Sheared Bliss


MommaBliss (grandparent codename: Gommy) came for a visit last week and we had lots of fun.  We went to the Denver Botanic Gardens.

We made strawberry jam (and a big mess) with NurseK.

Wiggles found his feet.

We dyed yarn (more on this soon).

And we went stroller shopping.

It was a busy week!



This is what happens . . .
February 3, 2012, 8:19 pm
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. . . when you let a rodent forecast the weather.

That’s CodeMonkey’s “I love shoveling snow” face.  Let’s zoom in, shall we?

This is after about 24 hours of snow.  It’s still snowing.

Maternity Monday

Here’s a helpful little pregnancy tip: If you’re feeling a little bit bummed about your modern maternity clothes, try wearing some 1890s maternity clothes for a while.

Flattering, no?  I got to wear this lovely circus tent of a wrapper at the Denver County Fair where the Littleton Museum was invited to do a reprise of our fashion show from last year.  As I’m not really in a position to wear the wedding dress or bathing costume right now, I got to model the maternity wear and tell the following story:

“My dear husband and I live far out on the prairie where there isn’t a tree to be seen for miles.  As you can imagine, this makes finding fuel to heat our house in the winter a bit difficult.

Well, two summers ago, Husband started worrying about this very problem.  He knew it would be important to keep the house warm for the coming winter because we had two babes and we were expecting the stork to make another delivery any time.  He decided to make the seventeen mile journey to Mule Creek to bring back a load of wood.  He left early in the morning, hoping to be back before dark.

Just as the wagon rolled out of sight, I realized that the stork, being an unpredictable sort of bird, had decided to make his delivery that day.  We have no neighbors within several miles and no doctor to call so I knew I had to get ready to welcome the little stranger myself.

I drew a fresh bucket of water from our 60 foot well.  I laid out the baby clothes, scissors, and everything else I might need.  I made bread and butter sandwiches and set out milk for the two older babies and told our dog Rover to watch them.

At about noon the stork left a fine baby boy.  It took me some time to get him cleaned up and dressed as I fainted several times, but when Husband arrived home at dusk we were ready to greet him.  He was glad to meet his new son and very proud of the big load of wood that he had gathered.  This year, I’ve advised him to start gathering wood a bit sooner.”

Based on the true story of Mrs. A. S. Lecleve in Rice County, Kansas 1873 from Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna L. Stratton.

I didn’t have much time to look around the fair, but I’m looking forward to it next year.  It was a smallish fair, but seemed to have a nice mix of all of the things you’d expect at a fair along with some extra special quirkiness because it’s Colorado.

PS: For the record, here’s what I actually looked like at 22 weeks.

Old Friends
July 1, 2011, 10:31 pm
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June has been quite the month for reconnecting with old friends.  Teh Knitteh Kitteh was in town for a while so I got to see her a couple of times and another friend from high school, TheSwede, was touring the US with her parents and her new husband and they made a stop in Colorado. 

CodeMonkey and I met them in Boulder and we had a lovely time hiking and picnicking at Chautauqua.

Fiberful Weekend

Well, I seem to be about two weeks behind on everything in my life right now so I guess it’s fitting that I’m writing about the Estes Park Wool Market about a week and a half after it happened.  So, two weekends ago I went up to drool over the fluffy things with Ms. Celery, CoworkerA, and NurseA (who’s in my fiber arts group).  As usual, there were many fluffy animals.

There was also much fluffy shopping goodness and some of it came home with me.

Sheep Tape Measure from Lantern Moon

Frabjous Fibers’ Black Diamond Bamboorino Top in Redwood Forest from Susan’s Fiber Shop

Neuquen organic merino wool yarn in green/gray colorway from Textiles A Mano

The tape measure and roving were birthday presents from CodeMonkey and the yarn was a birthday present from my Busia.  Thanks, you two!

Fall Fell
October 16, 2010, 8:01 pm
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Signs that it might be fall:


Mrs. Bliss and CodeMonkey got lost in the corn.



The tomato plants were covered a couple of nights ago for the first possible frost.



There are herbs are drying in the kitchen.



The cat is cold.


What do you mean, what cat?


This silly cat who whined until I lifted up the blankets so she could get under them.


Cooped Up
October 4, 2010, 9:22 pm
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This past Saturday was the first ever Chicken Coop Tour of Denver hosted by the Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Urban Homesteading.  It was a great idea and very well executed.  Fifteen urban homesteaders around Denver opened their yards to those who are interested in the idea of urban chickens.  It was fascinating to meet the homesteaders and see the wide range of possibilities that fall under the umbrella of urban homesteading – from one small chicken tractor in the front yard to a couple of acres boasting chickens, honeybees, gardens, and orchards.

There were a wide variety of chicken coops:

Housing a wide variety of chickens:

Several of the chicken farmers kept other animals as well:

There were a lot of really amazing gardens too:

I totally want to be a farmer when I grow up!