A New Year with alpacas and chickens in Texas

I just went out at 11:30 p.m. and closed up the chickens for the night. A little later than I should, but it’s been cold and rainy and hard to get motivated to go out.  But I saw a skunk scurry across my path and probably was looking for a chicken dinner so I may have scared him off. 

It was clear and  glowing outside.  The moon is full and almost like day.  I really didn’t need the flashlight except to scan around inside the coops to make sure all was well.  I threw some extra hay to the alpacas and wished them all a Happy New Year.  Fireworks are exploding in the distance and a bright new year is ready for us to enter.

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Holiday Treats, Gifts and “Poop” Website Fun

I was looking for the little Snowman Poop poem and found this fantastic website.  It will give you all kinds of ideas for family, friends, and co-worker gifts.  I am looking at the Snowman and Reindeer poop idea for co-workers (for fun), and the “food in a jar” gifts for neighbors, and the Chocolate Kiss trees for my son-in-laws family (we have lots of fun with them), and so many other ideas.  There are printable  pdf files for the poems, recipes, etc.

Take a look and find something quick and easy to gift  this season.

http://christmas.organizedhome.com/gifts-crafts-gift-tags

GOTexan Holiday gifts, wines, food, recipes, and decorating ideas

I like the idea of helping local/state companies and artists by buying their products and promoting them for gift giving.  Here are a few to check out:

food:

Mary of Puddin Hill is just a few minutes from where I live and very famous too http://www.puddinhill.com/

Here are great GO Texan gift ideas, as well as recipes, holiday decorating ideas, and free e-zine subscriptions

http://www.agr.state.tx.us/gt/channel/render/items/0,1218,1670_19176_0_0,00.html

The 2009 Holiday Gift guide is here:

http://click.engagemail.net/?ju=fe3016717664017b761d72&ls=fdee16787d6406797310767c&m=fefe1779756005&l=fea315707664077d70&s=fe2116777d670c7d7c1d70&jb=ffcf14&t=

Gifts handmade

I handmade some hanging kitchen towels mentioned and pictured   in December; I just came across this site I really like. Take some time to look all through it and also find the “how to” links in their far right column.  I am going to look at this closer, but the shawls caught my attention.  Remember, you can use spun  alpaca fiber  for knitting and crocheting.  I am keeping this link handy.  I will add it to the blogroll on the left of my blog.

 http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/

Happy New Year 2009

It is so relaxing to be home after the holidays and have nice weather to boot. It was absolutely gorgeous yesterday while we were in Nacogdoches, TX.

 I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday with family.  The alpacas and chickens didn’t know any different but the weather was nice so we had no worries as we headed out of town for an overnight visit this week.

We had our Christmas spread out over a week.  Just the two of us here on Christmas, then our son and wife here from Okla City  the Friday after through Sunday. My husband’s father drove down from Salina, KS to spend the week with us.  He is leaving tomorrow.  And while he was here, we drove over to our daughter and her husband in Nacogdoches, TX.  My husband’s office (residential architects) always closes Christmas through New Years so there was plenty of time to  be with family.

I really enjoyed making things this year for others.  It always helps to shop for Christmas  throughout the year and relieves a lot of stress when the holidays arrive.  My husband is not so inclined, but I have already made shopping lists for some family members for next year and will watch for sales and spread out the expense.  It has evolved into “I shop and you wrap”.

I decided I had a little extra time beforehand to make some things.  I made some cheesecake bites and some chocolate swirl graham cracker treats and put them in tins for the neighbors.  In addition there was room on top to put in one of my hanging kitchen towels I made with a Christmas theme.  I also made towels for my daughter and daughter in law and father in law.  I have a few more to make before we meet up with more family in January for a holiday get together.   They are so easy and I enjoy shopping for the fabric and towels to complement each other.  I tell everyone if they need more to let me know.

I am excited to make purses, aprons and maybe placemats for next year. I am getting some patterns in mind and will be happy to shop for fabric.  I have found ebay can have some great prices on great fabrics and I focus on those with free shipping. I have found some great purse patterns and other patterns as well.

So best wishes to you for a prosperous and happy new year.  A reminder that I have several links to sites I subscribe to or visit, over in the left side column.  Take a look and find some things of interest.

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