I unplugged for the weekend. We've undergone some stress here at the farm, and well, I would just not be a pleasant person to be around. We are undecided about how to heat this place. I will really miss my wood stove. Although it was work, I will still miss it. I also feel stripped of my self-sufficiency, which I do enjoy. It's a freeing feeling to have less bills and debt. Now, Hubby's co-workers have convinced him that we need to install a furnace and not replace the wood stove. I'll update as he figures it out. My vote is for a new (or used) wood stove.
Hubby installed a hand-crank pencil sharpener to replace our electric one. He replaced an unsafe electrical outlet in our garage, cleaned up and fired up the pellet burner, and cleaned out a tool drawer. At least one end of the house is a bit warmer now.
I have to admit, it was nice to get off the computer. I dove into my mess of craft projects, and finished several of them. I deep cleaned until I sneezed. I organized and reorganized. I filled a trash bag with recyclable paper, gave some older writer magazines away to my 19 year-old, and filled a box of items to donate to Goodwill. However, that doesn't mean my kitchen is clean.
I tackled more pears, made Pear Berry Gingerbread (recipe coming soon) topped with pear liqueur infused frosting. I really need to get some more jam canned too.
I got this necklace and earring set finished (sterling silver chain and sterling silver earring hooks). I made 3 pairs of peace sign earrings as well.
I made these adorable fishing bobber keychains (featured over at S.C.R.A.P.) and one set of earrings (ha ha! for the fishing enthusiasts). I think these will sell at next year's Farmer's Market too.
I also sliced up a few more wine corks and made these fun wine cork necklace charms. How cool is that? Again, another project completed.
I even dug out my wine cork garland and got it posted (finally after several years) on S.C.R.A.P. and put it out for the holidays.
I made two more necklaces for using recycled music paper.
With the help of my family, we finally popped the camper up, filled it back up with linens, and put it to bed for the winter.
I need to get back on writing this week. National Novel Writing Month started November 1st. Yikes! I'm a few days behind....gotta get that novel written.