I have managed to stay busy since my last post. On December 3rd, I attended the annual Woodsfield Christmas Festival with my various handwovens and alpaca socks and yarn for sale. Crafters are allowed to set up inside the courthouse, which is nice and I have done this every year since they started the festival. My friend Tari sets up next to me and it is always a fun time to talk to people and sell a few items. I sold a lot of socks and some yarn, but none of my handwoven items sold. It kind of surprised me.
Meanwhile on the farm, Sam has gotten just about all of the siding on my studio and I have put in all the insulation in the walls. Next up, moving inside and getting drywall in.
This week I am getting ready for Christmas. Our younger son, Sam/Zac/Satchmo is arriving on Monday. This will be the first time since 2007 that either of our kids will have been home for Christmas. When they both worked at Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite, the lodge closed after the New Year for about 6 weeks, so they came home for a week or so then, but they have been doing other things the last few years, so that hasn't happened. It will be so nice to have him home, especially since Rowdy will be 12 in April and he and Zac bonded when Rowdy was a puppy the summer before Zac left for college. I know Rowdy's eyes will light up when Zac comes through the front door. And I know Zac misses him as well.
Today it is very cold here, with the high forecast to be about 15 degrees. So yesterday I put a coat on Chiquita, my oldest alpaca (18), who does get cold when the temps are so low. I also put a heated water bowl and heat lamp bulb in the chicken coop. I put out a heated bowl for the barn cats as well, but it doesn't seem to be working. I wish I had known that yesterday as I was in a place where I could have bought a replacement. In 2 days, we are supposed to be back into the 50's. The cold and snow do seem to have helped Grover with his allergies. His scratching has lessened quite a bit this week. Finally.
And that's about it. I have finished some Christmas knitting, but can't post it yet and both my looms are sitting empty. I'll get back to it soon. I have plans, but just need to wait for time to do things.