The farm has a new dog. For about ten years we have had two big dogs, a white one (Sadie) and a black one (Codie). Both of these dogs are one-half Great Pyrenees and they have been guardians for our herd and farm. About the time that Caitlin started mentioning we should get another dog while our aging dogs are able to train it I got a phone call from a friend about a dog that they had that they were looking for a home for. When they got new Pyrenees puppies for their farm they brought an extra one home for a relative and it turns out the relative was not able to take it after all and the dog was available. So she came to live at the farm with Sadie and Codie and the herd and me. Her name is Elke and she she is an absolute joy. She came to us at five months of age. She has brought a new youthfulness to Codie and they run and wrestle and roll in the snow every day. Even yesterday Sadie looked like she briefly wanted to get in on the fun.
This year we held a first annual Norsk Baking Day on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We got together three generations of bakers at my mom's home and spent the day making the traditional family favorites that were originally made by my paternal grandmother. Every Christmas season she would make donuts, rosettes, krumkake, lefse, kringla and popcorn balls. Some years she would make peppernuts. We made all but the popcorn balls. We had a great time, put some of the goodies in the freezer for Christmas and sent some home with the bakers. We enjoyed meeting the newest member of the family. My niece, Steph, and her mom, my sister-in-law Patty, visited at the beginning of our day with Steph's children including her brand new baby girl. it was great to do a little new baby cuddling. We also enjoyed having Bobbie, Brad's mom, join us and we had a quick toast to celebrate Nikole and Brad's engagement. It was a fun day. There were pictures taken but not by me so once I have them I will share them. I also have a couple of recipes to collect and then I will share those as well.
The greenhouse is up and running. I have spent a little time on projects there. I put up a shelf to hold the heat mat for seed starting. I have been using the mat on my tables and moving it to the wall shelf will allow for a few more tubs of greens.
|new shelf holding the heat mat|
Caitlin has taken some greens to sell to her coworkers at the architecture firm where she works and we are hoping to get a CSA started. November is a slow month for growing as it is generally more cloudy but once we start getting more sun I am hoping the volume of greens that we can grow in our small space will take off. We have ordered new seed varieties so it will be exciting to try some new things in our salad mix. We have grown greens for our personal use the past couple winters but having survived (and learned from) last winter I am more confident we are now ready to take on members.
|greens growing in tubs|
|8 ounce bag of salad mix|
|our salad mix on a platter|
|The sample of the finished project|
|Lisa drilling and my mom, Jan, holding the board|
We do not have ours done yet but we completed the class and are able to finish the project at home. It needs a second coat of paint on the letters and to attach the lights and build the optional frame.
I have also been doing some paper crafting. My mom is a snowman fan and her tree is decorated in mostly snowman themed ornaments. This year I have been seeing a lot of buntings used as decorations and a lot of crafts made from sheet music. I used Caitlin's cricut to make a bunting. It was made with small enough triangles so that it could go on a Christmas tree or on the wall. Mom's tree was already decorated so she hung it on a tall, glass fronted cabinet. I made some paper snowflakes to use as gift tags or hang on the tree. I also cut apart some greeting cards and made them into ornaments. I am also doing some paper lanterns.
|The bunting says "let it snow!"|
|ornament from a box of Christmas cards.|
|snowflakes for mom in white and blue|
|I made some for Lisa in kraft paper and white|