What to do? Any ideas? Maybe it’s my foggy head, but I’m finding it hard to come up with a teen friendly idea.