Monday, December 20, 2010

No pictures yet!

And so once again, it has been a long time between posts. I don't even have any pictures ready but just wanted to let the world know that i am still here...It was an extremely busy summer at our B&B and all over Bar Harbor. I thought I would be posting some things from the summer inn season but that didn't happen...I had some knee problems and so spent most of the summer just trying to get through each day and get my work down. I didn't really get out much, no summer hikes this year although I did manage to ride my bicycle a lot, which didn't seem to bother my knees. I ended up having knee surgery on both knees at the same time for torn meniscus and arthritis, the day after we closed the inn. I am doing fine now, walking again and hoping to try some cross country skiing and snow shoeing, when we get some snow. I also became a grandmother once again, three days after my surgery, so it was a busy October. Now that all that drama is out of my life and I can settle down into the routine that is my winter, I hope to be back at this spot more than every six months, soon with pictures too. Just in case, hope you all have a great holiday....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

An innkeepers life got in the way!!!

I had the best intentions at the beginning of May to keep up with this space, but it didn't happen...if any one is actually looking for me, I will be back at the beginning of September, I has been a crazy, busy summer season so far and I don't seem to have a lot of free time on the computer. Thanks for your' patience...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mama's Day, 2010

Barry was out of town this year (visiting our son in Chicago) so I got to do anything I wanted to do. Started the day with a nice walk with Gemma and our Sunday morning dog walk group and then came home and washed some new Llama fiber that a friend gave me. I spent the afternoon knitting and then out to dinner with Pennie and her family, our Mothers' Day tradition. The pictures are of the flowers sent to me by my son and my husband, each including one yellow rose for a special vase that Josh had sent to me last year. The card is hand drawn by Pennie and is the first time that she called me Mama instead of Mom (which is a good thing) and of course some pictures of our dinner with the boys being boys...all in all, a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spinning Road Trip

Two Saturdays ago, a few friends and I went on a short road trip to another friends house in the country...way, way, out in Down East, Maine for some spinning, chatting and eating. I tried to post this before, but I am so new to this and was trying to do something different with this post, I spent one of my last free afternoons, all three hours of it, trying and finally just deleted the entire mess and gave up. Here is another attempt, nothing fancy this time, just some pictures and a few words. We went in two cars, squeezing our wheels in the back of the cars. Everyone brings something to eat, I, as usual, brought chocolate and a lot of spinning and knitting was accomplished. I also thought it would be fun to see all of the different wheels that were being used that day. I only have one more spinning Saturday left before my innkeeper life takes over again, leaving me very little time off for much of anything, although I always make time for the Fiber Frolic in June. I will post more about that when it gets closer. I am also including some pictures of my unfinished projects from this winter, a blanket I am knitting squares for from my home spun for my grand baby, a sweater (probably the last time I will knit with store bought yarn) and some angora rabbit fiber from my sweet bunny Fionna that I am hand carding and blending with some wool...maybe I will work on them a little this summer, if not, it will all be waiting for me in November...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I haven't posted in a while and I seem to have forgotten how...but finally I got some pictures to upload and so, here I am again. This will probably be the end of my fiber life for a while and on to an innkeepers life, since we are getting ready to open back up for the season...I would have shown some before pictures but I really didn't want to show how messy we leave things when we close in October... this first picture I really wanted to post as a "moment" picture on Friday, but I didn't get a chance, so here is a picture of Barry and Gemma walking on our favorite walk, in April, in Maine without a coat or snow in sight...Amazing
I went to visit a friend of mine who has a whole flock of sheep and I thought they looked so neat, all dressed in their colorful winter coats...

I recently had a spindling lesson (again) at a friends house, trying to learn to spindle since it is a lot easier to take a spindle with you than a spinning wheel...but I really do like to spin on my wheel much more than on a spindle...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring on our Island
Spring flowers from a friend

Lots of new Llama fiber from a new friend, thank you Jan!
The last patch of snow at our house!

Missing piece of camera found and so here are some pictures, a few from Florida...precious times spent with daughter and grandchildren

Friday, March 19, 2010

No Pictures. Bummer!!!

I was really hoping to have some pictures to post today, but I can't find the wire to connect my camera to the computer...I hope I haven't lost it, that would not be a good I will make this a brief posting, just to let anyone that is actually reading this know that I am still alive...I did go to Florida with my daughter and two grandchildren and I do have wonderful pictures from the trip, but they will have to wait...we had a great time but I was certainly tired and happy to get home, specially since I caught a cold while there and was not feeling well. I learned why they say never to fly with a cold, the landing was very hard on my poor, blocked ears and I thought I would never recover my hearing...but I am well now and have been busy since getting home. Hubby and I spent a wonderful evening in Bath, Maine at a great B&B, and then a fantastic concert of Celtic music by Battlefield Band. We did the same thing last year and I hope we make it an annual outing.
It is Spring here in Maine, the first Spring I remember since moving here 23 years ago...I have been out walking my, now confirmed, over weight dog, as much as possible...but also leaving time for some spinning and knitting. A new friend of mine from the mid-west sent me about five Llama fleeces ...if I expect to finish them before I die, I have to get to work on them...of course, I have some great pictures of those also, but they will have to wait...I did finish spinning up some beautiful red wool that I don't have a clue as to what to do with yet (pictures to follow) and I am still working on my grandson's quilt and knitted blanket...I have three blocks finished for the wool blanket...
My one small change for this month of making sure lights are out when not in use is coming along fine and I already know the change for next month...but that will until I can get some pictures posted, I will close for today...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

No pictures today but I did want to make a post, just in case someone is actually reading these. I follow along with a few other blogs (I hope to make a list one of these days) and a few of those women have a thing going on for a few months about making one small change for the for the good of the earth. My change for February was to make sure that we always bring our clothe bags with us for shopping...not just to the market but to regular stores as well...I even made a clothe bag for produce in the market (I have to make a few more) is amazing how many plastic, as well as, paper bags, I am not bringing home anymore...even have Barry doing it (most times). My small change for March is to remember to shut off lights in rooms that we are not actually in...I have been very bad with this lately and so I think this will be a good change for us.
So, on another note, I am off to Florida with my daughter and two grand see my Dad. I will be back in a week, hopefully with some wonderful pictures. Till then my friends...

Sunday, February 28, 2010

My fiber life continues...two weeks ago I went to a Spin-In with a few of my friends, my daughter and about a 100 other happens every year and was so much hard as I try not to buy any more fiber, I did buy some wool to process with my angora bunny fiber...I also bought some dog combs to process the two fibers together...wish me luck!
Yesterday, our spinning group had their bi-monthly spinning get together at my house, again a lot of fun, more spinning and nothing to buy, which is a good thing.
Today, I worked on my grandson's quilt which I had to rip apart since the points weren't meeting...I am not such a good quilter-too impatient!!!!
Took a nice walk this afternoon with Barry and Gemma on a carriage road to see a waterfall...still plenty of snow on the ground but the water was certainly running

Monday, February 22, 2010

I think that I should explain the title of my blog which makes it look like I have a split personality, which I sometimes feel like I do...for 6 months of the year, I am an innkeeper and my whole world really revolves around taking care of 18 different people every day and making sure everyone at our B&B is having a great time...the other 6 months of the year, we move out of the B&B, into our own, much smaller log home in the woods and I get to do whatever I want and just take care of my own needs...this is where fiber mama comes into play...I love Fiber crafts, such as knitting, spinning, quilting etc. and in the winter I get to play with fiber for those 6 months, along with playing with my two wonderful I really do lead a split life...I also spend a lot of time out of doors in the winter with my very active 5 year old Aussie dog...of course, not everyday goes as I plan, and although, today I had planned to work on the simple quilt that I am making for my number 2 grandson, I ended up going for a much longer walk than planned and joined some friends in a birthday I said, taking care of myself in the winter...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hello, on my daughter's 32nd birthday, I am starting a blog...with her quick lesson on how to join the blog world, I will give it a try....I will try not to be too boring but in reality, my life is not that, after having made the decision to by a new cookrange/oven, I decided on a 36 inch duel fuel Thermadore which I got for a really, really good will be delivered on Thursday...something new for me to learn to use...the other real highlight of today was a wonderful dinner with my daughter and her family at our house to celebrate her 32nd birthday...I had to make a Choc. Mousse which has become her birthday was Yummy! I knw that Nahum (number one grandson) had two helpings, but poor little Zev (number two grandson) will have to wait till next year...