Old Man…

Old Man winter has arrived!

Yesterday was our first snow storm of the season. Surprisingly the Ridge didn’t get as much snow as other parts of the province but there is enough to play and slide in so that’s all that really matters.

My boy adores the snow and spends much of his time looking exactly like this.

Molly on the other hand is getting older and can be seen shivering when she’s been outside for a while. I caved and bought her a winter jacket this year that will hopefully keep the cold off a bit.

Shepherd’s have such deep chests though and getting a jacket to fit right is challenging. There may be a hand knit sweater in her future as well.

My girl has been enjoying the snow too. Her favourite snow activities include shovelling and clearing off the car haha How long will that last?

A snowy day is also a perfect time to do some swatching, frogging of old projects and finishing up current projects in time for a fresh start in the new year.

What are you plans for the final weeks of 2013?

The Cat in the Hat

Halloween is over for another year and this is the only picture I have to show… *other than a few of The Cat before hand*

T decided that she wanted to be The Cat in the Hat this year so it only made sense that Moose and I be Thing 1 and Thing 2. This was our first year doing a family outfit and I must say it was a lot of fun!

I knit Thing 1 and Thing 2′s hair with a type of fun fur yarn called Loops and Threads Casper in Electric Blue. I cast on 60 sts knit until I thought it was the right point to start the decreases and then decreased every other row until only a few stitches were left.  If I were to knit these again I would add some additional length to the body of the hat because I kept pulling it down all night.

 I’m definitely glad the whole fun fur rage is over because I seriously do NOT like knitting with that stuff and I just wanted to get them off my needles as soon as possible.

Our sweaters were plain red sweaters from Walmart and I bought the iron on transfers from ebay. We topped it off with red mini gloves. I searched every where for red adult onsies but I came up empty handed.

My little Cat in Hat’s costume was a little harder to source. I thought it would be an easy costume to find because The Cat in the Hat is quite popular but I couldn’t find anything that remotely resembled him locally. I ended up ordering the Cat in the Hat kids kit from ebay which contained the hat, gloves and bow tie. The body of the cat was a cat costume I found at my local consignment store. It had a hood with a cat face on it that I took off and just sewed the neck shut. I found the white fur in the craft section of Walmart, cut it in an oval shape and tacked it down to the front.

It all came together quite well and I’m already plotting what we can do for next year!

Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without an obligatory T and Molly shot. I wanted to put the sweater on her but she’s battling skin issues right now and not feeling the best. I’m sure she wouldn’t have complained one bit though. We love our Molly girl!

Happy Halloween

This year when I asked T what she would like to be for Halloween she immediately said

A Pumpkin!

Ok I thought a pumpkin will be easy…. until she said “I want you to knit me a pumpkin!”

ummmmm really???

At first I really was going to knit her a pumpkin costume but when we walked into music class and saw THE perfect pumpkin in her size for sale she forgot all about the knit one.

I did however make her a little pumkin top to go with it.

A simple little fascinator attached to a headband that worked perfectly.

I used Cabin Fever Northern Wool in the Pumpkin Colourway and a bit of extra cascade 220 held doubled I had left over from Woodstove Season. I whipped this up in about 20 minutes!

Of course there is no show without Punch…. eerrr Molly!

She has been in every Halloween photo so far so why should this one be any different.

Poor Molly wasn’t too interested in pictures this time…. it was around the time that daddy comes home from work and she was listening very carefully for truck. I see I will have to time my photo shoots around home time from now on!

 Now if you’ll excuse us we’re off to take this little pumpkin trick or treating!

Camping- Fall Brook Falls

Hey everyone its me Boss!

Last month mum and dad picked up this wicked trailer to go camping in and I think its totally awesome!

In fact I think its sooo great that I try my best to keep Moolee out of it….. *she’s the boss though so it doesn’t always work out in my favour.*

So this is our camper, a 1970 Prowler!!

We took it out for our second trip *mum will tell you about the 1st trip some other time* last weekend and it was so much fun.

We headed out on a short hike to Fall Brook Falls, home to the province’s largest waterfall.

It was a slippery trek getting to the Falls with all those beautiful leaves on the path,

but I led the way and of course had no problems.

The pictures don’t seem like much but….

when Uncle Neill got up close you could really see how huge it was!

I of course had to go inspect it myself!

I let T tag along too.

I was glad Dad’s Aunt and Uncle could come with us.

They are pretty cool and I like hanging out with them.

I went for a nice dip after all that hiking…

Molly the garden gnome of course stayed with Dad!

Such a beautiful part of the province that I can’t wait to sniff  I mean discover more.

More camping adventure’s coming up…

Weekend

What a great weekend!

I finished THREE knits!

 It feels so great to have some needles cleared off, but I still have a few projects left to go before I will be satisfied with the current state of my WIP’s!

I had my first REAL smore!

Enjoyed toasted marshmallow’s and hanging with visiting cousins.

Of course there was fun on the 4 wheeler,

and playing around with sparklers too!

But most importantly….

 We got to spent some quality time with Daddy!

That’s the kind of weekend we like best….

Right Moolee?

Sliding

We were supposed to get a big storm yesterday… everything was cancelled…. but our 10-15 cms of snow only amounted to a few inches in the end with lots of freezing rain. I was excited at the prospect of actually HAVING some snow this winter that didn’t end up getting washed away by rain the very next day but again luck wasn’t going to go my way.

Freezing rain however is better than rain… at least for sliding!

As you can see the dogs love to get in on the action too.

Poor Molly couldn’t get the brakes on fast enough, the ice was playing havoc with her back legs.

Then of course there is the chase!

I can remember growing up we had farmers fields behind our house with an access road that ran into them from our driveway, now this is teen years I’m talking so it was when we lived here in Canada. When everything was iced over and hard we used to zing down that road on crazy carpets with not a fear in the world. We would be out there for hours at a time surfing, going down head first and of course making jumps. It’s a wonder I still have all my bones in tack not to mention my teeth.

T of course picked up on the love for sliding right away. Sliding down and then gun hoe to get right back up that hill and slide again.

5 or so more inches of snow wouldn’t go a miss and would  help out our efforts when trying to avoid running into tree’s and large rocks!

It’s also a  little hard to get stopped right now digging your heels into the ice.

Nevertheless it was a great way to spend the morning with my two favourite people!

Our driveway is a complete sheet of ice right now, we could easily skate on it.

We have before!

AHEMMMM!

Molly wanted to let you all know its SNOWING!!!!

To those of you that have been griping about NOT having snow *cough cough* MONIKA! You are welcome to come play in my yard.

It started to snow this morning on our walk round the loop and it’s still coming down. The forecast shows rain for this afternoon but I’m hoping that it will continue to snow for us where we are so high up.

The ground is starting to freeze making these big ice heaves we like to call ice crystals. The dogs love to eat them.

Yesterday I made 90 Oreo balls and 2 dozen chocolate rice krispie treats to sell to raise money for a friend who just found out they have eye cancer. Moose took them to work with him and I told him not to bring ANY home!

Here’s the recipe just in case you want to make some, they are delic!

        Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Oreo cookies
  • 1 block of soft cream cheese
  •  candy melts or baking chocolate
  • some parowax to thin out the chocolate and give them a nice shine

Grind the entire package of Oreo’s up in a blender or food processor. Our blender broke a while back so I used the old-fashioned throw them in a Ziploc bag and beat the tar out of them with a hammer. Worked well :)

Melt chocolate in a double broiler or small slow cooker pot add parowax as needed.

Pour in a bowl and add cream cheese mixing it in with your hands until you get a dough like consistency.

Roll into small balls and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper.

Place them in the freezer for approx 20 minutes until they are hard.

Pick up each ball with a toothpick and dip them in the chocolate, you’ll probably have to use a spoon if it’s a bit thick.

Place in the freezer again to harden the chocolate and Volia!

A dozen of these in a cookie tin would make a perfect gift.

Firsts

I’m so glad I took pictures of Julissa when I did.

That evening it started to snow and the next morning I woke up to this….

T and I took advantage of all that white fluffiness.

She took her first sled right of the season around the loop,


and built her first ever snowman!

She chose what we would use to decorate him while Boss and Molly worked on destroying him…. Boss stole his arms multiple times, Molly was digging into his side trying to get Boss to play with her and they both started to eat his mouth that was made of crab apples.

He managed to survive until the afternoon. T woke up from her nap, looked out the window and declared ” OH NO! WE HAVE TO STAND HIM UP!” The only snow left in the yard was that of a crumpled snowman.

There will be plenty more snowmen I am sure. We’re predicted to get another dumping on wednesday.

What big…

What big ears you have….

What a long nose you have….

What itty bitty front teeth you have…

If you are expecting the big bad wolf you won’t find him here. Unless of course you try to hurt her family they big bad Moolee will be on your tail!

It’s my gentle protector, ever quiet ever faithful and ever protecting her herd.

Feeling the love for my Molly girl!

Wheelin

Just in case you all think that we are frolicking around on bare grass with no snow in sight, think again!

We suited T up, the wind was frigid, for a little trek on the 4 wheeler. She hates to wear her mittens, too restrictive maybe, so we pulled on a pair of mine which she enjoyed wearing.

We headed up a  logging road that was cut a few years ago right across from our house. The snow was iced over so it was smooth sailing as we drove along.

Boss was in heaven tracking lots of new smells and peeing on every tree he could find

while Molly likes to guard the family bring up the rear.

We stopped for a few pics but that T she likes to BRRRM BRRRM! so we kept on truckin.

Bright, it was very very bright out!

One last romp before we headed back to the house.

You can see our garage on the left if you look closely.

Thankfully we took T for several trips during the weekend because the snow is soft again. We won’t be able to go there again until the snow is gone.