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This post could also be titled: A little slice of heaven.

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(Jack- the house dog)

So, awhile back (like in May 2011), I innocently commented on the JMF blog. Susie was running a birthday contest, and I figured that I’d add my comment to the chorus of others. I never expected to win the contest, and I was stunned when I was picked. And then I started jumping up and down, which was difficult because C was only 3 weeks old at the time.  I spent some time trying to figure out how to get us from Texas to Virginia, and then spent a bit more time trying to figure out if the kids could stay with someone while Steve and I went out, or if we’d need them to come along.

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Needless to say, it took a while to get everything nailed down and organized for the 1,300 mile journey! It was so worth it though. We ended up staying in Lake Anna, and then hopping over to the farm for a vacation within a vacation. The farm is simply beautiful, and mother nature took care of us- providing a little cool spell for the two nights we stayed.

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I am failing to come up with the right words to describe what a feeling of calm overtook me while we were on the farm. I enjoyed talking about pressure canning, and the dangers one might face if you made wine with poison ivy. It was a treat to sit down at the big, wood table and have freshly harvested vegetables for dinner. Not to mention waking up to the smell of spice bread and apple cake.

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The animals are lovely. Truly, they are just as I had pictured them from reading the blog.

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The little goat twins and triplets won me over. With their insistent maa-ing, enthusiastic tail wagging, and general cuteness, Asiago, Manchego,  Parmigiano, Blanco, and Fresca became the highlight of my day. They were pretty eager to be pet, and I was eager to pet them. I think it worked out well.

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We also got to be there for the puppies first trip outside. Oh my goodness- the cuteness!

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Before we left, intern Charlotte was taking the goat kids on their first leashed walks. That was a sight to see and hear.

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Some seemed to take to the leash much better than others, but they all were very cute.

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It was also fun to walk around, observing the chickens. Since we don’t have a rooster, I’ve never thought about how different the flock would be with a guy hanging around. Those ladies love their roosters. My favorite was Chanticleer, as he looked as if he was wearing pantaloons. 🙂

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But, Mojo was a close second (just look at all his ladies!).

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Jerry tried to sneak in a kiss, but Steve deftly dodged out of the way just in time. I think Jerry sensed a kindred spirit.

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Should you ever get the chance, I’d highly recommend a stay. I’m not sure quite how, but I feel like I’ll be back again someday. And if you’d like to look at even *more* pictures, here’s a link to the Flickr set.

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radio silence

I guess I was unintentionally going with radio silence there.  Things have been busy here.  I’m in the midst of two weeks of sample knitting, designing, and keeping up with all the other stuff around the house.  Plus, Steve has been home on vacation, and, as nice as it is to have him here, it messes up the flow of my day.  To top things off, H has not been feeling well.  It makes him super clingy.  Not helpful for things you need to do with two hands.  I’ll be playing catch up the next few days.

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In CSA share news, the weekly harvests are a bit small.  We are between the spring and summer growing seasons at the moment.  When we picked up our share this week the rep was saying how they never know what they are going to give us that week.  For instance, she said, “we keep thinking the broccoli is done, but we go out and lo and behold it’s sprouted more.”  I’m not complaining though, I love their broccoli because H gobbles it down.  🙂

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hot

So, this is my first full summer in TX.  Last year we moved in July.  I was prepared for the heat then.  I can most definitely say that my body is rejecting mid-90s in May.  It is so warm.  It makes me want to just curl up with a bed made of ice.  Have I mentioned yet that I’m not a fan of hot-hot-hot weather?

I think part of the reason I dislike the heat so much is that it zaps my will to go outside, or really do anything productive.  It means that I have to get all of my household chores done by 10am so I’m not dripping with sweat later on. That said, I braved the zoo with H on Tuesday (when it was only in the upper 80s) while Steve was working.  Even if it was hot, it was a nice time.  We went in the mid-afternoon and we only saw 4 other people.  It was like having the zoo all to ourselves.  We also got to see the jaguar cubs:

And H enjoyed being the only kid on the playground:

The start of summer also means that I have to start thinking carefully about what I knit, because you do not want a lapful of wool when it is 80 inside. This is particularly problematic when a lot of my design work is for fall/winter.  Luckily spinning doesn’t take much fiber in the lap. Sadly, I have no pictures.

The citron shawl is also coming along.  I’m on section 5 (the last one in the pattern), but I’m hoping to add at least one more repeat (two if I’m not sick of it by then).

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Scraps

I’m scraping together a post.

Here are scraps of yarn from a new (but still secret) project:

And here are some scraped together pictures of the now finished Lace Ribbon Scarf:

Meanwhile, I’m still dealing with scraps from H’s second birthday party- leftover cake, streamers, balloons, etc.

I am going to attempt to make my own body butter later tonight or tomorrow.  We shall see, if it goes well I’ll tell you about it.  If it doesn’t, I’ll probably tell you about that too.  🙂

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