Nevertheless, we've had winter activities. In farm news, our laying hens started laying and have been producing about fifteen dozen eggs a week. Hooray!
Sometimes Ryan gets a little help sorting and cleaning them all.
For the house, we built a stand for the washer and dryer. It was a nice weekend project, and I really like the result. Before:
I especially love the space underneath that fits our laundry baskets.
I also want to show that we've not only kept an orchid alive in the window of our bathroom shower, but we got it to rebloom!
For quilting, I've done a few smaller projects. First, we didn't have Christmas stockings for the kids, so I made some for our kids and also our nieces and nephew.
They were fun to make, the one farthest back in this picture is mine that my grandmother made me long ago; I used it as a template.
I also made a denim quilt with regular quilting cotton in between the denim, which I love. It looks like stained glass and is very comfy.
A fellow farmer friend of ours had a baby (shout out to Prairie's Edge Farm!) and I had a small quilt in progress, so I finished it for her and sent it off.
It ended up "busier" than I would have liked, but it will work. I backed it with super soft fuzzy fabric.
H did some sewing of her own, and made an Elsa dress for her doll. Maybe not a "beginner" project, but she was persistent and willing to take direction and help from me and she did a nice job.
In family news we're attempting yet another dog. The border collie decided to herd a car, so she didn't make it. We installed invisible fence and adopted a Great Pyrenees. Here she is the day we adopted her, two months old.
We've named her Luna and she's going to be quite a bit bigger than this. She was born in September, so she still has a lot of growing to do. Here she is chewing on a stick:
In family life, H and I took our annual ski trip again in December.
She got to the point that she was going down real hills (instead of the learning hills for kids) and went down about 7 different slopes up about 4 different lifts at Breckenridge. Go girl, go!