While the great catch up crunch is over, I still have a 100 hours to go before the end of the year. While this is not the best looking deck furniture (yes, I'm sitting on that five gallon bucket), the weather is nice and the wine is cold.

100 hours

No, it's not some crazy fire evacuation story. I just got caught up on my personal goal of spending 200 hours spinning this calendar year. Tonight is the mid point (more or less) and I'm at 100 hours and 1 minute. Which over six months isn't bad. But, in the last 15 days I've spent … Continue reading 100 hours

Wild Fires

Living the mountain state of Colorado means that wild fires are a part of living here, but it doesn't mean that "Burning Years" are hoped for, just expected to happen eventually. I'm from a state (Washington) with lots of trees but also lots of water, I'm used to fires just fizzling out or being slow … Continue reading Wild Fires

Cat math

Technically my household contains 6 chickens, 4 adults, 3 cats (only 2 belong to us), and 1 dog. The chickens are pretty normal chickens. The adults are a mixed bag. We are live in caregivers for the other 2. The 3 cats are... well special in their own ways. The oldest is a big orange … Continue reading Cat math


In the last two days I've plyed and skeined for 6 hours and 45. And it was all ONE blend- 54% local alpaca and 46% purchased corridale/merino. It worked out to 10 full skeins and one shorty.  That brings my year to date total to 83 hours and 45 mins. Only 16 hours and 15 … Continue reading Plying


So far the new fruit trees are alive, which given the bizarre weather seems a stretch I'm pleased to note that one even has fruit. Granted it's one of the "death" trees (more commonly known as peach trees. But none the less I'm pleased with it.   The wild chokecherry is setting fruit too. And … Continue reading Fruit 


I went out to help a friend with shearing her alpaca herd today (shearing team does the actual shearing but the rest of us help out) and came home with a whole black fleece, a fawn/tan fleece, a white fleece and a bag of what might be two more white fleeces.  Humm, where to stash … Continue reading Shhhhh