As the New Year Begins

Taking a leaf out of the Yarn Harlot’s book (she has such great ideas), the house is clean, laundry is done, bills are paid.  Start as you mean to go on is a wonderful way to begin the year. Hopefully for my family, it will mean a big change.  Both of my boys will graduate this year, S from Humboldt State and N from High school.  The time has flown by and I can’t believe my babies are this old! My husband and I have been waiting a long time for this. You see, for us it means a drastic change. A change in lifestyle and a change in location.  This is the year we have been waiting for since 2006. This is the year we leave California and embark on the adventure of starting our own Hobby Farm. Just a little enterprise with Sheep (of course), chickens, pigs and a dairy cow!!  Finally, I will have the space for the garden and orchard of my dreams!! Finally, we can raise our own meat and dairy!  It will be a big adjustment, not only finding a place to buy but all the work it will take to make it our own. But, nobody ever said we are afraid of hard work and we are so excited to begin!

I was never one for making resolutions. I figured, if you want to do something, theres no time like the present! Why wait for a day on the calendar.  But this year, I think that I will start the year with a few… let’s call them goals!  My spinning. Oh, what can I say about my spinning other than, who has the time! Well, I am going to MAKE time. It is important to me and it is something that I love.  Poor Kaylie is sitting in the corner with the same fiber one her that I started at the cabin with the girls in October.  My goal is to get it plied and off the wheel tonight and use the drum carder tomorrow to card some of the lovely fiber I have in my closet!  After all, what am I saving it for? And if all goes according to plan, I will have my fiber from my OWN SHEEP next year to spin!! The goal for spinning will be to spin a little everyday.  Even as little as 10 minutes would be grand! It is so relaxing for me, just what I need after a stressful day at work!

Speaking of the drum carder, it has been sadly neglected, also. But, I am hoping to change that this year also.  Things in the shop are shifting this year, and I would like to get more fiber up for sale.  That would mean more time with the drum carder as I love working with the batts.

I hope that all of you have a wonderful year full of dreams coming true and time spent doing what you love! I know that Meg and I both wish the very best for you!


Happy New Year,




Pausing, in the midst of the holidays

Hanukkah is just past… Christmas and Kwanzaa, right around the corner. Things have been very busy at the Ladybug Fiber “factory, and of course, life in general.”  Last thing I remember it was Thanksgiving and I was driving back from Seattle – today, I looked up and noticed it was, unbelievably, December 15th.  I almost panicked.  Yet somehow, things have been happening all along, gifts and a tree and poinsettias bought, baking and cards started.  And yarn has been dyed, and dried, and wound, and sent out into the world, hopefully bringing smiles to faces.

Here is something I found while gardening between rainstorms a couple of weeks ago.  It’s a nest that held several baby birds last summer, little ones we tried to protect, despite the nest being tucked under a structure that fell during a freak June windstorm, putting it within reach of one of our cats.  He prowled and yowled for three days inside the house, as we waited and watched for the baby birds to get big enough to fly away to safety.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Amazing how soft the inside of the nest is, considering what it’s made of.


Our own children are getting ready to fly the nest.  Sheri and I each have two, one each in high school and one in college.  This is the point where you realize they may not always come home for holidays, and that each holiday season now is more special, in some ways, than when they were little.  Our holidays, this year, will be fairly simple.  We are trying to save money to visit our daughter in Spain in the spring (she is there, studying abroad, for her junior year) so we are limiting the presents, the decorations, even the activities.  When she comes home – for just 12 days – we’ll exchange some small things, but mostly focus on food, laughter, games and good friends. We’ll make latkes and cookies and cioppino, and I’ll enjoy spending time with her, listening to her stories, and taking her to the dentist and to get her hair cut before she gets back on a plane and heads far, far away.

There’s something nice about this simple but special year.  I’m on a schedule, but I’m not rushing like I have in years past.  What gets done is great, and the rest, I’ll let go of.  I even have time to dream up some new yarn colors for the coming winter and finish a knitted gift or two.

Happy holidays!  — Meg