The unfortunate human has to pick through the racks of drying winter clothes to find all the correct layers and then fight to get them on. This is about the time you remember you forgot the warm chicken breakfast up on the stove, so the boots have to come off and you have to fight the stiff legged coverall legs up and down the steps and then wrestle the boots back on. All this has to be done before you start to get hot. Too late. Unlock the door, and then remember you haven't turned off the alarm yet, which cannot be done with bulky gloves on. Off come the gloves, and you dig into a deep pocket for your cell phone. Sigh. It's up on the coffee table. Off come the boots, up the stairs, down the stairs, boots back on, alarm off, gloves on, and NOW you can trudge out to the workshop. There, two 5 gallon buckets are filled with steaming water from the sink, the chicken bucket is filled with feed and scratch, and everything is balanced on the buckets.
|The lower level takes on the look of a camp laundry, or the outerwear|
section of Tractor Supply about October and stays that way until the
beginning of March.
|Happy with their breakfast of chicken feed and warm|
|"You're late." "We've had to amuse ourselves."|
Our hearty human warrior, treads the whole path in reverse to make sure doors and gates are closed and locked and to put now empty buckets away, noting anything that needs accomplished outside during the day. Upon entering the house, off come the countless layers of winter gear. The whole routine is repeated about an hour before sunset.
It honestly isn't hard, too much time, or taxing, but adding the winter gear makes it suck more energy from you, and I swear it would take less time to manage to get ready for a space walk.
I usually have first breakfast before I go out to the barn in the morning. When I get in I work on my Norwegian for a while, then it's time for second breakfast. Yes, it's a real thing. Not just for adventure seeking Hobbits. You have a very small something - a piece of fruit, toast, or a yogurt; just too keep your growling stomach from freaking out the animals, and to keep you from eating one of them. Then later, you have a real breakfast- cereal, grits, eggs, or the like.
If I'm not leaving the ranch for the day, this is where all the other adventures of the Ranch come into play; projects (I'm almost done with the bathroom remodel), art, Ranch management books, housework, planning notes, writing, or KNITTING!
I've been doing it a long time, but have had lapses in activity levels when we lived in warmer climates, and when I was constantly chasing a child around and juggling home schooling. Now I can be found spending quiet downtime before bed, or the later half of my lunch break, perched on the sofa, my toes hooked on the edge of the coffee table tackling some new found pattern.
|The 7000 stitch wrap. Done in Aran|
weight yarn and #3 needles.
|The Bubble Bauble Hat. A|
quick 5 hour knit on #8 Circs,
and with Pantone colorway skeins.
I am a member of Ravelry, which just about every fiber artist knows about. I've been on there for years, and after all this time JUST found the filing cabinet! I had no idea I could track my yarns and needles! How handy when you're out shopping to make sure you don't buy duplicates or if you come across a sale and only want to fill in the holes of your supply. Since The Boy needed to go to Omaha for an exam, I visited a local shop, The Wooly Mammoth Yarn shop, as they carry my most favorite needles in the WHOLE WORLD, the Kollage Square needles. She is discontinuing them, so I used my Ravelry account to identify the missing needles in my basket and stocked up!
Well of course I had to get my things on there. I am a huge fan of organization. Upon opening my basket, I realized I wasn't at all organized in this aspect of my hobby. Everything had to be sorted and put in its proper place. Certainly I could work faster if things were in their place!
|The previously piled, junk cabinet, freshly cleaned, a new shelf and cubes added|
for yarn sorting. The new Knitting cabinet. It's like having your own yarn shop
in the house.
I'm a Portuguese knitter, which means I use a pin on my shoulder to keep my tension and only have to move my left thumb to move the yarn. It is much easier on my work tired hands. If you suffer from arthritis or have trouble keeping your tension, I highly recommend it. I use a magnetic pin/hook which I purchased from a great jewelry artist on etsy, who makes them from upcycled vintage broaches.
|What's currently on the needles. I wanted a nice looking utility hat|
for around the Ranch. It's a brushed cotton that, surprise, self stripes! My
knitting pin is resting on top, waiting for me to stop typing for the night.