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Karen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Hi Eloise. That is not in fact my sheep. It is a sheep that I am learning about...her and her other lady friends. I am stumbling along with Cait and Kyle at Milkhouse. Literally stumbling - the electric fence trips me up EVERY time. Anyhow. The hope is that I learn enough and get confident enough to have a couple (or 6) of my own. Sooner rather than later. xo
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on TGIF at Sheepish
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My hope is that I can put this week of freezing rain and grey days away. Not to mention the unfortunate and literal game of cat and mouse that happened here overnight. Oh, and there is that small but steady sense of dread regarding what the next 4 years will... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sheepish
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There are days when my morning begins with thoughts of work. Etsy shop updates. Blog posts. Business plan worksheets. Somewhere though the path of my day shifts. I veer towards the seemingly unimportant. Rearranging furniture. Washing floors. Daydreaming. Many times I offer myself only reprimands about such behaviour and wasting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Sheepish
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Winter. Characterized by the pursuit of warmth from things other than the sun. Things like the way the light casts shadows in a very different way than is warmer times. And perfectly timed new releases from favourite authors. Winter. Cold comfort. Beauty of a different kind. xo Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Sheepish
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Oh - these days. They are unfolding exactly as I had hoped they would, way back when I first entertained the idea that there would indeed be quiet days ahead. For now it would seem there has been victory on the side of good in the elusive quest for balance.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Sheepish
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Happy New Year folks! The beautiful sunrise that greeted me on New Years Day is one that I took as an omen of the year to come. It would seem that Deathcab for Cutie's song "So this is the New Year" has become a thing as part of my tradition... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Sheepish
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I am going to go out on a limb here and state for the record that this year my love of Christmas was given a run for it's money by thoughts of the days after. The December whirlwind of full-time winter farming, LittleWool making and all that is Christmas prep... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Sheepish
Thanks Ab. Miss you! xo
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2016 on Gratitude for a wintery weekend at Sheepish
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As I look out my window it seems much more like Christmas than this time last year. And as the threads are pulled together on our Christmas traditions, I wanted to take a moment to wish you all the best of days ahead. xoKaren Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Sheepish
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The Wheel of the year has turned. And we find ourselves on the path of returning light - despite the reality of much cold and dark still to come before Winter gives way. This is a time that traditionally has been one of quiet and introspection. One of remembering and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Sheepish
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Thanks in part to a stint of Wintery weather, this weekend was spent close to home. There was some shovelling, it's true. And plenty of woodbox filling as well. But there was actually time - albeit brief - for nothing at all. Our first homestead cut tree was brought indoors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Sheepish
Thanks Eloise. So far so good. xo
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2016 on The Gift of a Day at Sheepish
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Proof to me that the universe is watching. Because the fact that songs like "It's a Good Life if you don't Weaken" and "If We Make it through December" have been running on repeat through my head for the past month just weren't indication enough. When day one of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Sheepish
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It is with growing acceptance that I acknowledge the fact that December is right around the corner. Over the past couple of months my days have been spent attempting to balance farm work with wool work. Oh yes, and the daily routines of home and family. Of note to me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Sheepish
That sounds like a great trade - help and advice for tea and conversation. I like it. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks. Yikes! A couple of weeks - how did that happen? xo
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2016 on Time's Up at Sheepish
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And so. Despite a stretch of Autumn days that defied all calendar logic, we somehow still managed to get caught with our pants down so to speak. This morning, in howling wind and snow we worked to dismantle the trampoline and put it away for another season. This afternoon Michael... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Sheepish
Thanks Denise. And welcome! I need these kinds of reminders...there are many who are of the same mind.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2016 on Love Harder at Sheepish
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As it surely must be with many, I am finding it difficult to keep my worry at bay. I know that it is a futile emotion. That it casts a shadow over all that is good. That it's insidious nature can reduce a person to inaction. The words "love harder"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Sheepish
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How can it be that the addition of just one hour shifts the feeling of an entire day? One extra hour of sleep. One extra hour dedicated to the list of weekend work. One extra hour for tea in the afternoon. One extra hour to lift my head and take... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Sheepish
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I miss spending my days at home. This place. The one that smells of coffee and woodsmoke. This place that is a reflection of my imperfect self. I embrace my homey tendencies. And acknowledge that there are times when I dream of flight. The lure of being somewhere deep in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Sheepish
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"The veil grows thin at the time of the dead, as we honour our ancestors in whose footsteps we tread. Life retreats into the bulbs and the roots, the time has passed for the flowers and fruits. As leaves fall thick and cover the ground, the Dark Mother waits in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Sheepish
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The leaves began their descent to the Earth this weekend. In earnest. With help from a strong October NorthWest wind. Which brings to mind this book - The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger. "A chill filled the air....and the sun sank slow. Not ready, thought the Little Yellow Leaf... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Sheepish
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With the arrival of the first hard frost, all but the hardiest of crops have now been stored away into fridge, freezer and/or jar. And my first full-tilt growing season here on the homestead winds down. This process - that of growing things, is as much a part of myself... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Sheepish
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Finally. After way too long I am getting my etsy shop updated. This is never a quick process for me. The self-promotion and marketing gene seems to be lacking in my being. And while I accept that selling is the ultimate end result, I prefer the creative side of things... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Sheepish
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I have a hard time putting to words all that goes on within my head when this time of year comes around. There is much work to be done to get both garden and home ready for the arrival of cold days. And, as with all shifts of season it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Sheepish