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I live on a farm ... — country life

And this is where I speak to you from my heart, again

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Snow. It has been falling steady all morning.  I knit, and write, and I sip hot cocoa. This kind of cozy, relaxing morning is fulfilling to the soul. The world is very quiet on a snow day.  Watching the steady flow of softly falling flakes can be mesmerizing, leading to deep thoughts and philosophical contemplations. At least, that is how it is for me. This morning the snow along with the and the contemplation that comes with knitting have worked together to lead my mind to you, dear reader. I have known many of my readers for a little more...

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It's beginning to feel a lot like ... autumn

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August, so far, has felt much more like early autumn than end of summer. We have hardly used any air conditioning this summer because it has been so very cool even during the day. We have been going out to Point Breeze by Lake Ontario weekly to enjoy free outdoor concerts in a beautiful park out that way. I most always take some knitting with me, we run into many friends and neighbors, and everyone has a delightful and relaxing time of it. This week it was so chilly at the concert I was able to wear a light weight...

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Summer time and the living is easy

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That line from the old song is very appropriate for the summer we have been having on our old farm in Upstate New York. The weather has been amazing, the flower gardens have been resplendent, and the farms seem to be thriving. Of course there is always much work to be done, both inside and out, but even with the normal day-to-day chores of living that must be attended to and the inevitable difficulties and problems life poses on a daily basis, we have managed to enjoy the past couple of months as if we were partially on vacation and...

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Should I be having this much fun with yarn?

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Today it is close to 80 degrees with hazy blue skies and gusty winds; tomorrow it will go below freezing and we will have snow. This should be interesting. It is amazing to see how quickly things start growing with the least provocation ... show them one warmish day, sprinkle on a bit of rain and lovely green sprouts start peeking out all over the lawn. They are not likely to be discouraged by tomorrow's snowfall, spring is here to stay. This weekend I cast off my new lace shawl and wet blocked it. Now I am adding a bit...

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Howling wind, flying fingers

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This is one of those spring transition days, bringing with it the inevitable blustery winds Winnie The Pooh made famous. For the first time in more than six months it is 70 degrees outside ... ah, the pleasures of 72 degree air. Not that I was unhappy with our winter; no, far from that, The winter we are finally emerging from was my favorite winter of my life, as far as the weather goes. It was horribly cold, but I was able to spend much of the time snug at home knitting, baking, studying, reflecting, enjoying family, organizing my studio,...

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