The homestead continues to be deep in the grips of winter. Late, but never the less, here with a vengeance. Our days of late are spent with trying to keep the animals warm and supplied with warm straw, plenty of hay and feed, and unfrozen water.
The entire area is covered in about a foot or two of snow with drifts in some places 7 foot deep. This was an extremely wet and heavy snow and O Wise One thinks there might be some damage to one of our house gutters. We are hoping for a bit of a warm up to melt some of this stuff but as of yet that hasn't happened.
The gravel and dirt roads are down to one lane because that is all that they can clear because of the dilemma of having no place to push the snow to clear it. If you meet someone on the road someone literally has to back up to a driveway to let the other person pass. At times like this we find that it is just safer to hunker down and venture off the farm very little. There always seems to be things to do around here to keep us busy. With so much food on hand and homeschooling Baby O, our lifestyle makes hunkering down possible.
Of late I have been making underwear. I simply buy white cotton jersey or knit and I have taken a pair of old underwear that I like the fit of and traced them for a pattern on some brown craft paper. Some elastic bought off Ebay, for $3 I got 10 yards. This is part of my boycotting of underwear manufacturers that have all moved their factories overseas. I will spare you the made in the USA rant. Suffice it to say my position is if a company can't produce it here and support our local work force, and pay our local taxes and be part of our community then that is their choice. Let them sell their drawers to the Mexicans. I'll make my own. Besides they are made better and with a more quality material anyway. Baby O refers to them as my prepper drawers. She says they will be around long after the zombies are gone. Indeed she sure likes those little lace bikini numbers in her underwear drawer that I made : )
My goal this week is a baby quilt with the above freshly washed material for a friends new grandson. I have a little girl quilt ready to go. Guess I missed that guess.....
I took some time last week and cleaned and oiled my machines. I have been using my 1941 Singer 201-2 lately. This was my mother's dressmaking machine and an absolute workhorse. This thing will sew through both denim and leather easy as a breeze. It is gear driven as opposed to belt driven. I have heard my seamstress mother say many times that this is the best machine Singer ever made. If you ladies ever come across one and are looking for a good machine for your homestead these things are unbeatable. They made thousands so the parts are relatively easy to find and it even has a reverse stitch. You can even find the attachments from time to time such as the button hole attachment and even a zigzag attachment. You can to this day buy medal bobbins and light bulbs for this machine from Singer. You can even download the owners manual off the Singer site. It was quite the innovation for it's day! I see them on Craigs List and Ebay all the time.
I do have a treadle machine and if you want a workout try to sew heavy denim on a treadle machine. Your legs will feel like you have run a marathon.
I have plants that I need to pot up in bigger pots this week. They are not far from making the trip to the cold frame as soon as the weather improves a little.
And on the quilting front I am about 1/3 of the way through my log cabin quilt and continue to hand quilt a block a day. I am going to take a break from it this week and make this baby quilt though.
On a personal note today is Fred's birthday. Her life is such a busy one these days with a 2 1/2 year old just potty training and her second child due the first of April. She continues to go to college and work on her education and she and her husband are opening their own business this spring. I have no idea where the time went. It seems as if just yesterday she was toddling in behind me.
Hope everyone has a safe week.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter