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Karen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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our homestead looks like this. Very much like March. Or April. It's making my fingers twitchy. Yet, it's barely February. And I know that at any moment our homestead could look like this. I have fallen for this one before. Sometimes I win. Sometimes I end up with leggy tomato... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sheepish
Sadly, now that Hazel has developed her own sense of what she likes to wear I am at a loss. So, I just sew for myself now. It's better that way. :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2016 on At home in January at Sheepish
I am sure there won't be any ugliness! Let me know how this goes....I feel that with Hazel suddenly sprouting up she will be needing a housecoat next winter.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2016 on At home in January at Sheepish
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My body gives an involuntary shudder when I look back to photos from this time last year. The early days of 2015 were characterized by my spot at the starting line of the race called "Getting Your House Ready for Sale". No pining or fond remembrances of that process. But,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Sheepish
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The force with which I look forward to and love the holiday season is matched only by my feelings for the arrival of January. It brings with it a voice of reason after what can easily be described as a month-long bender. A feeling that the future is wide open... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Sheepish
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First freezing rain. Then snow. Winter showed up and it appears as though it enjoys where it is. Things are as they should be. Well. Except for the snow that got comfortable in our attic, atop the insulation. That is not really as it should be. Something to be dealt... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Sheepish
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As I type there is a warm breeze/wind blowing.....a wind that triggers strong memories of my childhood spent in Toronto - 4 hours South from where I currently live. There is still much gratitude in my heart for Mother Nature and the easy way we have been led into our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Sheepish
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A family explore was long overdue. The hard truth of it all, and one that I am slowly coming to terms with is that life is busy. It doesn't matter if your backyard is a postage stamp or 150 acres - unless something is booked it just simmers away on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Sheepish
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Despite the uncharacteristically warm weather, the wheel of the year is poised on the doorstep of Winter. And while some snow would be nice I remain acutely grateful to the season so far and how it has presented itself. It has been a long year for us. Our move from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Sheepish
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The simple beauty of this month stuns me each time. And as we edge ever closer to the shortest day, my natural rhythm follows that of the earth in my locale. It is the beginning of a season of reflection. Of stillness and of rest. I feel it is much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Sheepish
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Successful woo-ing of pregnant barn cat. Unexpected immersion into the land of house pets, but just the kick in the pants we needed. All chores pertaining to the gathering, chopping and stacking of wood remain at the top of things to do - regardless of whether it is my list,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Sheepish
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Hydrangeas are where it's at. They are quite lovely of course, but are also the only blooms around after the hard frost of last weekend. We are visited each day by a band of marauding wild turkeys with a liking of birdseed and windfall apples. I admit to a small... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Sheepish
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With each day I spend on this piece of land my footing feels more steady. I am getting to know this homestead - finding my way through all the required tasks to keep the wilds at bay. It is quiet work I am finding. Each piece of wood that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Sheepish
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Signs of change are afoot. The meadow flowers that have been my markers of time since our move to this place are currently holding strong on goldenrod and asters. Two of my favourite family members are now off on their own adventures far away from here. Leaving but one close... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Sheepish
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I am a morning person. Quiet beginnings and coffee in hand. There was a time when I would fight it, but those days are gone. With peace in my heart my day begins. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at Sheepish
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Let me introduce you to my trusty sidekick of late...Madame Shovel. Seeing me through the shoulder crunching task of digging a garden in terrain where bedrock presents itself quite close to the surface. After creating the above space with an eye towards next years kitchen garden, my focus shifted to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Sheepish
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It's been a truly amazing week for sky gazing. This wide open space that I now call home has gotten it's hold on me. It is as if I have never lived anywhere else. I am reminded of the awesome forces at work on this planet. Forces that make the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Sheepish
Hi Eloise. I agree...there is something so jarring about digging gravel. I feel like I must cringe involuntarily with each shovel load. Other than that I quite enjoy the physical work. And I can see how things are going to look when they are done so that is good. Hope your summer is going well. Talk soon.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2015 on Digging in at Sheepish
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Not surprising I suppose is the fact that the first and second major undertakings on my side of the list of things to do involve slinging a shovel. Two very different tasks with opposite reasons for being....yet, quite intertwined in their process. Our home was built somewhere in the neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Sheepish
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Well. We have landed. And have begun the joyful task of making this house feel like home. Slowly we are getting a hang of this. If ever there was an opportunity to learn and practice patience surely it is now. Be back soon. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Sheepish
Seriously! I cannot believe that at one point in my life I loved moving. Trying to keep focussed on the end result - often that works. Thanks very much for your well wishes! I hope all is well with you.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2015 on Distraction at Sheepish
Thank you for your kind words. I remember a time when I loved to move..that was before three kids and the "stuff" a household requires. :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2015 on Distraction at Sheepish
Love this shop very much!
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There is nothing pretty about my surroundings as of late. Nothing around that reminds me that it is I who live in this house. Only boxes. And packing paper. An errant tape gun. No sewing projects. No knitting on the go. As a matter of fact, there is not a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Sheepish
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Well folks. Let it be said that I tried. From the early days of 2015 I had regular talks with myself about the importance of remaining present in the moment that is.....from the rising to the setting of the sun. Enjoy these city days for they are numbered I said.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Sheepish