The Weekend Is Here!

Time spent with baby chicks, winding skeins of merino yarn, and spending some quality time outside are all on my weekend agenda.  This has been one long, hectic work week and I can’t wait to finally allow myself to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  I’m also thankful to be an American and to live in a country that allows me the luxury of my freedom.  Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

New Baby Chicks

As I was rushing out the door this morning, late for work again, I happened to hear the tail-end of the answering machine notifying me that my 8 baby chicks had arrived and would be available for pickup until 4:00 pm today.  The thought of those cute fuzz-balls had me ecstatic until I realized that I have to work until 5:00 pm.  All of that excitement rushed out of me as I realized that I had to trust my mom to pickup the chicks, drive home with the chicks, and carefully place the chicks in their temporary “home” (a.k.a. the cardboard box).  This is the same person who told me last year, with a smile on her face, that the box of baby chicks was so light that she could carry it with one hand.  So, I did what any normal person would do:  I laid out the ground rules!  First, handle the chick box with two hands, not one, even though the box is light as a feather and can easily be handled with one hand.  Second, don’t make any sudden stops while chick box is in car.  Third, when transporting chicks to their new “home”, use two hands.  Fourth, bring backup with you (a.k.a. dad) and don’t try to do this job alone.  How did she react to my rules?  Well, let’s just say that she told me to go read a book, forget about it & stop being a “Mother Hen”.  Did the baby chicks survive their transport from the Milling to the house?  Of course they did!  I had complete faith & trust all along… honest!  🙂

Baby chicks safe in their home
Aren’t we cute?!

The varieties I picked this year are the following:

 
  • 2 Silver Lace Wyandottes
  • 2 Ameraucanas (a.k.a. Easter Egg chickens)
  • 2 Buff Orpingtons
  • 2 white chickens (I can’t remember their exact name… I only know that they are not Leghorns & that they will be white at maturity… Delawares perhaps?)

These gals will join my 8 beautiful Plymouth Rocks that I raised last year.  This time of the year on a farm, even if it is just a hobby farm, is always so precious to me.  I love taking part in God’s creation. 

New Yarn Company Obsession

I develop an obsessive compulsive disorder when I find a new yarn and/or yarn company and immediately have the urge to spend money. I’m not satisfied with just browsing the online shop or perusing the various fibers in a store. The urge to spend hits me hard, usually before I’ve had time to decide which patterns would look good with the new purchase. My latest craze is Tanis Fiber Arts and after discovering her shop through the online knitting world, I have decided that I just can’t be satisfied with myself or my knitting unless I try some of this newfound yarn. I’ve read so many great reviews and the itch has just intensified over the past few weeks that now I’m forced to place an order. So, my first purchase at TFA will be for 2 skeins of the Green Label in Charcoal and 1 skein of the Blue Label in Shadow.  What will I be making with these precious fiber gems, you ask??  You’ll have to wait and find out!