Our current heat wave continues. At 5pm, we reached 28C/82F with a humidex of 34C/93F, and we continue to get warnings for heat, flash floods and high water. Looking at the weather radar, however, it doesn't look like the storms will hit us. We'll be lucky to get rain. Usually, these systems come in from … Continue reading Coping with the heat: building a screen “door”
I am actually not sure I would even call making this hair pin "carving"! I used the natural shape of the piece of wood, and just sort of whittled away a bit. The wood was already very close to the size needed. I didn't take a "before" picture, but you can see what the branch … Continue reading Wood carving: lilac wood hair pin
I am happy to say that I have finally finished my first attempt at carving! Yay! My trip into town was successful, in that I found a teeny tiny tip for my Dremel. Saffron made sure to check it out, too! I discovered something when I went to put it on my Dremel, though. It … Continue reading Carving progress: it’s finished!
Today, I got some really good progress on my practice carving, using the spoon blank that came with my carving kit. Also, the basement is nice and cool. 🙂 I was down to cutting the last few divots out of the morel mushroom on the end of the spoon, so that didn't take long. I … Continue reading Spoon carving progress
Our windy day continues! While we have a few millimeters of rain predicted for this evening, as I type this, I am hearing thunder rolling, and just saw a flash of lightning out my window! Here's hoping we don't loose power while I'm working on this post! 😀 I have continued working on the section … Continue reading More Lilac Wood, in progress
So... I'm a suck. Especially when it comes to the cats. But if you have been following this blog for a while, you knew that already. 😉 While our basement maternity ward is certainly warmer than outside, when I checked on the mamas and babies earlier today, I noticed that the babies felt a bit … Continue reading Hanging rig, finished
Among the many things we are interested in doing in the future is making cheese. We already make yogurt cheese (see here and here) whenever we make yogurt, which can be used right away, but we're interested in making cheeses that need to be aged. Which requires a place to age them. Like a cheese … Continue reading Gathering Data: future cheese cave?
Welcome to my "Recommended" series of posts. These will be weekly - for now - posts about resources I have found over the past while that I found so excellent, I want to share them with you, my dear readers. 🙂 Whether or not I continue to post these, and how often they are posted, … Continue reading Recommended: Cordwood Construction
I made myself a hat today. I'd made myself a ponytail hat last winter, but forgot it at the clinic during one of our doctor's visits. No one turned it in to the lost and found. I finally got around to making a new one. 🙂 I used two strands of medium weight yarn and … Continue reading A perfect fit
Today, we started up a second - smaller - batch of mead. I hope. I documented our first attempt, throughout the process, which you can revisit at the following links (they will open new tabs, so you won't lose your place. 🙂 ) Part 1 getting startedPart 2 early stage maintenancePart 3 early stage maintenance, … Continue reading Mead Baby, redux