It's grey and somewhat foggy out...
the result of warmer temps and melting snow adding moisture to the atmosphere.
It's that time of year that some describe as gloomy.
To me, grey days are peaceful, restful and perfect for indoor pursuits.
I love a grey day!
It was a quiet weekend here at the farm.
Hubbs drove north to snow country to visit with his parents for the weekend,
while I stayed home to tend the farm.
Amanda, who had stayed at the farm last week to help out,
remained here until Sunday.
Although I enjoy the solitude of chores, it is nice to have another set of hands...
especially during the winter times.
Winter chores are always complicated by ice.
Manure freezes and becomes harder to dislodge making the daily clean-up take longer.
In order to give the dogs the exercise that they crave, we took a hike through the woods.
Sid was in the pasture as we walked up the hill towards the woods,
so we stopped for a little chat.
I love photographing Sid... he knows how to work it for the camera!
Then onward to the woods we hiked.
Every time I set foot in our woods, I see something of interest.
This time it was a patch of these tiny (3 inch) fir trees growing amidst the snow...
the snow dotted with countless numbers of deer tracks.
I was amazed to see buds on some of the trees...
We drove to town Saturday night to have dinner with our "littles" Mackenzie and Easton.
During food prep, Mack pushed her chair across the kitchen so that she could
stand beside her Daddy and help.
Mack's daddy (my son) is an amazing cook!
Dinner was chicken piccata and homemade pasta and salad.
Our contribution to dinner was homemade chocolate chip cookie sandwiches
with vanilla Hagen Das ice-cream.
The weekend afforded me plenty of time for the things I love...
cuddling with the donkeys...
finishing my weaving project.
and taking it off the loom.
Ivy could barely wait to curl up in this soft fabric that she was sure I had made just for her!
The finished fabric...
big enough to use for a wrap,
Soft and supple enough to use as a scarf.
Still inspired from Saturday night's dinner, I decided to use the pasta flour that I had in my pantry
and make some of my own pasta.
I also mixed up a sourdough bread starter.
(1 cup whole wheat flour and ½ cup water)
This will sit for 24 hours in a controlled environment to allow the wild yeast in the flour.
to begin working.
I placed it in the oven with the oven light on to maintain a warmer room temperature than
in our house.
I'll keep you posted on the progress of the sourdough.