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katie loucks
Interests: old stuff, wool felting, new stuff, rotary phones, and general simple goodness.
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We've had a skunk in the 'hood for several months. Maybe longer, half a year? A whole year? I've lost track, except for when I see it. Sometimes it's in our tiny orchard. Other times, it's in the drain tube... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at The Wool Food Mama
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Every year, I think to myself, "THIS is going to be your year, Katie." For what? Well, to be an awesome gardener, of course. Hahaha. No really, I just lol'd to myself, all by myself even. No one can baffle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at The Wool Food Mama
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We've been raw milk drinkers for a lot of years now and we were also lucky enough (for awhile) to enjoy a nice stockpile of Amish butter. Then, my farmer moved and getting milk became more difficult. My Amish stash... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at The Wool Food Mama
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The girls are laying, full strength again, after a seemingly short winter in Minnesota. We've been collecting eggs for 6 or 7 years now and it just doesn't get old. Ever. I have a couple of gals that are trying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at The Wool Food Mama
Finally. I've tossed around the possibility of a nativity for a few years now. I've had the animals down for awhile, but the people...the very special people...have escaped me. Never did I imagine peg people as the base, but they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
Winter arrived yesterday. Not particularly early, for Minnesota. Still, even after all of these years, it's always a surprise. Or a jolt to the thin skin of summer. Yesterday, as I watched the cold creep in, I glanced out the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
I sew nearly every day. If I'm not sewing, I'm thinking about sewing. It's just how it is around here. But, I hand sew. It's a rare day when I get a chance to dust off one of the machines.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
Aren't those gorgeous? The one on the top is a turkey egg and the other egg is a chicken egg. An egg this size doesn't happen very often, unless you have new laying hens trying to figure out this whole... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
Most of you, that have been with me since the beginning, know that I take a good sized break after the spring holiday. After that much wool passes through my hands, we need a break from each other to fall... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
Just about everyone cringes when they see it, never mind stepping on it. Thistle. Dreaded, icky, the yard is ruined, thistle. It's ok, I used to hate it too. Then, I recently (like this week) discovered that it's really not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
What a scare. It's not like human bloat, cattle bloat is fast and fatal. I did a mid afternoon check and found sweet Cowboy laying on his side, which isn't completely unheard of, especially for a youngster like him. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
I've only had one calf born on the farm, 18 months ago, Willis arrived to our beloved Macy. Macy is gone now, she couldn't make it though another winter (that's another blog entry, but I'm still not ready to write... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
If you've never kept chickens, you're missing out on the sweetest of all zone-out time. It's almost as sweet as watching babies sleep. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to sugar coat how much work they can be. Especially... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
This challenge has always been a favorite. First on the old forums, then on blogs and now on facebook and likely twitter too. I still haven't figured out twitter, so I'm not really sure if it landed there. Anyway. It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
I spend a lot of time thinking about food. My food, our family's food, my food's food. One would think that being a grass feeding farmer would automatically equate to a working knowledge about the definition of grass fed beef.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at The Wool Food Mama
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Last week, I experienced my first haying hangover. Not unlike a real hangover, a little wiped out, depleted in fluids but oh so much better then next morning. We hayed at the farm, for the first time.... This was not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at The Wool Food Mama
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One of the busiest stops here at the blog is my post for Ticky Tacky Little Boxes. A little sew-along that kind of exploded over at Pinterest. I'm so humbled for the sewing love. How cool. It would seem that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at The Wool Food Mama
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My sweet Augusta Bleu has started sewing again. She started doing a little hand sewing a couple of years ago, but mostly lost interest. I never pressed the issue, if she wants to sew, she will. This week though, she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at The Wool Food Mama
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There are so many reasons why I love this time of year....being able to shoot photos outside is close to the top on that list. The light's forgiving, set-up is easy and the backdrops are, well, kinda romantic. See? It's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at The Wool Food Mama
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Earthing. Ever heard of that one? It's the art, act, even science, of getting connected to the earth. Simple enough, right? Unless it's the longest.winter.ever. So, the pinciple behind Earthing is getting connected with soil, the earth, and getting grounded.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at The Wool Food Mama
When April started, I was going to start a blogging challenge. Posting every single day, for 30 days. Well, April 1st came and went and I still haven't posted. I'm a little embarrassed. I looked at my last post and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at The Wool Food Mama
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I'm not sure what's more fun, playing with toy ponies or playing with my new photo app on my phone. Camera+ is the bomb! I have a listing, in the etsy shop, tomorrow night so I've been cranking out the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2013 at The Wool Food Mama
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No really. That's not just some figurative reference, metaphor or even a tribute to Yoda. I really got my ass kicked and I (still) have a bruise the size of Vermont to prove it. Early on, my mentor told me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2013 at The Wool Food Mama
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I love that letter. The one that arrives with a postage stamp and waits in the mailbox at the curb. The letter that announces that new wooden toys are ready to be picked up. Menno sent word last week, right... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at The Wool Food Mama
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Bedtime in the barn is my favorite time of day. With night time arriving early now (4:33 sunset the other day) it's getting more difficult to squeeze it all in. But bedtime, that's always the best part of the day.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at The Wool Food Mama