Have you ever had a weekend that felt as though it was a week long?  And not in a good way?  Yup - that was this past weekend for us.  After a super busy summer we are headed toward a very busy Holiday season which means a lot of shows, a lot of orders and a whole lot of cranking out the products.  Don't get me wrong, we are absolutely grateful for it all.  The dogs, however, not so much.  This means they are slightly neglected {in their eyes, of course}.

This also means home improvement projects take a bit longer to complete.  My dining room and office are the perfect case in point.  Um.....not yet complete.  This week the tiny bit of painting that is left should be complete but we still have curtains to decide on and order, a hutch to decide on and order, and a light in the office to install.  And a table to paint {side table}.  And a bookshelf to make for the office.  And.....you get the picture.

Table Top
We did get our new dining room table and I love it.  The wood on the table top is gray elm.  It almost
looks like feathers.  The chairs are very comfortable, it goes with the floor and the wall color, and it fits in the space.  Check, check and check!

Ollie and his new dryer ball

Ollie's chewing stance
Over the weekend we attended a craft show just down the street from us.  The crafter next to us only sold one thing......dryer balls made from wool.  After hearing her spiel most of Saturday I bought a set.  Can I just tell you that I love them??  I've made recycled wool dryer balls in the past, as you remember, but these were made from wool roving so the natural lanolin was still present.  They make the clothes soooooo soft.  Of my pack of 4 I was able to use 3.  A cute little dog who shall remain nameless stole one from me upon my opening of the package.  He LOVES it!  He smells it, he chews it, he carries it around.  He fights with Jack over it.  He throws it, catches it, chases it.....it's his new best friend.

I also picked up a couple of new pictures for my new and (almost) finished dining room.  You know.....a new room needs all new accessories!  Emerson and I discussed it, and I'm going to paint the frame of the green one black so it pops more on the wall.

The Coop Girls are doing well.  The newest girls continue to lay their adorable little pullet eggs.  This is perfect as the older ones should be going into their molt in another month or so.  The newer ones are very funny when you're in their space with them.  I like to crouch down and just hang out.  The older girls coo and peck the ground around me.  The newer girls look at me like I'm an alien and peck at me.

Over the past few weeks I read a book and finished a book during shows, appointments, etc.  Locally Laid by Lucie Amundsen was the book I've finished.  If you haven't read it yet and you're interested in reading about a couple who, on a whim, decided to go from a few backyard birds to opening and operating a poultry ranch in order to supply their area with locally laid eggs.  It's a book filled with honesty, humor and a great overview of the many issues that we have in our food system.  Her description of the initial birds they bought which were without the basic chicken-y instincts made me chuckle as we've adopted birds in the same condition.  It's the sad truth that many don't know exist - chickens raised without access to outdoors and who have no roosts or nesting boxes.

The book I've started is Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist.  Ironic to be reading that in the midst of the busy season, isn't it?  So far I am definitely enjoying it.  I will be looking at getting a couple more of her books soon.

The weather here is back to summer.  It was humid yesterday and is finally being ushered out today.  It's supposed to stay in the 70's this week before finally taking a nosedive to the 60's on Sunday.  That will be fantastic fall weather for the next farmer's market!  I might even get to wear jeans instead of shorts!!

Hoping you had a lovely weekend!!

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lizzybaxter said...

I am fascinated by your dryer balls. Where can I get some wool ones like yours?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Carol - Tumblewool.com is the website for the company I purchased mine from. The owner is super sweet, her name is Wendy. :)

daisy g said...

Sound like things are gearing up. Maybe this season's sales will help you with your plans to run the business full-time.
Thanks for the book suggestions. I'll have to see if I can find them.

Enjoy the rest of your week!